Conference information



In 2014, South Africa suffered from load shedding. Demand exceeded supply. So large areas were cut off from energy for a few hours each day. The impact on our production was immense, and ordinary lives were disrupted. It was estimated that the cost of unserved energy was about R80 per kWh.

We recovered slowly. Diesel generators were installed in critical areas. Supply has increased to the point where there is excess generation capacity even without allowing for the standby installations. Today, the cost of unserved energy is about R8/kWh. This is basically the direct cost of running the diesels for a few hours a year. The investment in capital used to buy the generators has been written off.

So we have returned to that happy state where we take a constant supply of power for granted. Life is back to “normal.” Are our memories so short? Is a reliable power supply truly a normal condition? There are many parts of the world where it isn’t. In some parts of Nigeria, for instance, at least one light is always switched on. That way, you can tell when supply resumes.

So we need constantly to remind ourselves that having a constant energy supply is a huge privilege. Can we remember when escalators suddenly stopped; when supermarkets went dark; when we tried to recharge our cell phones and had to wait a few hours for the power to come back on?

So DUE 2018 is a celebration of the joys of having reliable power on tap. And that power is cheap. Eskom may be vilified for its cost increases, when it should be praised for supplying at one-tenth of the diesel-generator alternative. But isn’t renewable energy cheaper? It is, but it is not reliable – the sun only shines by day; and sometimes the wind doesn’t blow for two weeks. As our load-shedding taught us, reliable power is essential.

When we lost power, we were suddenly made aware of the extent to which we used energy in every part of our daily lives. And the list of what we can do grows daily. Lighting, for instance, has become so efficiency that we can use it in all manner of novel ways and all manner of new designs. The car industry is being revolutionized, and there is growing excitement about autonomous vehicles. More thermally efficient homes are being built, which makes climate control far more affordable. The electric razor gives as good a shave as any blade ever did, and far more conveniently. The food processor is ubiquitous in the kitchen. The ways in which energy eases our lives, and gives us more time for what is really important, are endless.

Come to DUE 2018. Tell us how you are benefiting from the secure power supply we enjoy. Draw attention to things which still need to be done. And enjoy Cape Town at the finest time of the year!



3 April 12h00 – 14h00 Registration
09h00 – 14h00 Technical visit
14h00 – 17h00 Opening of conference & keynote addresses
17h30 – 19h00 Cocktails, Meet and greet
4 April 09h00 – 17h00 Conference presentations
18h00 Conference dinner
5 April 09h00 – 13h00 Conference presentations
13h00 – 14h00 Lunch; best paper presentation; close of conference


  1. How access to energy improves lives
  2. Delivering energy reliably on demand
  3. Using energy efficiently
  4. Electrification, mini-grids and smart grids
  5. Electric mobility – bicycles, cars, LDV’s and minibuses
  6. Modern lighting
  7. Energy efficient housing, air conditioning and heat pumps
  8. Energy theft

Workshop on Electric Mobility

As the prices of batteries fall and their power density increases, so electric vehicles meeting commuter demands are becoming more affordable. Some forecast the death of the internal combustion engine within a few years. However, widespread use of electric-powered vehicles will enforce considerable growth in the power generation, transmission and distribution systems, and the abandonment of the huge infrastructure needed to produce and distribute liquid fuels.

Topics to be discussed will include:

  • Fully electric vs hybrid vehicles
  • Charging rates vs the distribution of charging points
  • The ownership of charging systems – public vs private
  • The change in the emission of greenhouse gases
  • The economics of a shrinking liquid-fuels business
  • Job losses in vehicle maintenance

Due 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

The refereeing process of the DUE Conferences are designed to meet the requirements specified by the Department of Higher education and Training for refereed Conference Proceedings. The programme will contain the required information in the front pages to support academic authors to submit their papers to DHET for publication incentive subsidies.

Continuous professional development (CPD)

Attendance qualifies for two CPD points with ECSA for professional registration.


Companies interested in exhibiting at the Conference should contact the Secretariat at Space will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.


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 R2 600 (US$ 170) to R4 000 (US$285)

Full Conference fee R4000
Flat Conference fee for IEEE members (no further discounts apply)
To join IEEE as a professional member at USD 90 or as a student member at USD 27 please visit
R2800 which is a 30% discount
Full Industrial visit fee R300
Full Dinner fee R300
The following discounts apply to the full conference fees only:
Presenting Authors 10%
Full time academics 20%
Full time students 20%
Early Bird Net fee less 10% if paid before 1 March

Multiple discounts are applied successively not additively. Limited funds are available for the registration fees of deserving delegates in financial need.

Conference fees are payable before or on 2 March 2018.

Document archive

Links to the document archive with additional instructions.

Conference venue

Cape Town Campus, Cape Peninsula University of Technology

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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