Coordinating energy research for a low carbon Europe

Concentrated Solar Power (CSP)

Have a look at the participants/associates

Full participants (15):

Associated participants (10):

Sub-programme coordinators


The JP was formally launched in November 2011; nevertheless, main participants held beforehand a series of preparatory meeting aiming at shaping the content of the JP research programme.

The overall objective of this JP is to integrate and coordinate the scientific collaboration  among the leading European research institutions in CSP in order to contribute to the  achievement of the targets set by the ‘Solar Thermal Electricity-European Industrial  Initiative (STE-EII):

1. Reduction of generation, operation and maintenance costs

2. Improvement of operational flexibility and energy ‘dispatchability’

3. Improvement in the environmental and water-use footprint

4. Advanced concepts and designs

The JP programme has been awarded an EC grant (FP7) for running an Integrated Research Programme on CSP technologies.



  • SP1 Line Focusing Systems – Loreto Valenzuela, CIEMAT (ES);
  • SP2 Point Focusing CSP Systems – Marcelino Sánchez, CENER (ES);
  • SP3 Thermal Energy Storage for CSP plants –  Walter Gaggioli, ENEA (IT);
  • SP4 Materials for Solar Thermal Energy Components and Receivers – Peter Heller, DLR (DE);
  • SP5 Solar Thermochemical Production of Fuels – Martin Roeb, DLR (DE);
  • SP6 Solar Heat for Industrial Processes – Pedro Horta, FISE (DE).

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