FLASC: A Renewable Energy Storage System breaks existing market barriers in off-shore.

FLASC: A Renewable Energy Storage System breaks existing market barriers in off-shore.

The Malta Council for Science and Technology (MCST) which falls under the Hon. Silvio Schembri, Parliamentary Secretary for Financial Services, Digital Economy and Innovation has this morning organised the FLASC dissemination event which took place at Esplora Interactive Science Centre, Kalkara.

Presently, renewable sources have to immediately sell all the energy they produce. If there is no immediate demand it is wasted. The Floating Liquid-piston Accumulator using Seawater under Compression (FLASC) project which is an energy storage technology tailored for the offshore environment is a solution to this problem. Developed by the University of Malta and Medserv plc, a local oil & gas logistics company, the system uses pressurised seawater and compressed air to store energy from intermittent offshore renewable resources such as wind, wave, tidal and floating PV, along with liquefaction of natural gas, water injection in oil wells and water desalination.  It is designed for use in the tough offshore environment, to match the lifetime of contemporary wind turbines and is cost-competitive with li-ion batteries, with the added advantage of not relying on hazardous chemicals. It is best suited for floating systems since it integrates directly into the platform itself. This is a key advantage, since storage is located at the point of generation while also remaining within the footprint of the floating renewable energy device. The investment in this technology enables our country to rely less on importing fossil fuels, plus improving the air quality and the environment around us.

The FLASC project has been made possible through the FUSION R & I Technology Development Programme (TDP) of MCST. Almost 16 million Euro has been awarded to local researchers, public and private entities between 2004 and 2018 through the TDP programme. The R & I Unit at MCST is currently working on developing the FUSION programme further to be able to help the local research community.  

The Executive Chairman of the Malta Council for Science and Technology, Dr. Jeffrey Pullicino Orlando said that “the role of the FUSION programme is to support researchers from public and private entities as well as to ingrain research in the heart of the Maltese economy. These funds create new jobs for academics and for Maltese industry, spur sustainable technology ahead and improve our quality of life.”  He added that “the FUSION program focuses on supporting entrepreneurs and small businesses, who have become the backbone of the Maltese economy, in their efforts to see their innovative ideas materialise.” The Pro-Rector for Research & Knowledge Transfer at the University of Malta Prof. Ing. Saviour Zammit, said “it is with great satisfaction that the University of Malta has been granted the patent on the FLASC project from Europe, China, Japan and the United States where the sustainable energy offshore industry is expected to grow.

  Such projects are proof of the potential and skills that our country has to become a hub of excellency in the Mediterranean region for innovation and development of new technologies, in particular, those related to the maritime sector.”   The pro-rector also commended MCST, the project team, researchers, students as well as all the technical people involved for their dedication. He had particular words of praise for Medserv plc. who were crucial in the development, testing and prototyping of a certain scale.  

Such projects are proof of the potential and skills that our country has to become a hub of excellency in the Mediterranean region for innovation and development of new technologies, in particular, those related to the maritime sector.”  

This prototype was deployed in the Maltese Grand Harbour, and operated over one year, undergoing hundreds of charging-discharging cycles. Financial support was also provided by Malta Maritimma and the Research, Innovation and Development Trust of the University of Malta.

The data obtained from the prototype was used to validate engineering software developed by the University to simulate the performance of the FLASC system. It also served as a proof-of-concept for this innovative energy storage technology. The FLASC project came to a close after three years of work, and will now be looking for investors to put the product on the market. Over all the project allowed for completing crucial technical developments, towards a commercially viable solution. For further info on the project visit: www.offshoreenergystorage.com

Press Release 

Riċerka dwar il-kunċett tal-ħażna ta’ enerġija rinovabbli fil-qasam marittimu

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FLASC: A Renew Energy Storage System Breaks Existing Market Barriers in Off-Shore

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JRC Malta Young Scientist Award

JRC Malta Young Scientist Award

The Malta Council for Science and Technology (MCST) is receiving proposals under the JRC Malta Young Scientist Award. The aim of this Award is to showcase the efforts of Maltese young scientists to the JRC.

 

The Joint Research Centre (JRC) is the European Commission’s science and knowledge service which provides independent scientific advice and support to EU policy. Its work has a direct impact on the lives of citizens by contributing with its research outcomes to a healthy and safe environment, secure energy supplies, sustainable mobility and consumer health and safety.

 

JRC Awards will be selected by MCST through a two-phase process. A number of young scientists from Malta will be selected for the Award. They will visit the JRC (most likely the Seville site) for 2-3 days. Envisaged timeframe is autumn 2019. The JRC Award will cover the costs for the flight and accommodation for the respective visit. The event programme will include;

 

• A general overview of JRC as the science and knowledge service of the European Commission,

 

• Presentation of the visitor’s projects to JRC Seville scientists,

 

• “Shadowing” of JRC scientists according to the individual fields of interest.

 

Interested Applicants are to submit their application documents electronically to jrc.mcst@gov.mt keeping melchior.cini@gov.mt in copy, with “JRC Malta Young Scientist Award” as a subject heading. Applications should be received by not later than midnight on Friday 13th September 2019. All submissions should be initialised or stamped on each page of the application form and a full signature by the applicant and head of entity on page 5 of the application form. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. Only one application per scientist may be submitted and will be evaluated by MCST.

 

More information on this opportunity, the rules for participation and the application form, can be found in the attachments below.

 

Application form

 

rules for participation

SPEECHIE project dissemination event “Technology for Bilingual Children with Developmental Language Disorders (DLD): Where do we stand?”

SPEECHIE project dissemination event “Technology for Bilingual Children with Developmental Language Disorders (DLD): Where do we stand?”

Dr Jeffrey Pullicino Orlando V, Executive Chairman of the Malta Council for Science and Technology during the SPEECHIE project dissemination event “Technology for Bilingual Children with Developmental Language Disorders (DLD): Where do we stand?” at Esplora Interactive Science Centre.  Another success made possible by the MCST FUSION Fund

News Coverage for Speechie:

Newsbook: Filmat: Olly Speaks kif se jgħin lit-tfal bilingwi? Click here to read article & watch video

Josanne Cassar Interviewing Malta: Olly Speaks – New Revolution in Speech and Language Therapy Click here to read article

Times of Malta: Facilitating speech, language skills in Maltese children via smart devices Click here to read article

One News: Aġġeġġ maħdum f’Malta se jiffaċilità l-lingwa mitkellma għat-tfal f’età tenera Click here to read article 

Santa Monica School, Birkirkara represents Malta at the European CanSat Competition 2019

Santa Monica School, Birkirkara represents Malta at the European CanSat Competition 2019

As winners of the CanSat Malta Competition organised by the Malta Council for Science and Technology for the first time this scholastic year, the team MoniCanSat represented Malta in the European CanSat Competition held in Bologna last June. The six-strong secondary school student team from St. Monica School Birkirkara together with their science teacher Ms. Sabrina Camilleri, participated in the competition together with 20 other students teams from around the world.

What is a CanSat?

A CanSat is a simulation of a satellite that fits in a soft drink can. It incorporates miniature sensors that are representative of the technologies used in real satellites. The challenge for the student teams is to fit all the major subsystems found in a satellite, such as power, sensors and a communication system, into this minimal volume. The CanSat is then launched to a prescribed altitude by a rocket and when ejected starts transmitting mission data as it descends back to the ground under parachute. Teams of students then point custom-built antennas to their respective CanSats and receive sensor data in real-time.

What happened at the European CanSat Competition 2019?

The European CanSat Competition is a yearly European-wide competition, organised by the European Space Agency’s Education office, is a hands-on space education activity for students in secondary and post-secondary schools. At the start of the competition that is recognised as one of the flagship activities of ESA’s education programme, ESA personnel invited each team to deliver a pre-launch presentation on their CanSats. All CanSats were subsequently checked by expert personnel to ensure all comply with competition regulations. On Wednesday 26th June, a sense of excitement and anticipation could be felt amongst all teams: the moment to launch their CanSat, a project they had been dedicatedly working on throughout the scholastic year, had finally arrived.  The CanSats were inserted into solid-propellent rockets, each 3kg in mass and 1.7m in height, which were launched by a specialised contractor of the European Space Agency (ESA).  A total of 10 rockets were launched, each of which ejecting 2 CanSats as it reached an altitude of 1km. On ejection, all teams pointed their home-brew antennas to their descending CanSats and received numerous data in real-time. Such data and information, amongst others, include air temperature and pressure, air quality metrics, shock and vibration readings, GPS positioning information and footage from miniature-cameras integrated within the CanSats. Following the rocket launch, all teams focused on the analysis of acquired data and were then invited to present their results in front of an ESA-appointed jury. Following a somewhat lengthy deliberation process,  Germany with their team, ‘Perpetuum Mobile’ won the best overall CanSat projects. Three other teams were rewarded in specific categories: Poland for the scientific excellence, Czech Republic for outreach, Norway for professional competencies and Spain for the technical achievement.

Find out more about the next competition and apply!

The CanSat Malta Competition, which is being organised again in the 2019/20 scholastic year, continues to inspire students and help them learn STEM subjects in an interactive and engaging way. The competition is fully funded by the Malta Council for Science and Technology through the National Space Fund and supported by the Parliamentary Secretariat for Financial Services, Digital Economy and Innovation. The call for applications of the upcoming competition is now open to all teachers in secondary and post-secondary schools Maltese schools. For more information please visit: http://mcst.gov.mt/space-directorate/sep/#cansat

MCST wins the Best e-Government Initiative for 2019

MCST wins the Best e-Government Initiative for 2019

MCST wins the Best e-Government Initiative for 2019 at the Malta Communications Authority – MCA Business awards! Congratulations to all involved 🥇

The Best eGovernment initiative goes to MCST for their portal Plumtri developed by Seasus. Plumtri.org facilitates the interaction as well as the showcasing and sharing of information amongst individuals and organisations engaged in research and innovation. Malta Communications Authority – MCA

Watch the eBusiness Awards 2019 here

Advanced Training on “Sea governance and blue growth: balancing sustainable use and conservation through Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) in the field of fisheries and aquaculture”

Advanced Training on “Sea governance and blue growth: balancing sustainable use and conservation through Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) in the field of fisheries and aquaculture”

An Advanced Training Course on the below theme is being offered for interested participants in both public and private sectors: “Sea governance and blue growth: balancing sustainable use and conservation through Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) in the field of fisheries and aquaculture” – Trieste (Italy) 23rd – 27th September 2019.

 

This is opportunity is being offered within the framework of the project DEEP BLUE: Developing Education and Employment Partnerships for a Sustainable Blue Growth in the Western Mediterranean Region in partnership with Tunisia and Spain and co-funded by the EASME-EMFF.

 

Interested applicants are invited to fill in the Registration form by Friday 12th July 2019.

 

One representative from the Private sector and One representative from the Public sector in Malta will be selected for this training dedicated to Blue Growth issues. As a result of this training, it is expected that participants develop a project proposal/idea at the local level, wishing to cooperate within a public-private partnership framework. A total of 20 participants from the 5+5 Dialogue countries will be present: 10 public + 10 private

 

The 5+5 Dialogue is composed of the ten Western Mediterranean countries: Algeria, France, Italy, Libya, Malta, Mauritania, Morocco, Portugal, Spain and Tunisia. Amongst the several areas of collaboration, these countries also work together in the area of Research, Innovation and Higher Education.

 

For more information, please visit the website at the following link: http://bluegrowth.inogs.it/deep-blue/activities/A1

Horizon 2020 Info Day – 2nd July

Horizon 2020 Info Day – 2nd July

Are you interested in obtaining funding for your research and innovation project idea? Do you want to know how? If yes, join us for the Horizon 2020 Info Day on 2nd July at Activity Center, Esplora in order to learn more about the Horizon 2020 programme and the upcoming calls.

 

The event is free of charge, however registration is mandatory.

 

Limited seats available!

 

Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020). Horizon 2020 is the financial instrument implementing the Innovation Union, a Europe 2020 flagship initiative aimed at securing Europe’s global competitiveness.

 

H2020 Info Day_Agenda

 

Malta Intellectual Property Awards 2019

Malta Intellectual Property Awards 2019

The Commerce Department within the Ministry for the Economy, Investment and Small Businesses has just launched the Malta Intellectual Property Awards 2019. Total prize money is €40,000.

Through these Awards, Government aims to encourage the development of innovative ideas and products having potential while being unique and sustainable.

The deadline for submission of applications is 30 June 2019 at noon. 

Guide Lines and Application Forms are available at www.commerce.gov.mt

A4 posters

 

PRIMA NETWORKING ASSISTANCE

PRIMA NETWORKING ASSISTANCE

MCST has just launched a PRIMA Networking Assistance Scheme which will be featuring a series of Calls to assist in building PRIMA project consortia.

 The Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area (PRIMA) funds R&I in the areas of water management, agriculture and Agro-food value chains.

 The first Call will be focusing on providing assistance to facilitate participation in the upcoming PRIMA projects kick off meeting taking place on the 20th June 2019 in Montpellier, France. During this meeting, project coordinators and project partners for the PRIMA projects that were chosen from the 2018 Call, will be presenting their project. This event will thus be a good opportunity to start or continue building a PRIMA network, with the aim of coordinating or participating in a PRIMA project proposal in the upcoming PRIMA 2020 Calls.

Interested applicants are invited to fill in the Application Form and send it via email on prima.mcst@gov.mt by 6th June 2019 at 23:59.

 More information can be found in the National Rules, Annex I and Annex II.

 For more information on PRIMA, please visit the official website.

 

Event: EIC Pilot Roadshow – Funding for Innovators in Malta

Event: EIC Pilot Roadshow – Funding for Innovators in Malta

EIC Pilot Roadshow – Funding for Innovators in Malta

For innovators based in Malta looking to fund a great idea, innovation or startup, and to all innovation stakeholders living in Malta, the Malta Council for Science and Technology, in collaboration with the European Commission Representation in Malta, is proud to present the launch of the Enhanced European Innovation Council (EIC) pilot funding scheme, supporting great ideas and innovation.

On the 14th of June at Esplora Activity Centre at MCST, representatives of the European Commission will present the objectives of the EIC and practical information related to the submission and evaluation of proposals. EIC Pilot includes the EIC Pathfinder Pilot and the EIC Accelerator Pilot.

Europe Enterprise Network Malta will also be present to introduce the role of the network in helping Maltese SMEs innovate and internationalise.

The event is free for all interested participants, but seats are limited.

Agenda

To register, kindly follow the link: Register Here

Location: Esplora Activity Centre, MCST, Kalkara

Date: 14th June 2019 Time:  09:00 – 16:00

For more information please contact Steven Frigerio