Hydrogen, financing the energy transition and climate change @Enlit Africa

Can Africa carve out a role for itself in the booming hydrogen market? How do cities weather-proof their energy sectors and water systems? Where will the funding for the 5Ds of the energy transition come from?

These are just a few of the relevant questions and topics for discussion in the next Enlit Africa, which will take place from June 8 to 10, with live sessions with the great minds of the sector. The online platform will be opened with a welcoming speech by South African Minister of Mineral and Energy Resources Gwede Mantashe.


“Countries like South Africa and Kenya already have an infrastructure that can be harnessed to leverage green hydrogen for both production and export,” says Hendrik Malan, Partner and CEO Africa from Frost & Sullivan Africa and moderator of the next session at: Africa’s role in the global hydrogen production market.

“Hydrogen, especially green and blue,” he explains, “has the potential to dramatically accelerate the rate of electrification in sub-Saharan Africa. In addition, through the export of these green resources, local economies can be strengthened, stimulating job creation and making countries key suppliers ahead of the rest of the world. “

According to Malan, while hydrogen is still in the R&D and early implementation phase, governments already need to put in place the respective legislation and regulations to enable swift implementation.

Climate change

Climate change and its effects on the future of the energy sector is a critical theme that forms a common thread throughout the Enlit Africa program. From the opening session panel which will focus on the The 5Ds of the energy transition – namely decarbonization, decentralization, democratization, digitization and deregulation – the way African governments are currently designing their own climate change policies.

“We all know that the global community has decided to cap global warming at 1.5 degrees. The consequences of overstepping are too catastrophic to be considered and we must therefore invest more in adaptation strategies, ”says Dr Roland Nkwain Ngam, program manager for climate justice and socio-ecological transformation at the Rosa Foundation. Luxemburg.

Ngam, who speaks in the Climate finance – adaptation and mitigation session, adds, “Coal energy is killing us and we must force polluters to pay their fair share for adaptation activities.”

Enlit Africa will also include an exclusive interview with Cape Town Executive Director Kadri Nassiep on how Cape Town is tackling climate change.

Some of the program’s more exciting speakers and moderators include:

– Ashish Khanna, Practice Manager: West and Central Africa, World Bank, United States
– Sabine Dall’Omo, CEO, Siemens, South Africa
– Dr Albert Butare, former Minister of State for Infrastructure of the Republic of Rwanda and currently CEO of Africa Energy Services Group Ltd
– Gillian-Alexandre Huart, CEO, ENGIE Energy Access, Belgium
– Dr Jarrad Wright, Principal Investigator, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), South Africa
Mandy Rambharos, GM: Just Energy Transition Office, Eskom, South Africa
Ashish Kumar, Innovation Manager, Shell Foundation, UK
– Tobi Busari, team leader: Integrated production and renewable energy, Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company, Nigeria

Other highlights of the session at Enlit Africa:

The realities of integrating small-scale on-board production (SSEG) into a local distribution network
– The business case for a circular economy
– Training: Fundamentals of PV systems with energy storage
– Manage revenue losses – Recovery of collections in Nigeria despite a difficult economic environment
– How solar PV is changing the commercial and industrial energy landscape
– Bringing renewable energies into the grid: presentation of the G-PST consortium
– Case study: Preparing how mini-grids meet the national grid
– How gas can decarbonise the electricity sector in sub-Saharan Africa
– Interview: The first solar IPP in Burundi

All content will also be available on demand after the live broadcasts.

Same inspiration, different look

Enlit Africa, which will take place from June 8-10, is the new hallmark of African Utility Week in Cape Town and the POWERGEN Africa Conference and Exhibition, which for over 20 years the flagship energy and energy trade fair for the continent’s energy sector. The event had two very successful interactive digital editions last year and rebranded in November 2020.

Industry support

Eskom, the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy and the City of Cape Town have been official partners of the event for many years and 2021 is no different.

Leading global and local providers of technology and services to the industry including Siemens, IFS, SAS, G3-PLC, GE, Toshiba and Conlog return as sponsors to Enlit Africa. Other industry supporters are Prime Alliance, WESGRO, City of Cape Town, Ntiyiso Consulting and many more.

ESI Africa, the continent’s leading energy and energy information provider, is the official host publication while the Enel Foundation returns as a knowledge partner.

Enlit Africa is organized by Clarion Events Africa, a multi-award winning Cape Town-based exhibition and conference producer across the continent in the infrastructure, energy and mining sectors. Other well-known events include Nigeria Mining Week, African Mining Forum and DRC Mining Week.

Enlit Africa dates and locations:
Digital event: June 8-10, 2021
Next conference and live exhibition: June 7-9, 2022
Location: CTICC, Cape Town, South Africa

Website: www.enlit-africa.com

Media contact:

Annemarie Roodbol
Email: [email protected]

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