Research and Development

ESI Africa is a provider of daily electricity news. We cover African and international generation, transmission and distribution, and R&D stories.

energy storage

Innovations in energy storage will reduce carbon emissions

Investment in battery energy storage research is key to reducing carbon emissions and boosting electrification says the newly appointed head of global battery research hub Consortium for Battery Innovation, Dr Christian Rosenkrantz.
solar world record

New solar world record reaches conversion efficiency of 23.01%

JinkoSolar's N-Type solar panels hit a record-high conversion efficiency of 23.01%, breaking the previous world record of 22.39% set by JinkoSolar themselves in January 2020.
fossil fuel emissions

IEA warns methane emissions resurgence imminent

Global methane emissions from the oil and gas industry fell by about 10% in 2020 as producers slashed production. But, the International Energy Agency (IEA) warns emission will rebound strongly without greater action from companies, policy makers and regulators.
infrastructure invesment

Future resilience depends on smart infrastructure investment today

A focus on “building back better” can address long-standing challenges and resilience states a new publication from the Swiss RE institute aimed at emerging markets and developing economies.
energy generation

Africa’s energy generation unlikely to go green this decade

A new study by the University of Oxford into Africa’s energy generation landscape uses a state-of-the-art machine-learning technique to analyse planned power plants and their chances of successful commission.
ramaphosa climate change

Ramaphosa appoints Climate Change Coordinating Commission

Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed members of the inaugural Presidential Climate Change Coordinating Commission with effect from 17 December 2020.
EEG research projects

EEG investigates pandemic’s lockdown impact on utility revenue

EEG has funded two main research projects, as well as a range of research papers, on the relationship between the pandemic and energy.
EV charging power levels

Trends in EV charging power levels

Electric vehicles are considered the most feasible way to achieve clean transportation. But what are the trends in EV charging power levels?
virtual reality lighting

Virtual reality influencing public lighting designs

The use of immersive virtual reality as a tool for lighting design is a topic that is drawing great interest in the scientific community.

Surprising results from waste management innovation

Innovative ways for municipalities to meet their sanitation and waste management obligations even where power or water are in short supply.

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