Renewable Energy Must Lead Power Sufficiency In Africa - Dr. Adebayor

An associate professor at the Department of Mechanical and Production Engineering of Vaasa University of Applied Sciences, Finland, Dr. Adebayo Agbejule, has indicated that the reliability of the sun and the heavy tides of the wind in Africa should make Africa self-sufficient in power generation.
Dr. Agbejule at a seminar organised at Accra Technical University to converse on new developments in renewable energy technology in Africa, added that countries in West Africa especially Ghana are blessed with a lot of renewable energy sources like thermal, solar and biotechnology which have the potential of complementing Africa’s power generation if leveraged to the fullest.
“Renewable energy sources like solar and thermal come at a low cost and should be exploited. Fortunately for countries in West Africa, like Ghana, there is availability of these sources and if exploited properly, the energy sufficiency of the country can be complemented if these sources are well exploited”, Dr. Agbejule reiterated.
Energy sufficiency has been a challenge for most growing economies in Africa over the past decade. The reliance on traditional sources of power (hydro) has neglected the underlining concerns population growth and the lack of energy data possess to Africa’s current power problems.
In his remark, the acting Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean, Faculty of Engineering, Professor Amevi Acakpovi suggested that the greatest hinderance to businesses in this millennium is the lack of stable power supply.
Professor Acakpovi encouraged policy makers and energy experts to begin to work assiduously at adding to the national grid, kilowatts of power from economically prudent sources of renewable energy that can be sustained over a long period of time.
The seminar comes on the heels of a memorandum of understanding consummated between Accra Technical University and Vaasa University of Applied Sciences, Finland, to begin running a programme in Master of Engineering in Project Management.