Energy & Power

Here are some of the most interesting business ideas in Africa’s vast Energy & Power market

How A Frustrating Experience Inspired This Entrepreneur To Start A Solar Company in Tanzania

Richard Awuor had a remarkable career in the corporate world. But a frustrating experience at a Tanzanian airport in 2014 sparked an overwhelming idea and interest that led him off the corporate track into entrepreneurship. Richard has joined Africa’s growing army of solar entrepreneurs who are using Africa’s abundant supply of clean, free and renewable [...]

By | March 13th, 2017|Business ideas, Energy & Power, Get Inspired!|

Making Charcoal from Human Waste — An Interesting African Solution to an African Problem

Sanitation and cooking fuels are two of Africa's biggest problems. What we haven't realised is one of them is a solution for the other. I'll tell you how. Many of Africa's big cities have a bad reputation for poor waste management. Due to unregulated dumps and improper drainage and sewage systems, collected human waste is [...]

Impressive! This 10-Apartment Block in Nigeria Runs Exclusively on a Hybrid of Solar and Wind Power

Across Africa, there is still some skepticism about solar power and renewable energy in general. Some tend to believe solar power can only provide 'backup' power and may not be able to provide an all-day reliable supply of electricity. Sulaiman Yusuf is a renewable energy entrepreneur and real estate property developer in Abuja (Nigeria's capital city) [...]

By | November 17th, 2016|Business ideas, Energy & Power, Get Inspired!, Videos|

Wonderful! Meet the cooking stove that runs 100 percent on Solar Energy

Fire Solutions, a small business in South Africa and its technical partners, GoSol of Finland have created an amazing prototype of a solar cooking stove that generates a tremendous amount of heat from the sun to cook, bake and heat food. Many parts of Africa enjoy more than 300 days of free and abundant sunlight. [...]

By | July 21st, 2016|Energy & Power, Environment & Green, Get Inspired!, Videos|

Let There Be Light! Meet The Top 11 Solar Businesses That Are Lighting Up Africa in 2016

Photo credit: Africa Business Magazine 2016 will always be fondly remembered in history as the year Africa’s prospects for greater access to electricity took a huge leap. Early this year, the US Congress passed the Electrify Africa Act. This transformative law, which seeks to address the massive shortage of electricity in many parts of sub-Saharan [...]

By | February 29th, 2016|Energy & Power, Get Inspired!|

Biodiesel – How To Start A Business That Converts Used Cooking Vegetable Oil Into Diesel Fuel, And Get Paid For It!

Everyday, millions of litres of used cooking vegetable oil are wasted and flushed down the sink in home kitchens, restaurants and hotels around the world. What a waste! Especially as all that used oil can easily be converted into biodiesel, a fuel just like ordinary diesel, that could power trucks and machinery. Biodiesel is a [...]

By | July 25th, 2015|Business ideas, Energy & Power|

Biogas – How This Common but Underexplored Cooking Fuel is Changing Lives in Africa

The potential of biogas in Africa is huge. You'll surely learn a lot of interesting stuff about this amazing fuel of the future. Recent studies estimate that over 80 percent of African households (especially in rural areas) still depend on firewood and charcoal for cooking their daily meals. For those who can afford it, kerosene [...]

By | March 2nd, 2014|Business ideas, Energy & Power|

Oil and Gas Demand in Africa – A Booming Business Opportunity for Entrepreneurs

Interested in the oil and gas business in Africa? You're about to learn some great stuff! I finally decided to write an article about the oil and gas business after a couple of requests from some of our readers; especially from Nigeria. The interest in oil is hardly surprising given that it’s a multi-billion dollar business opportunity [...]

By | January 21st, 2014|Business ideas, Energy & Power|

Africa’s addiction to charcoal – everything you need to know about this billion-dollar business!

Want to understand the nature and potential of the charcoal business in Africa? This is one of the most detailed articles you'll ever find on this subject. As global crude oil prices continue to rise, kerosene and cooking gas have become expensive and unaffordable for many ordinary people in developing countries. For millions of Africans who [...]

By | September 15th, 2013|Business ideas, Energy & Power|

Patrick Ngowi – The young entrepreneur who built a multi-million dollar business from solar energy

Patrick Ngowi showed the signs of entrepreneurship early in life. From supplying mobile call credit to local vendors in his home country, Tanzania, Patrick became an importer and dealer in cheap mobile phones which he mostly sold to rural people. Noticing that many of his customers had no electricity to charge their phone batteries, Patrick saw [...]

By | August 1st, 2013|Energy & Power, Environment & Green, Get Inspired!|