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.