South African National Energy Development Institute
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.
Mandisa Xaba from Sakhwele Secondary School at eZakheni, KZN hoisted the South African Flag by winning the Gold Medal in Beijing on 26 March 2017 for her project titled: “Production of Heat Energy from CO2 Emissions: The Effect of Forces on the Chemical Composition and Thermal Behaviour of CO2 (The Mathematical Study) focused on converting carbon dioxide (CO2) from vehicles and power industries into heat energy.
Mandisa was discovered by the Stakeholder Engagement Team in September 2016 and in October 2016 she won the Carbon Capture & Storage Special Award of the Eskom Expo for Young Scientists International Science Fair.
Rofhiwa Raselavhe and Wiseman Ngcobo have been mentoring Mandisa in preparation for the 2017 Beijing Youth Creation Competition. The CCS Category was introduced in the Eskom Expo for Young Scientists to popularise the technology amongst the learners and the Educators alike. In tandem with the Eskom Expo, SANEDI’s Pilot Schools Project initiative aims at identifying and unleashing innovation amongst the young people, whilst at the same time demystifying the myth around Maths, Science & Technology.
Congratulations are in order for Mandisa, our Scientist in the making. She has demonstrated against all odds that one’s attitude determines one’s altitude. Coming from the rural area with lack of educational amenities did not deter Mandisa from pressing on. SANEDI is proud of Mandisa for setting a precedence in the rural area. Mr Kevin Nassiep, the CEO committed at Bhambanani in the KZN at the handing over ceremony of the Science Tool Kits held on 23 March 2017 that SANEDI will continue to support the Schools’ initiatives.
The Small Business Boost Programme, funded by J.P. Morgan, aims to promote small business growth and job creation for those involved in providing solutions for the green economy. The programme will provide four months of business and management education and six months of support services to 100 small businesses in Gauteng.
SANEDI has once again conducted a very successful exhibition at the recent Africa Energy Indaba conference held in Sandton from the 16th to the 17th of February
Please note that in terms of the recently promulgated Taxation Laws Amendment Act, Act No. 25 of 2015, published in Government Gazette No. 39588, the Section 12L energy efficiency tax incentive has been amended and improved to increase the amount of the (measured and verified) deduction from 45c to 95 cents per kilowatt hour or kilowatt hour equivalent of energy saved.
The South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI), is proud to support a prestigious new awards program to recognise companies or organisations that use an ISO 50001-certified energy management system (EnMS) to save energy and reduce costs.
A student competition has been announced that will see university teams from English-speaking Africa compete to improve the performance of a small building located on South Africa’s most famous street, also home to two Nobel Laureates – Archbishop Tutu and Nelson Mandela. The building is based on the original 1944 design that was used for houses on Vilakazi Street, Orland West.
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 http://rxreviewz.com/ pharmacy 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”…
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 Africa