It does so within the framework of the European ICP-AGIR program that aims to contribute to improving the quality of life of cities by promoting sustainable and integrated urban development, through the identification of innovative policies and programs.
The University of Almeria, invited by the City Council of Almeria, has participated in an international meeting on cooperation in new renewable energies, with representatives of Almeria and Incheon (Korea) in the framework of the European program ICP-AGIR (http://icp-agir.eu). This program aims to contribute to the improvement of the quality of life in cities by promoting sustainable and integrated urban development through the identification of innovative policies and programs. The meeting addressed the real possibilities of green hydrogen as a renewable energy source.
Almeria is among the 14 European cities selected in the international cooperation program ICP-AGIR, International City Partnerships: Acting for Green and Inclusive Recovery. The objective is global cooperation encompassing the triple helix. On the one hand, to facilitate the exchange of information and the transfer of good practices and lessons on sustainable and integrated urban development; on the other hand, to encourage and complement the joint cooperation of academic research and innovation; and finally, to facilitate business cooperation and local economic development. This requires the complicity of public and private agencies, universities, research centers and companies.
The European Union considers that one of the purposes of this program is that universities have opportunities to generate research and transfer opportunities with the participating cities, establishing stable lines of collaboration over time. In this sense, Diego Valera, vice-rector of Research of the UAL, offered to both cities the experience that from the UAL have research groups on renewable energy and environment, especially those focused on green hydrogen, as well as the extensive international experience of research centers such as CIESOL and its close link with the Center for Energy, Environmental and Technological Research of Spain.
The meeting has laid the groundwork for cooperation between the two cities, so that they serve as a permanent bridge for the development of opportunities for collaboration in different areas of research in both directions.
At the institutional level, the City Council of Almeria had a first telematic meeting last April 27 with representatives of Incheon, in which some points of potential joint interest were exposed, highlighting the field of renewable energy. On the other hand, the Korean city has a strong technological ecosystem around hydrogen and, from the Almeria consistory, the remarkable potential and experience of the UAL research in renewable energies was emphasized.
Source: UALNews — Science