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Project: SESA
Smart Energy Solutions for Africa
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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

Factpage of Project SESA

Equipment used in project: SESA/Equipment

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)
  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)
  17. Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST)
  18. Stiftelsen the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)
  19. Smart Innovation Norway As (SIN)
  20. Siemens Stiftung (SIEMENS)
  21. Stichting Cenex Nederland (CENEX NL)
  22. Research Institutes of Sweden AB (RISE)
  23. Tecnalia (TEC)
  24. University of Rwanda (UR)
  25. Danmarks Tekniske Universitet (DTU) UN Environment (UNEP)
  26. UN-Habitat (UNH)
  27. Urban Electric Mobility Initiative (UEMI)
  28. WE!Hub Victoria Limited (WeTu)
  29. Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy (WI)

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

BasicInternet involvement

The initial living lab concept will be implemented in Western Kenya in a rural (Homabay) and urban (Kisumu) context. This will be realized through two self-sustaining solar hubs with the aim of achieving an integrated system for Sustainable energy access – Productive use of energy – Circular economy.

Partners will co-develop two project sites on sustainable access (Homa Bay and Kisumu), design and construct one Solar Hub at each site (ICLEI AS, ICLEI ES, RISE, Siemens, Leitat, GEP, GG, BIF, BTH, AAMUSTED, MET) . Each solar hub will have a complete solar power system with a mounted PV array, battery banks for power storage, shelves and sockets for charging fisher lanterns, batteries, electric two wheelers and other equipment, equipment to monitor energy production, usage plus water pumping and purification systems. It will also incorporate InfoSpots for ease of information access and connectivity.

Morocco (Lead: BTH; Partners: University Cadi Ayyad - IMED Lab, Green Energy Park, BIF, UEMI, National School of Architecture-Marrakech)
Abdellah is visiting Marakesh in Nov2022 - InfoSpots ready

The validation demo will validate the integrated systems approach of renewables and energy storage systems by implementing a solar off-grid network (cost- and energy-efficient PV panels) coupled with Lithium-ion batteries for energy storage, and a sustainable model housing unit that will demonstrate domestic use cases (NMU, uYilo, NUST, Siemens). In view of the circular economy, The end-of-life management of lithium-ion batteries will be explored via R&D, testing and teaching (DTU, BIF, BTH). Finally, the potential for green transition will be explored via the deployment of electric motorcycles operated by women.

Ghana (Lead: AAMUSTED; Partners: Leitat, BIF)
The validation demo will explore clean cooking through waste-to-energy solutions and solar lighting. The demo actions will involve setting up waste-to-biogas plants for cooking, solar systems for lighting, and InfoSpots in four (4) public Second Cycle Schools. The solutions will encompass business models, capacity building on construction and maintenance of the plants, and other activities to deliver a complete value chain (BIF, BTH, Siemens). It is expected that the demonstration activities will help provide clean and reliable energy for cooking and ensure adequate availability of electricity for productive use including lighting for night-time learning activities and illuminating school compounds to ensure security at night. The free access to information through school portals will foster knowledge uptake on energy, and support digital literacy. The demo actions can be replicated in all the Senior High Schools in the Greater Accra and Ashanti Regions and where practicable in the over 100 Government Boarding Schools in Ghana.

South Africa (Lead: NMU; Partners: CENEX NL, BIF, BTH, UEMI)
The validation demo will test, validate and evaluate the performance of a containerised off-grid solar energy system comprising PV panels in combination with second life EV batteries for energy stationary storage, for community energy access as well as to charge a small fleet of micro utility EVs. The energy hubs will be extended by Information Spots providing free access to information on energy usage, maintenance and business opportunities. A significant aim of the project is to investigate the performance of these batteries, the technical and financial viability of such systems, as well as the scalability and replicability of this use case. The demonstration will also identify the commercial case for local authorities to invest in these solutions and study the repurposing potential of retired EV batteries for energy storage and as a means to create new jobs.

Malawi (Lead: RISE; Partners: Make it Green (SME), Going Green (local partner)
The validation demo will adapt and validate the MIG BioCooker to a small-scale and as an affordable commercial product, develop a local material supply chain by testing new biomass alternatives for the selected regions, enhance the recovery of nutrients by producing secondary bio-products: soil improvers as biochar and develop new value chain and a circular business model for local entrepreneurs and communities.

Namibia (Lead: NUST; Partners: AAU, BIF)
The replication demo will introduce unconventional alternatives considering the economical, social and ecological contexts of the pilot sites. Knowledge partners (KP) NUST and AAU will deploy, evaluate and fully appropriate demo technology in the remote pilot sites, supported by InfoSpots with free access to information and knowledge on energy usage (BIF).

Tanzania (Lead: ELICO; Partners: UEMI, BTH)
The Tanzania case proposes two sets of solutions, in line with the modular living lab; one in a rural context and the other in an urban context (ELICO, BIF, BTH, UDP, Siemens). Mobile solar water pumps for irrigation: The demo intends to provide more than 1000 rural smallholder farmers, predominantly women, with interventions of solar PV technologies for irrigation, processing and other economic activities. InfoSpots will be created at the community centre, allowing the women network to achieve free access to information on the use and maintenance of the pumps, as well as other business opportunities related to energy usage. Productive use of energy for livelihood support: The demo will support farmer groups and businesses to deploy commercial solar energy applications and solutions in their value chains in the urban regions of Dar es Salaam, Kigoma, Mwanza and Songea. These are solar powered pottery wheelers, mobile Solar generators for commercial use in market centres, and solar powered DC refrigerators/freezers alongside InfoSpots, deployed at community centres in both the rural and urban regions.

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The list of meetings related to SESA have been moved to our internal server. Thus, only external meetings will be listed here.

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