The South African National Space Agency (SANSA) was established in 2010. Following a period of rapid growth and transition the agency has made significant advancements towards addressing its mandate of deriving greater value from space science and technology for the benefit of South African society.

Creating a platform for open innovation to source business ideas and solutions in a safe and low risk manner

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On Friday, 26 January, the South African National Space Agency (SANSA), Airbus Defence and Space, Technology Innovation Agency (TIA), and The Innovation Hub Management Company (TIH), hosted a Wold Café networking event at the Tshimologong Innovation Precinct in Johannesburg.

The World Café (open innovation) is a group interaction method focused on creative conversations, leading collaborative dialogue, sharing knowledge and creating possibilities for action. The event was a culmination of a project launched in 2017, which had been aimed at developing and supporting home-grown and novel applications for earth observation data obtained by satellites.

Image of the week 2018-01-24 Solar Energy Project in the Northern Cape Province

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Solar Energy Project in the Northern Cape Province

SANSA 2016 SPOT 6/7 national mosaic.

Since 2008 South Africa has been active in looking for potential sources of alternative energy and promoting the use of clean renewable energy in order to meet the country’s critical electricity needs and a target of installing 18 gigawatts of renewable energy capacity by 2030. The Department of Energy (http://www.energy.gov.za/) introduced the largest solar projects in 2012.

Jasper Power projects was awarded a preferred bidder status and construction started in October 2013 and began full commercialization a year later.

The project stimulated long-term economic development and created new jobs. So far the project produces 180,000 megawatts hours of energy annually for South African residences and is powering approximately 80,000 homes.

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