1 October 2016

Algeria Able to Become First Solar Power Supplier to Europe, Africa

Photo: The Namibian
File photo.

Algiers — Algeria has the necessary potential to become the world's first supplier of solar energy-based power to Europe and Africa, international expert affirmed Saturday in Algiers, calling for an Algeria-EU energy partnership to fund this transition recommended in the country's energy model.

Thanks to its thermic solar potential in the Sahara, which equals 10 times the global consumption, should further exploit this comparative advantage to become a major world producer of power, said Gille Bonafi, international consultant and expert at the Intergovernmental Committee of Experts (ICE) of the United Nations during a colloquium on energy transition in Africa.

Algeria, one of the largest solar fields in the world, records an insolation period ranging between 1,700 and 3,900 hours with a 5 KWH minimum received energy per m², the expert said, adding that in Europe, horizontal annual global solar irradiation ranges between 800 KWH/m² and 1,800 KWH/m² only.

"This is to say that Algeria has an extraordinary potential that allows it become the first world producer of solar-based power and supplier to Europe and Africa," he added.

As Algeria is Africa's first natural gas producer and has the 2nd gas reserves in Africa after Nigeria, "its key for the future" consists in the combination between solar and gas energies to produce electricity.


Walter Wants to Flow ... Seeks Algerian Giants MC Alger's Deal

RED-HOT Nkana striker Walter Bwalya has lifted the lid off his latest bit in the transfer sequel saying he wants to… Read more »

Copyright © 2016 Algerie Presse Service. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 600 reports a day from more than 140 news organizations and over 500 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.