Building a more Eco-Friendly Power Supply In Africa


For thousands of years, Nations, companies, industries, governments have constantly dived into the hydropower source since it is an extremely abundant source of power with so much supply reach. And as such, it is ideally an option with a great positive effect for countries looking to explore and with limited alternatives. They undeniably have a less negative impact or pollution on the environment unlike that of coal and liquid fuel power plants. And this labels them as the most suitable power alternative.

With the power to generate electricity on a large scale and its reliability, various African countries have and are constantly building and making use of hydro projects to supply power to various regions, industries, plants and settlements. Reports has it that since the adoption and scalability of hydropower in the various regions in African, a high percentage of above 70 of the global renewable energy came from hydropower.

Hydropower has been labeled and is undoubtedly the best and reliable alternative to assist African countries steadily achieve a sustainable and continuous development target while generating power with its lowest-cost source of renewable energy in the globe.

Are they Eco-friendly?

Africa has seen a number of hydropower stations built around countries and regions. While various hydropower plants with its immense power supply are being designed and constructed, they also come with its challenges and eco difficulty.

Inundation of the dam basin when constructing hydropower plants, especially when they are supposed to be a larger plant, calls the attention and disturbance of settled communities to relocate. Inadequate consideration of possible outcomes such as endangered flooding, hydropower plants built close to borders and environmental impacts on the riverine environment should be carefully looked into and planned amicably so as to avoid environmental challenges and extended periods in development and construction. 

So how can this be avoided

With the mission to make hydropower more eco-friendly and less harmful, the 2020 African Hydropower Forum will address and discuss issues focusing on climate issues, potential development opportunities, cross-border collaboration, multipurpose developments, as well as technical, environmental and financial challenges covering all regions of the African continent in the hydropower sector. 

Scientists and engineers are taking a different path to look into hydropower with the mindset to adjust its construction and implementing the various methodologies in making it more environmentally friendly. 

  • Advancing hydropower technologies and implementing the latest technology features and machines in making hydropower construction more efficient and eco-friendly
  • Reducing the environmental impacts and mitigation costs incurred for construction hydropower plants and its technologies.
  • Researching, understanding and mitigating the impacts of hydropower development on its surrounding and climatic environments.

These topics are among the many topics and case studies that will be extensively addressed and discussed in the 2020 African Hydropower Forum by Patrick Kimmathi Maguna (Chief Executive Officer, Skynotch Energy Africa). The conference will address the barriers facing the sector with the hopes that it will begin a real direction on how to recognize and explore all benefits associated with hydropower.

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What are you waiting for? Join us today and register to be among those for the two-days exclusive forum in Johannesburg, South Africa and gain satisfied insights from the key industry experts from hydropower operators, manufacturers, experts and exploit possible future prospects and solutions of hydropower for a sustainable Africa.

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