What is Digital Energy?

Who we are

Digital Energy is a programme implemented by Agence Française de Développement with the support of the European Union, working to develop innovative digital solutions for a fair energy transition.


Digital Energy aims to


Accelerate access to energy

Reduce our dependence on fossil fuels

Improve the operational efficiency of players in the electricity sector

Why did we decide to launch Digital Energy?

Electricity grids have been modernized thanks to developments in digital technology, energy storage, and aggregation and load shedding systems, which are helping to increase the share of intermittent energy. 

The upgrading of information systems and the introduction of digital solutions are also improving service, knowledge and relations with customers and suppliers, helping to boost the performance of electricity operators and the viability of their business models. 

Lastly, technological innovations associated with the development of stand-alone solar kits and mini-grids based on renewable or hybrid energies are helping to rethink access policies, particularly in rural areas.

These innovative digital solutions are gradually being developed and are already having a significant impact on energy systems. These innovations, in conjunction with digital technology, will be powerful levers for accelerating energy transitions.

What do we actually do?

Digital Energy offers a range of complementary instruments to support energy players in their digitalization process and, ultimately, enable the creation of partnerships between Operators and Start-ups.

The program is built around 4 levers of action:

Digitization of Utilities

  • Studies and technical assistance for the digitization of operators, e.g. performance diagnosis and digitization roadmaps 
  • Capacity building through seminars, training and study tours
  • Targets : public utilities / national energy companies

6.7 M€

Financing innovation

  • Organization of an annual call for projects for digital innovation projects supporting partnerships between energy operators and innovative private companies
  • Support for setting up partnerships between public electricity companies and innovative private companies
  • Technical and financial assistance for selected projects; 
  • Targets: public energy operators, Startups and innovative SMEs.

7.2 M€

Leading a community of players

  • Federating an ecosystem of players involved in developing innovative projects
  • Online platform providing resources (data collection and analysis, studies, monitoring, etc.) and networking opportunities (online workshops, B2B events, etc.)
  • Target: all players in the energy sector

1.8 M€

Accelerating innovative solutions for energy access companies

  • Seed financing (between 300,000 and 500,000 euros) for start-ups to test and promote innovative energy access solutions
  • Support for companies
  • Target: Start-ups and innovative SMEs

4.8 M€

Key numbers

companies and public energy operators supported
cooperating countries
M€ of financing

Would you like to take part in the challenge?

Start-ups in the pre-seed phase, innovative SMEs, NGOs, ISOs/independent grid operators, private companies under public service delegation, power pools, regional organizations, energy regulators and rural electrification authorities... check your eligibility!

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