From 21 to 25 August, TwInSolar partners, accompanied by 13 researchers from the University of La Reunion, were welcomed by the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) for a week of Summer school 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 optimisation, variability and uncertainty, modelling of the solar resource and PV system performance.
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.
Through TwInSolar, the CPMR Islands Commission engage 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.