Delegates to meet at Africa Energy Indaba
LEADING figures in the African energy scene will convene at the 10th Annual Africa Energy Indaba, the World Energy Council’s annual African regional meeting, to discuss the importance of innovation and regional integration at a time when the energy sector is undergoing major transition.
A high-level Energy Leaders’ Dialogue will be part of the indaba in Johannesburg between February 19 and 21.
Discussions will focus on energy sector innovations in Africa exploring near and long-term prospects for technological advancements such as blockchain, where decentralisation and digitalisation play a prominent role within the continent.
“In Africa, energy is at the forefront of the political and business agenda. There is a triple energy transition under way worldwide and impacting the African energy system, driven by decarbonisation, innovation and new business models, as well as new risks and resilience approaches,” Christoph Frei, general secretary of the World Energy Council said.
“Achieving a robust energy future in the context of the triple transition requires different approaches guided by innovative policies. Digitally enabled and distributed energy sources point strongly to a future energy landscape where decentralised approaches create entirely new opportunities for rural Africa and beyond,” Frei said.
Key speakers will include Namibia Deputy Minister of Energy Kornelia Shilunga; Amadou Hott, head of energy, the African Development Bank Group; Dr Elham Ibrahim, vice-chair for Africa, World Energy Council; Viktor Polikarpov, regional vice-president, Africa, Rosatom; Leon Viljoen, CEO, ABB South Africa; Paddy Padmanathan, ACWA Power; CEO of Bboxx Mansoor Hamayun and many more energy luminaries.
“The African continent has endless potential for solar, wind, hydropower and geothermal energy resources. The scope for Africa and all its countries to unlock their energy potential is immense both conventional and renewable,” Liz Hart, managing director, Africa Energy Indaba.
“The African Union’s Agenda 2063, has highlighted the growth potential of renewable energy and identified it as a priority for the next decade and by 2040 it is forecast that renewables could provide more than 40% of all power generation with offgrid solar set to triple.
“The business opportunity linked to the development of the energy sector in Africa will be highlighted throughout the Africa Energy Indaba with hosted CEOs from various African utilities, rural electrification agencies and regulators, among others, attending the event, seeking solutions to take back to their countries,” Hart said.
The World Energy Council will also be hosting its Africa regional meeting and a workshop focussing on world energy scenarios up to 2060.
INNOVATIONS: The energy sector is undergoing a major transition.