Scientific and technological alliance for guaranteeing the european excellence in concentrating solar thermal energy

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Concentrating Solar Thermal Energy encompasses Solar Thermal Electricity (STE), Solar Fuels, Solar Process Heat and Solar Desalination that are called to play a major role in attaining energy sustainability in our modern societies due to their unique features: 1) Solar energy offers the highest renewable energy potential to our planet; 2) STE can provide dispatchable power in a technically and economically viable way, by means of thermal energy storage and/or hybridization, e.g. with biomass. However, significant research efforts are needed to achieve this goal. This Integrated Research Programme (IRP) engages all major European research institutes, with relevant and recognized activities on STE and related technologies, in an integrated research structure to successfully accomplish the following general objectives: a) Convert the consortium into a reference institution for concentrating solar energy research in Europe, creating a new entity with effective governance structure; b) Enhance the cooperation between EU research institutions participating in the IRP to create EU added value; c) Synchronize the different national research programs to avoid duplication and to achieve better and faster results; d) Accelerate the transfer of knowledge to industry in order to maintain and strengthen the existing European industrial leadership in STE; e) Expand joint activities among research centres by offering researchers and industry a comprehensive portfolio of research capabilities, bringing added value to innovation and industry-driven technology; f) Establish the European reference association for promoting and coordinating international cooperation in concentrating solar energy research. To that end, this IRP promotes Coordination and Support Actions (CSA) and, in parallel, performs Coordinated Projects (CP) covering the full spectrum of current concentrating solar energy research topics, selected to provide the highest EU added value and filling the gaps among national programs.

Project Data

CRS4 groups: Modeling & Simulation

CRS4 Role: Partner


Funder: EU FP7

Reference: 609837

Period: 2014 - 2017

Status: Execution

Contract type: Sovvenzione RSI/RDI Grant

People involved:

Partner Country Role
CIEMAT Spain Coordinator
DLR Germany Contractor
ETHZ Switzerland Partner
CYI Cyprus Partner
LNEG Switzerland Partner
CTAER Spain Partner
CENER Spain Partner
TECN Spain Partner
UEVORA Portugal Partner
IMDEA Spain Partner
TKN Spain Partner
UNIPA Italy Partner
INESC-ID Portugal Partner
IST-ID Portugal Partner
HITIT Turkey Partner
ACCIONA Spain Partner
SCHOTT Germany Partner
ASE Italy Partner
ESTELA Belgium Partner
ASNT Spain Partner
KSU Saudi Arabia Partner
UNAM Mexico Partner
SUN South Africa Partner
CSERS Libya Partner
CSIRO Australia Partner
FUSP Brasil Partner
IEECAS China Partner
UDC Chile Partner
UCAM Morocco Partner
FBK Italy Partner
PSI Switzerland Partner
CNRS France Partner
FISE Germany Partner
ENEA Italy Partner
CEA France Partner
CNR Italy Partner
CRAN United Kingdom Partner
SENER Spain Partner

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