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Achieved Milestones

Over the past 7 years SAIAMC has achieved several significant milestones, which form an indelible part of the institute's history, in particular:

  • The Eskom Centre for Electrocatalytic research (ECER) was established in 2003, with the overall objective of developing expertise and human resources in the field of electrocatalysis and of special interest to Eskom.

  • Eskom continued funding the fuel cell R&D programme until 2006, and in 2007 initiated a large scale project on extracting and compressing hydrogen from Underground Coal Gasification (UCG) product gas which is currently ongoing.

  • Since 2007 the South African National Energy Research Institute (SANER!) has funded the project entitled: "Pre-commercialisation study and demonstration of 500W DMFC and 1 kW PEMFC systems and their components". The project has been successfully completed in early 2011.

  • The primary aim of the Innovation Fund Project (currently Technology Innovation Agency), since 2008, was to develop a practical, efficient, cost-effective SPE electrolyser system that produces and stores hydrogen (and potentially oxygen) directly under high pressure (100bar). The project was successfully completed in late 2011.

  • HySA Systems, a Technology Validation and Systems Integration Competence Centre in hydrogen and fuel cell technology (HFCT), was established in 2007 and forms part of a long-term Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Research, Development and Innovation strategy, officially launched by the Department of Science & Technology in South Africa in 2008.

  • The PetroSA Synthetic Fuels Innovation Centre (PSFIC) project commenced in April 2010. The establishment of the PSFIC encompasses the relocation to UWC of a significant component of PetroSA's research capability namely the Conversion of Olefins to Distillate (COD) pilot plant, a five year research programme was commenced in 2010 aimed at the improvement of COD process. This will have a positive impact on the supply of synthetic fuels in South Africa and worldwide.

  • Technology and Human Resources for Industry Programme (THRIP) HCD development award was presented to SAIAMC in 2008.

  • Since 2007, SAIAMC has received over R200 million in the form of research grants from industry and government plus more than R50 million committed funds through signed agreements.


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