IK4-TEKNIKER is taking part in the EUROSUNMED project, backed by a budget of over 5 million euros, which the European Union has launched in order to boost research to lower the cost of solar energy technologies, while at the same time contributing towards the development of Morocco and Egypt.
The initiative is oriented towards collaboration between European and African companies and academic and research centres.
Led by the French National Centre for Scientific Research (Centre national de la recherche scientifique – CNRS), 17 leading universities and research centres in the European Union are taking part, as well as organisations in Egypt and Morocco.
The main aims of the project are the development of solar energy generation technologies, like photovoltaics and solar concentration, as well as integration of electrical power grids. The initiative also includes goals such as the testing of cutting-edge components.
In addition, cooperation networks will be established between the EU, Egypt and Morocco, with projects like student and engineer exchanges, and the results of the project will be disseminated.
During the project, which started recently, new components like cells or heliostats will be tested for their capability to operate in the specific conditions of the countries in the Mediterranean basin, characterized by their harsh climate or problems with desert sand.