The EU-SOLARIS vision is to further assist the Concentrating Solar Thermal (CST) and Solar Chemistry technologies’ deployment by enhancing the research infrastructures development and Research and Technology Development (R&D) coordination. EU-SOLARIS is expected to be the first of its kind, where industrial needs and private funding will play a significant role.
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 (ESTELA) which provide an excellent mix representing all actors relevant for supporting the further development of the Solar Thermal Electricity Research. 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.
EU-SOLARIS aims to achieve a real coordination of Research and Technology Development (R&D) capabilities and efforts in Concentrating Solar Thermal (CST) technologies by the European Research Centres, along with those from the neighbouring countries, in order to foster the technological development of the Industry. 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 activities of the EU-SOLARIS Preparatory Phase are distributed in eight Work Packages (WP). The structure combines horizontal activities (management, legal consultancy, human resources, communication) and vertical ones (knowledge breakdown, systems, project management, measures). The project activities are further grouped according to four principal issues, all of them coordinated and monitored by the management.