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Project: SESA
Smart Energy Solutions for Africa
Project leader Oliver Lah
Project Participants Josef Noll, Wisam Ahmed Mansour, Danica Radovanovic
Start Date 2021/10/01
End Date 2025/09/30
Supported by EU commission
Objective The overall objectives of SESA is to: Provide innovative energy access technologies and business models that are easily replicable and generate local opportunities for economic development and social cohesion.
  • Co-development test site Western Kenya: Kisumu (urban) & Homabay (rural) counties
  • Validation sites: Ghana, Morocco, South Africa, Malawi
  • Replication sites: Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania
Research Domain Internet - IoPTS, eHealth
Keywords Energy Transition, EU

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SESA is the EU Innovation Project #101037141, addressing the topic LC-GD-2-3-2020, Accelerating the green transition and energy access Partnership with Africa

SESA management team


The overall objective of the project is to:
Provide innovative energy access technologies and business models that are easily replicable and generate local opportunities for economic development and social cohesion.

This will be achieved by delivering on a number of specific objectives (SO) that form the basis of the SESA project: SO1: Inform: Boost the accessibility of innovative, affordable and efficient renewable energy solutions in support Africa SESA will provide a comprehensive toolbox, which will include assessment tools, training material, business models. Life-cycle assessments as well as a range of factsheets and guidance documents will enable take-up and replication of the solutions demonstrated in this project. WP1

SO2: Inspire: Facilitate exchange and partnerships between Europe and Africa on sustainable energy innovation SESA will provide trainings and facilitate exchange on innovative, replicable technologies and business models that provide opportunities for a wide range of rural and urban communities. WP2

SO3: Initiate: Enable innovators in African urban and rural communities to leapfrog to sustainable energy The SESA project will build on a range of previous and on-going projects and facilitate the co-development of business models around energy technologies that can make an active contribution towards sustainable energy access for all and create opportunities for a wider range of African and European innovators in Africa. SESA will set up a business incubator programme with training and innovation centers hosted at the partner universities in Africa, guided by a team of technology and business experts from Africa and Europe. WP3

SO4: Implement: Co-develop, validate and replicate innovative energy solutions tailored to urban and rural contexts across Africa The SESA project will demonstrate technologies and associated business models focusing on renewable energies, energy storage, grids and efficiency as well as sectoral linkages to serve basic energy needs to rural and urban communities in nine different contexts in Africa to achieve a maximum of replicability. WP4

SO5: Impact: Foster long-term partnerships and exchange on innovative sustainable energy solutions The SESA project will actively support the EU/AU Partnership on Climate Change and Sustainable Energy and the R&I Partnership on Climate Change and Sustainable Energy and will support local and national governments as well as private sector actors in accessing these dialogues along with relevant financing and funding programmes. WP5 and WP6

Participating partners

  1. ICLEI European Secretariat (ICLEI ES)
  2. Aalborg University (AAU)
  3. Akenten Appiah-Menka University of Skills Training and Entrepreneurial Development, Kumasi (AAMUSTED)
  4. Basic Internet Foundation, Kjeller (BIF) - see admin for BasicInternet in SESA
  5. Blekinge Institute of Technology (BTH)
  6. Energy and Livelihoods for Communities (ELICO) Foundation
  7. F6S Network Ireland (F6S)
  8. Green Energy Park (GEP)
  9. Going Green (GG)
  10. ICLEI e.V.- Local Governments for Sustainability (World Secretariat) (ICLEI WS)
  11. ICLEI Africa (ICLEI AS)
  12. Technische Universität Berlin (TUB)
  13. Leitat Technological Center (LEITAT)
  14. Make It Green Solutions (MIGS)
  15. Metanogenia, S.L. (MET)
  16. Nelson Mandela University – uYilo eMobility Programme (NMU) Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST)
  17. Stiftelsen the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)
  18. Smart Innovation Norway As (SIN)
  19. Siemens Stiftung (SIEMENS)
  20. Stichting Cenex Nederland (CENEX NL) Research Institutes of Sweden AB (RISE)
  21. Tecnalia (TEC)
  22. University of Rwanda (UR)
  23. Danmarks Tekniske Universitet (DTU) UN Environment (UNEP)
  24. UN-Habitat (UNH)
  25. Urban Electric Mobility Initiative (UEMI)
  26. WE!Hub Victoria Limited (WeTu)
  27. Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy (WI)

Total budget: 10,21 MEUR, supported budget 9,989 MEUR


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