The University of Oviedo coordinates a program called Tempus that has just been approved by the European Union to develop a renewable energy project in Egypt, reports the academic institution. This program involves three European universities, led by Oviedo, and four Egyptians, as well as non-university partners.

The prize money of 855,000 euros is, to be used to implement a master on environment and renewable energy and create a laboratory for the study of energy from waves and tides in Alexandria (Egypt). The program recently received approval from the Executive Agency Education, Audiovisual and Culture (EACEA), an agency of the European Commission.

Entitled “Clean Energy and Research in Environmental Studies  (CERES)” and is coordinated from the University of Oviedo by the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Systems (Campus de Gijón). The project is one of 63 selected from across Europe.

The University of Oviedo leads the consortium with the participation of European universities Technik und Wirtschaft Hochschule Karlsruhe (Germany) and Staffordshire University (UK) and the Egyptian Arab Academy for Science and Technology (AAST) (Alexandria), Nile University, Helwan University, Ain Shames University (Cairo).

The program also has academic partners Egyptians: New and Renewable Energy Authority (NREA), Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs, 6th of October Investors’ Association. On the part of the academic institution involved Asturias lecturers  Juan Ángel Martínez Esteban (coordinator), Manuel Rico Secades, Jorge Loredo Pérez, Juan Díaz González, Constantina Alvarez and Alberto Martín Peña Pernia.

Among its objectives is the establishment of a master degree in the field of clean energy and the environment in Arab Academy for Science and Technology (AAST), Alexandria will be open to students from around the world. It also provides for the implementation of the first laboratory in Egypt for studies of energy through the use of waves and tides in Alexandria and the uses of solar and photovoltaic applications.

He also wants to establish a center of excellence for environmental control and pollution in AAST cooperation with European partners. Educate the public and the energy sector on the problems existing with respect to limited supply of energy, management, improvement of facilities and staff skills.

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