Solar Facilities for the European Research Area



SFERA III is a Horizon 2020 project funded under the Research Infrastructure Programme. The consortium is coordinated by CIEMAT-PSA and made by a total of 15 partners from 9 EU member countries. The project runs from January 2019 to December 2023 and will receive a 9,103 M€ EC grant over these 5 years.

The overall objective of this project is to carry on with the work done during the past 8 years in the SFERA 1 and SFERA 2 projects and reinforce the sustainability of the activities of the European advanced Concentrating Solar Power research infrastructures.

Those activities will include (i) networking activities to further develop the cooperation between the research infrastructures, the scientific community, industries and other stakeholders; (ii) transnational access activities aiming at providing access to all European researchers from both academia and industry to singular scientific and technological solar research infrastructures; and (iii) joint research activities whose sole purpose is to improve the integrated services provided by the infrastructure.



15 partners
9 countries




01 january 2019
31 december 2023




Solar Power

Access to CSP
Research Infrastructures

Provision of Transnational Access to CIESOL

Provision of Transnational Access to METU

Provision of Transnational Access to LNEG

Provision of Transnational Access to FRAUNHOFER

Provision of Transnational Access to CYI

Provision of Transnational Access to IMDEA

Provision of Transnational Access to ETHZ

Provision of Transnational Access to UEVORA

Provision of Transnational Access to CEA

Provision of Transnational Access to DLR

Provision of Transnational Access to ENEA

Provision of Transnational Access to PROMES-CNRS


Provision of Transnational Access to PSA-CIEMAT




Free on-site training for Industries on molten salt CSP systems using linear solar collectors

🌞 The 4th SFERA-III Training Course for Industry will be organised by ENEA from 7 to 11 November 2022 at ENEA Casaccia Research Center in Italy. This course is designed for engineers, researchers and representatives from European CSP industry and companies who...
Scientific publication

Scientific Publication: Erosion Effect in the Degradation of Coated and Uncoated Glass Solar Mirrors Highlighted by Coupled Accelerated Erosion/Aging Tests

Together with the Moroccan Foundation for Advanced Science Innovation and Research and the Mohammadia School of Engineers, CEA-Liten published a scientific publication related to SFERA-III project. The paper features in the Coatings Journal, Volume 12 (2022) and is available in...

Save the date: Short-term training on Optical Characterization of reflectors and receivers

The CEA-INES organises a Short-term training for Technical staff and Scientists to be held both online and in-person on 23-24 November 2022, in Le Bourget-du-Lac (France). Entitled "Optical Characterization of reflectors and receivers" and given by Scientists and Specialists from...

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 823802