In MPC a large deficit of well equipped and reliably operated de-central Integrated Water and Power Points (IWPP) for villages and in rural areas is seen. Water and power authorities supported by regional R&TD institutions in MPC could reduce such de ficits if they developed their own capacity for flexible, innovative, fast and cost-effective assessment of technically and socio-economically appropriate solutions. Based on the experience from earlier community R&TD and projects of the Middle Eas t Desalination Research Center (MEDRC) on the use of RE for de-central water and power, the Consortium proposes an SSA on the RE and water supply related topics in SP1-10 Objectives B 1.3 and B 1.5. The main SSA objective is the transfer and disseminati on of know how and tools for systems analysis on the appropriate integration of RE technologies with de-central water and power services under local conditions of MPC. The action scope comprises: 1: exemplary studies on the integration of (hybrid) RE con version with combined water and power supply to villages and rural areas 2: identification of opportunities and conditions for economically and socially sustainable deployment of hybrid RE technologies in MPC, 3: training and capacity building in MPC i nstitutions for IWPP assessment services under local socio-economic conditions, 4: dissemination of results through the networks of the European Desalination Society (EDS) and MEDRC covering the MENA region. The capacity building shall be oriented to pla nning and assessment services and will include training of the MPC participants in using RESYSproDESAL for exemplary case studies in their countries. The SSA concept is open for later extension to the participation of R&TD institutions and water an d power authorities from other MPC not yet represented by the Consortium.
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