Enabling a sustainable future for Africa.

The Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies (CRSES) at Stellenbosch University enables a sustainable future for Africa through world-class renewable and sustainable energy research, advisory services, awareness campaigns and training programmes.

It was established in 2007 to facilitate and stimulate activities in renewable energy studies and research at the world-class Stellenbosch University. We work in partnership with other universities and research entities within the National System of Innovation in South Africa.

Our vision

To be recognised as entry point to the leading, most well-known and most productive research and development (R&D) network in the field of renewable and sustainable energy in Africa.
To have a positive impact on the livelihoods of all members of society.

Our mission

We facilitate cutting-edge research and development activities and human capacity development in renewable and sustainable energy, as well as in power systems studies, through the mobilisation and fair distribution of the appropriate resources from Stellenbosch University, government, industry, other universities, other organisations and other entities within the National System of Innovation.

We work to establish collaboration with other universities and research centres in South Africa and internationally. Read more about our collaborators here.

We aspire to reach as many people as possible through our various awareness programmes.

Our collaborative hub-and-spokes model

The distribution of CRSES research capacity and expertise is typically done through the hub-and-spokes model, with the hub focusing on funding, reporting and coordination, and the spokes representing paired institutions focussed on specific technologies.