Malawi https://constructafrica.com/ en 3D printing technology deployed to build affordable housing and schools in Malawi https://constructafrica.com/news/3d-printing-technology-deployed-build-affordable-housing-and-schools-malawi <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">3D printing technology deployed to build affordable housing and schools in Malawi</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/4" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Staff Writer</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Sat, 12/19/2020 - 11:55</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/news_image_full_width/public/2020-12/14Trees-3D-front-min-scaled-min.jpg?itok=L2teU-zX" width="730" height="450" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-news-image-full-width" /> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>14Trees, a joint venture between Swiss building materials company LafargeHolcim&nbsp;and UK development financier CDC Group, is deploying 3D printing technology&nbsp;to build affordable and low-carbon housing and schools in Malawi.&nbsp;</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-news-contents field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>With its record speed of construction and optimised material use, this technology reduces the carbon footprint for building new homes by up to 70%. Pioneering this technology in schools for the first time, 14Trees aims to address the country’s chronic infrastructure shortage while creating skilled local jobs.</p> <p>Miljan Gutovic, Region Head Middle East Africa and LafargeHolcim Executive Committee member, said: “I am very excited about the work of our joint venture 14Trees, innovating in 3D printing technology to accelerate affordable and sustainable building, from homes to schools. This is a great example of our commitment to build for people and the planet. Starting in Malawi, we will deploy this technology across the broader region with projects already in the pipeline in Kenya and Zimbabwe.”</p> <p>Tenbite Ermias, Managing Director, Africa, at CDC said:&nbsp;“The rollout of 14Trees’ world-class, cutting-edge technology is going to have a tremendous developmental impact on Malawi and the wider region. It is a wonderful example of how we are investing in businesses that can support the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.”</p> <p>Using proprietary LafargeHolcim ink, this innovative 3D printing process will significantly reduce the time and cost of building housing and schools in Malawi. UNICEF estimates a shortage of 36,000 classrooms in Malawi which would take 70 years to build using conventional methods. According to 14Trees, this infrastructure gap could be bridged in just ten years using 3D printing. Partnering with a range of NGOs, 14Trees is committed to solving this chronic shortage at scale, starting with families and communities most in need.</p> <p>These projects will sustain skilled job creation with the hiring and development of local experts from 3D machine operators to material specialists working hand in hand with local builders for carpentry, roofing and painting.</p> <p>The walls of 14Trees’ first prototype house were built in Lilongwe in just 12 hours, compared to almost 4 days using conventional methods. The walls of its first school, built in Salima, were printed in just 18 hours, as opposed to several days.</p> <p>14Trees is a joint venture between LafargeHolcim and CDC Group which is focused on building affordable houses, schools and social infrastructures in Africa. It was set up with the aim to accelerate the production and commercialization of environmentally-friendly, affordable construction solutions in Africa. 14Trees benefits from the expertise of LafargeHolcim’s R&amp;D centre, the world’s leading building materials research centre, to accelerate the use of environmentally friendly solutions such as LafargeHolcim earth brick Durabric© and 3D printing. For more information about 14Trees, visit their website <a href="https://www.lafargeholcim.com/14trees-pioneers-3d-printing-technology-africa-affordable-housing-and-schools">here</a>.</p> <p><em>(Photo Source:&nbsp;cdcgroup.com)</em></p> <p>Related News:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://constructafrica.com/news/adjaye-associates-unveils-architectural-design-thabo-mbeki-presidential-library" hreflang="en">Adjaye Associates unveils architectural design for Thabo Mbeki Presidential Library</a></li> <li><a href="https://constructafrica.com/news/ati-supports-us67m-solar-plant-malawi" hreflang="en">ATI supports US$67m solar plant in Malawi</a></li> <li><a href="https://constructafrica.com/news/south-africas-csir-much-asphalt-construct-road-sustainable-materials" hreflang="en">South Africa's CSIR &amp; 'Much Asphalt' construct road with sustainable materials</a></li> <li><a href="https://constructafrica.com/news/ghanas-affordable-ecofriendly-rammed-earth-homes" hreflang="en">Ghana’s affordable, ecofriendly ‘rammed earth’ homes</a></li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/3" hreflang="en">Featured News</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-sector field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/buildings" hreflang="en">Buildings</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/construction" hreflang="en">Construction</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/tech" hreflang="en">Tech</a></div> </div> <section class="field field--name-field-comments field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class='title comment-form__title'>Add a comment</h2> <p class="comment-tagline">ConstructAfrica welcomes lively debate, but will not publish comments that are threatening, libellous or abusive.</p> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=219&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="e3Fyj3t1Y5RHqlBRnzic060XqEljkPUF6_n26lIrVMs"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Sat, 19 Dec 2020 07:55:13 +0000 Staff Writer 219 at https://constructafrica.com https://constructafrica.com/news/3d-printing-technology-deployed-build-affordable-housing-and-schools-malawi#comments ATI supports US$67m solar plant in Malawi https://constructafrica.com/news/ati-supports-us67m-solar-plant-malawi <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">ATI supports US$67m solar plant in Malawi</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/4" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Staff Writer</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Sat, 11/07/2020 - 16:12</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/news_image_full_width/public/2020-11/solar2%20%28ATI%29.jpg?itok=oJRtaplm" width="730" height="450" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-news-image-full-width" /> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Malawi’s US$67 million Nkhotakota Solar Power Plant, backed by an international consortium, is expected to set a regional standard and considerably reduce the country’s energy deficit.</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-news-contents field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The Nkhotakota Solar Power Plant, one of Malawi’s first commercial scale independent solar power projects, is expected to add a significant 37 MWac of clean energy to the national capacity, currently estimated at 362 MWac. The solar plant, which is being developed in two phases of 21 MWac and 16 MWac, is the second renewable energy project to be backed by the African Trade Insurance Agency’s (ATI) Regional Liquidity Support Facility (RLSF). ATI, through the RLSF, is providing liquidity cover for a tenor of up to 10 years. The completed project will supply electricity for up to 150,000 Malawian households.</p> <p>This is the 2<sup>nd</sup>&nbsp;renewable energy project supported by ATI’s Regional Liquidity Support Facility (RLSF), designed to cover the late-payment risks of publicly owned power utilities.</p> <p>The first project to benefit from RLSF was a partnership with Gigawatt Global on Burundi’s first private grid-connected solar plant, which was the country’s first permanent power station in 30 years. RLSF encourages investments in renewable energy in ATI member countries through a unique and innovative guarantee product that protects Independent Power Producers (IPPs) against the risk of late payment by national power companies.</p> <p>The Nkhotakota Solar Power Plant is part of the Malawian government’s plan to move the country from its reliance on hydropower, which currently represents over 90% of its energy mix. Hydropower has left the country vulnerable to frequent power supply cuts in times of drought. The solar power plant aims to provide a more sustainable solution for stable and consistent energy access.&nbsp;</p> <p>The project stems from Malawi’s first competitive tender in the power sector leading to a 20 year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) signed between the Project Company and Malawi’s national utility, Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi Limited (ESCOM), in February 2019. The successful tender process demonstrates global best practise and serves as a potential model for the region in attracting critical foreign direct investment to the sector.</p> <p>The international consortium behind the project consists of two project developers, Kenya-based responsAbility Renewable Energy Holding (rAREH), the primary equity partner providing equity financing and UAE-based Phanes Group. The two developers are collaborating with the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) – formerly the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) – which is contributing debt financing, and Natsons which is the local development partner.</p> <p>In 2017, ATI and the German Development Bank, KfW, with financing from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), launched the RLSF. The Facility was created to help tackle climate change and attract investments by supporting renewable energy projects in ATI’s member countries. RLSF has an initial capacity of EUR 63.2 million and it supports small and mid-scale renewable energy projects with an installed capacity of up to 50 MW (and in exceptional cases up to 100 MW) by protecting the developers against the risk of delayed payments by public off-takers to ensure more projects reach financial close.</p> <p>The Facility can be accessed by IPPs located in countries that sign onto the RLSF Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). To date, seven countries have signed on – Benin, Burundi, Côte d’Ivoire, Madagascar, Malawi, Uganda and Zambia, with several others in the pipeline including Ethiopia and Ghana. ATI is actively encouraging other countries to sign on as a way of providing more cost-effective and clean energy solutions.</p> <p>Benjamin Mugisha, ATI's Chief Underwriting Officer, commented: "<em>COVID-19 has laid bare the link between social infrastructure and economic development. Access to adequate electricity underpins both. This project demonstrates that there is still opportunity and demand for renewable energy projects in Africa. ATI is excited to be part of this potentially transformative project, particularly now, when it is so important to show the world that it is still possible to build sound renewable energy projects that can have lasting change.”</em>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Dr. Thomas Duve, Director - Southern Africa at&nbsp;KfW, commented: "<em>The investments required to meet Africa´s growing demand for sustainable energy based on renewables is far greater than the funds available from public sources. But African governments and their development partners can facilitate the private sector investments necessary to bridge this gap. Together, we can build stable, predictable enabling frameworks and we can offer targeted de-risking instruments. KfW’s support with funding from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) to the RLSF demonstrates our commitment to this process, and to the development of a sustainable energy market in Africa. Only with that in place can we address the fundamental challenges of energy access, energy security and climate change.”</em></p> <p>Martin Haupts, the CEO of&nbsp;Phanes Group, commented:&nbsp;<em>“Lack of power increased the challenges that Malawi faced during the COVID-19 pandemic. This project demonstrates that solar energy offers a viable path to bringing power to those communities which need it most, supporting social and economic development. We are thankful to all the partners in the Nkhotakota project, who have been instrumental in realizing our aim to electrify new markets in Africa. Our goal is for this project to serve as a model for future private investment into the local solar sector.”</em></p> <p>Chris Bale, the CEO of&nbsp;rAREH, commented:&nbsp;<em>“rAREH is delighted to be working with our partners to actualize this project. rAREH is committed to long-term investments to renewable power plants in Africa. We very much look forward to continuing to work with the government and people of Malawi to fulfil the country’s appetite for clean, economical renewable power.”</em></p> <p>Andrew Herscowitz, Chief Development Officer for the&nbsp;U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC), commented:&nbsp;<em>“We are pleased to support this important project, which will help expand renewable power generation to benefit the people of Malawi. Increasing electricity generation and access are key to increasing economic growth in Malawi. This project is a great example of the U.S. Government coming together, with DFC building on the work of the U.S. Agency for International Development and Power Africa as well as the Millennium Challenge Corporation, to facilitate private sector investment to support prosperity.”</em></p> <p><em>Photo: Solar Panels (African Trade Insurance Agency (ATI)&nbsp;)</em></p> <p><strong>Press Release distributed by APO Group on behalf of African Trade Insurance Agency (ATI).</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/3" hreflang="en">Featured News</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-sector field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/energy" hreflang="en">Energy</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/power" hreflang="en">Power</a></div> </div> <section class="field field--name-field-comments field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class='title comment-form__title'>Add a comment</h2> <p class="comment-tagline">ConstructAfrica welcomes lively debate, but will not publish comments that are threatening, libellous or abusive.</p> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=172&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="G-wChvrQ-ueq-f8Eu_PS2XsHxSvK29roy7lm1SZGk3E"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Sat, 07 Nov 2020 12:12:58 +0000 Staff Writer 172 at https://constructafrica.com https://constructafrica.com/news/ati-supports-us67m-solar-plant-malawi#comments