When UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres launched the International Solar Alliance last October, he applauded the goal of mobilizing about $1 trillion dollars towards the deployment of some 1,000 gigawatts of solar energy by 2030. “It is clear,” he said, “that we are witnessing a global renewable energy revolution.” That revolution is also taking place under the leadership of the African Development Bank (AfDB) which has embarked on a highly ambitious solar project to make Africa a renewable power-house, titled “Desert to Power (DtP) Initiative”.
This project is expected to stretch across the Sahel region by tapping into the region’s abundant solar resource. The Initiative aims to develop and provide 10 GW of solar energy by 2025 and supply 250 million people with green electricity including in some of the world’s poorest countries. At least 90 million people will be connected to electricity for the first time, lifting them out of energy poverty. Currently, 64% of the Sahel’s population – covering Senegal, Nigeria, Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Chad, Sudan, Ethiopia, Djibouti and Eritrea – lives without electricity, a major barrier to development, with consequences for education, health and business. The AfDB has rightly pointed out that lack of energy remains a significant impediment to Africa’s economic and social development.
The African Hydrogen Partnership, AHP, Preparation Meeting - the first multinational conference of AHP in Africa to take place at the United Nations Conference Centre (UNCC-AA) in Addis Ababa Ethiopia on the 19th and 20th February 2020 organized by African Hydrogen Partnership, AHP, and hosted by Flawlessevents.
Current and other future AHP members will discuss and vote on crucial topics in order to formally establish the African Hydrogen Partnership at its first Annual General Meeting, which will be announced at the end of the conference. Thursday 20th February will be a day of presentations, exploring the first large-scale hydrogen, ammonia and fuel cell related activities and projects underway in Africa.
Senior officials from African government and parastatal organizations as well as leaders of industrial companies and financial institutions are expected to participate. The AHP Preparation Meeting will provide an excellent networking opportunity to meet other stakeholders in the hydrogen economy with a focus on Africa according to ahp press release.
The press release at the official launch of the program reads that Energising Development (EnDev) launched a new programming cycle at the beginning of 2019. Based on the outcome of that programming cycle, EnDev Ethiopia, together with the Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy of Ethiopia, started the implementation of phase III from July 2019 to run until December 2022 with additional 9.4 million EUR.
The new phase will focus on the policy support and development of financial systems. The support will be directed towards developing and growing the market for modern renewable energy technologies and services as well as energy efficiency solutions in Ethiopia.
Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) said Thursday it has clinched a 5.8 billion shillings (58 million U.S. dollar) contract to drill 12 geothermal wells in Ethiopia. Rebecca Miano, KenGen CEO said the contract with Ethiopia's independent power producer, the Tulu Moye Geothermal Operations, will also include installing a water supply system and equipment.
"This project entailed intense negotiations and planning. We are excited our efforts bore fruit. Being fully aware of the task ahead of us, we have rolled our sleeves and are now all set and ready," Miano said in a statement issued in Nairobi. The electricity producer will supply drilling materials and also provide operation and maintenance services for both the drilling equipment and the water supply system.
Miano said the contract is the second and the company's largest consultancy outside Kenya. In February, KenGen won a contract to drill geothermal wells for the Ethiopian Electric Power in Aluto, Ethiopia.
Miano said KenGen, which has embarked on a diversification strategy, leverages its expertise in geothermal energy by offering commercial drilling services, geothermal consulting and other related services across Africa.
She said the firm has invested in experts with considerable experience in geothermal exploration and drilling and will build the capacities of teams from Ethiopia who will be working on the project.
Kenya is Africa's number one geothermal energy producer and among the top 10 in the world, according to KenGen. The country has an estimated potential of 10,000MW along the Rift Valley.
The news was also reported by addisstandard
Tender Announcement: An invitation to bid for a full service drilling contractor at Alalobad in Ethiopia has been issued for Ethiopian Electric PowerSuccessful conclusion of Workshop on African Union Code of Practice for Geothermal Drilling