The ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) invites interested and qualified consultant(s) / firms to indicate interest by tendering RFP documents for the following works:
The ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) was established in response to the recommendation of the ECOWAS/UEMOA White Paper on access to energy services in rural and peri-urban areas issued in 2006. The specific objective of ECREEE is also to create favorable framework conditions for regional RE&EE markets by supporting activities directed to mitigate existing technology financial, economic, business, legal, policy, institutional, knowledge and capacity related barriers.
Applications are invited for:
Title: Request for Proposal (RFP) - Consultancy to Conduct Studies on the Potential Benefits of Green Hydrogen Relative to the West African Cooking Alliance and ECOWAS Renewable Energy Facility
Purpose of the Study
In 2018, over 99% of hydrogen was made using fossil fuels, but hydrogen can also be produced cleanly using renewable electricity to split water in an electrolyzer, that is called green hydrogen. With the cost of wind and solar continuing to fall, many analysts have predicted a fall in the production costs of green hydrogen in the years to come. Given ECREEE’s program on ECOWAS renewable energy facility as well as the West African clean cooking alliance, the study aims to research on the existing resources and the possible linkages with green hydrogen in:
- • The use of mini grids, for provision of electricity.
- • The productive use of energy with focus in rural areas.
- • Clean cooking technologies for various applications in urban and rural areas.
Scope of the Assignment
The key tasks to be undertaken by the consultant include:
- Task area 1:
- Review the state of penetration of mini grids in ECOWAS member states.
- Assess the viability of mini grids in meeting local electricity needs.
- Explore the possibility of hydrogen production using mini grids in rural communities, factoring in mind the dual-purpose uses of these mini grids (for both electricity and hydrogen production) and also the possibility of using hydrogen to feed mini grids for improving electricity access
- Analyze the possibility that green hydrogen can offer in terms of long-term storage in addition to or substitute for battery storage systems currently to improve the energy supply of mini grids in the region.
- Research into the introduction of hybrid mini grids model in the region, using green hydrogen combined with other renewable energy technology (as against fossil fuels).
- Research in the technical and financial viability of the added infrastructure in mini grids within the region (including electrolyzes).
- Review and analyze water access in rural mini grids sites and the use of electrolyzes
- Task Area 2:
- Review the current state of the West African Clean Cooking alliance Initiative viz-a-viz the penetration of clean cooking in the region.
- Research in into the usage of fuels as a source of cooking in the ECOWAS region.
- Explore the potential use of green hydrogen as a source of clean cooking in the region, particularly in rural areas.
- Research on the characteristics of H2 for cooking compared to LPG, biogas, and other cooking fuel Explore the potential use of green hydrogen in cylinders as energy sources and a potential replacement of liquified Petroleum gas (LPG).
- Explore the potential use of green hydrogen as a source of energy for women groups in entrepreneurial ventures including fish-smoking and drying, tie-and-dye, grain crop milling and any other ventures that fossil fuels are used.
Qualifications of the Consultant
In order to be eligible for consideration, the consultant should have work experience in the ECOWAS region. In addition, the consultant must have:
- Lead Consultant (Renewable Energy Expert):
- At least a master’s degree in the Energy, Management, international relation or other related field.
- A minimum of 10 years of experience in leading a consulting team to conduct related assignments in the areas of renewable energy and energy efficiency.
- At least 5 Experience in working on projects/program with cross-cutting themes such as gender equality
- At least 5 years’ Experience in Clean Mini-Grid project development and implementation
- Demonstrated experience in the energy sector of a member state.
- Strong planning, organization and time management skills and ability to manage multiple tasks.
- Proficiency in preparing and presenting professional reports and analytical papers;
- Proficient communication in oral and written English. Knowledge in Portuguese and/or French will be an advantage.
- Clean cooking Expert:
- At least a master’s degree in the Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency, or related field.
- At least 5 years’ experience in clean cooking devices and fuel projects development and implementation
- Extensive knowledge on promoting clean cooking solutions in the ECOWAS region with more than 2 years’ experience working within the ECOWAS Community.
- At least a master's degree in energy, economics or a related field.
- A PhD holder or researcher in the field of energy in a training and/or research institution in the ECOWAS region
- At least 2 publications in the thematic of hydrogen, clean cooking, mini grids, energy policy in the ECOWAS region.
Application Closing Date
12.00 noon (GMT time), 30th November, 2021.
Submission of Documents
The offer comprising of technical and financial proposals, in two separate files, should be sent ONLY to: email@example.com
clearly indicating in the subject "Consultancy to conduct studies on the potential benefits of green hydrogen relative to the West African Cooking Alliance and ECOWAS Renewable Energy Facility".
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