Jump2Ex­cel: Joint Universal ac­tiv­i­ties for Mediter­ranean PV in­te­gra­tion Ex­cel­lence

The Malta Business Weekly - - NEWS -

MCAST is launch­ing the EU-funded Hori­zon 2020 JUMP2Ex­cel project which aims to step up and stim­u­late the sci­en­tific ex­cel­lence and in­no­va­tion ca­pac­ity of MCAST En­ergy in the field of Pho­to­voltaic in­te­gra­tion, in­clud­ing re­lated tech­nolo­gies such as en­ergy stor­age and an­cil­lary ser­vices and elec­tric­ity mar­kets.

This is achieved by joint ac­tiv­i­ties with a group of top world lead­ing re­search cen­tres in­clud­ing Cen­tro Na­cional de En­er­gia Ren­ov­ables in Spain, Com­mis­sariat a l' En­ergie Atomique et aux En­er­gies Al­ter­na­tives in France, and the Univer­sity of Manch­ester in the United King­dom, which will pro­vide ac­cess to an ex­ten­sive net­work and con­tacts in the field. The ac­tiv­i­ties are mainly knowl­edge ex­change, and net­work­ing through a series of work­shops, win­ter/sum­mer schools, train­ing pro­grammes, in­tern­ships, ex­changes, meet­ings and men­tor­ing.

MCAST En­ergy is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing growth through the en­ergy re­search be­ing car­ried out on cam­pus. In ad­di­tion, MCAST will be host­ing the first ‘liv­ing lab­o­ra­to­ries’ on the is­land, used for real-life ap­pli­ca­tions to­gether with de­liv­ery train­ing and re­search. This twin­ning pro­posal will pro­vide a stim­u­lus of re­quired knowl­edge in an ef­fort to be­come more ef­fi­cient and com­pet­i­tive, whilst aiming for an in­ter­na­tional level of ex­cel­lence.

JUMP2Ex­cel is de­signed for all part­ners to ben­e­fit from the project be­yond the three-year fund­ing pe­riod. This will re­sult in an en­hanced pro­file of MCAST En­ergy which in turn will re­flect the pos­i­tive de­vel­op­ment of Malta’s knowl­edge econ­omy in­clud­ing its am­bi­tion to be­come a re­gional en­ergy hub, so­lar coun­try and blockchain state.

A Stake­hold­ers In­for­ma­tion Ses­sion will be held to­mor­row, the 25th of Oc­to­ber, at the MCAST Main Cam­pus in Paola. We in­vite the pub­lic and in­ter­ested stake­hold­ers to join for an open dis­cus­sion about the project, its ob­jec­tives and the de­vel­op­ment of a net­work of re­searchers, prac­ti­tion­ers and in­ter­ested mem­bers of the pub­lic. Kindly book your place by send­ing an email to re­nata.mikalauskiene@mcast. edu.mt

The project has re­ceived fund­ing from the Euro­pean Union’s Hori­zon 2020 re­search and in­no­va­tion pro­gramme un­der grant agree­ment No 810809.

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