SOLE partners shared experiences on energy requalification on Mediterranean public buildings in Seville


The SOLE partners met in Seville at the Agencia Andaluza de la Energía on Mar. 6th and 7th to prepare for the project's closing phase and to create synergies with the Interreg SUDOE IMPROVEMENT project.

The meeting was a precious chance for everyone to present and discuss the state of the art on the energy requalification interventions which were completed or that are still being carried out in the chosen pilot buildings. In fact, while part of the interventions' implementation went very smooth, others are facing critical issues deriving from the current economic crisis and the scarce availability of raw materials for energy requalification.

From the top left: Joaquin Villar (Agencia Andaluza de la Energía) and Francesca Pratesi (Anci Toscana / Resolvo) open the partners' meeting. Presentations on SOLE's energy requalification interventions, campaigns and events are given by Ph.D. Mohamed Salah Elsobki (Manager of the Renewable Energies and Energy Efficiency Program at National Industrial Modernization Center of Egypt and Professor at Cairo University), Eng. Mohammad Alkhalafat (Royal Scientific Society of Jordan), Susanna Ceccanti (ARRR), Valentina Bucchi (Anci Toscana) and Abdellatif Hammouda (Président-Directeur Général SEMAP), Mohamed Ouerghi (FNCT), Anthony Butler and Marion Kussmann (CEEBA), Eman Seif (Alexandria Chamber of Commerce).

Partners also shared their experiences in the implementation of the ACT GREEN campaign, coordinated by ARRR, as well as in the realisation of the meetings to involve local stakeholders, like Anci Toscana's #SOLEenergyTALKS. The partnership has also started planning the next events in Tunis and Florence.

SOLE was also presented within IMPROVEMENT's final event's framework: synergies among the two projects were created thanks to the organisation of a series of workshops to explore common strategies and solutions to transform buildings into NET ZERO ones. Key lessons learnt from the two projects were presented and integrated.

The SOLE staff members take active part in IMPROVEMENT's workshops: Francesca Pratesi (Anci Toscana / Resolvo), Susanna Ceccanti (ARRR) and Ph.D. Mohamed Salah Elsobki (Manager of the Renewable Energies and Energy Efficiency Program at National Industrial Modernization Center of Egypt and Professor at Cairo University), Joaquin Villar (Agencia Andaluza de la Energía), Eng. Sahil Al Hmidan (Royal Scientific Society of Jordan).

The Agencia Andaluza de la Energía of Seville also organised two interesting study visits, one to the PCT Cartuja, where climate change resilient infrastructures are being designed, built and tested, and one to LifeWatch ERIC, the e-Science European infrastructure for biodiversity and ecosystem research, providing ICT tools, services & VREs.

SOLE is co-financed by Programme ENI CBC MED: it brings together 7 countries in the Mediterranean area to support cost-effective and innovative energy rehabilitations of public buildings while encouraging behavioural change in people and policy makers to reduce energy consumption.

Blanca Gomez Dominguez, from PCT Cartuja's Innovation and Projects Department, tells the SOLE staff members about several examples of climate change resilient infrasctucture which has been designed, built and tested in the scientific and technological cluster of Seville. The SOLE team was also welcomed by Juan Miguel González-Aranda, Chief Technology Officer of LifeWatch ERIC, a European Research Infrastructure Consortium providing e-Science research facilities to scientists investigating biodiversity and ecosystem functions and services in order to support society in addressing key planetary challenges.