Africa will be reliant on back up generators for the foreseeable future, according to the African branch of global power company Eaton.
The need for back up power will continue as long as there are power shortages and blackouts on the continent, Shane Kilfoil, Managing Director of Eaton Africa, told ESPL.
He spoke as Eaton expanded its distribution network in a new partnership with South African Diesel Electric Services.
The partnership with DES will cover South Africa, and several countries in sub-Saharan Africa, such as Botswana and the Ivory Coast, said Shane Kilfoil, Managing Director of Eaton Africa.
Eaton, which has had a presence in the African market since 1927, is looking to partner with full service providers. It currently has more than 80 distributors across the continent.
Kilfoil said it would be a long time until we get to the stage where Africa can be completely unreliant of backup generators.
He added: “There is a severe power shortage in Africa, and blackouts are common. So most African countries are very familiar with diesel generators and generators in general.”