Solar farming in Africa

 

Title Solar Farming in Africa: Green Electricity Powered by the Sun
Director(s) Intelligence Squared
Date released (year) 2012
Production company Intelligence Squared: the world of   debate
Length 5.33 mins
Location London
Keywords/tags Renewable energy, solar, natural   resources
Link to film http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GIWeZQpZ5QE
Synopsis In the fourth installment of our iq2 Shorts series,   Professor Michael Düren of DESERTEC argues that we can harness the African   desert sun to power the world.

The animation is adapted from our Switched On evening ‘Energy Game Changers’   from March 2012. Click on the following link to watch the four other carbon   cutting energy solutions presented that evening http://bit.ly/I8HLSw

Reviews/discussion African renewables potential mapped

Bernard Appiah

1 March 2012 |

Some of the best potential   for solar power is in the Sahara belt

European Commission Joint   Research Centre

Tapping into Africa’s renewable energy could transform living standards across   the continent, according to a report that has mapped the potential of   renewables in the region.

The report aims to help   African governments set up renewable energy plans, and has called for the   urgent transfer of relevant knowledge to research and technology partners in   Africa.

“Only if much of the   research, prototyping, demonstration and large-scale deployment are done by   African people, one can accelerate the uptake of renewable energy,” says   the report, published by the European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC)   last month (8 February).

Renewable energy has   particular relevance in remote and rural areas, where around 600 million   people live without electricity, and where renewables would be cheaper than   extending national grid services, the report says.

The authors used geographical   data to map out regions that could generate electricity from the sun, wind,   biomass and water. They then identified those regions where using renewables   might be cheaper than existing sources such as diesel or electricity grids.

“We found good wind   energy potential in North Africa and good solar energy potential in Sub-Saharan Africa   and the Sahara belt,” said the report’s editor, Fabio Monforti-Ferrario.

The report says small hydroelectric   power plants would suit Equatorial Africa, where many people live closer to   river systems than to existing electricity grids.

Monforti-Ferrario added that   “biomass is the ‘green gold’ of Central Africa”, but cautioned against   its widespread use on sustainability grounds.

Speaking more broadly, he   said Africa’s ability to tap the potential of renewables potential is   hampered by reliance on subsidised diesel fuel.

“It is the policy of   African countries to keep the cost of diesel low, even though [this policy]   is unsustainable. It makes the use of [alternatives like] photovoltaic   systems unattractive to consumers,” he said.

This view is backed by   Dieter Holm, honorary   board member of the International Solar Energy Society based in South Africa.   But he said the report had focused too heavily on petrol subsidies, and not   enough on the ability of renewable to create jobs.

Holm said that in Africa   photovoltaics and wind energy can create 62 and 12 jobs per gigawatt hour of   electricity produced respectively, compared to less than one job in the coal   industry for the same energy output.

“Political   decision-makers in Africa should be well-informed of the overall potential of   renewable energy sources in terms of electricity generation, job creation,   and environmental sustainability,” Holm told SciDev.Net.

 

Link to full report      [3.16MB]

 

Source:   http://www.scidev.net/en/climate-change-and-energy/renewable-energy/news/african-renewables-potential-mapped.html

Links to other resources http://www.intelligencesquared.com/

 

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The 4th Revolution: energy autonomy

Title The 4th Revolution: energy autonomy
Director(s) Carl A. Fechner
Date released (year) 2011
Production company Fechner Media
Length 8mins (trailer to full length feature film)
Location International
eywords/tags Energy, sustainability, technology
Link to film http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=15S-Pz3s3Rg
Synopsis We   know that we can do something.

Sun, wind, hydro and geothermal energy are natural sources accessible to   everyone all over the world without making any difference. And they are   renewable, free and available in the long run. Only the widespread knowledge   about the possibilities of renewable energy can ignite an international   movement and take the absolutely necessary energy transition. We need a   quickly enlightening medium that conveys this knowledge comprehensible and   compactly. This can be provided by a great documentary. We have made it.

Reviews/discussion a great, informative, realistic and well   done movie/documentary on the upcoming change/opportunity behind renewable   energies. the movie is entirely sponsored/funded by single individuals with   no support/influence of any governmental organization whatsoever. it covers a   broad spectrum of existing realities and sheds its light on future   perspectives: the transformation of currant energetic, ecologic and economic   crisis into a process of democratization and global solution. the movie   starts in los angeles with hermand scheer, expert of ren. energy, scientist,   author and alternative nobel price winner, pointing out critical words to the   current model of architecture…. >>

that is not   implementing minimally solar and renewable technology on its high-rise   buildings and general urban design. It further brings you to the innovative   -Nordic Folk Center- in Denmark, where clean renewable energy has been   introduced since 30 years successfully providing now a whole region with   sufficient energy coming from 100% renewable sources. The Center is today a   shining example for the world and many students from all over the world come   here to learn and expand their knowledge. Like Malinese Ibrahim Togola, here   for one year and now developing, with the support of its government,   renewable energy projects into the small rural communities of his country.   The Movie continues to Bangladesh with Muhammad Yunu (”The Banker of the   Poor” Nobel Price Winner for Micro-Credits) where woman co-operatives   started to educate their communities and families introducing solar panel in   their villages and gaining so major financial and individual independence   from the urban cities. Germany, China, The Amazons – the movie takes various   looks at individuals and protagonist as projects, debunking the myth that   ‘renewable energy’ is an unrealistic affair so often propagated by media and   high corporate ranks that are fearing the loss of power and money behind such   a much awaited and inevitable process.

 

Source: http://thenofrontiers.blogspot.com/2010/04/4th-revolution-energyautonomyorg.html

 

African renewables potential mapped

Bernard Appiah

1 March 2012 |

Some of the best potential   for solar power is in the Sahara belt

European Commission Joint   Research Centre

Tapping into Africa’s renewable   energy could transform living standards across the continent, according   to a report that has mapped the potential of renewables in the region.

The report aims to help   African governments set up renewable energy plans, and has called for the   urgent transfer of relevant knowledge to research and technology partners in   Africa.

“Only if much of the   research, prototyping, demonstration and large-scale deployment are done by   African people, one can accelerate the uptake of renewable energy,” says   the report, published by the European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC)   last month (8 February).

Renewable energy has   particular relevance in remote and rural areas, where around 600 million   people live without electricity, and where renewables would be cheaper than   extending national grid services, the report says.

The authors used   geographical data to map out regions that could generate electricity from the   sun, wind, biomass and water. They then identified those regions where using   renewables might be cheaper than existing sources such as diesel or   electricity grids.

“We found good wind   energy potential in North Africa and good solar energy potential in Sub-Saharan Africa   and the Sahara belt,” said the report’s editor, Fabio Monforti-Ferrario.

The report says small   hydroelectric power plants would suit Equatorial Africa, where many people   live closer to river systems than to existing electricity grids.

Monforti-Ferrario added that   “biomass   is the ‘green gold’ of Central Africa”, but cautioned against its   widespread use on sustainability grounds.

Speaking more broadly, he   said Africa’s ability to tap the potential of renewables potential is   hampered by reliance on subsidised diesel fuel.

“It is the policy of   African countries to keep the cost of diesel low, even though [this policy]   is unsustainable. It makes the use of [alternatives like] photovoltaic   systems unattractive to consumers,” he said.

This view is backed by   Dieter Holm, honorary   board member of the International Solar Energy Society based in South Africa.   But he said the report had focused too heavily on petrol subsidies, and not   enough on the ability of renewable to create jobs.

Holm said that in Africa   photovoltaics and wind energy can create 62 and 12 jobs per gigawatt hour of   electricity produced respectively, compared to less than one job in the coal   industry for the same energy output.

“Political   decision-makers in Africa should be well-informed of the overall potential of   renewable energy sources in terms of electricity generation, job creation,   and environmental sustainability,” Holm told SciDev.Net.

 

Link   to full report      [3.16MB]

 

Source: http://www.scidev.net/en/climate-change-and-energy/renewable-energy/news/african-renewables-potential-mapped.html

Links to other resources  

DSDS Conversation-II: Renewable energy solution for Africa

 

Title DSDS   Conversation-II: Renewable energy solution for Africa
Director(s)
Date released (year) 2013
Production company OneWorld
Length 8.51mins
Location Delhi, India
Keywords/tags Energy, protest, sustainability, renewables, climate change
Link to film http://youtu.be/VR8NKhDFbsU
Synopsis Dr Pradeep Monga of the United   Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) and Mahama Kappiah of   ECOWAS talk to One World at the Delhi Sustainable Development Summit   (DSDS-2013) about Africa’s governance issues, especially where development   projects are concerned. Both think renewable energy is a solution to   infrastructure problems in Africa.

Source: http://youtu.be/VR8NKhDFbsU

Reviews/discussion TERI’s Delhi Sustainable Development Summit (DSDS),   organized annually since 2001, is an international platform for exchange of   knowledge on all nuances of sustainable development. Over the past twelve   years, it has emerged as one of the most leading forums on issues of global   sustainability. The Summit witnesses the attendance of various heads of State   and Governments, thought leaders, policy makers and the crème de la crème of   industry and academia who come together to deliberate on myriad issues. Until   date, a total of 33 Heads of State and ministers from over 43 countries have   registered their presence at the Summit.

Source: http://dsds.teriin.org/2013/index.php/about-us/about-dsds

 

15 Nov 2012
Title: SA’s renewable energy future looks bright
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Pretoria – November 5 will always occupy a place of special prominence in the   history of South Africa’s quest to secure the stability of energy supply in   the country, especially as it forges ahead with its massive infrastructure   build programme.

The day marked the signing of contracts between government and independent   power producers (IPPs), which will see the addition of 1 400 megawatts to the   country’s power grid — a move that has been hailed as ‘historic’ for the   renewable energy sector.

“This is a very proud day for us. It’s a great day for South Africa.   It’s easily the most important day in the renewable energy sector globally   this year,” said Mainstream Renewable Power head of procurement and   project delivery, Barry Lynch.

The global renewable energy developer, Mainstream, together with its   partners, was in December 2011 named as part of the preferred bidders in   Window 1 of the Energy Department’s Renewable Energy Independent Power   Producer Programme (REIPPP).

The total 28 approved bidders, announced during COP17, signed implementation   agreements and direct agreements with the department, with power utility   Eskom signing power purchase agreements with the bidders.

The majority of the companies that won the bids are foreign companies, with   67 South African companies having formed partnerships with these companies.

CONT… www.SAnews.gov.za

Links to other resources Deborah A. Bräutigam and   Stephen Knack (2004)Foreign Aid, Institutions, and Governance in Sub‐Saharan Africa,

Economic Development and   Cultural Change , Vol.   52, No. 2, pp. 255-285, http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/380592

 

John O. Kakonge (1998) EIA and good governance: Issues and lessons   from Africa,  Environmental Impact Assessment Review, Volume 18, Issue 3, pp.   289–305, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0195-9255(98)00003-1

 

Harald Winkler (2005) Renewable energy policy in South Africa:   policy options for renewable electricity, Energy Policy,   Volume 33, Issue 1, pp. 27–38, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0301-4215(03)00195-2