- A technological innovation around solar thermal energy for micro-industries at the base of the pyramid
- A project led by Schneider Electric, bringing together nine public and industrial project partners and supported by ADEME
Cadarache (France), Novembre 20, 2013 – The consortium for the collaborative MiCROSOL project has today inaugurated the demonstrator of its energy-access solution to support the development of bottom-of-the-pyramid (BOP) micro-industries at the Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission’s (CEA) Cadarache Centre in France. This inauguration was attended by Christian Bonnet, Director of the CEA Cadarache Centre; Bruno Lechevin, President of ADEME, the French environment and energy management agency; Gilles Vermot Desroches, Sustainability Seniort Vice-President at Schneider Electric; Frédéric Conchy, Chairman of Exosun; Charles Agueh, Chairman of EcoLabs; and Pradeep Monga, Director of the Energy & Climate Change Branch of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).
The MiCROSOL project aims to develop a single, modular standard technology for producing electricity, drinking water and heat simultaneously, primarily to benefit micro-industries located in rural areas of countries with high levels of sunshine, especially in Africa. It is based on the principle of cogeneration of electricity and heat, applying a new approach to a technology that is already widespread – solar thermodynamics. The solution focuses its constraints on the design of thermal storage that only uses environmentally-friendly products.
Gilles Vermot Desroches, Senior Vice-President, Sustainability, Schneider Electric, announced: “MiCROSOL is a key project in Schneider Electric’s strategy to develop a comprehensive and integrated energy-access offer for bottom-of-the-pyramid populations. Through active collaboration with innovative young French companies, we have been able to develop a technology that meets the needs of BOP micro-industries, while also creating the conditions for a French entity to export excellence."
Launched in November 2011 over a three-year period, with a budget of 10.9 million euros, the MiCROSOL project is being led by Schneider Electric, which is coordinating the expertise of eight other industrial partners and research organisations: the CEA (Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission); Exoès; Exosun; the Energy, Mechanics and Electromagnetism Laboratory at the University of Paris Ouest; the Energy and Theoretical and Applied Mechanics Laboratory at the University of Lorraine; Sophia-Antipolis Energy Development; Stiral; and TMW. MiCROSOL benefits from financial support under ADEME’s Future Investments scheme, in the form of a grant and a reimbursable advance for 5.1 million euros. Selected under ADEME’s Solar 2011 Call for Expressions of Interest, the project and its demonstrator are required to deliver a concrete solution for ADEME’s 2050 vision in its Solar Thermodynamics roadmap for French industrial companies.
The consortium plans to establish the first pilot site on the African continent in 2014 and to start the commercialisation phase in 2015.
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