Building local capacities and promoting applied research are recognised to be essential pillars in the development, promotion, and dissemination of renewable energies in Africa. While an increasing number of academic institutions in Africa are dedicated to renewable energy research, the exposure to the international scientific community, an access to available support mechanisms and funds remain limited. Increased private sector participation, Africa-EU scientific cooperation and multi-sector collaboration are seen as crucial elements to boost renewable energy research in Africa.
In order to tackle the above mentioned issues, and to launch a scientific platform for Africa-EU renewable energy research cooperation, the Africa-EU Renewable Energy Cooperation Programme (RECP) in cooperation with the Pan African University Institute for Water and Energy Sciences (PAUWES), University Abou Bekr Belkaid jointly held an international research symposium in Tlemcen.
Participants included a mix of African and European experts from universities and private research institutions, complemented by representatives from: public sector, centres of excellence, international companies, business associations, NGOs and development partners involved in renewable energy research.
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