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ESECA - European Sustainable Energy Cluster partnership for Africa

Lombardy Energy Cleantech Cluster is partner of ESECA project, funded by the European Commission, with a duration of 36 months (starting in September 2021) and approximately 600 k€ of budget. The project aims at contributing to positioning European companies from the sustainable energy sector in Sub-Saharan African markets.

OBJECTIVES

European Sustainable Energy Cluster partnership for Africa (ESECA) aims at intensifying business network collaboration among European SMEs in the renewable energy and smart grids sectors, in order to develop a joint internationalization strategy with common goals towards Sub-Sahara African markets and a roadmap for implementation facilitating the internationalisation of these SMEs, fostering the collaboration among European and African SMEs.

Specific objectives are:

1) Intensify business network collaboration among European SMEs from the renewable energy and electrical power generation, distribution and transmission sectors

  • Foster clusters & SMEs trans-regional cooperation and partnership building
  • Help SMEs identify business and internationalisation opportunities
  • Position SMEs into trans-European consortiums

When we talk about renewable energy and electrical power generation, distribution and transmission sectors in Africa:

  • Distributed Energy Resources (DER) systems: microgrids / off-grid systems
  • Smart Grids
  • Solar & Wind Energy and other renewable energy sources
  • Energy storage solutions
  • Innovative metering, digital control systems, …

2) To develop a joint internationalisation strategy plan

  • Identify and analyse potential target markets
  • Analyse in depth these target markets
  • Develop specific market reports
  • Define an internationalisation strategy plan
  • Organise direct and reverse missions
  • Sign Cooperation Agreements with relevant African associations and/or clusters

TARGET COUNTRIES

The project activities have common goals towards Sub-Saharan African markets. Specifically, there are 3 pre-identified countries:
- Senegal
- Ghana
- Mozambique
 + 2 additional potential markets to target during the project

PARTNERS

ESECA is a partnership formed by five European clusters (ACE, MEDEE, LE2C, MetaIndustry4 and ECPE) from Spain, France, Italy and Germany. Together, we gather around 550 organizations and 290 SMEs.

 

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