Concentrated Solar Power Technologies - SolarPACES

SolarPACES aims at significantly increasing the share of concentrated solar power (CSP) in the global production of renewable energies. To this end, SolarPACES supports technological development and partnerships for developing CSP through an international network of independent experts. It coordinates and advances solar technology research, by focusing on the next generation of technologies; provides recommendations to policy makers and organises international conferences and workshops. In order to increase the transparency of the market and reduce risks associated with project development, SolarPACES also develops guidelines and standards for CSP industries.

Short Description

Within SolarPACES, individual research, development and demonstration projects are organised within related tasks. There are currently six tasks undertaken by the SolarPACES Programme:

  • Task I: Solar Thermal Electric Systems
  • Task II: Solar Chemistry Research
  • Task III: Solar Technology and Advanced Applications
  • Task IV: Solar Heat for Industrial Processes
  • Task V: Solar Resource Assessment and Forecasting
  • Task VI: Solar Energy and Water Processes and Applications

Tasks with Austrian involvement

Task 1: Solar Thermal Electric Systems

Task 1 addresses the design, testing, demonstration, evaluation, and application of CSP systems (parabolic troughs, linear Fresnel collectors, power towers and dish/engine systems). The focus of SolarPACES Task I is to enable the entry of CSP systems into the commercial market place. OMV Power International participates with developing standards for CSP power plants (system performance test guidelines and standards).


Algeria, Austria, Australia, Egypt, European Commission, France, Germany, Italy, Israel, Korea, Mexico, Spain, South Africa, Switzerland, United States

Contact Address

Austrian Representative in the Executive Committee

Christine Promok, MSc
Austrian Federal Ministry for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology
Department of Energy and Environmental Technologies
Radetzkystraße 2
A-1030 Wien
Tel.: +43 664 887 42 408

Austrian Vice-Representative in the Executive Committee

Univ.Prof.Dr. Markus Haider
Tel.: +43 (660) 73 29 930