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Solar Power Prospects in North Africa's Sahara Desert

"There is significant potential for generating electricity from solar power in the Sahara desert in North Africa for both domestic use and for export to Europe. The successful implementation of projects to harness solar power could improve standard…

Trade in Electricity Services in the Southern African Customs Union: Towards a Negotiating Strategy

"The development of a country’s electricity sector is crucial for broader economic growth and economic and social development. The electricity sector in the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) member states is facing chronic challenges, includin…

China in the African Solar Energy Sector

"Access to reliable and affordable electricity is critical for poverty alleviation and the improvement of livelihoods, including in the areas of education, health, and industrial development in Africa. However, a combination of factors, such as cli…

Biofuel Technology Transfer in IBSA: Lessons for South Africa and Brazil

The success of biofuel production in Brazil (bioethanol in particular) is recognised as a tangible point of collaboration in the India–Brazil– South Africa (IBSA) Forum. Sharing knowledge and systematic technology transfer on biofuels can strengthen…

Towards a Green Energy Revolution in Africa: Reflections on Waste-to-Energy Projects

"The twin processes of urbanisation and industrialisation are positively correlated with waste generation and energy consumption. Sadly, the global reliance on fossil fuels has contributed not only to new challenges of global warming, but also to pr…

Making Renewable Energy Affordable: the South African Renewables Initiative

"South Africa is a country with a predominantly coal-fired electricity system and ever-growing energy needs. Use of renewable energy resources for electricity generation is currently almost non-existent, but the potential is great. Through its new …

Achieving Development Goals with Renewable Energy : The Case of Tanzania

"Lack of reliable access to electricity is a significant barrier to economic development and job creation in Tanzania. Currently, only 14% of the population has access to electricity; in rural areas the electrification rate hovers around 2%. Power o…

Climate and Development Outlook: Stories of Change from CDKN Issue No 5

The first article in this newsletter is an interview with Stephen King’uyu where he expresses the hope that the statement ”Green future beckons for Kenya” will be true as he and many of his compatriots draw breath at the end of an intensive, year-l…

Climate and Development Outlook: Stories of Change from CDKN Issue No 6

In this edition of Outlook, we are focusing especially on Low Emissions Development Strategies (LEDS). The first article: “Togo and Cameroon assess their sustainable energy potentials” highlights the finding that both countries have a long way to go…

South Africa's Green Economy Transition: Implications for Reorienting the Economy Towards a Low Carbon Growth Trajectory

"The notion of green economies seems to have gained momentum in both developed and developing countries. For South Africa, the transition to a green economy presents a mix of challenges and opportunities. This stems from the fact that South Africa…

Energy Management News Vol 19 No 4

This newsletter features several events. The headings are as follows: MAPS emerges as an alternative approach for green growth strategising in Africa highlights papers and opportunities from the CCDA-III conference in Addis Ababa. Nuclear outreach a…

The Future of Emerging Economies' Energy Mix : Lessons from Mauritius

"One of the least understood but potentially important trends in the energy field is the way in which the development priorities of small developing islands and emerging economies are shaping energy markets. Given that climate change is likely to in…

Building a Regional Electricity Market: SAPP challenges

"Regional power trade has many potential benefits. Indeed, enlarging national electricity markets beyond borders could help to decrease variable supply and demand issues and stimulate capacity investment. In Southern Africa, the Southern African Pow…

The Local Livelihood Implications of Biofuel Development and Land Acquisitions in Zimbabwe

"In recent years, proponents of “green and clean” fuel have argued that the socio-economic and environmental costs of over reliance on traditional fuel (oil) could be reduced by a global transition to biofuel. Such discourses propound that a transit…

Socio Economic Implications of Mitigation in the Power Sector Including Carbon Taxes in South Africa

It is very important, in a developing country like South Africa, that policies and measures aimed at achieving the country’s emissions reduction targets are not applied to the detriment of other national objectives. The reduction of poverty and ineq…

Journal of Energy in Southern Africa Vol 25 No 2

This journal comprises several excellent articles. "Challenges in household energisation and the poor" highlights the challenges to supply energy to the poor and the health risks of using traditional fuels. "Design of a low voltage DC microgrid syst…

Journal of Energy in Southern Africa Vol 24 No 4

This issue consists of several articles. A cost-benefit analysis of concentrator photovoltaic technology use in South Africa: A case study investigates the economic efficiency of the implementation of concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) technology in t…

Energy Management News Vol 20 No 1

This journal issue comprises several interesting articles. The first article: Demonstrating renewable energy and energy efficiency opportunities in the wine industry discusses the risk factor for the wine industry as the availability of energy an…

Energy Futures Modelling for African Cities – Selecting a Modelling Tool for the SAMSET Project

One of the first steps of the SAMSET project - which support six African cities in three countries - is to develop an evidence base of their energy systems to support scenario-based planning exercises to explore the impacts of different sustainable …

Sustainable Biofuels: Crops and Access in Developing Countries

Biofuel production in developing countries can be instrumental in poverty reduction but can also marginalise the rural poor. The rise in biofuel production sparked a debate over the threat that energy security poses to food security. This paper look…

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