Micro-CHP which incorporates several important innovations, enabling the development of a compact, efficient, and low-cost unit of combined heat and power system ideal for small homes, not currently found on the market, within the budget of an average income household, was launched on 3 November during a Public Engagement event held at the EsploraPlanetarium at Esplora Interactive Science Centre in Kalkara.
The event was attended by the Hon. Owen Bonnici, Minister for Equality, Research, and Innovation and the Centre’s Executive Chairman Dr Jeffrey Pullicino Orlando.
Addressing the Micro-CHP Public Engagement event, the Executive Chairman of the Malta Council for Science and Technology, Dr Jeffrey Pullicino Orlando said that: “MCST has been given a mandate to offer support to academic institutions, private and public entities as part of our country’s ongoing efforts to promote research and innovation and to drive international competitiveness. MCST provides support on two levels through FUSION – the first being the guidance and mentoring of the technological feasibility of related projects when it comes to market-readiness and economic impact. The second is considerable financial support to enable collaborative and translational research activities. To date we have granted 12 million Euro in funding to enable researchers to tackle ambitious challenges.”
He added that “We are very optimistic that our investment in the rising stars of research and innovation will not only enhance the research talent pipeline in the Maltese islands but will also continue to support those who are determined to solve the most difficult questions we are faced with - whether these are in frontier science, our changing economy or our evolving society.”