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2009 - 2019

Implementing agencies
AEE Institute for Sustainable Technologies (AEE INTEC)

African partners
Other public body, Private sector

Names of African partners involved
University of Botswana, Clean Energy Research Centre, Bethel Business and Community Development Centre (Lesotho), Empresa Nacional de Parques de Ciencia e Tecnologia EP (Mozambique), Namibian Energy Institute at the Namibian University of Science and Technology, Centre for Renewable Energy and Sustainable Energy Studies, Stellenbosch University (South Africa), South African National Energy Development Institute (South Africa), National University of Science and Technology (Zimbabwe)

Donor involvement (incl. IOs)
Multi-donor, Multilaterals involved, Bilaterals involved

Names of donors involved (incl. IOs

Geographical scope

Countries where active

Renewables, Heating and Cooling, Energy Efficiency

Sub Sectors (Electricity)
Grid connected generation, Stand-alone off-grid

Type of intervention
High-level initiative (upstream), Operative program / delivery mechanism (downstream)

Type of technical assistance
Dialogue and networking, Information and analysis, Policy support / institution building, Skill development / training

Gender focus

Climate focus

Type of financing

Main objectives
The aim of SOLTRAIN is to support the target countries in changing from a largely fossil energy supply system to a sustainable supply structure based on renewable energy in general, and on solar thermal in particular.

Main activities
SOLTRAIN focuses on four areas: 1. Raising awareness of the potentials in solar thermal technology: by using targeted campaigns, relevant stakeholders and the public are made aware of the wide range of application areas for solar thermal systems. Awareness raising also includes showing the benefits of solar thermal systems concerning energy supply, poverty alleviation, job creation and the protection of the natural environment. 2. Building competence in solar thermal technology: currently there are no centres of competence for solar thermal in the partner countries. SOLTRAIN will help to establish institutional structures which can offer expert advice, training and technical support to the local industry and politicians. Research and development capacities is also part of these centres. 3. Creating solar thermal technology platforms: similar to the European technology platforms, these platforms include all key stakeholders and sectors that influence the general conditions of how to accelerate the dissemination and use of solar thermal systems. 4. Demonstrating that solar thermal technology works: SOLTRAIN sets up solar thermal demonstration plants in order to apply the knowledge taught in the training programs to installers, students and politicians. Both smaller and bigger plants were set up in social institutions and small and medium enterprises, where they contribute to water heating, cooling and the generation of process heat.



Contact information
Austrian Development Agency

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