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Global shift to renewables, but Africa will still lean on fossil fuels for next 10 years

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Fossil fuels could still dominate the continent's energy mix in 2030, research shows. Photo: Getty Images
Fossil fuels could still dominate the continent's energy mix in 2030, research shows. Photo: Getty Images

Africa's energy generation is expected to double by 2030 as it further industrialises, but fossil fuels are expected to dominate electricity production, new research from Oxford University shows.

The study, A machine-learning approach to predicting Africa's electricity mix based on planned power plants and their chances of success, was published in the Nature Energy journal this week.

Through a machine-learning analysis of the continent's 2 500 planned power plants set to come online over the next few years, the study predicted energy demand on the continent would grow but fossil fuels would account for two-thirds of energy generation, this had implications for climate change effects globally.

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