The Potential of Floating Solar in Africa

jointly organised with SolarPower Europe and GET.invest – a European programme supported by the European Union, Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands, and Austria

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Day: Monday, 06 September 2021 | Time: 17:00 – 18:30 CEST | Site: EU PVSEC Online Platform
Access: Open to all Conference participants (on days registered)

The high-level of solar irradiation in Africa, combined with the reliance by some countries on hydropower, means that there is a very large potential for the deployment of floating solar in existing hydropower reservoirs to generate electricity during drought periods and reduce evaporation losses in the reservoirs. A recent study published by the EU’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) indicates that covering less than 1% of Africa’s hydropower reservoirs, the installed hydropower capacity in Africa could double and 743 million m³/year water could be saved.

SolarPower Europe, in collaboration with GET.invest – a European programme supported by the European Union, Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands, and Austria, will explore the opportunities of floating solar to to simultaneously support improving access to electricity and clean water in the African continent. The session will include a presentation of the JRC study followed by a moderated panel discussion with African and European experts.

Programme Outline

Moderator: Miguel Herrero Cangas, Policy Advisor, SolarPower Europe

Speakers:

  • Magda Moner, Researcher, European Commission
  • Sebastian von Wolff, Head of Finance Advisory, GET.invest
  • Toni Weigl, Head of Product Management Floating-PV, BayWa r.e.
  • Ezgi Özcan, Project Manager, Ecoligo
  • Kamal Gupta, Chairman, Renewable Energy Association in Kenya