Many countries are facing a power famine as the demand for electricity grows, but none more so than Africa. Backup diesel generators are relieving a small percentage of the drought within Africa, but without the required funding even backup diesel generators will fail to deliver vital power to the continent.
Currently 25 countries within Africa are plunged into darkness every evening due to the lack of power available to local communities. Even though Africa on the whole is abundant with both fossil fuels and renewables the economical distribution of these sources are far from fair, creating further divisions between the developing areas and those much worse off.
Large global leaders such as America, China and India have invested hundreds of millions into developing accessible energy to the region, but come 2030 the demands are set to sky rocket and the current investments barely touch the surface of the pandemic.
The struggling economy
It becomes a catch 22 for the struggling areas within Africa as the health and industrial sectors are those most effected by the blackouts. Without these industries receiving reliable backup power the struggling economy can not develop the crucial platforms in which they require to grow. Statistics show that the industrial sector is losing 56 days a year through power cuts and an average loss of 6% in revenue. With tariffs high and reliability low many companies invest in backup diesel generators as a source of prime power. For those without a backup generator the loss can be as high as 20%.
There are some big changes happening within the African continent. Large authorities such as the world bank are investing vast amounts of time and money into strategic operations, in the hope to cut back wasteful energy and create new sources of power. Over the next 10 – 15 years the rise in power demand is set to double, how the country balances this demand will determine the fate of the local communities.
One company that has been at the forefront of the developments within Africa is the UK diesel generator manufacturer YorPower. YorPower have been working throughout the African continent for over 27 years providing backup generators to the local market sectors. Ian Thompson managing director explained, that with the national grid in such turmoil the only reliable power source for our African clients are robust backup generators. YorPower have seen first-hand the difference a backup generator can have on an organisation and the benefits of such an investment.
YorPower hold large amounts of stock within many major cities within Africa to ensure we can supply vital power to local communities and organisations. For further information on backup generators please contact us.