On 19 October 2022, the European Commission granted the legal status of European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC) to the European Solar Research Infrastructure for Concentrated Solar Power (EU-SOLARIS) making EU-SOLARIS ERIC be the 25th ERIC established since 2011. EU-SOLARIS was acknowledged as an ESFRI Landmark in 2021 and is part of the Energy domain.
The vision of EU-SOLARIS ERIC is to become the European reference Research Infrastructure in the technological development of Concentrating Solar Power/Solar Thermal Energy (CSP/STE) and related applications. EU-SOLARIS ERIC mission is to offer the most favourable conditions for the development of CSP/STE technologies and the deployment of advanced pilot projects for the scientific and industrial communities.
EU-SOLARIS ERIC strongly contributes to the new European Research Area (ERA) objectives. It will link scientific communities and industry and speed up the development of research and innovation, due to a closer collaboration model, knowledge exchange management and a wider dissemination of results.
EU-SOLARIS ERIC will be a distributed pan-European Research Infrastructure with a statutory seat situated in Almería (Spain), where the central hub will be responsible for the coordinated operation of national research centres in CSP/STE technologies and will coordinate the main existing R&D installations in Europe. The other founding Members are France, Cyprus, Germany; Portugal is a founding Observer.
- Publication date
- 13 December 2022
- Directorate-General for Research and Innovation