Power Africa Initiative inspires US firms to step up and take action in Rapid Growth Economies of Frontier Nations such as South Africa, Tanzania, Nigeria, Liberia, and others.
President Obama gives strong call to action, and US firms such as GE Power & Water and USP&E Global offer energy solutions such as mobile power stations and waste heat recovery solutions.
President Nelson Mandela is nearing the end of his great life now, but once said, “A Vision without action is just a dream.
Action without vision just passes time. A vision with action can change the world.” Over the weekend, President Barack Obama launched a new power Africa initiative while visiting Cape Town University in South Africa.
The President said, “We have got enormous opportunity to unleash the next era of African growth. I see Africa as the world’s next major economic success story and the United States wants to be a partner in that success.” Some innovative firms in the US are doing just this.
For businesses in Africa to join the global economy, power infrastructure must be a priority. In the power generation industry, power output efficiency and cost effectiveness reign supreme.
Finding the perfect balance between needed power and a feasible price for equipment to fit power project requirements is crucial and a large task when it comes to feasibility planning.
USP&E Global, a Celina, Texas based power generation EPC and O&M leader provides technical solutions and answers as well as consulting services, and is a leading expert on projects in Africa.
USP&E partners with other leading US and European firms to maximize power station efficiency, environmental impact, cost effectiveness, and overall customer satisfaction for key businesses and government utility operations in Emerging Markets.
Of these partnerships, USP&E and GE Power & Water have teamed together to offer the GE Clean Cycle power generator to turn “reciprocating engine heat into additional power.
” The GE Clean Cycle option provides a solution for such daunting questions between power and price as it offers a way to turn excess heat into added power using no additional fuel, resulting in zero emissions. The GE Clean Cycle power generator through the help of USP&E’s design, packaging and distribution services, is changing the way African businesses think about waste heat recovery, which is truly revolutionizing the power industry.
U2 frontman and global humanitarian Bono said recently in Washington DC, “Aid is just a stopgap, commerce [and] entrepreneurial capitalism takes more people out of poverty than aid. We need Africa to become an economic powerhouse” (Global Entrepreneurship Week, Georgetown University).
GE Clean Cycle – Free Energy to Fight Poverty and Promote Job Creation
With an increased output of up to 125 kW of electricity, no added fuel, and a 5% increase in efficiency and 10% increase in power generation the GE Clean Cycle power generator makes a real diff.
The versatile application makes it available on new and used reciprocating engines and can even be run on varying heat output levels thanks to the advanced monitoring technology present.
As heat is given off by reciprocating generators in the form of exhaust, the potential for added power is diminished.
However, this loss of power ‘that could be’ has met its match. The GE Clean Cycle power generator application ‘captures energy in the form of heat and converts it into usable energy in the form of electricity.’
This technology, known as Organic Ranking Cycle or ORC, is now available for your power operation to add power at no additional fuel usage, further maximizing your power generation output. ORC, as mentioned, captures heat from exhaust and heat exchangers, in which organic fluid (refrigerant) is then pumped through the exchangers exposing it to heat.
This heat converts the refrigerant to vapor form where it expands across a turbine forcing it to spin. The turbine, which is integrated into a hermetically sealed power module paired with a 125 kW generator, creates the desired electricity, with additional vapor being cooled back into the liquid stage in a condenser repeating the cycle.
Energy that Changes the World
President Obama is on a roll in Africa, and has power infrastructure at the very top of his strategic agenda.
“Access to electricity is fundamental to opportunity in this age. It’s the light that children study by, the energy that allows an idea to be transformed into a real business. It’s the lifeline for families to meet their most basic needs, and it’s the connection that’s needed to plug Africa into the grid of the global economy,” he said Sunday, June 30 from South Africa.
It appears that today, more than ever, what the world most needs from the West is leadership in the way of strategic, aggressive, transparent, sustainable, Entrepreneurship.
USP&E founder and CEO Will Gruver believes that the Frontier Economies in strategic growth markets of Africa will be the epicenter of what will be “the most significant bull market in history.” Perhaps entrepreneurs and businesses in the west need Africa as much as Africa needs them.
NCC Arrests Man for Hacking into DSTV System
Nigeria Copyright Commission (NCC), has arrested one Mr Aliu Olalekan, for allegedly hacking into DSTV system and watching the channels free without subscription.
Mr Matthew Ojo, NCC Director in the Lagos Directorate Office said this while speaking with newsmen in Lagos, on Tuesday.
He said that the suspect used to watch DSTV channels free without subscription on his Android phone via an app which he downloaded on google play store.
“This suspect distributed the know-how to his telegram followers and on his blog with the aim of gaining more followers and viewership on his blog and makes more money through google ad-sense.
“The operation was based on surveillance which had earlier been carried out by the Multi-choice team and verified by a copyright inspector, ” he said.
He added that the arrest was made in collaboration with a team of copyright inspectors led by the Head of Enforcement Department, Mr Charles Amudipe.
Others included; a team from Multichoice Nigeria led by Mr Umar Ibrahim and policemen from Lagos Command Headquarters, Ikeja.
Ojo said that the joint team conducted an anti-piracy operation at the premises of the culprit in Amukoko, Lagos.
According to him, the suspect was contacted on phone by a member of the operation team on the disguise of patronising him. “The suspect came out to meet the caller and in the process of discussion, he was apprehended.
“The suspect took the team to his resident. The squad paraded his one-room apartment and recovered his laptop and phones used in perpetrating the ungodly act. “He was arrested and brought to the copyright commission office for further investigation, ” he said.
Ojo said that, on getting to the commission’s office, the statement of the suspect was taken and the inventory of items seized from him taken. He said that investigation on the matter was still ongoing and if found guilty the suspect will be charged to court.
NCC, Digital Encode Support NITRA Innovative Tech Forum On Post-COVID-19 Strategies
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Nigeria’s telecommunications regulator and Digital Encode, Cybersecurity and Compliance advisory company, have indicated interest to partner with the Nigeria Information Technology Reporters Association (NITRA), the national umbrella body of ICT reporters, as it organizes a forum that will x-ray the industry’s future plans for ICT growth post pandemic era.
The event, slated to hold on October 15, 2020, will seek to discuss the needs for a fortified ICT sector after the COVID-19 era, and the level of preparedness of ICT stakeholders to embrace the challenge of being pivotal to the stability and growth of all other sectors.
A statement from NITRA National Secretariat in Lagos indicates that due to the pandemic and need to observe the COVID-19 protocol on social distancing, the event will be held via a Webinar.
This year’s theme, “Multi-stakeholder Approach To National Recovery Post-Pandemic”, is in line with the annual event’s generic theme, ‘NITRA Innovative Tech Forum’, a contribution by NITRA to the development of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) innovations and policies in Nigeria.
Prof. Umar Danbatta, executive vice chairman, NCC is expected to deliver the keynote speech at the event and will throw more light on Federal Government’s plans, programmes and policies on post-pandemic strategies using ICT.
Dr. Adewale Obadare and Dr. Seyi Akindeinde, founders of Digital Encode, while accepting to support the event expressed their readiness to offer their expertise in Cybersecurity for organisations to prepare against cyber- attacks with the new normal.
They will also highlight areas that are high risks that need fortification in terms of cybersecurity.
Speaking on the event, Mr. Chike Onwuegbuchi, national chairman, NITRA, noted that as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to leave its negative trails across the globe, economic reboot for countries will not only depend on how well they readapt to the new normal, but also more on their recovery plans.
According to him: “While the federal government has consistently expressed its willingness to set all policies in place to engender growth, and accelerated implementation of these policies, private sector firms have also shown great hunger for the task ahead in post-COVID-19 era.
However, the question that needs to be answered is whether all stakeholders are ready for the required task ahead.”
The event will also offer participating companies opportunities to publicize some of their individual efforts at contributing to reacting a soft landing or lifeline for SMEs and other ancillary companies as the pandemic threatens their survival.
Digital Encode is a multi-award winning and leading consulting and integration firm that specializes in the design, management, and security of business-critical networks, telecommunications environments and other Information Technology (IT) infrastructures.
NCC Threatens Illegal Users of GSM Boosters with Arrest, Prosecution
Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) has warned telecom consumers to desist from using illegal GSM boosters.
The commission also said that anyone caught using a GSM booster without obtaining approval of a duly licensed network operator will face arrest and prosecution.
GSM boosters are devices that transmit and receive telecommunications signals and can therefore interfere with other radio frequency equipment.
Ikechukwu Adinde, director, public affairs, NCC, said in a notice published on NCC website, that only licensed network operators are allowed to use GSM boosters.
The booster, also known as amplifier or repeater is made up of three main elements – exterior antenna, amplifier, and interior antenna.
They form a wireless system to boost cellular reception
“Members of the public should note that, willful interference with any wireless telegraphy is an offence under Section 16 of the Telegraphy Act, 2004,”it said
The agency said it will not condone any flagrant breach of this law.
It has also enforced measures to prosecute offenders.
Accordingly, monitoring mechanisms have been put in place and anyone caught using a GSM booster without obtaining approval of a duly licensed network operator will face arrest and prosecution.
“Any member of the public with useful information regarding the illegal use of GSM Boosters should contact the Commission on 09-4617000/7351 or send an email to [email protected],” the notice said.
“Individuals desirous of using GSM Boosters should note that they can only do so in conjunction with licensed network operators,” it added.
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