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Sandrine Mubenga Lufungulo: “And if we electrify Africa? “
From 27 to 30 June, the Power Africa 2017 Conference will be held in Ghana. Experts from several countries will discuss the electrification of the continent. The Congolese Sandrine Mubenga Lufungulo is co-chairing this conference. Meeting a woman of character who wants to electrify Africa.
26 May 2017
Sandrine Mubenga Lufungulo, with her posed voice and her dreamy air, could pass for a reserved or even shy person: that is not the case. If she dreams, it’s of electricity for everyone in Africa and at the lowest cost. This is good, because she chairs the Power Africa 2017 conference on “Controlling Energy and Information Technology for Affordable Electrification in Africa”.
Electrifying: A Passion-Free Passion
It is around a cup of tea in her living room that the CEO of Smin Power Group recounts her passion for electricity with a slight emotion: “I had to be operated on but there was no electricity in the city Of Kikwit. I stayed in the hospital between life and death for 3 days. I believe that my determination was born from there. In the 21st century, no one should die because of a power blackout. ”
It is with this conviction that the native of Miabi has embarked on a brilliant academic career: holding a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from the University of Toledo where she is presently finishing a doctorate in electrical engineering. It is his hybrid car (mi-hydrogen – electric mi) that will make it known to the general public Congolese and American, and will make the buzz in the social networks. It is almost 15 years that she exerts a passion for electricity by building solar fields or designing solutions for the supply of energy both for cities and for private individuals.
Power Africa 2017: the great electric mass in Africa
“It is time to propose our own solutions to the African continent without cutting off international innovation,” explains Sandrine Mubenga Lufungulo. “Times have changed, we are from here and elsewhere and it is the combination of science, our know-how and our African realities that will lead us to development,” she affirms with vehemence. Thus she shares her life between the University of Toledo where she pursues a doctorate in electrical engineering and Kinshasa, headquarters of her company STEM DRC Initiative, specializing in the production of renewable energies in solar.
And it is not for nothing that she co-chairs the Power Africa 2017 conference. Bringing electricity to local communities is one of its goals and that of a panel at the conference. Among other things, we will talk about the implementation of different business models for sustainable energy and accessible to as many people as possible. Emphasis will be placed on sharing experience and presenting practical solutions.
When she is told about the supply of energy in the DRC, she sighs a little: ‘the growth in energy demand goes hand in hand with the demographic growth and the industrialization of the country. In a continent like ours, we must diversify sources of energy supply and intensify our electricity network by modernizing it. ” Congolese companies like SMINPower Group are quite numerous in the DRC to provide solutions to SNEL, she adds.
And to the question of who will lead the development of Africa, Sandrine Mubenga Lufungulo takes a long inspiration and responds in a voice posed where an ounce of passion is lost: “it is up to us to discover it by writing the history of our Continent on a daily basis “.