MAIA-TAQA
Mobilizing new Areas of Investments And Together Aiming to increase Quality of life for All

About the project

Despite the fact that in the Southern Mediterranean countries there is a growing need for resource efficiency (RE) services (consulting, engineering and operations) to deal with the pressure on the environment, the RE supply persists at low levels. This is essentially due to the lack of a proper innovation process that would be able to identify the needs, structure the creative solutions and commercialise them. MAIA-TAQA will deal with these issues by setting up demonstrators in 3 Mediterranean pilot areas where innovative services will be applied: they will be related to micro-grids, photovoltaics, energy storage, solar thermal technologies and water sanitation and purification. Partners will develop solutions for each identified barrier: capacity building programme (for lack of skills); innovation desk (for lack of information); guidelines (for lack of regulation); voucher (for lack of finance) and targeted B2B events (for lack of specific matchmaking). The main final beneficiaries are SMEs (especially from environment/utility/building sector) that can have a set of supporting instruments to overcome the existing barriers and reduce the risks to innovation.

Key information

MAIA-TAQA
Mobilizing new Areas of Investments And Together Aiming to increase Quality of life for All
A.2 Support to education, research, technological development and innovation
A.2.2 SMEs access to research and innovation
Greece, Egypt, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Spain

Financial data

3.1 million
Total budget
2.8 million
EU contribution
%
10%
Project co-financing

Highlights

Project in numbers

8
Partners
6
Countries
13
Technical outputs

Project duration

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Partnership

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Project outputs

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What will be improved?

Through the creation of real demonstration cases with local companies, MAIA-TAQA will raise awareness among SMEs and policy-makers of innovation practices and policy instruments in the area of resource efficiency services. The established “Innovation One Stop-Shops” offering innovation support services will create an enabling environment for the development of the RE sector in the Southern Mediterranean countries. Finally, a SMEs network will pave the way for tackling the regulatory frameworks and trade barriers.

Who will benefit?

  • SMEs, especially those involved in the RE sector, companies and professionals, technology distributors and sellers
  • Business associations and chambers of commerce
  • National and sectorial institutions
  • Research centers, universities and PhD students
     

Expected achievements

  • 6 innovative resource efficiency services piloted in Lebanon, Jordan and Egypt
  • 3 Innovation One-stop-shops established and Innovation Voucher Services for SMEs tested 
  • 3 B2B events and 9 company missions to promote technological cooperation among Mediterranean SMEs
  • 6 agreements and protocols signed between partners and local business associations/R&D centres
  • 12 training events to enhance the technical and management capacities of local SMEs
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Spain: the MAIA-TAQA project is looking for technical assistance. Deadline extended - 17th of September 2021, 12:00pm CET

The Association of the Mediterranean Chambers of Commerce and Industry calls an external service for contracting an expert/entity on the bas…

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Lebanon: MAIA-TAQA project to implement innovative wastewater treatment plant

This is an opportunity for testing the technology under real life conditions and provide the infrastructure for collaboration between local Universities and MAIA-TAQA partners…

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Proposal evaluation meeting for the economic offer for the award of services under MAIA-TAQA project

An evaluation committee from the Industrial Research Institute, the Lebanese partner of the MAIA-TAQA project, met to assess the offers pres…

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Spain: the MAIA-TAQA project is looking for technical assistance

The Association of the Mediterranean Chambers of Commerce and Industry calls an external service for contracting an expert/entity on the basis of single tender and invitation …

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Jordan: MAIA-TAQA call for tenders to install a Building Integrated Photovoltaic solar system

The Jordan Chamber of Commerce intends to award contractors for installing renewable energy solutions at its main building in Manna.

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Egypt: Meet MAIA-TAQA certified trainers in the photovoltaic systems

The trainers will pave the way in the next step of the MAIA-TAQA program for SME’s to introduce innovative energy efficiency services.

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MAIA-TAQA to implement solar thermal cooling system pilot project in Aqaba-Jordan

An Agreement between the Jordan Chamber of Commerce” (JoCC) and, MILLENNIUM ENERGY INDUSTRIES (MEI) was signed to supply, install, operate and commission of a solar thermal en…

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Enhancing the technical and management capacities of local SME’s: The MAIA-TAQA Train of Trainers programme in Lebanon

The Lebanese partner of the MAIA-TAQA project successfully conducted 60hours of training sessions to enhance the technical and management ca…

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MAIA-TAQA aligned with the Italian National Recovery and Resilience Plan

MAIA-TAQA project is developing a path towards sustainable environment in southern Mediterranean countries

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MAIA-TAQA project is studying the feasibility of solar cooling technology under the Mediterranean climate

Why the need of using solar thermal energy for cooling or air-conditioning of buildings in the Mediterranean?

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18 professionals from Egypt, Lebanon and Jordan to become certified MAIA-TAQA trainers

MAIA-TAQA concluded the first phase of its training programs on photovoltaics, energy storage and wastewater treatment technologies on the 16th of June.

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Jordan: MAIA-TAQA to install solar thermal cooling system in Aqaba

Jordan Chamber of Commerce signed a contract for supplying, installing, operating and commissioning of a solar thermal energy cooling system for the Aqaba Chamber of Commerce.

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Innovation: MAIA-TAQA and NEX-LABS projects sign memorandum of understanding to reinforce synergies

This memorandum of understanding aims to expand the reach of both project news, events and support in the dissemination of vouchers calls an…

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Egypt: MAIA-TAQA to implement 100 kWp on-grid photovoltaic solar plant

The solar plant is expected to fully cover the energy needs of the El Ameria wholesale market located in the city of Alexandria.

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Jordan: MAIA-TAQA project is looking for expert trainers

The project has launched a call for expert instructors to deliver a legal framework Training of Trainers course on solar thermal cooling for buildings and building integrated photovoltaics in Jordan.

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Lebanon: the MAIA-TAQA project is looking for expert trainers

The project has launched a call for the identification of expert teachers that will realize a training of trainers on the topics of wastewater treatment and reuse of treated water for irrigation in Lebanon.

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Jordan: MAIA-TAQA project to implement new Building-Integrated Photovoltaics system

A Building-Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV) system will be soon implemented at the Jordan Chamber of Commerce to produce clean, renewable and affordable energy.

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The MAIA-TAQA project Italian partner "Quipo" is looking for expert teachers for training activities

Call for the identification of expert teachers that will realize a training of trainers on the topics of PV plant and Battery Energy Storage…

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MAIA-TAQA and ORGANIC ECOSYSTEM projects networking sessions to facilitate synergies and create opportunities

Based on the aspiration of putting into action the recovery plan and a new economic development model for the Mediterranean, two networking …

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MAIA-TAQA: procurement for the installation of a PV system in Egypt

Deadline for submission of tenders is ⏰ 11th of February 2021.

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The second edition of the MAIA-TAQA’ newsletter is now available!

Check now the second edition of the MAIA-TAQA newsletter and learn about the latest developments of the project-

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MAIA-TAQA partners discuss the implementation of pilot projects in Egypt, Lebanon and Jordan

From the construction of a wastewater treatment plant to the implementation of a solar cooling system, MAIA-TAQA partners plan pilot projects during third project meeting.

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Jordan: MAIA-TAQA project signed an engineering services contract

The aim of the contract is to implement a Solar Thermal Cooling System at the Aqaba Chamber of Commerce Building.

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The MAIA-TAQA project Italian partner "Utilitalia" is looking for a financial auditor

Deadline for submitting bids is Thursday, 6th August at 20:00, Rome time.

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Lebanon: MAIA-TAQA is launching a Request for Proposals

The MAIA-TAQA project Lebanese partner - Industrial Research Institute IRI – is launching a Request For Proposals for the “Design service and assistance for the construction of a WasteWater Treatment Plant for …

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The MAIA-TAQA project is looking for a financial auditor

Deadline for submitting bids is Monday, June 22nd.

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16 April 2020
The MAIA-TAQA project in times of Covid-19 pandemic

MAIA-TAQA partners and team members are willing to work closer than ever to reinforce cooperation and ensure a successful deliverable of the project.

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14 April 2020
The MAIA-TAQA project is looking for an external auditor

The deadline for submitting bids is Monday, April 21st.

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10 January 2020
MAIA-TAQA: solar thermal cooling pilot project in Aqaba begins

The installation of a solar cooling system will drastically reduce the energy consumption of the existing chillers at the Aqaba Chamber of Commerce, Jordan.

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11 November 2019
Kick-off meeting for the EU-funded ENI CBC MED project MAIA-TAQA

On the 2nd and 3rd of October, the partners of the EU-funded ENI CBC MED "MAIA-TAQA" project met in Athens for the kick-off meeting which was followed by a press con…