Practitioners’ Forum on Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Tanzania

On Tuesday, 19th November, 2019, the Delegation of German Industry and Commerce for Eastern Africa (AHK Eastern Africa), hosted a Practitioners’ Forum on Renewable Energies for Decentralized Electricity access at the Hyatt Hotel in Dar es Salaam.

Key speakers from Tanzania included:

  • Energy and Water Utility Regulatory Authority (EWURA) – Eng. Godfrey Chibulunje, Director of Electricity, elaborated on the development of Tanzania’s current energy regulation framework.
  • Tanzania Renewable Energy Association (TAREA) – Eng. Prosper Magali, additionally representing the Alliance for Rural Electrification, explained business opportunities within the Tanzanian energy sector.
  • Energy4Impact – Eng. Fredrick Tunutu outlined the impressing results on their ambitious projects in bringing electricity access to remote communities in Tanzania.
  • SUNREF Programme of the Agence Française de Développement (French Development Agency, AFD) – Mutisya Ndunda presented financing opportunities that are brought to the private sector in order to reduce an operation’s financial impact.

Additionally, a set of renowned German solution providers were presenting and discussing their competitive edge in optimizing your energy consumption including:

  • SMA Sunbelt Energy – For over 35 years, SMA has been setting technological trends and driving the development of renewable energies. SMA Sunbelt Energy, an affiliate company of SMA Technology, was founded in 2014 and supplies a complete Off-grid, PV-Hybrid and Battery-based portfolio for solar projects focused on the world’s Sunbelt regions (Africa, Central America and Caribbean, Middle East, South-East Asia and Pacific). With their ground-breaking inverter technologies, SMA have made significant contributions in seeing that renewable energies leave the pioneer phase behind and increasingly become the norm worldwide.
  • Vensys Energy AG – Vensys develops and manufactures megawatt and multi-megawatt class gearless wind turbines. Vensys’ high-performance wind turbines are operational worldwide, including a significant track record in Africa. Vensys has also increasingly applied their extensive knowledge of renewable energy to other technologies, such as solar. Today, VENSYS Elektrotechnik GmbH, has created an innovative hybrid converter, HYCON. Hycon is a multifunctional converter / inverter applicable as an island grid and for outdoor use. Hycon can be connected to different energy storages, is scalable and can be used for both off and on grid applications.
  • NEXOL AG -  is a startup that presents an innovative approach to solar water heating through the use of photovolthermic processes; combining the sun’s photovoltaic energy with atmospheric thermal energy harnessed by semiconductor technology, resulting in a boiler system that heats water more efficiently with a significantly lower electrical consumption. Developed by researchers at the University of Ulm, NEXOL’s photovolthermic technology is unique to the field of solar water heating through its utilization of the Peltier effect to enhance energy output by harnessing both solar and atmospheric thermal energy within one boiler system. It can be easily integrated into residential, agricultural or small-scale commercial water systems with an easy pipe extension, offering savings on heating costs, reducing carbon emissions and increasing energy efficiency.
  • SOLAR23 - As international specialists in solar power, SOLAR23 deals with the sale and installation of turnkey systems based on sustainable energy solutions, such as photovoltaic panels, thermal solar energy, wind turbines and solar pumping. Since the company’s founding in 1995, SOLAR23 has become a leading partner for rural electrification and the development of high efficiency solar systems for private, commercial and institutional customers, currently operating in over 25 countries.
  • T Dock – A provider of floating platforms that can be used for Solar installations, offering cost competitive renewable energy solutions without sacrificing precious land.

Renewable energies bear impressive potential for Tanzanians as they allow to substitute both wood resources, such as charcoal, and imported petrol products, hence safeguarding the environment and substituting expensive imports. The sun is an abundant source of energy that, in Tanzania, remains largely untapped. With the right policies in place coupled with the commitment of the private sector, solar energy can expand its current single digit portion of energy to a significant contributor to Tanzania’s energy security and therefore stipulate welfare for all Tanzanians.

German companies can use the opportunity to position themselves as reliable partners with a strong and solid background of technology experience in energy efficiency and renewable technologies. This allows them to offer competitive products and services along the whole value chain inclusive of the provision of training and entering local partnerships.

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