The CSIR thermal laboratory
The CSIR Energy Research Centre, in partnership with the South African National Energy Development Institute, is establishing a thermal system support programme for the South African industry. Through thermo-fluid process optimisation and targeted technology development, the programme will assist industry to reduce the energy costs and carbon emissions associated with process heating systems.
The CSIR Solar Photovoltaic Facility
The electricity generated by the solar photovoltaic (PV) plants installed at the CSIR Pretoria campus has reduced the CSIR’s electricity bill by over R14 million since 2015.
The CSIR powder characterisation facility
For producers of materials and components made from metal powders, identification of key powder characteristics for specific process conditions may enable these end-users to specify powder requirements, potentially reducing raw material cost and waste.
Medical Device and Diagnostic Innovation Cluster (MeDDIC) programme
The CSIR is assisting new entrants to the medical device market with product lifecycle management support.
The medical device innovation process follows a path from concept creation through to design and development, including the necessary technical and clinical testing phases, design transfer for manufacturing, manufacturing, and post-market surveillance activities. This requires product lifecycle management support to assist new entrants into the market.
The CSIR mechanical testing laboratory
The mechanical properties of structural components are critical as they indicate how materials perform when subjected to stress. The CSIR’s mechanical testing laboratory supports mechanical properties testing for the research and development of light metals.
The CSIR’s Low speed wind tunnel
With over 50 years’ experience, the CSIR’s wind tunnel infrastructure plays a pivotal role in aeronautical development in South Africa.
Mine Fires and Explosion Research, Testing and Training Facility
The CSIR is expanding and enhancing its training offering to include immersive, experiential training in emergency response procedures, including the use of self-contained self-rescuers.
Detonics Ballistics and Explosives Laboratory
Thorough knowledge of explosives is critical in developing technologies and systems to offer effective protection. The CSIR has built world-leading infrastructure and capabilities to offer explosive threat and protection research and development through its Detonics Ballistics and Explosives Laboratory (DBEL).
CSIR Microbiology and Parasitology Laboratory
The CSIR Microbiology and Parasitology Laboratory has played a key role in the development of wastewater-based epidemiology disease tracking and monitoring approaches during the Covid-19 pandemic. This added to the laboratory’s reputation, acquired over more than two decades, as a specialised and reliable provider of tests for niche waterborne pathogens. The facility focuses on niche waterborne microbes, like viruses and parasites, that require specialised equipment and approaches.