Project Description

Improvement of R&D&i technologies and capacity building in the sectors of renewable energy and energy efficiency of the Canary Islands and Senegal


Acronym: MACLAB-PV
Reference: Instituto Tecnológico y de Energías Renovables, S.A. (ITER), Agencia Insular de Energía de Tenerife, Fundación Canaria (AIET), Centre d’Etudes et de Recherches sur les Energies Renouvelables – UCAD (CERER), Agence pour l’Economie et le Maîtrise de l’Energie (AEME).
Duration: 2019-2022 (36 months)
Budget: 639.688,36 €
Financing: co-financed by the INTERREG Madeira-Azores-Canarias Territorial Cooperation Programme (MAC) 2014-2020. 2nd Call. Axis 1 – Enhancing research, technological development and innovation.

Project overview

The MACLAB-PV project aims to optimize the scientific, technological, demonstrative and innovative infrastructures and capacities existing in the participating regions, pursuing excellence in research and innovation in the sector of renewable energies and energy efficiency. This project will foster the creation of a more specialized scientific community that can respond effectively to the real needs of the sector within the cooperation area, improving their international competence and providing a greater implementation of renewable energies.

Within the framework of the project, actions will be carried out to improve the R&D&i capabilities of the partners and participating regions, promoting the implementation of new lines of research that respond to the needs of their respective socio-economic sectors. In order to implement these new R&D&i lines, resources will be invested in the technological improvement of laboratories and scientific infrastructures on renewable technologies. Moreover, the creation of new R&D&i field units on energy efficiency will be promoted and teaching tools on renewable technologies, savings and energy efficiency will be designed and manufactured. In addition, technical and scientific advice will be provided to public authorities, responsible bodies and citizens. In parallel with these proceedings, capacity-building and technological transfer actions will be carried out among the research community, universities and public administrations. Outreach and awareness-raising actions about the regional scientific activity, as well as actions targeting the exchange and joint training of research and teaching staff, using improved and implemented R&D&i infrastructures.

General objectives: encourage scientific excellence and applicability of scientific and technological activity in the renewable energy and energy efficiency sector, contributing to the sustainable development of the Canary Islands and Senegal.

Specific objectives:

Specific Objective 1: Improve research activity and scientific and technological infrastructures according to the needs of the sector

Specific Objective 2: Strengthen capacities of research, technical and teaching staff

Specific objective 3: Strengthen capacities of public authorities and promote the approach of the scientific activity to the citizenship


Activity 1 – Diagnosis and implementation of new R&D&i lines

Activity 2 – Creation, strengthening and optimization of scientific and technological laboratories and infrastructures

Activity 3 – Exchange and joint training actions of research, technical and teaching staff

Activity 4 – Design, development and implementation of technological tools used for renewable energy and energy efficiency training

Activity 5 – Advice, technology transfer and awareness of public authorities and citizens