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AEF 2024

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  1. The Exhibition
  2. The Exhibition
  3. Plenary Theatre
    Opening Remarks by Simon Gosling, Managing Director, EnergyNet
  4. Plenary Theatre
  5. 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

  6. Plenary Theatre
  7. The Exhibition
  8. The Exhibition
    • Stream 1
    Plenary Theatre
    9:00- 9:10
    Ministerial Roundtable Outcomes
    9:10 – 9:20
    Utilities Outcomes
    9:20 – 9:30
    DFIs Outcomes
    9:30 – 9:40
    Regulators Outcomes
    9:40 – 9:50
    Corporate Leadership Outcomes
    9:50 – 10:30
    Open Discussion
    • Stream 2
    Boardroom 1

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

    Tackling Grid Challenges and Improving our Energy Systems.

    • What are some of the new solutions to optimise the existing grid and examples we can point to on the continent?
    • How do you incentivise the private sector to invest on the grid? Is there appetite?
    • How do you capitalise on technology to help?
    • What is the outlook for supply chain and manufacturers?
    • How to overcome some of the legal and regulatory bottlenecks
    • Stream 3
    Boardroom 2

    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

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

    Hosted by: Available for Sponsor to Host

    • 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: Apply to present at georgia@energynet.co.uk
  9. The Exhibition
    • Stream 1
    Plenary Theatre

    Country Focus: Spain- Building Sustainable Partnerships in Africa

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    Boardroom 1

    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

    Boardroom style discussions where all participants are invited to get involved

    How Have Gas Projects Been Affected by the COP28 Agreement?

    • 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

    Boardroom style discussions where all participants are invited to get involved

    Hosted by: 

    atidi

    • Stream 5
    Tech Innovation Theatre

    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
    • Stream 1
    Plenary Theatre
    Country Focus
    • Stream 5
    Tech Innovation Theatre
    Hosted By: Apply to present at georgia@energynet.co.uk
  10. The Exhibition
    • Stream 1
    Plenary Theatre
    Country Focus
    • Stream 2
    Boardroom 1

    Is Transmission the Key to Releasing Capital for Generation?

    Boardroom style discussions where all participants are invited to get involved

    • What can we do to increase investment in transmission infrastructure?
    • What are the current 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

    Boardroom style discussions where all participants are invited to get involved

    Hosted by:

    Siemens Energy 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 Focus
    • Stream 5
    Tech Innovation Theatre
    Hosted By: Apply to present at gerogia@energynet.co.uk
  11. The Exhibition
    • Stream 1
    Plenary Theatre
    Country Focus
    • Stream 2
    Boardroom 1

    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
    • Stream 3
    Boardroom 2

    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

    Boardroom style discussions where all participants are invited to get involved

    Hosted By: Available for Sponsor

    • 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
  12. The Exhibition
  13. 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 Focus
    • Stream 2
    Boardroom 1

    Renewable Projects Update: From COP28 to 2030 Deadlines

    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?
    • How are countries shaping up to meet the 2030 deadlines set at COP?
    • What are the biggest opportunities for investment?
    • How has CBAM affected projects and what have been the wider implications of it we are seeing?
    • How do we ensure we are keeping communities at the forefront?

     

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    Boardroom 2

    Capitalising on Energy and Mining Collaborations

    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

    Boardroom style discussions where all participants are invited to get involved

    Hosted by: Available for Sponsor to Host

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    Boardroom 4

    Boardroom style discussions where all participants are invited to get involved

    Hydrogen Gaining Traction: What’s Tangible in 2024?

    • 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?
    • What is the socio-economic impact of establishing green hydrogen hubs in Africa?
    • Navigating regulatory framework and permitting
    • Stream 1
    Plenary Theatre
    Country Focus
  14. The Exhibition
    • Stream 1
    Plenary Theatre
    Country Focus
    • Stream 2
    Boardroom 1

    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?
    • Stream 3
    Boardroom 2

    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?
    • Stream 4
    Boardroom 3

    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 Projects Bankable

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

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

    Closing the Green Energy Finance Gap

    • How do we mobilize private finance for green energy?
    • Where are the current financing gaps?
    • $Billions have been promised to support the energy transition, how are we seeing these funds materialise and be used?
    • Stream 3
    Boardroom 2

    Boardroom style discussions where all participants are invited to get involved

    Overcoming Investment Obstacles

    • 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

    Boardroom style discussions where all participants are invited to get involved

    Hosted by: Available for Sponsor to Host

    • Stream 5
    Boardroom 4

    Dissecting the Current Workable Models for the Growing Hydrogen Economy

    Boardroom style discussions where all participants are invited to get involved

    • How are projects collaborating with stakeholders to attract investors?
    • What are the current procurements strategies we’re seeing?
    • How do you create an off-taker ecosystem and who is ready to engage in long-term contracts?
    • What are the available financing tools?
    • Stream 1
    Plenary Theatre
    Country Focus
  16. The Exhibition
    • Stream 1
    Plenary Theatre
    Country Focus
    • Stream 2
    Boardroom 1

    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.

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    Boardroom 2

    Powering Sustainable Mining Operations

    Boardroom style discussions where all participants are invited to get involved

    • Wind and solar energy tailored for mining applications
    • Solutions for optimizing energy production for the mining sector
    • Dissecting the latest projects and collaborations
    • Stream 4
    Boardroom 3

    Boardroom style discussions where all participants are invited to get involved

    Hosted by: Available for Sponsor to Host

    • Stream 5
    Boardroom 4

    African Hydrogen in the Global Arena: Establishing Export Routes

    Boardroom style discussions where all participants are invited to get involved

    • Hydrogen storage and transport – what infrastructure do we need?
    • Which countries are at the forefront in developing hydrogen for export?
    • What does the regional and international hydrogen trade map look like?
    • Partnership and project announcement updates
    • Stream 1
    Plenary Theatre
    Country Focus
  17. The Exhibition
  18. The Exhibition
  19. 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
    European Focus: Spotlight on African – European Collaborations
    • Stream 2
    Boardroom 1

    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?
    • Stream 3
    Boardroom 2

    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
    • Stream 4
    Boardroom 3

    Boardroom style discussions where all participants are invited to get involved

    Hosted by: Available for Sponsor to Host

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

    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?
    • Stream 3
    Boardroom 2

    Industry Debate: Are C&I Projects the Key to Unlocking Clean Generation Capacity?

    Boardroom style discussions where all participants are invited to get involved
    • Stream 4
    Boardroom 3

    Boardroom style discussions where all participants are invited to get involved

    Hosted by: Available for Sponsor to Host

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