The Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE and the Chilean government inaugurated on Thursday a research centre created to support the development of a solar industry in Chile.
The Fraunhofer Chile Research Center for Solar Energy Technologies (FCR-CSET) will focus on the areas of solar power generation, solar heat generation for industrial use and solar treatment of water, working closely with Fraunhofer ISE.
Operating since February, the centre currently has six research and development contracts with the industry. It seeks to develop quality certifications for solar projects and technologies suitable for northern Chile, with test equipment currently installed in the Atacama Desert. The know-how can be used to export expertise to other countries, director Andreas Haeberle said.
FCR-CSET is supported by Chilean agency Corfo, with USD 12 million (EUR 11m) in co-financing during eight years, and has established collaboration with the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile and the Chilean Solar Energy Research Center (SERC).
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