Algeria : Renewable Energies Integrating Locally Manufactured Products

  • 27 January 2021 / News / 61 / Amine

Algeria : Renewable Energies Integrating Locally Manufactured Products

After the establishment of the new board of directors of the Solar Energy Cluster last December, its president, Prof. Mhamed Hammoudia, sent a message indicating the priorities of his mandate. Boukhalfa Yaïci, managing director of the cluster, published the word of the president on Linked In.

The president said that the main missions of the new team of the Board will be to revitalize the solar photovoltaic sector, to remain a force of concrete proposals for the public authorities and work to extend the activities of the CES to other sectors of renewable energy in order to build a global vision of the CES and support the efforts of public authorities in the energy transition by providing specific Algerian solutions.

It discusses the extension of the use of renewable energies to the residential, industrial and agricultural sectors and to provide concrete solutions that are technically and economically viable for both users and public authorities in order to support new initiatives and to concretize more ambitious programs integrating locally designed and manufactured skills, products, and services.

CES covers almost the entire value chain in solar photovoltaic, both in its industrial and service components and in R&D through its affiliated universities and research centers. This would allow to carry out technico-economic prospective studies to support the efforts of public authorities and to identify new avenues to effectively integrate the different national capacities.

According to the Chairman of the Board of Directors, its mission is essentially to promote the industrial sector, improve the capacity and quality of service delivery in the renewable energy sector - RE -, develop the local market, and provide comprehensive local solutions to the government for the various programs.

Working to export to neighboring markets both industrial products, but also services related to RE, promoting the industrial axis, would allow local companies to benefit from advantageous regulations for its development through the identification of new gateways between different industrial sectors and components of devices used in renewable energy such as glass, aluminum, metal alloys, electronics or plastics are other missions listed.

Reducing taxes, customs duties for inputs, and increasing the national integration rate of renewable devices and systems are other missions cited.

It is recalled that the members of the ESC have made significant investments for the emergence of an industry in the renewable sector and it is recommended to work for the creation of new opportunities to build, expand and sustain the market in order to accompany the development of this sector.

"We will work to promote new applications and solutions using RE devices such as hybridization and unconventional energy storage, in order to offer new products in the agriculture and water sectors on the local and regional market," adds the Chairman of the Board of Directors.

He proposes the establishment of a scientific and technical board comprising personalities with proven experience and competence in the world of research and foresight as well as in the business world related to the RE sector. This body would help the members of the ESC in their future technological and economic choices.

It advocates promoting collaborative projects at the national and international level through the establishment of permanent communication channels between universities, research centers, and industry.

It is also proposed to extend and promote the activities of the CES to wind energy, which has already been the subject of several prospective studies, identification, and location of the technico-economic potential over the entire national territory alongside the use of natural or artificial geothermal potential through the exploitation of old closed oil or gas wells with interesting temperature gradients.

"The different ways of using and exploiting our renewable energy field ... allow us to exploit our different potentials and extract significant revenues and promote a real diversification of the energy mix. "Our work will focus on identifying the administrative obstacles hindering the development of this sector and will consist in providing concrete solutions to the public authorities" concludes Pr Mhamed Hammoudi.