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Technical Tours

This year, there will be several tours offered in connection with CPV-15. Both tours are free of charge, but pre-registration required!


Technical Tour 1: Innovation City & CPV lab of USMBA, Fez

The CPV-15 Technical Tour will take place on Wednesday, 27 March 2019, after the closing session (around 16:00). We will visit Innovation City Fez (“La Cité de l'Innovation de Fès”) and the CPV lab of the Faculty of Sciences and Technology of University Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdellah.

Innovation City Fez was set up by the University Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdellah to offer its laboratories a common platform for material characterization and qualification. Also, it is dedicated to hosting start-ups and incubating innovative projects.
Another mission is to promote the culture of entrepreneurship and to bring the university enterprises closer together by working on common interest project.

Highlights among the equipment include:

  • Infrared spectroscopy
  • X-ray diffraction
  • Thermal analyzer
  • Raman spectroscopy
  • Scanning electron microscope

At the CPV lab, we will visit the optical setup dedicated to optical elements testing. A solar simulator as well as some optical elements are available for indoor tests. Some experimental setups to bring together primary and secondary optical elements are currently under manufacturing and may be available during the conference.
The aim of this tour is also to launch discussion among the local hosts and the participants about future collaboration and knowledge sharing.

Technical Tour 2: NOOR Solar Power Complex, Ouarzazate, offered by Masen

Registration for this tour will be possible until 17 March 2019 only!

Masen is kindly offering you to take a free tour at NOOR (near Ouarzazate, 600 km travel distance from Fes). It will take place on Friday, 29 March 2019, from 9:30 - ca. 14:00. It will start at Masen's visitors centre with an introduction. The tour will include a visit to:

  • the NOOR I – III CSP plants
  • the R&D platform (including the Masen & Sumitomo CPV platform)
  • the Belvedere look-out at the visitors centre

Meeting point in Ouarzazate will be on Friday, 29 March 2019, 9:00 at the main entrance of Hotel Le Berbère Palace, Quartier Mansour Eddahbi 55, Ouarzazate. Water will be provided during the tour at NOOR. Please bring your own food.

PLEASE NOTE before registering: Participants should organize their travel to Ouarzazate and accommodation on their own. Please note that there are no direct flights between Fez and Ouarzazate, but there are connections via Casablanca.

To get access to the site, you have to enter your passport number during registration and bring your passport to the site! Please also send us your shoe size by e-mail, so Masen can prepare their protective equipment accordingly.

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Dates and Deadlines

CPV-15:                           March 25-27, 2019

New deadline full papers:          April 26, 2019

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