Smart energy for Africa

First International Africa Smart Grid Forum next May in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire

By Claire Marchand

While access to electricity is a given in industrialized countries, the situation is very different in large parts of the developing world, and so also in Africa, where vast areas have only limited and sporadic energy supply or are still completely off the grid. To continue and increase its economic development, Africa needs to upgrade existing electrical infrastructures or in some cases build networks from scratch to meet the ever growing demand.

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The Africa Smart Grid Forum has a dedicated website in English and in French where you can register for the event

The Smart Grid approach

Today Africa has a unique opportunity to build systems and networks that use the most recent technologies and include renewable power generation. The continent can benefit from recent developments in the industrialized world and put in place smart systems that integrate renewable energies – solar and hydropower for instance – and state-of-the-art ICTs (information and communications technologies).

This move towards a Smart Grid approach is bound to have in-depth consequences on the interaction and communication between stakeholders, such as utilities, consumers and telecommunications and ICT companies.

What is at stake?

Smart Grids for whom, why and what for? What are the technological barriers to the Smart Grid development? Which investments are necessary to deploy these solutions? How to manage the decision-making hierarchy between all stakeholders? Which standards are applicable to these networks? What will be the benefits for Africa?

These questions, and many more, will be addressed during the first international Africa Smart Grid Forum 2014, which will take place in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, from 14 to 16 May 2014.

First international Africa Smart Grid Forum

Entitled The Smart Grids, a solution for emerging Africa, the Forum will bring together renowned Smart Grid experts from around the world who will be able to share their experience and expertise with all participants.

The event is jointly organized by CIE (Compagnie Ivoirienne d'Electricité), CODINORM (Côte d’Ivoire national standards body), AFSEC (African Electrotechnical Standardization Commission) and APUA (Association of Power Utilities of Africa).

The Forum is held in collaboration and partnership with the IEC, CENELEC (European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization), DKE (German Commission for Electrical, Electronic & Information Technologies of DIN and VDE), SGCC (State Grid Corporation of China), KATS (Korean Agency for Technology & Standards) and AFREC/AU (African Energy Commission of the African Union).

Save the date! Register!

To register and obtain more information on this event, please visit the Africa Smart Grid Forum at: (website available in French as well).

3-19-2014 6-29-15 PM The Africa Smart Grid Forum has a dedicated website in English and in French where you can register for the event
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