African Hydropower Forum 2020

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The train into the future has arrived – here’s where you come in!

More than 40 leaders in the hydropower sector in Africa will gather in Cape Town, South Africa between the 21st and the 22nd of April in 2020, to discuss on the theme potential future prospects of hydropower for a sustainable Africa at the African Hydropower Forum (AHF) 2020.

Hydropower presents an opportunity for economic development and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. Hydropower potential exceeds current and medium-term demand in the African region and, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the cost of electricity from hydropower projects remains the lowest among renewable energy sources globally.

Across Africa, hydropower is responsible for 84 per cent of all non-fossil fuel energy use. Africa is no doubt a continent rich in lakes and rivers, therefore opportunities for expanding hydropower are huge.

Over the next decade, electricity demand in Africa will increase faster than the demand for energy as a whole. In order to meet this growing need, mitigate the damaging effects of fossil fuel on climate change and comply with the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) 2°C scenario, African countries must move towards low-carbon businesses.

Research has also shown that electricity insecurity impacts productivity and investment in manufacturing and SMEs negatively. Investments in hydropower can help to mitigate the impact of electricity insecurity on manufacturing and SMEs by ensuring an efficient alternative supply of electricity.

Planning for the future must be done in parallel with promoting strong renewable energy growth today. The modern world is gravitating towards renewable energy and Africa shouldn’t be left behind. Hydropower is already helping address climate change. It’s time to get involved in the revolution!

Governments in Africa are putting in efforts to increase investment both in hydropower projects which will enable interconnection projects to have a transformative impact across the African region. This is because hydropower development is considered a priority owing to its major role in buffering against fluctuations in production.

Technically, there is significant potential for hydropower in Africa. This is a substantial opportunity for development. Major multipurpose water resources schemes, including many large regional hydro projects, are moving ahead in Africa at an unprecedented rate.

AHF 2020 brings together industry, government, finance and civil society to set priorities for the future of the hydropower sector. It is a flagship event and the essential forum for the African hydropower sector to share experiences, debate key issues, review improvements and consider future opportunities for the industry.

The forum will also bring together industry professionals in Africa (a continent with excellent infrastructure and a variety of dams) and beyond to discuss water and energy issues relevant to Africa. It will cover areas like civil works and challenging conditions, hydrology, and flood and drought management, hydro technology, environmental and social aspects, and much more.

The chairman of AHF 2020, Dr Mohamed H. Saied, who is currently the General Manager, Electrical Engineering Dept. Abu Qir Fertilizers & Chemical Industries Co., Egypt, for over a decade has devoted his time to designing and delivering several electrical power and automatic control.

Asides Dr Mohamed H. Saied, the forum assembles a great line up of speakers already confirmed including; Prerak Thekadi, General Manager – Techno-Commercial and Civil Engineer, Adani Green Energy Limited, India; Anton-Louis Olivier, CEO, Renewable Energy Holdings (Pty) Ltd; Wim Jonker Klunne, Small hydropower expert / Civil Engineer, Hydro4Africa; Hugh Hawarden, Power and Renewables Transactor, Rand Merchant Bank; William Liabunya, Chief Executive Officer, The Electricity Generation Company Limited (EGENCO), Malawi; Charles Eberly, Power & Infrastructure – Global Head of Coverage, CrossBoundary; Karén Breytenbach, Head of the Department of Energy, IPP Office, Development Bank of Southern Africa; among many others.

AHF 2020 is special, owing to different important topics to be discussed, often neglected at many energy conferences, topics bothering on the future and trends of hydropower technology in Africa.

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