The South African National Energy Research Institute (Saneri), a subsidiary of the Central Energy Fund (Cef), has awarded the first three chairs of energy research in an initiative to boost the development of South Africa’s scinetific research base.
The senior chair of energy research (CoER) for biofuels and other clean alternative fuels was awarded to Prof Emile van Zyl and his team at Stellenbosch University.
Prof. Sanette Marx of the North-West University was appointed as the associated CoER for biofuels and other clean alternative fuels, and Prof. Rosemary Falcon of the University of the Witwatersrand University was announced as the associated CoER for clean-coal technologies.
Van Zyl said that under the CoER programme, Saneri was supporting Stellenbosch University’s research into biofuels and other clean alternative fuels with R2-million a year over the next five years.
He added that the R10-million endorsement would assist South Africa to unlock its potential of becoming a significant producer of renewable bioenergy.
The senior CoER is a joint venture between members of Stellenbosch University’s departments of microbiology – led by Prof Emile van Zyl and Dr Marinda Bloom – and process engineering – led by Prof Hansie Knoetze and Dr Johann G