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

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.

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