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The main research focus of the centre is on the development of new and innovative renewable energy technologies and energy conservation in industrial, retail, commercial and residential sectors. Our research projects includes the development of innovative technologies for utilizing renewable energy resources especially solar, wind and sea wave energy for accomplishing the energy needs of the community as well as to minimize the use of conventional energy and its impact on the climate. We also assist SMEs and individuals in pre-assessment, funding and designing of their innovative projects in the area of renewable energy.

To facilitate the production of technology and services in energy efficiency and renewable and sustainable energy, Postgraduate research is being conducted in the following areas:

  • Solar Thermal
  • Wind / PV Hybrid systems
  • Energy Management Systems
  • Energy Audits
  • Biogas and Biofuels
  • Sea Wave Energy


Research areas presently undertaken by Postgraduate students are:

Mr Sandile Sizwe Gina: ‘Renewable Energy Hybrid Systems (Solar and wind) for rural schools and domestic applications.

Mr Kabuya Kanyinda: ‘Improving Energy use in Institutional Building through Dmaic Problem Solving

Mr Osagie Ighodara: ‘Energy Potential Assessment from Poultry litter using Anaerobic Digestion

Ms Rina Ramsingh-Harichand: ‘Renewable Energy Employment Opportunities: A Durban University of Technology (DUT) case study





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Submit a Topic / Proposal – email: ashuraa@dut.ac.za


The Research and Postgraduate Support Directorate (RPS) primarily focuses on managing the university’s research activities and supporting the academic and research staff through research management and development systems, organizing research capacity building initiatives, providing research support and incentive structures to stimulate researchers and strategic inputs which in turn ensure the university meets the Department of Higher Education and Training (DoHET) targets.The division enhances the university’s profile by facilitating the development and implementation of strategic research and postgraduate support policies that stimulate sustainable growth and increase the research base.The functions of the RPS include strategic support in the following:

  • Career development planning for emerging researchers in collaboration with the established researchers.
  • Focused research development programmes for researchers and postgraduate
  • Collection of research institutional data, analyzing it and preparing reports for monitoring, planning and submission to relevant statutory funding bodies like
  • Regular monitoring and development of appropriate incentive and research awards for researchers.
  • Acquisition of external and internal grants for both staff and postgraduate
  • Convene and initiate public lecture series at the university related to research in identified focus areas in consultation with relevant focus area leaders and faculty
  • Raise awareness and run appropriate research capacity development programmes for both Postgraduate students and staff.



Recognised for Research Support Excellence



Supporting Research and Innovation Through:

  • Research Capacity Development
  • Grants Management
  • Research Information Management
  • Institutional Research Ethics



  • Integrity: We are honest, true and ethical
  • Respect: We are understanding, considerate, compassionate, kind and polite
  • Accountability: We are responsible and answerable to all stakeholders
  • Efficiency: We are prompt and deadline driven. We engage proactively


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The Directorate endorses the university’s mission of “Promoting excellence in learning and teaching, technology transfer and applied research” by facilitating the development and implementation of strategic research and postgraduate support policies that stimulates sustainable growth and increases the research base.

The Research Capacity Development (RCD) programme is part of the Directorate’s commitment to initiate and foster programmes that develop researchers. The Directorate runs a number of RCD initiatives for staff and students every year.

The RCD programme provides opportunities for staff and students to support each other. Workshop facilitators are highly respected academics who are experts in their field. Read more…