The United Nations Organization for Industrial Development (UNIDO) has commissioned CENER (Spain´s National Renewable Energy Centre) to carry out the accreditation and development of capabilities of a new solar thermal components laboratory in Egypt. This contract is a new international recognition for CENER, in this case in the field of solar thermal energy.
Last October, at NREA (New and Renewable Energy Authority) headquarters’ in Cairo was held the project kick-off meeting. In addition to two CENER researchers, Alberto García of Jalón and Xabier Olano, representatives of different entities, such as UNIDO, ENCPC (Egypt National Cleaner Production Center), EGAC (Egyptian Accreditation Council) and EOS (Egyptian Organization for Standardization and Quality) participated.
In particular, specialists from the Solar Thermal Energy Department of CENER will provide advice to achieve the accreditation of a solar thermal component testing laboratory, with the aim of subsequently being able to verify both the quality of the components manufactured in Egypt and of those from other countries. In addition, the CENER researchers will also be responsible for the technical training and capacity building of the personnel that will work in the aforementioned testing laboratory.
This contract is part of a global project called “Utilization of solar energy in industrial processes in the Egyptian industry”, which is funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and implemented by UNIDO. Its main objective is to develop the market context for the promotion and local manufacture of solar thermal systems. The contract awarded to CENER focuses on one of the expected results of the project: the improvement of the manufacture, supply and distribution of the solar components and systems market. Ensuring that quality standards are met to guarantee the performance of solar systems over time
The international experience of Solar Thermal Energy Department is wide and varied. Evidence of this is the R & D projects in which it is currently working, six of which are financed by the European Commission. In addition, during this year almost 60 innovation contracts have been made with companies and private institutions. More than half have been signed with foreign companies, from countries such as China, the United Arab Emirates, Poland, Israel, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Italy, or France, among other. This important international presence is proof of the excellent research work carried out by the members of the solar thermal team of CENER over the last years.