Let’s face it, a future of renewable energy sources will hugely impact the incomes of not just the world’s biggest economies, but will also have a drastic effect on the African Market, which it’s biggest economies rely heavily on incomes realized from trades in hydrocarbons; the leading contributor of toxic wastes into the environment. It is important to predict and act on Africa’s position in a clean energy based future.
As developed nations already have diverse income streams, Africa is dazed with bigger challenges as they not only have to adjust to diversify income but also deal with the sophisticated process of migrating infrastructures to clean energy.
However, getting it right in Africa required just one thing: Engaging the right human resources. While this sounds easy, it has been the basis of the African problem. Blessed with vast natural resources, engaging the right personnel to manage and utilize the resources to utmost usefulness has been a stumbling block to the continent’s progress.
Africa currently accounts for 23% of world Uranium supply, while also accounting for 10% of world’s oil production. Yet, the continent ranks the least in implementation of clean energy innovations. With this metric, we can predict that Africa holds the potential to be one of the leaders of the walk towards cleaner energy.
AFRICA’S POSITION IN A CLEAN ENERGY BASED FUTURE
The continent must learn from the mistakes of the oil and gas sector; the mismanagement, gross corruption, unequal wealth distribution, environmental damages and societal crisis. The oil boom came with no corresponding education of the people. The lack of proper education led to blessings that came with the oil boom to turn to curses for the indigenous people. All these in turn led to little development in the midst of huge gains realized by the continent from oil and gas trades.
A Uranium boom will surely put the continent in the spotlight again as mineral explorations will rise in the coming years as interests in renewable energy intensifies.
A DIFFERENT APPROACH TO THE PROBLEM OF UNSTABLE POWER SUPPLY
Adoption of renewable energy will also present the continent with another opportunity to finally resolve the problem of unstable power supply; A major deterrent to industrial development. Nuclear power plants powered with domestically sourced uranium specifically ran and manned by the right specialists will finally see the lights shine on Africa when viewed from the orbit.
AN EFFECTIVE TACKLE TO THE PROBLEM OF ELECTRIC VEHICLE IN AFRICA
In one of our posts, we had talked about the many challenges of self-driving in Nigeria, with the success of a Uranium boom and the innovations that will come with it, we will see increased adoption of electric vehicles across the continent. A stable electricity will also motivate the indigenous auto industry to migrate to production of electric vehicles.
Africa must do more to position Herself in the Renewable Energy based future by taking proactive measures today. Employing the right personnel, impacting the right orientation on the populace and ensuring that the environment is protected are a few of these measures. With this, the continent can secure a bright spot in a clean energy based future.Follow The Futurist For More