From the 21st to the 25th of August, TwInSolar partners, accompanied by 13 researchers from the University of La Reunion, were welcomed by the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) for a Summer school week on solar and wind energy.
In addition to visiting innovative solar and wind energy facilities, researchers from the University of La Reunion presented their research and exchanged with their counterparts from Fraunhofer ISE (Germany), DTU, and the University of French Guiana.
Lectures given by DTU researchers covered notably topics such as forecasting, hybrid power plants, physical design and optimization, variability and uncertainty, modelling of the solar resource and PV system performance.
This summer school concluded the first year of the project, which was also marked by a one-week Consortium meeting in La Reunion earlier in February. This represented a key opportunity for the project partners to discover various innovative solar installations on the island, to take part in on-site workshops together with the research community of La Reunion and to meet with the Regional authorities.
With a 1,48 million euros budget, TwInSolar is funded by the European Commission through the Horizon Europe programme. Led by the University of La Reunion, this twinning project aims at bridging the research gaps on solar energy to accelerate the energy transition in La Reunion. Capacity building activities will increase the participation of the University of La Reunion in European research projects.
La Reunion’s experience in solar energy represents an inspiring case study for other insular and Outermost regions which might face the same challenges in their energy transition. The organisation of workshops and events by the CPMR Islands Commission and Nexa, will ensure the wide dissemination of these best practices at regional and European levels. Moreover, through TwInSolar, the CPMR Islands Commission engages alongside its member region, La Reunion, to demonstrate the potential for islands to be pioneers in the green transition, thanks to their commitment in the development of sustainable and renewable sources of energy.