UK-South Africa Smart Energy Global Innovation Network
The UK-South Africa Smart Energy Global Innovation Network is a new initiative led by the Innovate UK Global Alliance Africa Project team based in South Africa. The network will bring together innovators, entrepreneurs, industry, policymakers and investors from the UK and South Africa to support the development and adoption of digital, smart and AI energy technologies across energy generation, transmission and distribution, and usage.
About the network
The goal of the network is to assist the transition of our energy system from a reactive and isolated system reliant on predictable, centralised generation sources, to a dynamic, interconnected ecosystem optimised by real-time data and driven by renewable energies. This community will provide a platform for members to share knowledge, collaborate on projects, and access funding and support opportunities. There will also be a focus on matching organisations with aligned interests.
Below are some key activities to engage stakeholders to foster innovation in the smart energy sector.
Knowledge Exchange Building Workshops and Events
Mission Tour to the UK
Impact Reports and Findings
Integrating renewable energy
The network aims to facilitate the seamless integration of renewable energy sources like solar and wind into existing power grids. We will explore innovative solutions for energy storage, distribution, and efficient utilisation.
Building smarter grids
Our focus will include the development and deployment of smart grid technologies. These grids will be equipped with sensors, IoT devices, and communication technologies to improve grid reliability.
Applying AI in energy
AI and machine learning will play a pivotal role in predictive maintenance, demand forecasting, and optimisation of energy distribution. The network will work on developing AI algorithms.
Join the network
Express your interest in joining the UK-South Africa Smart Energy Global Innovation Network.
Global Alliance Africa
This Innovate UK Global Alliance Africa 6-year (2019-2025) project funded by UK International Development aims to build new and stronger UK-African partnerships to maximise the creation of inclusive market access, funding and investment opportunities through innovation knowledge transfer between the UK, Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa.
Global Innovation Networks
Global Innovation Networks unite some of the best minds and greatest thinkers from across the UK and globally to find answers to some of the world’s most significant challenges. The Networks will facilitate UK, African and EU networks to deliver collaborative research, innovation and funding solutions that address key global innovation challenges.