Solar thermal conference: the impact of EU R&D funding

A Trinomics led consortium, on behalf of The European Commission, will be delivering a conference in Brussels on 24 September 2018 on solar thermal renewable energy research, development and technologies.

The complimentary conference will provide insights into the impacts of R&D funded through the EU Framework Programmes for Research and Innovation; including providing access to the Solar Thermal Renewable Energy R&D Impact Report and an opportunity to influence the recommendations to increase future R&D impacts.

During the workshop key industry experts will share their insights on the future of solar thermal technologies and there will be opportunities for you to discuss and understand how to increase the impacts of your own research projects.

Reasons for attendance

  • Influence the recommendations to increase future solar thermal energy R&D impacts
  • Gain a greater understanding of past and future research, trends and best practice for solar thermal energy
  • Q&A with industry experts, the European Commission and other researchers
  • An opportunity to network with solar thermal energy experts from across the EU
  • To learn about best practice for shaping and implementing R&D projects to maximise their impact

Who should attend

  • Past and present solar thermal research project coordinators
  • Academic institutes
  • National energy policy makers 
  • Private sector organisations implementing solar thermal or related technologies
  • Investors interested in solar thermal research and technology


Timing Agenda Item Speakers
09:00 Registration opens  
09:30 Opening address Piotr Tulej, Head of Unit 'Renewable Energy Sources'​ (European Commission)
09:40 Agenda and practicalities Koen Rademaekers, Managing Director (Trinomics)
09:45 Project introduction Koen Rademaekers, Managing Director (Trinomics)
10:00 Solar thermal R&D: Study findings Onne Hoogland, Senior Consultant (Trinomics)
10:20 Questions and answers  
10:40 Break  
11:00 Solar thermal R&D: A technological perspective Nigel Taylor, Project Leader (The Joint Research Centre)
11:30 Solar thermal R&D: Impacts of EU funded projects:  
  Perspective of a startup. A German company who has received an European Commission SME instrument grant for taking their technology to market. Dr Carsten Corino, CEO (SunOyster System)
  Brewing the future. Solar Brew is applied solar-thermal technology in the food and drink industry and support their energy needs as part of the industrial process The project was delivered in conjunction with Heineken. Christoph Brunner, Head of Department Industrial Processes and Energy Systems (AEE - Institute for Sustainable Technologies)
  Pan-European solar thermal energy project (STAGE-STE). A project perspective for a scientific and technological alliance, creating European excellence in concentrating solar thermal energy. Dr. Eduardo Zarza Moya,  R&D Technical Coordination (CIEMAT)
11:55 Interactive session: What are the main R&D impacts according to you? All
12:15 Lunch  
13:15 Introduction to afternoon programme Koen Rademaekers
13:20 Maximising the impact of EU solar thermal R&D projects: A CSP perspective Marcel Bial, Secretary General (ESTELA)
13:45 Maximising the impact of EU solar thermal R&D projects: A solar heat perspective Pedro Dias, Secretary General (Solar Heat Europe / ESTIF)
14:10 Maximising the impact of EU solar thermal R&D projects: Moderated panel discussion Koen Rademaekers (Moderator, Trinomics), Marcel Bial, Inigo Iparraguirre (Tecnalia), Piero de Bonis (European Commission), Pedro Dias (Solar Heat Europe / ESTIF), Dr. Eduardo Zarza Moya (CIEMAT)
15:10 Questions from the audience to the panel All
15:30 Wrap-up and conclusions Koen Rademaekers, Managing Director (Trinomics)
15:40 Informal networking and coffee  
>15:40 Bilateral meetings with attendees  


Key information:

Date: Monday 24 September 2018

Location: Sofitel Brussels Le Louise, Avenue de la Toison d'Or 40, 1050 Bruxelles, Belgium

Cost: Free

Organisers: Trinomics, Tecnalia, TNO, VTT, Tractebel and Ricardo on behalf of the European Commission

Registration is now closed.

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