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About Us

South Africa is demonstrating its commitment to a more sustainable future growth path by supporting renewable energy and energy efficiency measures, together with skills development and job creation through fostering a green economy.

South Africa is among the highest emitters of carbon dioxide in the world, currently ranked 12th in terms of top emitters per capita, since more than 75% of primary our energy requirement is derived from fossil fuels.

The country responded to the urgent need to reduce fossil fuel dependency, diversify the energy mix and supply and reducing the country’s carbon footprint with a supportive policy and legislative framework to exploit the excellent local renewable energy resources, especially wind and solar.

Our Vision

To facilitate renewable energy research coordination, collaboration and dissemination of national and international renewable energy knowledge contributing towards a sustainable low carbon energy future.

Our Mission

To be recognised as the foremost institution for renewable energy research coordination and collaboration in SA.

Renewable energy

Renewables WITHIN SANEDI

SANEDI is a Schedule 3A Public Entity as of 31 December 2010, operationalised on 1 April 2011. Its mandate is to serve as a catalyst for sustainable energy innovation, transformation and technology diffusion in support of South Africa’s sustainable development. RECORD supports the mandate of SANEDI within the Clean Energy Solutions portfolio.

South Africa’s leading position has been secured through a supportive policy environment, coupled with a secure investment framework established by the Department of Energy’s (DoE) Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme or REIPPPP.

South Africa’s renewable energy sector experienced explosive growth in the past few years with investment of more than $200 billion to date. This rapid investment in sector growth over the past years has made South Africa the ninth-leading destination for clean energy investment among the Group of 20 (G-20) of the world’s developed and emerging economies.

The contribution of a green economy to economic growth and job creation is furthermore promising and South Africa is preparing to play a leading role in renewable energy deployment.

South Africa has abundant natural and renewable energy (RE) resources that can be harnessed for energy production:

  • One of the best solar regimes in the world, measured at 4.5 to 6.6 kWh/m2 , one of the most abundant renewable energy resources in the country;
  • A reasonable wind energy resource (an average of 8 m/s measured at 80 m) is available in geographically dispersed locations, allowing for security of supply;
  • Biomass for energy use is restricted due to water availability in South Africa, but energy from waste, utilising the estimated 60 – 70 million m3 of waste generated annually, is more readily available and exploitable;
  • Despite limited water availability, 1400 MW of pump storage is currently utilised by Eskom from two sites in South Africa, while micro-hydro applications at specific sites offer further opportunities;
  • A world-class wave energy (10 – 50 kW/m crest length) and ocean current (70 – 85 Sv peaking at 2 m/s) resource, is potentially exploitable upon the availability of commercially viable technologies.

Our Centres

One of SANEDI’s roles is to facilitate and co-ordinate renewable energy research, development and demonstration through international co-operation and information exchange, leading to the deployment and commercialization of sustainable, efficient, reliable, cost-competitive and environmentally sound renewable energy technologies.

Renewables @SANEDI

SANEDI therefore seeks to make optimal use of local resources that diversify energy production and create an environmentally sound energy sector. The Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) and the Wind Atlas of South Africa (WASA) are examples of international collaboration.

Renewable energy and efficiency partnership (REEEP)

SANEDI therefore seeks to make optimal use of local resources that diversify energy production and create an environmentally sound energy sector. The Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) and the Wind Atlas of South Africa (WASA) are examples of international collaboration.

Wind Atlas of South Africa (WASA)

SANEDI therefore seeks to make optimal use of local resources that diversify energy production and create an environmentally sound energy sector. The Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) and the Wind Atlas of South Africa (WASA) are examples of international collaboration.

Projects

SOLTRAIN

SOLTRAIN – Southern African Solar Thermal Training and Demonstration Initiative is a regional program on capacity building and demonstration of solar thermal systems in the SADC region. It is funded by the Austrian Development Agency and OFID.

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IEA

The government of South Africa of South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) is listed as the contracting party to implementing agreements.

DOD Partner

SANEDI is the South African implementation partner for SOLTRAIN (Southern African Solar Thermal Training & Demonstration Initiative). This a regional initiative (6 SADC countries involved) on capacity building & demonstration of solar thermal systems in the SADC region.

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VVISD

The VVISD programme is being implemented by the DSI, SALGA, CoGTA and TIA. The European Union Sector Budget Support Programme and National Treasury availed funding for the programme. Pilot technologies and innovations will be procured to help municipalities improve basic service delivery. The programme will extend over 3 years.

Multiphase injection optimization using GPT method

MLT Inverters (formerly known as MLT Drives), a proudly South African company, has been in the industry of high efficiency inverters and battery chargers since 1984.  We currently manufacture four ranges of chargers, namely the PowerStar AC Charger/Inverter, the Oasis AC Charger/Inverter, the Nomad Solar Charger, and the Karoo Solar/Battery Hybrid Inverter. 

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Plasma Gasification Waste Treatment (PlasWen)

With plasma gasification, an electric arc heats a gas stream (air or nitrogen), at extremely elevated temperatures typically 50000C, thereby supplying the required energy to the process. The plasma delivers energy needed to maintain the temperature inside the gasification reactor volume…

LEAP-RE call for PROPOAL PILLAR 1

Energy is the driver of economic growth and development. The Long-term European Union – African Union Partnership on Renewable Energy (LEAP-RE) programme is geared to increase the use of Renewable Energy by applying balanced set of research, demonstration, technology transfer, human and institutional capacity projects both in Africa and Europe.

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WASA

South Africa seeks capacity and skills development for methods and data that would enable the authorities, investors, power sector and industry to investigate and plan for large-scale exploitation of wind power for electricity generation. This requires a methodology for mapping the wind resources …

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