Alternative Energy

Zimbabwean City Council to turn graveyards into solar farms

Feb 17, 2020

The Bulawayo City Council is considering turning its cemeteries into solar farms and create renewable energy in the city. Town Clerk, Christopher Dube said Bulawayo has since engaged the Infrastructure Development Bank (IDB) to carry out feasibility studies on the project. “We have sold the community the idea of turning our cemeteries into solar farms.…

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BBS Energy launches “Envirocook” project for eco-friendly cooking in Uganda

Feb 17, 2020

The company Biomass Briquettes Saving Energy Constructions (BBS Energy) in Uganda wants to render cooking “green” (eco-friendly) through the “Envirocook” project. As part of this project, many household appliances will be manufactured locally, including clay brick stoves and ovens. This initiative will help reduce carbon dioxide emissions from the domestic use of fossil fuels. Biomass…

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Tanzania leads the way in terms of rural electrification in Africa

Feb 17, 2020

Rural electrification, a programme being implemented through Rural Energy Agency (REA), has yielded sub- stantial achievements, placing Tanzania in the top slot in the African continent, it has been stated. The revelation was made yesterday by Minister for Energy, Dr Medard Kalemani, while addressing Masasi District defence and security committee members during his official visit…

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IDA grants Lesotho $40m for electricity production from renewable energies

Feb 17, 2020

The International Development Association (IDA), a subsidiary of the World Bank, has granted Lesotho $40 million for a renewable energy electrification project. The project targets rural areas in particular. To provide access to electricity for the entire population and businesses, the Government of Lesotho has launched the Renewable Energy and Energy Access Project. The initiative…

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Exxaro Resources sells Arnot coal mine in SA to former employees

Feb 16, 2020

In South Africa, the Arnot coal mine will soon be operational again. Exxaro Resources transferred the mining rights and its movable and immovable assets free of charge to former employees brought together in a private entity called Innovators Resources (IR). The latter has partnered, we learn, with Wescoal Holdings in the framework of a 50/50…

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First renewable energy project in Djibouti launched by investors AFC, CFM, FMO and GHIH

Feb 16, 2020

Africa Finance Corporation (AFC), Climate Fund Managers (CFM), FMO, the Dutch entrepreneurial development bank and Great Horn Investment Holdings (GHIH) are pleased to announce a landmark investment for the construction and operation of a 60MW windfarm in the Ghoubet area, near Lake Assal in Djibouti. Djibouti is a country with expanding energy needs, located in…

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African countries look to turn organic waste into electricity

Feb 16, 2020

As African cities turn into megacities, from Cairo, Kinshasa to Lagos, as a result of unprecedented rural-urban migration and population explosion, these cities are struggling with waste as landfills overflow, posing health risks to city dwellers who have to contend with pollution. In Accra for example, up to 1,000 tonnes of waste is generated every…

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Voith to set up hydroelectricity training center in Angola

Feb 15, 2020

The German industrialist Voith has just signed a memorandum of understanding for the establishment of a training center dedicated to hydroelectricity in Luanda in Angola. The Voith Academy and its training center are intended to provide basic or advanced training for workers already active in the hydroelectric sector in Angola, whether in technical or commercial…

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Chinese firm applies to build $1.4bn hydro power plant in Uganda

Feb 15, 2020

Uganda has received an application for a licence to build a hydroelectric power plant on the Nile River from a Chinese firm, documents seen by Reuters News Agency show. The $1.4bn plant, if approved, will expand the East African country’s power generation by 40 percent, a regulatory official who also confirmed the application, said. The…

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Namibian biotech firm to turn household waste into liquefied biofuel

Feb 15, 2020

The founder of Nghishe Biotech, Charles Haluodi, has developed a system to convert organic waste such as food, animal and plant waste, into environmentally friendly flammable gas and organic fertiliser. The biology and chemistry graduate from the Namibia University of Science and Technology says that his system replaces the need for collecting firewood for heating…

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