Come to DUE 2018

The conference is a celebration of the convenience of electricity and investigates new ways to “do more with the energy you use” – productive use of a strategic resource by an ever expanding base of consumers in both the residential and business sector means that South Africa can grow its economy thanks to a reliable electricity supply.

Enjoy Cape Town at the finest time of the year! At the same time, please join the local drive to conserve water – our other most precious resource.

Energy is life

Last year we celebrated a quarter-century of the Domestic Use of Energy Conference (DUE) that presents a platform to consider the challenges of domestic energy use.

Discussing the latest technologies, the most recent developments, global trends and industry-changing breakthroughs, DUE 2018 will contribute to improving the capacity of South African households to enjoy the convenience of electricity by using it wisely.

Reflecting our strategic objective – towards sustainable energy solutions for the developing world – this year’s conference focuses on assisting the electrification process in South Africa by extending the options to bring power to an estimated 1.5 million households in rural areas.

The benefits of an electrified home are self-evident: Families being able to wash and clean with hot water, children studying at night and parents being able to provide an evening meal without having to use polluting fuels to cook, are but three examples of the immensely positive socio-economic consequences of having access to electricity.  Worldwide over 4 million people die prematurely every year as a result of illnesses attributable to household air pollution from cooking on polluting stoves.

There are many ways in which electricity gives us more time for what is really important and eases our lives beyond the most basic of lifestyle necessities.Lighting, for instance, has become so efficient that we can use it in all manner of novel ways. The growing excitement about autonomous and electric vehicles is currently revolutionising the motor vehicle industry. More thermally efficient homes are being built, which makes climate control far more affordable.

With South Africa having entered a new era of surplus generation capacity, more electricity can be supplied to more households – and the long-term growth plans of more businesses energised – than at any time during the past decade.

Important dates

As soon as possible (2 January 2018 latest) Submission of abstracts (200 – 220 words). Within a week we will let you know if the editors feel your proposal deserves a paper
As soon as possible (2 January 2018 latest Send registration form to
2 February 2018 Submission of papers in accordance with DUE guidelines. Submission of full manuscript prepared in accordance with guidelines. Submission before the deadline will allow for papers to be corrected in accordance with recommendations by referees rather than non-acceptance. (For guidelines go to
  • Each paper is reviewed by 3 referees
  • Within 4 weeks of your paper submission we will send you either an acceptance letter or the reviewers’ comments and ask you to address them within 5 days and resubmit your paper
  • We will prepare the proceedings for printing from 2 March 2018
  • We will send the proceedings for printing on 15 March 2018
  • You should have a Powerpoint presentation of your paper ready when you arrive at the conference

Jointly organised by

Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (SA Section)
SA Institute of Refrigeration and Air-conditioning (SAIRAC)
The South African Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAIEE)
Association of Municipal Electrical Undertakings (AMEU)
SA Renewable Energy Technology Centre (SARETEC)
Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT)
The Hauge Univ. of Applied Science
University of Stellenbosch (US)
University of Cape Town (UCT)
North West University (NWU)
City of Cape Town

The organisers can be contacted at:

Domestic Use of Energy Secretariat
Tel +27 21 959-4330
Fax +27 86 778 0257
Registration is open - here.
Programme and venue information
Programme Outline.

The conference will be opened with opening keynote speakers during the session from 14h00 to 17h00 on Tuesday 3 April, just after the industrial visit to the desalination plant in the V&A Waterfront.

The programme gives the times and titles of presentations while the programme outline gives an overview of the presenters and all aspects of the conference including the industrial visit on the 3rd and the conference dinner on the 4th.

The programme and programme outline may be updated. Please check back.

Paper template
Please use the new template. The evaluation criteria are listed in the paper template document, which can be found here.
Document archive
Links to the document archive with additional instructions - here.
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