With global energy demands on the increase, coupled with the depletion of our natural resources and the negative impact of fossil-based energy sources on the environment, the issues of clean, sustainable energy and the importance thereof in economic development and global wellbeing have become a pressing reality world-wide. Energy innovation and the efficient use of energy are two key components of mitigating these challenges. It is for this reason the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) was established. Read more…



CAPE TOWN, October 5, 2015 – Attracting 3,600 delegates from 26 countries, the South African International Renewable Energy Conference was officially opened by the South African Minister of Energy, Ms Tina Joemat-Pettersson, in Cape Town today.
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SA’s renewable energy plan a global success story

South Africans may be negative at times about their country’s prospects but it’s renewable sector has rapidly emerged as a global leader. It is investor friendly, is based based on pragmatic policy and sees the government working efficiently with business. Read More . . .

Final Call for Nominations

UN Women South Africa Multi Country Office, in partnership with Department of Energy and the United Nations Industrial development Organisation (UNIDO), is inviting submissions of renewable energy technologies and innovations. The RE project aims to promote technologies that have a positive impact on women’s lives, especially those technologies that will improve the living conditions of rural and peri-urban women and their households. Read More . . .

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IRENA, WASA and REN21 Launch

Noma Qase (DoE), Eric Prinsloo (CSIR), Thembakazi Mali (SANEDI), Jens Carsten Hansen (DTU Wind Energy), Andre Ott0 (SANEDI), Walid Badawi (UNDP Country Director)

Ms Noma Qase (Director Renewable Energy DoE), Mr Eric Prinsloo (CSIR), Dr Thembakazi Mali (Senior Manager SANEDI), Mr Jens Carsten Hansen (Head of Wind Energy Systems Section, DTU Wind Energy), Mr Andre Otto(WASA Project Manager SANEDI), Mr Walid Badawi (UNDP Country Director)

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Mr Kevin Nassiep, CEO SANEDI; Ms Christine Lins, Executive secretary REN 21; Dr Dolf Gielen, Director IRENA Innovation and Technology Centre

SANEDI Vacancies

UNITED NATIONS INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT ORGANIZATION (UNIDO) would like to announce a vacancy for the post of Low Carbon Transport National Project Manager, South Africa.

(12-month contract)
The objective of the project is to promote the uptake of non-motorized transport and electric vehicles powered by renewable energy sources. The project is looking to recruit a technically minded, detailed-oriented person, with proven experience in leading a team and driving activities for the implementation of projects in a multi-stakeholder environment. The position is based at SANEDI offices in Johannesburg.
Interested candidates are invited to submit a detailed Curriculum Vitae to recruitment@sanedi.org.za by 30 September 2015.
Communication will be limited to only the short-listed candidates.
Before applying, please read the full Job Description by clicking here.

4th South African Carbon Capture and Storage Conference 2015

The South African Centre for Carbon Capture & Storage (SACCCS), in partnership with the Department of Energy, is pleased to announce the 4th South African Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Conference 2015 to be held on the 20th – 21st October 2015 in Johannesburg. The theme of the Conference is “Capacitating South Africa for CCS”.

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USA Deputy Secretary of Department of Energy visits SANEDI

US Delegation
The USA Deputy Secretary of the Department of Energy, Christopher Smith, along with officials from the administration, visited SANEDI on Friday, 5 June 2015. The delegation was on a general fact-finding mission to South Africa, and other African countries, to gather information about fossil fuel matters, particularly Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS). They shared what was currently happening in the USA, with focus on the fact that financial support was available for CCS, and were very interested in what SANEDI does in the space.Another topic that was of great interest and was up for discussion at the meeting, was a Solar ‘Housing’ Decathlon. This competition, which involves building Solar Houses, and a winner being selected, is a project done in partnership with Universities in the USA.Read more…

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A New Solar Resource Map for SA

A New Solar Map
Until the commencement of this project there was a general lack of measured, high-accuracy solar data in South Africa available in the public domain, especially Direct Normal Irradiance (DNI) data used for concentrating solar power (CSP) and concentrating photovoltaic (CPV) systems. The rationale for this GIZ funded project was to measure and release high-accuracy solar resource data into the public domain, as well as to update the existing solar maps for South AfricaRead more…

MY GREEN HOME wins ETA Award 2014



Congratulations: My Green Home received South Africa’s most prestigeous award for energy efficiency, the Eskom ETA Award. The Green Building Council of South Africa who managed the project won the prize in the category energy efficiency awareness.

The winners were announced at the annual awards evening at the University of Johannesburg on 28 November 2014. SANEDI supported this demonstration project which was co-funded by the German Government through the South African German Energy Programme (SAGEN, implemented by GIZ).

CTI PFAN hosts a forum for promising new and innovative technology . . .

Potential investors, developers etc are invited to view the offerings with a view to participate in various capacities.

If your programme, centre, project or partners (and other relevant contacts) perceive some value in this event, please contact Thaven Naidoo with regards to attending. The details are as follows:

Thaven Naidoo
Africa Climate Change Adaptation Co-ordinator
+2783 439 7968
thavennaidooppl (skype)

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MY GREEN HOME family expects R18000 annual savings

In April 2014, the Ngewana family accepted the My Green Home challenge and set themselves very ambitious saving goals for energy,water & waste. Six month later they have exceeded their own saving targets by far: Electricity is down by more than half, water by 44 percent and waste to landfill by over 80 percent. ‘When we started our My Green Home experience I knew that we were not the thriftiest ones. But I would never have expected that we would do so well!’ says Zweli Negewana, father of the Ngewana family. Read more

Visit by the Danish Energy Ministry

SANEDI was honoured to host the Minister of Climate, Energy and Building from Denmark who was in the country to further strengthen the rich history of collaboration between the South African government and the Danish government in bringing renewable and energy efficiency technologies to the South African energy mix. The collaboration is aimed at sharing experiences, knowledge and practical studies that Denmark have already embarked on, in order to enable South Africa to accelerate the uptake of renewable and energy efficient technologies.

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SANEDI offers 3-day training course for ESCos in Cape Town 25-27 August

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SANEDI and SAGEN (South African German Energy Programme) are pleased to announce that the renowned contracting expert and IEA’s DSM Task XVI operating agent Jan W. Bleyl and GIZ energy efficiency expert Simon Zellner will be offering a 3-day training for Energy Service Companies (ESCo) on economic efficiency calculation for energy contracting projects in Cape Town.

Find out more and register here Investment-grade Calculation, Forecasting and Analytics of ESCo Projects

SANEDI publishes new co-/trigeneration good practice brochure

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SANEDI takes pride to release South Africa’s first good practice brochure on Cogeneration.

The combined generation of heat and power in a generation facility can save more than 30% of primary energy and CO2 emissions. To date only a few Cogeneration plants have been constructed in South Africa. Information about these and their contribution to sustainable economics is scarce.

This brochure aims to provide information on how a wide range of South African industries and companies can benefit by implementing Co/Tri-Generation strategies in their energy mix, thereby not only benefitting economically, but also significantly contributing to climate conservation. Read more…

Ride Jozi on an e-bike

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Christian, our international energy efficiency advisor from the South African German energy programme (SAGEN) has tested one of cycolgy’s A2B electric bikes on his way to the office. 0.15kWh for a trip which equals to less than R0,18 in electricity costs and 15 minutes saved on each trip in comparison to his car. It was an exciting week for him and he wrote a blog on his experiences which might encourage more South Africans to use this environmentally friendly mode of transport. Read more


In response to the growing demand for sustainable, energy efficient solutions to the escalating price of energy used to cool buildings in South Africa, progressive chemical manufacturing companies are taking the initiative to provide advanced roof coating technology to the building trade.
The DOW Chemical Company is one such manufacturer. They are ensuring that cool coatings is supported in South Africa through their advanced coatings’ additives which play a critical role in maintaining integrity and quality of the overall ‘cool’ system.

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Freedom Dialogue 2014: A platform for young green minds

generation earth logo Students from Generation Earth Glenvista High School Council with Yusuf Abramjee, Catherine Constantinides and Ndaba Mandela at the Freedom Dialogue 2014 Generation Earth Founder Ella Bella, Kathrada Foundation CEO Neeshan Bolton, Miss Earth SA Ashanti Mbanga, FRY's Brett Thompson and SANEDI's Barry Bredenkamp

As South Africa heads towards its most important elections to date, having recently celebrated Freedom Day, Born Free citizens have an important voice that must be heard. Learners from Generation Councils across Gauteng recently spent an afternoon discussing, debating and challenging the issues we face as society today, as they build the future they believe is possible. Read more

‘My Green Home’ project launched

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SANEDI is partnering with another exciting energy efficiency project that just kicked off: My Green Home! Starting this week, South Africans can learn and save along with the Ngewena family who is challenging habits, save energy and install energy efficient equipment in their house, to show others how to save money by going green. Zwelethu the Father explains: “Our goal is to cut our electricity consumption by 15% with ‘no cost’ changes and with equipment take this to 40% percent in just three months”…

SANEDI Pledges Support for 49m

Johannesburg – March 2014 – In keeping with their commitment to reduce the country’s carbon emissions, the South African National Energy Development Institute (Sanedi) recently pledged its support for the 49M initiative.Sanedi is one of the leading government agencies mandated to encourage a transition to a low-carbon economy in South Africa.

Sanedi’s pledge signing brings to 134 the number of businesses and organisations that have pledged to cut down on their energy usage and play a contributory role in the reduction of electricity consumption in South Africa.

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