CIEMAT is a Spanish Public Research Institution under the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (MINECO). Since its foundation in 1951, it has developed and led R&D projects in the fields of Energy, Environment and Technology, placing the institution at the forefront of science and technology. As a technological research centre, CIEMAT fosters links between academia and industry.

With 1326 employees, 55,4% graduated, CIEMAT has a wide presence in both national and international scientific and technical forums. Most of its facilities are unique in Europe.

The Unit of Solar Concentrating Systems (USCS) of CIEMAT -PSA has a strong experience of 27 years in R&D, technology transfer and training on Concentrating Solar Systems. The group also works closely with European and Spanish industrial platforms in CSP (ESTELA, PROTERMOSOLAR) to collaborate in defining the roadmap for the development of this technology. The 36 cooperation agreements developed during the last 5 years with industry, engineering firms, manufacturers and other CSP components leading centres in Europe, America and Asia, demonstrate the close collaboration with industry.

The Plataforma Solar de Almería (PSA), a dependency of the Centro de Investigaciones Energéticas, Medioambientales y Tecnológicas (CIEMAT), is the largest concentrating solar technology research, development and test centre in Europe.

PSA activities are integrated in the CIEMAT organization as an R&D division of the Department of Energy.

In the Competitive Solar Power Towers project, CIEMAT-PSA is responsible for:

  • Simulation support solar receiver and regenerator
  • Prototype testing