EU inaugurates Thermodynamic Solar project in Egypt
February 28, 2018
The Head of the European Union (EU) Delegation to Egypt Ambassador Ivan Surkoš, along with Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy Dr. Mohamed Shaker, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Dr. Khalid Abdul Ghaffar, President of Academy of Scientific Research and Technology Dr. Mahmoud Sakr, and a number of ambassadors of EU Member States, inaugurated on Tuesday the Multipurpose Applications by Thermodynamic Solar (MATS) project in Borg El Arab, Alexandria.
MATS project, co-funded by the European Union, is a research facility and unique multipurpose solar plant with the goal of identifying and exploiting the appropriate technologies that can conveniently integrate solar energy in the current energy system and secure a stable supply to consumers.
“We need to overcome a number of challenges both in Europe and Egypt, such as increasingly scarce resources, growing energy needs and climate change. The EU targets to achieve at least 40% emission reductions and 27% energy from renewables by the year 2030. This represents some of the most ambitious targets to achieve a more sustainable energy system,” said Ambassador Surkoš. “There are also fundamental drivers for Egypt to move further towards producing electricity from renewable energy sources. Egypt enjoys an excellent solar potential. Without a doubt, further efforts in research and innovation are crucial to move towards the large scale deployment of renewable energy technologies in the country,” he added.