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2021 African predictions on renewable energy

Summary

Africa, as a continent, has been going through an energy transition slowly for several decades. Many countries have been using renewable energy to meet power demands, especially for rural electrification. Ifeoma Malo, Clean Tech Hub CEO, Nigeria, said that he […]

Africa, as a continent, has been going through an energy transition slowly for several decades. Many countries have been using renewable energy to meet power demands, especially for rural electrification. Ifeoma Malo, Clean Tech Hub CEO, Nigeria, said that he was surprised by the rate at which renewable energy was adopted during the 2020 Vovid-19 pandemic. He added that power consumption patterns have switched from industrial and commercial consumers to home usage since many people are currently working from home, and students have adapted to online learning.

The following are some of Ifeoma Malo trends that he anticipates for 2021:

Electric vehicles

This is one of the sectors that are changing at a rapid speed. This is because many automakers have already announced to develop various EVs. This sector’s market share is expected to increase as many people are ready to adopt electric vehicles. It is essential to note that EVs are slowly getting their way into Africa regardless of the power challenges the continent faces. As of now, Uganda and Ghana, and South Africa have purchased electric cars, and the demand is expected to increase in a several years to come.

Hydrogen

There is an increase in hydrogen use. This is due to the low-carbon energy future since hydrogen does not emit any greenhouse gas. Hydrogen is used in various industries such as transport, and it is expected to unlock the untapped renewable energy in Africa. The use of hydrogen will help sub-Saharan Africa achieve its green electrification if it has large-scale storage and flexible transmission.

 Agriculture nexus/ Power from green sources

There has been a rapid increase in the use of clean energy, more so in agricultural economies. Many small-scale farmers have embraced the use of different clean energy in their agricultural farms and throughout the supply chain of food production. Marco Rahner, who works at the Siemens Pty Ltd as a sales director in charge of Smart Infrastructure, said that the whole of 2020 was not a good year looking at it from various perspectives. It was a year full of many challenges due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The lockdowns that were witnessed in many parts of the world led to many business and industries’ closures. Marco said that despite all their challenges, the future is luminous. Marco said the 2021 trends include the push for microgrids with promised financing from World Bank, African Development Bank as well as international developers. He adds that there is an urgent need to strengthen the IPP business and additional installations in Africa. Marco also said that remote areas must be electrified, and more African developments need to be pushed.

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