The JP was formally launched in November 2011; nevertheless, main participants held beforehand a series of preparatory meeting aiming at shaping the content of the JP research programme.

The overall objective of this JP is to integrate and coordinate the scientific collaboration  among the leading European research institutions in CSP in order to contribute to the  achievement of the targets set by the ‘Solar Thermal Electricity-European Industrial  Initiative (STE-EII):

  1. Reduction of generation, operation and maintenance costs
  2. Improvement of operational flexibility and energy ‘dispatchability’
  3. Improvement in the environmental and water-use footprint
  4. Advanced concepts and designs

The JP programme has been awarded an EC grant (FP7) for running an Integrated Research Programme on CSP technologies.


  1. Thermal Energy Storage for CSP plants, ENEA (IT)
  2. Materials for Solar Thermal Energy components, DLR (DE)
  3. Solar Thermochemical Production of Fuels, PSI (CH)
  4. Concentrated Solar Power and Desalination, CIEMAT (ES)
  5. Line Focusing CSP Systems, CIEMAT (ES)
  6. Point Focusing CSP Systems, CENER (ES)

UK Representation

As there is no major body of research on geothermal energy funded under the UK National Programme the UK does not participate in this joint programme.