Tasol donated some thermal systems for the post graduate residences at the university and sponsored the extension of its outdoor testing facility. The extension was specifically for the establishment of the Thermal Testing facility.
At the testing facility, solar systems can be tested for performance and reliability. Individual components can also be checked for compliance to rated specifications. It is believed that these results are a close reflection of real-time behavior of systems, rather than testing them under ideal laboratory conditions.
The academy also intends to create a learning facility, in conjunction with the CER, in which short courses in solar thermal, PV and heat pumps can be presented. Tasol has already written many installation manuals and text on renewable energy, and manycourses have been presented nationwide.
State of the art software programs are being used for the design of larger systems. These include internationally recognized TSOL, PVSOL and PVSYST. These simulation programs are used to simulate large systems and thus ensures correct sizing which leads to greater economic efficiency.