July 26, 2021

Africa will be witnessing satellite imaging monitor and predict their electricity consumption

The satellites will be monitoring the utilization of electricity through the Electricity Consumption Prediction service under the e-GUIDE Initiative. This program will be available for electricity consumption prediction through high-resolution imaging and the generalization of data collected historically over time. 

The program will make electricity available to bring closer the achievement of energy satisfaction. Additionally, it will bring financial support to the communities highly affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The e-GUIDE Initiative is a product of the partnership involving the Colorado School of Mines, The Rockefeller Foundation, Carnegie Mellon University, UMass Amherst, and the Rochester Institute of Technology. 

The program will resolve the problem that utility providers, energy experts, power regulators, and researchers are facing. The program aligns supply, demand, and technology through its cashing into the system. 

Mixing datasets and integrating artificial intelligence will reveal the anticipated demand for energy in every sector across Africa. The program will forecast the consumption of energy in regions with confidential or scarce consumption details basing on the consumption data of regions with similar characteristics. 

The pilot program for the project will be initiated in Kenya, Uganda, and finally Rwanda. Simone Fobi of Columbia University will be leading this exploit in partnership with utilities and other electricity providers. Additionally, the Ph.D. student explained that the program would grow to cover small businesses and middle-class businesses, and finally, the whole of Africa before the onset of 2022. 

The Rockefeller Foundation gave its financial support to the e-GUIDE service amid the inception of Joseph Nganga as the senior director for Power & Climate in Africa. The director explained that he aims to uphold the introduction and expansion of renewable energy projects all over the continent. 

Nganga reiterated that electricity is vital to facilitate the devolution of healthcare, education, and other projects that will help the continent adjust to the impacts of the pandemic. He observed that numerous people across the Sub-Saharan region of Africa. 

Nganga outlined that the pandemic has decapitated the economy and made the vulnerable areas suffer abject problems. The Electricity Consumption Prediction will ensure that Africa finds an alternative path to recover from the effects. 

The chief of UMass Amherst Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Jay Taneja, explained that they are pushing every effort and strategy to ensure that this energy program facilitates the transition of the economy from energy insufficiency and underdeveloped infrastructure. It is possible to make Africa a hub of clean energy without standardizing their resources to generate only one source or a few energy sources. 

Finally, the energy consumption prediction program will be crucial in integrating technology and making it applicable to Africa. Taneja explained that they would be developing mini-grids in every remote region to generate electricity for Africans.