InitiativesMohammed VI Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Goes Green


10 Jan

Mohammed VI Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Goes Green

Rabat – The Mohammed VI Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMVI) will be the first African museum to use a solar solution with a smart energy storage and management system.

This initiative, which is in strict compliance with the firm commitment of His Majesty King Mohammed VI in fighting against climate change and his call for an awakening of global awareness and a responsible collective commitment to address climate change to ensure a better future for all humanity, will make the MMVI “the perfect model of harmonious alliance of art and environmental responsibility, a joint statement from the National Foundation of Museums (FNM) and the Institute of Research in Solar Energy and New Energies (IRESEN) said.

The FNM, together with IRESEN and its international research platform Green Energy Park, signed, in October 2020, a partnership agreement to develop an innovative model of energy production and management at the MMVI.

This model of energy transition is based on a mixed approach including the integration of renewable energy sources through the establishment of a solar photovoltaic power plant on the roof, with a power of 130 kWp and a photovoltaic system integrated into the pavement, allowing the power supply of the building, and reducing the energy bill of MMVI by 50%.

It also relies on a complete automation of the supervision and management of environmental parameters (relative humidity, temperature and air quality).

“A new real-time supervision system was developed, allowing an automatic control of these different parameters and optimizing the energy consumption of energy-intensive terminals”, the statement read.

“This model incorporates a storage solution of 20 kWh allowing better management of consumption during peak hours”, according to the same source.

This first pilot project allows the consortium’s teams to validate the technology of this unique and innovative model. This first demonstrator paves the way for the generalization of this model to all of the Foundation’s museums, which will be carried out jointly with the various institutional partners in the Moroccan energy sector.

“It will allow the positioning of Moroccan museums as leaders in the energy transition in this sector on the African continent”, the statement concluded.

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