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News | Renewable energies | New technologies
A far reaching Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed today by the Dutch independent research and innovation organisation TNO and the French public scientific technical and industrial organization CEA. Parties seek collaboration in the areas Solar photovoltaics (PV), Hydrogen, multiple applications of digitization and other areas of mutual interest such as the stable integration of nuclear energy into the energy system.
The MoU was signed today in Amsterdam in the presence of Mme Sylvie Retailleau, French Minister of Higher Education and Research and Mr Robbert Dijkgraaf, Dutch Minister of Education, Culture and Science. Signatories for CEA and TNO were Mr. François Jacq, Chairman and CEO of CEA and Mr. Tjark Tjin-A-Tsoi, CEO and Chairman Executive Board TNO, both members of the Steering Board of EARTO (European Association of Research and Technology Organisations).
Technological capacity and autonomy EUFrance and the Netherlands have made the green and digital transitions a priority. For this reason, all initiatives aimed at strengthening the technological capacity and autonomy of the European Union are important. Examples include a new sustainable solar cell industry in Europe and a Franco-Dutch collaboration to focus the economies more on hydrogen. The MoU is also supportive on the Franco-Dutch pact for innovation and sustainable growth concluded between the two countries and which is intended to deepen and strengthen the bilateral relationship.The Pact aims to structure the Dutch-French dialogue and the shared goals of Plan France 2030 and the Dutch Growth Fund, by bringing together relevant public and private players, to leverage the synergies and technological and industrial innovation between the two countries.
CEA is a French government-funded technological research organisation in four main areas: low-carbon energies, defense and security, information technologies and health technologies. A prominent player in the European Research Area, it is involved in setting up collaborative projects with many partners around the world.