Posts tagged as Wits

Large-scale South African solar water-heating projects save money and the environment

Industry uses more energy in the form of heat than as electricity, giving South African companies the perfect opportunity to exploit the country’s abundant solar and wind resources to produce power and heat for the re-industrialisation of the country. Speaking at the launch of two of Southern African Solar Thermal Training and Demonstration Initiative’s (Soltrain’s) […]

Lessons from a digital mine

The Wits Mining Institute’s (WMI) annual DigiMine Seminar this year shared with delegates from the mining industry digital mining developments and lessons the institute has learnt from its own digital mining laboratory. The WMI is one of Wits University’s six interdisciplinary 21st Century Research Institutes tasked with developing professionals for careers in the fourth industrial […]

Boost for entrepreneurial innovations

ABB has signed an agreement with the University of the Witwatersrand technology centre, the Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct. The memorandum of understanding signed at a stakeholder event on 11 April 2018 stipulates donations and support mechanisms which the company will offer to Tshimologong. ABB Southern Africa MD Leon Viljoen said Industry 4.0 opens the way […]

Promoting digital innovation through collaboration

Apart from well-established innovations in robotics, drives, control systems and energy solutions at the recent ABB Customer World Africa 2018, a new drive for local innovation bloomed as ABB signed an agreement with the University of the Witwatersrand technology centre, known as the Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct. The memorandum of understanding (MoU), which was signed […]

SAUPEC2018: The sky’s the limit for power engineers

The 26th South African Universities Power Engineering Conference (SAUPEC) was hosted by the School of Electrical and Information Engineering of the University of the Witwatersrand, in conjunction with the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAIEE), recently. The event provided a forum for post-graduate students and faculty from the region to present their research work […]

Resistance to hydropower is evaporating as science takes centre stage

  Big dams have a bad reputation. They’re often associated with social disruption and environmental damage. That perception is now shifting. The challenges of climate, urbanisation and economic growth in countries and communities already burdened by poverty and underdevelopment is leading to a radical change in attitudes. Dams and related water infrastructures are once again […]

Improving carbon superlattices for quantum electronics

  Researchers at the Nanoscale Transport Physics Laboratory at the School of Physics, University of the Witwatersrarnd (Wits) have found a technique to improve carbon superlattices for quantum electronic device applications. Superlattices are made up of alternating layers of very thin semiconductors, just a few nanometres thick.These layers are so thin that the physics of […]

Tech transfer from Wits’ work at CERN

  Researchers from the Wits Experimental High Energy Particle Physics (EHEP) group showcased the benefits of the collaboration between science and industry when they displayed a South-African made prototype of a high-tech electronics board at the International Conference on Research Infrastructure (ICRI) that was held in Cape Town recently. The new 16-layer electronics board, designed […]