FOSTEr in MED final conference: presented the five building integrated photovoltaic pilot project

The 28th of June in the auditorium of the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture in Cagliari, FOSTEr in MED partners presented the 5 solar Building Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV) pilot projects implemented in Cagliari (Italy), Tunis (Tunisia), Beirut (Lebanon), Alexandria (Egypt).

The conference was opened by Professor Antonello Sanna, director of the Department of Civil Engineering, Environmental and Architecture (DICAAR) of Cagliari University and scientific coordinator of the project. During his speech, he stressed "the urban and cultural value" that the project brings in the issue of Mediterranean identity and environment, improving communication and exchange of experiences between Mediterranean countries.

During the first session, Luca Palazzo from ENPI CBC MED Programme presented the main achievements of the Programme 2007-2013 and the main features of the new ENI CBC MED Programme 2014-2020. Concerning FOSTEr in MED, he highlighted the value of the socio-economic context analysis, the good combination of trainings activity dedicated to professionals and students and the tangible result of the pilot activities, the importance of communication activities with a huge involvement of citizens, students and policy makers. Concerning the new ENI CBC MED Programme, he showed the new regulatory framework, the strategy and the objectives, stressing that the first call for proposals is expected to be launched by the end of the year. Finally he invited to use a new smart tool “Project ideas and partner search” implemented by the Programme in order to facilitate the creation of synergies and future project ideas.
During the core session of the conference, the project partners presented the pilots implemented in their countries. The first project to be presented was the one realized in Cagliari by the Autonomous Region of Sardinia, which provides the integration of a photovoltaic system of 19.1kWp in the Regional Agency of public housing (AREA) building, with 17,6 MWh /Year of energy production. In particular, the project provides the replacement of the metallic coating of the towers with photovoltaic modules of different colors and the installation of photovoltaic shading on the facade windows.

Afterwards, the Industrial Research Institute of Lebanon (IRI) presented the solar pilot in Beirut, implemented in the IRI building at the Lebanese University Campus. The pilot goes beyond the planned objective of 17kwp of power, providing a system of 30 kWp photovoltaic panels integrated as shading devices at the façade and as coverage of the building canopy, with an energy production of about 36 MWh /Year. Anytime a monitoring system allows to record all parameters of energy efficiency, such as current power, temperature of the panels, energy production and CO2 savings per day.
Next project to be presented is the one implemented in Aqaba at the Jordan University by the Royal Scientific Society (RSS). First of its kind in Jordan, the BIPV Building-Integrated Photovoltaic system has a size of 17.08 kilowatt-peak installed on three skylights of the University of Jordan. The climate characteristic in Aqaba is particularly favorable with a Solar radiation on Horizontal surface (GHI) which varieties from 3.382 kWh/ in January to 7.787 kWh/ in July, with a production of about 34 MWh/year of clean energy.
In Alexandria, the pilot project presented by the Egyptian Confederation of European Business Association (CEEBA), has been implemented in the Chamber of Commerce Building with the integration of colored panel on the roof with a power of 13.7 kWp, contributing with 19,813 MWH/Year to the energy needs of the building. During the presentation, a time-lapse video documents the pilot implementation in one of the most crowded and central area of Alexandria city.
Finally, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Tunis presented the pilot project of Tunisia through a 20- minutes documentary video describing the different stages of implementation at the National Center For Trainers' Training and Training engineering (CENAFFIF), where students and designers can see the concrete realization of the innovative technology. the pilot provide the integration of PV plants on the flat rooftop of the building, with the multi - functionality of energy production and architectural element of shadings. The building has 314 MWh/year electricity energy consumption, and the BIPV pilot power of 20kWp will contribute with about 32 MWh /year of green energy.
The final session of the conference focused on the info point activities focused on the dissemination of technical and economical information to citizens and SMEs, presented by CSPI partner.
Finally, ASCAME representative highlighted the synergies created in the solar field, in particular FOSTEr in MED is connected to the projects of ENPI CBC MED Solar Cluster, aiming at capitalize results and connect the projects good practices in solar field, finding together new answers to Mediterranean common energy challenges.

FOSTEr in MED Conference videos, photos and presentation can be download on project website, YouTube Channel and Slideshare.

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