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SFERA III: Solar Facilities for the European Research Area - Third Phase

The overall objective of SFERA III is to carry on with the work done during the past 8 years for the sustainability of the activities of the European advance solar laboratories involved in SFERA and SFERA 2nd phase, and extend these activities to the new solar laboratories which will bring added value to this European Research Infrastructure for Concentrating Solar Power. The specific goal is to contribute to ensure the long-term sustainability of these European advance solar laboratories, supporting Europe as a global leader in solar research infrastructures.

Those activities will include (i) networking activities to further develop the cooperation between the research infrastructures, the scientific community, industries and other stakeholders; (ii) transnational access activities aiming at providing access to all European researchers from both academia and industry to singular scientific and technological solar research infrastructures; and (iii) joint research activities whose sole purpose is to improve the integrated services provided by the infrastructure.

These will contribute to the achieve the scientific excellence of these research infrastructures (RIs), strength the interaction between the Concentrating Solar Thermal (CST) industry and these RIs, strength innovation further, develop new activities, and also drive the productivity and competitiveness of the European economy contributing to the creation of new jobs in the CST sector. Furthermore, these activities will contribute to the development of new common standards that will support the CST industry in the development of new components and systems and in the building of new commercial installations. At the same time, these standards will also support the European Commission in the development of the European policy for the CST sector.

Partners: Centro de Investigaciones Energéticas, Medioambientales y Tecnológicas (CIEMAT); Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS); Agenzia nazionale per le nuove tecnologie, l'energia e lo sviluppo (ENEA); Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V. (DLR); Commissariat à l'énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives (CEA); Universidade de Evora; Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich (ETHZ); Fundación IMDEA Energía; The Cyprus Institute (CYI); Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V; Laboratorio Nacional de Energia e Geologia I.P. (LNEG); Middle East Technical University (METU); Universidad de Almería; Euronovia; European Solar Thermal Electricity Association (ESTELA)
Funding Institution/Program: This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 823802.
Call: H2020-INFRAIA-2018-2020 - Integrating and opening research infrastructures of European interest (Topic: INFRAIA-01-2018-2019 - Integrating Activities for Advanced Communities)
Type of action: Research and Innovation Action (RIA)
Period: January 2019 - December 2022
Principal researcher: Dr. Manuel Romero