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1 Technology Development and Commercialisation in South Africa through the Centres of Competence Vuyani Lingela Chief Director, International Research, Department of Science and Technology, South Africa International Conference on Scientific and Technological Innovation: National Experience and International Cooperation ICSTI Headquarters, Moscow, Russia Wednesday, May, 2013

2 Vuyani Lingela, ICSTI, Moscow, Russia, 29 May 2013 Background In South Africa, the Centres of Competence (CoC) programme was initiated by the Department of Science and Technology in The purpose of the CoC is to promote technology commercialization by creating an environment for collaborative technology development partnerships between industry, higher education, research institutions and government. CoCs are collaborative entities established and preferable led by industry, and resourced by highly qualified researchers and engineers. Non-South African companies, universities, and research organizations can also participate in the South African CoC. 2

3 Vuyani Lingela, ICSTI, Moscow, Russia, 29 May 2013 International experience Several countries are implementing similar programmes, including some ICSTI member states, although the do not call them CoC. The common aims of these programmes are to - – close the collaborative gap between industry, universities and research organizations along the technology development value chain, – provide support for technology development and integration, – provide support for development of technology capabilities, – provide support for development of productive human capacity, and – enhance commercialization of R&D outcomes. 3

4 Vuyani Lingela, ICSTI, Moscow, Russia, 29 May 2013 Purpose of this presentation To stimulate discussion on the CoC concept among ICSTI member states and associate partners. Promote cooperation on CoC with ICSTI member states and associate partners. Learn from the experiences of ICSTI member states and associate partners. 4

5 Vuyani Lingela, ICSTI, Moscow, Russia, 29 May 2013 Centres of Competence in South Africa Satellite Sensor Centre of Competence Space Science and Technology HySA Infrastructure CoC Hydrogen Catalysis Competence Centre HySA Systems Competence Centre Hydrogen and Energy Nuclear Technologies in Medicine and the Biosciences Initiative (NTeMBI) SA HIV/Aids Research and Innovation Platform DQS competence centre for medical devices Biotechnology and Health 5

6 Vuyani Lingela, ICSTI, Moscow, Russia, 29 May 2013 Centres of Competence in South Africa Titanium Centre of Competence Titanium Biocomposite Centre of Competence Advanced Manufacturing The South African Fluorochemical Expansion Initiative (FEI) Fluorochemicals OPC Competence Centre Profibus Competence Centre Information Security 6

7 Vuyani Lingela, ICSTI, Moscow, Russia, 29 May 2013 Satellite Sensor Centre of Competence Introduction – DST plans to establish CoC in optronics and synthetic aperture radar (SAR) to support South Africa's future space programme. Functions – Give sustainable quality optronics and data support to the South African industry. – Implement innovative technology methods and management at all levels of the satellite sensor value chain. – Develop technology in cooperative and coordinated programmes, to create new and innovative products. 7

8 Vuyani Lingela, ICSTI, Moscow, Russia, 29 May 2013 Hydrogen Infrastructure Introduction – Development of hydrogen generation systems and prototypes linked to renewable energy sources as well as hydrogen storage and distribution technologies. – Co-hosted by the North-West University (NWU) and Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Functions HySA Infrastructure focuses on the following key technologies: – Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) Electrolysers and Electrolyser systems linked to renewable energy – Hydrogen storage (other than metal hydride systems) – Hydrogen reticulation and delivery – Systems integration (hydrogen production and delivery) – PGM recycling 8

9 Vuyani Lingela, ICSTI, Moscow, Russia, 29 May 2013 Hydrogen Catalysis Introduction – Tasked with the establishment of a technical and scientific base for distinctly South African contributions to the global hydrogen and fuel cell technology know-how. – Co-hosted by the University of Cape Town and Mintek Functions Development of – H 2 Fuel Cells – Fuel Processors – H 2 / Reformate Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) Devices – Portable Power Systems 9

10 Vuyani Lingela, ICSTI, Moscow, Russia, 29 May 2013 HySA Systems Integration &Technology Validation Competence Centre Introduction – HySA Systems is hosted by the University of the Western Cape (UWC) and is located at the South African Institute for Advanced Materials Chemistry. Functions Responsible for the development, prototyping, testing, validating and commissioning of the following key technologies: – Membrane Electrode Assemblies (MEAs) for High Temperature (HT) Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) fuel cells – HT-PEM fuel cell stacks – Metal hydrides for hydrogen storage and compression – Li-ion batteries and system integration of Energy Storage Devices for domestic and automotive applications 10

11 Vuyani Lingela, ICSTI, Moscow, Russia, 29 May 2013 Nuclear Technologies in Medicine and the Biosciences Initiative (NTeMBI) Introduction – The objective of NTeMBI is to be a national technology platform to cover the complete innovation process, from groundbreaking discovery research to the successful introduction of new products and services into the market. Functions – Functions as a high level R&D and Innovation initiative to implement new strategic initiatives relating to nuclear technologies in medicine and the biosciences on a local, regional and international level. – It is envisaged that this will lead to the development of significant additional R&D and Innovation capacity in South Africa, and – the introduction of new products and services into the African and international markets. 11

12 Vuyani Lingela, ICSTI, Moscow, Russia, 29 May 2013 SA HIV/Aids Research and Innovation Platform (SHARP) Introduction – Forms part of the DST's efforts to fund HIV/AIDS research, facilitate the development of innovative technology solutions, and develop safe and affordable HIV/AIDS-related technologies. Functions – One of the projects will validate a method for testing resistance to antiretroviral drugs that is cheaper and more accurate than the current method. – Another will investigate the role of natural "killer" cells that prevent HIV transmission. 12

13 Vuyani Lingela, ICSTI, Moscow, Russia, 29 May 2013 DQS competence centre for medical devices Introduction – The development of the DQS [Deutsche Gesellschaft zur Zertifizierung von Managementsystemen] CoC for medical devices started in Functions – DQS provides international accredited certification, assurance and training in the field of Health, Safety, Environment and Quality disciplines, adding value to organisations by identifying improvement opportunities to effectively manage pure and speculative risks. Impact – More than 1,200 customers have been certified by DQS according to the various standards of this business sector; and – with its excellent service DQS continues to support them anywhere in the world. This growth is also a result of increasing international requirements. 13

14 Vuyani Lingela, ICSTI, Moscow, Russia, 29 May 2013 Titanium Centre of Competence Introduction – The TiCoC is designed to support the long-term goal of establishing a competitive titanium industry in South Africa that spans the entire value chain (from primary production to the manufacture of final components). Functions – Significant progress has been made over the past six years with the development of the technology building blocks for the future South African titanium industry. Impact – The CSIRs new method delivers titanium metal powder that is subsequently fused together to produce dense metal parts. 14

15 Primary Titanium Commercialisation Plan Titanium Centre of Competence SA Titanium Industrialisation Plan Primary Ti metal powder production (CSIR Process) Basic Development Bench-Scale Pilot Plant Production: 2 kg/h Semi-Commercial Test Facility Production: 500 ton/a Commercially Pure (CP) Ti World-Class Commercial Plant Production: ton/a first: CP Ti ; then Ti Alloy

16 Vuyani Lingela, ICSTI, Moscow, Russia, 29 May 2013 Biocomposite Centre of Competence Introduction – Focuses on the development of appropriate product technology platforms for construction, packaging, automotive, aerospace and general moulded products and human capital development to support the industry. Functions – Development of natural fibre-based panels for aerospace applications using environmentally benign flame-retardant treatment. – Development of product technologies for the built environment that have resulted in initial natural fibre reinforced prototypes of insulation panels and insulated roof panels. 16

17 Vuyani Lingela, ICSTI, Moscow, Russia, 29 May 2013 Biocomposite focus areas 17

18 Vuyani Lingela, ICSTI, Moscow, Russia, 29 May 2013 The South African Fluorochemical Expansion Initiative (FEI) Introduction – FEI is an initiative of the Department of Trade and Industry,which is included as a key program ("fluorspar beneficiation") in Governments Industrial Policy Action Plan of (IPAP2) – In addition to this R&D program, is the establishment of a multipurpose fluorination pilot plant also funded by the DST, which would form the core of a centre of competence for fluorochemical development in South Africa Functions – The pilot plant will include the production of semi commercial quantities of new fluorochemical products for market penetration, demonstration of new technology developed in the laboratories and developing data for commercial scale-up purposes. 18

19 Vuyani Lingela, ICSTI, Moscow, Russia, 29 May 2013 Fluorspar Beneficiation Calcium Fluoride <20 US cents/kg Hydrogen Fluoride ~2 USD/kg Fluorine >10 USD/kg Fluorochemical products >30 USD/kg Local & export Industrial/ Consumer goods World largest reserves >40 million tons >100 yrs at current supply

20 Vuyani Lingela, ICSTI, Moscow, Russia, 29 May 2013 OPC Competence Centre Introduction – The OPC [open connectivity via open standards] Competence Centre (OCC) of South Africa works in conjunction with OPC Africa and the OPC Foundation to provide quality OPC services in the region. – The Centre offers a number of services to the local OPC community which includes training, product certification and Functions – The OCC provides vendor-neutral support to local vendors, developers and end users in all aspects related to OPC technologies 20

21 Vuyani Lingela, ICSTI, Moscow, Russia, 29 May 2013 Profibus Competence Centre Introduction – The Regional Profibus Association (RPA) of southern Africa recently lent its support to IDX online in the formation of the continent's first and only Profibus Competence Centre (PCC). – Profibus, internationally, is considered one of the world's leading industrial Fieldbus standards – These centres offer services to the Profibus community in the form of technical support and training – Functions – Offer services to the Profibus community in the form of technical support and training 21

22 Vuyani Lingela, ICSTI, Moscow, Russia, 29 May 2013 South Africa-Mongolia R&D Cooperation 22

23 Vuyani Lingela, ICSTI, Moscow, Russia, 29 May 2013 South Africa-Mongolia R&D Cooperation 23

24 Vuyani Lingela, ICSTI, Moscow, Russia, 29 May 2013 Thank You Vuyani Lingela Chief Director: International Research Department of Science and Technology Tel: Fax: Private Bag X 894, Pretoria 0001, South Africa 24


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