This special interest group is for professionals to connect and discuss all types of carbon-free power alternatives, including nuclear, renewable, tidal and more.

Post

Atoms for electricity generation in Africa: Analysis of factors affecting the continent's readiness

image credit: South Africa's Koeberg Nuclear Power Plant is the only plant in African continent (Fair use).
Bob Meinetz's picture
Nuclear Power Policy Activist Independent

I am a passionate advocate for the environment and nuclear energy. With the threat of climate change, I’ve embarked on a mission to help overcome the fears of nuclear energy. I’ve been active in...

  • Member since 2018
  • 6,657 items added with 173,135 views
  • Jan 14, 2022
  • 175 views

"Highlights:

Your access to Member Features is limited.

  • Nuclear energy is an alternative for meeting the energy needs of the people.
  • An estimated 600 million people in Africa are without access to electricity.
  • Some African countries have expressed their interest in nuclear power development
  • This study used SWOT analysis to assess the continent's readiness for nuclear power.
  • Public education will be key for the social acceptance of the technology among the people.

Results from the analysis indicates that factors such as availability of uranium, clean technology among others are strengths for its development in Africa. However, issues such as negative public perception, lack of financing etc. are serious issues that could hinder the development and implementation of nuclear technological applications on the African continent."

Read more...

Bob Meinetz's picture
Thank Bob for the Post!
Energy Central contributors share their experience and insights for the benefit of other Members (like you). Please show them your appreciation by leaving a comment, 'liking' this post, or following this Member.
More posts from this member
Discussions
Spell checking: Press the CTRL or COMMAND key then click on the underlined misspelled word.
Matt Chester's picture
Matt Chester on Jan 14, 2022

I'm also curious about the general utility sector workforce for on-site power plants-- presumably if there aren't nuclear plants in the area then there aren't readily available nuclear engineers to fill those roles. How is educating and training such experts in the region going to be part of the plan? 

Bob Meinetz's picture
Bob Meinetz on Jan 14, 2022

Matt, you might be surprised to learn there are very few nuclear engineers on staff at nuclear power plants. Though most operators have a college degree, training is primarily on the job (control systems are designed to shut reactors down in case of stupid mistakes, and even sabotage).

For major maintenance events and refueling, specialized technicians show up for a week or two, then go away.

Get Published - Build a Following

The Energy Central Power Industry Network is based on one core idea - power industry professionals helping each other and advancing the industry by sharing and learning from each other.

If you have an experience or insight to share or have learned something from a conference or seminar, your peers and colleagues on Energy Central want to hear about it. It's also easy to share a link to an article you've liked or an industry resource that you think would be helpful.

                 Learn more about posting on Energy Central »