Africa is on the road to massive increase in population and commercial activities and has found itself in a place of catching up in all sectors of its economy. According to the International Energy Association (IEA) Africa’s Energy Needs report of November 2019, Africa will be the most populous region by the year 2023, overtaking India and China.
In the past four (4) decades, Africa has seen an increase in energy demand in sectors such as mining, built environment, transport and energy recovery technologies. To bridge this gap and develop commercially, the continent’s energy needs have to be available anytime, anywhere based on demand. The only foreseeable way to achieve this is through technologies and initiatives that guarantee energy storage in order to enable effective commercial activities across the continent.
From time immemorial, energy has been generated and used in different forms such as firewood, Charcoal, Coal, Petroleum, solar and wind energy. Eventually, the realization that energy needs to be readily available struck in as trees used as firewood in forests are quickly diminishing and fossil fuels such as coal and petroleum are diminishing faster than they are being produced. Climate change has also affected the use of the sun and wind in drying of foodstuffs.
Effective energy storage is necessary in supporting effective integration of renewable energy in unlocking the benefits of local generation using a clean, robust energy supply that allows use of energy as and when needed in any part of the continent. How Africa meets its growing energy demands is very critical to meet the limited supply of energy and this will be through intelligent systems.
Scheduled to speak at the Power & Electricity World Africa conference later this year, Field Nsofwa Chali, CEO of Global Human Benefit Zambia Limited (GHBZ), explains how traditional centralized grid systems in most African countries are not able to provide basic electrical service adequately due to challenges that include lack of funding, inhibitions in laws and policies regarding the use of renewable energy systems, underdeveloped and inadequate infrastructure, among others.
Global Human Benefit Zambia Limited (GHBZ) is a Zambian based investment Company engaged in infrastructure consultancy solutions for energy, water, environmental and mining related projects in Africa, with plans to play an important role in promoting private enterprise investment in the sectors outlined for African countries over the next decades, as well as focussing on the development of energy related projects in partnership with its strategic technical partners around the world.
At the core of our business, as Field Nsofwa Chali articulates, is the commitment to resolve global waste problems with turnkey integrated solutions, engineering design solutions, financial solutions, integrated construction design, as the technologies that foster environmental clean-up or remediation and waste-to-energy systems, hence, delivering advanced integrated designed projects that create long-term environmental progress with sustainable economic and social growth.
With a team of dedicated practitioners who share the common vision of an African civilization built for productivity and prosperity, and supports Global Private Enterprise with indigenous people, GHBZ holds itself to the highest standards of professionalism and excellence in the execution of projects, as its culture is built on more than seven years of leadership and a relentless adherence to its values, the core of which are safety, quality, ethics, and integrity.
In Zambia, GHBZ is on course in setting up a plasma gasification plant in Ndola City and an ethanol power plant in Luapula Province to generate 400MW and 200MW of electricity respectively. Currently, plasma gasification projects are among novel yet successful technologies in comparison to others.
Additionally, GHBZ’s core energy generation technologies of waste-to-energy are advantageous because they add little to no carbon foot print; they can be applied as modular and off grid systems-Energy where it’s needed; they greatly contribute to the cleaning of the environment and are not climate dependent.
Africa’s core focus should be based on Off-grid Renewable Based Energy Storage Systems, Chali emphasises, as it is a remote/off-grid power generation system built primarily to store renewable energy for use at any given time. These systems are highly efficient, reliable and readily available and their by-products have immense economic benefits such as clean water, heat, organic fertilizer and slag for construction. Thus, with such energy storage systems, the energy sector will be able to provide an integrated link between renewable energy and traditional, centralized grid systems that will secure reliability thereby improving Africa’s commerce.
GHBZ is and will greatly contribute towards not only the mitigation of the power deficit that the continent of Africa is currently experiencing, but also deliver fully integrated turnkey business development Solutions with applications of current and future technologies to ensure a sustainable future for humanity.