Despite the enormous potential of renewable energy in Africa, the continent still faces major challenges to ensure access to energy for all. To meet this challenge, Africa and Europe are joining forces to support the development of sustainable energy solutions, and to accelerate the green transition and energy access in Africa. Significant efforts are being made (including with the support of the European Commission) to address the development of innovative solutions through research and innovation, and to demonstrate the value of these solutions.
The European research programme Horizon 2020 has opened a call for innovation and demonstration projects in the field of energy. Solutions can address a variety of topics relevant to achieving energy access, generation and storage, or energy efficiency in Africa. Grants of €5-10 million are available. Collaboration between European and African partners in the implementation of the project is an asset. Applications are open until the 26th of January. A virtual information meeting will be held on the 26th of October (09:00 CET / 11:00 EAT) to inform interested researchers, businesses and innovators about the programme and how to apply. Register to participate here.
Green – and thus clean and renewable – hydrogen is considered a future complement to other energy sources in order to completely decarbonise our energy system. The Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP) commissioned a research paper to assess the potential of green hydrogen to enable economic growth and job creation on and between the continents. The study provides an overview of state-of-the-art research and connects it with continental policies such as the European Green Deal and Agenda 2063.
The Africa-Europe High-level Platform for Sustainable Energy Investments
The High-Level Platform for Sustainable Energy Investments (SEI Platform) was launched in 2018 at the African Investment Forum in Johannesburg, serving as of the Task Force Energy under the Africa-Europe Alliance for Sustainable Investments and Jobs. It addresses the call from the AU-EU Summit of 2017 for greater efforts to establish the right business framework to attract responsible and sustainable investments and to accelerate the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement.