July 28 (SeeNews) - The Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy (MASEN), French government-funded technological research organisation CEA and technology group Alcen have joined hands in the research and development of solar thermal power.
The three signed on Monday several parallel and complementary partnership agreements.
The Moroccan agency and CEA will establish a research laboratory in Morocco and launch several collaboration and know-how transfer projects. The laboratory will work to develop prototype solar systems and solar power applications with a focus on sustainability, efficiency and integration of solar power in the grid.
MASEN has also agreed to buy a 50% share in Alsolen, an Alcen group company which specialises in the development of thermodynamic solar power plants using the technology of Fresnel mirrors.
Alsolen is a Morocco-based company which was recently set up to group the solar power activities of the Alcen group. Its thermodynamic solar plants are designed to meet requirements of isolated or semi-isolated grids. The solar systems are usually coupled with an integrated thermal storage system that increases their autonomy.
Alsolen is mainly targeting expansion on the Sub-Saharan Africa market where half the population currently does not have access to electricity.