The timing of the first Power-Gen Africa and Renewable Energy World Africa, which took place from 6 to 8 November 2012 in Johannesburg could not have been more favourable as the first contracts between the South African government and independent power producers (IPPs) to add 1400 MW of renewable energy to the national grid were signed during the week of the event.
This underscores the importance and significance of hosting a globally representative power generation exhibition and conference such as Power-Gen Africa and Renewable Energy World Africa. Research conducted on-site at the inaugural Power-Gen Africa and co-located Renewable Energy World Africa underscored the success of the event and revealed interesting insights into the nature and experiences of the visitors and companies that participated. Some 2113 visitors from 63 countries and six continents attended the conference and exhibition, which took place at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg.
A look at visitor demographics reveals an excellent mix of stakeholders, with equipment suppliers accounting for 20% of visitors, electric utilities or power generation companies accounting for 19% and consulting engineers and constructor firms accounting for 18%. Of these attendees, 67% hailed from Africa, 19% from Europe, 7% from Asia, 6% from North America and the balance from the Middle East, South America and Australasia.
The exhibition featured 87 exhibitors from around the world. The majority of exhibitors (81%) participated with a view to establishing new business sales contacts and selling products, and 93% found the event successful in terms of sales and future business. The conference, in turn, featured 94 speakers and received excellent feedback from delegates, who expressed how impressed they were with the quality and depth of the presentations, coupled with the high calibre of local international speakers.
Contact Lee Catania, PennWell Corporation (PowerGen Africa), email@example.com