For a very long time, much of the world's energy requirements have been met by digging oil wells and mine shafts, and plundering the Earth's resources, regardless of the resulting detrimental environmental effects. It is vital that we think ahead and find alternative, sustainable sources of energy that will cause less harm to our planet. The potential of renewable energy is huge and the African continent is blessed with an abundance of sunlight. The Sahara alone can generate enough electricity to satisfy the energy demands of Africa and Europe, provided in-depth knowledge and research is applied, and a robust infrastructure is put in place to trap, store, distribute, maintain and use this renewable source of energy. With foresight, determination, dedication and commitment, we can establish a long-term supply of energy on economies of scale and scope.

As scientists, we are determined to conduct research that has immediate practical applications by opening and broadening the energy agenda and by systematically incorporating renewable energies. It is argued that there is still an abundance of fossil fuel and it will not face depletion in the immediate future. However, if we wish to protect our environment for future generations it is imperative that we identify and develop sustainable energy sources, and that is where solar energy and other forms of renewable energies play a huge role, especially if we wish to future-proof our planet. We believe that the dearth or abundance of fossil fuels is irrelevant. It is the fact that as many sources of alternative energy with less damaging impact on the environment as possible must be actively researched, developed and used.

It is because solar energy has an unlimited and indefinite supply potential and can be harnessed with a less negative impact on the environment that both research that involves all the stakeholders and production with economies of scale is critical, brooking no further delay. For this reason, we have created the African Network for Solar Energy (ANSOLE), an initiative of African scientists for Africa and the rest of the world. ANSOLE is a platform of exchange among various stakeholders who are all devoted to promote in a concerted way the use of various renewable energy forms to address the acute energy problem in Africa while preserving and protecting the environment.


The three main goals of ANSOLE are:
  • Foster technical and vocational education and training (TVET) in renewable energies at various skill levels(capacity building).

  • Foster research activities in renewable energies among African scientists and non-African scientists who are directly involved in the training and education of African students and experts(capacity building).

  • Promote and encourage the use of renewable energies in Africa(substainable development and economy, environmental protection, etc).

Purpose and Objectives of ANSOLE

ANSOLE promotes research, education and vocational training in renewable energy (RE) among Africans and non-Africans with a special focus and relationships with Africa.

ANSOLE endorses the use of RE to the benefit of the social and economic development of Africa as well as environmental protection through:

  • Education and vocational training of African technicians, scientists, experts and students.

  • Exchange of students and visiting scientists.

  • Mutual research work with various funding institutions.

  • Joint publications.

  • Organizing workshops, conferences and meetings in Africa.

  • Organizing and implementing programs on RE for post-graduate students.

  • Promoting capacity building in the use of RE in Africa for all.

  • Supporting the creation of national renewable energy associations/networks.

  • Setting-up of a database on scientists, scientific institutions and businesses operating in RE sector in Africa.

  • Supporting the establishment of regional vocational training and education centres on RE in various regions of Africa.

To achieve its goals, ANSOLE is ready to cooperate with already existing initiatives

73rd ICTP Network:
ANSOLE is the 73rd ICTP (The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics) Network since November 4th 2011. This brings a series of advantages to the network scientists. ICTP support to a network is defined in

The support to a Network is given through a coordinated use of the existing ICTP and TWAS programmes:
  1. Visits of scientists to the members of the network through the ICTP Visiting Scholar/Consultant Programme or the TWAS South-South Fellowship Programme
  2. Contribution towards equipment costs through the TWAS Research Grant Programme;
  3. Donation of books and journals through the ICTP-TWAS Donation Programme;
  4. Scientific activities (for examples workshops and conference, etc.) within the framework of the OEA Scientific Meetings Programme.
The ICTP support towards a network is offered under the same criteria as other OEA programmes, namely:
  • Scientific validity of the research project;
  • Relevance of the project to the needs and culture of the region;
  • Evidence of commitment from local authorities.
ANSOLE is legally represented by ANSOLE e.V., a non-profit and non-governmental organisation, registered at the local court in Jena, Germany. The registration number is VR231505. The by-laws of ANSOLE e.V. can be downloaded here.

Structure of ANSOLE:
  • General assembly
  • Advisory board
  • Board of ANSOLE e.V.
  • Coordination office
  • Regional representative
  • National representatives
  • Focal points at various institutions of learning
  • active members
Institutional/Company members
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