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SFERA-III: Solar Facilities for the European Research Area - Third Phase

The SFERA-III project addresses advanced science challenges and integrated research activities in the field of Concentrating Solar Thermal (CST) by integrating key European research infrastructures into an ambitious wide project aiming at offering to the R&D community a new level of high-quality services.  According to the objectives of the European Union in the field of sustainable energy supply, climate change and energy security needs strong efforts in innovative technologies and education: the EU's Renewable energy directive sets a binding target of 20% final energy consumption from renewable sources by 2020 and 27% by 20301.

Solar energy is the primary source of renewable energy and CST power can supply electricity on demand, the built-in thermal storage capabilities of CST plants are a decisive asset that distinguishes these plants from other highly variable renewable electricity production technologies like photovoltaic or wind power. In this context, this project aims at coordinating efforts of the main European research institution operating a unique set of Research Infrastructures (RIs) to promote innovative researches, to improve services offered by concentrating solar RIs and to train researchers and engineers on the CST technologies. Both academia and industry users are targeted.

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Next FREE training course about CST plant optimization on SFERA-3 project!

After the success of the SFERA-3 training course in France (CNRS), we are pleased to present the 2nd Training for Industries course with the topic optimization of CST plant output by optical and thermal characterization and target-oriented O&M.

This course is organized by DLR and CIEMAT and will take place at the Plataforma Solar de Almería (PSA) in Tabernas, Spain from March 30th – April 3rd, 2020. It is designed for engineers, researchers and representatives from European CSP industry and companies.

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The SFERA 3 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.

Daniel Benitez (DLR)
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Coordination Energy
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Additional Info

  • Acronym: SFERA III
  • Center: EEWRC
  • Funding Source: European Union/Interreg V-A Program (2014-2020) Greece-Cyprus
  • CyI Funding: H2020-INFRAIA-2018-2020
  • Funding Period: 4 years
  • Starting Date: 1.1.2019
  • End Date: 31.12.2022
  • Coordinator: Manuel Blanco
  • Partners:
    CEA Universidade de Evora
    ETH Zürich IMDEA Energia
    CyI Fraunhofer
    EURONOVIA Universidad de Almeria

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