Hochschule Neu-Ulm (HNU) and Université Gaston Berger (UGB) in Saint Louis jointly conduct the project. Moreover, three industrial partners are supporting STAIRE, which are the two German companies EnergieKonzepte Schiffer and KTI Plersch Kältetechnik, as well as the Senegalese company SL Green Energy led by Sada Ly.
The fishing industry plays a major role in Senegal's economy. However, there is often a lack of adequate cooling and transportation facilities due to the unavailability of affordable energy. Therefore, both agricultural and aquacultural products are wasted, which has a negative impact not only on the national economy, but especially on the livelihoods of the needy and the poor, who subsist on the sale of food products.
Above all, there is also a lack of educational programmes that address these practical problems. Students are usually educated in a very theoretical way, so that they are unable to solve concrete economic problems, hence to lift the country out of the poverty trap.
Within the framework of the STAIRE project, an interdisciplinary certificate course, which will be part of an existing renewable energy master, will be developed and implemented at UGB in close cooperation with business partners. The students learn in a practice-oriented curriculum how renewable energies can be applied in the primary sector. Selected application examples range from solar pumping to solar drying and preservation of agricultural products to methanation and cooling process technologies, with each example accompanied by experts from relevant companies. Due to the essential focus on clean energy, the Senegalese university will be equipped with modern tools to establish a renewable energy innovation lab in the course of the project.
A second work streams focuses on the education of village communities, aiming to increase the amount of productive use cases specifically in rural areas. In this regard, an entrepreneurship training manual will be developed which will form the basis for long-term trainings, eventually resulting in business ideas that strengthen the local economies.
Funded by the DAAD with financial means of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
The project is still ongoing (July 2020 - December 2023).