Posts tagged as CSIR

International researcher to speak at upcoming electrical test workshop

Internationally renowned engineer and researcher, Dr Andrew Eriksson, will deliver the opening keynote address at SABS’ upcoming electrical test workshop. Dr Eriksson is the former assistant director of the South African Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR’s) National Electrical Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) and was involved in the establishment of the high-voltage test facilities […]

Battery energy storage technologies for off-grid and transport applications

Energy storage systems play a crucial role in off-grid applications globally. Although various energy storage systems exist, this article considers different battery technologies for their suitability for off-grid and electric vehicle applications. Off-grid electricity can be defined as a stand-alone power system or mini-grid to typically provide a small community with electricity without the support […]

Can we supply 100% of our energy needs from renewable sources?

Is there enough space for all the wind turbines and solar panels to provide all our energy needs?  What happens when the sun doesn’t shine and the wind doesn’t blow?  Won’t renewables destabilise the grid and cause blackouts? In a review paper published in the high-ranking journal Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews last year, Benjamin […]

SAIMC Pretoria branch talks technical infrastructure

Technical infrastructure (TI) is a terminology which is unique to South Africa and refers to a number of institutions that drive standards and ensure support for technical regulations. At the Society for Automation, Instrumentation, Measurement and Control (SAIMC) Pretoria branch May technical evening, hosted at the National Laboratory Association (NLA), NLA director Steve Sidney said […]

Technology available for licensing

The CSIR has 450 technologies available for licensing and further development. These technologies cover engineering, light metals, alloys, advanced polymers, nano-technology and nano-clay. Technology transfer from the CSIR is usually facilitated via licensing which involves the granting of permission to a licensee to use CSIR intellectual property (IP) for a stated purpose under defined conditions. The […]

Why is energy efficiency still on the to-do list?

Energy efficiency, which has been defined as “the best and cheapest way to reduce CO2 emissions and use the least amount of electricity to achieve a desired result” and is often viewed as an obvious cost-saving option in an industrial or commercial operation, is frequently not implemented in South Africa. The National Energy Act of […]