*Renewable Energy Resources can Unlock Africa's Potential *
The potential solutions that renewable energy resources can provide in
solving the world's energy problems will be presented by scientists and
researchers at the ISES Solar World Congress (SWC) 2009 at the Sandton
Convention Centre, Johannesburg from 11 – 14 October 2009.
The ISES SWC 2009 will not only focus on global issues but will clearly
reflect significantly on Africa, while also paying increased attention to
environmental and social responsibility issues, global warning and climate
change. The Congress will address, in particular, the role that the
renewable energy resources can play in the sustainable development of poor
and rural communities in Africa.
First and foremost will be the use of various new technologies that can
convert the abundance of solar energy on the continent into electricity to
boost much-needed economic development, which relies heavily on energy
supplies. Presentations will include the latest research and technological
advances in these conversion processes.
"Our continent's potential to be one of the biggest users of renewable
energy should not be underestimated," said Jon Adams, Chairperson of the
conference steering committee and member of SESSA. Therefore, the timing of
this event on the African continent is seen as very appropriate. "In most
places in Africa photovoltaic systems are the only source of providing light
to those infamous two billion people that live on less that $1 a day and
without access to electricity," Adams continued.
Top international scientists and researchers will share their latest
findings and innovations with peers and the energy industry. Presentations
will cover a diverse range of themes such as Resource Assessment, Solar
Heating and Cooling, Solar Electricity, Solar Buildings, and Solar Energy &
The Congress programme is still being finalized, but it already holds
promises of a good balance between science and research with a generous
touch of current affairs and controversy. High profile national and
international speakers will address the most recent and current topics in
the sustainable energy field.
Another speaker who is expected to attract wide attention is Prof. Vivian
Alberts of South Africa, who will discuss his reasons for moving his
enterprise to Germany. A panel discussion on concentrating solar power and
Eskom's technology choices is bound to attract considerable interest from
governments and industry in the southern African region.
The recent announcement in South Africa of the Renewable Energy Feed-in
Tariff (Refit) has created quite a buzz in the industry and it is expected
that the pros and cons of Refit and the level of the tariffs will be hotly
debated during the congress. Dr. Hermann Scheer who first introduced the
Feed-in Tariff into the German Parliament will also be one of the keynote
"The above examples represent just a small sample of the level of debate
that can be expected at the Congress. We will make more information
available about the programme as invited speakers confirm their
participation," so Adams.
ISES SWC 2009 key objective are to:
- ensure a sustainable energy future
- promote and increase the use of renewable energy and energy efficiency
- promote the use of renewable energy resources to positively impact on
the quality of life for future generations
- development of future opportunities for the use of renewable energy in
- jointly seek solutions which are consistent with the principles of
sustainability - affordability, environmentally sound and socially
*Renewable Energy Expo
Parallel to this Congress, SESSA will also promote the interest of the trade
and the public by introducing a Renewable Energy Expo, a trade exhibition.
The theme of the Expo is *Efficient; Alternative; Sustainable, * and it will
focus on solar, renewable, sustainable, alternative and efficient energy
resources and products, services and developments. The Expo will showcase
the industrial and domestic use of new technologies and inventions that will
be of interest to the business sector and the public at large. SESSA
envisages this Renewable Energy Expo to become an annual event.
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