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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 October, from 15:00 to 17:00

- WP5 workshop: Thursday 13th October, from 17:00 to 19:00

 

People willing to attend any of these workshops are kindly asked to send an e-mail to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the following information for registration:

 

- Name

- Affiliation

- Workshop of interest

 

Information about the WP3 workshop:

 

- Title: Research infrastructure (RI) needs of the Solar Thermal Electricity (STE) sector.

- Objective: to get a clear picture of the RI needed by the STE sector to speed up the cost reduction trend required for a wide commercial deployment to meet the great potential of concentrating solar thermal technologies to become a significant player in the energy sector.

- Program: this workshop will start with a presentation of the results from recent surveys performed in several European projects concerning RI needs of the STE sector. Afterwards, an open discussion about the results from the surveys will be held with the participation of people attending the workshop and representatives of R+D centres and STE industry.

 

Information about the WP5 workshop:

 

Title: "IP transfer and relationship between industry and research in STE field" (maybe already proposed).

- Objective: to present the status of the relationship between industries and research centers in the STE sector in Europe.

- Program: the workshop will present the work performed on this subject by STAGE-STE partners.

On September 1, 2016,China National Development and Reform Commission issued the notice of feed-in tariff policy for CSP plant. According to the document, the feed-in tariff for the solar thermal power demonstration projects is ¥1.15/kWh. The notice pointed out that the above price is only applicable to the first batch of demonstration projects organized and implemented by National Energy Administration in 2016. The notice also states that local government shall take multiple measures such as tax deduction, subsidies, green credit, and the land preferential measures for CSP enterprises to promote the development of the industry.

 

National Development and Reform Commission said the unified CSP benchmarking feed-in tariff policy aims to encourage and support those CSP plants that meet a certain capacity, hoping the enterprises to choose the advanced technologies, to develop high quality solar resources and finally decrease the cost of electricity in the whole society as much as possible. The feed-in tariff policy is one means to explore the economy of the solar thermal power industry and to promote the healthy development of this kind of friendly renewable energy; meanwhile, it also helps prevent it from blind expansion by heavily relying on the high subsidies, so as to reduce the cost of electricity consumption in the whole society as much as possible and improve the subsidy effect.

 

China National Development and Reform Commission pointed out that after the year 2019, this feed-in tariff policy will be timely adjusted, based on the solar thermal power industry development status, cost reduction situation, to further lower the price of new CSP plants. (Translated by Cheng Wenyan)

 

Information kindly provided by China National Solar Thermal Alliance

http://en.nafste.org/index.php?m=content&c=index&a=show&catid=6&id=490

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 only to reduce the specific cost of the current storage systems but also to provide appropriate technological options for such a systems to be coupled in promising solar concentrating technologies, like Direct steam generation (DSG) is. The workshop will cover different approaches for either reducing the cost of current commercial systems or presenting innovative proposals. The workshop is organized by Ciemat and IMDEA Energy Institute, under the collaboration umbrella of STAGE-STE European project and ALCCONES Project, funded by the regional programme of the Community of Madrid.

 

Language: English

 

Registration: Application form at www.energia.imdea.org

 

Fee: 70 € + IVA (Early bird fee: 50 € + IVA, deadline for early bird fee: 5th September)

Openings at the Cyprus Institute

Monday, 11 July 2016 16:32

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and cc This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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 is required since it will be used as working language and of course knowledge of French language would be very useful.

 

Application letter and curriculum should be addressed to Dr G. FLAMANT, CNRS/PROMES, LABEX SOLSTICE PROJECT, 7 rue du four solaire, 66120 Font-Romeu (France), or transmitted by e-mail to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., with copy to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Deadline for application: August 29, 2016

 

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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 infrastructure capacities in Europe to support the technology development in the field of concentrating solar thermal technologies for power generation and high temperature process heat.

 

Workshop is free (no charge), pre-registration requested, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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"Advancing Concentrating Solar Power Technology, Performance, and Dispatchability" research paper from the On the Path to SunShot series is now available on the DOE website. See http://goo.gl/vp8bpI 

 

Find also all eight research papers from the On the Path to SunShot series at http://goo.gl/tVLSAH

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 lower reflectance, their good ductility make aluminum reflectors especially well suited for collectors in process heat applications or for complex collector geometries.

 

Aluminum reflectors consist of a rolled aluminum substrate with reflection-enhancing coatings. On top, a three to six micrometer thick transparent protective layer is applied, which protects the reflective aluminum layer against environmental influences. This protective layer is critical for the extent, in which the reflective properties of the material are affected by sand erosion or corrosion over its entire lifetime. In the Alumir-project DLR and CIEMAT worked with three manufacturers of aluminum solar mirrors that provided mirror samples with nine different protective coatings.

 

ALUMIR Erfoud-MAROC 1920px 1Outdoor exposure of aluminum reflectors with different protective layers in Erfoud, Morocco

 

The mirror samples of the companies Alanod, Almeco and Constellium were exposed at nine sites with different climatic conditions. The scientists had chosen desert and coastal locations in Spain, Morocco and the United Arab Emirates.

 

In parallel to the outdoor exposure tests, the materials were exposed to articifially produced environmental conditions in climate chambers. These tests took place at the Plataforma Solar de Almería in the OPAC aging laboratory of DLR and CIEMAT. Here, the researchers investigated different stresses (humidity, salt spray, sand erosion, UV-radiation, thermal cycling,…) and selected an appropriate testing sequence to reproduce the observed degradation mechanisms from outdoors in a realistic manner within a short time period in the laboratory. The degradation rates of the outdoor exposed and accelerated aged samples were measured at regular intervals, the results were compared and correlated. From the derived methodology for accelerated aging, assessments for the lifetime of aluminum reflectors can be made.

 

ALUMIR OPAC-Labor Salzspruehtest 2

Mirror samples during a salt spray test in the aging laboratory at Plataforma Solar de Almería, Spain

 

The extensive tests have shown that the optical performance of the mirrors after three years outdoor exposure was still satisfactory but that the degradation of the aluminum mirrors was significantly higher than that of glass mirrors. As Dr. Reinhard Dasbach, Director of Research and Development at Almeco said "The project gave us the opportunity to test our commercial and newly developed solar mirrors under realistic conditions in the field. The results are very helpful for the further optimization of our mirrors." The head of research and development at Alanod, Dr. Stefan Ziegler, stated:"The results of the ALUMIR project provide us with important insights into the aging behavior and the lifetime of our aluminum solar mirrors. At Alanod we will use the new accelerated aging methodology for the development and optimization of new coatings."

 

The derived methodology for accelerated aging of aluminum mirror was published in March 2016 in the form of a guideline on the SolarPACES Task III website (http://www.solarpaces.org/tasks/task-iii-solar-technology-and-advanced-applications).


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