Sep 18 2009

Beyond Africa’s national electricity grids

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Lacking the billions of dollars necessary to expand creaky national electricity grids and build large power plants, Africa’s political and economic leaders are experimenting with alternatives. Electricity is increasingly being generated by microdams, solar cells, and microturbines.

Is the next big thing in Africa, technologically-speaking, off-grid electricity?

I give a tentative “yes” answer to this question in the new issue of Technology Review, under the hopeful headline of “Giving up on Grids.”

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