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Mozambique’s vast hydro-power project could create a regional energy hub

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Mozambique is a scenic country in southeastern Africa and its capital, Maputo, is the commercial and cultural centre. The country is rich in natural resources, is biologically and culturally diverse, it has a tropical climate, and its beautiful beaches are an important attraction for its growing tourism industry. Its extensive coastline offers some of Africa’s best […]

Ghana: Opportunities and Challenges

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Ghana is considered to be one of the leading countries in Africa, even though it is small both in terms of area and a population of approximately 31 million. Located in the Gulf of Guinea, West Africa, Ghana was the first country in sub-Saharan Africa where Europeans arrived to trade – first in gold, and […]

Algeria moves towards solar energy

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Article by Rym Loucif, Partner at Loucif + Co, Algeria   One month after the Council of Ministers’ meeting of 21 November 2021 where the President of the Republic gave clear instructions to his Government to accelerate the energy transition, the Ministry of Energy Transition and Renewable Energy launched on 23 December 2021 a solar […]

Exploratory study on the potential of green hydrogen for Algeria

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Article by Rym Loucif, Partner at Loucif + Co, Algeria In the framework of the Algerian-German energy partnership, and with the participation of the German Federal Ministry of Economy and Energy (BMWi), and the Algerian Ministries of Energy (MEM) and Energy Transition (MTEER), an exploratory study on the potential of Power-to-X (green hydrogen) for Algeria […]

Harnessing the power of renewable energy in Africa

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A case of do or die for Africa to reduce its reliance on fossil fuel for generating electricity Africa is estimated to contribute less than 4% to the world’s total greenhouse gas emissions. But global warming will have the most devastating effect on Africa and the livlihoods of its people if the world fails to […]

Renewable energy in the spotlight

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With global energy focused on carbon emissions in the run up to COP26, the role of Africa in the energy transition is once again under the spotlight. African policy makers are grappling with big questions about how to move their countries forward, particularly oil and coal producers, many of them under pressure from developed countries […]

Africa joins the new space race

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In the scramble to put ever-more small satellites into orbit, Africa is positioning itself to be in the big picture. The MIR-Sat1 launched by Mauritius in June 2021 became Africa’s 44th satellite in orbit around Earth. Two months earlier, Tunisia successfully placed its Challenge 1 among the rapidly growing constellation of African satellites accumulating and […]

Russia on an Africa charm offensive

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News images of African political leaders smilingly handling Kalashnikov rifles and other deadly weapons on exhibit at the recent Russia-Africa summit unnerved observers who recall how strife racked the African continent during the Cold War. The Russian-made AK47 was the killing machine of choice during the decades when global superpowers played a violent game on […]

Coal-driven power train is running out of steam

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Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg’s theatrical denunciation of world leaders so dominated news coverage of the recent UN Climate Summit in New York that other developments at the meeting slipped under many a radar. For Africa, an announcement by the African Development Bank that it is making a surprise policy turn away from fossil-fuel investment and […]

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