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.


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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 


Find also all eight research papers from the On the Path to SunShot series at

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.


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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 (

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 mobility, social entrepreneurship and the financing instruments for sustainability related projects.


Experts of Academia, Industrial, Financial and Governmental Entities are invited to present their research results and experience of new technologies and projects on the Forum in the following areas before May 31st, 2016 to the following email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


The papers and posters in English or Spanish will be submitted to a selection process by the Scientific Committee, in order to be presented in the Forum. The papers and posters should follow the formatting instructions according to the templates that can be downloaded in this link or requested to the organizers to the following email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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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
- Turbomachinery
- System Components (valves, pumps, CO2 heat exchangers, etc.)
- Materials for sCO2 systems
- Experimental testing

The seminar will be organized in a combination of keynote presentations, oral presentations and posters.

Participants interested in a presentation are requested to submit an extended abstract (2-5pages) by June 5, 2016.


Abstract submission, Registration and Contact 

Registration information can be found on the seminar’s website

Authors are invited to submit a two page abstract by June 5, 2016.

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Important dates

Abstract submission deadline: June 5, 2016
Notification to authors: till June 20, 2016
Early registration: till July 30, 2016 (30% increase of fee after this date)



Markus HAIDER, TU Wien, Institute for Energy Systems and Thermodynamics
Dieter BRILLERT, Universität Duisburg-Essen, Chair of Turbomachinery
Jörg STARFLINGER, Universität Stuttgart, Institut für Kernenergetik und Energiesysteme (IKE)
Andreas WERNER, TU Wien, Institute for Energy Systems and Thermodynamics

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 the government’s support to The Cyprus Institute is the best such investment for the future. He also expressed full confidence in The Cyprus Institute, committed to continue supporting its novel research activities.


The official inauguration is part of a three-day workshop which was organised at the CyI premises in Nicosia between April 11-13. The ceremony was addressed by the Chairman of the Institute’s Executive Committee, Dr. Andreas Pittas, the President of CyI, Prof. Costas N. Papanicolas, the CCCI president, Phidias Pilides, and by the project coordinator Fabio Montagnino (ARCA).


The system was built by utilising financing provided by the ‘Small Scale Thermal District Units for Mediterranean Communities’ (STS-Med) project, a consortium of 14 organisations from 6 different countries including academic institutions, businesses and governmental departments. The system installed in Cyprus is one of the four pilot systems that were built in the Eastern Mediterranean region, with the other situated in Italy, Egypt and Jordan. The four demonstrative plants based on Concentrating Solar (CS) power target on serving the energy demand of 20.000 end users coming from 20 Mediterranean local communities for a total power of 400 kW. This project is funded by the European Union and is implemented by Arca Consortium.


The system collects solar energy through several rows of mirrors that continuously track the sun's path and channel the collected heat to a cooling device for the needs of the NTL, which is now classified as a ‘Nearly Zero Energy Building' (NZEB), which is the first of its kind in Cyprus. The mode of integration of the solar system in the existing facilities is also novelty of the CyI. The Ceremony was honorably attended by the former President of the Republic Dr. George Vassiliou, Ambassadors and representatives of foreign diplomatic missions, party representatives, government officials, Members of CyI’s Board of Trustees and by many distinguished personalities from the academia and the business world.

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 from June 13 – 17, 2016 and covers theoretical and practical topics of central receiver systems in general and heliostat field design, operation and characterization in particular. For more information please check the



The SFERA 2 training courses for 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. A fourth course will be held in 2017 about parabolic trough component testing (DLR).




Anja Kruschinski (DLR)

Tel. 0034 950278884

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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) are usually presented in EUROSIM. Within EUROSIM2016 a minisymposium is being organized (S5: Modelling and simulation in solar thermal power plants) to promote the application of currently available techniques for M&S to concentrating solar thermal (CST) plants. All interested people are encouraged to participate in this minisymposium by registering, submitting their contributions and exchanging ideas and experiences inside CST community.


Into the Energy domain (05-Energy), CST plants have manifested during the last decade several necessities simultaneously to the process of creation of a new industry in the solar thermal sector. This incipient industry have not had the opportunity to obtain the profits from a systematic application of currently available M&S techniques. Because we are aware of this reality, mainly motivated by the fact that CST industry is still at an early stage of development in comparison to other older industries that some time ago applied with success these techniques, this minisymposium is organized to present and discuss applications of M&S to the CST sector aimed at augmenting its efficiency.


An important part of the methodologies (M1 to M11) and functionalities (F1 to F11) of EUROSIM2016 can be successfully applied in each phase of the lifecycle of a CST commercial plant: design, planning, logistics, construction, operation, hybridisation with other energy sources, maintenance, energy trading, etc.


All interested people, research community and CST industrial sector, are kindly encouraged to submit their contributions to this minisymposium, which has among its objectives to present both types of manuscripts: works in progress and practical results with potential interest for the CST community. In general, any submitted manuscript applying M&S techniques and oriented to contribute in a positive way to any solar thermal technology (parabolic-trough, central receiver, solar furnace, desalination,...) will be received with high expectation from the chairs. In this sense, we would like to remark that, when an author presents a mathematical model with a possible application to this sector, it can generate an unexpected interest in the audience, which can rise a very interesting and fruitful discussions after the presentation.


Contributions in form of draft full paper (6 pages A4 format) are due to be submitted by May 20, 2016. The deadline of contributions in form of draft short papers (2 pages A4 format) is May 30, 2016. Contributions must be submitted using the EDAS paper submission system by selecting “Track S5: Modelling and simulation in solar thermal power plants”. Further information can be found in the web EUROSIM2016, or contacting the minisymposium's organizers.


For more information:
Organizers: Luis J. Yebra y Eduardo Zarza
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
CIEMAT. Plataforma Solar de Almería.
Crta de Senés s/n. 04200 Tabernas. Almería. Spain.

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