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 neighboring countries, in order to foster the technological development of the Industry.
Become a unique distributed research infrastructure (RI) for CST technologies
Optimize RI development and R&D coordination by creating a new legal entity to explore and implement new and improved rules and procedures for RI for CST technologies
Ensure the alignment of the RI activities with the Industry needs
Maintain Europe at the forefront of CST technologies development
The Preparatory Phase (PP) scope is the development of all the essential mechanisms for the operation of the EU-SOLARIS entity.
Develop hosting arrangements for the new legal entity
Develop collaborative model between public and private entities
Foster collaboration between industry and research centres
Establish one access point and clear rules for users
Prepare financial mechanisms to secure sustainability
Define appropriate systems for knowledge and IPR management
Coordinate the efforts of the participating infrastructures around Europe
Establish joint future development of research facilities
Once the Preparatory Phase is finalized, EU-SOLARIS will provide research infrastructures (RI) for the scientific communities devoted to the use of solar energy through concentrating systems; mainly for electricity generation. The new distributed research infrastructure of EU-SOLARIS will have the following characteristics.
Provide the most complete, high quality scientific infrastructure portfolio at international level
Facilitate researchers’ access to highly specialized research infrastructure through a single access point
Link the scientific communities, Industry and universities involved in the CST sector
Speed up the development of research and innovation due to a closer collaboration model, knowledge exchange management and a wider dissemination of results
Increase the efficiency of the economic and human resources required throughout the European research context
Provide efficient resource management to complement research and to avoid unnecessary technological duplication and repetition