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Digital Energy Festival for Africa highlights: Week 1!

The Digital Energy Festival for Africa kicked off last week and as expected, has already yielded some thought-provoking and inspiring content and conversations.

Programme highlights from last week included:

ESI Africa tackles trending topics at Digital Energy Festival
As a media partner of the Digital Energy Festival, ESI Africa will not only write about the various sessions but also host an exciting digital line-up of live and recorded events. Drawing on the expertise of various organisations associated with the media portal – ESI Africa puts a spotlight on the thought leaders and trending topics in energy and power across Africa.

Achieving 5IR by using business for good
Digital Energy Festival for Africa kicks off on an inspiring, optimistic note
“COVID has shown the world that you cannot just take the planet for free but that you have to take care of it as well.” This is according to Pratik Gauri, the President of the 5th Element Group, a global impact management consultancy, who was part of a masterclass on “5IR, Energy, and Humanity” by Africa Energy Forum on the first day of the Digital Energy Festival for Africa.

Wärtsilä Masterclass: Hybrid solutions a competitive option for South Africa’s renewables growth
As part of the Digital Energy Festival, Wärtsilä presented a focused masterclass exploring why hybrid projects are found to be a highly competitive solution, especially within the South African context. The context of the discussion was the South African government’s RMIPPP or Risk Management IPP Procurement Programme.

Exclusive: World’s first long-range wireless transmission project showcased 
The Africa Energy Forum hosted a special presentation last week by EMROD CEO and Founder Greg Kushnir, demonstrating the world’s first-ever long-range wireless transmission project, currently operating in New Zealand.

Harmonised energy database will empower African energy sector
The fast-growing development of the energy mix in Africa calls for an upgrade of the existing energy database. This was highlighted during the digital dialogue Building a Harmonised and Centralised Energy Database Through the Africa Energy Information System (AEIS), hosted by the African Development Bank (AfDB) during the Digital Energy Festival.

Organizations launch “African Utility of the Future” competition with $5,000 prize
The Power, Energy, Climate and Green Growth Complex (PEVP) of AfDB will participate at AEF2020, mainstreaming the concept of: “The African Utility of the Future” – the theme for the 2019 AfDB-APUA CEO Leadership Forum. This is a continuation on the concept of “The Second Wave of Power Sector Reforms” as it relates to the Sustainable Utility Transformation (SUT) agenda of the Bank – a key component that will continue to drive the Bank’s ‘Light Up and Power Africa’ strategic objective.

Gender equality at centre of Digital Energy Festival for Africa
As the contribution of women to the energy sector has increased significantly in the last 10 years, the focus on how energy access is changing women’s lives across the continent is one of the cornerstones of the Digital Energy Festival for Africa, taking place until 26 November.

For more information on the exciting and packed programme and to register for the Digital Energy Festival:

   – Africa Energy Forum sessions, click here
   – Oil & Gas Council sessions, click here
   – African Utility Week & POWERGEN Africa sessions, click here – FREE access
   – ESI Africa sessions, click here – FREE access

The Digital Energy Festival is hosted jointly by four of Clarion Events’ leading energy brands Africa Energy Forum, African Utility Week & POWERGEN Africa and the Oil & Gas Council’s Africa Assembly and the leading energy journal ESI Africa providing six weeks of compelling content until 26 November.

Clarion Energy
The UK-based Clarion Events Group’s Clarion Energy Series runs over 40 events that cover the oil, gas, power and energy sectors, making it one of the group’s largest portfolios.

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