Practical Challenges of Sustainable Electrification in Africa“

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10:00 – 10:45 Welcome notes

  • Dr Susann Stritzke – Welcome & objectives of the workshop
  • Prof Vanesa Castan Broto – Introduction of the Project & the Sustainable Development Programme
  • Irene Chengo Mudenda, First Secretary of Trade, Zambia High Commission – ‘The importance of sustainable electrification strategies in Sub-Saharan Africa’
  • Dr Long Seng To, Loughborough University – ‘Mapping synergies and trade-offs between energy and the Sustainable Development Goals’

10:45 – 12:15 Session 1 – Macro- and Micro-level determinants of energy frameworks in Africa

Chair: Dr Kim Schumacher, Smith School of Enterprise and Environment

  • Philipp Trotter, University of Bath – ‘Power system optimisation in Uganda: Trading off costs, carbon emissions and subnational inequality’
  • Prof Andrea Micangeli, University of Rome – ‘The off-grid training academy in Uganda’
  • Lucy Stevens, Senior Policy and Practice Adviser, Practical Action – ‘The potential role of NGOs in facilitating sustainable electrification’
  • Q & A Round 1

12:15 Lunch + networking

13:00 – 15:00 Session 2 – Practitioners approaches for sustainable electrification in Africa

Chair: Dr Aoife Brophy Haney, Smith School of Enterprise and Environment

  • Nicholas Wrigley, CEO Winch Energy – ‘The economics of RE off-grid projects in Africa and the ‘multi utility’ concept as a future opportunity’
  • Alex Katon, Director InfraCo Africa – ‘Learning lessons and strategic implications from four off-grid projects in Africa’
  • Dr Herta von Stiegel, Founder & Executive Chair, Ariya Capital Group – ‘RE Project Financing in Africa – Challenges and Opportunities’
  • Bruno Lopes, RVE.Sol – ‘From a pilot project to a viable scalability of the mini-grids in rural Africa’
  • Discussion / Q&A

15:00 – 15:15 Coffee break

15:15-16:30 Session 3 – Research perspectives on sustainable energy frameworks in Africa & future implications

Chair: Andrew Scott, Overseas Development Institute (ODI)

  • Nicholas Geddes, Senior Consultant at ESP Consulting – ‘Innovation through RE solutions in Wildlife Conservation’
  • Prof Vanesa Castan Broto, University of Sheffield – ‘Sustainable Energy Access in Mozambique’
  • Dr Susann Stritzke, University of Oxford – ‘On-grid vs. Off-grid: Results from 2 research projects on RE implementation in SSA
  • Outlook & General Discussion

16:30 Drinks reception + networking