SAURAN adds its 12th Station - Eskom Sutherland

The SAURAN network has added it's 12th observation site with the addition of Eskom's Sutherland radiometric station (SUT). The Karoo town of Sutherland is home to telescopes of the South African Astronomical Observatory, including the Southern African Large Telescope (SALT). Please note that data from Eskom Sutherland is presently limited to 1-minute averages of GHI, DNI and DHI.


Updated satellite maps of South Africa's solar resource now available 

A collaborative effort between Stellenbosch University, the Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies (CRSES), GeoSun Africa, GeoModel Solar and the German aid agency GIZ has resulted in the publication of more accurate maps of DNI and GHI data for South Africa. The accuracy of the maps has been enhanced by adaptation of the SolarGIS model using high-quality ground-measurements from 14 stations across the region, including stations in the SAURAN network.

SAURAN adds its 11th Station - MUT STARlab

We welcome our latest institutional partner to the SAURAN network with the addition of Mangosuthu University of Technology's STARlab (STA) station. STA is located in Umlazi, south of Durban and becomes the third ground station in the greater Durban area. The station is managed by MUT's Department of Mechanical Engineering, and utilises Eppley radiometers.


SAURAN adds its 10th Station - GIZ Richtersveld

SAURAN now has an operational radiometric station near Alexander Bay, not far from the border between South Africa and Namibia. GIZ RVD is located inside a secure enclosure within the Richtersveld region of South Africa, and is providing data to the network via a GPRS communications system. SAURAN will be expanding further in the coming months.



STERG SolarPACES Annual Symposium - 17th July 2014

The Stellenbosch University Solar Thermal Energy Research Group (STERG) will be hosting the 2nd Annual STERG SolarPACES Symposium on 17 July 2014. Presentations will cover research related to concentrating solar power (CSP) as well as solar process heat. This is an opportunity for researchers in the field of solar thermal power and heat to present their work. Interested students, researchers and members of industry and the general public are welcome to attend. For further information on the STERG SolarPACES symposium please go to the following link:

First Announcement of the STERG SolarPACES Symposium

CRSES Postgraduate Research Symposium - 18th July 2014

The Stellenbosch University Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies (CRSES) is co-hosting its 4th bi-annual Postgraduate Research Symposium which will take place on the 18th July in the same venue as the SolarPACES symposium. For those who are interested in wind, ocean, bio and solar PV energy, further information on the 4th CRSES Postgraduate Research Symposium can be found on the CRSES website ( or contact Ms. Sandy Heydenrycht ( For further information on the research symposium please go to the following link.

First Announcement of the CRSES Research Symposium


SAURAN goes live!

5 March 2014

The Southern African Universities Radiometric Network has gone live! We hope that the provision of radiometric data to the public will contribute to a better understanding of the plentiful solar resource in Southern Africa, and to the implementation of solar energy projects. The administrators of the SAURAN network are grateful to all of those who have contributed funding and support to make this undertaking possible.

Please be aware that during the commissioning phase of SAURAN some of the site's functionality, including access to quality-checked data, may be limited.

Thanks for visiting - we welcome your feedback on the website!

The SAURAN Administrative Team


SASEC 2014

29 January 2014

The 2nd Southern African Solar Energy Conference (SASEC 2014) was held from the 27th to the 29th of January 2014 at the Pine Lodge Resort and Conference Centre, Nelson Mandela Bay. The conference focused on Photovoltaic (PV) and Solar Thermal technology, systems and applications. The conference provided the opportunity for solar energy researchers, engineers, technologists and individuals to share and discuss recent developments in their field.

Visit the conference website at