The NESTER project is twinning the Cyprus Institute and several internationally–leading solar energy research institutions to strengthen solar thermal energy research in Cyprus, Europe and beyond.
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As an EU country in a unique geographical position, Cyprus offers excellent opportunities for research and innovation in solar technologies. And the country’s positioning means that any energy produced can also be used in nearby eastern Mediterranean countries and the Middle East. However, Cyprus’ remote location presents a barrier to innovation in the country.
The EU-funded NESTER project aims to overcome this obstacle by twinning the Cyprus Institute (CyI) with internationally-renowned research institutions in other EU countries.
It is essential to address the networking gaps and deficiencies between research institutions among EU countries to avoid promising institutions being side-lined by established networks of excellence. The NESTER project will twin CyI with three leading EU institutions in solar energy research, all of which represent incredible knowledge in the field and operate some of the most important solar energy facilities in the world.
NESTER will embed CyI in a network of excellence by providing it access to the latest knowhow and facilities across the EU. It will also provide training for the CyI’s scientific and technical personnel with assistance from the twinned institutions, and by forging new links between industry partners and the Cyprus Institute.
NESTER will hold an annual ‘NESTER School’ in Nicosia, Cyprus, focusing on Concentrated Solar Thermal (CST) Technologies. This school plans to provide students with a comprehensive overview of the STE field as well as intermediate and advanced lectures.
NESTER partners will also hold workshops that focus on specialised STE topics, as well as networking events, training and knowledge transfer activities and outreach events both at CyI and the partners’ institutes.
These activities will lead to an improvement in both CyI’s research capabilities and status in the scientific community, thereby contributing to the development of the ‘knowledge economy’ in the country and helping to make Cyprus a key EU player in applied energy research.