MAD 800 million is earmarked to support research and development and innovation by 2017-2023. These are the words of Badr Ikken, General Director of the Institute for Research in Solar Energy and New Energies (IRESEN), during a day dedicated to media organized recently in Rabat.
During this meeting, Mr. Ikken unveiled the pre-selected projects for 2019-2020. Indeed, in terms of research infrastructure, the institute will launch the “Green Smart Building Park” in 2019. It is an innovative platform dedicated to research and development in the field of green building, energy efficiency, networks smart and sustainable mobility, and the integration of renewable energies.
“It aims to pool resources, to unite the efforts of different institutions and local actors in the sectors of sustainable construction and smart grids and to encourage applied research and innovation,” says Ikken.
In addition to this project, IRESEN and UM6P are organizing the first edition of Solar Decathlon Africa.
It is the largest student competition in the world in which more than 1,000 students from 54 universities will design and build smart homes powered by solar energy.
The institute will also launch in 2020 the Bionergy and Storage Park of Fez. It is a platform dedicated to research and development in the field of processing and valorization of energy crops, agricultural and forestry residues and organic waste in order to pool the means to concentrate efforts on the theme. Energy storage will also be treated in different forms. This 3-hectare platform located in the Fez region will include indoor and test laboratories and pilot projects on several topics related to bioenergy and energy storage.
Another project in the pipe, “Water Energy Nexus”. It is a platform dedicated to research and development in the field of water treatment and desalination as well as the use of marine energy for the production of electricity.
“It aims to pool resources and focus efforts on the theme of water (sweet, brackish and salty), and its relationship with energy and agriculture in arid zones”. This 4-hectare platform will be based in the Laayoune region and will include indoor labs and outdoor test platforms.
Lastly, IRESEN aims to set up a test and research platform covering an area of 6,500 m2 at the Institut national polytechnique Félix Houphouët-Boigny (INP-HB) in Ivory Coast. the image of BenGuerir’s Green Energy Park. “The facilities will allow on the one hand to study the performance of solar technologies in semi-tropical climatic conditions and on the other hand to conduct practical training on real installations for the benefit of INP-HB students”, develops Mr Ikken.
As a reminder, IRESEN is a research institute created in 2011 by the Ministry of Energy, Mines, Water and Environment, and several key players in the energy sector in Morocco to support the national energy strategy by supporting applied R&D in the field of solar energy and new energies. The institute is positioned in the field of R&D through its medium agency and its research center, thus offering several opportunities for the creation of synergy between the socio-economic and the scientific world around collaborative R&D projects.