The company was formed by Marcus Dekenah after leaving the CSIR in 1995, and the aim was to focus on doing excellent research, without corporate overhead. Growth since this time has been steady.
Projects are carried out in a team-based environment, with specialists correlating effort to provide quality results. Specialists are well qualified and/or have international exposure.
Whilst research does not necessarily solve a client's problem, it does deliver options. We apply core research skills to research problems, and deliver information on the options for our clients.
Core skills (data -> information):
Load research project management
Management of large load research databases
Integration of large data sets
Capture, validation (quality control), filtering, analysis and modelling of load profiles, electricity sales, sociodemographic and spatial data
Statistical data analysis
Spatial representation of data, interpretation against national spatial data sets
Dissemination of research results
These core skills are built on terabyte database storage capacity, commercial software tools and in-house utilities.
Typical outputs (information):
Consumer Load profile models
DSM impact modelling
Consumer demand models
Electricity price impact modelling
Appliance penetration load-impact modelling
Consumer classification systems
Input into NRS National standards
Domestic consumer demand estimator software
Load research sample designs (Large power user, Agricultural user, Domestic consumer).
Eskom (Electricity Pricing Policy, Consulting, Research & Development, Integrated Strategic Electricity Planning (ISEP), Distribution Technology)
Polytech of Namibia
University of Cape Town: Energy Research Centre (ERC/EDRC)
SABS National Electrical Test Facility