Don’t miss the key event for energy transition technologies and services


Don’t miss the key event for energy transition technologies and services

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KEY ENERGY, the benchmark show in Italy and the Mediterranean basin for energy transition, is an international showcase of technologies, services and integrated solutions to promote and accelerate the process of switching to a carbon-neutral economy.


This year, Key Energy offers a rich programme of events and exhibitors operating in the following sectors:


  • Utility-scale plants and PPA
  • Energy communities, prosumers
  • Solar and wind revamping
  • Floating power plant
  • Storage systems
  • Hydrogen: electrolyzers, fuel cells, use of H2 in industry


  • Upgrading: focus on superbonus 110% measures
  • Esco and white certificates
  • Industry 4.0 (tax credit)
  • Conto termico 2.0 (price-based mechanisms), new scenarios from 2021
  • Financial services


  • Smart buildings
  • Digitisation
  • Efficient and connected street lighting
  • Adaptive cities


  • E-mobility
  • Shared and smart mobility
  • Infrastructure

A few good reasons to attend:

1) You could play a leading role in the future of our cities

2) You will have the opportunity to network and do business with key sector players

3) You can get updates on technologies, legislation, development trends and new emerging markets

4) You can be part of the green technologies and services community

5) You can meet a professional and profiled target audience


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AEF and AIX come together with a message of unity



Confronted by the challenges posed of bringing people together during a period of continued global health concerns, the organisers of the Africa Energy Forum (aef) and Africa Investment Exchange (AIX): Power & Renewables have agreed to work in parallel to hold their industry-leading events in London during the week of 15-19 November.

Africa Energy Forum organiser EnergyNet has moved the leading industry event to London in “exceptional circumstances”, says managing director Simon Gosling. “Our over-arching theme for the Africa Energy Forum 2021 is ‘Reunited. In one place’. By partnering with AIX we aim to send a message to the conference world that we are stronger together and that in times of crisis we can unite behind a common goal to better support continent-wide business development – now is not the time to undermine one another, but to support each other considering the unprecedented last 18 months we have all faced.

CbI Meetings and African Energy traditionally hold their flagship AIX: Power & Renewables event at RSA House in mid-November. “AIX is a different kind of event, held under the Chatham House Rule to stimulate frank discussion. This year, with the COP26 outcomes to dissect, is no exception,” says Cross-border Information (CbI) chairman and African Energy founder Jon Marks. “AIX and aef have always operated extremely amicably in parallel to each other and the message to the markets we serve is that that will not only continue but will be consolidated.

The events will take place at venues across London – aef based at the London Marriott hotel on 15-17 November and AIX at RSA House on 17-18 November – each retaining their own flavour.

There are plans to hold a joint reception in the historic surroundings of RSA House on the evening of 17 November.

For more details please contact:

Africa Energy Forum (aef):

AIX: Power & Renewables
Bruno Coburn

About the Africa Energy Forum:

EnergyNet has been producing emerging market-focused investment forums and executive dialogues for over 25 years – in Europe, North America, Asia, Latin America and across the African continent.

We work with 23 different governments and national utilities to facilitate investment summits where international investors can build relationships with credible African public sector stakeholders to advance access to power.

Best known for the Africa Energy Forum, EnergyNet also produces the Regional Energy Summit in Senegal and the Powering Africa Summit in Miami, as well as our Latin America meetings Latin America & Caribbean Gas Conference in Peru and Latin America Energy Forum in Miami.

Over the last 22 years the Forum has earnt a reputation as the most meaningful gathering of decision-makers in African energy to form partnerships, identify opportunities and move the industry forward. We hand-pick the most credible organisations in the sector, delivering an intensive networking experience like no other.


About Africa Investment Exchange

CbI Meetings was formed in 2013 by Cross-border Information (CbI), an established Africa and Middle East-focused consultant active in primary infrastructure sectors. In 2014 we created the Africa Investment Exchange, a series of international meetings for leading investors in Africa’s high growth industries



Our meetings pair the extensive regional expertise and source network of Cross-border Information (CbI)’s African Energy with a seasoned events team experienced in producing high-level investment forums and dialogues across the African continent.


Through its power sector consultancy work and leading industry newsletter, African Energy has been involved at the heart of the debate surrounding the development of the energy sector in Africa for more than 20 years – African Energy Live Data, an innovative and interactive data platform featuring detailed profiles of more than 6,700 generation projects and plants across the continent, was launched in September 2017.


Winch Energy seeks $2.1 million to fund renewable energy technology


Off-grid utilities provider Winch Energy wants to raise up to $2.1 million through a crowdfunding campaign to accelerate the installation of renewable energy technology in Sierra Leone and Uganda.

The Crowdcube campaign is part of an overall fundraising plan over the next two years and follows Winch Energy’s recent closure of the largest minigrid limited recourse financing deal so far, via Winch IPP Holdings.

The campaign provides new clean energy opportunities in developing countries for international investors. Winch Energy has already received investment from partner ITOCHU EuropePLC and is opening crowdfunding alongside this raise to secure additional funding for new projects and future expansion.

Founded in 2008, the company has an established project pipeline of over 485,000 connections, benefitting approximately 4.2 million people. Winch Energy has previously secured investment from Total Eren and Al Gihaz Holding. Earlier this year, it launched the Winch IPP Holdings Ltd platform in partnership with NEoT Offgrid Africa, which was established by Meridiam, EDF and Mitsubishi Corporation. The $16m project consists of 49 solar minirid projects in Uganda and Sierra Leone.

Powering Africa’s future
Globally, there are 759 million people without access to electricity, 75% of them in sub-Saharan Africa. The continent’s vast geography and lack of infrastructure means it is not viable to connect rural communities to the national grids, limiting socio-economic development.

With less than a decade to achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal for universal access to clean energy (SDG7), Winch Energy is targeting African countries with the lowest electrification rates to bridge the gap.

Winch Energy’s proprietary Remote Power Unit (RPU) technology and software operating systems (Winch Dashboard) were developed specifically to broaden access to reliable, affordable clean energy in off-grid communities. An RPU installation benefits public services, improves living conditions, stimulates developing economies and creates a new market for electrical goods.

Changing lives in Sierra Leone
Winch Energy’s project to power 24 villages and a community health centre in northern Sierra Leone was awarded the Environmental Impact Award at the 2020 British Expertise International Awards. Through partnerships with Easy Solar and Orange, the project gives more than 40,000 villagers access to telecoms and mobile money services and gave local women the opportunity to start their own battery rental enterprise. Within six months 95% of energy customers reported their livelihood improved and over half of customers (56%) say their income has increased.

Run in conjunction with the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) and co-funded by the UK Government’s Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office. During the COVID-19 pandemic Winch Energy electrified a further 12 health centres, delivering free power to provide refrigeration, lighting and 24/7 access to specialist medical equipment such as ventilators.

Reaching scale in Uganda
The company is also making excellent progress in reaching scale in Uganda to become the largest off-grid utility in the country. The company is currently constructing a project in the north consisting of 25 villages and 2,300 connections, benefitting 40,000 people through a tender funded by the EU and BMZ and implemented by GIZ.

It has also partnered with Total Uganda to electrify Bunjako Island near Lake Victoria, which will benefit the island’s population of 20,000. Winch Energy was also selected as the preferred bidder for an additional 15 sites in the south of the country and is currently finalising negotiations.

Winch Energy also powers communities in Benin, Mauritania and Angola with solar-powered renewable energy projects.

Nicholas Wrigley, founder and CEO of Winch Energy Limited: “There is huge potential in renewable technology for many countries in Africa and elsewhere. Increasingly, investors want to do good as much as make good returns and, following greater awareness of the importance of sustainability, investment in clean energy projects is more attractive than ever. We hope that our crowdfunding campaign helps us to accelerate our progress in the large-scale, off-grid renewable market and gives individuals the opportunity to invest in projects that offer promising growth, impact lives and directly change the future of these communities.

“We have witnessed first-hand the impact access to clean, affordable energy has. Our projects focus on improving education, healthcare provision and local enterprise. As well as enhancing daily life, it also attracts greater commercial growth.”


West Africa approves $465 million for regional electricity access


The World Bank Group has approved a regional electricity access project in West Africa for a total amount of $465 million. This will see countries in the region expand electricity to over a million people.

Countries in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) will expand access to grid electricity to over one million people, enhance power system stability for another 3.5 million people, and increase renewable energy integration in the West Africa Power Pool (WAPP).

The new Regional Electricity Access and Battery-Energy  Storage Technologies (BEST) Project – approved by the World Bank Group for a total amount of $465 million – will increase grid connections in fragile areas of the Sahel, build the capacity of the ECOWAS Regional Electricity Regulatory Authority (ERERA), and strengthen the WAPP’s network operation with battery energy storage technologies infrastructure.

This is a pioneering move that makes way for increased renewable energy generation, transmission and investment across the region.

“West Africa is on the cusp of a regional power market that promises significant development benefits and potential for private sector participation,” stated Charles Cormier, practice manager in the Energy Global Practice at the World Bank. “Bringing electricity to more households and businesses, improving reliability, and harnessing the region’s substantial renewable energy resources—day or night—will help accelerate West Africa’s economic and social transformation.”

Over the past decade, the World Bank has financed close to $2.3 billion of investments in infrastructure and reforms in support of WAPP, considered the key to achieving universal access to electricity by 2030 in the 15 ECOWAS countries. This new project builds on progress and will finance civil works to accelerate access in Mauritania, Niger, and Senegal.

In Mauritania, rural electrification will be expanded through grid densification of existing substations, which will enable the electrification of Boghe, Kaedi and Selibaby, and neighbouring villages along the Southern border with Senegal.

Communities in Niger’s River and Central East regions that live near Niger-Nigeria interconnector will also gain grid access, as will communities around substations in Senegal’s Casamance area. Connection charges will be partially subsidised, which will help keep costs down for the estimated one million people expected to benefit.

In Côte d’Ivoire, Niger, and eventually Mali, the project will finance BEST equipment to improve the stability of the regional electricity network by increasing the energy reserve in these countries and facilitating the integration of variable renewable energy.

Battery energy storage technologies will enable WAPP operators to store renewable energy generated at non-peak hours and dispatch it during peak demand, instead of relying on more carbon-intensive generation technology when the demand is high, the sun is not shining, or the wind is not blowing.

It is expected that the BEST will further spur private sector participation in the region by supporting the market for renewable energy, as the battery-energy storage capacity installed under this project will be able to accommodate the 793 MW of new solar power capacity that WAPP plans to develop in the three countries.

Wetzel, World Bank Director of Regional Integration for sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, and Northern Africa. “By working together, these countries can optimize investments and economies of scale, harmonize equipment and standards, and synchronize systems to deliver the transformative power of electricity to more people and usher in a new era of low-carbon energy trade.”

The World Bank’s International Development Association (IDA), established in 1960, helps the world’s poorest countries by providing grants and low to zero-interest loans for projects and programs that boost economic growth, reduce poverty, and improve poor people’s lives.

IDA is one of the largest sources of assistance for the world’s 76 poorest countries, 39 of which are in Africa. Resources from IDA bring positive change to the 1.5 billion people who live in IDA countries. Since 1960, IDA has supported development work in 113 countries. Annual commitments have averaged about $18 billion over the last three years, with about 54% going to Africa.

Germany’s KfW launches green hydrogen programme for South Africa


On behalf of the German government, the German development bank KfW has initiated a programme of up to €200-million in size to support the establishment of green hydrogen projects in South Africa and it intends releasing a formal request for information (RFI) by the end of June.

The funding, which is in the form of concessional loan finance, must be disbursed by December 2023 and KfW has appointed the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and Meridian Economics to help it identify and evaluate high-potential projects for implementation during the course of this year.

Green hydrogen is produced using renewable electricity to split water into hydrogen and oxygen using an electrolyser. The German government’s National Hydrogen Strategy, adopted in 2020, envisages the energy carrier playing a key role in the decarbonisation of those sectors that are difficult to abate using renewable electricity directly, such as marine transport, long-distance land freight, cement, chemicals and steel.

Crucially for countries with potent renewables resources, such as South Africa, the strategy recognises the limits of producing green hydrogen in Germany itself and, therefore, envisages the creation of international partnerships in order to potentially import green hydrogen and green-hydrogen derivatives, such as green ammonia, carbon-neutral jet fuel and green iron and steel.

Germany expects to be producing only 420 000 t of the three-million tons it will be consuming yearly by 2030.

CSIR’s Thomas Roos tells Engineering News that a broad range of opportunities will be solicited through the RFI process, which has been preceded by a market-testing exercise that is allowing potential participants to share a high-level summary of their proposed projects via the email address by June 4.

Roos says the projects could involve the production, transportation, export and/or storage of green hydrogen and green-hydrogen products, as well as projects in existing materials and chemicals value chains that support a transition from fossil-based processes to ones based on green hydrogen.

In addition, KfW is open to receiving funding proposals for innovative financial instruments that could either boost the immediate demand for green hydrogen, which is currently more expensive than grey hydrogen produced from fossil fuels, or unlock funding for green hydrogen projects.

The price premium between grey and green hydrogen remains material, with grey hydrogen currently being produced at a cost of about €1.50/kg and green hydrogen at €4/kg. However, that competitiveness gap is expected to close as more and larger-scale electrolyser plants are built around the world.

Meridian’s Adam Roff says that financial instruments are already starting to play an important role globally in ensuring that demand is created for green hydrogen and he is optimistic that South African financial institutions will seek to leverage the opportunity created by the KfW programme to introduce similar innovations locally.

The programme intends identifying both private- and public-sector projects that are already at a prefeasibility stage but, given the government-to-government nature of KfW’s activities, all project funding will be disbursed through a South African public institution.

Roff says the public entity will act either as a financial intermediary, on-lending to the recipients, or as a direct implementing partner in the project.

Earlier this year, Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel announced that he had mandated the State-owned Industrial Development Corporation to lead government’s efforts to commercialise green hydrogen. For the purposes of this project, other public entities such as the Development Bank of South Africa could also feature.

KfW, which formally launched the South African project on May 24, says South Africa’s rich endowment of world-class renewable energy resources, strong existing technical and financial capabilities and access to platinum group metals places the country in an extraordinary position to develop a thriving, globally competitive green hydrogen industry.

“The key objective of this initiative is to support the growth of a green hydrogen economy in South Africa by identifying and supporting high-impact project opportunities that best exploit the decarbonisation potential offered by green hydrogen,” the development bank’s launch statement reads. 

Are you part of a start-up or a scale-up? Discover the project that Ecomondo has devised for you

Submit your application by SEPTEMBER 7, 2021
Take part in the Call for Innovation 2021

The initiative is dedicated to innovative Italian and international start-ups and scale-ups that offer services and products related to greentech, environmental sustainability, renewable energy and sustainable mobility.

The project has multiple objectives: to offer start-ups substantial visibility, to create opportunities for attending companies to meet start-ups, to promote Italy’s innovation system as the key channel for product development in the green sector.

Who does it target?

The initiative targets start-ups and scale-ups that meet the following requirements:

  • Technological lines of development consistent with the themes of the two shows Ecomondo and Key Energy, in the green tech, renewable energy, energy efficiency, electric mobility and urban sustainability sectors.
  • They have already completed at least the seed round, or alternatively, already have a client portfolio and are active on the market.
  • They have a website and/or promotional material in English.

How to participate:
To take part in the Start-up & Scale-up Innovation 2021 project, register online no later than 4.00PM, Tuesday 7 September 2021.

Apply now!

Appointment for Driving the energy Transition from 8 to 10 June

Appointment with WEEK 4, from 8 to 10 June
Climate Change & Environmental Protection
On the road to Key Energy 2021, take part in the fourth Digital Green Week
The fourth Digital Green Week is drawing near: it will be an unmissable opportunity to network and engage with the community and the companies on the platform, while enjoying a packed schedule of themed conferences.

The appointment will run from 8 to 10 June, with the theme “Climate Change & Environmental Protection”.
We will talk together about wind energy and solar photovoltaics, green investments, energy communities, PPAs and new generation to guide the energy transition process we are experiencing, also thanks to the investments envisaged by the application of the PNRR.

How to participate?
It’s simple: access the visitors reserved area, check your details and … get ready for the event!

Save the date!
9 JUNE | 10.00-11.15 AM
Investment Opportunities for Sustainable Energy in the Philippines
Organized by the Italian Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines
Find out more
10 JUNE | 4.30-5.30 PM
Monitoring and Targeting for energy efficiency: the foundations for a green future
Organized by: Esta (Energy Services and Technology Association), TEAM (Energy Auditing Agency Ltd)
Find out more

Take part in the call for papers, you have until 30 June

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The initiative is aimed at researchers, research bodies, companies and institutions for scientific presentations on topics relating to: waste and water management and valorization, circular economy, monitoring & control, sustainable remediation techniques, agri-food, forestry & biobased industry
2021 Call for Papers
is open

Want to make a contribution?

You have until 30 June to submit your application.


The Ecomondo 2021 CALL FOR PAPERS is officially open.
The topics relate to the core sectors of the show: management and valorisation of waste and water resources, the circular economy, monitoring & control, sustainable reclamation techniques, agri-food, forestry & biobased industry.


To take part in the call for papers, send us your application by registering your data online HERE.


The call for papers is aimed at:
• University researchers, research bodies, companies
• Contacts and specialists from regional, national and international institutions


Abstracts must be sent no later than 30 June 2021.

Apply now!

AfDB backs local currency financing structure for off-grid projects


In response to low electrification rates in some remote areas across Africa, the African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a proposal to help Zola EDF Côte d’Ivoire (ZECI), to mobilise a loan in local currency to the tune of $28 million.

The loan has been arranged by Société Générale de Banque in Côte d’Ivoire (SGBCI) and Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank (Crédit Agricole CIB).

The AfDB will provide a partial credit guarantee covering part of the guaranteed loan facility as a catalyst.

NEoT CI, the special purpose vehicle currently being created to mobilise the receivables-backed senior loan is sponsored by NEoT Offgrid Africa (NOA), an investment platform focused on distributed energy in Africa, managed by NEoT Capital, with Meridiam and EDF as investors.

Additionally, the Grameen Crédit Agricole Foundation will participate in the financing of ZECI and will monitor environmental and social norms for the duration of the transaction.

Local currency financing structure
The project will pilot a local currency receivables-backed financing structure to allow ZECI – a 50/50 joint venture between Off-Grid Electric (OGE) and EDF – to provide access to approximately 100,000 rural households with pay-as-you-go solar home systems by 2020.

This operation would be the first large-scale local currency financing structure using the securitisation technique for the off-grid renewable energy sector in Africa.

ZECI’s business model, which consists of selling solar kits that meet international quality standards, under lease-purchase agreements for a three-year period (creation of predictable receivables payable with mobile money), makes it easier for low-income customers to access clean energy.

In addition, it enables financial inclusion, including through the establishment of credit history, as well as access to financing and ownership of assets.

Amadou Hott, the bank’s vice-president in charge of energy noted that “the financing is in line with the 2016-20 National Development Plan of Côte d’Ivoire, the Strategic Plan for the Energy Sector and the Electricity for All programme initiated by Ivorian authorities to electrify all localities by 2020.”

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SON approves 4 new standards for renewable energy


As part of efforts towards actualizing the Federal Government’s economic diversification agenda, the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has unfolded new standards for the renewable energy sector.

According to the Director General, SON, Mallam Farouk Salim, apart from increasing access to power supply across the country, the new standards would open up improved investments in the sector.

Salim explained that the solar power industry relies heavily on standardisation, adding that renewable energy has become increasingly important across the country.

The new standards are energy meters, solar photovoltaic (PV) panels, inverters, batteries and charger controllers.

According to the standards body, this is to substantially increase the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix under the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Besides, the standards body stated that in a country such as Nigeria where expensive and ecologically harmful diesel generators are widely used, the unveiling of new standards would improve access to electricity in Nigeria.

SON said it would deploy a multi-stakeholder approach with consultations and inputs from relevant public-private entities to develop a more regulated and standardised market that encourages further investments into Renewable Energy (RE) and Efficient Energy (EE) sector.

To achieve this, the SON is currently being supported by the Nigerian Energy Support Programme (NESP), a technical assistance programme co-funded by the European Union and the German Government and implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Power. The organisation noted that due to its flexibility and affordability, solar power has fast become the most popular form of renewable power.

SON said NESP aims to improve the framework conditions for investments in the application of renewable energy and energy efficiency and rural electrification, saying that its main objective is to provide guidance towards the achievement of the objectives of the strategy set for the implementation of renewable energy policy.

“NESP aims at enabling and fostering investments in a domestic market for Renewable Energy (RE) and Energy Efficiency (EE) and improving access to electricity in Nigeria,” SON declared.

According to SON, following extensive consultations, 37 standards were selected and approved in November 2020, pointing out that

given renewable energy’s increasing prominence, the solar power industry understandably relies heavily on standardization. “Standards play an essential part in testing, energy conversion, reflectance or materials properties, fabricating arrays, integrating into the smart grid and assuring workplace safety.”

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