Seeking technologies for ocean current energy generation


Launch date: 1 June 2012
Deadline for submissions: 3 July 2012

Opportunity:Potential technology commercialisation and development funding according to the different TIA investment portfolios that can be viewed at TIA and its collaborative partner Eskom are seeking to help advance ocean current energy technology to a point where it becomes commercially available.

Phase 1 – Demonstrate proof of concept (1-3 months)
Phase 2 – Scale proof of concept up to commercialisation (3 months – 2 years)

Phase 1 – Funding commensurate with proposed activity, according to sponsor’s normal funding requirements.
Feedback response time: 1-2 months

Challenge description:
TIA in fulfilling its mandate, “Stimulating and intensifying technological innovation in order to improve economic growth and the quality of life of all South Africans by developing and exploiting technological innovations” and in collaboration with Eskom seek proposals from inventors, SMMEs, companies, entrepreneurs and researchers who have novel ocean current energy technologies. Successful technologies must have passed the proof-of-concept stage.

The challenge will be launched on the 1st of June 2012 and will close on the 3rd of
July 2012. TIA will be holding public engagement workshops as advised in Table 1
and for registration see link,

City venue Date
JHB/PTA TIA Head Office 11 June 2012
Cape town TIA Regional Office 19 June 2012
Port Elizabeth TIA Regional Office 22 June 2012
Durban TIA Regional Office 26 June 2012

For this inquiry only, please contact helpdesk on e-mail:
or phone Jonathan Muringani on 012 844 0671 and for any other inquiries contact
switchboard on 012 472 2700.

We look forward to your collaboration.
Download the challenge PDF INFORMATION SHEET.

The project team would like to inform you that the project deadline has been extended to the 15th of July 2012. This has been done to enable interested parties ample time to prepare their submission.
If you have any further queries do not hesitate to contact me.
Jonathan Muringani
Project manager: TIA open innovation challenge
012 844 0671/078 22 76 844

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