30 Nov '14, 10am

UNEP/@theGEF support E. African countries 2 benefit from hydroelectric & geothermal potential

Accessible, affordable and reliable energy resource is a driver for socio economic development. However, Africa continues to face challenges related to its energy sector mainly due to lack of access to modern energy services (rural areas), poor infrastructure, low purchasing, low investment and over dependence on biomass to meet basic energy needs. African countries that are located along the East African Rift System (EARS) have the largest hydroelectric and geothermal potentials of the continent. EARS is one of the major tectonic structures of the earth where the heat energy of the interior of the earth escapes to the surface. This heat energy flow takes place in the form of volcanic eruptions, earthquakes and the upward transport of heat by hot springs and natural vapor emissions. The EARS extends for about 6500 km from the Middle East (Dead Sea-Jordan Valley) in the Nor...

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