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

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