Africa is ready to provide enough energy to achieve the most ambitious of goals, and it can do it while maintaining all environmental targets.
We believe careful planning of power systems towards more sustainable and diversified energy supply portfolios can save billions and rapidly reduce CO2 emissions. We create value through our extensive power system knowledge and experience from integrating different generating assets.
On this page, you may find our best materials and proceedings in energising and decarbonising the continent of Africa.
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With more than 650 employees and service hubs located in Kenya, South Africa, Nigeria and Senegal, Wärtsilä is proud to have contributed to many industry firsts. These include Africa’s largest gas engine power plant on the Kribi coast of Cameroon with 216MW capacity, as well as Africa’s highest installation, the 175 MW power plant in Sasolburg, South Africa, sitting at 1,700 meters above sea level.
Another first, the KivuWatt power plant in Rwanda, is the first ever power plant to use the naturally occurring methane from lake Kivu to generate electricity and reduce the environmental risks associated with such high concentrations of gas. Today’s power output is 25 MW but future planned expansions to this project will increase capacity by an additional 75 MW.
The Essakane gold mine in Burkina Faso receives its needed power from Africa’s largest engine-solar PV hybrid power plant delivered by Wärtsilä. Benefits for the mine include reduced fuel costs and a smaller carbon footprint. The capability to control and optimise the usage of the solar PV power and engines enables the gold mine to reduce its fuel consumption by an estimated 6 million litres per year and its annual CO2 emissions by 18,500 tons.
With 450 MW of installed capacity in Senegal, Wärtsilä is the country’s leading provider of power generation equipment. The Matelec company placed an order for the delivery of an energy efficient 130 MW Flexicycle™ power plant. This investment will enable Senegal to achieve its goal of reducing consumer electricity pricing.
This power plant utilises naturally occurring methane gas from Lake Kivu to generate electricity via Wärtsilä 34SG engines. Total output will be 25 MW. By reducing gas levels in the lake while, at the same time, providing additional power generating capacity, both environmental and economic targets can be met. This is the first time that Lake Kivu’s methane gas will be used to fuel a power plant of this size.
In this exclusive webinar on 8 December... Wärtsilä will discuss the methodology and results of their report on Nigeria and required future steps (climate finance, planning, system reforms). Energy Exemplar will then extend on how key topics across Africa, such as market liberalisation, increased interconnection, and hydrogen transition can be studied using their PLEXOS software and African energy market data models.
African countries are amongst the hardest hit by climate change, despite only emitting less than 3% of the world’s energy‐related CO2.
With COP27 taking place in Egypt this year, a global focus is being laid onto this continent and reports on its energy future are increasing. With powerful modelling and simulation tools such as Energy Exemplar’s PLEXOS, scenarios can be modelled to gain a better understanding of what this future could look like.
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The technology group Wärtsilä’s strategy for shaping the decarbonisation of the energy sector is strengthened with the introduction of the company’s Decarbonisation Services business model. The service utilises Wärtsilä’s sophisticated power system modelling and optimisation tools alongside in-house expertise to reduce power system emissions. It also ensures power availability with the lowest levelised cost of electricity. The ultimate aim is to help customers decarbonise their assets.
Initially, the service will focus on existing Wärtsilä customers in the mining and industrial sectors, as well as small-scale power utilities. It is carried out in long-term partnership with the customer and is outcome-based, with Wärtsilä’s success tied to the customer’s gains. Wärtsilä estimates, that its existing customers in the mining and industrial sectors have a carbon reduction potential of 460,000 tonnes per annum with initial optimisation projects.
Announcing the new service concept, Håkan Agnevall, Wärtsilä’s President & CEO said: “The need to address climate change is something we take very seriously, which is why we are utilising our unique capabilities to decarbonise power generation. We are combining our strengths in power systems modelling and energy system optimisation, with our flexible power generation technologies. In so doing, we can optimise overall energy costs and secure uptime and reliability of the power supply, while reducing emissions. Recognising that there is no single solution that suits all applications, we will work closely with each individual customer. Decarbonisation Services is one example of how we continue to move up the service ladder.”
Decarbonisation Services is designed to support customers in identifying and implementing the solutions needed to decarbonise their power systems, taking into consideration their long-term planning and CO2 emission reduction targets. Wärtsilä’s approach to meeting these challenges is holistic, both creating and executing the roadmap to reduce emissions. Power system modelling and dynamic simulations are used to identify the potential and create the decarbonisation roadmap. Implementation of this roadmap is carried out using the GEMS Digital Energy Platform to achieve continuous optimisation of the microgrid and all its assets. For example, fuel conversions, energy storage integration, and adding more renewables into the system can be part of the roadmap.
“We appreciate that customers around the world are working hard to decarbonise their operations. Decarbonisation Services can help speed this process, while ultimately delivering benefits in cost reductions, increased reliability, optimised efficiency, and realisation of their future vision, which is why we are ramping up our support with this new business model,” explained Sushil Purohit, President, Wärtsilä Energy and Executive Vice President at Wärtsilä.
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Image: Wärtsilä’s Decarbonisation Services is designed to support its customers in identifying and implementing the solutions needed to decarbonise their power systems. © Wärtsilä Corporation
Wärtsilä Energy in brief
Wärtsilä Energy leads the transition towards a 100% renewable energy future. We help our customers in decarbonisation by developing market-leading technologies. These cover future-fuel enabled balancing power plants, hybrid solutions, energy storage and optimisation technology, including the GEMS energy management platform. Wärtsilä Energy’s lifecycle services are designed to increase efficiency, promote reliability and guarantee operational performance. Our track record comprises 76 GW of power plant capacity and 110 energy storage systems delivered to 180 countries around the world.
Wärtsilä in brief
Wärtsilä is a global leader in innovative technologies and lifecycle solutions for the marine and energy markets. We emphasise innovation in sustainable technology and services to help our customers continuously improve their environmental and economic performance. Our dedicated and passionate team of 17,000 professionals in more than 200 locations in 68 countries shape the decarbonisation transformation of our industries across the globe. In 2021, Wärtsilä’s net sales totalled EUR 4.8 billion. Wärtsilä is listed on Nasdaq Helsinki.
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