Electrification of Africa

Reliable Grid Electricity is Essential For Development
 No Money No Honey: 
We have all heard the saying, 'no honey no money' but there is one that does not rhyme as well, no electricity - no development. Last night Gaia and I arrived home at about 9:00 pm and her friends were already playing in Piazza Della Repubblica. Two of my Refugee Friends saw us struggling with her two suitcases, two bags of groceries and my bicycle. They came to our aid. When we offered them €5 the refused to take it. We insisted. Never has there been a better time to talk about the electrification of Africa as now. With no end in sight to the thousands of Africans hitting the European shores, the one sided, short sighted, psychopath business model of the past, has come home to roost.electrification is not an option
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.
The implications are overwhelming. By eliminating one of the huge elements of the cost associated with the logistics of moving the raw materials to foreign markets in China, Japan, Korea, Europe and the United States of America, by integrating up and down stream, Africa is position to be in the business of providing VALUE PRODUCTS. Low costs, high value products and services that are C2C. The Next Generation of African Entrepreneurs are much different from their predecessors. They are no longer measuring success in profits held in bank accounts but in job creation. Henry Ford used the same model. He turned his workers into consumers of his own products by providing them with good jobs and enough pay for them to fuel the expansion of the purchase of cars.
ALIKO DANGOTE, in a recent interview with ALJAZEERA stated this sentiment explaining that we do not keep money in the bank. We put ALL our money into projects. He explained how with his Agricultural undertakings in rice and sugar cane plus all his other operations, he will create a grand total of 180,000 jobs. On average, Africa has a 'WE ARE FAMILY FACTOR' of about 10. That is, on average, each African with a job, takes care of 10 people. So DANGOTE, one man, is providing for almost 2,000,000 people. Electrification is therefore an essential element in the RED (Rapid Economic Development) of Africa. We are fortunate to be living in these times. Meanwhile, back at the ranch, others, like us are creating the Financial Infrastructure to access the capital necessary to fuel this development. In addition tot he capital, we have the relationships at ENEL GREEN POWER, the largest supplier of Renewable Energy in the World. So the party is just about to get started, so role up your sleeves and get ready to work.
Electrification Projects consist of:
  • 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!


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Energy from a source that is not depleted when used, such as wind or solar power. "The environment benefits from renewable energy". 





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