A €1 million EU project led by the Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology (Mcast) aimed at promoting research on photovoltaic (PV) integration was launched last week at the college’s main campus in Paola.

The Joint Universal Activities for Mediterranean PV Integration Excellence (Jump2Excel) project focuses on five research themes: (i) fusion of emerging technology development; (ii) energy-water nexus; (iii) future electricity markets; and (iv) examining energy pathways in the Mediterranean.

The project, which is open to Mcast students, academics and staff as well as local and regional participants, has launched a programme of actions, including workshops, internships, exchanges, training, mentoring sessions, public lectures and conferences.

It is supported by two world-leading research centres: the National Renewable Energy Centre of Spain (CENER) and the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) together with the University of Manchester, the UK, which will provide access to an extensive network of facilities and speakers.

The project forms part of the Mcast Energy Research Group’s ongoing effort to enhance its scientific excellence and increase its innovation capacity. It has developed the first campus-wide microgrid training and research facility in Malta. This has been supported by other structural funds for new campus development, an on-site testing laboratory, and the scaling-up of devices.

Present at the project launch was Education Minister Evarist Bartolo, Frederick Schembri, president of the Mcast board of governors, Mcast principal James Calleja and project coordinator Brian Azzopardi.

The project is supported by the EU’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.

For further information researchers and members of the public may contact the Mcast Energy Group on energy@mcast.edu.mt or visit the project webpage below.



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