Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)


The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is one of the leading scientific research and technology development organisations in Africa. In partnership with national and international research and technology institutions, CSIR undertakes directed and multidisciplinary research and technology innovation that contributes to the improvement of the quality of life of South Africans. The CSIR’s main site is in Pretoria while it is represented in other provinces of South Africa through regional offices.


The Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) provides technology solutions, capacity building and advice on policy, legal and regulatory framework tailored to the needs of individual developing countries. The CSIR is one of three CTCN consortium partners in Africa. The CTCN is the operational arm of the UNFCCC Technology Mechanism and is hosted by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) together with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).


On behalf of the CTCN, the CSIR is seeking a consultant to develop a Technology Roadmap (TRM) on solar photovoltaic technology. Malawi has great potential for using solar PV technologies as most places receive as much as 3,000 hours of sunlight per year (UNEP RISO, 2013). As a result, the mitigation potential for solar PV in the country is as much as 522, 000 tCO2 per annum (UNEP RISO, 2013).
Therefore, Malawi has committed to implement 20, 000 solar PV systems and increase this number to 50, 000 by 2030 (Malawi’s Nationally Determined Contributions – NDC under the United Nations Convention Framework on Climate Change). The TRM will enable Malawi to implement these climate change objectives. For more details please download the document here.