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Energy transition: CEA and Tunisia sign three agreements to strengthen their collaboration


On a trip to Tunis on July 18 and 19, CEA met several players in research, energy and education and signed three collaboration agreements.

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During this visit, the General Administrator of CEA, Daniel Verwaerde, met with the Tunisian ministers of Higher Education and Scientific Research as well as Energy and Mines. He also met several research and energy players in this country, involved in the energy sector, such as the National Center for Nuclear Sciences and Technologies or the National School of Engineers of Tunis.

The three signed agreements concern:
  • ​​​Un framework collaboration agreement between CEA, the Tunisian Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research aimed at encouraging and developing scientific and technological cooperation activities in the fields of alternative energies, including their storage technologies, the development of smart electricity grids, training and research in the field of electric mobility and biotechnologies.
  • a memorandum of understanding between CEA and STEG (Tunisian Electricity and Gas Company) to promote collaboration in the field of smart electricity grids. Thus, from expertise to the establishment of a pilot demonstration site and industrial support, any identified action will give rise to a specific contract specifying the concrete conditions for implementation.
Signature of the agreement between CEA, represented by General Administrator Danier Verwaerde and STEG, represented by its CEO Ameur Bchir and in the presence of Mongi Marzoug, Minister of Energy and Mines © STEG
  • An amendment to the framework agreement between CEA and the Telnet Holding group concernant the Linklab research platform, which hosted the two delegations. For a minimum period of 3 years, this partnership is extended to the theme of new energy technologies, to other industrial and academic partners with the objective of regional outreach, and to other collaborative or industrial projects in order to ” optimize the funding of this platform.
According to Mr. Verwaerde, with these cooperations, “The CEA brings its expertise to all issues relating to the energy and digital transition, in particular intelligent electrical and electronic systems, in order to optimize electrical production of intermittent origin. “
These various exchanges clearly demonstrate the will to strengthen Franco-Tunisian cooperation, as illustrated by the inauguration during this trip, and in the presence of the two Tunisian ministers, of the solar demonstrator. Cost1 , developed in partnership with the Liten institute of the CEA.
The demonstrator Cost is a 50 kW CPV (concentrating photovoltaic modules) demonstrator coupling concentrating photovoltaic technology with electrochemical storage and smoothing technology in order to stabilize the power supply produced.