Science, culture and technology: applications of solar energy to shine at Sun Med festival

The Italian city of Palermo hosts the Sun Med festival from September 26 to October 2, 2016. More than 50 events will be held, among workshops, talks, exhibitions, hackathons, games for kids, concerts, to showcase how solar energy can be collected, transformed and used for the progress of our societies. The Sun Med festival is organized by the STS-Med project.

Charging smartphones, cooling and heating houses, and helping an airplane to fly around the world: solar energy is part of our daily life and increasingly contributes to fulfill our electricity needs. Benefits of solar energy are manifold: it allows to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, it is clean, inexhaustible and can bring electricity to places that otherwise may not have access to the grid.

Thanks to outstanding sunny conditions, the potential of producing solar energy in the Mediterranean area is almost endless. With huge progress in technologies over the past years, what is needed now is the social acceptance of solar energy, increasing the confidence of communities, businesses and governments in renewable sources.

With this challenge in mind, the STS-Med project will celebrate the Sun and its contribution to sustainable development: as part of the Sun Med festival, a full week of events and activities will take place in Palermo, Italy from September 26 to October 2, 2016.

The festival is dedicated to an audience of all ages and will feature exhibitions, talks, art performances, activities for kids, hackathons, concerts and DJ sets. Participants will have the opportunity to taste solar cooked food, a new and sustainable way to prepare your favorite dishes using sun rays. During a round table to be held on 30 September, the representatives of the projects included in the ENPI CBC Med Prgramme’s "Solar cluster" (namely FOSTEr in MED, SHAAMS, MED SOLAR, DIDSOLIT-PB, STS-MED and MED DESIRE) will shed light on the main cooperation challenges and results achieved in the technological, social, economic and policy development of the solar sector in the Mediterranean area.

For more information, please visit the website of the Sun Med festival: www.sunmedfestival.eu

About STS-Med

This project is lead by ARCA Consortium (Italy) and gathers 13 partners from 6 different countries (Cyprus, Egypt, France, Jordan, Greece, Italy and Jordan), including academic organizations, research centers, businesses and public institutions.

One of the main results of STS-Med is the implementation of four demonstration plants based on concentrating solar power in Cyprus, Italy, Egypt and Jordan. The plants serve the energy demand of 20,000 end users for a total power of 400 kW.

STS-Med is funded by the European Union under the ENPI CBC Med Programme for an amount of €4.4 million.

Find out more information on the project website: www.stsmed.eu

05.09.2016