First stone of the Celerator Technological Park laid on the 13th of July at the Autodromo

Parkalgar and the University of Algarve are the founding entities of Celerator – Associação Parque Tecnológico do Algarve

The laying of the first stone for the work on the Celerator Technological Park is scheduled for 11:00 am this Thursday, July 13, next to the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve, in the interior of the municipality of Portimão.

The ceremony will be in charge of Paulo Pinheiro and Paulo Águas, representing, respectively, Parkalgar – Autódromo Internacional do Algarve and the University of Algarve, founding entities of Celerator – Associação Parque Tecnológico do Algarve.

Also present will be the mayor of Portimão, Isilda Gomes, and the Commission for Coordination and Regional Development of the Algarve, José Apolinário.

The future technology hub is aimed at the transport, mobility and energy solutions sector and will be dedicated to renewable energies applied to mobility and transport, with an estimated cost of 7,2 million euros, of which 4 million will come from EU funds through the ERDF. Completion is scheduled for the last half of 2024.

At the end of the ceremony, there will be a guided tour behind the scenes of the tests of the Formula 1 team “Alpine”, which will take place between 12 and 13 July at the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve circuit, whose main stand will be open to the public on these days. .

In August of last year, the Celerator Technological Park project was launched by the Minister of Territorial Cohesion, on a trip to the Autodromo do Algarve. At that time, Ana Abrunhosa stressed that «this will be an important project not only for Portimão, not only for the Algarve, it will really be an international reference».

On the same occasion, Paulo Pinheiro, CEO of Parkalgar and the man who dreamed it all up, pointed out that «Portimão is the 56th city in Portugal and is not even among the 10 biggest cities in Europe. But, in terms of motorsport, motorsport, it is one of the three biggest in the world».

O Technological Park, announced, «it will have all the technical conditions, one of the most advanced in the world, to test everything: fuels, modes of locomotion, autonomous, hybrid and non-hybrid vehicles».

All this, underlined Paulo Pinheiro, «makes the paths to sustainability pass through Portimão» and will make «Portimão and Portugal» become «a great reference worldwide in the area of ​​engineering».

José Apolinário, president of the Coordination and Regional Development Commission (CCDR) of the Algarve, added, in project launch last August, which is "an investment whose results go far beyond the 4 million public investment", through the FEDER community fund.