Against the background of renewable energy development in South Africa, the Governments of South Africa and the Federal Republic of Germany agreed in 2010 to implement an energy and climate programme via the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). The South African-German Energy (SAGEN) programme aims to promote investment in renewable energy and energy efficiency and thus supports the development of a sustainable energy sector in South Africa. Under the auspices of SAGEN, GIZ is cooperating with SANEDI and RECORD to achieve mutually agreed goals.
RECORD recognises the importance of skills development to service the growing renewable energy sector in South Africa and cooperates with a variety of actors who provide training at different levels.
RECORD aims to foster collaboration between renewable energy research and development stakeholders having common goals. This is achieved through collaborative funding and sharing of resources to ensure that applied research is not duplicated within the same field. RECORD strongly supports the formation of theme-focussed research clusters where trans-institutional cooperation, sustaining broad focus areas in renewable energy topics, is addressed.
In line with the legislative mandate of SANEDI, RECORD provides limited funding for applied renewable energy research conducted at tertiary institutions in South Africa. To ensure efficient use of limited research funds, RECORD coordinates renewable energy research according to national priorities and stakeholder objectives.