Category Archives: Renewable energy

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Trade mission Vietnam

Minister Kaag (Minister of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation) is leading a trade mission in Vietnam and Malaysia this week together with Hans de Boer (chairman VNO-NCW) and about 45 companies. The economic mission is focused on urban growth and societal challenges. Partners for Innovation and CREM conducted a scoping study of the opportunities for circular economy in Vietnam, of which the results are presented during the trade mission.

On behalf of RVO and the Dutch Embassy in Vietnam, Partners for Innovation and CREM carried out a scoping study on circular economy in Vietnam. The study focuses on the state of play of circular economy in Vietnam and social-economic and environmental challenges and circular solutions. Besides that, the report provides opportunities for Dutch – Vietnamese cooperation on CE.

Read more about the study in the presentation of the results.

Training: incorporating gender-sensitivity in energy practices

Partners for Innovation and MDF West-Africa organize a “train-the-trainer” session on gender mainstreaming in energy projects. The training focuses on promoting equality between men and women in ECOWAS-countries by providing organizations with the tools to strengthen the position of women in the energy sector. The three-day course will take place from 28 February to 2 March in Accra and will be held in both English and French.

Two types of training will be given. One is aimed at policymakers of energy policy in each of the 15 ECOWAS-countries. The other one is aimed at NGO’s working in these countries in the fields of energy and the emancipation of women. The policymakers will be trained to translate the regional ECOWAS-policy in these fields into their own national energy policy. The NGO’s will be educated to help other organizations in the energy sector (public or private) to implement gender-sensitivity in their daily work.

For more information on the project, please contact Stan van den Broek or Emiel Hanekamp.

Manufacturing small wind turbines in Benin: is it feasible?

On November 30th and December 1st, over 40 stakeholders gathered in Cotonou to discuss the role small wind turbines can play in the electrification of Benin. Partners for Innovation presented its feasibility study and outlined an action plan for sector development.

The government of Benin is looking for ways to provide its population with the energy needed for socio-economic development. Especially in rural areas, electricity provides a clear pathway to expanded and sustainable energy access. Renewable energy technologies can play a key role in this. Small wind turbines are part of this renewable energy technology.

In a feasibility study, Partners for Innovation found that potentially more than 30.000, currently unelectrified, households can gain access to electricity generated by turbines in the range of 1 – 10 kW. In addition, we found that within a 5-7 year horizon, more than half of the economic value of the turbines can be created through local assembly, manufacturing and construction taking place in Benin itself. In the manufacturing and construction sector alone this would create 50 to 150 jobs annually.

These results, together with an outline for a small wind sector development roadmap, were presented to over 40 local stakeholders on November 30th and December 1st in the Beninese capital of Cotonou. The participants included ministry representatives, private sector representations, academia and a variety of NGO’s (including NGOs focused on youth and female empowerment). Through this session and the incorporation of feedback from the participants, it will become possible to formulate a clear and thought-through strategy.

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Mainstreaming gender in energy projects: training

Partners for Innovation and MDF offer a free of charge train-the-trainer course for organizations in ECOWAS countries involved in gender mainstreaming in energy projects. This three day course will be held in Accra, early 2018.  We are looking for NGOs or training institutes that have experience with gender and energy-related capacity building. The course, travel and accommodation will be paid for by UNIDO-ECREEE.

Find more details on the training here: ECOWAS Training announcement – incorporating gender-sensitivity in energy practices.

For more information on the project, please contact Stan van den Broek.


First prize won by Senegal youngsters on agroforesty entrepreneurship

On March the 28th  three young Senegalese entrepreneurs have been awarded a prize of 5,000e by the French Embassy in a   competition in which 72 projects were submitted. The three entrepreneurs participated in the  Senegal Youth Forum organized by the French Embassy in November 2016 and were under training by Partners for Innovation. 

Creating business opportunities

Saga Africa offers young African entrepreneurs, project leaders and operators in the informal sector the opportunity to submit project proposals aimed at  improving social economy and solidarity. Their goal is to “make the journey together and learn by sharing their mutual experiences, networking and creating business opportunities.” Submitted proposals are examined by a jury composed of investors and partners of the HUB during the HUB AFRICA Pitch.

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RECP Finance Catalyst

Partners for Innovation has been assisting renewable energy projects in Sub-Saharan Africa to reach financial close through implementation of the RECP Finance Catalyst since 2016. By providing support and advice on project development, project structuring and access to finance, project developers are enabled to make their business bankable and create concrete investment opportunities. Building on the success of the past 1,5 year, these services are extended into 2018.

When starting a new renewable energy business in Africa, many entrepreneurs run into challenges that inhibit their project from materializing. Due to the relatively small size of the project or limitations in the developer’s network or experience, it can prove very difficult to identify the sources of finance that the project needs before it can be realised. Vice versa, investors can experience difficulties in identifying and connecting with promising projects, preventing them from optimizing their impact.

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The RECP Finance Catalyst provides support and advice on project development, structuring and finance to small- and medium-scale renewable energy projects in Sub-Saharan Africa. For over 1,5 year, the Finance Catalyst has been assisting numerous private sector-driven renewable energy projects to access debt, equity or grants in order to reach financial close. In doing so, a variety of technologies and business models are being covered, including grid-connected hydro and waste-to-energy plants as well as standalone solar home systems and cookstoves.

Project proposals can be submitted online through the website of the RECP Finance Catalyst. The advisory support is available to all proposals that meet a number of criteria, listed here. For example, only projects with a cumulative generation capacity between 0.5-50 MW or aggregated investment in the range of € 1-70 million are eligible (which can include distributed generation). For more information, have a look on the RECP website.

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The RECP Finance Catalyst is a service of the RECP (the Africa-EU Renewable Energy Cooperation Programme), a multi-donor programme that supports the development of markets for renewable energy in Africa. It was launched by more than 35 African and European Ministers and Commissioners under the Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP).

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Opportunities for sustainable growth in Ghana

The Ghana Climate Innovation Center (GCIC) aims to establish local  institutional capacity to support Ghanaian entrepreneurs and new  ventures  involved in developing profitable and locally-appropriate solutions to climate  change mitigation and adaptation.
One of the services that the GCIC will  provide is access to finance. With its partners MDF and Tjasker, we help the  GCIC to develop a pipeline of climate technology project opportunities for the  Ghana Climate Venture Facility (GCVF).
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Biogas in South Africa: a feasibility study

Partners for Innovation is conducting a feasibility study and design of a pilot biogas installation as part of a Waste  Water treatment plant for the Blue Karoo Trust Fish Farm in Graaff-Reinet,  South-Africa. This project is part of the USAID Low Emissions Development  program, managed by Chemonics International Inc.
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Market study renewable energy in Zimbabwe

For the Dutch enterprise agency RVO we are carrying out a market study Renewable Energy in Zimbabwe. Our  role is to identify Dutch  companies interested in doing business in Zimbabwe, review the  market study,  select the most appropriate (for Dutch companies) market segments
and  inform companies on the outcome of the market study.

Waste to Energy in Ogun State

Partners for Innovation is conducting a feasibility study for a Waste  to  Energy (W2E) project for Ogun State  government in Nigeria. In six months, the project team of 5 experts  will  perform a feasibility study and draft a conceptual design for a W2E project.  The project will use municipal waste, sort and process the waste into RDF pellets and converts these pellets into heat and electricity for  local off-takers.