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The recent Africa Energy Indaba conference, held in collaboration with the World Energy Council, NEPAD Agency and SANEA, was well attended, with African Energy Ministers and leading energy luminaries participating in discussions around key issues impacting the African energy sector.

Hosted by Energy Minister Jeff Radebe, the conference saw delegates from many countries attending. These included project developers, financiers, industry experts, energy users, government officials and energy industry manufacturers.

Focus on energy challenges and solutions at Africa Energy Indaba 2019

Africa’s energy access concerns such as innovative financing solutions, disruptive business models, regional integration, the impact of digitalisation on the energy sector as well as potential business opportunities in the energy space were discussed in depth. High-profile industry representatives discussed possible solutions to minimise these energy access concerns, sharing their experience of the dynamic energy environment in Africa.

Evolving grid technologies (e.g. micro, mini and off-grid solutions), renewable and cleaner energy solutions, energy storage and energy efficiency were among the other topics that were thoroughly explored at the event. Several challenges confronting the development of mini-grids were unpacked, such as skills on the ground, finance, logistics and local policy and/or regulation. These challenges were discussed and showcased to provide the latest insights, trends and applications to ultimately increase energy access across the continent.

This year’s Africa Energy Indaba included the third annual Africa Youth Energy Innovator Award. Designed to motivate and support youth energy innovators to devise solutions capable of improving the lives of African people, the award went to Bongajum Lesley Ndzi (32) from Senegal. Ndzi won for his BONGA power bike/power kit which generates and stores energy from peddling a bicycle.

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