All posts by Lourdes Lain

CAPTure prototype at Plataforma Solar de Almería in progress

During the month of March 2019, CAPTure partner, IK4-TEKINIKER, has started working on  the assembly of the Capture prototype at Plataforma Solar de Almería.

You can see below a picture of two colleagues from IK4-TEKNIKER, Saioa Herrero and Ivan Mesonero, at the prototype’s site (top of CRS tower); once they achieved one of the first milestones of the prototype building: the installation of the regenerative beds (ceramic MK20 porous blocks) and corresponding sensoring (temperature sensors at different height levels and depths) inside the regenerative vessels.

CAPTure Alternative power plant layout is ONLINE!

CAPTure project has designed an alternative power plant layout (Figure 2) that complements the first designed plant configuration (Figure 1). This plant configuration is based on a multi-tower decoupled advanced solar combined cycle approach that not only increases cycle efficiencies but also avoids frequent transients and inefficient partial loads, thus maximizing overall efficiency, reliability as well as dispatchability, all of which are important factors directly related to cost competitiveness on the power market.

The innovative solar receiver will be an open volumetric receiver allowing operating temperatures beyond 1000 °C, providing the absorbed solar heat to the pressurized air circuit of the Brayton cycle via a network of fixed bed regenerative heat exchangers working in alternating modes (non-pressurized heating period, pressurized cooling period).

Figure 1: The CAPTure plant configuration is based on a multi-tower decoupled advanced solar combined cycle approach

Figure 2: Alternative power plant layout: Solar powered combined cycle scheme with open volumetric air receiver and high-temperature TES upstream the gas turbine – The low-temperature TES enables regenerative use of return air heat.

Figure 2 shows a scheme of an alternative plant layout that is also analysed in WP1. In contrast to Figure 1, here the thermal energy storage system is placed upstream the gas turbine, allowing dispatchable operation of the combined cycle. This alternative solar powered combined cycle plant applies the same open volumetric air receiver technology, a high-temperature thermocline air/ceramic TES and the CAPTure regenerative system coupling the high-temperature atmospheric air stream with the pressurized air loop of the topping Brayton cycle. It must be emphasized that the temperature level of the “cold” return air stream leaving the air/air heat exchange system, is a function of compressor outlet temperature (i.e. compressor pressure ratio and ambient temperature) and the exit temperature of the first turbine stage, in the case of reheat. The resulting air-return temperature level is too high for efficient blower operation and the recirculation to the high-temperature TES or the receiver is thus not feasible. A low-temperature air/rock thermocline TES is thus proposed in order to reuse the return air heat in regenerative manner. In order to keep air transport parasitic power consumption acceptable, the operating temperature of the blower should be kept at ambient temperature level.

The global objective of this project is to increase concentrated solar power plant efficiencies and reduce levelised cost of electricity (LCOE) by developing the key components of an innovative plant configuration. This plant configuration is based on a multi-tower decoupled advanced solar combined cycle approach (see Figure 1 and Figure 2) that not only increases cycle efficiencies but also avoids frequent transients and inefficient partial loads, maximizing overall efficiency, reliability as well as dispatchability.

International Solar Energy Society / Solar World Congress 2019

4-7 November 2019, Santiago, Chile

The next International Solar Energy Society (ISES) Solar World Congress (SWC) 2019, which will take place in Santiago, Chile from November 4 to 7, 2019.  The Congress will be held together with the IEA (International Energy Agency) Solar Heating and Cooling Programme (SHC) International Conference on Solar Heating and Cooling for Buildings and Industry. IEA SHC is a key strategic partner and is a co-Chair of SWC 2019.

The event is being held at the Parque Araucano Conference Center in Chile´s capital, a very dynamic city of seven million inhabitants, and in a country that’s deeply committed to the fast deployment of renewable energy so as to totally change the energy matrix of Chile towards 100% renewable energy.

Our local host will be SERC-Chile (Solar Energy Research Center) a consortium of seven Chilean Universities, as well as the Fraunhofer-Chile Foundation. All these institutions are deeply involved in solar energy research and development for Chile and the Latin American region. We count also with the support from Chile’s Energy Ministry, and CORFO Solar Committee, and a broad spectrum of industrial, research and technology partners.

This event continues and reinforces a long tradition of connecting the research and academic community with decision makers from different Government sectors, industry, financiers and practitioners. This is the first time that the ISES Solar World Congress as well as the SHC Conference will take place in South America, and we expect a large contingent of attendees from the Latin American Region, as well as from North America, Europe, Australia, Asia and the Middle East.

The Congress, together with the SHC Conference, will focus on the different technological advances and applications that can rapidly and cost effectively lead us to renewable energy meeting 100% of our needs for power, heating and transportation.

For further information about this event, please click here

ICCSPT 2019: 21st International Conference on Concentrated Solar Power Technology

23-24 May 2019, Montreal Canada

The International Research Conference is a federated organization dedicated to bringing together a significant number of diverse scholarly events for presentation within the conference program. Events will run over a span of time during the conference depending on the number and length of the presentations.

ICCSPT 2019: International Conference on Concentrated Solar Power Technology aims to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results on all aspects of Concentrated Solar Power Technology. It also provides a premier interdisciplinary platform for researchers, practitioners and educators to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, and concerns as well as practical challenges encountered and solutions adopted in the fields of Concentrated Solar Power Technology.

For further information on this event, please click here

Solar Power Mexico

19-21 March 2019 / Centro Citibanamex, Mexico City, Mexico

Solar Power Mexico is the first exhibition and congress specialized in the energy and solar technology segment, a business with growth rates of over 25% and an expected investment of over USD $100 billion in renewable energy by 2031.

The event will feature a seminar programme and exhibition at Centro Citibanamex

This exhibition is operated by Deutsche Messe, one of the leading trade show organizers worldwide, SNEC PV Power Expo, the world’s leading solar technology event based in Shanghai, China and Solar Power International, the organizers of North America’s leading events and conferences.

For further details about this event, please click here

Genera – Energy and Environment International Trade Fair

Genera 2019 is the 22nd edition of the Energy and Environment International Trade Fair. Genera 2019 is organsied by IFEMA, in Madrid. From the 26 February to 1 March 2019. It is open to all professionals working in the fields below:

  • Biofuel
  • Biomass and Residual waste
  • Coal
  • Cogeneration
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Geothermal Energy
  • Wind power
  • Gas
  • Hidraulic power
  • Hydrogen and fuel cells
  • Mobility
  • Oil
  • Energy Services
  • Photovoltaic solar energy
  • Solar thermal energy
  • Solar thermal electric energy
  • Other energies

For further information about this event, please click here

**PRESS RELEASE** Competitive Solar Power Towers presents key results for the future of CSP

CAPTure at the 10th edition of the conference Hacia un nuevo horizonte

November 20, 2018 – The Competitive SolAr Power Towers (CAPTure) is today, in Toledo’s Congress Center (Spain), participating at the 10th edition of the conference on the framework for research and innovation programme of the European Union in Spain. The coordinator of the project, CENER, is presenting the objectives and current status of the project. At the moment, the final orders for the prototype are being completed and construction works will start soon.

“We’ll start the construction works by the end of 2018, and the CAPTure prototype testing is planned to start in early 2019.”, says Dr. Fritz Zaversky (CENER), coordinator of the project. “Taking part of events such as Hacia un nuevo horizonte, is an opportunity for Spanish organisations to boost their participation in European funding programmes, such as Horizon 2020 and the future Horizon Europe’, and to explore new ways to bring research and innovation to market’’, he continued.

Read the full press release here

  • The poster presented during the event is available here (Spanish version)
  • Other poster presentations are available here

11 new projects join the H2020 Projects’ News on Concentrated Solar Power

The European Commission brought together the consortia of H2020 projects dealing with concentrated solar (CSP) power in two workshops held in 2016 and 2018 at the INEA premises in Brussels.

One of the outcomes of these workshops was the coordination of communication efforts by all projects, with the aim to share the most recent news from each project. As part of this exercise, the “H2020 Projects News on Concentrated Solar Power” was created in May 2017 and includes updates from the European projects in the CSP sector currently co-funded by the European Commission.

You will find here Issue #4, which includes latest news on 15 projects on CSP!


‘Hacia un Horizonte nuevo’ conference

Palacio de Congresos de Toledo, Spain| 20 November 2018

CAPTure coordinator, CENER, will give a presentation during ‘Hacia un Horizonte nuevo’ conference in Spain.

The conference’s main goal is to analyse the participation of Spain in Horizon 2020 to draw conclusions, which will allow Spanish organisations to improve their participation in the Horizon 2020 call for proposals still open. Other topics that will be discussed during the conference are:

  • The novelties included by the European Innovation Council in its pilot to make research come closer to the market
  • Presentation of the European Commission on the upcoming funding program ‘ Horizon Europe’

Registration is available here

For further information on this event, please consult the official website (in Spanish) here

2nd International Conference “Reduction of water consumption in CSP plants”

Stellenbosch, South Africa | 7 – 8 November 2018

The MinWaterCSP consortium is organising the final International Conference on the “Reduction of water consumption in CSP plants”. Following on the success of its first Conference in Marrakech, Morocco, in April 2018, this two day conference will present applicable technologies in mirror cleaning and cooling to minimise water consumption in CSP plants.

During the two day conference, participants will share their experiences about the water challenges in CSP plants and learn more about the technological solutions MinWaterCSP has to offer. In addition to the presentations on the second day, a site visit to the full-scale test facility in Stellenbosch will be organised where a novel hybrid (deluge) cooling system, developed within MinWaterCSP, is tested. The conference programme will be accompanied by an exhibition where industrial stakeholders will inform about their products and services. For more information regarding the conference programme, please visit the project website.

Experts from CSP, cooling, mirror cleaning and water technology are invited to discuss strategies to make CSP technology ready for regions with severe water scarcity. The event also aims to inspire stakeholders from power utilities, power plant operators, technology suppliers, research institutes and academia that are working in the fields of concentrated solar power.

The event participation is free of charge, however, an online-registration is required.

Please click here to register for the event. More information about the event is available here

Discover applicable solutions for mirror cleaning and power plant cooling and meet future business partners to face technology challenges and make CSP technology fit for arid regions!


3 October 2018 • Casablanca, Morocco

SolarPAces2018 Room Anfa, Hotel Hyatt Regency Casablanca, Place des Nations Unies, Casablanca, Morocco, 20000

The workshop will be held as a side event to SolarPaces2018. WASCOP (Water Saving for Solar Concentrated Power) project co-organise this workshop. WASCOP project is funded within Horizon 2020 program and aims to address water consumption in CSP plants by developing innovative cooling and cleaning solutions.

High DNI sites localized in arid and desert environments are selected for the deployment of large CSP plants. The operation of these plants consume large amounts of water that is principally used for steam generation, power block cooling, and for cleaning the solar field collectors. To overcome the problematic of water shortage in such areas, innovative solutions are needed to boost the capabilities of CSP technologies.

The workshop will address:

  • Water Consumption Management in CSP Plant
  • Cooling Solutions for the Water Management in CSP Plants
  • Cleaning Solutions for the Water Management in CSP Plants

This workshop will provide the opportunity for researchers, policy makers and CSP industrial stakeholders to deepen their knowledge and be informed about the latest and future developments of the innovative solutions in this area.

Participation to the workshop is for free.
You can register here by 30 of September 2018. If places are available, registration can be made on the day of the event.

For any questions, please contact: Fabrizio Perrotta, AMIRES (perrotta@amires. eu) or Sahar Bouaddi, Masen (

Solar thermal conference: the impact of EU R&D funding

24 September 2018 • Brussels, Belgium

A 20 year perspective on EU R&D funding for geothermal energy

A Trinomics led consortium, on behalf of The European Commission, will be delivering two conferences in Brussels (Sofitel Brussels Le Louise, Avenue de la Toison d’Or 40, 1050):

24 September 2018 on solar thermal renewable energy research, development and technologies

The free to attend conferences will provide insights into the impacts of R&D funded through the EU Framework Programmes for Research and Innovation; including providing access to the Solar thermal Renewable Energy R&D Impact Report and an opportunity to influence the recommendations to increase future R&D impacts.

During the workshop key industry experts will share their insights on the future of Solar thermal technologies and there will be opportunities for you to discuss and understand how to increase the impacts of your own research projects.

CAPTure presents the project latest results at SolarPaces 2018 in Morocco!

SolarPACES (Solar Power and Chemical Energy Systems) was held from October 02 – 05, 2018 in Casablanca, Morocco.Venue: Hyatt Regency Casablanca. As third consecutive year, CAPTure project gave a presentation on the project latest results. The topic chosen for the 2018 edition is Experimental and Numerical Evaluation of a Small Array of Ceramic Foam Volumetric Absorbers.

The presentation is available here

SolarPACES offers a scientific and technical conference program that provides an opportunity for industry, research, political and financing stakeholders and experts around the world to gather and share insights into recent R&D activities and new developments in CSP technology with a focus on development, marketing and commercialization.


The third issue of the H2020 Projects Bulletin on Concentrated Solar Power is online!

The third issue of the “H2020 Projects Bulletin on Concentrated Solar Power” has been published.

The joint Newsletter was launched in May 2017 by a joint initiative of the consortia of the EU projects CAPTure, MinWaterCSP, MOSAIC and WASCOP.

The issue includes updates from the involved European projects and from the CSP sector currently.

Find out more about the projects, news and events here.

Mission Innovation Champions

Mission Innovation Champions is a new recognition program to celebrate and support innovative individuals who are accelerating the clean energy revolution. The program was launched at the occasion of the Third Mission Innovation Ministerial (MI-3) on 22-23 May 2018 at Malmö, Sweden, and is currently accepting registrations.

The program will recognize exceptional researchers and innovators who are developing novel ways of making energy cleaner, cheaper, and more reliable and using it more efficiently – calling worldwide attention to the most promising ideas from across the globe. This program is part of the global initiative Mission Innovation and will contribute to its objectives by fostering cross-border exchanges of ideas and talent, while also raising a greater awareness amongst the wider clean energy community of the transformational potential of energy innovation.

Mission Innovation Champions are individuals with a track record of progressing creative new ideas that can drive the pace and scale of the clean energy revolution — the people who are inventing the products and services of the future or discovering the science that underpins them. They may be working in government laboratories, local universities, long-standing research firms, or their own recently launched clean technology start-up companies. Champions may be from “traditional” inventor disciplines such as sciences, engineering, mathematics, and architecture or from other fields.

One Champion from each Mission Innovation member participating in the program will be selected. Participating countries include: Australia, Austria, Canada, China, Denmark, European Commission, Finland, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Republic of Korea, Saudi Arabia, Sweden, and the United Arab Emirates.

The Champion for the European Commission will be selected from a European Union country that is not an individual member of Mission Innovation; this means: Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Spain.

To learn more and register, visit The registration deadline is 10 September 2018. If you have any questions about Mission Innovation Champions, you can reach out to

SolarPACES Conference 2018

SolarPACES (Solar Power and Chemical Energy Systems) is pleased to announce the upcoming SolarPACES 2018 conference to be held from October 02 – 05, 2018 in Casablanca, Morocco.Venue: Hyatt Regency Casablanca.

It will again offer a scientific and technical conference program that provides an opportunity for industry, research, political and financing stakeholders and experts around the world to gather and share insights into recent R&D activities and new developments in CSP technology with a focus on development, marketing and commercialization.

Submit your abstract for SolarPACES 2018! (Click here to download the template)

  • Abstract Submission: May 11, 2018
  • Notification of Acceptance: June 29, 2018
  • Full Paper Submission: August 24, 2018




Intersolar Europe 2018

20-22 June 2018 • Munich, Germany

Intersolar Europe is the world’s leading exhibition for the solar industry and its partners and takes place annually at the Messe München exhibition center in Munich, Germany. The event’s exhi­bition and conference both focus on the areas of photovoltaics, solar thermal technologies, solar plants, as well as grid infrastructure and solutions for the integration of renewable energy. Since being founded 27 years ago, Intersolar has become the most important industry platform for manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, service providers and partners of the solar industry.

Areas of focus:

  • Photovoltaics
  • Solar Thermal Technologies
  • Solar Power Plants
  • Products and solutions for the integration of renewable energy

Useful material:

H2020 2nd Coordinators’ Workshop on Concentrated Solar Power

26 June 2018  • Brussels, Belgium

CAPture Coordinator, CENER, will attend the H2020 2nd Coordinators’ Workshop on Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) organised by the Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA).

For the second consecutive year, this workshop will gather representatives from seven H2020 ongoing projects from the CSP sector, including CAPTure, and seven new H2020 projects linked to the Concentrated Solar Power field. The main goal of the workshop is to look for ideas for further joint activities.

The workshop will include:

  • An update on the policy context of H2020 CSP
  • H2020 CSP projects presentations
  • Networking discussions on potential synergies & opportunities

One of the outcomes of CAPture’s participation in the 1st edition of the workshop was the H2020 Projects Bulletin on Concentrated Solar Power: a common Newsletter launched in May 2017 by a joint initiative of the consortia of the EU projects CAPTure, MinWaterCSP, MOSAIC and WASCOP. Proof of this successful alliance is the Issue #3 of the H2020 Projects Bulletin on Concentrated Solar Power, which will be released soon. Would you like to receive the next issue directly in your inbox? Subscribe here!


CAPTure General Assembly 2018 at a glance!

15-16 May 2018 • Almería, Spain

CAPTure partners gathered in Almería, Spain,  on 15 and 16 May 2018 to discuss about CAPTure ongoing activities and next steps, during the 4th General Assembly of the project. The 2-days-meeting was hosted by CIEMAT – Plataforma Solar de Almería.

The first day was dedicated to present the main achievements of the project, presented by a representative from each Work Package leaders. The round-table discussions were finalised before a social dinner in Tabernas, Almería.

The second day, CAPTure partners focused on new challenges and next steps, also presented by the representatives from each Work Package. After two days of exchanging views and with new initiatives on the calendar, all the participants enjoyed of a guided tour at the premises of the Plataforma Solar de Almería.

CAPTure Partners during the guided visit at Plataforma Solar de Almería

CEA presents CAPTURE at International Thermal Spray Conference 2018

7-10 May 2018

Orlando, Florida

CAPTURE partner, CEA, presented CAPTURE at the International Thermal Spray Conference 2018 on Thursday 10 May 2018. This international conference and exposition for thermal spray technologists, researchers, manufacturers and suppliers is an opportunity to position CEA as thermal spray thought leader while promoting CAPTURE’s mission and results to the thermal spray industry.

The event is co-Located with AeroMat. It gives access to more than 500 Technical Sessions, including a special forums on:

  • “Materials Development: New Technologies and Market Trends”
  • “Additive Manufacturing: Metallic Materials Qualification and Component Certification”
  • “Additive Manufacturing: Post Processing World Roundtable”

The conference also proposes industry-focused chat sessions, special keynote presentations and numerous networking opportunities with more than 200 companies in the thermal spray and aerospace industry, all under one roof.

EUSEW 2018 – European Sustainable Energy Week

4-8 June 2018 • Brussels, Belgium

Every year the European Commission (Directorate-General for Energy and EASME) organises the EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) – the biggest event dedicated to renewables and efficient energy use in Europe. This year’s tagline is ‘lead the clean energy transition’, and it will cover a series of activities with an EU-wide scope.


Register for the Networking Village

It is time to grow your network at #EUSEW Networking Village in Brussels on 6-7 June 2018. Calls are still open. Innovation and interactivity are key components to being selected. Don’t miss out on your chance to:

  • Show off your creative concept. Host a stand at the Energy Fair. Engage the audience during half a day with entertaining and educational contributions (e.g. a quiz, a contest, a game show, a debate, etc.). Apply here
  • Take your project to the next level. Pitch your idea or initiative at the Energy Lab, and receive top-level advice from a panel of clean energy experts. Apply here
  • Share your unique insights and innovative ideas. Give a speech on a topic of your choice at the Energy Talks. Apply here

Application forms and guidelines are available on the EUSEW website. You have until midnight on 30 March 2018 to submit your applications. Do not delay, apply today to be part of the EU Sustainable Energy Week and show that you are leading the clean energy transition.

ICEMA 2018 – 3rd International Conference on Energy Materials and Applications

9-11 May 2018 • Salamanca, Spain

ICEMA is the workshop of International Conference on Sustainable and Renewable Energy Engineering providing a yearly platform for delegates and members to present and discuss the latest research, and our delegates and members will have many opportunities engage in dialogues about Energy Materials and Applications. It also provides new insights and bring together scholars, scientists, engineers and students from universities and industry all over the world under one roof.

ICEMA features invited keynotes as well as peer-reviewed paper presentations.The conference is completely open (one needs to register first), you will not have to be an author or a discussant to attend. Submissions will be peer reviewed and evaluated based on originality, relevance to conference, contributions, and presentation.

Important deadlines

  • Submission Deadline: March 10, 2018
  • Notification Date: March 25, 2018
  • Registration Deadline: April 5, 2018
  • Camera Ready: April 10, 2018

For further information and registration details, please click here