EU-SOLARIS - European Solar Research Infrastructure for Concentrated Solar Power


EU-SOLARIS is a project, co-funded by the 7th Framework Programme of the European Union, that aims to carry out the preparatory work needed for the creation of a large distributed Research Infrastructure (RI) of European character and global reach. The main purpose of this distributed RI is to foster, contribute to, and promote the scientific and technological development of Concentrating Solar Thermal (CST) and Solar Chemistry technologies.

EU-SOLARIS primary objective is to provide scientists and industry with the needed RIs capabilities for advancing the state of the art of these technologies and reinforcing Europe ́s leadership in this field. EU-SOLARIS aims to create a new legal entity to explore and implement new and improved rules and procedures for distributed RI for CST and Solar Chemistry technologies, in order to optimize RI development and Research and Technology Development (RTD) coordination. This entity is expected to be the first of its kind, where industrial needs and private funding will play a significant role.

EU-SOLARIS Objectives

EU-SOLARIS intends to provide the most complete, high quality scientific infrastructure portfolio at international level and to facilitate researchers ́ access to highly specialised research infrastructure through a single access point. This will be accomplished by linking scientific communities, industry and universities involved in the CST sector.

Moreover, it is expected to increase the efficient use of the economic and human resources required throughout the European research context. EU-SOLARIS will provide efficient resource management to complement research and to avoid unnecessary technological duplication and repetition.


  • Become a unique distributed RI for CST technologies
  • Optimize RI development and RTD coordination in Europe by creating a new legal entity to explore and implement new and improved rules and procedures for RI for CST technologies
  • Ensure the alignment of the RI activities with the industry’s needs
  • Maintain Europe at the forefront of CST technologies development

Involved Key Actors

Key professionals
Scientific communities
Policy makers
General public

Project Details

Duration: 48 months
Start date: 01-11-2012
End date: 31-10-2016

  • 15 partners from 9 countries
  • 13 key Scientific Centres
  • 1 Ministry
  • The EU STE Industry Association

Total cost: 6 M€
EU contribution: 4.45 M€

Project Consortium

  • CIEMAT-PSA: Centro de Investigaciones Energeticas, Medioambientales y Tecnologicas- Plataforma Solar de Almería (Spain)
  • MINECO: Ministerio de Economia y Competitividad (Spain) CyI: The Cyprus Research and Educational Foundation – The Cyprus Institute (Cyprus)
  • ESTELA: European Solar Thermal Electricity Association
  • CNRS - PROMES: National Center for Scientific Research - Processes, Materials and Solar Energy laboratory (France)
  • DLR: German Aerospace Center (Germany)
  • APTL-CERTH: Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (Greece)
  • CRES: Centre for Renewable Energy Sources and Saving (Greece)
  • ENEA: Agenzia Nazionale per le Nuove Tecnologie, L’energia e lo Sviluppo Economico Sostenibile (Italy)
  • WEIZMANN: Weizmann Institute of Science (Israel)
  • LNEG: Laboratório Nacional de Energia e Geologia, I.P. (Portugal)
  • U.EVORA: Universidade de Evora (Portugal)
  • GÜNAM: Center for Solar Energy Research and Application, Middle East Technical University (Turkey)
  • SELCUK U: Selcuk Universitesi (Turkey)

Project Coodinator

CTAER: Advanced Technology Centre for Renewable Energies (Spain)
Manuel J. Blanco, Ph.D., Dr.Ing.

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