Coordinator: Trier University of Applied Sciences, Environmental Campus Birkenfeld, Institute for Applied Material Flow Management (IfaS)
Contact Person: Marco Angilella
Address: Campusallee 9926, 55768 Hoppstädten-Weiersbach
Project partners in Germany
- greentec-service GmbH, Föhren
- Kocks Consult GmbH, Koblenz
- Nürtingen-Geislingen University, Institute for International Research on Sustainable Management and Renewable
- KLE Energie GmbH, Hoppstädten-Weiersbach
Project partners in Senegal
- City of Saint-Louis
- Municipality of Balingor
- Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, Senegal, Dakar
- Office des lacs et cours d’eau, Saint-Louis
- Gaston Berger University, Saint-Louis
- Cheikh Anta Diop University, Dakar Fann
Local Sustainable Energy Systems in Senegal
In Senegal and other West African states, electrification, increasing energy production and reduction in energy import dependency on fossil fuels are focal points of local energy policy. The focus here is on the promotion of renewable energies. The German-Senegalese project LoSENS is developing locally adapted solutions for energy efficiency and the expansion of renewable energies in order to reduce resource consumption and environmental pollution while strengthening innovation and economic power in Senegal.
Local sustainable energy systems
In the first decade of the 21st century, Senegal, like other countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, went through a severe energy crisis. Since then, Senegal's vision has been to make energy available throughout the country, while also taking into account social and environmental factors.
LoSENS aims to develop and perpetuate cooperation in the field of sustainable energy systems between Senegal and Germany. The focus here is on the exchange of applied technical knowledge and technology transfer to support policies for energy efficiency and renewable energy.
Senegal's ambitions in the energy sector represent great business potential and bring about a multitude of business opportunities for the environmental technology sector, especially for Germany. However, technologies from Germany cannot be introduced into new foreign markets without country-specific adaptation. A "pull strategy" is recommended, which initially creates a local demand for innovative and sustainable solutions. LoSENS is developing such a pull strategy in the form of energy and climate protection master plans for two communities and implementing these through training and education (capacity building).
The development of such a master plan for two selected Senegalese model communities - the city of Saint-Louis in the north and the municipality of Balingore in the Ziguinchor region of southern Senegal - serves to identify concrete needs for action and to implement tailor-made solutions based on the transfer of sustainable German technologies and energy system solutions. While creating a master plan, needs for action in various municipal fields will be identified and local decision-makers will be sensitised to invest in innovative solutions, especially from Germany.
Master plans, demonstration projects and capacity building
The LoSENS approach involves activities at three different levels. On the first level, an energy and climate protection master plan will be developed for both model communities. Within the framework of the master plan, the current state (actual analysis) in the field of energy production and use (energy sinks) will be recorded and evaluated. For this purpose, existing energy flows, costs, key actors and potential for the implementation of renewable energy and energy efficiency measures will be recorded. In cooperation with the small and medium-sized German enterprises involved and the local partners in Senegal, a new model for local/regional energy production and supply will be developed.
On the second level, four demonstration projects for sustainable energy concepts will be developed, implemented and monitored: These are the installation of 100 energy-efficient LED street lamps, the implementation of a 100 kWp photovoltaic system with a battery storage capacity of up to 100 kWh, the implementation of a pump management system for municipal supply and disposal facilities and a technical feasibility study for the treatment of biogenic waste using biogas technology. Real information in operation will be acquired through actual implementation of the demonstration projects.
On the third level, capacity building of the local stakeholders will take place. In a two-stage process, the development and implementation of training courses for students and multipliers, as well as further education measures for companies, authorities, communities and users, will be based on the train-the-trainer principle.
Municipal energy supply service providers
The idea of LoSENS is based on the system of regional added value. By optimising energy systems, money can be saved that can be used to finance efficiency and renewable energy technologies. On the basis of business plans and financing concepts, ways of tapping the economic potentials will be shown throughout the group. Municipalities, companies and the population therefore also have direct access to the energy market, turning them from consumers into producers of energy. In addition, new business areas will open up in the field of renewable energies and energy efficiency. As a result, an investment and business plan for the implementation of a municipal energy supply service provider will be developed.