The Faculty of Engineering has published an article about the MinWaterCSP test facility in their Newsletter (edition May 2018)

As part of the MinwaterCSP H2020 project, the European Union allocated funding for the construction of a 24 foot diameter fan and cooling system test facility on the premises of Stellenbosch University. The MinwaterCSP project aims to reduce the water consumption of concentrated power plants by implementing high efficiency cooling processes and novel mirror cleaning techniques in these plants. The project team consists of 13 partner entities, including Stellenbosch University ( The test facility was designed by ENEXIO Germany and manufactured by Kelvion Thermal Solutions at their workshops in Germiston, Johannesburg. Construction of the facility is being managed by Kelvion and got off to a start on Monday, 19 March 2018.  Commissioning of the test facility will be finalized in June 2018. 


Author: Johan van der Spuy, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering, Stellenbosch University

The Stellenbosch University

Stellenbosch University (SUN) is among South Africa’s leading tertiary institutions and is recognized internationally as an academic institution of excellence. For the past three decades the Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering has been actively conducting research on power plant cooling systems and their various components. The main drive behind the research is a national, but also international, emphasis on sustainable water usage.

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