Innovation for Africa’s Future

Published on Friday, 19 May 2017

RES4MED’s annual conference, entitled “Innovation as the key enabler to power Africa” is planned for Monday, 22 May at the Enel Auditorium in Rome.

The African continent is rich in energy resources, both traditional and renewable, yet more than 600 million people still don’t have access to electricity. Energy demand is growing and will double from now until 2030, but the current energy production is not enough to handle this demand.

On the fifth anniversary of its foundation, RES4MED hosts its annual conference in Rome to understand how innovative energy solutions and new business models can attract investments and bring electricity to hundreds of millions of Africans. “Innovation as the key enabler to power Africa” is the title of the event planned for Monday 22 May at the Enel Auditorium in Rome, a chance to promote once again the great opportunities offered by clean and sustainable energy on the African continent.

“RES4MED was founded in 2012 with the goal of helping to create the necessary regulatory, infrastructural and financial conditions for the spread of plants and systems of renewable energy on a large scale throughout the area of the Mediterranean.”

RES4MED also believes it is essential to develop the potential and capacities of human capital, to optimise the contributions of technology, finance and politics and accelerate a country's progress. The creation of specific know-how and the development of training activities are crucial activities for the association. Strengthening the role of individuals along the value chain becomes a crucial element of any sustainable development project.

The conference, which will be opened at 9:30 by Roberto Vigotti, General Secretary of RES4MED, and Antonio Cammisecra, CEO of Enel Green Power, will be an occasion to discuss policies, solutions and regulatory paths able to bring energy to Africa, in line with the topics that already emerged last 9 April during the event “Africa 2030: Empowering the continent through innovation, green tech solutions and capacity building”, organised in Rome by the Enel Foundation, RES4Africa and Africa-EU Energy Partnership (Aeep) and promoted by the Ministry of Economic Development as part of G7 Energy.

To tackle the challenge that the African continent offers in relation to its potentials and growth opportunities in the sector of renewable energy, RES4MED launched RES4AFRICA in May of last year, a project that broadens the geographic scope of the association that then exports the success of its operating model beyond the Mediterranean.

“For years, Enel Green Power has believed that Africa is a true laboratory for innovation and experimentation, able to offer a fundamental contribution to the entire energy sector.”

The Renewables Division of the Enel Group is present in South Africa with seven plants producing clean energy from the sun and the wind for a total of 522 MW, but is also active in Morocco, Zambia, Tunisia and Algeria.

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