Scientific research must be placed at the heart of the development of renewable energies

Scientific research must be at the heart of national strategies for the development of renewable energies (EnR), said Wednesday in El Jadida, the Minister of Higher Education, Scientific Research and Innovation, Abdellatif Miraoui.

Speaking on the occasion of the inauguration of the Elec Expo, Ener Event & Tronica Expo fairs, Miraoui emphasized the need to associate human capital and scientific research with the Kingdom’s strategies relating to the promotion of EnR, affirming that ecological issues are of paramount importance in Morocco’s development plans in accordance with the High Royal Guidelines.

“We need to succeed in involving all of our country’s major construction sites in training and research, which will allow us to capitalize on our know-how and take advantage of the resources that our continent abounds in, which we must use to our advantage. to create added value”noted the Minister during this event placed under the theme “Electric mobility: inventory and opportunities”.

At the same time, Miraoui highlighted the momentum of progress achieved by Morocco, today the regional and continental leader in terms of sustainable development, calling on all stakeholders, public and private, to cooperate for innovation and scientific research, two major axes of the ministry’s action, which it strives to promote in order to respond with acuity to the issues and challenges of Morocco’s socio-economic development.

In this regard, the Minister highlighted the need to develop research to achieve new storage technologies which constitute “the Achilles’ heel” of any energy development, with the aim of designing storage capacities and means innovative solutions capable of optimizing the use of these emerging energies.

Miraoui, in this context, insisted on the importance for the innovation ecosystem to be attentive to technological breakthroughs that will replace the dominant technologies, which should be anticipated by training and the deployment of research & development, in the framework of a collective intelligence, in the light of developments in the renewable energy sector.

For his part, the Director General of the Moroccan Agency for Energy Efficiency (AMEE), Saïd Mouline, stressed that electric mobility can be an opportunity for Morocco, giving the example of the manufacture by Moroccan engineers of 600 electric vehicle charging stations deployed nationwide today.

Mouline also recalled the new electric mobility roadmap being developed in collaboration with the ministries concerned, public and private institutions, the General Confederation of Moroccan Enterprises (CGEM), as well as academic institutions in the section of research and development.

This new strategy, he continued, aims to seize opportunities for the deployment of electric mobility at the national level in order to consolidate the clean vehicle industry in Morocco, two models of which are already designed and produced locally and exported to the number of 40,000 vehicles.

The battery industry is another important component as the Kingdom’s natural resources contain components and minerals essential to their production, he added, noting that this job-creating and value-added industry represents an opportunity for economic development for the country.

The president of the National Federation of Electricity, Electronics and Renewable Energies (FENELEC), Ali El Harti, returned to him on the importance of adhering to electric mobility at a time when across the world a real transition from thermal to electric, expressing the wish for Moroccan companies to capture the opportunities offered by the emergence of renewable energies.

Organized under the High Patronage of King Mohammed VI, this global event initiated by FENELEC, and organized from November 2 to 5 in El Jadida, brings together more than 140 exhibitors from Morocco and elsewhere.

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