African energy experts lead discussions on innovation, blockchain at 10th Africa Energy Indaba
By Nana Appiah Acquaye
Influential African Energy experts are expected to lead discussions on the importance of innovation and regional integration at a time when the energy sector is undergoing a major transition at this year’s 10th Africa Energy Indaba Conference in Johannesburg, South Africa between 19 and 21 February.
According to a statement available to Biztechafrica, the discussions will focus on energy sector innovations in Africa exploring near and long-term prospects for technological advancements such as blockchain, where decentralisation and digitalisation play a more prominent role within the continent.
“Additional discussions will explore the role the private sector can play in supporting policies that drive innovation and financing of energy systems in Africa,” it said.
The Secretary General of the World Energy Council Christoph Frei noted in the statement how energy is at the forefront of the political and business agenda in Africa and that there is a triple energy transition under way world-wide and impacting the African energy system, driven by decarbonisation, innovation and new business models, as well as new risks and resilience approaches.
“Achieving a robust energy future in a context of the triple transition requires different approaches guided by innovative policies. Digitally enabled and distributed energy sources point strongly to a future energy landscape where decentralised approaches create entirely new opportunities for rural Africa and beyond. This is an opportune time for energy leaders to exchange views and discuss critical issues impacting the energy sector.”it stated.
Commenting on the upcoming event the Managing Director of Africa Energy Indaba, Liz Hart reiterated the fact that the African continent has endless potential for solar, wind, hydropower and geothermal energy resources and need for respective countries to unlock these potential – both conventional and renewable.
“The African Union’s Agenda 2063, has highlighted the growth potential of renewable energy and identified it as a priority for the next decade and that by 2040 it is forecast that renewables could provide more than 40% of all power generation with off-grid solar set to triple.
Key speakers at the Indaba and Africa Leader’s Dialogue will include: Kornelia Shilunga, Deputy Minister of Energy, Namibia; Amadou Hott, Head of Energy, the African Development Bank Group; Dr Elham Ibrahim, Vice-Chair for Africa, World Energy Council; Viktor Polikarpov, Regional Vice-President, Africa, Rosatom; Leon Viljoen, CEO, ABB South Africa; Paddy Padmanathan, ACWA Power; CEO of Bboxx, Mansoor Hamayun, and many more energy luminaries will be present.