The German-Algerian Energy Partnership

Germany and Algeria have decided in 2015 to intensify their bilateral energy cooperation, so as to promote the use of renewable energy sources and the improvement of energy efficiency in industry. Their common aim is to shape both countries’ energy futures in a way that maximizes benefits for citizens, environment and businesses.

We facilitate high-level political dialogue, exchange of good practices, technical advice and business meetings - and communicate about the energy transition.

Facts & Figures

Country Surface

Algeria and Germany are among the biggest countries in their respective regions. As the biggest country on the African continent, Algeria’s surface exceeds Germany’s by more than six times. This brings along challenges for energy infrastructure, but also potential for distributed energy solutions, for which Germany has significant experience to share.

Square kilometre
Square kilometre

Source: World Bank 2017

Solar Irradiation

Algeria’s solar irradiation is about double of Germany’s, giving it a particularly high potential for energy production from solar energy. Algeria is pursuing ambitious plans to fully seize this potential and cooperating with Germany in order to benefit from its long experience in implementing solar energy projects.

per sqm per year
per sqm per year

Sources: Algeria: Ministry of Energy, Germany: Agency for Renewable Energies

Algeria: Ministry of Energy

Germany: Agency for Renewable Energies, Erneuerbare Energien 2030 – Potenzialatlas Deutschland


Germany’s population is about the double of Algeria’s. However, Algeria’s population growth rate (1.8 p.a.) is more than the double of Germany’s (0.2 p.a.), challenging local infrastructure, and especially energy supply infrastructure.


Source: UN World Population Prospects 2017

About the Energy Partnership

The Ministers together at a table signing documents
Energy ministers Youcef Yousfi (Algeria) and Sigmar Gabriel (Germany), signing the joint declaration of intent.

Germany and Algeria decided in 2015 to further enhance and deepen their energy sector collaboration, establishing the bilateral Energy Partnership. This format enables an exchange of good practices and experiences between key stakeholders, aiming to address common challenges, such as climate change and the provision of economically viable solutions for the success of the energy transition.

Read more

“By virtue of its favourable situation with abundant solar and wind energy and its ambitious targets for increased exploitation of renewable energy sources, Algeria is an attractive partner for Germany."

Rainer Baake
Former State secretary, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy


In March 2015, the German Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy and the Algerian Minister of Energy signed a joint declaration of intent for a bilateral energy partnership. Through its various initiatives and activities, the partnership is enhancing the bilateral cooperation and supporting the transformation of both countries’ energy systems.

Meeting of High-Ranking officials at the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue 2017.
26 March 2017Bilateral Meeting

Decision on a Common Working Plan

Discussion on cooperation themes at the Ministry of Energy in Algiers.
25 May 2016Committee Meeting

Setting up Partnership Working Groups

The second steering committee meeting took place in Algiers. The German Director General of the Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, Thorsten Herdan, and Algerian Director General of the Ministry of Energy, Zoubir Boulkroun, decided upon the creation of two working groups, focussing on the strategic themes renewable energies and energy efficiency.

20 May 2015Committee Meeting

Identification of Strategic Themes

During a visit to Berlin, Algerian Secretary General of the Energy Ministry, Ahmed Messili, and former German State Secretary of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, Rainer Baake, held the first meeting of the Energy Partnership’s steering committee. They agreed upon the partnership’s focus themes: diversification of the energy mix, development of renewable energies and enhancing energy efficiency.

What we can do for you

Illustration of two people in dialogue in a green environment

Support Political Dialogue

The German-Algerian Energy Partnership is a platform supporting high-level intergovernmental dialogue on energy matters. We facilitate high-level meetings and support the implementation of agreed activities. We organize the exchange between relevant institutions in Germany and Algeria.

Illustration of 2 people at a desk, talking with chat symbols above their heads

Promote Best-Practice Exchange

We’re convinced that making mistakes is inevitable, but they don’t need to be repeated. That’s why learning from one another is key to the German-Algerian Energy Partnership. We arrange and accompany expert delegations. We organize workshops and trainings. All for the sake of promoting what is already there: good practice.

Three people standing in a red/brown environment with palm trees

Connect Business and Politics

We build bridges between politics and business, facilitate exchange with decision-makers and help you make your position being heard in both partnership countries.

Illustration of a man and a woman with camera and microphone on the left conducting an interview with a man and a woman on the right.

Enhance Energy Transition Communication

Clear communication translates undertakings into understanding. We do communicate about the Energiewende through various channels. In Germany and Algeria. Online and offline.


24 April 2018

German-Algerian Energy Day

The first German-Algerian Energy Day will be an opportunity to discuss the latest strategies, instruments and development trajectories for a sustainable Energy future in Algeria, Germany and beyond. What are the political tools that most effectively stimulate the development of renewable energies? What is the cost of integrating the renewable energy network? How to manage the structural changes that the energy transition brings, in a way that benefits both society and the economy? These are just a few issues to be debated by politicians and senior figures from academia, think tanks and the private sector.

Here are the presentations of our experts during this day:



Expériences faites dans le cadre de la transition énergétique allemande, Energiewende - Dr. Martin Schöpe.

Optimiser le développement des énergies renouvelables: Instruments pour favoriser la transition énergétique. Les défis en Allemagne de - Madame Anna-Lenna Kuehn.

Renewable Potentials, Auctions & Systeme integration - Jenny Winkler.

Appels d'Offres Energie Renouvelable - Dario Traum.

International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) - Zoheir Hamedi.





22 February 2018

Workshop Power Purchase Agreements

For any kind of energy projects realized as IPP projects, a well-designed power purchase agreement (PPA) has an important influence not only on the energy prices to be paid by the purchasing entity, but as well on of the successful construction and operating of the respective energy plant.

13 February 2018

Financial Model Project Training

In order to strengthen strategic foresight on options influencing possible outcomes of renewable tenders, a financial model adapted to renewable energies projects in Algeria was presented and discussed. During the two-day training, participants seized the opportunity to exchange intensively with two experts on relevant parameters that have significant influence on electricity prices offered in solar tenders, and to use the model in specific exercises and case studies.

28 November 2017

Workshop on Efficiency Networks

Having a deeper look into the concept of energy efficiency enterprise networks was the goal of an energy partnership workshop held in Algiers in November 2015. 15 representatives of Algerian governmental and public enterprises had lively discussions with a German energy efficiency expert that presented the details of the concept and its successful implementation in Germany and other countries in Europe and beyond.

Experts discussing energy efficiency networks in Algiers.
Experts discussing energy efficiency networks in Algiers.
19 October 2017

Expert workshop on renewable energy tender processes

Over the last five years, tender processes for renewable energy projects have been introduced in a range of countries worldwide. Results were mixed: The awarding of renewable energy projects via tenders has sometimes led to good projects and very competitive energy prices, while in other cases, awarded projects were not implemented and/or quality of products and services was poor. Against this backdrop, German and Algerian experts exchanged on lessons learned and best practices during a workshop in Algiers in October 2018.

17 October 2017

Workshop PPP and Project Financing

Financing renewable energies projects and setting up the best structure for project implementation are closely intertwined and often challenging questions for utility-scale renewable- energies projects. Within the framework of an energy partnership workshop, Algerian experts from public institutions and companies and German bankers from KfW met in order to discuss the last worldwide experience on renewable energy financing, as well as advantages and disadvantages of different project structures (as EPC, PPP and IPP).


Media Elements

Media Type
Partenariat Energetique Aléro-Allemend

Partenariat Energétique Algéro-Allemand

Download PDF
Deutsch-Algerische Energiepartnerschaft

Deutsch-Algerische Energiepartnerschaft

Download PDF
Fifth “Energy Transition” Monitoring Report

Fifth “Energy Transition” Monitoring Report

Download PDF
Who is Who of the Energiewende  in Germany

Who is Who of the Energiewende in Germany

Download PDF
Germany's Renewable Energy Revolution

Germany's Renewable Energy Revolution

Watch video
Energy storage in Germany

Energy storage in Germany

Watch video

Get in touch


An Initiative by

German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi)

The central task of the Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy is to reinvigorate the social market economy, allowing it to stay innovative in the long term and strengthen Germany’s social fabric. The Ministry has the legal, administrative and coordinating mandate to fulfill this mission, e.g. in the area of energy.

Ministère de l’Energie de la République Algérienne Démocratique et Populaire

The Ministry for Energy is in charge of setting the legal, regulatory and administrative framework for production and use of the national fossil and renewable energy resources, and assuring Algeria’s electricity and gas supply.

Implemented by

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) provides international cooperation services for sustainable development and international education work. It is dedicated to building a future worth living around the world. GIZ has over 50 years of experience in a wide variety of areas.

In Cooperation with

Federal Foreign Office

The Federal Foreign Office represents Germany’s interests to the world. It promotes international exchange and offers protection and assistance to Germans abroad.

Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU)

The Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety is in charge of protecting German citizens from environmental damage and its consequences, enables the efficient use of raw materials. It works to advance climate action, conserve biodiversity and secure habitats.

The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development works to encourage economic development through international cooperation and partnerships.

Ministère des Affaires Etrangères

The Ministère des Affaire Etrangères is the Algerian Federal Ministry for External Affairs. It is representing Algerian interests abroad, working to enhance its international relations and offering assistance and protection to Algerian citizens abroad.

Commission de Régulation de l’Electricité et du Gaz (CREG)

Created in 2005, CREG is the Algerian national regulator in charge of ensuring competition and transparency on the national electricity and gaz market.

Agence pour la Rationalisation de l’Utilisation de l’Energie (APRUE)

APRUE is the Algerian national agency for energy efficiency. Its principal mission is to implement national policies for rational use of energy, in order to enhance energy efficiency at a national level.

Sonelgaz is the Algerian state-owned utility, in charge of electricity and gas distribution. One of its missions is to promote renewable energies in Algeria, and it has been in charge of implementing a range of successful renewable energy projects.

Established in 1963, Sonatrach is Algeria’s traditional oil and gas company as well as the largest African company.

KfW (Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau) is the world’s largest national development bank

German-Algerian Chamber of Commerce (AHK)

Established in 2005, the German-Algerian Chamber of Commerce is promoting bilateral economic relations, assisting German companies interested in the Algerian market and representing the interests of German businesses in Algeria.

Germany Trade and Invest (GTAI)

GTAI is the German national institution for promotion of foreign investment and international trade. It furnishes information and assistance to German companies that like to expand their businesses abroad as well as to international companies interested in realizing investments in Germany.

PTB (Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt) is the German national institute for metrology. Its international cooperation department is implementing cooperation projects to enhance quality infrastructure in developing and emerging economies.