July 22, 2021
Todd Moss on the AfriNuke Podcast
By Todd Moss
Todd Moss speaks with AfriNuke Podcast on topics of the Hub Modern Energy Minimum, affordable energy for all and the data center needs that accompany energy, and climate adaptation (35:00).
Listen below or find this episode on AfriNuke’s website.
Clean water from clean energy
By Mohamed Alhaj
How renewable energy can be a game-changer for Africa's desalination industry By 2050, it is expected that there will be at least 800 million Africans living in regions with acute water scarcity (where the renewable water resources capacity is less than 1000 m3/capita/year).1 A recent study on the potential growth of the desalination market in developing countries estimated the demand for desalination in Africa’s most water-scarce countries to reach 37 Mm3/day by 2050, satisfying total municipal water demand for urban populations; which is an increase of more than 1500% compared to the current installed capacity in these countries.1 FIGURE 1: Projected desalination capacity in sub-Saharan Africa’s most water-scarce countries by 2050 According to the FAO, the agricultural sector has the highest water demands in these regions, which makes desalination a key enabler for food security. African governments are already taking serious steps to develop more desalination plants.
Recognizing the energy access challenges of informal urban communities in Africa
By June Lukuyu, Jess Kersey
Over one billion people globally are now estimated to live in slums or informal settlements.1 This population is growing as conflicts, natural disasters, and climate change fuel further displacement from rural areas.2 In sub-Saharan Africa, somewhere from 50-60% of the urban population of 200 million lives in informal communities that face structural barriers to securing legal access to the electricity grid. For residents of informal communities who cannot afford the connection fee or provide required tenancy documents (among other barriers), the only viable alternative is to connect informally through a local electrician.
How Might Clean Energy Feature at the White House Africa Summit?
By Todd Moss
Next week is make-or-break for the United States to show an actual alternative to Chinese-backed infrastructure. President Biden will host 49 African leaders December 13-15 in an orchestrated effort to show that the United States is no longer disengaged with the continent and to rebuild trust with a region where one in four people will live by mid-century.
Moving Beyond ‘All or Nothing’: Finding the Pragmatic Middle Ground on Gas in Africa
By Bonnie Powell, Brad Handler, Morgan Bazilian
Europe’s energy crisis is aggravating a decades-old tension between the developed and the developing world. As wealthy countries increase natural gas imports (including from Africa), many of them are maintaining policies that restrict development finance for gas-fired infrastructure projects in poorer nations.
Making Nigeria’s energy transition plan a reality
By Michael Dioha
Nigeria wants to achieve a net-zero emissions energy system In November 2021, at the United Nations climate change conference (COP26) held in Glasgow, President Muhammadu Buhari announced Nigeria’s commitment to achieving net-zero emissions by 2060.