SolarPACES (Solar Power and Chemical Energy Systems) is pleased to announce the SolarPACES 2020 conference to be held from September 29 – October 2, 2020, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

SolarPACES is the premier international network advancing research, development, and commercial deployment of concentrating solar-thermal power (CSP) and related technologies.

This year, our annual SolarPACES conference once again offers an excellent scientific and technical conference program, and provides an opportunity for industry, research, political and financing stakeholders and experts around the world to gather and share insights into recent R&D activities and new developments in CSP technology, with an additional focus on marketing and commercialization. The 2020 edition will offer a special focus on current US R&D activities and market perspectives in the CSP sector (see Chair´s welcome message).

Attendees will also have the opportunity to join the Technical Tours to visit Solana, the CSP plant in Arizona, and also to visit a globally renowned CSP research center: the National Solar Thermal Test Facility (NSTTF) at Sandia National Laboratories. Further details are available here; please follow up for updates. The famous Albuquerque balloon festival starts immediately after the conference, offering another exciting experience for conference attendees. However, this festival does attract many visitors, resulting in rising prices for nearby hotels and motels, so we recommend making your accommodation reservations as early as possible (see accommodation information).

SolarPACES 2020 Call for Papers
If you wish to present a paper, an extended abstract
should be submitted electronically providing clear information that allows us to determine the significance and quality of your work. Review criteria include originality, scientific and technical quality of the results, and relevance to the conference topics. The abstract template which serves as a guideline is available here. Please note that for this upcoming conference we encourage, as always, submission of full papers for accepted contributions for publication in the planned online proceedings with AIP, but don´t require this. The organizing committee may request a justification for non-submission of full papers, to include, for example, preliminary results that are currently being prepared for a journal publication or reviews of previously published work that haven’t been presented previously to this CSP community.

Conference Topics

  • Advanced materials, manufacturing, and components
  • Commercial Projects
  • Emerging and Disruptive Concepts
  • Measurement Systems, Devices, and Procedures
  • CSP Integration, Markets, and Policy
  • Power Cycles
  • Solar Industrial Process Heat and Thermal Desalination
  • Operations, Maintenance, and Component Reliability
  • Analysis and Simulation of CSP and Hybridized Systems
  • Solar Fuels and Chemical Commodities
  • Solar Resource Assessment
  • Thermal Energy Storage Materials, Media, and Systems
  • Solar Collector Systems
  • Receivers and Heat Transfer Media and Transport: Linear Systems
  • Receivers and Heat Transfer Media and Transport: Point Focus Systems

Please note the following important dates for SolarPACES 2020:

Abstract Deadline: May 1, 2020
Notification of Acceptance: June 15, 2020
Registration opens: July 15, 2020
Full Papers Due: August 10, 2020