News

February 2014: The first SFERA 2 access campaign has been launched with the following timetable:
January 1st 2014: Call open and submission of the project proposals. Check conditions for application
April 30th 2014: Deadline for submission.
May 2014: Selection of the projects to be hosted at the institution
June to December 2014: Hosting of the proposals
To submit your project, please visit us on our new SFERA 2 website

May 2013: 

The deadline for the submission of the SFERA Access proposals has been extended to the 9th of September. After the submission of your proposal, you should receive the results of the evaluation within a month so that you can access the installations quite rapidly after the submission (and this until December 2013).

  • 9 September 2013 : Deadline for submission of the last proposals.
  • New deadline : 15 September 2013
  • Until October 2013 : Constant evaluation of the proposals by the expert panel
  • Until November/early December : Constant hosting of the projects at the different facilities

September 2012: 

The SFERA Access LAST campaign for project proposals is now open CONSTANTLY with the possiblity to host projects at the different facilities on a continual basis :

  • September 2012 : Opening of the call for proposals. Check conditions for application
  • 30 April 2013 : Deadline for submission of the last proposals
  • Until May 2013 : Constant selection of the proposals by the expert panel
  • Until 30 June 2013 : Constant hosting of the projects at the different facilities

November 2011: SFERA access third campaign has been launched with the following timetable:

  • November 2011 to February 2012 : call for proposals. Check conditions for application
  • 29th of February 2012: proposals submission.Extended deadline: 9th of March 2012 - 17.00 Brussels time
  • March and April 2012 : Selection of the projects to be hosted.
  • May to October 2012 : Hosting of the projects

January 2011: 

SFERA access second campaign has been launched with the following timetable:

  • January 1st 2011 to March 4th 2011 : call for proposals. Check conditions for application.
  • March and April 2011 : Selection of the projects to be hosted.
  • May to October 2011 : Hosting of the projects

November 2009: 

SFERA access first campaign has been launched with the following timetable:

  • November 1st 2009 to March 7th 2010 : call for proposals. Check conditions for application.
  • March and April 2010 : Selection of the projects to be hosted.
  • May to October 2010 : Hosting of the projects

The 'SFERA' Partners: CIEMAT, CNRS, PSI, WEIZMANN and ENEA will provide access to their state-of-the-art high-flux solar research facilities, unique in Europe and in the world. This opportunity is offered for high-quality research in the following areas:
- Solar thermal electricity generation: thermodynamic cycles, receivers, thermal storage, concentrating optics, control algorithms, etc.
- Solar production of benign chemical energy carriers: H2, Syngas, etc.
- Cycles for chemical storage of solar energy: ZnO, etc.
- Solar water treatment: desalination, disinfection, detoxification
- Research in basic phenomena and nano-material production processes: fullerenes, C-nanotubes, ceramics, etc.
- Knowledge-based high-added-value material synthesis: ceramics, glass, etc.
- High-flux photochemistry and photo-physics
- Basic knowledge of materials behaviour and aging under extreme conditions
Access to these facilities will contribute to creation of the European Research Area by:

  • Opening installations to European and ICPC scientists, improving co operation.
  • Improving scientific critical mass in domains where knowledge is now widely dispersed.
  • Generating strong Europe-wide R&D project consortia, increasing the competitiveness of each member alone.