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ESI Africa tackles trending topics at Digital Energy Festival

As a media partner of the Digital Energy Festival, ESI Africa will not only write about the various sessions but also host an exciting digital line-up of live and recorded events.

Drawing on the expertise of various organisations associated with the media portal – ESI Africa puts a spotlight on the thought leaders and trending topics in energy and power across Africa.

SAIPPA & ESI Africa:
Two-part dialogue on the IPP market in South Africa

Together with the South African Independent Power Producers Association (SAIPPA), ESI Africa will present Balancing Act: Negotiating Tenable PPAs for IPPs and Private Buyers on 5 November, 13h00 GMT. This live panel discussion will draw on the expertise of SAIPPPA members to delve into the different frameworks needed to match up private buyers and independent power producers.

Ahead of the November dialogues, make sure to watch a Guide to wheeling frameworks as a realistic energy solution on Thursday 22 October, 10h30 GMT.

NIASA & ESI Africa:
Dialogues on nuclear energy

Nuclear energy is a trending topic across the African continent right now, and the South African landscape is interrogated with the help of Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa (NIASA) in a five-part dialogue on nuclear energy.

Big Block nuclear power plant vs small modular reactors SMR is discussed in a live panel discussion on Tuesday 27 October, 11h00 GMT, while the all-important Localisation and job creation is the topic on 4 November, 12h30 GMT. Then you can catch a recorded digital dialogue in which ESI Africa Editor Nicolette Pombo-van Zyl chats to best-selling author of Apocalypse Never, Michael Shellenberg. The role of nuclear in a green energy future will be broadcast for the first time on 10 November, 13h00 GMT.

Africa Minigrid Developers Association & ESI Africa:
The African minigrid market

Taking stock of the mini-grid sector, ESI Africa teams up with the Africa Mini-grid Developers Association to talk about The African mini-grid market: Progress and obstacles on 3 November, 11h00 GMT. A distinguished panel of association members will look at their flagship Benchmarking Africa Minigrids report, published earlier this year.

SANEA & ESI Africa:
South Africa’s IRPs

Concluding our offering for the Digital Energy Festival, Wendy Poulton, the secretary-general of the South African National Energy Association, will moderate the discussion Let’s make haste on South Africa’s IRP on 17 November, 12h30 GMT.

Fireside chats

For the special bonus, ESI Africa will host three different fireside chats over the course of the Digital Energy Festival with:

  • 2 November, 14h00 GMT: Kristina Skierka | CEO | Power for All
  • 4 November, 14h00 GMT: Carlton Cummons | CTO | Aceleron
  • 12 November, 14h00 GMT: Nicola Lazenby | programme director | Energy Catalyst


Digital Energy Festival
The following sessions are still available to watch on demand as part of the Digital Energy Festival for Africa:

   – African Utility Week & POWERGEN Africa sessions, (now Enlit Africa) click here – FREE access
   – ESI Africa sessions, click here – FREE access
   – Oil & Gas Council sessionsclick here

The Digital Energy Festival for Africa in 2020 was hosted jointly by four of Clarion Events’ leading energy brands Africa Energy ForumAfrican Utility Week & POWERGEN Africa (now Enlit Africa) and the Oil & Gas Council’s Africa Assembly and the leading energy journal ESI Africa providing six weeks of compelling content.

Babalwa Bungane
Babalwa Bungane is the content producer for ESI Africa - Clarion Events Africa. Babalwa has been writing for the publication for over five years. She also contributes to sister publications; Smart Energy International and Power Engineering International. Babalwa is a social media enthusiast.

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