Domestic Use of Energy – International Conference towards sustainable energy solutions for the developing world (DUE 2016)

29 March 2016 @ 8:00 pm – 31 March 2016 @ 6:00 pm


South Africa’s supply-constrained electricity sector is likely to remain constrained for another five to ten years, while renewable energy is gaining popularity. But even though renewable energy is becoming cost effective to generate, it cannot supply a base load and storage capacity is needed to ensure that the supply is there when needed. So efforts to save electricity and to ensure that supply meets demand remain high on the agenda.

The focus of our conference in sharing research findings has moved from a time when electricity was cheap and in abundance, to the anxious time of electricity outages to the dramatic increase in the cost of electricity today. During the time of abundance and also during the time of energy shortages we worked on incentives to use energy wisely. The motivating factor is always that resources must be used in a sustainable way which of course makes the use of renewable energy all the more important. But in addition we have a strong economic factor to save on electricity costs by improving efficiency and saving energy.

Over the past 23 years the “Domestic Use of Energy Conference” (DUE) has presented a forum for professionals, practitioners and end-users in all fields of domestic energy to discuss the latest developments in the effective use of energy in the residential sector. The importance of energy conservation is now widely recognised, especially as South Africa is facing rapidly increasing energy costs. Although generating capacity is increasing, there is great benefit in doing everything possible to reduce the increase in demand. Energy conservation through efficiency has always been high on the agenda of the DUE conferences.

The issues now addressed at DUE include sustainable energy provision; smart control systems, appropriate legislation and its implementation; the role of renewables; off -grid electricity supply. These challenges are particularly marked in the rural and remote areas of developing countries. Papers and workshops are targeted at establishing problem-solving partnerships where suppliers, distributors and users of energy, together with academia, will aim to speed up the provision and effective use of residential energy. Energy efficiency, consumer attitudes and behaviour, education and marketing are but a few of the factors that will be debated in detail at the conference.

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29 March 10:00 Industrial visit
18:00 Meet and greet function
30 March – 31 March Conference
30 March Conference dinner


  1. Customer needs
  2. Domestic Appliances
  3. Energy Efficiency in the Home
  4. Electrification, DC & mini grids & smart grids
  5. Demand-Side Management
  6. Energy Policies
  7. Energy Audits and M&V
  8. Renewable Energy (Solar, wind, hydro & bio)
  9. Water Heating, Air-conditioning, Heat pumps
  10. Smart Home Technology
  11. Tariffs and Metering
  12. Education for Energy Efficiency

Workshop on Renewables for Domestic Consumers

While it is estimated that load shedding is costing about R75/kWh that is needed but not provided, renewable energy has made an important contribution to energy supply in South Africa.

A recent CSIR report reveals that renewable energy in the six months to June 2015 has generated R4-billion more in savings than it cost the country in tariffs. But small scale renewable energy provision for the domestic sector has many challenges. The focus of this workshop will be
to discuss challenges and opportunities for the use and implementation of renewable energy for the domestic sector.

Topics to be discussed will include:

  1. Regulation and standardisation
  2. Off grid possibilities and examples of domestic installations
  3. Safety in connecting to the grid
  4. Metering


Persons wishing to attend or present a paper at the conference, or participate at a workshop, should register on our website:
The organisers can be contacted at:
Domestic Use of Energy Secretariat
Tel +27 21 959 4330
Fax +27 86 778 0257

Registration fees

Registration fee ranges from R1700 (US$ 130) to R4000 (US$300)

Full Conference fee R3750
Full Industrial visit fee R250
With the following discounts:
Presenting Authors 20%
Full time academics 20%
Full time students 30%
Early Bird Net fee less 10% if paid before 1 March

Limited funds are available for the registration fees of deserving delegates in financial need.

Conference fees are payable before or on 4 March 2016.