Posts tagged as Africa

The role of private sector participation in sub-Saharan Africa’s energy sector

The organisers of the 2019 Africa Energy Indaba, which is set to take place at the Sandton Convention Centre on 19 and 20 February, say that there is a strong correlation between electricity consumption and economic growth. However, electricity inaccessibility and unremitting power shortages hamper initiatives for economic growth and raising the standard of living […]

Local start-up strikes gold in Ghana and Mali: An interview with the MD

Ignite Energy, a local, two-year old, power generations solutions company, has been selected to set up a 40 MW hybrid solar, battery and heavy fuel oil plant at Resolute Mining’s Syama Gold Mine in Mali. This is in addition to a 20 MW grid-tied solar PV project that the company is involved in at a […]

Power developments in Africa, Nov-Dec 2018

Universal electrification becoming a reality Kenya’s Lake Turkana Wind Farm is making the promise of nationwide access to electricity a reality. Electrification rates have reportedly increased from 28% in 2013 to 60% in 2017. The rate is expected to reach 80% by 2020. Lake Turkana Wind Farm is the biggest in Africa, with a generating […]

Decentralised renewable energy with minigrids

G7 Renewable Energies has expanded its portfolio by investing in RVE.SOL, a minigrid development venture using renewable energy to foster decentralised electrification in Africa. The company’s patented, pay-as-you-go system “Kudura”, has more than six years of proven reliability and measured outcomes. The investment in RVE.SOL will enable G7 to be involved in facilitating growth in […]

South Africa joins International Energy Agency

Jeff Radebe, the minister of energy, and Dr Fatih Birol, the executive director of the International Energy Agency (IEA), jointly announced that South Africa has joined the IEA as an Association Country. South Africa is the first sub-Saharan African country to institutionalise its engagement with the IEA, a development which marks an important milestone for […]

Call for startups to rethink how technology could interact with aerospace

Airbus launched its second edition of #Africa4Future, a joint accelerator programme between the company’s global aerospace accelerator BizLab and Make-IT in Africa, a programme by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit German (GIZ), the German Agency for International Cooperation. For this second edition, the company calls for African tech start-ups that are working on solutions […]

New tool to assess resilience and fragility in African countries

The African Development Bank has created and refined a new tool to diagnose fragility in countries, considering their capacities and pressures they may be under. Called the Country Resilience and Fragility Assessment (CRFA), the tool offers a new method of assessing resilience and fragility using seven key criteria: political inclusiveness, safety and security, justice, the […]