SolarPACES

SolarPACES has played a formative role in CSP research from the very earliest days beginning in 1977, and the role has widened as the market for dispatchable solar has become more defined to today’s commercial deployment at full-scale.

History

International Energy Agency (IEA) activities in the field of solar thermal power and chemical energy systems began in 1977 with the signing of an agreement for the “Small Solar Power Systems” (SSPS) Project by Austria, Belgium, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the USA.

Together the SSPS team implemented the first brave step – Stage 1 – with the design of two 500 kWe rated net output solar thermal power plants. They went on to construct and operate two plants in Almeria in southern Spain as Stage 2 of the programme.

Stage 3 consisted of R&D tasks, concentrating mostly on storage, receivers, solar fuels and Dish/Stirling systems.  After the SPSS Project successfully passed an IEA Renewable Energy Working Party (REWP) review in 1990, several of the member countries went on to develop plans for a Stage 4 of the Project, which at that time changed its name to SolarPACES – Solar Power and Chemical Energy Systems.

Following a successful REWP review in May 1996, it was recommended to continue the Programme for another 5-year period until 2001. This was decided by the IEA Governing Board on June 19, 1996. Since that time, successive five year terms have been approved, with the scope of the research widening as market needs have changed.

Biannual Executive Committee meetings extend back to 1997

ExCo
Location
Date
Members
/Industry
Task
Leaders
Guests
/Industry
Total
/Industry
ExCo89
Cape Town, South Africa
18 Oct 2015
13
6 4 29
ExCo88
Rome, Italy
24-26 Mar 2015
15
3 7 25
ExCo87
Beijing, China
21 Sep 2014
17
5 4 26
ExCo86
Abu Dhabi, UAE
11-13 Mar 2014
15
4 2
21
ExCo85
Las Vegas, USA
22 Sep 2013
18
4 6 28
ExCo84
Newcastle, Australia
15-17 Apr 2013
14
5 6 25
ExCo83
Marrakech, Morocco
9 Sep 2012
19
6 8 33
ExCo82
Jerusalem, Israel
27-29 Mar 2012
ExCo81
Granada, Spain
18 Sep 2011
ExCo80
VIenna, Austria
5-7 Apr 2011
ExCo79
Perpignan, France
19 Sep 2010
ExCo78
Jeju, South Korea
13-15 Apr 2010
ExCo77
Berlin, Germany
13 Sep 2009
ExCo76
Zurich, Switzerland
31 Mar – 2 Apr 2009
ExCo75
Almeria, Spain
4-6 Nov 2008
ExCo74
Las Vegas, USA
3 Mar 2008
ExCo73
Paris, France
14-15 Nov 2007
10/4
6
7/3
27/10
ExCo72
Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt
9-11 May 2007
11/4
5
9/3
23/9
ExCo71
Brussels, Belgium
15-17 Nov 2006
11/4
5
9/6
19/6
ExCo70
Seville, Spain
19 Jun 2006
11/4
5
9/6
19/6
ExCo69
Berlin, Germany
14-16 Nov 2005
8/3
5
19/2
23/5
ExCo68
Phoenix, Arizona
15-16 Mar 2005
12/4
4
14/9
29/13
ExCo67
Oaxaca, Mexico
4 Oct 2004
9/3
5
5/2
22/5
ExCo66
Paris, France
20-22 Apr 2004
11/3
3
7/2
24/6
ExCo65
Johannesburg, South Africa
30 Sep – 2 Oct 2003
7/3
2
5/2
15/5
ExCo64
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
19-21 Mar 2003
11/3
4
6/2
20/5
ExCo63
Zurich, Switzerland
2-3 Sep 2002
9/3
4
1
15/7
ExCo62
Aguadulce, Spain
23-24 Apr 2002
13/3
4
5/3
21/6
ExCo61
Brussels, Belgium
13-14 Nov 2001
12/3
2
10/7
28/10
ExCo60
Cuernavaca, Mexico
8-9 May 2001
9/3
4
7/4
16/7
ExCo59
Cairo, Egypt
19-20 Sep 2000
13
4
9
26
ExCo58
Sidney, Australia
5-7 Mar 2000
10
4
4
18
ExCo57
Santa Fe, USA
8-11 Nov 1999
13
4
5
22
ExCo56
Shefayim, Israel
29-30 Jun 1999
13
3
1
17
ExCo55
Loughborough, UK
11-13 Nov 1998
13
3
4
20
ExCo54
St. Cyprien, France
18-19 Jun 1998
10
3
2
15
ExCo53
Meiringen, Switzerland
23-24 Sep 1997
11
4
5
20
ExCo52
Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil
12-13 May 1997
8
4
5
17

The SolarPACES Executive Committee or the ExCo is responsible for control and supervision of the SolarPACES Program as a whole. Individual members of the Executive Committee represent their national Contracting Party.

Task Representative or TRs are the central coordinators of the resarch for each of the research tasks.

The SolarPACES Secretariate or the ExSec is responsible for communications between the members of the ExCo, between the ExCo and Operating Agents, and relations between the SolarPACES Program and the IEA, governments, international bodies and relevant media.