The Cyprus Institute participates as a strategic partner to the EU funded project ‘Scientific and Technological Alliance for Guaranteeing the European Excellence in Concentrating Solar Thermal Energy’ (STAGE-STE). The four-year project with European funding of €9.500.000 was evaluated with an impressive overall score of 15/15. The Cyprus Institute as a major partner in the consortium has secured an EU funding of approximately €600,000.
The STAGE-STE proposal is a research and coordination activity engaging all major European Institutes with relevant activities in Solar Thermal Energy (STE). The objectives of the project are to create a reference organization for Solar Thermal Energy research in Europe, to enhance collaboration between relevant EU and international institutions, to align the different national research programs on Solar Thermal Energy and to accelerate knowledge transfer to industry. The project’s activities are supplemented by the EU-Solaris research project, with an EU budget of € 4,500,000 approximately. The Cyprus Institute is also actively involved to the EU-Solaris, which concerns the coordination of major European research infrastructures. The two complimentary projects comprise approximately 200 person-months for scientists working at CyI in the near future. Currently The Cyprus Institute employs 52 scientists through competitive European projects.
The project is coordinated by the Spanish Research Centre for Energy, Environment and Technology (CIEMAT) and involves 39 other partners among which some of the most prominent institutions currently involved in cutting-edge solar research like the Institute for Solar Research of the German Aerospace Agency (DLR), the Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development (ENEA), the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS-PROMES), and the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE in Germany.