CNRS, French national centre of scientific research, is the largest governmental research
organisation in France, with 1256 research units covering all fields of research. CNRS encourages collaboration projects
and provides a strong administrative support to such projects, with dedicated staff on financial, legal, and administrative issues.
PROMES laboratory (www.promes.cnrs.fr) is located in Odeillo - Font-Romeu (Félix Trombe Solar Furnace) and in Perpignan, and it has been involved in concentrated solar energy for more than 50 years. Its mission is the development of science and technology using unique properties of concentrated solar energy to enhance and create new applications of this renewable energy resource. The mission includes researches on materials and processes in the context of sustainable development. Within PROMES, the team “Radiation and concentred solar power” focuses on CSP application development in particular new solar receivers. It studies high temperature processes, since solar concentrating systems provide heat in the temperature range 200°C-3000°C with a high efficiency (more than 70%).
CNRS, French national centre of scientific research, is the largest governmental
research organization in France, with 1256 research units covering all fields of
research. CNRS encourages collaboration projects and provides a strong administrative
support to such projects, with dedicated staff on financial, legal, and administrative issues.
The Chemical Engineering Laboratory (LGC) is located in Toulouse (http://lgc.inp-toulouse.fr/). It is a joint research unit (so-called UMR: Unité Mixte de Recherche) between CNRS and two universities, Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse (INPT) and Université Paul Sabatier (UPS). The LGC develops research activities in the field of process engineering with the aim, through scientific approaches, of solving problems encountered in chemical, energy, agro and biochemical industries as well as problems linked with safety and environmental issues.
Workforce: 231 collaborators, including:
- 108 researchers, lecturer-researchers, and engineers
- 59 technicians and administrative staff
- 64 PhD and post-doctorate students
- 118 doctoral theses,
- 9 "HdR" theses (PhD supervision capability),
- 12 national and international conferences organized,
- 509 articles published in international peer-reviewed journals yearly average numbers of publications: 100 peer-reviewed articles, 100 publications in proceedings of conferences.
The University of Surrey is a member of the
UK’s ‘1994 Group’ of research-intensive universities. It has an exceptionally
close relationship with industry, exemplified by the creation of the UK’s first
University-owned Science Park which is now a major contributor to the local economy.
The University is a member of the SET2 partnership incorporating Bath, Bristol and
Exeter who, as a group, secure almost a fifth of the available UK research council
grant income. Amongst its many attributes, the University of Surrey is the most
successful university in the UK as regards graduate employment. This is founded
on its well-established professional placement year, strengthening the links between
the University and industry, business and public organisations.
Of the four Faculties at Surrey, the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences is the largest in terms of academics and researchers (>360 staff members) and secures more than half of the University’s research income. It has a turnover of £60 million/year. The Faculty covers the core engineering disciplines of aeronautical, civil, chemical, electronic, environmental and mechanical, alongside the specific disciplines of computing, mathematics and physics. All engineering disciplines rank in the UK’s top ten in the 2012 Times Good University Guide.
Chemical Engineering is a core discipline within the Faculty and conducts research into activities such as the experimental and theoretical aspects of multiphase flow, mixing in chemical and biological situations, desalination of water and biomedical engineering. The proposed research is fully aligned with (and adds to) existing activities. It has a long history of excellent experimental research in energy related engineering and particle technology, which are directly applicable to this work.
The ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich,
founded by the Swiss government in 1854, comprises 83 institutes and 330 professorships.
In its mission statement, the ETHZurich commits itself to the following principles:
(i) to promote and maintain quality in teaching and research at a high international
level; (ii) to support a universal and system-oriented approach; (iii) to preserve
specialist and cultural diversity and academic freedom in teaching and research;
(iv) to secure an adequate infrastructure and guarantee its renovation;
(v) to optimize central scientific services in information and communication systems,
as well as administrative support covering the needs of teaching and research.
Twenty-one professors, former professors, and graduates of the ETH were awarded the Nobel Prize.
The ETH’s Professorship in Renewable Energy Carriers (www.pre.ethz.ch), chaired by Prof. Steinfeld, conducts research aimed at the advancement of the thermal, thermochemical, and electrochemical engineering sciences applied in clean energy technologies, with focus on the solar power, fuels, and materials. Over 150 refereed journal papers and 12 patents have resulted from 15 PhD theses and 90 MSc theses successfully performed on themes pertinent to high-temperature solar concentrating technologies.
A network of 8 R&D centres gathering more than 300 researchers, 50% originals from outside Spain forms IMDEA (www.energia.imdea.org). IMDEA Energía was created in November 2006, and in a short period of time has achieved a staff of 50 researchers and engineers with solid expertise in the energy field. IMDEA Energia focuses its research on high temperature solar concentration systems and technologies; the sustainable production of fuels, and the development of electrochemical energy storage systems coupled to renewable energy.
Established in 1920, COMESSA is a SME, which has specialized in the design and construction of industrial equipment intended for thermal processing of divided solids and especially drying, cooling, calcination, gas solid reactions. COMESSA (www.comessa.fr) provides a full range of fluid bed equipment dedicated to treatments up to 1000°C but also rotary dryers and calciners, tunnel dryers and flash dryers and calciners. COMESSA can supply extended services and especially, lab tests, design and engineering, construction, erection, commissioning and start up activities, after-sales service. Activity is mainly oriented to the Chemical, Petrochemical, Food, Mineral Industries. COMESSA has registered industrial experiences all over the world.
Torresol Energy (http://www.torresolenergy.com/), resulting from the alliance between SENER (60%) and MASDAR (40%), has been established with the aim of becoming the world leader in the Concentration Solar Energy (CSP) sector and with the mission to promote the development and exploitation of large concentrating solar plants all around the world. SENER Grupo de Ingeniería controls 60% of Torresol Energy and MASDAR, the remaining 40%. The Spanish holding contributes all its experience in the design of high technology that has positioned it as a leader in world engineering. For its part, MASDAR contributes with this initiative to diversifying Abu Dhabi’s economy and strengthening the country’s strategy as an active agent in the global fight for the sustainable development of the Planet. Torresol Energy’s main action areas for the design, construction and commissioning of CSP plants will be in Southern Europe, including Spain, Northern Africa, the Middle East, and the south east of the USA, where Torresol Energy will promote plants with central receiver tower system based on the experience from the projects in Spain and Abu Dhabi.
European Powder & Processing Technology (EPPT) resulted from the merger in 2009 of Torver Engineering Belgium Ltd. and 2PE.Torver Engineering Belgium Ltd., formed in 2000 as a sister company of Torver Engineering Ltd. (UK), designed, manufactured, and supplied a wide range of hot and cold gas filtration equipment, fluid bed dryers and calciners, materials handling equipment, and a range of environmental equipment. 2PE has operated as a consultancy business for over 20 years, providing advice and assistance in the following areas: Technical audits, Marketing, ISO Certification, Capacity Building, Training Programs, Seminars and Workshops. EPPT has currently two divisions, EPPT Manufacturing and EPPT Consultancy:
- EPPT Manufacturing, as successor to Torver Engineering, continues to design and manufacture ‘turn key’ mechanical handling, gas filtration, and mineral processing projects, and a standard range of environmental control equipment.
- EPPT Consultancy continues and expands its activities on a similar basis to 2PE, as an independent consulting practice, focused on enterprise development through the effective integration of business, community, safety and environmental interests.