SolarPACES 2017 Conference Proceedings Now Published with AIP

The SolarPACES 2017 conference proceedings are now published with AIP, the American Institute of Physics (www.aip.org), volume number 2033. All accepted papers are freely accessible on the AIP website and contain an ISBN number for the volume as well as individual DOI numbers for each paper. The SolarPACES 2017 proceedings are available here The conference […]

SolarPACES Conference 2018: 2-5 October in Casablanca, Morocco

The SolarPACES Conference 2018 will be held in Casablanca, Morocco from 2nd to 5th of October. Venue: Hyatt Regency Casablanca All the details will be available at the SolarPACES Conference website To receive updated details register yourself to the conference newsletter. Interested in sponsorship options? Please email: sponsor@solarpaces-conference.org

Sign the Petition to Save the World’s Largest CSP R&D Center, Plataforma Solar de Almería

The Plataforma Solar de Almería (PSA), is the most important research center in the world devoted to solar thermal concentrating technologies, leading international projects and initiatives driven and supported by the European Union. PSA has an international reputation and is classified as a “unique scientific and technical infrastructure” (ICTS) in Spain and as a “Large Scientific Installation” by the […]

New IEA Report: Renewable Energy for Industry

Heat represents three-quarters of industrial energy demand worldwide, and half of it is of low to medium-high temperature The IEA has just released its report IEA INSIGHTS 2017 Renewable Energy for Industry(pdf) Highlights from the IEA report with relevance for CSP: Activity is accelerating with respect to solar heat for industries. While the deployment of […]

DCSP informs

Solar electricity competitive to power from gas Solar thermal electricity was contracted in 2017 in Dubai for 7.3 $cents/kWh. This plant will combine a 200 MW tower system with a 15 hour thermal energy storage and three times 200 MW parabolic trough systems with more than ten hours of thermal storage. It will start operation […]

SolarPACES ExCo elects Robert Pitz-Paal as new Chair

Robert Pitz-Paal is elected new SolarPACES Chair Univ.-Prof. Dr-Ing. Robert Pitz-Paal was unanimously appointed as the new Chair of the SolarPACES Executive Committee for the next 2-year term at the 93rd ExCo meeting held October 1st 2017 in Calama (Chile). Pitz-Paal was previously vice chairman of the executive committee of SolarPACES. He has been one of two directors […]

SolarPACES 2017 Conference Presentations and Papers Now Available to Registered Participants

Thank you for participating in SolarPACES 2017 SolarPACES 2017 was held successfully in Santiago de Chile. We were happy to welcome participants from 38 countries! We would like to thank everyone for attending the conference. Thanks to all authors for their high quality contributions. Also many thanks to the scientific committee for their dedicated support […]

DOE Seeks Expert CSP R&D and Industry Insight – by Oct 6

CSP industry and researchers at SolarPACES 2017 Conference Subprogram: Soft Costs Funding Number: Request for Information: DE-FOA-0001818 The SunShot Initiative has issued a request for information (RFI) to gather insights about integrated data and analysis needs across the solar value chain. The goal is to better understand the information-related problems and questions that exist today for key solar […]

The ANU Solar Thermal Group has three full PhD stipends available

The ANU Solar Thermal Group presently has three full PhD stipends available, funded under the Australian Solar Thermal Research Initiative (ASTRI). Optical-structural design of heliostats Development of an advanced sodium receiver System modelling of novel CSP systems Details of the application process and eligibility here. Applications close on 30 September 2017. https://www.timeshighereducation.com/unijobs/en-au/listing/63190/phd-scholarship-in-concentrating-solar-thermal-research/  

Concentrating Solar Power Gen3 Demonstration Roadmap

A new technical report “Concentrating Solar Power Gen3 Demonstration Roadmap” was released in January 2017 by NREL in the context of the SunShot Initiative – a program launched in 2011 in the U.S. aiming at making solar thermal electricity cost-competitive with power from conventional power generation technologies by 2020. The report can be downloaded here. This roadmap […]

Guideline for Bankable STE Yield Assessment

Solar thermal energy (STE), often named Concentrating Solar  Power (CSP), is expected to play an important role in the world’s future electricity supply. Thermal energy storage, an essential part of a concentrating solar thermal power plant, allows for decoupling of solar energy harvest and subsequent electricity production. By this means, demand oriented power production can […]

2017 SFERA2 Training Course

SFERA II Training course for CSP professionals on: Optical and Thermal Component Testing of Parabolic Troughs and Influence on System Efficiency   Location: Plataforma Solar de Almería, 04200 Tabernas, Spain Date: 24.-28.04.2017 Target group: The course is designed for representatives from the CSP industry and companies (engineers, researchers) who want to be trained on real CSP hardware. Participants […]

NREL’s System Advisor Model Survey Update

NREL is asking for your help with the stewardship of the System Advisor Model, or SAM (https://sam.nrel.gov/). SAM’s CSP modules include parabolic trough, linear Fresnel, steam and molten-salt power towers, and dish/Stirling technologies. SAM updates are released roughly once per year and in addition to code enhancements, the SAM team endeavors to keep the default […]

STAGE-STE Workshops during the SolarPACES Conference in Abu Dhabi

Two interesting workshops will take place during SolarPACES 2016 Congress on October 13th. These workshops are part of the activities planned in the work packages WP3 and WP5 of the project STAGE-STE (www.stage-ste.eu). Basic information about these two workshops, which are specially aimed at the industrial sector, is given below: – WP3 workshop: Thursday 13th […]

Workshop: Thermal Storage for Solar Thermal Concentrating Plants

Place: IMDEA Energy Institute Parque Tecnológico de Móstoles Avda. Ramón de la Sagra 3 28935 Móstoles, Madrid Date: September 14th 2016  Description: One of the main advantages of solar thermal power plants (STE) against other renewable technologies is that they currently have commercial storage systems with large capacities. Nevertheless there is still a long way to walk, not […]

Post-Doctoral Position at CNRS-PROMES, France

The post-doctoral position is opened to PhD holder with a high level scientific background in thermodynamic cycles, heat transfers and fluid dynamics. The candidate must have a previous professional experience in solar thermal energy systems and skills in modelling and numerical simulation. Capabilities in using Matlab® environment or equivalent are required. Perfectly fluent English language […]

Openings at the Cyprus Institute

The Cyprus Institute is currently advertising vacancies for administrative and research positions within our Solar Energy research group: 1. Project Officer for Solar Energy and Desalination Group: http://jobboard.cyi.ac.cy/?q=node/452 2. Postdoctoral fellow for concentrated solar power: http://jobboard.cyi.ac.cy/?q=node/437 3. Computational scientist (Postdoc – HPC for energy): http://jobboard.cyi.ac.cy/?q=node/248 If you require further information please email n.jarraud@cyi.ac.cy and cc energy@cyi.ac.cy.

Workshop EU Solaris: CSP – Current market status and R&D activities

Wednesday, June 22, 2016 – 10:00 am – 12:30 pm Messe München Hall B1, Room B12 The workshop will give an overview on the current CSP market and perspectives and European R&D activities in this field. In this context it will inform about the EU Solaris project, which aims to promote and develop further the R&D […]

Researchers from DLR and CIEMAT developed new methodology for accelerated aging of aluminum solar mirrors

Scientists at the DLR Institute of Solar Research and the Spanish research center CIEMAT ended successfully a three-year trial period for the aging behavior of different protective coatings on aluminum mirrors and derived a methodology for accelerated aging. Aluminium-based solar mirrors can be a cost-effective alternative to traditional solar glass mirrors. In spite of the […]

Engineering for Sustainable Development Forum in Granada, Spain

The University of Granada, Infrastructure for Sustainable Development (i4sd) and Social Entrepreneurship School (SES) are pleased to organize the Engineering for Sustainable Development Forum in Granada on 29-30 September 2016.  This Forum is addressed to researchers, professionals from the private sector and public agencies and anyone interested in the areas of sustainable development, climate change, renewable energy, water, sustainable […]

1st European Seminar on Supercritical CO2 Power Systems

Location: TU Wien, AUSTRIA Date: 29-30 September 2016 Scientific Scope and Range of Topics: The aim of the seminar is to bring together researchers and industry participants working in the field of Supercritical CO2 (sCO2) Power Systems. The topics of the seminar include: – System Concepts – Thermodynamics, System Modeling and Control – Heat Transfer and Fluid dynamics […]

Linear Fresnel Solar Energy System Inaugurated in Cyprus

The Cyprus Institute’s Linear Fresnel Solar Energy System for Built Environment of the Novel Technologies Laboratory (NTL) building was inaugurated by the Honorable Minister of Finance, Harris Georgiades, on April 11. The Minister in his address stressed that research and innovation can and should have a very important role in a new economic model for Cyprus and that […]

SFERA 2 training course on central receivers systems

After the success of the SFERA 2 training courses in Spain (PSA) and Italy (ENEA) about direct steam generation and molten salts in parabolic trough, we are pleased to present training on central receivers with focus on the operation of heliostat fields.  This year’s course takes place at CNRS – PROMES test facilities in Odeillo, southern France […]

Minisymposium in Modelling and Simulation in CSP Plants

CfP in Minisymposium in Modelling and Simulation in Solar Thermal Power Plants in EUROSIM2016 Conference.  One of the most important international conferences on Modelling and Simulation (M&S), the EUROSIM conference, will be held this year in Finland from 12 to 16 of September (EUROSIM2016). Theoretical and practical novelties in different areas of interest (methodologies, functionalities and application domains) […]

Positions available at ANU

ANU presently has four research-intensive positions available in the solar thermal group. Details are as follows: The positions focus on different aspects including development of low-cost heliostats and high-performance solar receivers (sodium receivers and boilers, bladed receivers), and system modelling of entire concentrating solar thermal plants.  The four roles are described as follows: Position 1: […]

Accelerated Aging of Aluminum Reflectors Guidelines

This testing guideline specifies the recommended accelerated aging conditions to reproduce realistic degradation mechanisms on aluminum reflectors, which have been observed during a 3 year outdoor exposure testing campaign at 9 exposure sites with 9 different aluminum reflector types (7 of them protected with a SiO2 based sol-gel coating, 2 of them protected by a […]

Position available at the Cyprus Institute

A new distinguished tenured Professorship open now at CyI in the field of CSP (see: http://jobboard.cyi.ac.cy/?q=node/78), funded by a prestigious and well endowed EU – ERA chair scheme. As stated in the announcement, this position aims to attract to CyI a leading scientist, of truly international standing, to lead the activities in the field of solar […]

Solar Thermal Electricity Global Outlook 2016

The Solar Thermal Electricity Global Outlook 2016 report is released by Greenpeace International, SolarPACES and ESTELA (European Solar Thermal Electricity Association) and shows that solar thermal electricity (STE) could supply as much as 12 percent of the world’s power needs by 2050. It also shows how STE could create millions of jobs. The report modelled several […]

SolarPACES is present at the World Future Energy Summit 2016 in Abu Dhabi

SolarPACES is promoting the 22nd SolarPACES Conference, to be held from 11-14 October 2016 in Abu Dhabi, at the World Future Energy Summit 2016. In the picture, from right to left: Dr. Nicolas Calvet and Abdulaziz Alobaidli, Executive Committee Alternate and Representative from UAE respectively, with researchers from Masdar Institute and MIT at the SolarPACES booth. The World […]

The Stellio Consortium awarded with the 2015 Technology Innovation Award

On the closing day of the SolarPACES 2015 Conference in Cape Town, South Africa, the Stellio Consortium, comprising schlaich bergermann partner sbp sonne, Ingemetal Solar and Masermic Mechatronics, received the SolarPACES 2015 Technology Innovation Award for the development of the Stellio Heliostat. Click here for further information on the SolarPACES awards

SolarPACES Report: Roadmap to Solar Fuels

The roadmap to solar fuels project aims at enhancing industry involvement in solar fuels production and promoting market penetration of the most mature solar fuels technologies. For this purpose, two sun-rich countries – Australia and South Africa – have initially been chosen to organize workshops together with external SolarPACES experts, with the aim of presenting to targeted local industry […]

Open positions

Postdoctoral Researchers position in SERC-Chile SERC-Chile is now accepting two postdoctoral researchers. Both postdoctoral positions offered are best suited for graduated PhDs interested in any of the already mentioned research lines and willing to live and work in Chile. Furthermore, the positions will entail collaborative work among SERC´s research lines and other centers, and the production […]

Webinar on: “Solar driven thermochemical production of sustainable fuels”

The webinar on: “Solar driven thermochemical production of sustainable fuels” will be a joint collaboration between ISES and STAGE-STE with the participation of partners from PSI, ETH/USP, DLR and IMDEA, and will take place on April 17th 2015 at 13:00 UTC. For more details and free registration please visit the following link: http://www.ises.org/index.php?id=270

Decolorization of Dye Polluted Water by Photochemical Processes

Participants: Centro de Investigación en Energía de la Univ. Nacional de México (CIE-UNAM) (MEX) Contact: Antonio E. Jiménez González (ajg@cie.unam.mx) Camilo A. Arancibia-Bulnes (caab@cie.unam.mx) Funding: CONACYT, PAPIIT-UNAM Duration: continuing Background: For more than a decade researchers at CIE-UNAM have been investigating the degradation of water pollutants by means of solar assisted heterogeneous photocatalysis and photo-Fenton […]