MATS Project


The well-known energy problem due to the unstable oil price, uncertain reserves capacity, and local and global pollution problems is stimulating the development of clean innovative technologies. Innovative technologies will contribute to the reduction of GHG emissions and the creation of a more sustainable economic structure worldwide. The exploitation of renewable energy sources for heat and power production is commonly considered the most promising way to reduce the impact of human activities on environment, since clean energy technologies allow using no-fossil derived energy, without producing pollutants and GHGs.
Among renewable energy technologies, those exploiting solar energy seem to be the most applicable thanks to the huge and diffuse solar energy availability. Photovoltaic (PV) and Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) plants are today mature systems to convert solar radiation into exploitable energy at competitive costs, especially in countries belonging to the so-called “sun belt”. If PV cells allow direct conversion of solar radiation into electricity, CSP plants allow combined heat-and-power generation suitable for several industrial and residential applications.


Figure 1: Potential locations identified for the MATS demonstration plant in Egypt

The MATS Project has the aim to promote the exploitation of concentrated solar energy through small and middle scale facilities, suitable to fulfil local requirements of power and heat, and easy to back-up with the locally already available, or expressly producible, renewable fuels. The implementation of the project will allow to test the CSP technology in a very advantageous location with regard to the solar radiation rate as an example for the diffusion of this technology in other Mediterranean Countries. Besides it will represent the start-up for a development of specialized local industries.


Casaccia Research Centre, UTRINN-STD,
via Anguillarese 301 I-00123


  • Egypt
  • France
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • United Kingdom