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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
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CIEMAT. Plataforma Solar de Almería.
Crta de Senés s/n. 04200 Tabernas. Almería. Spain.

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 polymeric coating). Accelerated aging parameters have been derived to simulate the exposure after 3 and 10 years at three reference outdoor scenarios: "extreme desert", "desert" and "coastal".

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Positions available at ANU

Friday, 18 March 2016 08:17

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: mechanical / optical engineer, with experience in ray optics, programming ability in common languages (e.g. Python, C, C++) and aptitude for practical and experimental work
  • Position 2: mechanical / thermal engineer, with strong experimental experience, heat transfer and thermo-mechanical modelling ability (e.g. computational fluid dynamics, finite element analysis), and aptitude for experimental data analysis & interpretation
  • Position 3: process / mechanical / systems engineer, with strong numerical modelling background such as chemical process modelling, energy systems modelling, system dynamics and control, with strong interest in numerical methods, thermodynamics/heat transfer and applied renewable energy systems design.
  • Position 4: mechanical engineer, with experience in product design, development, prototyping and testing

Position 4 is also open to applicants with a non-academic background.  Applications close on 10 April 2016.

http://jobs.anu.edu.au/cw/en/job/507988/research-fellow-postdoctoral-fellow-4-positions

http://jobs.anu.edu.au/cw/en/job/508073/research-officer

In addition we have a full stipend available for a PhD student to work on a project where we are investigating a concept that couples a tubular sodium boiler with a NaCl phase-change storage system for continuous energy supply. The student would examine sodium stability in highly-irradiated tubes by investigating mass, momentum, energy and radiative transport in liquid metals.

http://www.anu.edu.au/students/scholarships-support/phd-scholarship-for-thermal-transport-in-multi-phase-flows-for

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 future scenarios for technology growth. Given favourable policy conditions for STE, along with a strong uptake of energy efficiency, the scenarios show that STE could employ as many as 2.7 million people by 2030, and deliver a significant share of the world’s electricity by 2050. STE could also reduce global CO2 emissions by more than 37 billion tonnes. That is equivalent to four years of CO2 emissions from China.

 

Executive Summary: Download | Full Report: Download

Position available at the Cyprus Institute

Thursday, 10 March 2016 00:00

A new distinguished tenured Professorship open now at CyI in the field of CSP (see: http://jobboard.cyi.ac.cy/?q=node/78), 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 energy of our Energy Environment and Water Research Center (EEWRC).

SolarPACES is promoting the 22nd SolarPACES Conference, to be held from 11-14 October 2016 in Abu Dhabi, at the World Future Energy Summit 2016. In the picture, from right to left: Dr. Nicolas Calvet and Abdulaziz Alobaidli, Executive Committee Alternate and Representative from UAE respectively, with researchers from Masdar Institute and MIT at the SolarPACES booth.

 

The World Future Energy Summit (WFES) is the world’s most influential event dedicated to advancing future energy, energy efficiency and clean technology. It’s where government leaders, thought leaders, entrepreneurs, investors and thousands of visitors come together to experience the latest developments in future energy. For the world’s energy innovators and suppliers, it’s a must-attend opportunity to network, launch, discover and build valuable new partnerships.

 

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SolarPACES welcomes its new member Greece

Monday, 11 January 2016 08:49

The Government of Greece has recently accepted the invitation from the Executive Committee of the IEA's Technology Collaboration Programme Solar Power and Chemical Energy Systems (SolarPACES), extended at its meeting on March 24, 2015 in Rome, Italy, to join the SolarPACES programme.

2016-2017 Calls of Horizon 2020

Tuesday, 10 November 2015 08:11

The 2016-2017 Calls of Horizon 2020 have been published and are available at:

 

http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/desktop/en/home.html


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