There is an urgent need for systematic interventions that address all the constraints and challenges that low-income farmers like him face across Africa. A holistic set of interventions make up the 360-degree package of support that is being implemented by Energy 4 Impact and German development agency GIZ.
Is it possible for heavily industrialized nations to create energy security with renewable power alone? Yes, it is! However, one of the most important factors in achieving this is efficient storage technologies.
There is no doubt that globalisation has benefited Africa greatly. This includes job creation, innovation, increased productivity and foreign direct investment. But global value chains are shifting in the wake of the COVID pandemic and Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine.
“Repurposing of used Li-ion batteries can certainly yield many environmental benefits”, says Betz. “But it is hard to understand why the focus is on shipping old batteries to low- and middle-income countries, given the great need for electricity storage in Germany and the EU”.
Raising capital is a time-consuming process that distracts the management teams of lean companies from their core activities. While raising capital is an important function, an incredible amount of time is often wasted in a back-and-forth game between investors and startups, plagued by questionable alignment and poor communications.
Uganda produces more electricity than it can use, but infrastructure and cultural challenges leave people and businesses without power. Inconsistent power supply is already costing locals employment opportunities.
Norah Magero has won the Royal Academy of Engineering’s 2022 Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation with Vaccibox, a small, mobile, solar-powered fridge that safely stores and transports medicines like vaccines, for use in field vaccinations and remote clinics.
The 21st century will see, and is seeing, a decentralization of traditional electricity networks, at the same time as a decarbonizing of power generation to reduce CO2 emissions that are causing potentially catastrophic climate change.
There are many questions that need to be answered. How do we make realistic and enforceable policies that support energy transition in an equitable way? What changes do we need to make to existing infrastructure and in storage technologies?
Dr. Harald Schützeichel
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