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Report of an Expert Workshop on Renewable Energy and Biofuels

Report of an Expert Workshop on Renewable Energy and Biofuels

Report of an Expert Workshop on Renewable Energy and Biofuels

The CAAST-Net project undertook activities of research prioritisation related to the enhancement of African participation in FP7 through experts' workshops held in Africa. Workshops were organised in consultation with, and where possible, the participation of the relevant EC directorates, in order to maximise opportunity for cooperation and exchange. According to the areas covered by the FP7 energy work programme and the recommendations of European Commission highlighting the renewable energy area, the experts identified the following focal points for the CAAST-Net expert workshop: renewable electricity generation; renewable fuel production; CO2 capture and storage technologies for zero emission power generation. [Image credit: CAAST-Net Plus]

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Year of Publication: 2009

The workshop held at the Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar, Senegal, on 13 and 14 May 2009 was attended by 10 experts in the fields of renewable energy, biofuels and rural electrification.

The following topics were identified as research topics of mutual interest:

  • Rural electrification via small scale networks based on renewable energies.
  • Exploitation of 2nd generation crop species in order to avoid competition between energy and food crops.
  • Development of technologies related to the extraction and transformation of oil to biodiesel.
  • Energy efficient households (buildings and their content), building materials and carbon sequestration.

In addition the experts suggested a cross-thematic topic focussing on the lack of ownership, absence of political commitment and proper framework and policy agreements between African states to set the stage for a serious commitment to sustainable energy production systems.

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Disclaimer: CAAST-Net Plus is funded by the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement n0 311806. This document reflects only the authors’ views and the European Union cannot be held liable for any use that may be made of the information contained herein.

CAAST-Net Plus is funded by the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme under grant agreement 311806
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