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Africa Energy Forum Agenda 2024

aef 2024 Barcelona

 

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10:00
  1. 120 mins
  2. 120 mins
    Speakers
  3. 120 mins
  4. 120 mins
  5. 120 mins
    Aligning the Jigsaw Pieces for a Just Energy Transition: Energy Mixes, Cost of Capital & Cross-Border Collaborations
  6. 120 mins
    Aligning the Jigsaw Pieces for a Just Energy Transition: Energy Mixes, Cost of Capital & Cross-Border Collaborations
15:00
  1. The Exhibition
    60 mins
16:00
  1. Plenary Theatre
    90 mins
    Opening Remarks by Simon Gosling, Managing Director, EnergyNet
16:30
  1. Plenary Theatre
    30 mins

    As Africa’s closest neighbour in Europe, we’re delighted to welcome the delegates to Barcelona for the 26th edition of aef.

    Presented by the Spanish Government

17:00
  1. Plenary Theatre
    30 mins

    YES!: Scaling up Job Creation for Africa’s Youth


    • Africa’s population is the fastest growing in the world and will account for nearly half of global population growth over the next two decades, what should the energy sector be doing to soak up local talent in line with expanding energy needs and business plans?
    • How big is the opportunity in Africa’s energy sector to employ local youth?
    • YES! 2025 will be hosted in parallel with aef in Cape Town where the Government of South Africa has been serious about implementing initiatives to get youth into jobs, what is the role of the energy sector?
    • Which organisations have been taking the lead on this to date and what we can we learn?

08:00
  1. 60 mins
    Bringing to life the project development process, by presenting one case, that of the Kipeto wind project, and the complex challenges the project had to face eventually to succeed.
09:00
  1. Plenary Theatre
    90 mins
    • Stream 1
    • Summary of the outcomes of Tuesday’s Roundtables
    • What next steps need to be taken as an industry?
    • Where are the key areas of collaboration that we can work towards in the next year?
  2. Boardroom 1
    90 mins
    • Stream 2

    Boardroom style discussions where all participants are invited to get involved.

    Tackling Grid Challenges to Improve Energy Systems

    • New solutions to optimise existing grids
    • What will incentivise the private sector to invest in the grid?
    • Where can technology play a role?
    • What is the outlook for supply chain and manufacturers?
  3. Boardroom 2
    90 mins
    • Stream 3

    Boardroom style discussions where all participants are invited to get involved.

    Industry Debate: The African Gas Conundrum: Is it a Transitional Enabler or Not?

    Is gas a strategic and transitional solution to addressing energy challenges across the continent, or should we be more aggressive about the shift to renewables to answer energy needs?

  4. Boardroom 3
    90 mins
    • Stream 4

    Watt's Up Africa: Electrifying the Continent - Hosted by: 

    Siemens Energy logo

    Boardroom style discussions where all participants are invited to get involved.

    A dynamic panel session that explores the vibrant landscape of Africa’s energy sector. As the world is looking at the continent’s natural resources as a pillar of the energy revolution,

    • The session will delve into some of the innovative strategies and technologies that enable Africa to leverage this momentum.
    • Explore challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.
    • Focus on investment, policies and the socio-economic impact of an electrified Africa.  
  5. Tech Innovation Theatre
    45 mins
    • Stream 5

    A mix of Boardroom style discussions and technical presentations where all participants are invited to get involved.

    Tech Innovation Theatre Opening: Where are we seeing the biggest technology investments to help the future of the sector?

     

09:45
  1. Tech Innovation Theatre
    45 mins
    • Stream 5

    Hosted By:

    Globeleq logo

10:30
  1. The Exhibition
    30 mins
11:00
  1. Plenary Theatre
    45 mins
    • Stream 1

    Country Focus: Spain Building Sustainable Partnerships in Africa

  2. Boardroom 1
    90 mins
    • Stream 2

    Boardroom style discussions where all participants are invited to get involved

    Advancements in Battery Storage: How Big is the Opportunity for Africa?

    • What is the current state of storage?
    • What are some of the lessons learned from current projects along the procurement process, funding and technical designs?
    • What are the pros and cons of some of the current operational models we’re seeing?
    • How do we deal with the issues surrounding critical minerals mining?
  3. Boardroom 2
    90 mins
    • Stream 3

    Boardroom style discussions where all participants are invited to get involved

    Advancing Gas Projects Post COP28

    • How have live projects been affected since November and what further changes do we expect on the horizon?
    • How have tenders in the natural gas and LNG space been affected?
    • What does the outlook for gas look like now?
  4. Boardroom 3
    90 mins
    • Stream 4

    Boardroom style discussions where all participants are invited to get involved

    Hosted by: 

    atidi

  5. Tech Innovation Theatre
    45 mins
    • Stream 5

    Demand Driven Opportunities: Finding New Classes of Off-takers in the Tech Sector

    A mix of Boardroom style discussions and technical presentations where all participants are invited to get involved

    • Is there a tangible market for Bitcoin mining on the grid?
    • Servicing data centres and digital infrastructure
    • The sector’s role in the AI Boom
11:45
  1. Plenary Theatre
    45 mins
    • Stream 1
    Country Focus
  2. Tech Innovation Theatre
    45 mins
    • Stream 5
    Hosted By: Apply to present at georgia@energynet.co.uk
12:30
  1. The Exhibition
    60 mins
13:30
  1. Plenary Theatre
    45 mins
    • Stream 1
    Country Focus: 
  2. Boardroom 1
    90 mins
    • Stream 2

    Is Bolstering Transmission the Key to Releasing Capital for Generation?

    Boardroom style discussions where all participants are invited to get involved

    • How do we increase investment in transmission infrastructure?
    • What are the successful models we are seeing at country and cross-border levels?
    • What do the developments in battery storage systems look like in the transmission space?
    • Examine the existing power pool initiatives and market structures to enhance power trade
  3. Boardroom 2
    90 mins
    • Stream 3

    Keeping Gas Bankable for Africa

    Boardroom style discussions where all participants are invited to get involved

    • How do you ensure the bankability of gas projects as the global North pushes for limitations on fossil fuels?
    • What local sources of financing exist to take advantage of?
    • What do projects need to include to be considered energy transition projects?
    • How has the European CBAM affected bankability?
  4. Boardroom 3
    90 mins
    • Stream 4

    Boardroom style discussions where all participants are invited to get involved

    Hosted by:

    Power Africa Logo

     

     

  5. Tech Innovation Theatre
    45 mins
    • Stream 5

    Leveraging New Technologies to Lower Emissions and Promote Balance Across Energy Resources

    • What innovations in the mining and gas space are helping fossil fuels lower their emissions?
    • What advancements have there been in the carbon capture and storage space?
15:00
  1. The Exhibition
    30 mins
15:30
  1. Plenary Theatre
    45 mins
    • Stream 1
  2. Boardroom 1
    90 mins
    • Stream 2

    CASE STUDY: The Growth of e-mobility and Impact on the Power Sector

    Boardroom style discussions where all participants are invited to get involved

    • How do we develop the robust charging infrastructure needed?
    • How is the rise of e-mobility affecting energy system planning?
    • Developments in battery storage for e-mobility
    • How big is the opportunity for investors?
    • Collaboration between sectors: energy, automotive and tech
  3. Boardroom 2
    90 mins
    • Stream 3

    Boardroom style discussions where all participants are invited to get involved

    Building Cohesive Gas Value Chains and Developing Infrastructure

    • How can we reach industrial development utilizing Africa’s resources while being mindful of the climate change conversation?
    • How do we unlock the onshore components of gas?
    • How much do we need gas to feature in the energy mix to accelerate renewable energy penetration?
    • What funding sources are available for upstream projects?
  4. Boardroom 3
    90 mins
    • Stream 4

    Boardroom style discussions where all participants are invited to get involved

    Hosted By: 

    AfDB logo

  5. Tech Innovation Theatre
    75 mins
    • Stream 5
    Hosted By: Apply to present at georgia@energynet.co.uk
16:15
  1. Plenary Theatre
    45 mins
    • Stream 1
    Country Focus
16:45
  1. Tech Innovation Theatre
    15 mins
    • Stream 5
    Hosted By: Apply to present at georgia@energynet.co.uk
08:00
  1. The Exhibition
    60 mins
  2. 80 mins
    New for aef 2024, the Think Tanks are the opportunity to brainstorm and discuss solutions to some of the industry’s persistent challenges. Meet new industry peers and set the world right over your morning coffee. Who knows where some of your findings can lead…
09:00
  1. Plenary Theatre
    45 mins
    • Stream 1
    Country Spotlight on Sierra Leone
  2. Boardroom 1
    90 mins
    • Stream 2

    Renewable Projects Update

    Boardroom style discussions where all participants are invited to get involved.

    • How have some of the biggest renewables projects progressed since their announcements across solar, wind and hydro?
    • What are the biggest opportunities for partnerships?
    • How has CBAM affected projects and what have been the wider implications of it?
    • How do we ensure we are keeping communities at the forefront?

     

  3. Boardroom 2
    90 mins
    • Stream 3

    Energy Off-takers: Meeting the Growing Green Energy Needs of the Mining Sector

    Boardroom style discussions where all participants are invited to get involved

    • Balancing energy security with net-zero goals and decarbonization
    • What is a “Just Energy Transition” for mining?
    • What elements of supply chain can both energy and mining collaborate on as both industries manage the green transition of their operations?
    • How do we ensure we are benefitting local communities across mining projects?
  4. Boardroom 3
    90 mins
    • Stream 4

    • What do initiatives like the Lobito Corridor represent for energy integration and transition and how can RECs support such initiatives?
    • How can RECs influence governments to open markets?
    • How can cross-border transactions be streamlined for cheaper electricity?
    • What risks are associated with cross-border energy projects and what are the enabling conditions for DFIs?

  5. Boardroom 4
    90 mins
    • Stream 5

    Hydrogen Gaining Traction: What’s Tangible in 2024?

    Boardroom style discussions where all participants are invited to get involved

    • What are the current dynamics between supply and demand and the balance between domestic use and export?
    • What incentives and support mechanism are in place by governments to grow the sector?
    • Navigating regulatory framework and permitting
    • Case studies to share lessons from early adopters and developers
10:30
  1. The Exhibition
    30 mins
11:00
  1. Plenary Theatre
    45 mins
    • Stream 1

    Country Focus: Tanzania

     

  2. Boardroom 1
    90 mins
    • Stream 2

    Progressing Solar Projects on the Continent

    Boardroom style discussions where all participants are invited to get involved.

    • How have some of the projects discussed in 2023 progressed?
    • Which new projects are launching for the year ahead?
    • What are the hurdles we are seeing across projects?
    • How are companies tackling intermittency issues?
    • What are the procurement structures we are seeing develop?
  3. Boardroom 2
    90 mins
    • Stream 3

    Critical Minerals Mining for the Global Energy Transition

    Boardroom style discussions where all participants are invited to get involved

    • The impact of the critical minerals market on the cost of the energy transition
    • How are we building a resilient and sustainable energy supply chain?
    • What is the role of African nations in the global supply chain and implications of its involvement?
    • What partnerships are we seeing emerge to get projects underway?
  4. Boardroom 3
    90 mins
    • Stream 4

    Boardroom style discussions where all participants are invited to get involved

    Hosted by: 

    Marsh logo

  5. Boardroom 4
    90 mins
    • Stream 5

    Boardroom style discussions where all participants are invited to get involved

    Making Hydrogen Bankable: Investment Conditions & Offtake Agreements

    • Who are the off-takers?
    • How do we reach competitive pricing for green ammonia vs grey?
    • Building hydrogen for industry and commercial opportunities for green hydrogen
    • Are we putting the building blocks in place to make green hydrogen successful?
12:30
  1. The Exhibition
    60 mins
13:30
  1. Plenary Theatre
    45 mins
    • Stream 1
    Regional Focus: Regulation Fostering Investment Across Africa
  2. Boardroom 1
    90 mins
    • Stream 2

    Closing the Green Energy Finance Gap

    Boardroom style discussions where all participants are invited to get involved.

    • Accelerating development through more efficient green financing
    • Making green energy financing more attractive and commercial.
    • Financing tools to speed up equity investments.
    • Types of funding available to keep prices low.
    • The role of blended financing with upcoming projects.
  3. Boardroom 2
    90 mins
    • Stream 3

    Energy Aggregators: Powering Sustainable Mining Operations

    Boardroom style discussions where all participants are invited to get involved

    • The growing role of aggregators in the mining sector
    • How can we work to decarbonise the sector instead of individual mines?
    • Dissecting the latest projects and deals on the continent
    • Wind and solar energy projects for mining applications
  4. Boardroom 3
    90 mins
    • Stream 4

    Boardroom style discussions where all participants are invited to get involved

    Hosted by: 

    AfDB Logo

  5. Boardroom 4
    90 mins
    • Stream 5

    Creating Booming Hydrogen Economies: Current Workable Models & Value Creation

    Boardroom style discussions where all participants are invited to get involved

    • Comparing different national hydrogen strategies, industrial & infrastructural development plans
    • How can local demand be created?
    • How to build and integrated model, partnering & de-risking the entire chain
    • What are the available financing tools?
14:15
  1. Plenary Theatre
    45 mins
    • Stream 1
    Country Focus
15:00
  1. The Exhibition
    30 mins
15:30
  1. Plenary Theatre
    45 mins
    • Stream 1
    Country Focus
  2. Boardroom 1
    90 mins
    • Stream 2

    Industry Debate: Does Developing Africa’s Carbon Markets Accelerate or Impede the Energy Transition?

    Boardroom style discussions where all participants are invited to get involved.

    As Carbon Markets were left out of the COP28 Agreement, many questions around their structure, impact and feasibility remain.

  3. Boardroom 2
    90 mins
    • Stream 3

    Overcoming Investment Challenges in Mining

    • How are current infrastructure limitations affecting investment in mining projects?
    • What are the critical energy investments needed to fully realise the minerals opportunity?
    • What investment initiatives are we seeing take-off such as the Lobito Corridor?
    • Are local banks better suited to navigate investment projects and manage risks?
  4. Boardroom 3
    90 mins
    • Stream 4

    Boardroom style discussions where all participants are invited to get involved

    Hosted by: 

    Axian Energy logo

  5. Boardroom 4
    90 mins
    • Stream 5

    African Hydrogen in the Global Arena: Establishing Trade Corridors

    Boardroom style discussions where all participants are invited to get involved

    • Leveraging infrastructures, transport options & storage technologies
    • What are the hurdles to overcome to make molecules flow?
    • What does the regional and international hydrogen trade map look like?
    • Partnership and project announcement updates
16:15
  1. Plenary Theatre
    45 mins
    • Stream 1
    Country Focus
17:00
  1. The Exhibition
    90 mins
08:00
  1. The Exhibition
    90 mins
  2. 90 mins
    New for aef 2024, the Think Tanks are the opportunity to brainstorm and discuss solutions to some of the industry’s persistent challenges. Meet new industry peers and set the world right over your morning coffee. Who knows where some if your findings can lead…
09:30
  1. Plenary Theatre
    45 mins
    • Stream 1
    European Focus: Spotlight on African – European Collaborations
  2. Boardroom 1
    90 mins
    • Stream 2

    Progressing Projects in a High-Cost Environment

    Boardroom style discussions where all participants are invited to get involved.

    • Is there scope to bring down the costs of projects?
    • How do we move away from purely sovereign PPAs to improve investment risks?
    • What is the future of corporate PPAs including models and metrics?
    • What project financial structures are working?
  3. Boardroom 2
    90 mins
    • Stream 3

    Are Mini Grids and Metro Grids the Most Feasible Solution for Accelerating Universal Access?

    Boardroom style discussions where all participants are invited to get involved

    • Examples of successful business models
    • Key current challenges for developers in achieving profitability and scale
    • What projects are we seeing developing on the continent?
    • Financing solutions: unlocking local capital and overcoming the gap in commercial financing
    • Government policies and regulatory frameworks
  4. Boardroom 3
    90 mins
    • Stream 4

    Boardroom style discussions where all participants are invited to get involved

    Hosted by:

    AfDB Logo

10:15
  1. Plenary Theatre
    45 mins
    • Stream 1
    Country Focus
11:00
  1. The Exhibition
    30 mins
11:30
  1. Plenary Theatre
    45 mins
    • Stream 1
    Country Focus
  2. Boardroom 1
    90 mins
    • Stream 2

    Attracting and Retaining Private Investment in the Sector for Continued Growth

    Boardroom style discussions where all participants are invited to get involved

    • What is closing in the current expensive market?
    • What learnings can we take from areas of the sector that have been more successful in attracting private capital?
    • What financing tools are available?
    • How are IPPs and private capital vehicles filling the gap left by the absence of government guarantees?
  3. Boardroom 2
    90 mins
    • Stream 3

    Capitalising on the Growth of C&I

    Boardroom style discussions where all participants are invited to get involved


    •Where are we seeing C&I take off and why?
    •What are the business models we’re seeing, and where has there been the most success?
    •How far can C&I be standardised?
    •Are there opportunities to sell on power supplied and how is regulation evolving to support the opportunities provided by C&I?

  4. Boardroom 3
    90 mins
    • Stream 4

    Boardroom style discussions where all participants are invited to get involved

    Hosted by: 

    giz logo

12:15
  1. Plenary Theatre
    45 mins
    • Stream 1
    Country Focus
13:00
  1. The Exhibition
    60 mins
    • Stream 1
    Farewell Drinks at Atrium Bar

 

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