Hosted by Dr Christopher de Saxe, CSIR Principal Engineer
Logistics companies are increasing their efforts to reduce costs and carbon emissions, to which fuel use is the main contributor. Green tyres have the potential to improve fuel efficiency, but local transport operators are yet to be convinced of their value. The CSIR, in collaboration with the universities of the Witwatersrand and Cambridge, and tyre manufacturer Michelin, performed full-scale research trials of energy-saving green tyres on trucks. Tests were carried out on two 56-tonne trucks over three days on the high-speed oval track at Gerotek, and demonstrated a significant 8% to10% reduction in fuel consumption. This equates to an 8% to10% reduction in carbon emissions and 4% saving in operating costs. Don’t miss this opportunity to get first-hand information from the experts on reducing road freight costs and emissions through green tyres.
Dr Christopher de Saxe, CSIR principal engineer (Host); Prof. Frank Kienhöfer, Visiting Associate Professor at the University of the Witwatersrand; Dr Xiaoxiang Na, Senior Research Associate, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom; Mr Frans Gericke, Michelin Tyre Company South Africa; Mr Hein Venter, Michelin; Mr Christian Gazalet, Michelin Tyre Company South Africa; and Mr Rehaan Abdulla, University of the Witwatersrand