MENA_LINKS: Linking ambitious renewable energy development and efficient sector coupling in the MENA region - Preparation phase

By accelerating the expansion of renewable energy and optimizing the integration and use of renewable energy, the need for additional fossil capacities is reduced. MENALINK supports the scaling up of renewable energy ambitions through integration measures and sector coupling. The long-term change of structural framework conditions, the development of business models, education and training measures, as well as financing mechanisms are developed and implementation is supported. A selection of the sector modules will be implemented in each of the partner countries. In addition to existing initiatives and connecting points, the political priorities of the partner countries, emission reduction potentials and an optimal contribution to the integration of high shares of renewable energies are taken into account.

Project data

Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Tunisia, Turkey
IKI funding
735,047.00 €
01/2022 till 08/2022
Implementing organisation
Guidehouse Germany GmbH
Implementing Partner
  • SHURA Energy Transition Center
  • Elia Grid International
  • Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI
  • Islamic Development Bank(IsDB)
  • National Energy Research Center (NERC) - Jordan
  • Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE)
  • Renewables Academy AG (RENAC)
  • Research Institute for Solar Energy and New Energies (IRESEN) - Morocco

State of implementation/results

  • The preparation phase of the project includes the following topics:
    • Confirmmation of the working hypotheses of MENALINK and fine-tune the proposed approach in each partner country and the selection of sector modules will be prepared by the implementing organisation. These modules constitute the focus areas in the realm of renewable energy integration and sector coupling that best fit the political priorities of the partner countries, hold the promise of most effective emissions reductions, and contribute to scaling up ambitions for high-renewable energy systems.
    • The preparation phase schedule foresees meetings with key stakeholder groups in Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Tunisia and Turkey which are likely to take place virtually linked to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • After the preparation phase, a decision is made on further funding by the International Climate Initiative.

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