Paper presented to the 3rd Southern African Solar Energy Conference, South Africa, 11-13 May, 2015.
The national Departments of Science and Technology, and
Energy, have jointly initiated a Solar Energy Technology
Roadmap (SETRM) for South Africa. This paper focuses on
one aspect of the SETRM, namely: the research, development
and innovation (RDI) opportunities for the national system of
innovation. It describes the overall approach, with process and
output, which began with the completion of a baseline desktop
study, followed by a number of workshops focused on the
trends and market opportunities for South African RDI. These
outputs were substantiated further and then underwent a
process of strategic prioritisation to produce the basis on which
the final RDI roadmap was developed.