With the Middle East Energy Exhibition and Conference set to host 20,000 visitors and 800+ international exhibitors representing 170 countries, key players in Kenya’s energy industry will be following keenly to see the key developments and likely trends that will shape the country’s energy sector in the near and long-term future.
Organized by Informa Markets, the global exhibition and conference are designed to link buyers and sellers from different countries who will get to explore the latest advancements in energy products and solutions, at a time the world is looking at alternative sources of energy.
Kenya will especially be invested in conversations around energy transition as the country has been rapidly adopting renewable and sustainable energy in the past few years. Aiming to become an industrialized nation by 2030, the country has made great strides in the adoption of wind and solar energy with discussion around green hydrogen quickly picking up. As such, Kenyan representatives will gain from discussions focused on climate-smart solutions, renewable and clean energy, and smart-energy consumption and management tools.
According to the World Bank, Kenya has the highest electricity access rate in the East African Region at 75 percent drawn from both on-grid and off-grid sources and distributed by the Kenya Power and Lighting Company (KPLC). However, in the past few months, reports have shown that the national distributor’s facilities have often been overstretched, straining its ability to adequately meet all the energy needs of Kenyans. This, coupled with the fact that most electricity in Kenya is hydro-generated calls for fast adoption of sustainable energy solutions.
So far, Kenya has made extensive strides in the use of solar energy. As of 2021, approximately 200,000 rural homes in Kenya had been equipped with solar home systems with the country selling between 25,000 and 30,000 photovoltaic modules each year. However, more remains to be done to ensure that Kenya has a just energy transition that supports the socio-economic growth of its people in a sustainable manner, which will require the adoption of smart and renewable energy tools.
To further strengthen the ties with the East African community and feature feasible solutions to adapt in the energy market, Middle East Energy 2023 will feature a focused fire-side chat to explore how East Africa is rapidly emerging as a renewable energy superpower in Africa, building up capacities and plans and projects to reach 100% clean energy. The session will be led by Raphael Mworia, Commercial Director, KETRACO – Kenya Electricity Transmission Company Ltd.
Given that Middle East Energy is bringing together experts who will showcase not only the present but the future inventions in the energy sector, Kenya has an opportunity to access and deploy inventions that will shift energy consumption and inventions in the country. Further, the exhibition also presents an opportunity for Kenya to showcase its plans and innovations and benchmark with similar innovations from other countries.
The 2023 Middle East Energy Exhibition and Conference will be happening at the Dubai World Trade Centre, UAE between the 7th – 9th of March 2023. Registration is open at www.middleeast-energy.com.