EPRI and Eskom establish African technology center

The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) of the United States, and Eskom, the South African utility, are forming an African Center for Essential Community Services (CECS).

Their goal is to bring Africa`s people the opportunity for more electrification and beneficial electrotechnologies, especially those that help supply clean water and improve health conditions.

CECS`s primary role will be acting as a technology transfer mechanism for moving EPRI technology through Eskom into sub-Saharan Africa. The CECS will initially be supported by EPRI and Eskom.

Additional funding is expected from the South African government, the South African water utilities and healthcare industries, and other interested parties. After an initial three-year period, the CECS is expected to be self-supporting and will function as a not-for-gain South African corporation. The host site, most likely a major South African university, will be selected by the request-for-proposal process.

“The challenges faced by the Republic of South Africa are numerous, particularly in the effort to improve the lot of the general populace,” said Dr. Steve Lennon, Eskom. “The African Center for Essential Community Services will be a key element in supporting the South African government objectives: electrification, adequate water supplies, and improved health and healthcare for the citizens.”