Morocco-based Masen, a leading renewable energy company, said its president Mustapha Bakkoury recently visited Sweden to meet the country’s governmental energy agencies and Cleanergy AB to discuss collaboration opportunities.

Cleanergy AB is a privately held high-tech small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) specialised in the supply of Stirling engine-based renewable energy solutions

Morocco and Sweden have the attributes for good business relations within the energy sector, said a statement from the company.

With Morocco’s avant-gardist strategy for renewable energy development, its optimal weather conditions and Sweden’s innovative technology solutions, focus is on how to continue developing the collaboration between the two countries, it said.

Bakkoury undertook this visit upon an official invitation by the state secretary Oscar Stenström, Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He also met Pär Nuder, board member of Cleanergy AB, and other high-level representatives of the Swedish Government and officials of the Stockholm region.

During the meeting, the officials discussed topics such as: Sweden’s energy strategy and goals for renewables; collaborative efforts between the two countries; and Morocco’s roadmap to being global leader within renewable energy

Prior to this visit Cleanergy AB had signed an agreement with Masen to deliver concentrated solar power (CSP) technology to Morocco, said a statement.

The agreement foresees Cleanergy and Masen collaborating to set up demonstration units of its Stirling CSP technology in the Noor Ouarzazate complex and to launch collaborative innovation activities on thermal energy storage systems.

Bakkoury said: “We are positioning ourselves as a major player in the renewables sector on a global level. Morocco has set an ambitious objective of 52 per cent renewables within its energy mix by 2030.”

“Relations with Sweden are part of the strategy to accomplish this, as well as our interest for innovative, state-of-the-art solar power generation technologies,” he added.

Jonas Eklind, president of Cleanergy AB, said: “They have the world’s largest concentrated solar power plant since 2016 – 580 MW Noor Ouarzazate complex and will in 2018 supply power to nearly two million people all over Morocco.”

“We see this aggressive plan and expansion as an opportunity. To enter the African solar power market and collaborate with Masen on development of the CSP technology with storage, is a solution where everyone can benefit,” he added.