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    Scaling up bioenergy production could substantially raise water stress - new study
    Scaling up bioenergy production could substantially raise water stress - new study

    According to a new study, biomass plantations for energy production need sustainable water management in order to avoid a substantial increase in water scarcity.

    12 Mar 2021

    Solar panels in Sahara could boost renewable energy but damage the global climate - here's why
    Solar panels in Sahara could boost renewable energy but damage the global climate - here's why

    In a bid to ditch fossil fuels, some countries are considering carpeting deserts with solar panels...

    By Zhengyao Lu and Benjamin Smith 12 Feb 2021

    Kipeto wind farm
    Kipeto wind power project adds 100MW to Kenya's national grid

    Kipeto wind farm has been connected to Kenya's national grid and will start generating power in the next week...

    25 Jan 2021

    President Joe Biden
    Keeping an eye on Biden's plans for Africa

    President Joe Biden has been sworn into office, ushering in a new administration, new foreign policy and a new approach to US trade and investment in Africa...

    22 Jan 2021

    AfDB approves funding for mini-grid advancement in Africa
    AfDB approves funding for mini-grid advancement in Africa

    The African Development Bank (AfDB) earlier this month approved a $7m grant from the Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA) for technical assistance in setting up the Africa Mini-Grid Market Acceleration Programme...

    31 Dec 2020

    Grid or solar: looking for the best energy solution for the rural poor
    Grid or solar: looking for the best energy solution for the rural poor

    South Asia has made tremendous progress in connecting rural areas to the electricity grid but the number of people in Africa without access has scarcely changed since 2010...

    By Jörg Peters and Maximiliane Sievert 30 Dec 2020

    AfDB approves Desert-to-Power technical support programme
    AfDB approves Desert-to-Power technical support programme

    The African Development Bank (AfDB) recently approved a Desert-to-Power (D2P) technical support programme that aims to advance the rollout of solar generation in G5 Sahel countries...

    28 Dec 2020

    #BestofBiz 2020: Energy & Mining
    #BestofBiz 2020: Energy & Mining

    What a year 2020 has been! So, we've curated the year's most popular articles, most-read contributors and brand press offices with the most views on Bizcommunity's Energy & Mining platform into our #BestofBiz2020 list...

    14 Dec 2020

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    Africa's power demand to keep rising between 4-5% per year

    Total electricity generation in Africa stood at 870TWh in 2019, an increase of 2.9% from 846TWh in 2018. Africa's electricity generation capacity has grown at an average of 4.8% per annum since 2008...

    3 Dec 2020

    Chanda Nxumalo, director, Harmattan Renewables
    The role of blockchain in Africa's energy transition

    Blockchain is expected to play an essential role as African countries transition towards a distributed, digitised, and decentralised power system...

    19 Nov 2020

    Covid-19 has accelerated the pace of energy transitions
    Covid-19 has accelerated the pace of energy transitions

    Spurred on by the Covid-19 global pandemic, the world is finally galvanising its commitment to move towards a green and sustainable future by mid-century, and the global energy transition is the cornerstone of this new world...

    12 Nov 2020

    Energy resources can spark Africa's economic growth
    Energy resources can spark Africa's economic growth

    Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, not all of the economic news in Africa has been negative. We continue to see promising developments...

    By NJ Ayuk 4 Nov 2020

    Professor Njuguna Ndung’u
    Business as usual in post-pandemic recovery will only reinforce economic hardship

    Africa's low level of economic diversification is a leading factor in the continent's economic fragility. Further, the Covid-19 pandemic has magnified the risks of countries' over-dependence on a single natural resource such as oil...

    By Njuguna Ndung'u 28 Sep 2020

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    Africa needs to do a better job to attract exploration investment

    Africa needs to do a better job of attracting exploration investment as the global competition increases...

    1 Sep 2020

    Residents of Lamu, Kenya, accuse the government of ignoring their concerns and going ahead with the construction of a huge port. TONY KARUMBA/AFP via Getty Images
    Review of nine African 'blue economy' projects shows what works and what doesn't

    Africa has 38 coastal countries and six islands whose maritime industry is estimated to be worth $1trn per year. This figure will increase as they develop their offshore hydrocarbon, energy, tourism, maritime transport, shipping and fishing sectors...

    By Ifesinachi Okafor-Yarwood 12 Aug 2020

    How the Grand Renaissance Dam might spark basin-wide water cooperation
    How the Grand Renaissance Dam might spark basin-wide water cooperation

    Ethiopia's on-going construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on the Blue Nile River has attracted speculation that it could lead to a 'water war'...

    By Ashok Swain 3 Aug 2020

    The Grand Renaissance Dam: what's at stake and what could break the deadlock
    The Grand Renaissance Dam: what's at stake and what could break the deadlock

    The Ethiopian Grand Renaissance Dam is inching closer to completion, rekindling the environmental and political controversies that have dogged the project from the start nearly 10 years ago...

    By Mahemud Tekuya 23 Jul 2020

    Africa's distributed renewable energy sector still dominated by foreign players
    Africa's distributed renewable energy sector still dominated by foreign players

    The distributed renewable energy sector in Africa has grown rapidly since 2013, but it has so far failed to include locally-owned companies and initiatives...

    21 Jul 2020

    De-risking investments to boost Africa's renewable energy transition
    De-risking investments to boost Africa's renewable energy transition

    Africa has experienced a decade of positive socio-economic growth, supported by a continued progress of electricity access that finally outpaced population growth between 2014 and 2018...

    16 Jul 2020

    Trilateral talks resume on Grand Renaissance hydroelectric project
    Trilateral talks resume on Grand Renaissance hydroelectric project

    Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia are back at the negotiation table to discuss the future of what will be Africa's largest hydroelectric project, the Grand Renaissance Ethiopian Dam (GERD), but the process threatens to be rocky.

    8 Jul 2020

    Post-Covid-19: Delivering sustainable energy across Africa
    Post-Covid-19: Delivering sustainable energy across Africa

    The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted the operating environment for both the public and private sectors as a result of the unprecedented lockdowns and restrictions put in place by countries to curb infections...

    By Siyabonga Mbanjwa 30 Jun 2020

    Kenyan miners have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic Recep Canik/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
    Covid-19 is underscoring the vulnerable lives of Kenya's artisanal gemstone miners

    In a country like Kenya, artisanal and small-scale mining represents a significant proportion of gemstone mining. Taita Taveta County is the largest producer of gemstones, with artisanal and small-scale mining accounting for over 60% of its annual production...

    By Judy N Muthuri 18 Jun 2020

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    Total buys Tullow Oil's Uganda project

    Total has acquired Tullow Oil's entire interests in Uganda Lake Albert development project including its East African Crude Oil Pipeline for an overall consideration of $575m...

    29 Apr 2020

    Should Africa consider the nuclear energy route?
    Should Africa consider the nuclear energy route?

    While Africa has enjoyed great achievements in oil and gas developments and seen the launch of numerous successful renewable energy programmes, bringing online large scale world-class projects, it still has not managed to close the power gap as it hedges forward with its goal of sustainable energy mixes. So, what's next for Africa?

    22 Apr 2020

    Kandeh Yumkellah
    #energyindaba: Africa's energy transition must focus on fairness, wealth creation, jobs

    Africa has the will to transition to more sustainable energy, but the emphasis must be on a just process...

    By Nicci Botha 5 Mar 2020

    How heat can be used to store renewable energy
    How heat can be used to store renewable energy

    The effect that fossil fuels are having on the climate emergency is driving an international push to use low-carbon sources of energy...

    By Antoine Koen and Pau Farres Antunez 27 Feb 2020

    SDG7 under the spotlight at Africa Energy Forum 2020
    SDG7 under the spotlight at Africa Energy Forum 2020

    The 2020 Africa Energy Forum will take place in Barcelona, Spain from 30 June to 3 July under the overarching theme of 'Investment and impact'...

    18 Feb 2020

    Landmark investment secured for 60MW Djibouti Wind Farm Project
    Landmark investment secured for 60MW Djibouti Wind Farm Project

    Djibouti's electricity demand is expected to considerably increase due to various large-scale infrastructure projects including ports, free trade zones...

    14 Feb 2020

    Nivaash Singh
    Don't underestimate the value of an experienced financial partner

    While the risks are high, Africa currently offers a very compelling mining proposition with a number of excellent prospects in many parts of the continent...

    By Nivaash Singh 10 Feb 2020

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    China's investment in Africa's mineral resources

    When it comes to energy, it's not just the traditional advocates of renewable energy that are leading the way, it is the world's major emerging economies such as China and India that are driving this clean energy transition...

    20 Jan 2020



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