Changing Lives – Public Benefit Research Solutions in Action

Professor Edson Meyer
Director: Institute of Technology- University of Fort Hare

The financial investment in research sometimes distracts the focus away from the public benefits of research. In South Africa Energy has been denoted as a Grand Challenge by the Department of Science and Technology, which emphasises the criticality of research outputs which can benefit society as a whole. The University of Fort Hare has a number of research projects and outputs which has demonstrated that it has visibly changed the lives of people. This presentation will demonstrate the public benefit renewable energy research outputs that have created value for the citizens of the Province of the Eastern Cape. The presentation will be complemented by the participation of community members directly affected by these research outputs.