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SolarPaces2019 - Concentrating Solar Power and Chemical Energy Systems

Chair's Welcome Message

Dear colleagues,

It is my honor to invite you to the SolarPACES 2020 International Conference, September 29 to October 2, 2020 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. SolarPACES (Solar Power and Chemical Energy Systems) is the premier international conference and network for advancing commercial deployment and research and development of concentrating solar-thermal power (CSP) and related technologies.

The global growth of CSP with thermal energy storage has proved that the technology can provide flexible, dispatchable solar energy any time of day. As global energy markets begin to demand renewable electricity that can respond to grid needs and complement increasing amounts of variable wind and solar photovoltaic power, CSP technology is well positioned to continue its growth.

The United States is proud to host this year’s SolarPACES conference and highlight the world-leading solar thermal research and development taking place here. As the country that saw the first commercial deployment of CSP technology in the 1980s, the United States aims to remain at the forefront of CSP development. To that end, in 2018 the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) initiated the Generation 3 (Gen3) CSP funding program, awarding $85 million to 25 projects. These projects have the ambitious goal of significantly improving the efficiency of CSP plants by developing integrated thermal transport and storage systems and components that can withstand temperatures above 700° Celsius—higher than conventional molten salt plants based on nitrates. By enabling the integration of CSP with high-efficiency, low-cost advanced power cycles based on supercritical carbon dioxide, Gen3 CSP systems have the potential to lower the cost of CSP plants by approximately 20 percent, a major step toward SETO’s 2030 cost target of $0.05 per kilowatt-hour for plants with 12 or more hours of storage.

At the SolarPACES 2020 conference in Albuquerque, attendees will have the opportunity to visit a globally renowned CSP research center at Sandia National Laboratories and the National Solar Thermal Test Facility (NSTTF). The NSTTF opened in 1978 as the world’s first tower research facility for CSP and has been operating for more than 40 years. The site has been a center of excellence in the development of molten salt technologies for CSP and has directly led to the creation of some of the largest solar power plants in the world. Researchers at Sandia and the NSTTF are in the vanguard of developing advanced CSP technology, working to demonstrate Gen3 technologies at the megawatt scale to improve efficiency and deliver low-cost solar power with storage.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to visit the Solana CSP plant in Gila Bend, Arizona. Solana is a 250-megawatt parabolic-trough plant with a thermal energy storage system that can store and dispatch more than one and a half gigawatt-hours per day. Solana represents the first deployment of this storage technology in the United States and is one of the largest projects of its kind in the world.

On behalf of the conference organizing committee, I am delighted to welcome you to Albuquerque. We look forward to having you join us.




Dr. Avi Shultz

Chair, 2020 SolarPACES International Conference

CSP Program Manager

Solar Energy Technologies Office

U.S. Department of Energy

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Important Dates

Call for Abstracts:

March 1, 2020

Abstract Deadline:

May 1, 2020

Notification of Acceptance:

June 15, 2020

Registration opens:

July 15, 2020

Full Papers Due:

August 10, 2020


For any questions, please contact: info[at]solarpaces-conference[dot]org

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