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Funded by: Commissione europea – Programma Horizon 2020
October 2020 / December 2025

Long-Term Joint European Union - African Union Research and Innovation Partnership on Renewable Energy (LEAP-RE-RE4AFAGRI)

LEAP-RE - RE4AFAGRI aims at developing the state of the art of energy-water nexus modeling in rural areas of developing countries to bridge the current gap between large-scale and local-scale analysis approaches and between environmental and energy modelling. The project aims to provide a set of open-source validated tools developed through analytical and empirical approaches that can be exploited by stakeholders in future applications. In addition, LEAP-RE - RE4AFAGRI aims to design business models that allow the implementation of integrated energy-water solutions in rural areas, based on identified best practices, regulatory obstacles and opportunities through the participation of African companies, public authorities and consortia of small owners. The ultimate goal is to support policy makers in defining policy frameworks that ensure that the identified business models can be successfully implemented by local entrepreneurs, while also meeting the technical and environmental requirements to achieve development goals in rural areas.

The LEAP-RE project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Program under Grant Agreement 963530.

Main Results and Outputs
  • Development and publication of a set of validated tools developed through analytical and empirical approaches that can be exploited in future applications, such as an online interactive dashboard co-optimising energy, environmental, and development outcomes under different future scenarios and objectives;
  • Design and apply innovative business models that enable the implementation of integrated energy-water solutions in rural areas, based on identified best practices, regulatory obstacles and opportunities through the participation of African companies, public authorities and consortia of small owners;
  • Support policy makers in defining policy frameworks that ensure that the identified business models can be successfully implemented by local entrepreneurs, while also meeting the technical and environmental requirements to achieve development goals in rural areas.
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