The countries have over the past 10 years collaborated amongst themselves to develop an innovative energy mix focused on effective system integration, grid stability and sustainable energy solutions.
Last week, the countries hosted the Nordic Energy Days conference at The Innovation Hub in Pretoria, South Africa.
The opening of the seminar was focused on opportunities for the Southern African Power Pool (SAPP) teaming up with the Nordic countries.
Norwegian deputy minister, Ingvil Smines Tybring-Gjedde, stated that embracing the diversification of energy sources will minimise the effects of global warming, whilst significantly enhancing the share of energy between countries within the SADC region as it has done for the Nordic countries.
Innovative energy mix
Commenting on the development thus far, Finland’s Deputy Minister of Economic Affairs and Employment, Petri Peltonen, said: “We have very advanced electricity and energy systems and our grids have been connected for decades.
“The Nord Pool has now been in operation since the 1990s and it is the world’s largest exchange for electricity.”
The Nordic countries demonstrated an interest in working with the SADC region by assisting in the facilitation of cross-border cooperation.
The countries also indicated a desired involvement in ensuring energy security in Europe by developing a prolonged relationship with the African continent.
Peltonen said: “We are trying to increase the share and production of renewable energy from various sources, Finland being focused on bio-based sources and our colleagues in hydro, wind and others…The South African government objectives are also ambitious regarding renewable energy in particular and I think our mission is really to first of all open up our experiences, lessons learned, the positive and at the same time also connect the best of our resources, companies, agencies, research organisations with our South African counterparts during the Nordic Energy Days.”
Clean energy technology
Addressing the topic of clean technology, DNV GL Africa’s business manager, Robert O’Keefe, touched on the decarbonisation of the energy system within the next 30 years due to increased efficiency in energy generation leading to a significant decrease in the overall demand of energy.
O’Keefe went on to state that the global use of fossil fuels to generate energy would decrease from 81% to 50% by 2050, which can be troubling for Southern Africa as a region is endowed with coal as a source for power generation.
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Deputy director-general of the Danish Energy Agency, Stig Uffe-Pederson, highlighted the importance of these technologies, saying: “This is also a story about making a green transition.
“This is about investing and setting long-term political projections and a stable framework that allows this transition.
“In that way, you are actually able to sustain economic growth while you reduce your energy emissions and while you also reduce your energy consumption.”
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