Category Archives: Africa ECO
THENERGY ANALYSIS: Solar-diesel and Wind-diesel Microgrids for Off-grid Mines Gain Momentum – New Projects Expected
Two recent project announcements show that renewables are an attractive solution for improving mining companies’ energy cost positions.
Chile has the best solar resources on Earth, making it an ideal spot for Concentrated Solar Power. Yet, the country remains highly dependent on fossil fuels, 90% of which must be imported. This situation leaves Chile dangerously exposed to oil and gas price fluctuations, and subject to the whims of energy rich neighbors, which are not always reliable.
Transition to more decentralized and intelligent energy systems are driving market opportunities, finds Frost & Sullivan’s Energy & Environment team
7000+ energy and water experts to meet in Cape Town
Six months of Trump, de-risking renewable energy investments and country project pipelines are just some of the key sessions during the upcoming African Power Finance & Investment Forum that is part of the African Utility Week conference and expo at the CTICC in Cape Town from 16-18 May.
The stars are perfectly aligned for a swift and massive breakthrough of small-scale solar energy production in urban areas. This could completely change the world, the planet’s energy generation and save the environment. However, there are also obstacles to this bright future from the unlikeliest of sources.
The 6th World Hydropower Congress (WHC) will be held on 9-11 May in Ethiopia to discuss the role of Hydropower in ensuring universal access to affordable, reliable and modern energy services as called for in goal 7 of the SDGs. Currently, hydro is supplying 70% of the world’s renewable energy to more than a billion people in 152 countries. International Hydropower Association (IHA), Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), the African Union Commission (AUC) and other partners will organize this conference in Ethiopia as the country exhibit high interest and commitment to hydropower. The conference will emphasize on the environmental and social aspects of hydroelectric project planning stages. Richard Taylor, Chief Executive of IHA said “Hydropower’s role is a dynamic that calls for an integrated approach, with a strongly connected sector, and a high level of collaboration.”
New Atlas shows energy potential of Africa and opportunities for investment to meet Africa’s energy needs
Energy consumption in Africa is the lowest in the world, and per capita consumption has barely changed since 2000 shows a new Atlas released today by the UN Environment and African Development Bank at the World Economic Forum being held in Durban, South Africa
FINANCIAL RISK INTERVIEW: “The solar off-grid grid space is fascinating. Like telecom it is an example where development and private interests are fully compatible.”
Exclusive interview with Harald Hirschhofer, Senior Advisor, The Currency Exchange Fund (TCX), The Netherlands. Harald is organising a TCX Risk Mitigation workshop during the F&I Forum at African Utility Week and will address attendees on “Understanding of risks and their pricing – how can the supply of long-term local currency financing and hedging be improved?“
WORLD BANK INTERVIEW: Mini and off-grid electricity, especially from sources like solar, offers increasing potential to electrify homes in many rural areas of Sub-Saharan Africa”
Exclusive interview with Lucio Monari, Director, Energy and Extractive Global Practice at the World Bank. He will address the CEO Forum at the upcoming African Utility Week on a World Bank study on the “Financial Viability of Electricity Sectors in Sub-Saharan Africa”.
In many of the sun-blessed countries in the Middle East, solar energy generation is at the top of the energy agenda. The Intersolar Middle East conference 2017 in Dubai (United Arab Emirates) pays tribute to this fact. Information on current market trends and framework conditions of the industry, and opportunities and risks of market entry awaits participants, as well as the chance to make contact with key players which are crucial for expanding business relationships in the region. In a comprehensive program held on September 26 and 27 at the Conrad Dubai Hotel, the specialist conference is set to build on the success story of the Intersolar Middle East exhibition 2016.