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EC Contract No: 031569

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DISTRES is a coordination action which is funded by the European Commission under the International Cooperation (INCO) of the 6th Framework Program for Research and Development (FP6).

The overall goal of the DISTRES co-ordination action project is to exchange and disseminate good practice developed in the field of renewable energy sources distributed generation (RES-DG) technologies by isolated research activities and perform studies and/or analyses for the Mediterranean needs. DISTRES is a three year co-ordination action project.

Since solar potential is an abundant commodity in the Mediterranean region the area of interest of DISTRES will be primarily on the electricity produced from solar energy (photovoltaic and/or solar thermal concentrating systems) from DG systems.

DISTRES specific scientific and technological objectives may be summarised as:

  • to co-ordinate RTD projects in RES-DG technologies
  • to promote the electricity generation from solar energy, photovoltaic (PV) systems and solar thermal systems, paving the way for pilot systems and products
  • to produce capacity building methodologies and
  • to disseminate the results as widely as possible in the Mediterranean countries and in the EU.

DISTRES work program is organised into five integrated work-packages (WP). Three of these WPs contain review work and workshops organisation, whilst the fourth WP covers capacity building and dissemination including a conference organisation. The last WP concerns the project management and the coordination of DISTRES activities.

The consortium set-up has participants

  • from 11 countries

  • 6 from within Europe

plus Mediterranean partners from

  • Algeria

  • Morocco

  • Egypt

  • Lebanon

  • Palestine

  • DISTRES provides the opportunity for the EU to establish clear leadership in the area of RES-DG research efforts on solar thermal and PV systems.