Capenergies signs a cooperation agreement with the Moroccan Solar cluster
As part of its internationalisation strategy, Capenergies announced that it was signing a cooperation agreement with the Moroccan Solar cluster, a key player in the development of a green economy in Morocco. This partnership focuses on technologies for renewable energy production, such as solar power, solar power applications and the integration of renewable energies into the grid. Through this agreement, Capenergies intends to strengthen its presence in the Mediterranean Basin, to confirm the international potential of its ecosystem, and to provide its members with new technical and business opportunities.
Energy issues in Morocco
With no natural resources, Morocco hardly produces any hydrocarbons and has to import 95% of its energy needs. Having signed the Paris climate agreements and faced with an increasing demand for electricity, the Moroccan government intends to increase its fraction of renewable power to 52% by around 2030.
Reflecting this new energy policy, the NooR project has made it possible to deploy one of the largest solar plants worldwide located in the south of the country, thereby supporting the emergence of a solar power industry. The Moroccan government is also getting ready to open the country’s low-voltage grid to allow the resale of excess electricity produced as a way to encourage the development of small- and medium-sized renewable power facilities.
Set up by the Moroccan agency for solar energy (Masen) in 2014, the Moroccan solar power cluster leads the solar industry by fostering synergy between private and public players, entrepreneurs and researchers. Its specific role is to develop innovative applications that are economically strategic, bringing solar power to the forefront.
For this reason, Capenergies will rely on its expertise, together with the innovative products and services produced by its ecosystem, to help identify tangible solutions that meet the needs of the Moroccan market.
This partnership goes as far as to include the construction of a demonstrator project in Morocco, which will be reproducible in other regions of Africa, as part of promoting the technologies and innovations of companies in each country. Three topics have been identified:
- Micro-grids, as the issue of self-sufficiency will be crucial in the coming years in Morocco
- Biomass, to recycle waste produced by the agri-food industry (sugar, oils, cereals)
- Hydrogen production, which could be used in situ by the chemical industry thanks to low-cost photovoltaics.
The ambition of each partner is to strengthen information-sharing, which must also make it easier for Capenergies companies to gain access to high-growth markets in Morocco, e.g. smart city (an eco-city near Casablanca), electric mobility, and energy efficiency in industrial processes. Member of the Climate Business Innovation Network (CBIN), the Moroccan Solar cluster manages the business relations between its 90 members and the 300 green energy industries in Morocco through a platform that Capenergies will soon be joining. Thanks to CBIN support, new partners with the same objective to promote their ecosystem across the African continent can now showcase their activities and companies side by side at international shows like Fotovoltaica or the International Agriculture Show in Morocco, one of the largest in Africa.
Creating new joint services for their members (market research, business tours, etc.), collecting European and international funds to finance their joint actions, and taking part in training – all these aspects are vital to the cooperation agreement and essential for building sustainable relations.