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Prof F Dinter


Prof. Dr-Ing. Frank Dinter

frankdinter@sun.ac.za

 

 

1986/87:  Diploma work at Plataforma Solar de Almeria, Spain

1992:        PhD (Dr.-Ing.) on Solar Thermal Energy Storage Systems for CSP plants

1991:        Employed by RWE (German utility) in various positions, including Head of Research &

        Development for optimization of fossil fired power stations

2008:         Head of Solar at RWE Innogy, Germany.

2009:         Technical director of “Andasol 3” (50 MW CSP plant in Spain) during construction and

         operation phase. 

2013 to 2017: Eskom Chair in CSP and headed the Solar Thermal Energy Research Group

    (STERG) at Stellenbosch University (SUN) including a laboratory for solar

    applications

Since 2017:     Director Strategy and CSP expert at Fraunhofer Chile Research Center for Solar

    Energy Technologies (FCR-CSET)

Since 2017:     Extraordinary Prof at SUN

 

Research Outputs

BUSSE KT, DINTER F. Overview of predictive CSP spread prospects and its opportunities. Journal of Energy in Southern Africa  2016; 27(2):50-58.

LANDMAN WA, GROBLER A, GAUCHÉ P, DINTER F. Incidence angle effect on circular gaussian flux density distributions for heliostat imaging. SOLAR ENERGY 2016; 126:156-167.

HESS S, BEUKES H, SMITH G, DINTER F. Initial study on solar process heat for South African sugar mills. Proceedings of the South African Sugar Technol Assoc 2016; 89:324-349.

DALL EP, PIDAPARTHI AS, HOFFMANN JE, DINTER F. CSP parabolic trough and power tower performance analysis through the southern african universities radiometric network (SAURAN) data. AIP Conference, SolarPaces 2015, Cape Town, South Africa, AIP Publishers 2016: 150006, 8 pages.

DE MEYER OAJ, GOVENDER S, DINTER F. Thermal resistance model for CSP central receivers. AIP Conference, SolarPaces 2015, Cape Town, South Africa, AIP Publishers 2015: 030010, 8 pages.

DINTER F, MÖLLER L. A review of Andasol 3 and perspective for parabolic trough CSP plants in South Africa. AIP Conference, SolarPaces 2015, Cape Town, South Africa, AIP Publishers 2015: 100005, 10 pages.

PLATZER WJ, DINTER F. A learning curve for solar thermal power. AIP Conference, SolarPaces 2015, Cape Town, South Africa, AIP Publishers 2015: 160013, 8 pages.

RAMORAKANE RJ, DINTER F. Evaluation of parasitic consumption for a CSP plant. AIP Conference, SolarPaces 2015, Cape Town, South Africa, AIP Publishers 2015: 070027, 7 pages.

ALLEN KG, DINTER F, ELSAYED FR, LAUBSCHER HF. Combined mechanical and thermal loading of a hot air packed rocked bed: a test rig for thermal energy storage. 4th Southern African Solar Energy Conference (SASEC 2016), Stellenbosch, South Africa, AIP Publishers 2016: 1-4.

BERN G, HEIMSATH A, NITZ P, SCHÖTTL P, VAN ROOYEN D, DINTER F, HARMS TM. Potential gain through implementation of astigmatic corrected heliostats. 4th Southern African Solar Energy Conference (SASEC 2016), Stellenbosch, South Africa, AIP Publishers 2016: 1-4.

GUERREIRO L, DINTER F, LAUBSCHER HF, ALLEN KG, ELSAYED FR, PEREIRA MC. High temperature energy storage in a rock-bed test facility. 4th Southern African Solar Energy Conference (SASEC 2016), Stellenbosch, South Africa, AIP Publishers 2016: 1-3.

HOCKADAY SAC, DINTER F, HARMS TM. Opportunities for concentrated solar thermal heat in the minerals processing industry. 4th Southern African Solar Energy Conference (SASEC 2016), Stellenbosch, South Africa, Elsevier 2016: 1-5.

LAUBSCHER HF, VON BACKSTROM TW, DINTER F. Development and design of an experimental facility for cost effective thermal rock bed storage systems. 4th Southern African Solar Energy Conference (SASEC 2016), Stellenbosch, South Africa, AIP Publishers 2016: 1-2.

POOLE IV, DINTER F. Increasing the temporal resolution of direct normal solar irradiance data using the South African Universities radiometric network. 4th Southern African Solar Energy Conference (SASEC 2016), Stellenbosch, South Africa, AIP Publishers 2016: 1-3.

SSEBABI B, DINTER F, VAN DER SPUY SJ. Modeling a solar-hybrid micro gas turbine. 4th Southern African Solar Energy Conference (SASEC 2016), Stellenbosch, South Africa, AIP Publishers 2016: 1-3.

MALAN DJ, DOBSON RT, DINTER F. Solar thermal energy storage in power generation using phase change material with heat pipes and fins to enhance heat transfer. In: Wang Z (ed.) International Conference on Concentrating Solar Power and Chemical Energy Systems, SolarPACES 2014 (Energy Procedia), Beijing, China, Elsevier 2014: 925-936.

Proceedings National

CRAIG OO, DOBSON RT, DINTER F. Stand-Alone CSP Parabolic Solar Cookers and Rural Industrialisation in Southern Africa. 3rd Southern African Solar Energy Conference, Skukuza, Kruger National Park, South Africa, UPSpace Institutional Repository - Dept of Library Services 2015: 1-8.

DINTER F, BUSSE K.T.. Overview of predictive CSP spread scenarios and its opportunities. 3rd Southern African Solar Energy Conference, Skukuza, Kruger national Park, South Africa, UPSpace Institutional Repository - Dept of Library Services 2015: 1-6.

DINTER F. Operation Experience of a 50MW Solar Thermal parabolic Trough Plant in Spain. 2nd Southern African Solar Energy Conference (SASEC), Port Elizabeth, South Africa, EDAS, National Library of South Africa 2014: 1-8.​