The current project addresses the Preparatory Phase of EU-SOLARIS in order to bring EU-SOLARIS at a level of joint maturity. This initiative, included in the 2010 ESFRI Roadmap, currently involves 15 partners - 13 key Scientific Centres, 1 Ministry and the EU Solar Thermal Electricity (STE) Industry Association - which provide an excellent mix representing all actors relevant for supporting the further development of the Solar Thermal Electricity Research. Given that this technology is to a decisive extent industry driven, the inclusion of the STE industry has been considered necessary. With this in mind the involvement of industry within the project is assured through the partner participation of the European Solar Thermal Electricity Industry Association (ESTELA). In addition, the support of the various stakeholders such as national and regional governments, renewable energy agencies, and funding bodies will be represented through an Advisory Board.
The duration of the Preparatory Phase is four years starting from November of 2012. The EU-SOLARIS project is co-funded by the European Commission under the Seventh Framework Programme.
The success of this initiative will be the establishment of a new governance body, aided by sustainable financial models. EU-SOLARIS will be a valuable instrument for maintaining the European CST research and industrial sector in its present position of leadership.