The King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy, K.A.CARE, based in Saudi Arabia, and Fraunhofer ISE, have signed an agreement to work together on renewable energy R&D activities.
The two organisations said that the initiative would provide solutions to engineering challenges unique to the region of Saudi Arabia.
A wide range of topics are expected to be covered including solar thermal technology, solar PV, energy storage, grid integration and design, water desalination, solar and renewable energy efficient cooling as well as efficient building.
However, a major focus of the R&D collaboration will be on standardized performance and reliability testing and certification aspects of renewable energy technology and products.
The MENA region has long been touted as the next major emerging PV market and regional governments such as Saudi Arabia have potentially pledged billions of dollars to migrate to renewable energies over the next 30-years.