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Floating solar panels on 1% of reservoirs ‘could double’ Africa’s hydropower capacity

Josh Gabbatiss, Author, Carbon Brief Floating solar could be a valuable tool to help African nations expand their power infrastructure sustainably, according to a new study and an energy expert. If panels covered 1% of reservoirs, this alone could double African hydropower capacity and...

Experts say South Africa can solve water crisis

Experts set to participate in the IFAT water treatment and recycling trade fair taking place in Johannesburg in July 2019, have expressed confidence in the country's ability to solve water crisis facing the country. "The solutions to these challenges are readily available within the country,"said ...

Should Africa consider the nuclear energy route?

Should Africa consider the nuclear energy route?
Despite its advancements over the years particularly in the oil, gas and power industries, it is no secret that Africa is still plagued with the very real issue of inefficient energy supply. Recording nearly 600 million people with no access to electricity, the question...

Why mini grids are the answer and why South Africa doesn’t have them yet

Why mini grids are the answer and why South Africa doesn’t have them yet
“Mini grids could very quickly sort out a lot of the biggest challenges that South Africa is having with its energy supply at the moment” says Dr Sam Duby, Africa Director for TFE Energy and mini grid expert. He adds: “deregulation would open a...

Financing energy projects in Africa: The traditional business model needs to change

Financing energy projects in Africa: The traditional business model needs to change
“Honestly, I think the business model for energy investment needs to change” says Penny Herbst, Director Strategy for Africa GreenCo. “There are far too many players that are comfortable with the same structures for investment, selling to an SOE (state-owned enterprise) with a government guarantee....

Could these be the solutions to water problem in Africa?

Could these be the solutions to water problem in Africa?
The City of  Cape Town nearly reached Day Zero in April but was pushed to at least 2019 thanks to the rain and strict use of water.  Day Zero would have meant dry water taps in the seaside town and a major tourist destination, escalating...

How technology is changing work places

How technology is changing work places
The world of work has changed dramatically in recent years and is poised for even more drastic disruption over the next five to seven years as technology continues to blur the line between digital and physical. This will shape both the workplace of the future,...

New transport infrastructure rollout set to boost trade in Kenya

New transport infrastructure rollout set to boost trade in Kenya
In mid-July the government launched tenders for the construction of a KSh33bn ($319.6m) highway through central Kenya. The 84-km dual carriageway, the country’s second-most-expensive road project after the Thika Superhighway, will connect the town of Kenol in Murang’a County with Marua in Nyeri County, via...

How Liquefied Natural Gas could change South Africa’s fortunes

How Liquefied Natural Gas could change South Africa's fortunes
Marie Blanche Ting, University of Sussex The development of liquefied natural gas (LNG) could help transform the South African economy, spur re-industrialisation, reduce the country’s over-reliance on coal-fired power stations, and contribute to increased regional trade. South Africa has in recent years run into electricity shortages,...

What happened to the much hyped Cross Rivers Superhighway in Nigeria?

What happened to the much hyped Cross Rivers Superhighway in Nigeria?
In 2015, a plan was hatched to construct the Cross Rivers Superhighway in Nigeria to connect a proposed deep seaport in Calabar with the cities of Ikom and Katsina Ala. Three years on, nothing much has been happening. "They came here, cleared our lands and farms and...
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