Past event

Energy Cafe: Can the largest African country meet its energy security goal by 2030

Hosted by Zuhumnan Dapel.

According to recent estimates on combating global energy poverty, more than half a billion people will still lack access to electricity by 2030. A relatively significant number of them live in Nigeria.

Nigeria, Africa's biggest country in terms of both economy and population size, is home to more than 200 million people yet, in 2020, 113 million of its inhabitants lived without access to grid electricity. To put this into perspective, the country's installed electricity capacity is at the same level as Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland and a city of roughly half a million people.

Why does Nigeria, home to 400 times more people than Scotland's second-largest city, have such low levels of electricity access, earning it the title of ‘the world's most underpowered country'? What are the prospects and how long will it take the country to plug its energy infrastructure gap?

The Energy Café is an informal, open and inclusive space where people across St Andrews can come together for an hour to share ideas about their energy research. It is intended to encourage collaborations, expand research horizons, and inspire new ideas and questions about issues of energy.

The Energy Café series is now hybrid, hosted in person at the University of St Andrews and streamed online.

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