Energy systems are experiencing rapid change at local, national and global levels driven by a blend of innovation; changes in policy and consumer demands; and the reducing costs of new technology. Digital management of distributed energy sources has already begun and brings opportunities and a market, especially for the Private sector. An energy revolution through decentralisation is occurring through off-grid and micro-grid systems. Renewables, distributed energy and smart grids demand new capabilities, new business models and regulatory frameworks.
At the Africa Energy Indaba 2019, a panel of industry experts will discuss this issue and engage with the audience to explore the implementation of digitisation and the benefits attached to the adaption of this new-wave of industry technology in the conference.
• Job creation and new opportunities as a result of the 4th Industrial Revolution: Advancements,
such as energy storage, off-grid technologies, smart grids, renewables, clean coal and nuclear
allow for new opportunities of investment and development.
• Understanding the driving global trends such as population growth, climate change and evolving
technology towards innovation and a sustainable Energy future
• Innovative financing options, because potential energy suppliers find it challenging to access
funds and increased support from developmental funders / financiers is required.
• Risks and challenges of digitalisation: Africa risks being marginalised if it is not prepared for the
Fourth industrial revolution and many NEW challenges arise e.g. data ownership, server
• The importance of education, training and skills development in order to retain jobs as the
energy transition occurs.
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