Abram Marema

Candidate researcher

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Energy technologies that can be considered for economic diversification of coal-dependent regions: a focus on the energy sector in Mpumalanga

The energy economy in South Africa is currently dominated by coal. Heavy reliance on a single source of energy can be problematic for a country’s economy.

The Mpumalanga province houses a significant portion of coal-fired power stations and is considered the largest coal-dependent region in South Africa. Therefore, there is a need for energy diversification to reduce the region’s heavy reliance on coal.

This study adopts a literature review, in addition to consultations with affected and interested stakeholders, to map out alternative energy sources that can be explored and adopted to diversify the energy economy in Mpumalanga.

CSIR emerging researcher Abram Marema