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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.

SANEDI together with REEEP as local implementers of the SWITCH Africa Green project titled “Sustainable Energy Consumption and Production in Agriculture and Integrated Waste Management” in South Africa offset its administrative project activities through the development and offsetting of a carbon footprint. The carbon footprint of the of the project was offset by the purchase of 70 Renewable Energy Certificates. Click on the below trust seal button to view the details of the offset.

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19JUL, 19

The South African National Energy Association (SANEA) Energy Awards were designed to generate public, government and business awareness of achievements in the energy sector. The aim is to inspire innovation and actions to address future energy needs in a sustained and responsible manner
The time is fast approaching for the 2019 SANEA Energy Awards and this is the call to Nominate Your Candidate!
You are welcome to nominate candidates in more than one category. Kindly submit a separate nomination form, together with supporting documentation for each nomination.

Submit your nominations before Saturday, 31 August 2019!

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“Digitisation enables buildings to become ‘smart’,” explains Barry Bredenkamp, general manager of energy efficiency at the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI). “The building is then able to integrate and optimise all systems to ensure resource sustainability, without relying too heavily on the occupants applying the correct behaviour to ensure sustainability.”..

SANEDI has forged synergistic working relationship with the National and local Education Districts, Science & Education Centres, Environmental Non-Profit Organisations (ENPOs) and the media platforms to raise awareness on Science Engineering and Technology (SET) and climate change mitigation methods such as clean energy technologies, renewable energy and energy .
SANEDI Stakeholder Engagement reached out with an intent to partner with the South African Agency for Science and Technology (SAASTA) in its endeavours to raise awareness and build capacity / demystify myths upheld about Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths & Innovation (STEMI) in the poor school communities..

The South African National Energy Development Institute (Sanedi) on Wednesday launched the first solar district heating system in South Africa at the University of the Witwatersrand’s (Wits’) Junction Campus, as well as the largest solar process heat system in sub-Saharan Africa at the Klein Karoo International (KKI) tannery.
These two Southern African Solar Thermal Training and Demonstration Initiative (Soltrain) projects, funded in part by the Austrian Development Corporation, will save the two buildings millions of rands in energy costs.

The South African National Energy Development Institute (Sanedi) on Wednesday announced that its Cool Surfaces Project has moved from collaboration to a completed, scaled-up project in Groblershoop, in the Northern Cape.
Reflective roof coatings have reduced the indoor daytime temperatures at a low-cost housing project, in Groblershoop, from above 34 °C to a more comfortable 25 °C, said Sanedi Energy Efficiency, Cool Surfaces and Communications project manager Denise Lundall.

Department of Energy Acting Director-General has launched on 10 April 2019 the Wind Atlas for South Africa (WASA) High-Resolution Wind Resource Map, which has expanded its coverage to all nine provinces of the country.
Addressing delegates at a seminar in East London, the acting Director-General emphasised the importance of accurately determining the availability of wind resources.

Overseen by the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) and partially supported by the Solar Thermal Demonstration and Training Initiative (SOLTRAIN), two bungalows at a South African National Defence Force (SANDF) base in Limpopo will be upgraded with solar water heating (SWH) systems.

The South African National Energy Development Institute (Sanedi), the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and community empowerment solar photovoltaic (PV) product developer SolarTurtle have signed a contract to develop the next-generation SolarTurtle solar energy kiosk, called the BabyTurtle.

Key to SANEDI’s work is community capacity building, these initiatives are established through collaborations with different Stakeholders across the country, mainly Education and Science structures. Part of these collaborations amongst others is the SANBI Empowerment Education programme that provides career development targeting previously disadvantaged schools.

In honouring its Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with the South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement (SAASTA), SANEDI participated at the science, technology, engineering, Mathematics and Innovation (STEMI) expo co-hosted by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), the North West Department of Education and the Rustenburg Local Municipality to expose learners to wider career options .

"It is crucial that young women be inspired to enter the energy and science sectors at an early age, while still in primary school, because often by the time they reach high school their attention is drawn to the commercial sector, says Dr Thembakazi Mali, Interim CEO for the SA National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI), who adds that while there is an increase in the number of women in leadership and influential positions in the energy sector globally, the rate of increase is too slow."

"It gives me great pleasure to welcome you here in Cape Town to “The Renewable Energy and Energy Storage Systems Conference” hosted by the World Bank Group. I look forward to a focused symposium, which will cover key topics related to energy storage systems in a future characterized by a rising share of renewable energy. These topics encompass policy, regulatory, financial, business, technological, applications, codes and standards issues that are crucial for the uptake, development and expansion of energy storage in domestic, commercial, industrial, transport, utility and micro-grid applications."

South Africa is committed to renewable energy, which is part of our country's energy mix. South Africa must invest in skills, technology and capacity required to support a competitive renewable energy sector.

South African businesses should be encouraged to be more energy efficient and reduce their electricity bills by Treasury’s recent announcement that the energy efficiency savings tax incentive (Section 12L) will be extended for three more years. The announcement made by Minister of Finance Tito Mboweni, during Wednesday’s budget speech, comes at a time when there is a sincere need to reduce energy consumption nationally.

Energy efficiency is often seen as a ‘nice to have’ or only for ‘big corporations’ but not applicable at home or to small to medium businesses because it is expensive or not necessary.

“It is this kind of thinking that delays the implementation of efficient energy solutions across the board – from home to skyscraper to factory,” explains Barry Bredenkamp, General Manager Energy Efficiency for the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI)."

“The fourth Industrial Revolution (Industry 4.0) is pushing energy efficiency, as more and more items become digitised. The Internet of Things (IoT) includes the refrigerator in your home, the aircon in your office and the entire production process in your factory. The more efficiently these run, the less energy is expended,” explains Barry Bredenkamp, General Manager Energy Efficiency for the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI)."

“Digitisation enables buildings to become ‘smart’. Lights only operate when someone is there; air conditioners are central yet create climate zones for differing comfort levels; banks of computers or other machines can be ‘put to sleep’ after a period of non-activity; lifts only switch on lights when called; underground carparks remain dark until movement occurs and so the list goes on"

Electric cars, lightbulbs communicating, fuel-efficient heavy-duty vehicles all have moved from drawing board to market.

“Transport is one of the largest causes of greenhouse gas emissions, particularly in South Africa, which has a high ratio of cars, taxis, buses and trains all using fossil fuels,” says Barry Bredenkamp, General Manager Energy Efficiency for the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI)."

The Cool Surfaces project, borne out of a collaborative agreement between the American and South African Departments of Energy, is a non-electric response to South Africa’s need for a cost-effective, low maintenance and passive-energy cooling technology for buildings.

Managed by the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI), the Cool Surfaces Project seeks to cool buildings using energy-passive technology, especially in areas where electricity supply is limited or absent.

The partnership between the University of South Africa (Unisa), mining company Exxaro Resources and the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) officially launched its first institutional anaerobic biogas digester at Earth Centre in Johannesburg this week.

The 10 cubic metre bio-digester uses a feedstock of horse manure diluted with a sustainable volume of water, including grey water, to produce biogas fuel for heating applications. In households, schools, early childhood development centres and community facilities, the fuel can be used for as a substitute for electricity or LPG. It can be used for cooking, water heating, space heating and lighting

Energy efficiency has been recognised in South Africa as one of the most cost‐effective ways towards sustainable development. Energy efficiency improvement helps to avoid the cost of new energy generation (and distribution) capacity, advance industry’s competitiveness, increase access to energy and reduce pollution including emissions of greenhouse gases

South Africa, through the support of the Government of Denmark and the European Commission, the International Energy Efficiency in Emerging Economies Programme (E4) has been successfully working in partnership with key emerging economies on a rich and diverse programme of activities since January 2014.

For the second year in succession, the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) received a clean audit.

SANEDI, an agency of the Department of Energy (DoE), is mandated to direct, monitor and conduct energy research and development, promote applied energy research and technology innovation, as well as undertake measures to promote the uptake of green energy and energy efficiency throughout the economy.

Climate change is the environmental challenge of this generation, one that cannot be ignored because of the overwhelming impact it is beginning to have on the wellbeing of the planet and its people.

Global efforts to minimise the effects are gaining strong traction with increased focus on Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) as a proven, safe and effective method of CO2 containment. CCS is the capture of CO2 emissions from large sources such as coal power generation and industry (iron/steel/cement). Thereafter the transport of CO2 depending on the quantity, is via road (trucks), pipelines, rail, sea for safe and permanent storage thereof in deep suitable underground rock formations, similar to those that have stored oil, gas and naturally occurring CO2 for millions of years.

The South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) urges all South Africans to embrace the possibilities of ecomobility during Transport Month and beyond, making it a conscious choice to reduce global warming.

“Ecomobility means traveling by using integrated, socially inclusive and environmentally friendly transport options, giving priority to walking and cycling, public transport and shared mobility. It is an essential element of sustainable and low carbon urban transportation, offering a wide range of economic, social and environmental benefits,” explains Dr Thembakazi Mali, interim CEO at SANEDI.

CAPE TOWN ( – The mining sector has been encouraged to use more renewable energy and tighten up on energy efficiency, with the support of the South African National Energy Development Institute (Sanedi).

Energy Minister Jeff Radebe said the mining industry would need innovative and novel solutions to reduce energy consumption and produce more with less. It also needed ways to reduce the high carbon content of certain products and high-emission processes.

South Africa needs to move with speed in deploying smart grid technologies if it is to take advantage of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, says the Department of Energy.
Addressing the South African National Energy Development Institute’s (SANEDI) breakfast held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre on Tuesday, the department’s acting Deputy Director-General (DDG) for Clean Energy, Mokgadi Modise, called on the sector to catch up with the Fourth Industrial Revolution, according to a report by

Minister Radebe will deliver the key note address at South African National Energy Development Institute’s (SANEDI) Energy Breakfast.
The energy breakfast will provide an important platform for key energy stakeholders to engage on pertinent energy topics and challenges facing the country and particularly big industry such as mining. The event will feature a panel of speakers led by SANEDI interim chairperson, Mr Nkululeko Buthelezi.

South Africa currently boasts a population of approximately 57.7 million according to Statistics South Africa. At present, an estimated 86% has access to electricity while more than 5 million individuals still do not have access to clean running water. If there are two things that South Africans know all too well, it is load shedding and water shortages. While inherently being a country filled with natural resources, the supply is by no means infinite. In order to minimize interruptions in service delivery and ensure that there will be enough resources available for generations to come, every individual has to take the necessary steps to reduce personal consumption at their homes.

Interest for Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) technology continues to grow amongst young people in South Africa. This was evidenced during the 2018 Eskom Expo for Young Scientists Regional Science Fairs in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal Provinces respectively...

The South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) is proud to announce its participation in the global Earth Overshoot Day on 1 August 2018. This marks the date when humanity’s demand for ecological resources and services in a given year exceeds what Earth can regenerate in that year...

In the context of this study, hybridisation is the coupling of a renewable energy technology with an existing fossil fuel technology in order to deliver the same energy service. Hybridised energy systems are designed to replace, augment or boost conventional fossil fuel technologies with renewable energy technologies...

01FEB, 17
Solar Payback...

Solar Payback launch in South Africa
The South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) and the Southern African-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SAGCCI) have teamed up for the international ‘Solar Payback’ project, which aims to increase the use of solar thermal energy in industrial processes. The Kick-Off Meeting took place in Johannesburg on 23January 2017....

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.

Representatives from the Petroleum Technology Research Centre (PTRC) and the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) met at the 13th Conference on Greenhouse Gas Technologies in Lausanne, Switzerland today to sign a comprehensive memorandum of understanding for collaborating on research and development on carbon capture and storage. The MOU covers a broad array of topics, including the measurement, monitoring and verification of injected CO2 as well as public engagement and outreach strategies.

Energy Efficiency Tax Rebate increased to 95c/kWh

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.


South African Leaders in Energy Management Eligible for New Global Award

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.


‘My Green Home’ project launched

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 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”…


A Solar Resource Map for SA

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