Posts tagged as research

In conversation with Dr Thulani Dlamini: Putting the “i” in “CSIR”

Earlier this year, the CSIR announced a programme to put a greater focus on industry and industrial development. For my last “In conversation with” that I am authoring as features editor, I decided to meet with the CEO of the CSIR, Dr Thulani Dlamini and have a conversation about bolding the I in CSIR. “While […]

Unlocking affordable soil moisture management for local farmers

The South African Agricultural Research Council (ARC) and Institute for Geodesy and Cartography (IGIK) in Poland recently signed a collaborative research agreement investigating the use of Sentinel-1 radar imagery for soil moisture management on farms as well as monitoring crop development and yield prediction. The development of an affordable new system to locate hidden soil […]

“Practical laboratories” for hydrogen and green energy research

The German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy has chosen twenty energy research consortiums to be eligible for €100-million a year in state funds. The selection was made following a nationwide competition as part of the country’s “Energiewende”, i.e. its transition to renewable and sustainable energies. The grant money is intended to enable companies […]

Eskom’s COO joins international research institute

Eskom’s chief operating officer, Jan Oberholzer, has been appointed onto the board of directors of the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). A seat on this board gives Eskom direct access to some of the most cutting edge energy research available, and offers the company a position to influence EPRI’s strategic direction and work programme. Phakamani […]

Local PV research and testing facility completed

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR’s) Energy Centre has completed the first phase of the new solar energy research and testing facility. This facility will support the domestic solar photovoltaic (PV) industry with aspects of industrial development, research, quality assurance, knowledge generation and human capital. The PV testing facility, with its outdoor test […]

Mine safety technology making strides

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) showcased some of its latest technologies to address mine safety at a media briefing at the Mandela Mining Precinct in Johannesburg during July 2018. These technologies included a ground penetrating radar to monitor rock mass stability, a pedestrian detection system and a robotic system to navigate unsafe […]

Eskom funding may be muffling dissenting voices on nuclear

  The lure of millions in Eskom funding appears to have muzzled two research institutions previously highly critical of the state-owned utility’s plans to procure a fleet of nuclear power stations. In the case of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) amaBhungane understands that the CSIR’s Energy Centre has been effectively gagged since […]

Call for nominations: SANEA/SANEDI energy awards 2017

  The South African National Energy Association (SANEA) and the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) invites nominations for the upcoming Energy Awards 2017 event. Individuals, companies or projects which make noteworthy contributions in the Southern African energy sector can be nominated. Please nominate according to the following award categories: SANEA Energy Award (individual […]