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2015 – Issue 2

In depth: Think ‘data science’ to manage energy distribution

Data science is an emerging field and plays an intricate part in the so-called ‘big data’ drive, where the challenge is to extract value from vast amounts of data. This article aims to provide...

Standardisation initiatives in support of rural electrification

This article reports on a number of current initiatives where the Africa Electrotechnical Commission (AFSEC) is active in support of one of its prime objectives: “to improve the wellbeing of African populations, mainly by...

Energy and education is not an expense – it is an African investment

At the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) forum in Washington, the Akon Lighting Africa Initiative announced the launch of a solar academy based in Mali, West Africa, aimed at giving young African engineers and...

Electrifying the rural world, one microgrid at a time

While the developed world views the microgrid as the answer to increasing grid reliability, the developing world has focused on the microgrid as a realistic and financially sustainable alternative to traditional grid electrification. In the...

From Door to Shore to Site: The logistic journey of renewable technology

In conversation with ESI Africa’s content editor Ashley Theron, Chairman Giuseppe Arnoldi of Global Logistics Alliance (GLA) identifies some of the logistical challenges involved when transporting utility-scale renewable material from point of pick up...
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In depth: Yes to small-scale embedded generation

A power hungry society could reach satiety one ‘small-scale’ bite at a time With a world centred on driving global economic growth at all costs – the natural environment has suffered as a result. We...

Financing renewable energy projects in Uganda

Exploring the GET FiT Uganda programme: An innovative approach to facilitating private sector investments into renewable energies In recent years, Uganda has been impressed with solid economic growth rates and political stability. The electrification rate...

In depth: Empowering utilities and consumers to take control of energy

In recent years, Demand Response (DR) programmes have garnered interest and attention in the electricity industry, as they allow utilities and municipalities to manage the equilibrium and cost of energy systems and ensure continued...

Solutions for secondary plant automation

Case study: smart grid enabled automation and control solution with advanced protection at a substation and wind farm. CONCO Energy Solutions (CONCO ES), a secondary plant solutions provider, has expanded its product range in...

Transformers: the heart of the electricity supply industry

Googling the word ‘transformers’ brings up the Hollywood blockbuster movie about incredible machinery coming to life and saving the world. In reality, a transformer is the heart that pumps electricity at a constant supply,...

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