Local Sustainable Energy Networks in Senegal

Photo: IfaS
Photo: IfaS

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 addressing social and environmental factors.
The "Plan Sénégal Emergent" developed for this purpose envisages an increase in energy production and electrification as well as a reduction in energy import dependence on fossil fuels. The focus is on promoting renewable energies. Senegal's goals in the energy sector hold a high entrepreneurial potential and bring a multitude of business opportunities for the German environmental technology sector.

Project goals
LoSENS aims to develop and consolidate cooperation in the field of sustainable energy systems between Senegal and Germany. The focus is on the exchange of applied technical knowledge and technology transfer to support policy measures in the field of energy efficiency and renewable energies. The development of master plans in Saint-Louis and Balinghore serves to identify concrete needs for action as well as the implementation of tailor-made solutions based on the transfer of sustainable German technologies and energy system solutions.

The LoSENS approach includes activities on three different levels. On the first level, a master plan will be developed that captures the current state in the field of energy production and use (energy sinks), determines and evaluates energy flows and potentials. On the second level, four pilot projects for sustainable energy concepts are developed, implemented and monitored. On the third level, capacity building of local stakeholders takes place. In a two-stage process, training and further education measures will be developed and implemented, based on the train-the-trainer principle.

Expected results
Optimization of energy systems can save money, which can be used to finance efficiency and renewable energy technologies. This opens up new business opportunities for municipalities, companies and citizens in the field of renewable energies and energy efficiency. The result is an investment and business plan for the implementation of a municipal energy supply service provider.

Consortium KLE Energie GmbH, Kocks Consult GmbH, greentec-service GmbH, Nürtingen-Geislingen University of Applied Sciences, Institute for International Research on Sustainable Management and Renewable Energy (ISR), Institute for Applied Material Flow Management (IfaS) at the University of Trier
Duration April 2019 - March 2022
Funded by Federal Ministry of Education and Research in the program Client II - International Partnerships for Sustainable Innovation
Funding amount 1.396.656 €, share of Trier University of Applied Sciences: 913.001 €

Project management on Trier University of Applied Sciences:

Prof. Dr. Peter Heck
Professor FB Umweltwirtschaft/-recht - FR Umweltwirtschaft


+49 6782 17-1221


Birkenfeld | Building 9926 | Room 128
Marco Angilella
Beschäftigter IfaS


+49 6782 17-2634


Birkenfeld | Building 9926 | Room 131
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