SFERA-III 2nd Training for Industries

From 25 to 29 April 2022, DLR and CIEMAT co-organised the 2nd SFERA-III Training for Industries course at Plataforma Solar de Almería (PSA), in Tabernas, Spain. The objective was to offer a course or engineers, researchers and representatives from European CSP industry and companies with theoretical and practical topics of Optimization of CST plant output by optical & thermal characterization and target-oriented O&M.

It welcomed 15 professionals from the coutries Spain, Turkey, South Africa, Germany, Netherlands, Abu Dhabi, UK and Italy were selected and participated.

The course covered the following topics:

  • Airborne qualification: optical and thermal measurement and characterization of parabolic trough collectors with the use of UAV (drones). Techno-economic assessment of the improvements from these qualification methods.
  • Meteorology: solar resource measurement and nowcasting. Mirror soiling measurement, cleaning optimization, techno-economic evaluation.
  • Component aging: measurement and accelerated aging of main CSP components.
  • Testing, Research & Innovation infrastructure: get an overview of the testing, measurement and development capabilities of the international research centers, mainly CIEMAT’s “Plataforma Solar de Almería”.
  • Knowledge-Transfer and Networking: share information and experience not only between trainers and participants, but also between international industrial participants.

The training consisted of both theoretical and practical modules, and included facilities’ visits and practical test cases.

The slides shown during the training can be downloaded here.


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