Africa has struggled with famine, drought and the lack of energy resources for many decades. Although electrical infrastructure is taken for granted in developed countries, it is still unavailable in many African villages. That is why government and sustainable energy companies are working together to provide renewable energy throughout African countries.
Many African households are dependent upon hazardous energy sources such as kerosene and car batteries for light and fuel. Switching to solar energy reduces the risk of accidents, as well as the household cost for these fuel sources.
As with most developing countries, many African villages are still without conventional power. Fossil fuels would provide a simple answer to the energy crisis; however, there are numerous political, health, environmental and economic issues that make the use of fossil fuels unfeasible for many villages. Solar power offers a solution to the energy crisis.
The African environment is ideal for the generation of solar power. On average, the African countries have 325 days of sunlight, making the use of solar power both feasible and reliable for all villages. Because the entire continent Read the rest of this entry »
Africa is a continent that offers many opportunities to make an impact with alternative power. From large-scale wind and solar projects, to more homegrown and holistic projects, there’s an organization to suit every need. Below are a few of the efforts currently underway.
Solar Cookers International has been supplying solar cookers to a number of African nations for several years. Most notably, they made headlines by donating over 10,000 solar cookers to Darfur refugees. In a region with little in the way of fuel, solar cookers allow women to Read the rest of this entry »
Many initiatives and organizations have been working tirelessly to bring stability to some of the more impoverished areas of Africa. These efforts come in a number of different actions from delivering rations to medicine to even some more ambitious endeavors like developing cheap and efficient computes that children can use in their classrooms. Another way organizations are trying to help is by bringing power and electricity through forms of alternative energy not unlike the kind you get from services Green Mountain Energy.
Or rather, different forms of electricity that are from alternative or “green” methods like hydropower and the like. Even though lots people still rely on fossil fuels for their power, many different advancements have been made regarding the use of electricity through alternative means. Case in point, in Africa, several homes feature flat roofs and have the walls built with different insulating materials that can trap and channel the heat from the sun (known as passive solar power) to be used for other home and family needs. Special, reflective stoves are also being implemented to make use of the heat and the sun’s light for cooking food and boiling water. Solar energy is also used by businesses and hospitals on a smaller scale and, even now, initiatives are being taken to try and develop chargeable and reusable batteries using the sun.
In Africa, it’s no secret that there is an abundance of renewable energy resources that bring both power and electricity to homes and businesses and, hopefully, over time more efficient and useful methods for harnessing this power will be developed.
The great debate in the energy crises is about whether or not biomass would be a better alternative than fossil fuels. These questions really come into play when we look at some of the countries we’re trying to help out, Africa for example, where they don’t have enough energy to sustain and support themselves.
Biomass refers to the process of burning plant waste and other waste to generate energy, while using fossil fuels refers to the practice of drilling for oil and using Read the rest of this entry »
Africa possesses abundant renewable energy resources. The development solar, wind, hydroelectric and geothermal energy resources has potential to make the continent completely energy independent. Presently, the development of renewable energy technology is underexploited in Africa. Investment in infrastructure and support from government and private industry is needed to implement these technologies across Africa.
Solar energy is being implemented on small-scale power individual homes, businesses and hospitals. Communities are using solar energy to power water purification and irrigation systems. Community and residential solar power is cost-effective and Read the rest of this entry »
There is quite a bit of information about renewable energy in Africa. Conferences are taking place this year, around the continent, to encourage and educate companies who want to be a part of this process. South Africa recently announced their plans about installing solar photovoltaic that will help employ tens of thousands in the coming two decades. The decrease of fossil fuel use in a cement production is being looked at through the use of coffee husks in Uganda.The full explanation can be found at http://apperi.org/2012/04/21/ Read the rest of this entry »
There is no doubt as to the urgent need for renewable energy in the rural and well as the urban areas of Africa. The more we learn, the more research we do, the more first-hand experiences we have the better able we are to understand the importance of this dire situation.
Even though Africa has seen a substantial growth from rural to urban Africa, the vast number of Africans still live in the rural areas. These are the areas where the need for renewable energy is most urgent. Education in this Read the rest of this entry »
Power, affordable access to electricity is vital to freeing the undeveloped regions of the world from poverty and want. Many regions of Africa lack the electrical power generating facilities and infrastructure needed to deliver electricity. Renewable energy systems, including wind, solar, and geothermal devices may play a major role in Africa’s economic future.
Because Africa receives over 300 days of bright sunlight per year, solar power offers a great deal of promise. Local micro-grid technology combining wind, solar and other power generation systems could be installed to power rural hospitals, villages and communities. This is a workable Read the rest of this entry »