By Ndubuisi Micheal Obineme
Lagos – Industry experts in the Energy sector is set to highlight Nigeria’s renewable energy, mini grids and Gas-to-Power potentials at Future Energy Nigeria scheduled to place on 13-14 November, 2018 at the Eko Hotel & Suites, Lagos, Nigeria.
The 15th edition of Future Energy Nigeria is an event where industry experts, stakeholders, government officials, local power producers and large power consumers come together to discuss and provide possible solutions that will solve power challenges in Nigeria through different tried and tested methods such as mini grids, renewables and gas-to-power projects.
“The country is endowed with large oil, gas, hydro and solar resources, and it has the potential to generate 12,522 megawatts (MW) of electric power from existing plants. However, most days only about 4,000 MW is generated and 20 million households are still without power while the current rural access rate is 36%,” says Future Energy Nigeria event director Chanelle Hingston.
“We have sourced inspiring success stories and case studies from the industry to look at how companies themselves can install capacity, specifically for the rural communities off-grid and through renewables. During the Future Energy Nigeria Generation Knowledge Hub, speakers will focus on off-grid projects which can avoid lengthy approvals and complex funding models. We also focus on accelerating rural access through renewable energy.
“The second day of the Generation Knowledge Hub will look at the advancing Gas-to-Power projects and analysing how Nigeria perceives thermal generation. The burning question whether Gas-to-Power can complement renewables will also be discussed.
“The afternoon of the second day of the Generation Knowledge Hub is specifically for the industrial and large power user audience. The programme will offer solutions for how users can reduce their energy bills, whilst securing energy security by making efficiency savings and an A-Z of installing solar power,” Miss Hingston added.
Some of the Generation Knowledge Hub speaker highlights at Future Energy Nigeria:
“Nigeria is having success stories in the deployment of mini and micro solutions and most SEPAN’s institutional members have been part of it. Nigeria’s Rural Electrification Agency (REA) is also re-inventing itself with the focus on the promotion of off-grid, mini-grid renewable energy solutions working with the private sectors investors to achieve fast rural electrification.” – Dr Magnus C. Onuoha, National President at the Sustainable Energy Practitioners Association of Nigeria (SEPAN).
“Developing a hybrid DC/AC networked smart micro grid or mini grid interconnected with each other and with district or national grid infrastructure is undoubtedly the best solution for Nigeria and Africa, i.e. enable large scale renewable energy generation at lowest possible system cost with highest maximum efficiency. It means solar and renewable energy are both affordable and easy to access. For the people who need it most.” – Professor Xiongwei Liu, Entrust Microgrid of the Lancaster Environment Centre in the UK.
This longstanding flagship energy event is celebrating 15 successful years of facilitating industry discussions, trade and knowledge sharing and training in the region.
“Future Energy Nigeria, formerly WAPIC, has always been an event by and for the industry,” says Chanelle Hingston, “with high-level engagement across the markets and very practical technical seminars with valuable take-home knowledge to implement at utilities and large power-using industries. Local and international industry suppliers of new technology and services are also able to share their new innovations.”
Future Energy Nigeria enjoys the official support of the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing. Longstanding event partner Jubaili Brothers Engineering has already confirmed its gold sponsorship of the event. This year’s expo will feature some 70+ leading global and local technology and services providers, including country pavilions from South Africa and India.
Future Energy Nigeria is organised by Spintelligent, a multi-award-winning Cape Town-based exhibition and conference producer across the continent in the infrastructure, real estate, energy, mining and agriculture sectors.
Other well-known events by Spintelligent include African Utility Week, Future Energy East Africa (formerly EAPIC), Agritech Expo Zambia, Kenya Mining Forum, Nigeria Mining Week and DRC Mining Week.
Spintelligent is part of the UK-based Clarion Events Group. Future Energy Nigeria is also part of Clarion Energy, which runs over 40 events that cover the oil, gas, power and energy sectors, making it one of Clarion Events’ largest portfolios.