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Africa Incubator: Renewables (AIR)

On Thursday the 12th of June 2014 the Netherlands-African Business Council is organising an exclusive roundtable on renewable energy opportunities in Africa. The pioneering role of Dutch innovation and Africa related business initiatives will be highlighted.

Relevant business cases will be highlighted to kickstart the discussion on mobilizing the Dutch renewables sector for development cooperation in Africa. Knowledge institutes (TU Delft/TNO/ECN), Governmentbodies (EUIE PDF/RVO/Foreign Affairs) and NGO's (SNV) have been invited to join and to help find answers to critical questions for sector development.  Synergy with like-minded organisations and people will be promoted during the different sessions. 

Roundtable session:

  • Which are the most promising areas/technologies for Dutch businesses/organisations in the field of renewable energy in Africa, and what are the best routes to materialize these opportunities?
  • What bottlenecks can be identified when it comes to developing the renewables sector in Africa? (a.o. Management/Productive employment)
  • What sector strategies can be formulated to overcome these bottlenecks? 
  • I.e. how to improve/kick-start knowledge transfer, investments, and capacity building within the African renewables sector?
  • How to create synergy within the dutch renewables sector focussing on Africa?
  • How to mobilize the Dutch renewables sector in Africa?

Registration is open exlusively to participants from the renewables sector. Attendence is limited to this event. NABC has the right to make a selection amongst those willing to attend. Both NABC members and non-members are welcome.

Additionally, on June 26th, RVO will organise an event on International Organisations. A Roundtable Africa – Renewable Energy will be part of this event and will focus on opportunities via the EU, IFC and AfDB for this sector in Africa. More information via





13.00 – 13.15

 Welcome & introduction round

13.15 – 13.30


 Mathilde Miedema

 Thin film solar technology and biogas/solar socket Africa

13.30 – 13.45

 Energy Indeed

 Mark Meijer

 Positioning of the Dutch PV sector in Africa

13.45 – 14.00


 Tom Mikunda

 Trends and opportunities in multilateral climate funds - Development of a  monitoring framework  for climate investment opportunities

14.00 – 14.15


 Wim van Nes

 Results – based financing in Africa

14.15 – 14.30

 Gpower-Africa Ltd.

 Robert Mutsears

 Kenia: local legislation for the private energy sector and possible  bottlenecks

14.30 – 14.45


 Chandler Hatton

 Biogas in the Netherlands and Tanzania


14.45 – 15.00

 Coffee break



15.00 – 17.00

 Roundtable session



17.00 – 18.00

 Network drinks



Practical information

Date: 12 June 2014

Location: TNO, Schoenmakerstraat 97, 2628 VK Delft

Program: 13h00-17h00

Registration is open exlusively to participants from the renewables sector. Attendence is limited to this event. NABC has the right to make a selection amongst those willing to attend. Both NABC members and non-members are welcome.

Target Group:

  • Circa 30 Participants:
    • 80% private sector
    • 10% Knowledge Institutes
    • 10% NGO & Government bodies

Image source: Mapping Africa's renewable energy resources for solar, wind, biomass and hydroelectric. Source: European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC)



Renewable Energy in Africa

The developing nations of Africa are popular locations for the application of renewable energy technology. Currently, many nations already have small-scale solar, wind, and geothermal devices in operation providing energy to urban and rural populations. These types of energy production are especially useful in remote locations because of the excessive cost of transporting electricity from large-scale power plants. In addition, various large-scale initiatives are initiated such as DESERTEC and the solar intiative in Rwanda by the Entrepreneurial Development Bank (FMO) from the Netherlands.

The application of renewable energy technology has the potential to alleviate many of the problems that face Africans every day, especially if done so in asustainable manner that prioritizes human rights. Access to energy is essential for the reduction of poverty and promotion of economic growth. Communication technologies, education, industrialization, agricultural improvement and expansion of municipal water systems all require abundant, reliable, and cost-effective energy access.


  1.  The Human Development Report 2001, United Nations Development Programme?

Rapport 1: Renewables 2013 Global Status Report

Rapport 2: Solar Energy - Darkest Before the Dawn (McKinsey)

Rapport 3: Rural Electrification with PV Hybrid Systems (IEA)

Rapport 4: Energy Options in Rural Africa - Solar, Diesel vs Grid Extension (IOP)

Powerpoint 1: Energy Options in Rural Africa - Solar, Diesel vs Grid Extension 

Event details

Africa Incubator: Renewables
From June 12, 2014
Till June 12, 2014
NABC events
Delft, Netherlands or
+31 (0)70 304 36 18