European Sustainable Energy Cluster partnership for Africa

Area of international cooperation Renewable Energy and Electrical Power Generation, Distribution & Transmission
Acronym ESECA
Duration 16.09.2021 - 15.09.2024
Funding EU COSME Programme, Clusters Go International


Peter Rechberger, M. Sc.
Head of Cluster-Internationalization


Business Mission to Tanzania, 3-7 June 2024
ESECA will organize its last mission focused on smart grids and renewables energies to be installed off-grid.

Tanzania is the sub-Saharan African country with the most opportunities for the development of mini and off grid systems, especially in the northern regions. Although off-grid has a great potential in Tanzania, smart grids market is currently very limited as electrification rates are low and the technology is still incipient, which represent a great opportunity for its deployment. There is also a growing activity regarding battery storage systems (BESS) in Tanzania, linked to the installation of PV systems in rural areas. In this sense, the imports of electrical equipment have increased significantly in recent years, but they are still insufficient.

Considering these aspects and the growing activity of the energy sector in Tanzania, ESECA will organize this mission in collaboration with TAREA, the Tanzania Renewable Energy Association, which is one of the most active sectorial associations from Africa. In fact, the mission will be organized in the framework of TAREA’s Renewable Energy Days, which will be organized 6 and 7 June in Dar Es Salaam.

Preliminary agenda:
* 3 June – Flight to Tanzania
* 4 June – ESECA Workshop. Presentation of the energy market in Tanzania. Focus on smart grids and renewables. Presence of key stakeholders from the sector. Presentation of EU companies and their capabilities. Collaboration opportunities and B2B meetings with Tanzanian companies.
* 5 June – Visits to interesting entities and companies for the EU delegation in the area of Dar-Es-Salaam.
* 6-7 June – Renewable Energy Days organized by TAREA. This event includes a conference with several sessions and topics about energy, an exhibition space to promote innovative technologies and a networking space for developing contacts and organise meetings. The event is focus on renewable energy, smart grids, microgrids, small and large energy projects and energy efficiency.
* 7 June evening flight back to Europe or spend the weekend and join the German business mission (10-14 June) the following week.
ESECA project has funding to support European SMEs with their travel costs and registrations for the event.

Note for German SMEs: The ESECA mission is a perfect complement to the German business mission to Tanzania (10-14 June 2024)

Information  Registration 

Renewables go international: Networking event, 6-8 December 2023 in Augsburg/Germany
The Bavarian Cluster Power Electronics organized the third international networking event of the ESECA partnership in conjunction with Offgrid-Expo/Conference in Augsburg. European and African stakeholders connected and learned from their experience while mingling with the off-grid community and enjoying a side event at the famous Christmas market in the city center of Augsburg.

Programme    Summary Report

Business Mission to Kenya & Rwanda, 2-11 October 2023
ESECA's second business mission will bring you to Nairobi for the Renewable Energy Forum Africa as well as to Kigali for a meeting of likeminded European partnerships (LEAP-RE Stakeholder Forum). You will be able to get first hand information about the respective markets at the conferences/trade show and in addition can participate in B2B meetings with local stakeholders.

Further information     Programme

Business Mission to Senegal 3-7 July 2023, Dakar, Senegal
ESECA partnership is organizing its first business mission to Senegal the first week of July 2023. The mission aims to intensify business network collaboration among European companies in the renewable energy and smart grids sectors with Senegalese companies. ESECA is organizing this mission in collaboration with another European cluster partnership, AEWEN, which has also Senegal among its target markets and covers the water and energy sectors among its strategic areas.
The mission includes a one-day-event conference, with key stakeholders from Senegal invited to attend and present the country’s opportunities, visits to key stakeholders and installations, and ad-hoc B2B meetings for the European companies with Senegalese possible clients/partners.

Summary and Agenda 

Renewables go international: Networking event Europe-Africa on 22/23 March 2023, Gijón/Spain
The second international networking event of the ESECA partnership will be organized by our partner MetaIndustry4 in Asturias in the North-West of Spain. 
If you are a company with activity in the renewable energy and smart grids sector, we invite you to attend this event and design with us the future business missions to the target markets of the project (Kenya, Tanzania, Senegal, Ghana and Rwanda), in which you will be able to attend with the support of the ESECA. SMEs can also receive unbeaurocratic support for their travel expenses to Gijon - just get in touch with Peter Rechberger.
Do not miss this networking space, aimed to create a network of European contacts interested in African markets, learn about success stories of Asturian companies in the energy sector and know more about collaboration programs between Europe and Africa to develop innovative projects.


Market information Sub-Saharan Africa
On 9 June 2022 ESECA organized a webinar about market opportunities in Senegal, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania and Rwanda. To re-watch the webinar and download the summary please click on the link below. Furthermore, all registered Cluster members can access in-depth reports for each country. Just log in or sign up for free.

 Summary     Detailed Reports

ESECA workshop in Lille on 15/16 Sep. 2022
This was the first out of 3 networking events organized by the ESECA project. European energy SMEs already or not yet active on the african continent came together to discover the rich ecosystem of energy in Africa of the Hauts-de-France Region. Organized by our partner MEDEE. The second networking event will take place in Gijon/ES in March 2023 (see news above), the third one in December 2023 in Augsburg/DE.

Workshop Summary 





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Project description

ESECA is a partnership formed by five European clusters from Spain, Germany, Italy and France financed by the European Commission as part of the COSME Clusters GO International programme. ESECA aims at intensifying business network collaboration among European companies from the renewable energy and smart grids sector to develop a joint internationalisation strategy towards Sub-Saharan African markets. Five target markets were identified to foster collaborations among European and African SMEs: Senegal, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania and Rwanda.



Intensify business network collaboration among European companies from the renewable energy and smart grids sectors to develop a joint internationalisation strategy towards Sub-Saharan African markets.





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