New Training Course on Central Receivers Systems in SFERA 3 Project


After the success of the SFERA 2 (Solar Facilities for the European Research Area) training courses program, the SFERA 3 consortium is pleased to present the continuation of the program starting with the topic of solar towers with focus on optics and power measurement. The Fraunhofer-Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE is a partner in the training on solar tower systems and will present simulation tools and measurement technology.

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Solar Tower System.

This course takes place at the CNRS – PROMES test facilities in Odeillo, southern France from July 8 – 12, 2019 and covers theoretical and practical topics of central receiver systems in general and heliostat field design, operation and measurement in particular. The SFERA 3 training courses for Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) professionals focus on the main CSP technologies and aim at facilitating the communication between European researchers and industry as well as enhancing the transfer of know-how and innovations. Therefore participants will be trained on European test infrastructure by expert researchers in the field. The upcoming courses will be held in 2020, 2021 and 2022 about plant optimization, durability of materials, process heat applications and use of molten salt in CST plants.

SFERA 3 is a Horizon 2020 project funded under the Research Infrastructure Programme. The consortium is coordinated by CIEMAT-PSA and made by a total of 15 partners from 9 EU member countries. The overall objective of this project, which runs from January 2019 to December 2022, is to carry on with the work done during the past 8 years in the SFERA 1 and SFERA 2 projects and reinforce the sustainability of the activities of the European advanced CSP research infrastructures.

Those activities will include networking activities between the research infrastructures, the scientific community, industries and other stakeholders. Access to all European researchers from both academia and industry to singular scientific and technological solar research infrastructures will be provided and joint research activities will help improve the integrated services provided by the infrastructure.

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