Crescent Mushwana

CSIR principal engineer

Mushwana’s research interests lie in the planning, operation and analysis of power systems, with a special focus on future power system scenario modelling.

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Mushwana’s engineering experience spans 16 years and covers substation design, high voltage equipment, and power system planning where he implements regulatory standards, codes and energy policies. He joined the CSIR in 2015.

As part of the CSIR’s energy initiative, Mushwana defines lead scenarios for high penetration of renewables into the South African energy system and leads the modelling of the energy systems. He assesses the scenarios’ compliance from a technical perspective with regards to prevailing regulatory standards and policies, and leads research into technically viable scenarios. Among others, he develops cross-cutting approaches to model energy costs across different energy sectors. Mushwana develops specific policy recommendations on specific energy topics, and provides input into the development of regulatory documents, standards and policies in the electricity and energy sector in general.

He is a member of the Engineering Council South Africa, the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

Academic qualifications: 
  • BTech (Electrical Engineering), University of Johannesburg, 1998
  • BSc (Honours) (Applied Science), University of Pretoria, 2003
  • Diploma (Project Management), School of Project Management, 2004
  • MEng (Electrical), University of the Witwatersrand, 2012


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