Q: What means ‘Enbrain’?
A: Enbrain stands for Building capacity in Renewable and sustAINable ENERrgy for Libya and it is an Eramus + project within Key Action 2 (KA2): Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices - Capacity Building in the field of Higher education.
Q: Who composes the consortium of the project?
A: The project is led by Politecnico di Torino (POLITO) and by the partners Mediterranean Universities Union (UNIMED), Universitat de Barcelona (UB), Universidade de Évora (UE), Tripoli University (UoT), Zawia University (ZU), Misurata University (MU, Sirte University (SU) and Sebha University (SeU).
Q: Why Libya?
A: Africa is a crucial player to tackle the world energy challenge since major global energy, climate and sustainable goals depend strongly on the future of this region. Energy demand in Africa is expected to rise from 897 to 1322 Mtoe in the period from 2012 to 2040 according to the International Energy Agency 2014 as a result of economic and population growth. In this context, Libya has the largest proven oil reserves in Africa as well as a huge potential for renewable energy. It receives a strong solar radiation with an average of 2200 kWh/m2 and 3500 hours of solar brightness per year. The potential for wind energy is high too. Morocco, Egypt and Tunisia have taken significant steps towards the exploitation of wind power (Global Wind Energy Council 2015) with a total installed capacity at 2015 slightly less 2 GW. However, Libya is not even among the list of the countries that are using wind power. The country still depends on fossil fuels to meet increasing energy demands. Above all, the current conflict and its reflection on the energy scene have led to the unavoidable conclusion of promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency actions. However, so far there has been no assessment of renewable energy supply options in Libya. Barriers facing energy efficiency and renewable energy include economic, institutional, legal, regulatory and financial impediments. Furthermore, there remains an insufficient enabling environment to support the energy efficiency and renewable energy markets—lack of awareness, low capacity, no standardized contracts and protocols, underdeveloped financing modalities.
The proposal was conceived in order to answer to a clear need expressed by the partner Libyan Universities to improve their Academic offer paying particular attention to Renewable Energies. A survey has been submitted to all Libyan Partners in order to better identify and understand the state of the art in their Institutions. This need was conveyed to UNIMED as a network of Mediterranean Universities and it was shared by UNIMED with the proposal Coordinator POLITO who has a high interest in the opening up of collaboration with that country. Starting from this kernel the other partners have been involved based on the previous networking relationships and experiences. Hence the proposal was set based on the previous cooperation experiences among the UNIMED’s partners and on the operational experience of POLITO and of the other European and Libyan partners. In particular UNIMED is actually involved in 2 other ERASMUS+ ongoing projects involving Libyan Partners (EuNIT and ENROL).
Q: How can I contact Enbrain team?
A: Please fill the contact form presented on the front page of the website or by our email email@example.com