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Ghana Postpones Construction of Coal Power Plant

Ghana Postpones Construction of Coal Power Plant

by Joshua Amponsem on May 26, 2016



The Government of Ghana is expected to solve the country’s energy crisis through the construction of a 2x350MW supercritical coal fired power plant in Ekumfi Aboano in the Central Region of Ghana. The project, which was initially scheduled to commence in August 2016 has been postponed to April 2017. The first phase of the project …Read More

Current approaches to offgrid electricity need to be changed to achieve universal access to electricity

by Africa Business on May 25, 2016



The PwC report – Electricity beyond the grid: accelerating access to sustainable power for all – says a new approach is needed – PwC report says new renewable off-grid technologies, in combination with innovative business models and mobile payment systems hold the key to rural electrification. – New approaches to beyond the grid electrification need …Read More

What does the Future Hold for Thin Film Solar Panels?

What does the Future Hold for Thin Film Solar Panels?

by Sven Lindstrom on May 23, 2016



by Sven Lindström, CEO, Midsummer The photovoltaic market continues to grow with impressive speed. Large scale silicon solar parks have been all the fashion until now but thin film panels are becoming increasingly popular and will dominate the small scale off-grid market and the booming building integrated PV segment, especially in sunny regions like Africa. …Read More

Morocco’s Noor hybrid projects extend the reach of CSP

by Heba Hashem on May 18, 2016



Morocco is following in Chile’s footsteps with two new solar hybrid complexes that will maximize synergies and optimize the cost per kilowatt hour. Visit http://www.csptoday.com/menasol/ and get a deeper view on how to secure developments, win bids and deliver profitable solar projects. The first of these independent power projects, Noor Midelt, is envisioned as a …Read More

Environmental Activists and Renewable Energy Practitioners Gather for Power Shift –Ghana

Environmental Activists and Renewable Energy Practitioners Gather for Power Shift –Ghana

by Africa Business on May 17, 2016



POWER SHIFT – GHANA, tagged as the nation’s largest environmental youth gathering was held on May 14th at KNUST. The event was organized by the Ghana Youth Climate Coalition (GYCC) and partnered Green Africa Youth Organization (GAYO). Power Shift – Ghana 2016, attracted over 400 students, about 100 environmental activists, and solar energy practitioners to …Read More

Brighter future for African power

by Africa Business on May 16, 2016



The expansion of generation and transmission capacity, and the rapid adoption of renewables such as solar, promise economic benefits and improved quality of life across Africa, power sector stakeholders have heard. At a stakeholders’ briefing held in Sandton this week ahead of the annual POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa conference and business expo in July, Eskom …Read More

100 MW Kathu solar project in the Northern Cape of South Africa will start construction

100 MW Kathu solar project in the Northern Cape of South Africa will start construction

by Africa Business on May 15, 2016



ENGIE (ENGIE.com) is pleased to announce that the Kathu Solar Park project in South Africa, owned by an ENGIE-led consortium with South African partners, has signed a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Eskom – South Africa’s state owned power utility –, making it possible for construction at the site to begin shortly. The concentrated …Read More

Egypt’s leading renewable energy conference is back

by Africa Business on May 15, 2016



6-7 September 2016 Following the great success of its first edition, Advanced Conferences & Meetings is proud to announce the launch of the 2nd Annual Solar Projects Egypt conference, held on 6-7 September in Cairo. Under the patronage of the New and Renewable Energy Authority (NERA), the 2nd annual Solar Projects Egypt will address progress …Read More

Greenpeace slams Eskom CEO’s anti-renewable energy propaganda

by Africa Business on May 13, 2016



Reacting to claims made by Eskom CEO Brain Molefe during his State of the System briefing in Cape Town yesterday, that Renewable Energy is a ‘disappointment’,  Greenpeace (Greenpeace.org) has said: “Greenpeace condemns the anti-renewable energy propaganda coming from Eskom in the strongest possible terms, at a time when renewable energy projects have added more than …Read More

10 nominees announced for AIF’s Innovation Prize for Africa 2016

10 nominees announced for AIF’s Innovation Prize for Africa 2016

by Africa Business on May 9, 2016



The African Innovation Foundation (AIF) (www.AfricanInnovation.org) today announced the top 10 nominees for its landmark programme, the Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA). Now celebrating its 5th year under the theme “Made in Africa”, IPA is the premier innovation initiative in the African continent, offering a grand share prize of US$150 000 and incentives to spur …Read More

US$7 Million Prize to Fund African Renewable Energy Projects

by Africa Business on May 5, 2016



- Just three weeks left for entrepreneurs to enter the ACF competition which will see developers across the continent compete for funding and expertise – Calling all entrepreneurs and developers of renewable energy projects in Africa Access Power (Access-Power.com), a developer, owner and operator of power projects in emerging markets, today kicked off the countdown …Read More

Solar tracking expert Exosun confirms high local content performance to optimally serve the South African utility-scale PV market

Solar tracking expert Exosun confirms high local content performance to optimally serve the South African utility-scale PV market

by Africa Business on May 3, 2016



Company renews its B-BBEE level 4 certificate Exosun, worldwide leading supplier of advanced, cost-effective solar tracking solutions for ground-mounted photovoltaic (PV) plants, confirms high local content performance in South Africa one year after the opening of its subsidiary in Cape Town. The recent renewal of Exosun Pty’s B-BBEE (Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment) level 4 certificate proves …Read More

South Africa: SegenSolar sells Renusol mounting systems exclusively

by Africa Business on May 3, 2016



Wholesaler SegenSolar (Pty) Ltd supplies the South African market with PV mounting systems from German brand Renusol exclusively. Via its online portal, SegenSolar offers the entire Renusol range – solutions for mounting photovoltaic installations both on the ground and on all types of roofs. SegenSolar is part of British PV wholesaler Segen Ltd. SegenSolar chooses …Read More

Frost & Sullivan Lauds ZTE for High Value Offerings to the Telecommunications Industry in Sub-Saharan Africa

by Africa Business on May 1, 2016



Through end-to-end green energy solutions, ZTE enables significant energy and cost savings for the entire telecommunications value chain Based on its recent analysis of the green energy solutions market for telecommunications, Frost & Sullivan recognises ZTE Corporation (ZTE) with the 2015 Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) Frost & Sullivan Award for Customer Value Leadership. ZTE has integrated …Read More

Unique Naturally Biodegradable Food Packaging Material Launched That is fully recyclable

Unique Naturally Biodegradable Food Packaging Material Launched That is fully recyclable

by Africa Business on Apr 25, 2016



Bio-on, an Italian renewable chemical developer and a pioneer in the bioplastic sector, in collaboration with University of Tampere in Finland has developed a new biodegradable material using paper and bioplastic for packaging of food. Made from a combination of paper and bioplastic, the material is a result of Minerv PHA Extrusion Coating project launched …Read More

Finalists announced in African Utility Week’s Innovation Hub for energy and water industry

by Africa Business on Apr 25, 2016



African Utility Week’s Innovation Hub offers unique opportunity Aquaponic farming, a geyser switch and other water and energy savings gadgets and software are amongst the winning innovations and inventions that will be showcased at the Innovation Hub taking place during the upcoming African Utility Week in Cape Town from 17-19 May. Fifteen SMEs, start-ups and …Read More

African Forum of Renewable Energies AFER 2016

by Africa Business on Apr 25, 2016



Tangier July 13th, 14th and 15th, 2016 English (Acrobat Reader, .pdf) “More recently, fed by the same approach that favors a long term plan, the Kingdom of Morocco has become one of the major actors of the energy transition in the world, especially on the African Continent. Thus the objective of 42%, which has been …Read More

Rolls-Royce Supplies 36 Gas Gensets for Power Plant in Ghana

by Africa Business on Apr 19, 2016



- 36 MTU Onsite Energy Series 4000 gensets supplied for power plant – Power plant to feed 56 MW into public grid from May 2016 Rolls-Royce has delivered 36 MTU Onsite Energy brand natural-gas-powered gensets for a gas power plant in Accra, Ghana. The Type 16V 4000 L32 gensets produce 1,560 kW of electric power …Read More

SOLAR PROJECTS EGYPT

SOLAR PROJECTS EGYPT

by Africa Business on Apr 19, 2016



Website: http://solarprojectsegypt.com/

New Energy Update South Africa 2016

by Africa Business on Apr 19, 2016



400+ attendees, 50+ speakers and 20+ sponsors are gathering 8-9 June in Cape Town for the New Energy Update series of conferences, comprising of CSP Today South Africa, PV Insider South Africa and Wind Energy Update South Africa. Website: http://bit.ly/NewEnergyUpdateSA

Greenpeace ranks Pick n Pay, Massmart, Spar, Woolworths and Shoprite on commitments to a 100% renewable energy vision

by Africa Business on Apr 19, 2016



South Africa’s top five retailers (Pick n Pay, Massmart, Spar, Woolworths and Shoprite) have a major role to play in shaping sustainable growth in the energy sector and need to champion South Africa’s transition to 100% renewable energy, according to the latest report launched today by Greenpeace Africa (Greenpeace.org). The report ‘Shopping Clean – Retailers …Read More

Lessons Other African Countries Can Learn from the South African Renewable Energy IPP Programme

by Celine Paton on Apr 14, 2016



By: Celine Paton, Consultant for Energy & Environment, Frost & Sullivan Africa Following global trends leaning towards a more sustainable future, governments in most African countries have established increasingly ambitious renewable energy (RE) targets for their power sector. However, with the notable exception of South Africa and the hydro power sector, not much has materialised …Read More

African Utility Week’s Finance and Investment Forum: Africa as attractive power project investment destination

by Africa Business on Apr 12, 2016



“Let’s share success stories we can learn from and scale up” “Five years ago, when South Africa launched its renewable Reefit programme, it did not know how successful it would be”, says KPMG’s De Buys Scott. He adds: “the country has since then been the recipient of much global acclaim for its renewable programme successes …Read More

Swedish solar energy expert Midsummer receives funding from Mistra for development of lightweight solar modules on vehicles

by Africa Business on Apr 12, 2016



Swedish solar energy expert Midsummer, a leading provider of equipment for cost-effective manufacturing of flexible CIGS thin film solar cells, has received funding from Mistra for the development of lightweight solar modules on vehicles. The developed solar panels will be integrated in body panels in a Clean Motion Zbee ultra-light electric vehicle composite roof. The …Read More

Flexenclosure wins order for 1,000 energy efficient hybrid power systems to power IHS’ Nigerian mobile telecom towers

by Africa Business on Apr 6, 2016



Flexenclosure, a designer and manufacturer of prefabricated data centre buildings and intelligent power management systems for the ICT industry, has received an order to supply 1,000 eSite power systems for IHS Towers‘ sites in the Abuja region of central Nigeria.  The order is a part of IHS’s significantly larger green energy programme. This agreement is …Read More

Speech By Prof. Judi Wakhungu, Egh, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry Of Environment, Natural Resources And Regional Development Authorities During The Opening Ceremony Of The Sub-Regional Seminar On Facilitating The Transfer Of Climate Technologies In East Africa, At Strathmore University, Strathmore Business School Auditorium On 5th April 2016

Speech By Prof. Judi Wakhungu, Egh, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry Of Environment, Natural Resources And Regional Development Authorities During The Opening Ceremony Of The Sub-Regional Seminar On Facilitating The Transfer Of Climate Technologies In East Africa, At Strathmore University, Strathmore Business School Auditorium On 5th April 2016

by Africa Business on Apr 5, 2016



H.E. Amb. Tatsushu Terada Japan Ambassador to Kenya, Mr. Anatole Krattiger Director, Global Challenges Division WIPO Geneva, Mr. Matthew Kennedy Vice Chair CTCN Advisory Board, Copenhagen, Mr. Edward Mungai Chief Executive Officer Kenya Climate Innovation Center, Representative from various African Countries present, Captains of the Industry Present, Distinguished Guests Ladies and Gentlemen, It is gives …Read More

Facilitating the Transfer of Climate Technologies in East Africa

by Africa Business on Apr 5, 2016



Leading East Africa organizations pioneering the improvement of agriculture and food production, and clean water supply in East Africa, have congregated in Nairobi, under the latest round of Facilitating the Transfer of Climate Technologies in East Africa Forum. Organized by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN), in …Read More

Making Coal Fired Plants Green

by Africa Business on Apr 4, 2016



Sustainable Energy & Technology Asia, otherwise known as SETA, is an exhibition and conference developed specifically for international, government and industry discussions and collaboration on developing sustainable energy policies for the region’s future economic development. This year marks the inaugural years of this exhibition and conference. While the issues discussed at this exhibition and conference …Read More

World Panel SunStream™ Will Keep MTN Customers Charged in Energy-Strapped Region

World Panel SunStream™ Will Keep MTN Customers Charged in Energy-Strapped Region

by Africa Business on Apr 4, 2016



MTN South Africa (MTN.co.za) launched its new promotional package featuring World Panel’s SunStream™ (World-Panel.com) which allows users to stream electricity from the sun directly into their mobile devices. The new bundle was announced at an event in Mthatha with executives from MTN and World Panel Inc. present.  The event was held outside the MTN store …Read More

African Ministers of Energy to discuss opportunities for power sector investment this June

African Ministers of Energy to discuss opportunities for power sector investment this June

by Africa Business on Apr 4, 2016



Over 130 speakers to date have confirmed to attend the 18th annual Africa Energy Forum (AEF) (Africa-Energy-Forum.com), taking place in London this year from 22-24th June. Widely considered the meeting place for Africa’s power sector professionals to discuss opportunities for investment into the power sector, 56% of the African continent was represented at the Forum …Read More

Energy and Environment Partnership Southern and East Africa announces opening of its 12th and 13th Call for Proposal

by Africa Business on Mar 30, 2016



As a challenge fund, the Energy and Environment Partnership Programme with Southern and East Africa (EEP S&EA) (http://www.EEPAfrica.org) is seeking high-quality applications for projects in the two regions that can contribute to the reduction of poverty by promoting inclusive and job-creating green economy and by improving energy security while mitigating global climate change. EEP is …Read More

Solar Park Freetown (6MW) – winning project of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

by Africa Business on Mar 24, 2016



The Government of Sierra Leone represented by the Ministry of Energy/Abu Dhabi, UAE, March 09, 2016 is pleased to announce that Sierra Leone has made a number of critical steps to commence the implementation of the Solar Park Freetown Project. These important steps include, the ratification of the ADFD Loan by the Sierra Leone Government, …Read More

PumpMakers Launches Platform for DIY Solar Pumps in Africa

PumpMakers Launches Platform for DIY Solar Pumps in Africa

by Africa Business on Mar 21, 2016



In an attempt to help reduce the global water shortage, strengthen the local economy, create jobs and prevent migration from rural areas, PumpMakers GmbH have successfully installed ‘do-it-yourself’ (DIY) solar pumps in Africa and Europe. Operational since 2012, these DIY pumps are the creation of Austrian well builder Dietmar Stuck, who has been active in …Read More

Annual Investment Meeting (AIM) to highlight challenges facing energy sector from 11 – 13 April in Dubai

Annual Investment Meeting (AIM) to highlight challenges facing energy sector from 11 – 13 April in Dubai

by Africa Business on Mar 11, 2016



HE Al Mansoori: “New and Renewable Energy initiatives are essential for attracting foreign capital to UAE” – Target is to make FDI 5% of GDP in next 5 years – Proposed FDI law will provide incentives for investors, says HE Al Mansoori – AIM provides unique platform to promote investment in various sectors. Dawood Al …Read More

Land claims to be included in renewable project risk profiles

by Africa Business on Mar 7, 2016



International renewable energy developers must do extensive legal research and preparation for projects in South Africa, as re-opened land claim process exposes projects to greater risks, and a new law is set to ban freehold land ownership by foreign entities. South Africa reopened its land claim process in June 2014, given any person or community …Read More

NEXTracker Partners with Leading European Steel Manufacturer Metalogalva  to Accelerate Tracker Deployment on Both Sides of the Atlantic

NEXTracker Partners with Leading European Steel Manufacturer Metalogalva to Accelerate Tracker Deployment on Both Sides of the Atlantic

by Africa Business on Mar 1, 2016



Partnership with Portugal-based steel manufacturer decreases material lead time by 50% NEXTracker™, a Flex company, today announced that it has formed a partnership with Metalogalva to accelerate production of its advanced trackers for projects in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the Eastern United States. Through this partnership, Metalogalva will manufacture essential steel torque tubes …Read More

Eskom Senior General Manager of Renewables Unit to Attend New Energy Update South Africa 2016

by Africa Business on Feb 29, 2016



Eskom, South Africa’s state-owned energy utility, has confirmed participation at the New Energy Update South Africa conference series 2016. New Energy Update, taking place 8-9 June in the newly opening Century City Conference Centre in Cape Town, is bringing the legacies of CSP Today, PV Insider and Wind Energy Update together under one roof for …Read More

Revelations on Bolloré group’s investment in plantations in Africa

Revelations on Bolloré group’s investment in plantations in Africa

by Africa Business on Feb 25, 2016



Africa’s forests under threat A new Greenpeace France investigations on Socfin, a company owned 38.75% by Bolloré group, has revealed the impact of the company’s plantations on forests, communities and wildlife in Africa; The report ‘Africa’s forests under threat’, shows that Socfin’s expansion plans in a dozen countries, mostly in Africa, are threatening forests that are …Read More

On The Rails With Clarence Gooden

by Africa Business on Feb 24, 2016



There has always been a fascination about railroads, whether it’s the speed in which they move, their enormous size and even the hundreds of movies about them over the years. There is no question that railroads have played a big part in the expansion and creation of North America by transporting everything from oil, coal, …Read More

Rice Straw Power – Renewable Energy And Saving Climate At Once

by Africa Business on Feb 19, 2016



The Rice Straw Power Project was started in 2006 by Hans Lothar Köhl. The project is focused towards reducing air pollution caused due to open burning of crop fields after yielding. After spending several years in research and study, Mr. Köhl along to many other volunteers developed better ways to rot the rice straw which …Read More

Ripasso / THEnergy study: Renewables for mining go baseload with a hybrid fuel-solar solution

by Africa Business on Feb 13, 2016



The combination of concentrated solar power (CSP) and gas or diesel allows for robust power generation in 24/7 applications with different fuel types incl. biogas and off-gas Munich, February 2016 – The study “A hybrid solution with concentrated solar power (CSP) and fuel for baseload mining operations” analyses the fit of Stirling Hybrid solutions for …Read More

Hurd: Ethiopia agreement will help us transform Africa’s solar market

by Africa Business on Jan 29, 2016



Ethiopia is the latest country to back the campaign, which aims to accelerate universal energy access in sub-Saharan Africa. They pledged to boost solar energy access in a deal signed with Britain at the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa. An estimated 5 million households in Ethiopia lack regular electricity access. This not only disrupts …Read More

Power Africa Launches Roadmap to 60 Million Connections and 30,000 MW by 2030

by Africa Business on Jan 28, 2016



Today at the Powering Africa Summit, Power Africa partners launched a roadmap to meet President Obama’s goals of adding 30,000 megawatts and 60 million connections across sub-Saharan Africa by 2030. The U.S. Government committed an initial $7 billion that has leveraged nearly $43 billion in commitments from over 120 public and private sector partners. The …Read More

The Egyptian government to engage DFIs and investors to outline 30GW of energy projects this February

The Egyptian government to engage DFIs and investors to outline 30GW of energy projects this February

by Africa Business on Jan 27, 2016



Next month (16 -18 February 2016) Egypt’s government, regulators and public sector stakeholders will discuss the role of DFIs and the private sector to fund and build 30GW of electricity generation, transmission and distribution projects that are about to go to tender, and projects which will require additional investments and partnerships to be completed.   …Read More

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