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Joint Universal activities for Mediterranean PV integration Excellence

Project description

Lighting up Malta's photovoltaics research excellence

Time to shine a light on photovoltaics (PV) in Malta. With the EU-funded JUMP2Excel project, the Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology (MCAST) will partner with the University of Manchester in the UK and two leading research centres, CEA France and CENER Spain. JUMP2Excel investigates a broad range of PV themes from device to system and market integration, highlighting the potential Maltese attributes for current and future PV research. Talented researchers can participate in various events, including meetings, conferences, schools, workshops, internships, exchange and training programmes. The project will enhance the MCAST Energy Research Group’s profile, reflecting the positive development of Malta’s knowledge economy, including its ambition as a regional energy hub and solar country.


JUMP2Excel aims to stepping up and stimulate scientific excellence and innovation capacity of MCAST Energy in the field of PV integration including related technologies such as energy storage and ancilliary services and electricity markets. This is achieved by joint universal activities with a group of top world leading research centres (CENER and CEA) together with one of the best research intensive university (UNIMAN) who will provide access to extensive network and contacts in the field. The activities are mainly knowledge transfer and networking through a series of workshops, winter/summer schools, MRes and PhD programmes, internships, exchanges, meetings and mentoring.

MCAST Energy is experiencing a self-funding growth within its breath of energy research theme that lead on campus. In addition, the MCAST main campus infrastructure together with laboratories will be the first ‘living laboratories’ on the island, used for real-life applications while delivery training and research as well. This TWINNING proposal will provide a stimulus of required knowledge to become more efficient and competitive to an international level of excellence.

JUMP2Excel is designed for all partners to benefit in a way that goes sustainably beyond the three-year funding period. This eventually will result in enhanced skills sets and profile of MCAST Energy which in turn reflect the positive development of Malta knowledge economy including its ambition as a regional energy hub, solar country and blockchain state.

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Net EU contribution
€ 495 743,75
PLA 9032 Paola

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Malta Malta Malta
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Total cost
€ 499 185,00

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