Windaba 2023 set to showcase the incredible power of wind energy

As load-shedding continues to blight the country and government looks at strategies to unlock scarce grid capacity, the Windaba 2023 conference is set to challenge the status quo and explore the power of wind, looking beyond the turbine and focusing on wind energy’s contribution to reducing the impact of energy cuts.

Windaba 2023 set to showcase the incredible power of wind energy
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“As South Africa explores ways to mitigate the impact of load-shedding and deliver energy security to all citizens, it is vital that we think innovatively and fully realise the potential of our wind resources as a major contributor to the energy mix and a significant part of the solution to address the energy crisis,” said Niveshen Govender, CEO of the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA).

Windaba is set to be bigger and bolder than ever before, leveraging its status as the must-attend conference and exhibition in the energy sector to attract international experts and local industry leaders.

Delegates will deep-dive into the theme of ‘Beyond the Turbines’, with the ambition to maximise wind energy to mitigate the energy, climate and societal crises that are facing South Africa today.

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Amplifying the traditional focus on turbines and megawatts, the wind conference and exhibition, now in its 12th year, is set to take a holistic view of this dynamic sector, showcasing the impact, innovations and influence that wind energy is having in South Africa and beyond.

“The past 12 months have shown that there are many challenges to be overcome if we are to fully harness wind resources and deliver them to the grid. However, it is also clear that wind projects are delivering more value than just MW [megawatts] to the grid and there is no better time to explore our industry beyond the turbines,” said Govender.

The three-day day conference will focus on topics that will not only highlight the innovations and advances taking place in the sector but also inspire attendees to maximise the impact of renewable energy on our economy while creating a more sustainable society for us all.

Windaba will see stakeholders come together to collaborate on how best wind energy can support government’s objective to end load-shedding and achieve energy security.

A key date in the diary of anyone interested in Africa’s energy transition, the event is set to bring together key players from both the public and private sector. There will be a packed schedule of engaging talks, informative panel discussions and excellent networking opportunities.

“Together we need to think creatively about how we unlock grid capacity and maximise new renewable power generation. A key focus area would be to ensure wind projects are not stymied by insufficient grid capacity and grid optimisation solutions are investigated and employed. Only by working together and being proactive can we address the immediate crisis of load-shedding and develop a secure and sustainable energy grid for the future,” said Govender.

Date: 3-5 October 2023
Venue: Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC 2)
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