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The Smart Grid Research Centre 




The Smart Grid Research Centre is a state-of-the-art modern facility for training/research development (modelling, simulation and real-time analysis) of Smart Technologies and the integration of various renewable energy technologies into the Grid. 

It was officially launched at UKZN’s Westville campus by Deputy Minister of Public Enterprises Bulelani Magwanishe; Professor Nelson Ijumba Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and the CEO of Eskom Mr Brian Dames.

The centre will assist in developing the Smart Grid System for South Africa and is the only simulator of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere.

In his address Professor Nelson Ijumba said:
‘Eskom's student support and investment in research infrastructure at UKZN gives a new context to corporate social responsibility. It has empowered individuals, capacitated the Institution and benefited the community at large.’

The Smart Grid Research Centre along with the High Voltage Direct Current Centre and the Vibration Research and Testing Centre forms part of the Science and Technology Innovation Park (STIP).

STIP was established as a partnership between UKZN and Eskom to foster research for product advancement and innovation through knowledge partnerships. The Eskom-sponsored Park is located at the University’s Westville campus and is a significant development that offers post-graduate students world-class research facilities.

The occasion also marked Eskom’s 90th anniversary.

>> Download the SMART Grid brochure  


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