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SOLTRAIN West Afrika

The global radiation in West African countries is rather high namely about 2000 kWh per m² and year. Despite this fact the use of solar thermal energy technologies in Western African countries is not very developed compared to the north, east and south of Africa.

The overall goal of the project SOLTRAIN West Africa is to contribute to the switch from a fossil fuel based energy supply to a sustainable energy supply system based on renewable energies in general but based on solar thermal in particular. One of the important measures for electricity demand mitigation in the ECOWAS region is the use of solar water heating for domestic, commercial and industrial requirements but the fact still remains, despite the high demand for heat and the presence of abundant solar resource, the use of solar thermal technologies to meet demand is still on an extremely low level in ECOWAS countries.  The immense potential of solar thermal energy in the region could replace entirely the use of fossil resources to heat water. The ECOWAS solar thermal capacity building and demonstration program therefore aims to remove existing lack of awareness and the political, technological and capacity related barriers, which restrict solar thermal energy deployment in ECOWAS countries. The program will also contribute to increase the grid stability and save national power reserves as solar thermal systems will significantly reduce the stress on electric grids due to the shift from electricity to solar energy.

The main activities of SOLTRAIN West Africa are:

  • Awareness raising campaigns
  • Capacity Building by theoretical and practical Train-the-trainer courses to selected universities and polytechnic schools in the area of solar water heating and solar thermal drying
  • Installation of  125 demonstration systems at social institutions as schools and hospitals engineered by the partner institutions and installed by national practitioners
  • Trainings to administrative, political and financial stakeholders in each country to enhance political framework conditions for the broad use of solar thermal energy

Project manager

Dipl.-Päd. Ing.
Werner Weiss


ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency - ECREEE http://www.ecreee.org/

Project partner

INES - Institut national de l´énergie solaire, France http://www.ines-solaire.org

UniCV DECM, Cape Verde http://www.unicv.edu.cv/

Institut International d'Ingénierie de l'Eau et de l'Environnement (International Institute for Water and Environmental Engineering – 2ie), Burkina Faso http://www.2ie-edu.org/

Koforidua Polytechnic, Ghana http://koforiduapoly.edu.gh/

Université Cheikh Anta DIOP, Senegal http://www.ucad.sn/

National Centre for Energy Research and Development, University of Nigeria, Nsukka. http://www.unn.edu.ng/

Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, Nigeria http://www.udusok.edu.ng/

Cape Verde - Solar Thermal Market Report.pdf (4 MB)
Ghana - Solar Thermal Market Report.pdf (2.1 MB)
Nigeria - Solar Thermal Market Report.pdf (2.6 MB)