The Solar S3 partnership offers interactive and participatory arenas for interregional cooperation along regions and MS who selected Solar energy as a priority in their S3 strategy. The focus is also aligned with the ERDF Thematic objective 4, Low carbon economy, in particular with "Generation a distribution of Renewable sources".
Among the different interesting thematic areas in solar energy, Concentrated Solar power (CSP) has been identified by different regions as one of the key technology. This is undoubtedly linked to the position of European CSP Industry as the worldwide leader along the full CSP value chain.
The main objectives of this partnership are:
- To maintain the global leadership of the European industry in Concentrating Solar Power/Solar Thermal Electricity (CSP/STE)
- S3 in CSP must be focused on regional development, maintaining the competitiveness of the full value chain of the CSP European industry and strengthening its technological development (TO1, TO4)
- The EU's Solar Industry must maintain its export opportunities in low-carbon technologies by strengthening partnerships among national governments, industry and research actors (TO4)
- S3 in solar (which aligns with the SET Plan) must focus on achieving significant cost reductions of existing technologies (in the short term), and to work towards the development of next generation technologies (in the longer term) (TO1).