ISBN 9780798302944
Pages 200
Dimensions 210 x 148 mm
Illustrations B/W Illustrations
Published 2012
Publisher Africa Institute of South Africa, South Africa
Format Paperback

Energy Transition in Africa

edited by Thokozani Simelane, Mohamed Abdel-Rahman

The world's demand for energy coupled with a decreasing stock and supply of fossil fuels is propelling the transition to renewable sources of energy. This global movement presents many opportunities and challenges to Africa. If Africa can identify the opportunities and start to position itself, with its abundant sources of renewable energy, it stands a chance of being a global player in the production and supply of renewable energy. Achieving this will, however, require a combination of effective planning and investment on infrastructure, skills and technology. In determining how this should be done, this publication has brought together some of Africa's leading experts in the field.

The book sets out a foundation for Africa's role in harnessing renewable energy by highlighting an ideal mix of investment, resource use, skills development and infrastructure management which the authors believe Africa needs in order to migrate successfully to a green economy that is supported by renewable energy. In policy terms, a pan-African approach is required to drive African policy on renewable energy that will cater for Africa's economies. This should also demonstrate a political will to carry the policy through and to establish an environment that encourages private investment as well as providing access to carbon credit finances. In this new era of what has been termed 'the second scramble for Africa', the authors views on Africa's potential to supply renewable energy present hope that Africa can lead in the supply of renewable energy.

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About the Editors

Thokozani Simelane

Dr Thokozani Simelane is a programme leader for Science and Technology at the Africa Institute of South Africa, which has recently been incorporated into the Human Sciences Research Council. He holds a Master of Science and a Doctor of Philosophy Degrees from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. He has recently submitted for examination a Doctor of Technology Thesis in industrial engineering at the Durban University of Technology. He has previously worked as manager (Environmental Management Department) at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, South Africa. He has published in a number of international scientific journals and recently published two co-edited book volumes: energy transition in Africa and Africa in a global changing environment - perspectives of climate change adaptation and irrigation strategies in Africa. He is a member of the Standing Advisory Committee on Intellectual Property Rights of South Africa. His research interests are on energy, complex system analysis, industrial processes analysis and environmental management. He is the founding member of South Africa’s Chapter of System Dynamics Society.

Mohamed Abdel-Rahman

Dr Abdel-Rahman is an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at Ain Shams University. He obtained his BSc, MSc and PhD in Electrical Power Engineering in 1995, 1998 and 2000, respectively. Furthermore, he has been involved in the restructuring activities of the Egyptian Electricity sector in his capacity as consultant to the Egyptian Electricity Regulatory Agency. Dr Abdel-Rahman held the position of NEPAD Energy Advisor during the period 2009–2010. His research interests include energy economics and electricity sector markets design and operation.