An event organized by EREF
29.11.2017 - 30.11.2017 • Salzburg, Austria


The Small Hydropower Chapter of the European Renewable Energies Federation (EREF) will organise a hydropower workshop in conjunction with a matchmaking event during the RENEXPO Interhydro European hydropower trade fair and conference. The events are organised in cooperation with the Africa-EU Renewable Energy Cooperation Programme (RECP), a multi-donor programme that supports the development of markets for renewable energy in Africa.

EREF’s hydropower workshop (Thursday morning, 29 November 2017)

Around 95% of Africa’s economic hydropower potential remains untapped. With growing private and public investment in the continent, the hydropower project pipeline is growing fast. The objective of this event is to support African project developers by linking them to expertise in Europe. The event will address project development challenges, equipment supply options, financing options, sources of expertise and implementing partnerships. We also will present the findings of our previous conferences in Rwanda and South Africa on how to tap into the available funds for small hydropower projects in Africa to European developers and investors. Until to date, more than 45 African project developers and investors have registered so far.

The matchmaking event (Wednesday and Thursday, 29 and 30 November 2017)

The two-days Matchmaking Event will allow European and African project developers of and investors in hydropower plants to meet potential business partners and to get first-hand experience on how to operate in Africa. Our professional B2B platform enables you to tailor a meeting with relevant business partners and expand your impact. Within the next two weeks, participants will create their profiles on our matchmaking platform followed by arranging meetings that fit their specific project’s needs. Participants will cover the full range of project developers, technology suppliers, financiers and public sector agencies.

Additional conference activities

Next to the trade fair with more than 100 exhibitors presenting the whole hydropower value chain, you can participate in an excursion to a near-by power plant to discuss with discuss with equipment producers and plant operators on the spot. We also would like to draw your attention to the famous Salzburg Christmas Market. For an overview of all activities and conference sessions, please visit the framework programme website.

How to participate

To join EREF’s workshop and matchmaking activities as well as to get free access to trade fair and conference, please contact Dirk Hendricks at or Rainer Janssen at

Furthermore, we request you to register via this direct link. Once registered, you can set up your profile here for the matchmaking sessions and start setting up meetings with other participants.