North Africa promising solar energy landscape

The African issue: access to energy

The access to energy is a strategic priority in all regions of the world. Without energy, countries cannot power their economies.

Unfortunately, the current situation is not very positive. In fact, about 1.2 billion people in the world still experience energy poverty with an 80% concentration in rural areas. The lack of access to reliable forms of energy is an obstacle to achieving the Millennium Development Goals. and therefore a brake on harmonious human and economic development.


What is the current situation in Africa? 

Unfortunately,  some regions of the country, especially sub-Saharan areas, are struggling to access to reliable energy and experience at least 20 hours of power outages a month as stated by the World Bank Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer Sri Mulyani Indrawati at the International Student Energy Summit in Bali, Indonesia, on June 10, 2015.

What hinders sub-Saharan Africa from a full access to reliable energy? There are many critical factors which are holding Africa back. Inadequate infrastructure remains a major obstacle towards Africa achieving its full economic growth potential, followed by the lack appropriate and comprehensive institutional framework. Limited financing also hampers the development of many regions. The projects in the renewable energy sector require massive investments, whose value varies between $ 33.4 billion to $ 63 billion. The situation in Africa is different and in the last 10 years, the average annual spending has not exceeded $ 12 billion. Outdated business model is another aspect to take into account together with the high cost of renewable energy technology.

However, the situation in North Africa appears much more promising and dynamic. Large investments in renewable energy projects have been able to mobilize the sector in Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, and Egypt. Solar energy is, in fact, an obvious solution for the 600 million Africans living without electricity.

Solar energy is a great emerging opportunity, with a high potential and great ability to create new business opportunities. Amongst the most auspicious projects, it is possible to consider the huge solar park in the Sahara which could soon export electricity to Europe if the Tunisian government approves the energy company’s request to build it. The 4.5GW mega-project designed by TuNur would lead electricity to Malta, Italy, and France using submarine cables.
It is also expected to complete the construction of Noor Ouarzazate in Morocco – the largest solar plant in the world by the end of this year and for a total cost of $9 billion.

In this scenario, a key role is played by alliances between public bodies and private actors (Public-Private Partnerships). Private organizations can apply their expertise and experience to deliver efficient and cost-effective infrastructure and services. But from the other side transparent and quick political decisions are crucial for the correct management and implementation of a PPP.

Mustapha Bakkoury, chairman of the board of Morocco’s Solar Energy Agency, affirms that “believing that is feasible is not enough”, underlining the attitude of skepticism that still characterizes some governments in some African countries.

Where does Trace Software stand? Exciting initiatives have been made in the renewable energy sector. Stay tuned for the latest updates.


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Trace Software International will participate at NAPEC 2018

Trace Software International will participate at NAPEC 2018

Trace Software International, the innovative company committed to the development of software solutions for the engineering industry since 1987, is thrilled to announce that will exhibit at the 8th North Africa Petroleum Exhibition & Conference – NAPEC – at the Oran Convention Centre in Algeria from the 25th until the 28th of March 2018.

NAPEC – with 25789 participants and 540 exhibitors from 40 countries across the globe – is the leading oil & gas business hub of the North African market, an exclusive gateway to relevant business opportunities.

The North Africa Petroleum Exhibition and Conference – NAPEC –  is a superb platform to showcase the software solutions tailored to satisfy the oil & gas industry experts’ needs:  elecworks™, elec calc™ suite and archelios™ suite.

Trace Software International will be attending the event together with its official partner Intellisolutions. They will be welcoming you at booth C4-23 during all the event.


Innovative software solutions



elecworks™ is the worldwide bestselling electrical CAD system for automation projects and electrical installations. With 30 years of unique expertise in the design of tools for the creation of electrical projects, it is possible to affirm electrical engineering is in the company DNA.

Integrated in the elecworks™ standard license, elecworks™ Fluid is a specific solution to design hydraulics and pneumatics automatisms & projects, which can be linked to the electrical installation. Only one single software solution is needed to perform an integral design for all the automation and control projects.

You can try this software solution for free here: TRIAL


elec calc™ suite

To manage the complexity of the electrical calculation elec calc™ suite has been conceived as a 360º software solution useful for the entire electrical installation lifecycle. It is composed by:

elec calc™  the CAE software solution dedicated to the sizing of electrical installations, the only one in the world that allows to integrate the management of high and low voltage in the same project. With more than 3.000 licenses sold, it is a reference in electrical calculation.

elec calc™ BIM is the world’s first and only calculating software that seamlessly integrates elec calc™ with different design platforms enabling the importation of the digital model in IFC 4 format, generated by any 3D architectural software’s (Revit, Archicad…).

You can try this software solution for free here: TRIAL


archelios™ suite


This is the essential solution to manage entirely any photovoltaic project.  From the feasibility, profitability study, simulation and calculation of the project, to the electrical sizing, this all-in-one software solution is intended for PV installations of all types.

archelios™ and archelios™ Pro are software solutions conceived for PV professionals to design, edit and share projects of the utmost precision, from rooftop to huge ground mounted.  archelios™ Calc ensures optimal security with real-time photovoltaic calculation of the installation. The latest addition to the archelios™ suite is archelios™ O&M, the monitoring software for PV installation. It shows a unique approach on BIM for PV, as it brings all the benefits of PVBIM mock-up design to advanced PV monitoring.

You can try this software solution for free here: TRIAL



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