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Digitalisation is driving change in the region

on Jun 22, 2017


Mostafa AlGuezeri, managing director, ABB operations, United Arab Emirates
Mostafa AlGuezeri, managing director, ABB operations, United Arab Emirates

Africa – Challenges, Way Ahead

600 million people lack access to electricity. Only seven countries in sub-Saharan Africa – Cameroon, Côte D’Ivoire, Gabon, Ghana, Namibia, Senegal and South Africa – have electricity access rates exceeding 50 percent (McKinsey & Company report).

Until recently, solving Africa’s power challenge would have taken decades and required massive investment in fossil-fuel generation and grid connections. With the Energy Revolution, new technologies can bring reliable, sustainable power within reach of both urban and rural communities within a much shorter timeframe.

On the generation side, automation and control technologies are making possible unprecedented efficiencies in traditional fossil fuel production, as well as dramatically reducing harmful emissions.

Another game changer in energy is distributed energy resources such as hybrid and renewables-powered microgrids, which are ideal for off-grid rural communities as well as urban installations where they can support grid stability.

The Energy Revolution is accelerating the expansion of access to electricity, improving people’s lives and empowering the next generation. The internet is changing the face of industry, levelling the playing field and opening up new opportunities to those who can deploy technology most innovatively and effectively. At ABB, we are already engaged in many of the state-of-the-art projects across the region where we help utilities bring clean and reliable power to the cities through our smart and connected products and technologies.


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