Porous Ceramics for CSP Applications
26 giugno 2013
SUPSI Lugano
The workshop aims at exchanging information among scientists, engineers and end users involved in the field of CSP. It proposes a discussion on the latest achivements of CSP technology thanks to the recent developments in material science, materials characterization and new technological opportunities.

The University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI) organizes a workshop on:

Porous Ceramics for CSP Applications
26th of June 2013
Organizers: Alberto Ortona and Maurizio Barbato
In the recent years Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) has become a small but increasing integral part of the electricity supply of many countries of the world. CSP technology uses high temperature solar heat to operate engines. CSP offers unique features such as the possibility of a sustainable base load electricity supply and the possible hybridization with a simultaneous use of the engine waste heat for secondary applications such as desalination. Therefore this technology can help in solving two of the main global problems especially occurring in countries belonging to the desert belt of the world: increasing water scarcity and electricity demand by a rapidly growing  population. CSP offers both: a chance for economic growth in countries with access to areas with high direct solar radiation and a chance for the industrialized countries
for a sustainable and competitive energy supply. However, without using reliable, functional and cost effective components and materials CSP will fail on its way to competitiveness and economic success. Meanwhile also R&D activities on CSP have increased significantly. Since it is a highly multidisciplinary technology also material and thermal sciences have put much more attention on applications in CSP components and processes.
Porous ceramics are a key technology as functional materials in CSP high temperature applications. They will play an increasing role since they offer a great variability in meeting the complex requirements in components such as solar receivers and heat exchangers for CSP Technologies.
  • Prof. Aldo Steinfeld – ETHZ (CH)
  • Dr. Manuel Romero – IMDEA ENERGY (E)
  • Dr. Thomas Fend – DLR (D)
  • Dr. Gianluca Ambrosetti – Airlight Energy (CH)
  • Prof. Gerard Vignoles – Université Bordeaux  LCTS (F)
  • Prof. Maurizio Barbato – SUPSI (CH)
  • Prof. Young-Wook Kim – University of  Seoul (RK)
  • Mr. Sandro Gianella – Erbicol (CH)
  • Mr. Claudio D’Angelo – SUPSI (CH)