Gonzalo Piernavieja (ITC R&D Director) and Juan Antonio de la Fuente (ITC Water Department projects engineer) participated in the Sol2H2O project KoM organized by the University of Évora (project coordinator) the 12th and 13th December, 2022 in Évora (Portugal).
This 2 days Kick-Off Meeting aimed at a review of the Twinning projects concept and objectives (with remote presentation by the Project Officer), overview of the project Work Plan and Management, and overview of Work packages (day 1). Cooperation, research and career building aspects of the project were also discussed and highlighted, complemented with a visit to UEvora Research Infrastructure (day 2).
Sol2H20 project aims to bring together an experienced team of European researchers and partners that specialize in solar and water-energy technologies to develop strategies for new closed-loop water desalination processes. The project seeks the development and implementation of a common scientific strategy, with a strong focus on an enhanced capacity building of researchers, going beyond purely scientific capacities and strengthening their research management and administration skills. By means of a common research strategy aiming at further developing Solar-driven Water-Energy Nexus solutions, Sol2H20 aims at creating a reference European facility for the development and testing of Circular Solar-driven Water Production & Treatment technologies.
In addition to the University of Évora in Portugal (coordinator) and the ITC (Instituto Tecnológico de Canarias), the Sol2H2O project partnership counts with:
- Centro de Investigaciones Energéticas, Medioambientales y Tecnológicas (CIEMAT)
- and Universita degli studi di Palermo (UNIPA)
Sol2H2O project is 100% funded with €1,49 million by HORIZON-WIDERA-2021-ACCESS-03. The project duration is three years, from December 2022 to November 2025.