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Dr. Manuel Romero

Research Professor & Deputy Director
University of Valladolid. Valladolid. Spain
Solar concentrating systems; solar thermal power plants; solar fuels and chemicals
Short Bio: 

At present Manuel is Deputy Director of the Madrid’s Institute for Avanced Studies on Energy (IMDEA Energy) and Research Professor of its High Temperature Processes R&D Unit with activities in high-flux modular concentrating solar power technologies and sustainable fuels production. He received the “Farrington Daniels Award” in 2009 by the International Solar Energy Society (ISES). In 2008 he received the award I3 as senior researcher within the National Programme of R&D for the intensification of research, Spanish Ministry of Science. In June 1985 he joined CIEMAT, Spain’s National Laboratory for Energy Research, working as Project Manager till 2002. In 2002 he became Director of Plataforma Solar de Almería and Director of the Renewable Energy Division of CIEMAT since June 2004 till August 2008. He has been Guest Professor at the ETH Zurich during summer 2007 and 2014.

During his career he has participated in 62 collaborative R&D projects in energy research, 21 of them financed by the European Commission. He acted as member of the experts’ committee of the Energy R&D Program of the VI and VII Framework Program of the EC till August 2008. Manuel has been ExCo Member of the Solar Heating and Cooling and ExCo Member of the Solar Power and Chemical Energy Systems (SolarPACES) Implementing Agreements of the IEA. He acted as Operating Agent for Task I (Solar Thermal Power Plants) of SolarPACES since April 2002 till October 2004. He has been Vice-President of ISES from January 2012 to December 2015. He is member of the Editorial Board of the WIREs Energy and Environment Journal and at the International Journal of Energy Research (IJER) since December 2009. From 2007 to 2013 he has been Associate Editor of the ASME Journal of Solar Energy Engineering. He was Associate Editor of Solar Energy of Elsevier since January 2002 till January 2007.

According to Google Scholar (https://scholar.google.com/citations?hl=en&user=9nZRJDsAAAAJ), his publications count registers more than 5375 citations, reaching an index h=37 and i10=76 (76 publications with at least 10 citations). He is author of 11 patents, 7 of them international. Chair of Scientific Committee in Solar World Congresses 2013, 2015 and 2017. Chair Organizing Committee of SolarPACES 2006 and the Iberoamerican Congress of Solar Energy CIES in 2014, 2018 and 2020.