Promoting Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency in Central Africa: Cameroon Case Study

Joseph Kenfack
National Advanced School of Engineering, Yaounde, Cameroon

Médard Fogue
National Advanced School of Engineering, Yaounde, Cameroon

Oumarou Hamandjoda
National Advanced School of Engineering, Yaounde, Cameroon

Thomas Tamo Tatietse
National Advanced School of Engineering, Yaounde, Cameroon

Ladda ner artikelhttp://dx.doi.org/10.3384/ecp110572602

Ingår i: World Renewable Energy Congress - Sweden; 8-13 May; 2011; Linköping; Sweden

Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings 57:42, s. 2602-2609

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Publicerad: 2011-11-03

ISBN: 978-91-7393-070-3

ISSN: 1650-3686 (tryckt), 1650-3740 (online)


Central Africa owns important renewable energy potential. This important potential is still suffering from poor development. The main cause of the poor use of renewable energy is the poor commitment and dedication of governments who have not taken the necessary measures to boost the sector. Thermal plants are hence among other solutions planned or under construction. The purpose of this paper is among other things aiming at ensuring that the renewable energy resources of Central Africa are known and are subject to be used optimally. The work also shows availability of renewable energy sources and suggests actions to promote and sustain its development. Based on the knowledge of the Central African energy sector; this paper will identify actions for improved access to sustainable; friendly; affordable energy services to users as well as a significant improvement of energy infrastructure in Central Africa and the promotion of renewable energy and energy efficiency. The work will show the potential for solar; biomass and hydro while showing where available the level of development. Then identified obstacles for the promotion of clean energy will be targeted. Finally; suggestions will be made to help the countries develop a vision aiming at developing good clean energy policy to increase the status of renewable energy and better contribute to fight against climate change. Cameroon case study will be examined as illustration. We will use several documents from institutions in the region and abroad; and maps when available.


Renewable energy; Potential; Central Africa; energy policy; Cameroon


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