EU project FOSTEr in MED: We will install innovative PV systems on the Lebanese University campus
June 11, 12 – EU funded project FOSTEr in MEDs Technical and Scientific
(TSC) held a two day meeting at the Industrial Research Institute of Beirut for
their 3rd coordination meeting.
Experts from the 6 participating countries (Italy, Egypt, Spain, Tunis, Jordan
and Lebanon) selected the public building in their respective countries that
will soon be equipped with an innovative photovoltaic system called
Building-Integrated Photovoltaics best known as BIPV.
For Lebanon, the Committee has chosen the Industrial Research Institutes
building in which the meeting was held to host the pilot project of FOSTEr in
MED”, announced TSC member Dr Talal Salem.
According to Dr Salem, the building located at the heart of the Lebanese
University Campus in Hadath fully answers the requirements of architectural
integration of the PV system that the project intends to install.
The aim of implementing this pilot project is to build a common expertise in
the field of photovoltaic technologies in the Mediterranean countries, to
transfer common technical know-how and to promote the opportunities offered by
solar energy, overcoming cultural and legislative barriers that hinder the
diffusion of solar technologies”, says Mr Naji Abi Zeid the project manager in
Lebanon on behalf of the Industrial Research Institute.
During the meeting, the TSC also approved the guidelines to optimize the
efficiency of the soon to be implemented pilot project and to prove the added
value of BIPV in terms of innovative design, energy efficiency and costs.
Furthermore, the guidelines gave an overview on the electrical power generation
and distribution in the partner regions. The presence of critical aspects was
also highlighted together with the possibility to fix them by the implementation
of BIPV, as well as the status of diffusion of the technology, the innovation
opportunities and marketing penetration.
The implementation of the pilot project is synchronized with a full awareness
campaign regarding the best practices of solar energy in the Mediterranean
We hope we will make things change, and we hope that in the upcoming years, we
will be able to fully exploit the suns potential in the Mediterranean area.”,
concluded Mr Abi Zeid.
FOSTEr in MED is a project financed for an amount of 4,05 million Euro by
European union through the ENPI CBC Mediterranean Sea Basin Programme (total
amount of 4,5 million Euro). It aims to promote the adoption of innovative solar
photovoltaic technologies with a strategic approach in six countries of the
Mediterranean area: Italy, Spain, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Tunisia. The TSC is
the scientific body of the Project, and it is composed by 14 members
representative of each partner: University of Cagliari (UNICA); Association of
the Mediterranean Chambers of Commerce and Special Agency Industry (ASCAME);
Promotional Services Centre for enterprises of the Cagliari Chamber of Commerce
(CSPI); Confederation of Egyptian European Business Associations (CEEBA);
Industrial Research Institute (IRI); Royal Scientific Society (RSS); Chamber of
Commerce and Industry of Tunis (CCI Tunis); Autonomous Region of Sardinia (RAS).
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