Co-funded by the 
7th Framework Programme 
of the European Union

EU-SOLARIS European Conference

On 28th of September 2016, a European Conference was organized in the framework of the EU-SOLARIS project. The conference took place in Brussels at Marriott Hotel Grand Place (Rue A. Orts 3-7, 1000 Brussels, Belgium), titled: "EU-SOLARIS: The European Infrastructure for Concentrated Solar Thermal and Solar Chemistry Technologies” European Conference.

The aim of the EU-SOLARIS European Conference was to present the vision, the achievements and the results of the EU-SOLARIS project and also give the future outlook on the research infrastructures development and Research and Technology Development (R&D) coordination in Europe, in the framework of the Concentrated Solar Thermal (CST) and Solar Chemistry Technologies aspects and potentials in Europe.

Some of the conclusions of the conference are the importance of the establishment of EU-SOLARIS identity, which is expected to be a pillar for the promotion of CST and Solar Chemistry technologies field and that in order to succeed in this scope the participating the EU-SOLARIS countries – through the Board of Governmental Representatives - should proceed in active participation and engagement to this goal. More details about the conference are available in the created report for it, named “EU-SOLARIS EU Conference Report”, which is available both in the project website and the box of the project.

Here you can find information related to the EU-SOLARIS European conference:

EU Conference Photos



EU Conference Announcement
EU Conference announcement.pdf ( 735 kB)
EU Conference Programme
EU Conference Programme.pdf ( 200 kB)
EU Conference Report
EU Conference Report.pdf ( 10.5 MB)


EU Conference Presentations


Brussels Marriott Hotel Grand Place, Rue A. Orts 3-7, 1000 Brussels, Belgium


28th September 2016


14:00 – 18:30




14:00 – 14:30


14:30 – 15:00

Moderator: Vassiliki Drosou,  Head of Solar Thermal Systems’ Department, CRES

Opening session – Greetings & EU-SOLARIS: Overall vision and rationale

·         Manuel Blanco, EU-SOLARIS Coordinator on behalf of CTAER

·         Paul Tuinder, European Commission Policy Officer - ERIC and legal advice

·         Luis Crespo, President of ESTELA & PROTERMOSOLAR

·         José Ramón Sánchez Quintana, Head of Area for International Affairs, MINECO

15:00 – 15:40

Moderator: Gilles Flamant, Director, CNRS

Results of the EU-SOLARIS Preparatory Phase project – Part I

·         Overview of the EU-SOLARIS Preparatory Phase,  Manuel Blanco (on behalf of CTAER)

·         Identification of needs - Industry perspective, Marcel Bial (ESTELA) 

·         Identification of needs - Research community perspective, Gilles Flamant (CNRS)

·         Q&A from the participants

15:40 – 16:00

Coffee break

16:00 – 17:15

Moderator: Eduardo Zarza Moya, Head of USSC, CIEMAT -PSA

Results of the EU-SOLARIS Preparatory Phase project – Part II

·         EU-SOLARIS Research Infrastructures – present and future, Christoph Richter (DLR)

·         EU-SOLARIS Services and Access,  Eduardo Zarza Moya (CIEMAT -PSA)

·         EU-SOLARIS Legal aspect and Business Plan, Manuel Blanco (on behalf of CTAER)

·         EU-SOLARIS Training aspects,  Diogo Canavarro (U.EVORA)

·         EU-SOLARIS Dissemination & outreach, Theni Oikonomou (CRES)

17:15 – 17:25

 Next steps in the development of EU-SOLARIS, José Ramón Sánchez Quintana (MINECO)

17:25– 17:55

Discussion session: Roundtable for Q&A

ModeratorMarcel Bial, Secretary General, ESTELA 

17:55 – 18:00

Conference closing, Manuel Blanco, EU-SOLARIS Coordinator

18:00 – 18:30

 Foyer cocktail & snack

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