Astep Project

ASTEP at the 27th SolarPACES Conference

SolarPACES (Solar Power and Chemical Energy Systems) is an international cooperative network bringing together teams of national experts from around the world to focus on the development and marketing of concentrating solar power systems (also known as solar thermal power systems). It is one of several collaborative programs, called Implementing Agreements, managed under the umbrella of the International Energy Agency to help find solutions to worldwide energy problems.

SolarPACES 2021 was held 27 September – 1 October 2021 as an online event!

It offered a scientific and technical conference program that provided an opportunity for industry, research, political and financing stakeholders and experts around the world and gathered and shared insights into recent R&D activities and new developments in CSP technology, with an additional focus on marketing and commercialization.

ASTEP actively participated in the SolarPaces 2021 conference with the below abstract contributions:

  1. Integration and Simulation of Solar Thermal Energy Systems to Diary Processes.

By Brunel University London: Hadi Tannous, Kemal Masera, Savvas Tassou and Valentina Stojceska.

  1. Dynamic Analysis of the SunDial, the Rotatory Fresnel Collector.

By Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM), Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED): Magdalena Barnetche, Luis F. González-Portillo, Mercedes Ibarra, Rubén Barbero, Antonio Rovira, Rubén Abbas.

  1. Design and integration of a solar heat system based on the SunDial for industrial processes.

By Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED), Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM: Mercedes Ibarra, Rubén Barbero, Magdalena Barnetche, Luis F. González-Portillo, Rubén Abbas, Antonio Rovira.

  1. Thermal losses characterization for the receiver of the SunDial, the rotary Fresnel collector.

By Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED), Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM), Análisis-DSC (ADSC): Rubén Barbero, María José Montes, Rubén Abbas, Juan Enriquez, Jerónimo Domingo, Alfredo Iranzo, Mateo Gomez, David Arnanz, Antonio Rovira.


As one of its core activities to support technical progress and awareness building in this area, the SolarPACES conference, initiated in 1980, is the foremost symposium for the who’s who in concentrating solar power and chemical energy systems, offering a forum for research, industry, politics, and financing stakeholders within the framework of a scientific conference program with leading world experts.

If you want to learn more about SolarPACES, please visit the following link https://www.solarpaces.org.

The ASTEP publications are also accessible here.