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CIGRE/IEC Symposium on the development of electricity infrastructures in Sub-Saharan Africa

By Laila Briquet-Mosig

Interested in the development of electrical systems and networks in Sub-Saharan Africa? If so, you shouldn’t miss the CIGRE/IEC International Symposium that will take place in Cape Town, South Africa, on 26-30 October 2015. And you can do more than just save the date: you can contribute a paper to the event.

The Symposium will focus on the development of electricity infrastructures in Sub-Saharan Africa...
The Symposium will focus on the development of electricity infrastructures in Sub-Saharan Africa...

Huge energy resources - little infrastructure

About 20% of the population in Sub-Saharan Africa has access to electricity, and in some rural areas, the figure can drop to 8%. While the region has huge energy resources – solar and wind energies, hydropower – only a very small amount of those has been put into use until now.

Regular access to a reliable supply of electricity is of crucial importance for economic development, education, food safety and health care. With it, school children are able to study after dark, local industry is able to manufacture products of more consistent quality and businesses can stay open after nightfall; food can be refrigerated, slowing spoilage; vaccines can be cooled and patient care and child birth become safer. Low power quality and the absence of electricity are directly responsible for poverty, famines and the suffering of millions.

The objective of the Symposium is to provide a unique forum for the exchange of ideas and vision on the development of the electrical systems in Sub-Saharan Africa. The event offers a great opportunity to discuss the regional needs and how best to exploit the energetic riches of the region.

The Symposium

The Symposium is organized by CIGRE (International Council on Large Electric Systems) with the direct cooperation of IEC, AFSEC (African Electrotechnical Standardization Commission) and APUA (Association of Power Utilities of Africa), the former UPDEA. It will be held over three days, with a day of tutorials preceding the main event. It will include the classical sessions with presentations and discussions of reports, as well as one or two panel discussions.

Focus on specific issues

The topics to be addressed during the event include:

  • Large generation projects and associated transmission infrastructure
  • Decentralized solutions for generation and network to deliver to isolated rural areas
  • Institutional issues such as the balance between public and private; the financing of projects; the help to customers at the initial stages; regulation of activities; fixing tariffs; and the progressive expansion of regional markets into a continental market.
  • Current and future technical network solutions and standardization
  • Cooperation development between the different operators of electric systems
  • The role of CIGRE, IEC, APUA, AFSEC, African power pools and other international or regional organizations to help the development of electric systems in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • The use of IEC International Standards and Conformity Assessment Systems for rural electrification
  • Harmonization of African standards through adoption of international standards; or where necessary, their adaptation to African conditions

Who should attend?

The event is aimed at generation, transmission and distribution owners, system operators, suppliers, designers, traders, regulators research laboratories and universities.

Wish to contribute?

The event is more than a year away, but if you wish to contribute a paper – in English – that will be presented during the event, you have until 30 November 2014 to submit an abstract to the Central Office of CIGRE by email to sylvie.bourneuf@cigre.org

In the email, please indicate the topic(s) that will be addressed as well as your name, title, company affiliation, email and full postal address.

All registered participants will have access to the papers on the CIGRE website before the Symposium.

A report will be prepared after the event and published in ELECTRA, CIGRE's bilingual bimonthly journal, and posted on the CIGRE, IEC and AFSEC websites.

If you plan to submit a paper, please take note of the following deadlines:

Receipt of abstracts: 30 November 2014
Notification of acceptance: 31 January 2015
Receipt of full papers: 1 May 2015

The general programme of the Symposium, with information on registration and accommodation, will be issued in April 2015.

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The Symposium will focus on the development of electricity infrastructures in Sub-Saharan Africa... The Symposium will focus on the development of electricity infrastructures in Sub-Saharan Africa...
The Symposium will focus on the development of electricity infrastructures in Sub-Saharan Africa... ...from large generation and transmission projects...
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