‘Sustainable hydropower as a feasible solution to Africa’s energy need’ is the focus of the HYDROPOWER AFRICA Conference happening at Emperor’s Palace in Johannesburg from 16 to 20 August.
A bright future lies ahead for hydropower in Africa as a critical component of Africaâ€™s energy mix. The resource uses proven technology and is easily accessible across the region.
Africaâ€™s hydropower resources have the potential to significantly contribute to solving the regionâ€™s power problems. It is readily available and produces cheaper and cleaner electricity than other traditional resources. By 2020, it is expected that hydropower will account for 52% of West Africa (excluding Nigeria) and 79% of East Africaâ€™s total new additional generation capacity.
old and new projects needed
At least 20, 000MW of hydropower capacity could be added to sub-Saharan Africaâ€™s hydropower capacity by 2015 through both refurbishments of existing old plants and the construction of new projects. A significant number of international IPPs are also exploring opportunities to use Africaâ€™s hydro resources to generate private power.ESI Africaâ€™s Hydropower Africa 2010 is a niche meeting forum where comprehensive workshops, presentations, panel discussions and focused sessions will address the issues surrounding the financing and the sustainable implementation of hydropower projects in Africa â€“ both large and small.Hydropower Africa 2010 will bring real insight into creative solutions for capacity planning and resource management. Sustainable practices for hydropower project assessment, preparation, implementation, operation, retro-fitting, modernisation and maintenance are also examined through real-life case studies and project evaluations.
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Project finance, infrastructure development and African-appropriate engineering solutions to provide power to villages, rural areas and urban communities will be debated and discussed.
Hydropower Africa 2010 will bring you real-life case examples of sustainable hydropower as a feasible solution to Africaâ€™s generation.
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