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AEF 2024

aef 2024 Barcelona

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  1. The Exhibition
    • How are we increasing the scale and pace of projects and investment?
    • How can decarbonisation policies increase the participation of private sector in energy intensive industries?
    • Are the global climate goals inhibiting Africa’s ability to invest in its future?
    • How are we increasing the scale and pace of projects and investment?
    • How can decarbonisation policies increase the participation of private sector in energy intensive industries?
    • Are the global climate goals inhibiting Africa’s ability to invest in it’s future?
    • How are we increasing the scale and pace of projects and investment?
    • How can decarbonisation policies increase the participation of private sector in energy intensive industries?
    • Are the global climate goals inhibiting Africa’s ability to invest in it’s future?
    • How are we increasing the scale and pace of projects and investment?
    • How can decarbonisation policies increase the participation of private sector in energy intensive industries?
    • Are the global climate goals inhibiting Africa’s ability to invest in it’s future?
    • How are we increasing the scale and pace of projects and investment?
    • How can decarbonisation policies increase the participation of private sector in energy intensive industries?
    • Are the global climate goals inhibiting Africa’s ability to invest in it’s future?
  2. The aim of this session is to build upon some of the initial ideas brought up in the first roundtables in a cross-collaborative platform.

    • How are we increasing the scale and pace of projects and investment?
    • How can decarbonisation policies increase the participation of private sector in energy intensive industries?
    • Are the global climate goals inhibiting Africa’s ability to invest in it’s future?
  3. The Exhibition
  4. Plenary Theatre
  5. Plenary Theatre
  6. Plenary Theatre

    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

  7. Plenary Theatre
  8. The Exhibition
  9. The Exhibition
  10. 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.
    • Stream 1
    Plenary Theatre
    • 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?
    • Stream 2
    Boardroom 1

    Collaborative 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?
    • Stream 3
    Boardroom 2

    Collaborative 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?

    • Stream 4
    Boardroom 3

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

    Siemens Energy logo

    Collaborative 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.  
    • Stream 5
    Tech Innovation Theatre

    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?

     

    • Stream 5
    Tech Innovation Theatre

    Hosted By:

    Globeleq logo

  11. The Exhibition
    • Stream 1
    Plenary Theatre

    Country Focus: Spain Building Sustainable Partnerships in Africa

    • Stream 2
    Boardroom 1

    Collaborative 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?
    • Stream 3
    Boardroom 2

    Collaborative boardroom style discussions where all participants are invited to get involved.

    Advancing African 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?
    • Stream 4
    Boardroom 3

    Effective Use of Credit Enhancement Instruments to Enable Project

    Collaborative boardroom style discussions where all participants are invited to get involved.

    Hosted by: 

    atidi

    Part 1: Successful Case Studies
    • Songa Energy’s 1.65 MW Hydro Project in Burundi
    • AMEA Power’s Ituka West Nile Uganda Limited
    • REPP’s Lidera Green Power in Madagascar

    Part 2: Existing Gaps, Innovation, and Product Development

    What’s required in the market Are multilaterals, the private sector and philanthropy coordinating enough? What actual steps can be taken to improve this?

    • Stream 5
    Tech Innovation Theatre

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

    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
    • Stream 1
    Plenary Theatre
    Country Spotlight: South Africa
    • Stream 5
    Tech Innovation Theatre

    Hosted By: 

    Konexa

     

  12. The Exhibition
    • Stream 1
    Plenary Theatre
    Country Focus: 
    • Stream 2
    Boardroom 1

    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
    • Stream 3
    Boardroom 2

    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?
    • Stream 4
    Boardroom 3

    Collaborative boardroom style discussions where all participants are invited to get involved

    Hosted by:

    Power Africa Logo

     

     

    • Stream 5
    Tech Innovation Theatre

    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?
    • Stream 1
    Plenary Theatre
    Country Spotlight on Democratic Republic of the Congo
    • Stream 5
    Tech Innovation Theatre
  13. The Exhibition
    • Stream 1
    Plenary Theatre
    • Stream 2
    Boardroom 1

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

    Collaborative 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
    • Stream 3
    Boardroom 2

    Collaborative 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?
    • Stream 4
    Boardroom 3

    A New Mechanism for Mitigating Currency Risk to support Africa's Transition

    Collaborative boardroom style discussions where all participants are invited to get involved

    Hosted By: 

    AfDB logo

    • Stream 5
    Tech Innovation Theatre
    Hosted By: Apply to present at georgia@energynet.co.uk
    • Stream 1
    Plenary Theatre
    Country Focus
    • Stream 5
    Tech Innovation Theatre
    Hosted By: Apply to present at georgia@energynet.co.uk
  14. The Exhibition
  15. 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…
    • Stream 1
    Plenary Theatre
    Country Spotlight: Sierra Leone
    • Stream 2
    Boardroom 1

    Renewable Projects Update

    Collaborative 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?

     

    • Stream 3
    Boardroom 2

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

    Collaborative 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?
    • Stream 4
    Boardroom 3

    • 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?

    • Stream 5
    Boardroom 4

    Hydrogen Gaining Traction: What’s Tangible in 2024?

    Collaborative 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
    • Stream 1
    Plenary Theatre
    Country Focus: Country Spotlight on Nigeria
  16. The Exhibition
    • Stream 1
    Plenary Theatre

    Country Focus: Tanzania

     

    • Stream 2
    Boardroom 1

    Progressing Solar Projects on the Continent

    Collaborative 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?
    • Stream 3
    Boardroom 2

    Critical Minerals Mining for the Global Energy Transition

    Collaborative 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?
    • Stream 4
    Boardroom 3

    Collaborative boardroom style discussions where all participants are invited to get involved

    Hosted by: 

    Marsh logo

    • Stream 5
    Boardroom 4

    Boardroom style discussions where all participants are invited to get involved

    Making Hydrogen Bankable: Investment Conditions & Offtake Agreements

    • Who are the off-takers and what are the current challenges with agreements?
    • How can risks be fairly shared and overcome?
    •  How do we reach competitive pricing for green ammonia vs grey?
    • The role of development banks & private capital to get projects over the line to FID
    • Stream 1
    Plenary Theatre
    Country Focus: Country Spotlight on Tanzania
  17. The Exhibition
    • Stream 1
    Plenary Theatre
    Regional Focus: Regulation Fostering Investment Across Africa
    • Stream 2
    Boardroom 1

    Closing the Green Energy Finance Gap

    Collaborative 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.
    • Stream 3
    Boardroom 2

    Energy Aggregators: Powering Sustainable Mining Operations

    Collaborative 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
    • Stream 4
    Boardroom 3

    Power Security & Energy Transition - The critical roles of Utilities, Power Pools, Governments & DFIs

    Collaborative boardroom style discussions where all participants are invited to get involved

    Hosted by: 

    AfDB Logo

    • Stream 5
    Boardroom 4

    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?
    • Stream 1
    Plenary Theatre
    Country Focus
  18. The Exhibition
    • Stream 1
    Plenary Theatre
    Country Focus
    • Stream 2
    Boardroom 1

    Industry Debate: Does Developing Africa’s Voluntary Carbon Credits Market 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.

    • Stream 3
    Boardroom 2

    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?
    • Stream 4
    Boardroom 3

    Regional Grids: Addressing the Challenges & Creating Opportunities for Better Energy Access in Africa

    Collaborative boardroom style discussions where all participants are invited to get involved

    Hosted by: 

    Axian Energy logo

    • Stream 5
    Boardroom 4

    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
    • Stream 1
    Plenary Theatre
    Country Focus
  19. The Exhibition
  20. The Exhibition
  21. 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…
    • Stream 1
    Plenary Theatre
    Country Spotlight: Madagascar
    • Stream 2
    Boardroom 1

    Progressing Projects in a High-Cost Environment

    Collaborative 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?
    • Stream 3
    Boardroom 2

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

    Collaborative 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
    • Stream 4
    Boardroom 3

    The Africa Energy Technical Assistance Program (AESTAP): Mobilizing Technical Assistance for Africa’s Energy Sector

    Collaborative boardroom style discussions where all participants are invited to get involved

    Hosted by:

    AfDB Logo

    • Stream 1
    Plenary Theatre
    Country Focus
  22. The Exhibition
    • Stream 1
    Plenary Theatre
    Country Focus
    • Stream 2
    Boardroom 1

    Attracting and Retaining Private Investment in the Sector for Continued Growth

    Collaborative boardroom style discussions where all participants are invited to get involved

    • How are IPPs and private capital vehicles filling the gap left by the absence of government guarantees?
    • 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?
    • Stream 3
    Boardroom 2

    Capitalising on the Growth of C&I

    Collaborative 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?

    • Stream 4
    Boardroom 3

    Collaborative boardroom style discussions where all participants are invited to get involved

    Hosted by: 

    giz logo

    • Stream 1
    Plenary Theatre
    Country Focus
    • Stream 1
    The Exhibition
    Farewell Drinks at Atrium Bar