The Solar Facilities for the European Area-SFERA-III Project, funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, intends to engage all major European advanced solar laboratories, with relevant and recognized activities on Concentrating Solar Thermal (CST) technologies, into an integrated structure that could provide access to fifteen state-of-the-art CST Research Infrastructures (RIs) unique in the world, and a total of forty-seven installations to conduct first-class experimental research focusing on CST and CST-related activities, but also other high temperature and high solar flux applications.
SFERA III will launch yearly open calls for the selection of research projects of European and non-European researchers from academy and industry to access to the different installations and services provided.
The first SFERA III access campaign has been launched on March 4, 2019 and will be open until April 5, 2019. Information related to the CSP Research Infrastructures, access conditions and indications for the submission of research proposals are described at the SFERA III project website:
In particular, the IMDEA Energy Institute engages in SFERA III its CST research infrastructure, composed of four singular installations, to provide support to the users for the design, simulation, optimization, testing and control of concentrating solar thermal technologies as well as other complex systems related to thermal processes:
- The Computational Design Lab for High Temperature Processes (HTPU-CDL),
- The High Temperature Processes Laboratory (HTPU-LAB),
- The 42kWe High Flux Solar Simulator (KIRAN42),
- The Very High Concentration Solar Tower (VHCST) – Available from September 2020.
Services currently offered by the infrastructure are the following:
- Services on characterization of reflectors and concentrators,
- Experimental services on absorbers,
- Services on heat transfer fluids,
- Services on thermal energy storage,
- Services on solar chemistry, and
- Services on material testing and qualification.
You may find detailed information of the installations and offered services here:
Please contact the Access Manager Dr. José González (firstname.lastname@example.org) for the definition of the technical details and ambition of your access proposal to the IMDEA Energy research infrastructure.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 823802.