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- as seen by Sven Lindström, CEO, Midsummer
The solar and renewable energy industries are constantly evolving – and sometimes changing abruptly – and this will continue in the new year that is soon upon us. Sven Lindström, CEO of Swedish solar energy expert Midsummer, outlines what can we expect from 2017:
Mobile solar containers with battery storage systems reduce energy costs by over 75%
Dr. Paul Grunow, Co-founder and Board Member of the Photovoltaik Institut Berlin (PI Berlin) and Mr. Badr Ikken, General Director of l’Institut de Recherche en Energie Solaire et Energies Nouvelles (IRESEN) signed a cooperation agreement at the COP 22 climate summit in Marrakech, Morocco. The agreement defines a partnership to consolidate the engineering expertise of the two institutes to provide technical consulting services for solar PV projects in Morocco.
Industry pioneers and projects recognised and celebrated
Genesis Energy, Aggreko, GRIDCo, Eko Disco and several innovative renewable projects are just some of the who’s who in the region’s energy industry who have made the coveted list of finalists for the upcoming West African Power Industry Awards.
Orange (www.Orange.com) and ENGIE (www.ENGIE.com) have today launched a plan to deploy nearly 1,000 solar kits in Senegal, Côte d’Ivoire and Cameroon. Several villages in rural areas have been identified to participate in the first phase of this pilot program, prior to deployment on a larger scale.
With the increasing knowledge and quest for a sustainable future for all, environmental activists across the globe have been pushing industries and other business sectors to go green. In April, Greenpeace launched the ‘Renewable Energy Champions’ campaign in a report tagged ‘Shopping Clean: Retailers and Renewable Energy’. The campaign looks at pushing companies to reinforce their operations and switching to renewables as South Africa has quiet an enormous renewable energy potential.
“Tesla’s and SolarCity’s launch of multiple styled solar roof tiles is great news”: Midsummer CEO Sven Lindström
Sven Lindström, CEO of solar tech company Midsummer, today says that he finds Tesla’s and SolarCity’s launch of multiple styled solar roof tiles replicating original tile aesthetics very encouraging: “This is great news and exactly what the solar energy, roofing and building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) industries need! As Musk points out, it’s not that complicated. Tiles with integrated PV have been around for years and may now finally take off in a big way”, comments Mr. Lindström. Midsummer is the leading technology provider of equipment for cost-effective manufacturing of flexible CIGS thin film solar cells.
Mobile solar/wind and storage solutions for reducing diesel consumption in the mining industry target Africa
The expert interview-based study shows how solar and wind microgrids meet the power generation requirements of the mineral exploration sector.
At COP 21 it was determined that approximately $19 billion of finance will be provided annually by developed countries for Africa’s renewable programme by 2020. In addition, Japan announced $10bn per year in public and private finance also to reach Africa by 2020. New pledges to climate funds, including the Adaptation Fund, Least Developed Countries Fund, and the Green Climate Fund (GCF), added up to more than $1.5bn. In addition, all multilateral development banks have pledged to scale up climate finance in developing countries by 2020, to more than $30 billion per year.
Urgent investment needed in walking and cycling infrastructure to save millions of lives and combat climate change
- Of the 1.3 million people dying each year from traffic accidents, 49 per cent are pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists
- Malawi, Kenya, and South Africa most dangerous countries to walk and cycle
- Motorized transport responsible for 23 per cent of global CO2 emissions
In Malawi, a total of 66 per cent of all road fatalities were pedestrians and cyclists; in Kenya 61 per cent; South Africa 53 per cent; Zambia 49 per cent; and in Nepal 49 per cent
Agriculture is the backbone of the African economy and in recent times, more youth in Africa are using innovations to boost the agricultural supply chain in Africa, although there are existing challenges facing many young farmers across the continenet. Recently, one the common and famous plantations you find across West Africa is Palm. The palm tree serves several purposes and its farming and trading, has grown rapidly in other parts of the world including Malaysia. In Ghana, the palm tree farming and trading is being practiced by many farmers on a small scale and few on large scale.
30 smallholder farmers from Kiambu, Meru, Machakos and Makueni counties today, set off from Thika on a 4-day resilience journey that will see them engage county leaders and Kenyans on the ideal agricultural system that they envision for Kenya and the continent, exhibit produce, share knowledge and share seeds to their counterparts. The farmers will make stops in Machakos, Makueni and Nairobi counties with a clear message ahead of World Food Day:
Kenya’s renewable energy sector is on the cusp of big things. With a Government committed to a 5000Mw plan by 2017; an established feed-in-tariff; and an increasing demand for electricity as industrialisation continues at pace, the conditions are set for geothermal, wind and solar power to take off in a big way.
As one of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change participating member states, South Africa has made international commitments to both sustainable development and climate change
The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) (DBSA.org) has financed 21 renewable energy projects since the launch of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPP). This was revealed at the annual SA Gas Options conference in Cape Town and follows the announcement of South Africa’s Gas to Power Project Information Memorandum (PIM). Ms Lucy Chege, General Manager for Energy Financing at the DBSA, said “The DBSA’s achievements in the renewable energy space confirms our role as an instrumental partner in developing integrated solutions for and on behalf of the Department of Energy’s IPP office and National Treasury.”