The 2020 RENPOWER Africa Renewables & Mining – Online Conference: 26 – 27 August 2020 (14:00 – 17:15 hrs South Africa Time Zone).

Scalability of renewables in mining – the idea of integrating renewable energy generation – solar, wind, biomass, thermal, hydro – in mining operations has become more evident as the costs of these technologies continue to decrease countering the climb of demand for cleaner solutions to reduce carbon emissions in this sector. The African continent is not the exception as mining activities are high across the continent.

Powering mines with renewable energy sources represent economic and environmental benefits which cannot be overseen by investors and governments. Mining activities consume about 6.2% of the total global energy and 48% of energy in South Africa, alone. Reliable and cost-effective energy continues to be a challenge for the mining sector to thrive as load shedding and unavailable power infrastructure are some of the hurdles that prevent productivity.

As a response, Independent Power Producers (IPPs) are offering solutions with greater flexibility responding to the fast-evolving market. More than a dozen projects were announced or commissioned in the last year where mining companies integrate renewable energy to power their activities, putting approximately 1,500 MW for power self-generation in the pipelines.

However, one of the questions of actuality remains as the global economy recovers from the Covid-19 pandemic and how this crisis will catalyze changes in the mining sector seeking new opportunities to improve operations and increase productivity.

This unique live stream event will provide two days (for 3 hours each day) of expert panel sessions and gather representatives from the private sector, associations and governments. More than 20 experts will share their knowledge and discuss the way ahead, challenges and significant benefits associated with the use of renewable energy in the Africa mining sector in a post Covid-19 recovery stage.

Although the conference covers renewable energy and mining, the scope of companies that attend these events is wide i.e: law firms, banks, consulting firms, utility companies, project developers, engineering/construction, venture capital and a whole lot more.

Registration information can be accessed here