1.2 billion people in the world have no access to electricity and another 2.7 billion have very limited access. As a result these people also lack access to basic services, are largely excluded from modern communication and hampered in their ability to escape poverty. LVDC is one of the tools that will enable sustainable electricity access, off-grid, with the help of renewables.
The IEC is driving the development of LVDC, making this technology safe and broadly accessible. Holding this conference in Africa will provide a real understanding of electricity access needs to IEC experts and stakeholders.
There is no doubt that around the world, developing countries are seeking to rapidly scale-up sustainable energy investments. This shift to sustainable energy is driven by a number of considerations, top most being the need to meet the fast growing energy demand. This becomes the driving force for standardization of Low Voltage Direct Current (LVDC).
The objectives of this conference are congruent with the United Nations Framework on Sustainable Development Goals, especially Goal 7, which addresses the issue, “Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.
The LVDC conference at one level will be a thought leadership platform to effectively engage with policymakers and regulators. At another level, it will facilitate technology application and demonstration projects to gain techno-economic information needed to evolve LVDC standards and catalyze the technology’s commercialization.
LVDC has the potential to transform lives by helping millions of people gain access to electricity. Our role as the Kenya Bureau of Standards is to ensure availability of clean energy standards to the Kenyan people in line with internationally accepted standards.
Through this conference, the collaborative work of like-minded organizations and individuals will come together, in an open and neutral environment to build consensus at strategic points in a technology’s lifecycle. This conference also provides us a unique opportunity to leverage both IEC and KEBS resources to produce a variety of shared results.
There are many benefits for standardizing products from the electro-technical industry. The standards have been highly beneficial to the Kenyan economy as well as to the design, construction, procurement, maintenance and operating processes of the electricity industry.
I urge all stakeholders to register and attend the forum. We expect that LVDC will play an essential role in helping governments, industry and societies meet the rapidly increasing needs for energy, but with more efficient ‘green attributes.’ This will go a long way in positively influencing the electrical market development.
I take great pleasure in welcoming all delegates to the conference and assure you of a pleasant stay in Nairobi. Please plan some extra time to enjoy Kenya tourist sites and hospitality.
Stakeholders engaged or interested in electricity access and low voltage direct current (LVDC): Technical experts, government representatives, funding agencies, investors, insurance companies, power utilities, equipment manufacturers and NGOs.
LVDC is an important tool to expand real, reliable access to electricity. This is your opportunity to input your local needs and requirements;hear about economic opportunities linked to LVDC; contribute to the development of key performance and risk assessment indicators that will allow regulators and systems administrators to benchmark LVDC solutions from different vendors and fund and insure LVDC infrastructure.
You will learn what is driving the development of LVDC and what it will take to safely and broadly roll-out this technology; the important role LVDC will play in universal energy access and economic development; use-cases from other countries.