FOSTEr in MED Technical Scientific Committee selects 5 buildings to host Pilot Projects

Wednesday 11th and Thursday 12th June the Technical Scientific Committee of FOSTEr in MED project met in Beirut for the 3rd coordination meeting, organized by the Lebanese project partner Industrial Research Institute (IRI).

The event represents a milestone for the project: the Guidelines in solar photovoltaic (PV) technologies and their architectural integration have been approved and the public buildings for the implementation of pilot projects have been selected. The scientific coordinator of the project, Professor Antonello Sanna, director of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Architecture of University of Cagliari (DICAAR-UNICA, Beneficiary) comments: “The good performance of the project and building a strong network of cooperation between partners, confirms the importance of the circulation of ideas and projects in the strategic field of the deployment of renewable energy and their proper application to the architecture of each country”. He states: “the differences between the various local situations increase the interest to share points of view that may be in different realities and in different states of execution, allowing each member of the network to acquire new and enlightening information about their prospects development in this field. In this sense, the realization of the Guidelines, ratified during the coordination meeting in Beirut, represent an extremely important step”.

During the first day the team approved the final version of the Guidelines. The aim is to build a common expertise in the field of photovoltaic technologies in Mediterranean Region, to transfer common technical capabilities and to promote the opportunities offered by solar energy, overcoming cultural and legislative barriers on solar technologies diffusion. The guidelines are structured to allow different stakeholders to identify information that is relevant to them. First of all they define the current PV technologies that can be applied in buildings. A second section highlights the added value of PV and Building integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV) in terms of innovative design, energy efficiency and costs. The third part deals with the performance of integrated systems, their size and requirements. The last part shows best practices in the Mediterranean area.

Furthermore, the guidelines give an overview on the electrical power generation and distribution in the partner regions. The presence of critical aspects is also highlighted together with the possibility to fix them by the implementation of BIPV, as well as the status of diffusion of the technology, the innovation opportunities and marketing penetration.

Guidelines are the starting point to the training paths of the project, addressed to university students, architectural and plant designers as well as installers, who will have a basic reference tool to understand the technology and the best way to integrate it in building design. Finally, Guidelines content will be disseminated during the awareness rising activities scheduled to state in the upcoming months and involving school students, citizens and administrators.

The guidelines will soon be free to download from the project website (
During the second day of the meeting the TSC identified the 5 public buildings that will host the innovative solar photovoltaic plants, testing different technological solutions and architectural integration: Lebanese University Campus - Hadath in Beirut (Lebanon); Balqa collage - in Aqaba (Jordan); The Chamber of Commerce building in Alexandria (Egypt) , the Centre National de Formation de Formateures et d’Ingénierie de Formation (CENAFFIF) in Tunis (Tunisia); Regional Agency for the housing construction industry (AREA) in Cagliari (Italy). The TSC is in charge to evaluate and to choose the most appropriate solar technology for the realization of each pilot project, taking into account products and market trends, technologies already experimented at Mediterranean basin level and in the regions involved in the project and trying to carry on local experiences.

The day after the meeting, Friday 13th June 2013, a “Round Table” dissemination event has been held at IRI headquarter to present the Guidelines to local stakeholders. TSC members, representatives from the project and public administration attended the event as well as professional. The event represented a great opportunity to exchange knowledge and experience in the field. The guidelines are to be widely distributed within the PV industry, building construction groups, design professionals, building financiers and planning authorities all the stakeholders of the PV value chain.
The next TSC meeting will be held in Aqaba (Jordan) in December to start the pilot project implementation.

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    German-Arab Chamber of Industry and Commerce
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    British Egyptian Business Association
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    French Chamber of Commerce in Egypt
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    Delegation of the European Union to Egypt
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    Italian Chamber of Commerce in Egypt