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MESfIA Workshop in Canary Islands

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On Tuesday 15 February 2022 the Canary Islands workshop of the MESfIA project took place as a replacement of the initially scheduled workshop in Gran Canaria in March 2020 which had already been planned.

It was organized by the local MESfIA project partner, the Canary Islands Institute of Technology (ITC), and held in Hybrid mode at both INFECAR exhibition centre at Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. A total of 77 participants, 21 attending physically in the conference room, and 56 remotely on-line from universities and other types of stakeholders in Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand, France, and Greece.

The workshop addressed a variety of relevant issues to maximizing renewable energy penetration in weak electrical grids of island and remote regions: Namely, Energy planning; Demand Side Management; wind and solar forecasting; Energy management Systems; island electrical power systems; impact of RES generation on electric grid parameters; strategies for maximizing RES penetration; electric mobility; energy storage; green hydrogen. It will also discuss positive energy districts and will look at a success experience of a spin-off company that promotes RES.

The MESFiA project (Mastering Energy Supply Focusing on Isolated Areas) is Co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union (under agreement No. 2018-2490/001-001). The project aims to provide high quality postgraduate education on energy supply for students and professionals willing to be employed in this sector. Specifically, it focuses on Southeast Asia that has multiple remote area, forest areas, mountainous areas and islands that will need to improve electrification conditions and other energy supplies. Additionally, this project partners with European Universities for knowledge and experience exchange among regions.

The MESfIA project brings together EU and South East Asian countries, namely Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia, to develop education and training at Postgraduate level on various aspects of energy engineering, dedicated to isolated regions and mainly islands. The activities planned aim at strengthening curricula of master programs on renewable energies of the participating universities.

In line with Sustainable Development Goals 4, 7, 11 and 13, MESfIA emphasizes in providing, via existing or new MSc programs of the partner countries, the capability to apply specific skills to help in the more efficient energy supply of isolated areas. Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, the first students have already enrolled in the Universities and some of them will present their work in this Conference as a first attempt to enhance their academic skills.

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