Electrifying Africa 讓非洲全面通電



Electrifying Africa 讓非洲全面通電


有關 「Environmentalism 環境保護」 的詞彙


What does an electric vehicle in the savannah help people see?


Sneaking up on a rare black rhino has never been easier. An electric car can negotiate the savannah in silence. But improving the chances of seeing the ‘Big Five'” is just the beginning for the Swedish start-up company that’s set its sights much wider.
偷偷地接近一頭稀有的黑犀牛從來沒有這麼容易過。一輛電動汽車可以無聲無息地駛過大草原。但對於這家將目光投向更廣闊領域的瑞典初創公司來說,提高人們看到 「非洲五霸」 的機會只是一個開始。

Filip Gardler, Opibus co-founder
Safari vehicles was a perfect entry market, more or less, to enter. They had the need of the tourists visiting having high requirements on sustainability.

菲利普‧嘉德勒                    Opibus 創始人

Filip Lovstrom, Opibus co-founder
All across the world, we have 1.1 billion vehicles, so why should we replace all of those with the new electric cars when we instead, can convert them?

菲利普‧勒夫斯特倫            Opibus 聯合創始人

But these are the big prize. Converting Nairobi’s Matatu mass-transport minibuses to electric would have a huge impact… and there’s currently a surplus of electricity here.

But a huge number of Kenyans are not on the national grid and so are turning to small-scale solutions.

Leah pays a dollar a day for her solar system and can now charge her phone, her torch and watch TV. And having light at night means Samuel can do his homework.

That’s what Ethiopia’s trying to do by building this vast dam across the Blue Nile.

And the waters of the Congo River could power Africa. There are multi-billion dollar plans to extend this Inga project, but miles from any industry it will need to build power lines too.

Erik Granskog, renewable energy consultant
So, the future of power in Africa is going to be a patchwork, between residential solar, distributed generation, mini-grids and there will be large hydroelectric dams.

埃裡克‧格蘭斯科格            可再生能源顧問

Small and silent steps could be the best way to electrify Africa. And like mobile phone technology, leapfrog the need for vast power grids spanning the continent.


sustainability 可持續性

convert (使)轉變,改造

surplus 剩餘

small-scale 小規模的

solar system 太陽能發電系統


It helps them see the ‘Big Five’ – lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants and Cape buffalo.