Public Lecture: Lighting up Africa

Public Lecture: Lighting up Africa

Start Date: Wednesday, 21 August, 2019
Time: 17h30 for 18h00
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Venue: Donald Gordon Auditorium, Wits Business School, 2 St David's Place, Parktown

Wits Business School is pleased to invite you to a special public lecture by energy expert Professor Willie Cronje on “lighting up Africa”.  He will address the following questions:

  • What are the fundamental challenges to electrification in Africa?
  • How can mini grids and micro grids change that?
  • How will cheaper solar and other technologies change that?
  • What are the obstacles to the more mature renewable energy technologies?
  • What are likely scenarios and timelines for lighting up Africa?
  • Could mini and micro grids be a game changer for the South African economy? 

Willie Cronje has 30 years’ experience in electrical energy studies: he worked for 14 years at the University of Johannesburg and has been at Wits University for 15 years. His interest is in the use of alternative energy sources and how they might be integrated into existing electrical systems. More recently his interest has grown to include very small grids at neighbourhood and dwelling scale, especially for rural electrification. Of particular interest are regions that have never had access to electricity.
Booking is essential.