Visions of African super grid at POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa

Urging faster, more innovative power generation and distribution, pan-African power experts attending POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa this week predict that Africa could share infrastructure, knowledge and skills to take affordable, reliable and cleaner power across the continent.

Speaking at the opening at the Sandton Convention Centre today, high-level pan-African power stakeholders said transformation was taking place, but that the pace of change was still too slow. They urged closer collaboration and innovation to take power to the 600 million people in Africa who still had no access to electricity, as well as to support industrialisation across the continent.


GE Takes Power Technology Debate to PowerGen & DistribuTech 2017

The electricity industry in Africa is undergoing massive transformation and the old linear model of conducting electricity affairs is being challenged and tested, as new models are emerging with far reaching impact. According to George Njenga, GM, Steam Power Systems for Sub Saharan Africa, technology available today can be employed to create reliable, sustainable, localized and more efficient energy networks.

Speaking at the opening session of this year’s Power-Gen Africa and DistribuTech event in Johannesburg, Mr Njenga said, “Distributed generation, smarter & cleaner steam power, renewables, smart grids, storage, prosumers, innovative financing, evolving energy policies and new political imperatives mean that energy stakeholders need to embrace new capabilities and innovative business models for better outcomes and to bring more power to the population, faster and more sustainably than before.”

Minister Lynne Brown confirmed as a Keynote for 2017
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Investment Vital To Unlocking Africa’s Untapped Renewable Energy Potential
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Vice-President calls for energy combination towards Africa’s development
Ghana Business News - View article


Future Trends for Africa's Power Sector
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Eskom ‘back in business’ for large power users
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South Africa: SONA - Zuma Commits SA to Renewable Energy
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POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa Raises Bar On Expert Insight
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Brian Molefe resigns from Eskom
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Eskom leadership: Koko tipped to succeed Molefe
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POWER-GEN Africa Call for Papers are Open


Brown: Africa’s energy shortage ‘alarming’
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The case for nuclear energy in SA
BusinessTech - View article


Eskom finally emerging from the darkness
IOL - View article


Better use of natural resources would address Africa’s power shortfall - View article


Investment and cooperation in energy will bring growth
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