Electrification of Africa
Reliable Grid Electricity is Essential For Development
So it is finally in the interest of the European to help develop Africa, not out of a new found generous heart, but out of self interest and the preservation of the status quo. Meanwhile back at the ranch, there has been many converging developments that are equally exciting in the world of electrification. Renewable energy sources are now all the rage and the combination of smart grids and energy storage has revolutionised the approach to electrification. To put it in perspective, the present developments in Electrification will have the same impact that switching from land lines to mobile telephones had. The mobile technology allowed us to jump over the need for vast and expensive infrastructure to carry the signals by physical wire. Likewise, renewable energy allows us to produce electric energy near to the market that is using it, while storage advancements made by TESLA and SMART GRIDS made by companies like ENEL GREEN POWER, virtually eliminates and reduces the need for the costly distribution networks that were an essential part of bringing the electricity to market. Reliable electrification means that Africa can now enter the race to be a serious future contender as, not a low cost, manufacturer, like China, but become a large scale CRADLE TO CRADLE (C2C) manufacture, integrating the process both upstream and down stream, from the extraction of the raw materials, to the conversion, refining and producing of the C2C end product.
- Renewable Energy: This component consists of
- Renewable source like wind, water sun, sea, heat coming from below the surface of the earth (Geo-thermal) and
- The installation of the plant facility to transform the energy source into electricity. With the developments TESLA is making, we can also now consider using storage both to be able to consume energy when not producing it or to stabalise the smart Mini grids of the future. These components are important steps in supporting renewable energy production in Africa.
- Distribution Network:
- (i) Construction of Substations: Substations.
- (ii) Construction of Transmission Lines: This includes the construction of lines linking the existing grid and the new substations in the respective towns and cities.
- (iii) Construction of underground cables where necessary.
- Technical Assistance: Technical assistance will include a feasibility studies stability studies to evaluate the shortcomings of the existing grid system.
- Project Supervision and Management: "Consultancy services will be required for
- a) project supervision and
- b) project account audit.
- "Environmental Management Plans.
The project management consultancy services will be provided by EPA Technical Partner ENEL GREEN POWER - ITALY, RESGEN - AUSTRALIA. Gaia Financial Trust Geneva (to be formed) will finance the consultancy services for other components. The main deliverables of the projects are to provide electricity access to additional commercial and residential customers both in urban and rural areas.
The future of life as we know it on Earth is in our hands!