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 […]

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 […]

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:, 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 […]

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:

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 ( Camilo A. Arancibia-Bulnes ( 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 […]