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SFERA-III project: CSP free training course for industry and professionals

The H2020 SFERA-III project will organise a free training course for CSP professionals on the "Optimization of CST plant output by optical and thermal characterization and target-oriented O&M" from 30 March to 3 April 2020. The training will take place in the Almería Solar Platform (Plataforma Solar de Almería), located in the Tabernas desert in Spain. Registration deadline: 15 December 2019.

30 March 2020 - 3 April 2020
Tabernas, Spain

The course will include theoretical and practical modules covering 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.

You can find the announcement and draft programme here >

Plataforma Solar de Almería (PSA), 04200 Tabernas, Spain

30th March – 3rd April 2020

The course is designed for engineers, researchers and representatives from European CSP industry and companies who want to be trained on real CSP/CST hardware


Scientists and Specialists from DLR and CIEMAT

The registration deadline is December 15th 2019 on a first come, first serve basis. Class size is limited to 15 participants. Eligible candidates will be informed until January 15th, 2020. The maximum number of participants per company is two.

No course fee is applicable. Accommodation and travel costs shall be covered by the participants.
Lunch is offered at the PSA visitors center for an average price of 9,90 €
The transport to the PSA is free.

To apply, please fill out the application form here >
and send it to:

For further information about the course, please contact Daniel Benitez (DLR), Tel.: +34 950273198, email:


CSP, Concentrated Solar Power, Concentrated Solar Thermal, Renewable energy, Sustainable energy, Research Infrastructure, Training course, CST