Some of the world’s leading and globally recognised power companies will take center stage in Johannesburg next monthin an effort to address the African energy crisis and alsoshape the future of the African power and electricity industry.
Taking place from 9-11 October at the Sandton Convention Centre, Africa Electricity Exhibition and Conference will serve as a comprehensive showcase for thepower generation, transmission and distribution, lighting, new and renewable energy, nuclear energy and watersectors.
The event coincides with a recent report titled,Prospects for the African Power Sector, and published by the International Renewable Energy Agency(IRENA), indicating that nearly 600 million people in Africa lack access to electricity with governments in urgent need to add around 250 gigawatts of electricity capacity by 2030 to meet growing electricity demand.
The research further states that Africa faces a unique opportunity today as nearly two-thirds of the additional capacity needed by 2030 has yet to be built.
That will certainly come as good news to the exhibitors at Africa Electricity, which features a notable line-up of companies from around the world including A-1 Electricals, Faraday Centre, Voltex Pty Ltd,Systems Power Ltd, Tongun Elektrik, Solarway FZE, BLR Battery Power Solutions and Bahra Cables Company.
This is in addition toKEMA Nederland, Aksa Jenerator, Labomeca - LBMA, QTC Energy Public Company Limited and many more that will showcase the latest innovations in power and electricity to key industry decision makers from South Africa and the Sub-Saharan countries.
The three-day exhibition returns with the Africa Electricity Conference, hosting an esteemed panel of industry experts from South Africa who will discuss and debate key energy issues that the Republic faces today.
Nelisiwe Magubane, Director-General of Energy from the South African Department of Energy will deliver the keynote address about facilitating investment and supporting innovation in South Africa’s power generation sector.
She will be joined by experts from Standard Bank, the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA), Cape Peninsula University of Technology in Cape Town,who will address the right ‘energy mix’ to achieve a sustainable power strategy for South Africa and establish a regulatory framework to support innovation and new developments in energy provision.
The three-day conference will culminate with a presentation about balancing community development and rural economic growth objectives alongside a financially viable infrastructure venture, explaining how project developers meet social development objectives and still demonstrate sound financial benefits.
Anita Mathews, Director of Informa Energy Group, organisers of the Africa Electricity Exhibition and Conference, said: “As of today, more than 25 African countries are facing an energy crisis despite the continent being well-endowed with energy resources.
“The Africa Electricity Exhibition & Conference is a step to solve Africa’s energy crisis by getting businesses and governments to talk to each other and help to bring reliable and environmentally sound power to more people across Africa.”
Africa electricity is partnered with Power Nigeria, Power + Water Middle East, Middle East Electricity and Solar Middle East. For more information about the event or to be involved as an exhibitor, visitors, or sponsor, go to www.africaelectricity.com or call: +971 4 407 2404.