Long-Term Joint EU-AU Research and Innovation Partnership on Renewable Energy


The LEAP-RE programme aligns with and responds to the AU-EU high-level policies and specific objectives of the CCSE Roadmap. It seeks to create a long-term partnership of African and European stakeholders in a quadruple helix approach: government (programme owners and funding agencies), research and academia, private sector, and civil society. Impact will be sought by creating a framework, methodology, and cooperation model. The aim is to reduce fragmentation by aligning existing bilateral and multilateral frameworks. LEAP-RE establishes and jointly implements research, innovation, and capacity-building activities that respond to the Multi-Annual Roadmaps (MARs) developed in PRE-LEAP-RE. The programme opted for a large-scale, inclusive consortium of 96 partners from 34 countries and 2 international organisations, to ensure a broad thematic, geographical and stakeholder coverage, and to demonstrate the feasibility of the collaboration and build trust in view of a long-term partnership addressing the post-2025 period. LEAP-RE draws on the experience and partnership developed in PRE-LEAP-RE, which conceptualised and developed a framework for long-term, bi-regional cooperation in research, innovation, and capacity building in renewable energies. This partnership is further strengthened by previous collaboration between partners in other projects supporting the EU-Africa HLPD on STI, such as LEAP-Agri, ERAfrica, LEAP4FNSSA, RINEA, and CAAST-Net Plus. Furthermore, the proposal includes a number of R&I; partners, 8 individual projects (formalised as Work Packages), which were chosen among expressions of interest received in late 2019.

Project details

Unibo Team Leader: Marco Bovo

Unibo involved Department/s:
Dipartimento di Scienze e Tecnologie Agro-Alimentari

Sas Lgi Sustainable Innovation(France)

Other Participants:
Université Abomey-Calavi (Benin)
Helsingin Yliopisto (Finland)
Vaasan Yliopisto (Finland)
Helmholtz Zentrum Potsdam Deutsches Geoforschungszentrum (Gfz) (Germany)
Rural Electrification & Renewable Energy Corporation (Kenya)
Ministere De L'Education Nationale, De La Formation Professionnelle, De L'Enseignement Superieur Et De La Recherche Scientifique (Morocco)
Laboratorio Nacional de Energia e Geologia - LNEG (Portugal)
Energy Development Corporation (Edcl) Ltd (Rwanda)
Science And Technology Facilities Council Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (United Kingdom)
Universite Panafricaine Institut Des Sciences De L'Eau Et De L'Energie-Pauwes (Algeria)
L'Office Djiboutien De Developpement D'Energie Geothermique (Djibouti)
Medee Maitrise Energetique Des Entrainements Electriques (France)
Nanoe (France)
Dlr Deutsches Zentrum Fur Luft Und Raumfahrt E.V. (Germany)
Fraunhofer Ipa (Germany)
University Of Nairobi (Kenya)
Institut De Recherches En Energie Solaire Et Energies Nouvelles-Iresen (Morocco)
Inea Informatizacija Energetika Avtomatizacija Doo (Slovenia)
National Research Foundation (South Africa)
Ministere De L'Enseignement Superieur Et De La Recherche Scientifique (Algeria)
Université De Picardie Jules Verne (France)
Università degli Studi di TORINO (Italy)
Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (Italy)
Dedan Kimathi University Of Technology (Kenya)
Scientific And Engineering Power Consultants Limited (Kenya)
Moi University (Kenya)
Ministère de l'Enseignement Supérieur, de la Recherche Scientifique et de la Formation des Cadres (Morocco)
Africa Energy Services Group Ltd (Rwanda)
Centre De Test Des Systemes Solaire (Senegal)
University Of Zambia (Zambia)
Societe Nationale D Electricite Du Burkina Faso-Sonabel (Burkina Faso)
Academy Of Scientific Research And Technology Asrt (Egypt)
Suomen Akatemia (Finland)
Universite De Lorraine (France)
Université de Bretagne Occidentale (France)
Geo2d (France)
Universiteit Utrecht (Netherlands)
University Of Cape Town (South Africa)
Centre De Developpement Des Energies Renouvelables-Cder (Algeria)
Internationales Institut Fuer Angewandte Systemanalyse - Iiasa (Austria)
Fonds De La Recherche Scientifique- Fnrs (Belgium)
ARESS-African Renewable Energy Systems & Solutions (Benin)
Ong Songhai (Benin)
Institut Superieur Dale Kietzman (Cameroon)
Odit-e (France)
Forschungszentrum Julich GmbH (Germany)
Reiner Lemoine Institut Ggmbh (Germany)
Politecnico di MILANO (Italy)
Strathmore University (Kenya)
Nanoe Madagascar (Madagascar)
Nederlandse Organisatie Voor Toegepast Natuurwetenschappelijk Onderzoek - Tno (Netherlands)
Unitatea Executiva pentru Finantarea Invatamantului Superior, a Cercetarii, Dezvoltarii si Inovarii (Romania)
University Of Rwanda (Rwanda)
University Of Dar Es Salaam (Tanzania, United Republic Of)
Botswana International University Of Science And Technology (Botswana)
Agence Nationale De La Recherche (France)
Consiglio Nazionale Delle Ricerche (Italy)
Tfe Africa (Pty) Ltd (South Africa)
Universite De Lome (Togo)
Loughborough University (United Kingdom)
Bureau De Recherches Geologiques Et Minieres (France)
Nexa - Agence Regionale De Developpement D'Investissement Et D'Innovation (France)
Eifer Europaisches Institut Fur Energieforschung Edf Kit Ewiv (Germany)
ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - Università di Bologna (Italy)
Fundacao Para A Ciencia E A Tecnologia (Portugal)
Fondation 2ie Association (Burkina Faso)
Ministry Of Scientific Research And Innovation (Cameroon)
National Authority for Remote Sensing and Space Sciences (Egypt)
Addis Abeba Science And Technology University (Ethiopia)
Addis Abeba University (Ethiopia)
Lappeenranta-Lahti University Of Technology ( Lut) (Finland)
Università  di PISA (Italy)
Scuola Sup. di Studi Univ. e Perfezionamento S.Anna di PISA (Italy)
Università  degli Studi di FIRENZE (Italy)
Universidade Eduardo Mondlane (Mozambique)
Norce Norwegian Research Centre As (Norway)
Department Of Science And Innovation (South Africa)
Universidad De Cordoba (Spain)
Centro Para El Desarrollo Tecnologico Industrial-Cdti (Spain)
Makerere University (Uganda)

Total Eu Contribution: Euro (EUR) 14.952.219,00
Project Duration in months: 63
Start Date: 01/10/2020
End Date: 31/12/2025

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Affordable and clean energy This project contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

UE flag This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 963530