Sub-Sahara African countries continue to pursue development of their electric power sector to combat “energy poverty” and encourage expansion of power-hungry businesses. Much of this energy development centers around renewable energy, such as solar and wind technologies, as well as off-grid strategies for remote regions far from transmission lines.
With such demand for electricity in Africa and international investors eager to fund these power projects, the continent has become the poster child for new renewable energy development technologies and 2015 again sees the return of many long-running African energy conferences, as well as several new ones throughout Africa, the U.S. and UK.
So you can easily mark you calendars, we have broken down by month the 2015 electric power development conferences scheduled thus far.
8th World Future Energy Summit (WFES) (Jan. 19-22, Abu Dhabi, UAE) With 30,000 attendees expected from 170 countries over four days, this conference unites the key players from the renewable energy and clean technology industry sectors. WFES takes place during Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW), a global platform to address the challenges of economic development, water scarcity, poverty, energy and climate change that affect the adoption of sustainable development and clean energy.
Powering Africa: Summit (Jan. 28-30, Washington, D.C.) Though taking place in Washington, this event is actually sponsored by UK-based EnergyNet to bring together African Ministries, American CEOs and U.S. government investment agencies to discuss the progress of programs such as “Power Africa” and highlight new investor programs currently being developed. Watch AFKInsider for pre-event coverage of this one.
Africa Power Summit 2015 (Jan. 29-30, London) The emphasis at this Summit is the latest “Smart Energy” technologies, including smart metering projects, the future of Africa’s energy sector, renewables and more. The conference also includes an exhibition showcasing the latest smart energy technologies and solutions.
3rd West African Clean Energy & Environment Exhibition & Conference (Feb. 10-12, Accra, Ghana) Organized with the Delegation of German Industry and Commerce in Ghana, this event draws technology leaders from Egypt, Germany, Ghana, Italy, Kenya, South Africa and the UK displaying their latest in clean energy and environmental technology.
Africa Energy Indaba 2015 (Feb. 17-18, Johannesburg, South Africa) Adopted by the World Energy Council as their African regional event and supported by the South African National Energy Association, the African Union and the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency, the program of this event is set by an international steering committee of government and industry leaders representing the oil, gas and renewables sectors.
2nd Nuclear Industry Congress Africa 2015 (Feb. 12-13, Cape Town, South Africa) Over 150 nuclear industry professionals will gather for networking and panel sessions covering topics that include: Nuclear Power in Future Africa; Kenya’s Plan of Nuclear Power; Challenges and Opportunities for Private Sector Participation; Regulatory Authority Perspective on Nuclear Power; and Cooperation on the Development of Nuclear Power and Clean Energy in Africa.
Solar/Diesel Africa (March 3-4, Johannesburg, South Africa) This two-day business and technology development event gives participants the opportunity to learn about the best practices and new developments of solar-diesel hybrid power systems in Africa’s remote communities, mining sites and large energy users.
Solar Energy East Africa Conference (March 10-11, Nairobi, Kenya) Supported by the Kenyan Association of Manufacturers, Tanzania Confederation of Industries and Tanzanian Ministry of Mines & Energy, this two-day program will bring together domestic and international solar developers with East African commercial power users to explore grid-tied and off-grid commercially viable opportunities for solar PV projects.
Africa Future Energy Forum (March 18-19, Nairobi, Kenya) With the theme “Unlocking Africa’s Energy Potential,” this forum will bring together major stakeholders to discuss policy, technology and financing aspects of Africa’s energy sector. Issues covered in plenary sessions and panel discussions include: energy security; trends in the renewable sector; and energy policies.
Power & Electricity World Africa 2015 (March 24-25, Johannesburg, South Africa) This event brings together African power producers, large energy users and governments to share ideas on the latest electricity generation innovations throughout the entire energy value chain with speakers, regional project case studies, roundtable discussions and seminars.
Powering East Africa (March 25-27, 2015 Nairobi, Kenya) This conference welcomes ministers from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ethiopia and Zambia as well as regional utilities, financiers, donor organizations and power developers to focus on what is needed to unlock investment in power transmission for regional growth and development.
CSP Today South Africa 2015 (April 21-22, 2015 Cape Town, South Africa) Over 300 of the concentrated solar power (CSP) industry’s top executives will gather in one place to focus on key topics, including project finance, meeting “Local Content” requirements, storage optimization and more.
Solar & Off-Grid Renewables West Africa (April 21-22, Accra, Ghana) The sister conference of Solar Energy East Africa, this event will explore the huge on- and off-grid market opportunities with over 45 international expert speakers, panel discussions, and offer West Africa networking opportunities.
4th Power & Energy Africa 2015 (April 27-29, Nairobi, Kenya) The industry’s largest gathering of decision-makers from all over East and Central Africa, this event brings together regional trade bodies from Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Uganda, Somalia, Mozambique and Congo.
3rd Southern African Solar Energy Conference (May 11-13, Kruger National Park, South Africa) This conference concentrates on all the technical, scientific and engineering aspects of solar energy research and development, providing a forum for solar scholars to present the latest progress and developments in their fields and initiate collaboration in research.
15th African Utility Week (May 12-14, Cape Town, South Africa) The untapped potential of renewable energy and investment challenges is the agenda at this conference that brings together 5,000 attendees and features 250 exhibitors and 190 speakers during eight conferences to share knowledge and debate the key topics of the future development of Africa’s power and water industries. Utility executives from Nigeria, Uganda, Namibia, Ghana, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa are expected to attend.
7th Middle East & North Africa Solar Conference (May 13-14, Dubai, UAE) MENASOL 2015 promotes solar business in the Middle East and North Africa, covering topics of finance, grid capacity, off-grid opportunities across the region and new solar desalination projects.
2nd UN ‘Sustainable Energy for All’ Forum (May 18-22, UN Headquarters, New York) The second annual Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) Forum will continue the momentum from the launch of the UN Decade of SE4ALL (2014-2024) and will include governments and civil society organizations updating their progress towards universal energy access and doubling the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix.
17th Annual Africa Energy Forum (June 8-11, Dubai, UAE) This international forum draws over 1,200 industry stakeholders, including government representatives, utilities, investors, power providers, developers and more. According to organizers, “over $25 billion of investment capital was represented at AEF 2014 in Istanbul and 2015 looks to be bigger.”
POWER-GEN Africa (July 15-17, Cape Town, South Africa) POWER-GEN Africa provides comprehensive coverage of the power needs, resources and issues facing the electricity power industries across sub-Saharan Africa and brings together leading power equipment suppliers and companies developing power infrastructure.
17th annual East African Power Industry Convention (EAPIC) (Aug. 27-29, Narobi, Kenya) EAPIC is the longest running power sector conference and expo for the entire East African region and draws the Kenyan Ministry of Power and Petroleum, as well as large East African utilities from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda.
Power & Energy Africa (Aug. 27-29, Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania) Spread over 3 days, this event brings together decision makers and technical experts from leading companies involved in Africa’s power generation, transmission and distribution sectors in collaboration with regional trade bodies in Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda, Somalia, Mozambique and Congo.
South Africa International Renewable Energy Conference 2015 (Oct. 4-7, South Africa) The Government of South Africa together with the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) and the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21) are hosting this 4-day event aimed at showcasing Africa’s renewable energy opportunities.
12th West African Power Industry Convention (WAPIC) (Nov. 25-26, Lagos, Nigeria) WAPIC showcases the latest technologies and services for the industry while the technical workshops offer practical solutions and case studies. The site visit program will include the Island Power Project and the new urban development city of Eko Atlantic project.