Smart energy

Ed’s letter: Preparing for a decade of smart energy action

Let’s debate whether Africa is ready for a smart energy transition. Do these success stories show that we are already underway?
Damilola Ogunbiyi

Not even a global crisis will sway her from reaching SDG7

Having taken up her position at SE4ALL at the start of what would prove to be a year of unprecedented crises, Damilola Ogunbiyi spoke on achieving SDG7.
hybrid energy solutions

The big question: Considerations when employing hybrid energy solutions

The Big Question we asked the experts is: What are the considerations that businesses should be mindful of when employing hybrid energy solutions?
LPWA networks

LPWA networks: Supporting the next wave of smart metering

As the IoT evolves, many new communication options will become available to utilities, many of them LPWA networks, writes Chris Strauss, research engineer at Conlog.

Rand volatility: Routes to manage energy sector participants’ exposure

The South African economy has been severely disrupted and seen large contractions in its GDP due to the lockdown with knock-on effect on the Rand.
geothermal

Geothermal power plants can also come in small sizes

With the introduction of Geoportable, Toshiba ESS has made it possible to construct a small-scale geothermal plant on as little as 250 square metres.
flexible energy

Generating reliable, affordable and flexible energy across Africa

Africa’s fastest growing population requires the establishment of reliable, affordable and flexible energy systems, Siyabonga Mbanjwa, Managing Director of SENER Southern Africa.

Speculation: Impact on WASH as flow of funding diverted

A live webinar focusing on WASH as a first line of defence against COVID-19 and unpacking the African water sector response, formed part of the first-ever Virtual African Utility Week and POWERGEN Africa in May this year.
hydropower

Is it possible to climate-proof East Africa’s hydropower sector?

Africa is projected to experience increasing climate hazards for the remainder of the 21st century – so how is hydropower generation going to be affected and how can it enhance the continent’s resilience to climate change?

East Africa: Home of the mini-grid revolution

In this exclusive interview with Aaron Leopold, CEO of the Africa Mini-grid Developers Association (AMDA), highlights that mini-grid companies are providing the power and have the difficult task of fitting a square peg into a round hole.

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