PSA (Plataforma Solar de Almería) - CIEMAT
Carretera a Senés, km5
04200 - Almería
Dr. Julián Blanco Gálvez
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PSA is a Spanish public R+D centre owned by CIEMAT (
Solar Energy
Solar Concentration
Solar Photochemistry
Solar Desalination
Solar Thermal Elecricity (STE)
Concentrating Solar Power (CSP)
Implementation of a sustainable clean world energy supply; Promote the market introduction of solar thermal technologies and those derived from solar chemical processes; devlpt of a competitive solar thermal export industry; Strengthen cost-reducing and provide scientific&technical support to indust
Development of new components for concentrating solar systems (receivers, concentrators, control systems, etc.), with better price ratio; Development of new experimental capabilities and simulation tools for characterization, analysis and diagnosis (optical, thermal, etc.) of this type of solar systems; Promotion of innovative actions related to concentrating solar technologies, pathing the way to technological improvements in the mid and long; Qualification of new components and training services, testing of new thermal storage materials for latent and sensible heat, Evaluation and development of innovative concepts for water desalination systems; Devlpt and testing of solar systems for water disinfection and detoxification water; Development of new standards
The main PSA test facilities are:
- CESA-1 and SSPS-CRS central receiver systems, 7 and 2.7 MWth respectively
- DISS 1.8-MWth test loop, an excellent experimental system for two-phase flow and direct steam generation in parabolic trough collectors
46 people (staff) + 44 people subcontracted for O&M
Spanish R&D center owned by CIEMAT, so that the legal representative of PSA is the Director General of CIEMAT (
The PSA is a public R&D center and its Director directly depends on the Director of the Energy Department of CIEMAT
Spanish Government (55%) and own incomes from services and participation in R&D projects (45%)
2015: 5.288.594 € 2016: 6.690.660 € 2017: 11.284.462 €
At present PSA has links with most of the major industrial players involved in the market of concentrating solar thermal systems and applications (RIOGLASS, SENER, ACCIONA, ACS-COBRA, IDOM, ABENGOA, …) and it also collaborates with the Spanish and Europea

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