During the days 26 e 27 of February, the second mid-term meeting of ENBRAIN project took place in Évora. The host partner was the University of Évora (UE).
The event took place at Palácio do Vimioso, where the research group Renewable Energies Chair (REC) (responsible for UE's participation in ENBRAIN project) is located. The event welcomed a total of 24 partners from Politecnico di Torino (POLITO), Mediterranean Universities Union (UNIMED), University of Tripoli (UoT), Zawia University (ZU), Misurata University (MU), Sirte University (SU) and Sebha University (SeU).
The meeting started with the institutional greetings and the presentation of the agenda of the meeting from the Professor Manuel Collares-Pereira, chairman of the Renewable Energies Chair of the UE. Prof. Collares-Pereira expressed his sincere thanks to all the Libyan partners that faced a long trip to attend to the meeting in Portugal.
The coordinator of the project, Prof. Pierluigi Leone briefly presented the Enbrain project, described the status of the project and the future activities.
More specifically, he presented the objectives of the project:
Design of a Master in Renewable and Sustainable Energy in Libya. Pilot start-up the Master in Renewable and Sustainable energy in at least one Partner Country University;
Pilot start-up multi-disciplinary seed-courses and curricula about Renewable and Sustainable Energy, using digital tools and with a linkage to the international community and the needs of the job market;
Create an open platform to engage citizens in renewable and sustainable energy via the creation of a MOOC for citizens.
Finally, Prof. Pierluigi Leone presented the main goals of the meeting:
Preparation: Master accreditation rules in Libya;
Preparation: Discuss how to involve stakeholders, the needed skills of the students for the job market and how to offer opportunities for training;
Preparation: Importance of providing the study plans and syllabus of the Libyan courses to integrate the new courses in the existing programmes (engineering, economy, social fields);
Preparation: Discuss the possible structure of the master and the Libyan universities and national rules about it;
Development: Discuss the possible criteria to select the professors involved in the training and in the recording of the MOOCs;
Dissemination: Present the video promo and the website of the project; discuss how to improve the communication and dissemination of the project;
Management and financing: Discuss how to cope with the staff cost transferring; strategies for reducing actual costs that are exceeding unit costs due exceptional conditions in Libya (e.g. absence of EU embassies for issuance of VISA, absence of competitive and direct connections with main EU airports); equipment purchasing.
Next, all WP leaders presented the results of the on-going activities, main achievements, problems to solve and future work. Particularly important, was the presentation of the Video-promo of the project by POLITO.
Throughout the two days, fruitful discussions took place between between the partners, fostering the cooperation between all the instituitions to achieve the goals of the project.
The partners also had the opportunity to visit the REC's infraestructure at Herdade da Mitra of the University of Évora. The partners visited the Évora Molten Salt Platform (EMSP) which is a 3.6MWth parabolic trough collector system coupled with thermal storage tanks. The system will use the molten salts as the heat transfer fluid to work at temperatures higher than 500ºC.
The partners also visited the Solar Concentrators Testing Platform (PECS), a platform designed to test solar collectors modules up to 400ºC witn thermal oil, as well as a PV + batteries system.
The meeting finished with a wrap-up by the coordinator, thanking all the partners to be present at the meeting and encouraging them to continue the work.