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The energy efficiency research group

 

The group deals with energy efficiency at the demand level. Energy efficiency is an economic resource a and should be an essential consideration when specifying or purchasing equipment which requires energy to operate. The group looks at the effects on single businesses and the national picture.

Much of the work continues to be in the industrial sector, while work in the building sector is growing, particularly with the advent of the Green Building Council of South Africa.. The group is currently carrying out work under the Eskom Demand Side Management programme, researching the potential for DSM with industrial electrical loads and are also accredited as a Monitoring & Verification body under this programme.

The group is currently carrying out work under the Eskom Demand Side Management Programme. We have researched the potential for DSM with industrial electrical loads and have recently undertaken research to determine the potential for using high efficiency electric motors in the Western Cape. We are accredited as a Monitoring and Verification team under this programme. The M & V work has required the development of standards and we have actively contributed to these.

The EEG does not work in isolation. Many of our activities overlap with other groups, specifically in the areas of modelling and climate change. Energy efficiency has a highly significant role in both of these spheres and is regarded as an essential area of consideration and implementation.

We are committed to promoting energy efficiency and offer courses, in addition to components within the Master's programme. We welcome interested students who would like to expand the overall body of knowledge, as well as their own, either by participating in research projects, or more directly in industrial projects. Students can be directly involved in industrial consultancy projects or with the M & V work.