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Microenergy SystemsExploring the potential role of decentralized renewable energy systems and grid-connected micro-grids for enhancing the MENA Renewables Energy Transition

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MENARET - Middle East and Nort Africa Renewable Energy Transformation

Solar panels on the rooftops of Chefchaouen
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The project explores the technical and socio-economic potential of decentral renewable energies (DRE) for the energy transition and the role of micro-grids in facilitating their integration into the energy system. The target region is North Africa and the Middle East (MENA), the focus country for testing the implementation of DRE-based micro-grids is Morocco. So far, most countries in the region still rely on fossil fuels, but some countries have developed ambitious targets for integrating renewable energies into the system. With the aim to achieve 52% of installed RE capacity by 2030, Morocco is in a good position to be a focus country in this project. In the project, the partners will explore the potential for DRE in Morocco and the MENA region at large, accompanied by a test of the technical and socio-economic feasibility of grid connected micro-grids regrouping clusters of DRE and local use cases of electricity. To that end, the MENARET project brings together experts and competences from engineering, technology development business, and policy design from Germany and the partner region. An explicit goal is the development of new business areas, products and service for the company MEI and other associated private sector partner from Germany and from the MENA region.

 

The MENARET project contributes to the realization of several sustainable development goals in the region, particularly SDG7.2 (renewable energy in the global energy mix), but also SDG7.3 (improvement of energy efficiency). The project will contribute to these two indicators through an in-depth analysis of the potential of DRE in the region. Developing technical solutions to integrate the DREs into a micro-grid which is compatible with the national grid will promote effective and efficient use of DRE as well as present itself as an income-generation activity for the DRE users.

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