The state of research, development and innovation of electrical energy efficiency technologies in South Africa

Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) (2018)

Consensus study reports



The focus of this report is on electrical energy efficiency, but it also provides some guidance on how an enhanced focus on tribology may contribute to energy efficiency. Since electricity production consists of a value chain (generation, transmission, distribution and end use), energy efficiency technologies and methods may be applied at each point, resulting in cumulative improvement in the efficiency of the energy system, with subsequently reduced losses and associated financial gains. An overview of the current capabilities, and current and planned energy efficiency technology development and strategies in place in South Africa, enables effective coordination of efforts and improves progress toward mainstreaming energy efficiency in South Africa, whilst simultaneously avoiding duplication of efforts and maximising the use of limited resources. The study aims to inform the Department of Science and Technology (DST) of opportunities for further development in terms of human capital development, intellectual property output and technology development and innovation, in order to promote the adoption of energy efficiency technologies in South Africa.