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2017 IEEE PES PowerAfrica Conference | 27-30 June Accra, Ghana

Meet researchers, executives, industry leaders, regulators, investors, and participants from ICT, energy, power & utility industries

Welcome to the 2017 IEEE PES PowerAfrica Conference coming to Accra, Ghana, June 27-30, 2017. IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES) offers this premier international forum on advances in the development and deployment of technologies and business models that are realizing Africa’s energy future. PES provides the world’s largest forum for sharing the latest in technological developments in the electric power industry, among other things. This year’s conference will emphasize the emerging opportunities to leverage ICT to build solutions for both on-grid and off-grid systems across the continent that are economically, environmentally, and socially sustainable. The role of current and future regulations, investment frameworks and policies will also be addressed.

Why Attend?

The IEEE PES organization brings together more than 14,000 people all over the world for their annual T&D shows and 3,000 people for General Meetings in North America. By attending the PowerAfrica Conference, you will be able to:

  • Share technical experiences with experts in industry & research
  • Publish a paper in the world-acclaimed IEEE Xplore
  • Participate in a forum with the African academia, businesses and regulators to discuss best practices to support the electrification of Africa
  • Network with leading practitioners in ICT and Electrification
  • Connect with students, industry leaders, investors and regulators
  • Stay up-to-date with latest advances in ICT and energy industries

PowerAfrica 2017 Accra, Ghana will be a platform for participants from academia, telecommunication companies, technology companies, electric utilities and the entire energy industry to discuss experiences, best practices and associated technical developments that can be applied towards the electrification of Africa, enabling socio-economic development. Power delivery regulations, investments, and policies will also be addressed. The technical program is designed to highlight innovations and challenges facing the power and energy industry in Africa. The Conference will provide attendees with practical, solution-oriented topics, including case studies and lessons learned, via a diversified technical program consisting of tutorials/workshops, keynote/plenary speeches, poster and oral presentations. 

The conference theme covers African applications or relevant international experience in the following four key topic areas:

Tapping Emerging Generation & Storage:

  • Solar, wind, geothermal, biomass, hydro, and waste
  • Energy Storage: technologies and systems
  • Technical and business design of hybrid systems
  • Grid integration and grid code for renewables

Designing Micro-Grids and Revamping Utility Systems:

  • Reliability, Communications, and Security
  • Integrating, Controlling, and Monitoring multiple microgrids
  • Technical and business design of wire systems
  • Considerations for off-grid and grid connected systems
  • Integrating, controlling & monitoring multiple microgrids

Building Sustainable Systems for Customers and Sectors:

  • Effects of electrification: Environmental, economic, and social
  • Local Growth: skills, jobs, investors, and lenders
  • Financial Examples: options for financial instruments, investor/lender arrangements
  • Tariff design, regulation, and the role of global institutions

Leveraging ICT for Power Delivery and Electrification:

  • Smart monitoring, metering, and control
  • Maintenance and payment for on and off-grid systems
  • Data analytics: customer analysis, equipment maintenance, and finance
  • Cybersecurity, privacy, and data protection


Conference Paper Submission Requirements:

Full papers (6 pages) must be submitted to the online submission and review site. A link to the submission site will be available from the 2017 IEEE PES PowerAfrica Conference home page. If accepted after peer review and revision, papers will be archived in the IEEE Xplore Digital Library and presented in the Conference.

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