Capacity Building for Renewable Energy Planning in Cuban Higher Education Institutions (CRECE)

 The Cuban energy sector is undergoing a state-led transformation. So far, this “Energy Revolution” has improved energy efficiency but harnessing renewable energy (RE) resources is still lagging far behind. In order to attract investors, meet the government's RE targets, and reduce CO2 emissions and environmental pollution from fossil fuels, Cuba needs national expertise and experts in RE development. CRECE answers this call by training skilled experts and enabling cross-sectoral and regional cooperation possibilities. Cuban partners will be better equipped to conduct international-level energy related research and provide sustainable energy experts to the growing labour market needs.

In the long run, CRECE will impact on Cuban energy self-sufficiency and domestic growth. By harnessing Cuban RE potential, not only greenhouse gas emissions will be reduced, but also expenditures and dependency on Venezuelan oil imports will be minimised, while simultaneously improving domestic energy access and security.

The project begins by creating a roadmap for addressing energy transition needs in Cuba through higher education. Following this roadmap, CRECE improves capacity and internationalisation of partner HEIs through (1) modernising learning outcomes on sustainable energy and sustainability; (2) improving teaching approaches; (3) reviewing curricula and updating learning modules; (5) improving materials, tools, equipment and facilities for quality education; (5) creating networks with relevant energy sector stakeholders; and (6) facilitating International research collaboration and partnerships.

The primary objective of the project is to support Cuban partner HEIs in the provision of up-to-date and relevant education in sustainable energy systems to meet current societal and labour market needs. Regional cooperation is fostered through partnering with Costa Rica, showcasing how Costa Rican national policies have had a strong impact on prioritising renewable energy and transforming the energy sector. Cross-regional knowledge transfer is enabled by engaging European RE experts.


  • Finland Futures Research Centre (FFRC), University of Turku, Finland;

  • Tampere University of Technology (TUT), Finland;

  • Europa-Universität Flensburg (EUF), Germany;

  • University of León (ULE), Spain;

  • University of Oriente (UO), Cuba;

  • Instituto Superior Politécnico Jose Antonio Echeverria (CUJAE), Cuba;

  • Instituto Superior Minero Metalúrgico de Moa (ISMMM), Cuba;

  • United Nations University for Peace (UPeace), Costa Rica;

  • EARTH University (Earth), Costa Rica;

  • University of Vigo (Uvigo), Spain;

  • CubaEnergia, Cuba;

  • Centro de Investigacion de Energia Solar (CIES), Cuba;

  • Universidad Autónoma deCentroamérica (UACA), Costa Rica

CRECE project is funded by Erasmus+ Capacity Buiding in Higher Education during  10/2017-10/2020.





 Further information:


Jyrki Luukkanen
Mika Korkeakoski​
Noora Vähäkari

Finland Futures Research Centre