On April 27 Schneider Electric announced the launch of the MICST project in collaboration with 11 French partners aimed at generating electricity from solar energy through a completely new process.

The MICST project (Micro-Solar Thermodynamics) is supposed to present an original solar power using sunlight to heat and supply thermal energy powering a thermodynamic engine coupled to a 10kW generator.

The solution could be applied to any site not connected to the grid. It is especially designed for developing countries benefiting from high levels of sunshine. Simple installation and maintenance, it can be easily adopted by local people.Challenging technical and technological issues, it will take into account the demanding criteria of robustness, low cost and eco-design.

“With the MICST project Schneider Electric reaffirms its ambition to contribute to access to energy for the 6 billion inhabitants of our planet who are still denied using renewable energies,” says Gilles Vermot Desroches, Sustainable Development Director of Schneider Electric. By offering a robust, inexpensive and environmentally friendly solar panels, we assist these communities in their development.”

The project will last 42 months and coordinate the expertise of 12 partners from the industry and research stakeholders. It is supported by ADEME.

Leader of the project, Schneider Electric has invited to join the project National Institute of Solar Energy (CEA / INES), Exosun, Sophia-Antipolis Energy Development Barriquand Thermal Technologies, Challenge System Stiral, Mecachrome France, the Departments of Energy, Mechanics and Electromagnetism (University of West Paris), the Laboratory for Energy and Theoretical and Applied Mechanics Nancy, Cedrat Technology and G2Elab. By joining the forces, the project creates a dynamic national experience in R&D exploitation of solar energy using thermodynamic systems.

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