A consortium led by the University of Groningen and Energy Academy Europe executes this project focused on strengthening the energy knowledge infrastructure in Mozambique. The project has a budget of more than M€ 4.
With an abundance in both fossil fuels and renewable energy sources, Mozambique is rich in natural resources. Discovered gas and oil reserves represent a major value. The potential for (sustainable) biomass production is large when combined with gradual modernization of agriculture. Solar, hydro-, and to some extent wind energy resources are plentiful and deployment of renewables in a rural setting can directly contribute to rural electrification and rural development. This offers great opportunities for the country to develop a thriving energy sector along the whole energy value chain, for the benefit of the society at large.
In this context, the Mozambican Government formulated the ambition to build a diversified energy system that is able to provide a sustainable, secure and affordable supply of energy to all Mozambique citizens. The Government’s plans foresee an energy mix in which, by 2030, 50% of the electricity production is derived from renewable sources, 25% from coal and 25% from gas.
To achieve these ambitious targets, much work is to be done. Currently, many of Mozambique’s energy resources are still largely unexploited, 85% of the population is not connected to the electricity grids, and the Mozambican work force lacks sufficient number of local professionals with the right skills and expertise to harness the country’s resources to the lasting benefit of society.
In this project we aim to make a substantial and lasting contribution to the capacity in energy education and research so that the Mozambican partners, are able to develop, implement and maintain energy education programmes that respond to the demands of the energy labour market and contribute to sustainable development of the country.
The development of the energy market as envisaged in Mozambique requires technical expertise about the various energy sources, respective technologies and value chains, but also know-how in areas such as energy system analysis and modelling; law and contracts; governance and policy; economics, risk and finance; and society and sustainability. This project adopts an integrated, whole-of-system approach, which includes all relevant disciplines. Knowledge and skills development at various levels of education are therefore included in our proposal. The consortium is able to provide support to development of education programmes from the vocational level to the post-academic/executive level.
In addition, this project foresees a strong link with the business sector so that relevant practical and technical expertise is integrated in the programme, which will in turn assist in tailoring the programme to the needs of the energy labour market.