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weelectrify.Africa is developing and operating wind farms for emerging countries in North and West Africa. Our business model is based on the continued operation of high-quality, robust and revamped wind turbines from Central Europe.

Michael Krake, Ministerialdirigent www.bmz.de
Sean Conway www.seanconway.com

Growing up in Africa I saw first-hand how little renewable energy is being utilised, and this is almost entirely down to Africa not having the buying power to get new technology. This is why Weelectrify is playing such an important role in delivering affordable renewable energy to countries that need it the most.

Abouts Us

Our expertise is based on knowledge about the special needs of emerging countries with fast growing electricity demand. Our projects are specially tailored to regions that in parallel offer high wind speeds.

By constantly developing renewable energy sources, we slow down the expansion of fossil fuels and actively contribute to climate protection.

New horizons

The founders of weelectrify.Africa operate in the field of sustainability, renewable energies and wind farm development. Next to Germany and Central Europe, the focus has always been on Middle East and North Africa.

Due to approval backlogs in Germany, we have been looking for ways to overcome the situation and to remain actively involved into climate protection and the expansion of renewables.

At the same time, we wanted to shape and launch new attractive business models to support Africa in achieving “green” economic growth by using renewable energies.

Within the Green New Deal between Europe and Africa our business contributes momentum to the European energy transition.

Business Model

weelectrify.Africa develops wind farms that are specifically tailored to the needs of the population in North and West Africa. Compared to highly industrialized countries, the lower purchasing power and weaker infrastructure play a major role.

In order to produce affordable electricity, our wind farms are designed with reconditioned pre-owned turbines from repowering programs in Europe.

These turbines of the ‘early years’ are extremely robust, resistant and durable. They are therefore particularly suitable for our sites near the Sahara.

In order to ensure secure operation, weelectrify.Africa uses a specially developed maintenance concept including monitoring and spare-part management far away from any high-tech infrastructure.

Strategy

Special know-how is essential to operate used wind turbines at locations with low infrastructure. This refers above all to the careful selection of sites, suitable equipment and tailored maintenance concepts.

Location

The sites are carefully selected and in cooperation with local authorities. The focus is on reliable power-generation and social compatibility with local value creation.

Analysis

The selected sites are examined in detail by studies and measurement campaigns. Moreover all parameters that are characteristic for the countries along the desert with their harsh environmental conditions will be taken into account. This is a core competence of weelectrify.Africa.

Turbines

At the same time, the units to be dismantled in Central Europe are subjected to intensive inspection and maintenance by the manufacturer. After a technical evaluation, the suitable plants are approved for export to Africa.

Well-maintained, robust wind turbines of the early years are designed for more than 25 years of operation.
In fact they are usually replaced by more efficient models after 15 - 18 years (repowering)
Dismantled units at inland locations often only experienced 30 - 50% of their design loads.
These turbines can still be operated at suitable locations in Africa producing electricity for another 15-20 years.

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Mauritania

The north of Mauritania offers excellent wind conditions for wind farming. Along the scarcely inhabited coast and inlands, conditions are good for a yearly production of many billions of kilowatt-hours. Electricity is mainly consumed in nearby iron ore mines and in neighboring Senegal. weelectrify.Africa is also committed to education, gender equality and economic development in this country between the desert and Sub-Saharan Africa.

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    Administration
    Government Unitary semi-presidential Islamic republic
    President Mohamed Ould El-Ghazouani
    Prime Minister Mohamed Ould Bilal
    Legislature National Assembly
    Demonym Mauritanian
    Independence 1960
    National holiday Nov 28
    Demography
    Population 4,301,000
    Density 3.6 / km²
    Demog. growth 2.14%
    Life expectation 63
    Urbanisation 60.4
    HDI 0.513
    UN education index 0.401
    Geography
    Area in Km² 1,030,700
    Time zone UTC (GMT)
    Capital Nouakchott
    Languages Arab, French
    mean temperature 27 - 42 °C
    Economy
    GDP 2016 USD 4.17 bln
    GDP/capita 2016 USD 1,243
    Econ. Growth (2018) 3.6%
    Currency Ouguiya
    OECD Risk class 7
    Prime Lending Rate 17%
    Euler Hermes class D4
    Source 2018 and 2019 : OECD, EulerHermes, BTI, Word Bank; Data without liability

Morocco

Morocco is a pioneer of renewable energy in Africa. With its direct connection to high-voltage power lines to Europe, the country has many cooperative ventures in the field of solar and PV power plants. Since Morocco has only small oil and gas reserves, the government is pursuing the expansion of renewable energies with great effort. weelectrify.Africa intends particularly to leverage the untapped wind power potential and make it available to the country.

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    Administration
    Government Unitary parliamentary constitutional monarchy
    Sovereign King Mohammed VI
    Prime Minister Saâdeddine El Othmani
    Legislature Parliament
    Demonym Moroccan
    Independence 1956
    National holiday November 18
    Demography
    Population 34,314,130
    Density 77 / km²
    Demog. growth 0.95%
    Life expectation 75.5
    Urbanisation 60.7
    HDI 0.647
    UN education index 0.542
    Geography
    Area in Km² 446,550
    Time zone UTC +1 (CET)
    Capital Rabat
    Languages Arab, French, Berber
    mean temperature 17 - 36 °C
    Economy
    GDP 2016 USD 110 bln
    GDP/capita 2016 USD 3,151
    Econ. Growth (2018) 2.95%
    Currency Moroccan dirham
    OECD Risk class 3
    Prime Lending Rate 5.10%
    Euler Hermes class B2
    Source 2018 and 2019 : OECD, EulerHermes, BTI, Word Bank; Data without liability

Algeria

Algeria is by area the largest country on the African continent and has one of the biggest oil and gas reserves in Africa. Nevertheless, the government is increasingly focusing on renewable energy sources in order to preserve its own fossil resources and to lead the country into a low-carbon future. Algeria is also regarded as a promising candidate to support the energy transition in Europe due to its enormous territory and space for renewable energy plants. weelectrify.Africa has an excellent network in Algeria and uses these connections to build up wind power projects right in the centre of the country.

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    Administration
    Government Unitary semi-presidential constitutional republic
    President Abdelmadjid Tebboune
    Prime Minister Abdelaziz Djerad
    Legislature Parliament
    Demonym Algerian
    Independence 1962
    National holiday November 1st
    Demography
    Population 42,200,000
    Density 18 / km²
    Demog. growth 1.63%
    Life expectation 75.9
    Urbanisation 71.3
    HDI 0.745
    UN education index 0.695
    Geography
    Area in Km² 2,381,741
    Time zone UTC +1 (CET)
    Capital Algier
    Languages Arab, French, Berber
    mean temperature 15 - 43 °C
    Economy
    GDP 2016 USD 188.3 bln
    GDP/capita 2016 USD 4,123
    Econ. Growth (2018) 2.10%
    Currency Algerian Dinar
    OECD Risk class 4
    Prime Lending Rate 8.00%
    Euler Hermes class C4
    Source 2018 and 2019 : OECD, EulerHermes, BTI, Word Bank; Data without liability

Tunisia

Tunisia aims to make several energy-intensive industries CO2-neutral. To this end, a wind farm shall be built, connected to the national grid and supply these industries with green electricity. In Tunisia the inland area consists of desert with some very good wind spots.

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    Administration
    Government Unitary semi-presidential republic
    President Kais Saied
    Prime Minister Elyes Fakhfakh
    Legislature Assembly of the Representatives of the People
    Demonym Tunisian
    Independence 1956
    National holiday March 20
    Demography
    Population 11,551,400
    Density 71 / km²
    Demog. growth 0.95%
    Life expectation 75.5
    Urbanisation 67
    HDI 0.725
    UN education index 0.685
    Geography
    Area in Km² 163,610
    Time zone UTC +1 (CET)
    Capital Tunis
    Languages Arab, French
    mean temperature 14 - 37 °C
    Economy
    GDP 2016 USD 41.9 bln
    GDP/capita 2016 USD 3,730
    Econ. Growth (2018) 2.51%
    Currency Tunisian Dinar
    OECD Risk class 5
    Prime Lending Rate 7.75%
    Euler Hermes class C4
    Source 2018 and 2019 : OECD, EulerHermes, BTI, Word Bank; Data without liability

Senegal

The economic growth of Senegal is enormous, and the country has also identified the great potential of green and sustainable electricity. The demand for electricity is constantly rising and is increasingly being fed from renewable sources. weelectrify.Africa negotiates electricity supply contracts from neighboring countries to the booming regions around Dakar.

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    Administration
    Government Unitary presidential republic
    President Macky Sall
    Prime Minister function abolished
    Legislature National Assembly
    Demonym Senegalese
    Independence 1960
    National holiday April 4
    Demography
    Population 15,854,323
    Density 69 / km²
    Demog. growth 2.36%
    Life expectation 67.2
    Urbanisation 47.2
    HDI 0.514
    UN education index 0.355
    Geography
    Area in Km² 196,712
    Time zone UTC (GMT)
    Capital Dakar
    Languages French, Wolof, Pular, Serer
    mean temperature 22 - 33 °C
    Economy
    GDP 2016 USD 24.24 bln
    GDP/capita 2016 USD 1,485
    Econ. Growth (2018) 6.77%
    Currency West African CFA franc
    OECD Risk class 5
    Prime Lending Rate 5.30%
    Euler Hermes class C2
    Source 2018 and 2019 : OECD, EulerHermes, BTI, Word Bank; Data without liability

The Facts

Some of the countries around the Sahara offer excellent locations for the construction and operation of wind farms. The barren desert landscape requires cautious planning. The sparsely populated areas, in return, simplify the approval process.

In the eastern Sahara, numerous wind farms have already been implemented in Egypt. In Morocco, the capacity of wind farms in operation is well above 1 GW. In the western part of the Sahara, Mauritania is discovering wind power. After several smaller plants, Mauritanians connected a wind farm with 30 MW to the national grid in 2017 and are currently putting another 100 MW into operation. At the same time, the expansion of electricity highways along the African west coast is further progressing and transporting electricity to the centres of consumption.

The coloured graphics show the wind potential in the countries of North and West Africa where weelectrify.Africa is active. Especially Algeria, Morocco and Mauritania have put the expansion of wind power on their agenda. Senegal and Tunisia also have some favourable locations.

In these countries, weelectrify.Africa will develop wind farms.