Networking for Excellence in Solar Thermal Energy Research

The Cyprus Institute's third annual NESTER School has successfully concluded.


Watch presentations from the 2018 NESTER School, listed below:

Week 1 - Day 1

General Introduction to CSP and CST Technologies - by Luca Turchetti (ENEA)
Role of CST in the Energy System of Future - by Manuel Blanco (The Cyprus Institute)
Solar Resource - by Jeff Cumpston (RWTH)
Direct Steam Generation - by Cyril Calliot (CNRS)

Week 1 - Day 2

Solar Dishes - by Michela Lanchi (ENEA)
Power Cycles for CSP Plants - by Eduardo Zarza Moya (Ciemat)

Week 1 - Day 4

Basics of CSP Economics - Constantinos Taliotis (The Cyprus Institute)
Outlook on Research and Commercial Projects/Future Perspectives - by Manuel Blanco (The Cyprus Institute)

Week 2, Day 1

FluxTracer a New Open-Source High Performance Computing Software Tool - by Victor Grigoriev (The Cyprus Institute)
Shape Measurement of Solar Dish Facets - by Marco Montecchi (ENEA)

Week 2, Day 2

Upper-Limits of the Light Collection and Concentration Subsystem of Solar Towers Systems - by Manuel Blanco (The Cyprus Institute)
Solar Thermal Energy, High Concentration and Non Imaging Optics - Advances in Linear Fresnel Technology - by Manuel Collares Pereira (University of Évora)
Review of Receiver Technologies in Solar Tower Power Plants - by Cyril Caliot (CNRS)

Week 2, Day 3
High Optical Efficiency Multi Receiver Solar Tower Systems - by Manuel Blanco (The Cyprus Institute)
Concentrating Optics and Heliostat Fields Modelling - by Cyril Caliot (CNRS)

The Cyprus Institute organised the 3rd NESTER School on Concentrated Solar Technologies (CST) in collaboration with four of the most prestigious Research Centres in Europe in this field: CIEMAT (Spain), CNRS-PROMES (France), ENEA (Italy) and RWTH-Aachen (Germany).
The School is directed to Early Stage Researchers and Early Career Professionals. Thus, some background related to the CSP/CST sector would be recommended.

The School offers a fast-paced comprehensive overview of the CST field in the first week, followed by more advanced lectures on selected topics of specific interest to the field, delivered by world experts.

Site visits and hands-on activities took place in the state-of-the-art research infrastructures of the Cyprus Institute.

In 2018, the specialised topics focused on Point Focusing systems.

The school is followed by an international conference entitled
The Decarbonisation of The Energy Sector in the Mediterranean Region  and the Middle East  – The Role of CSP
between 29th November - 1st December,  that all NESTER School participants can attend for free.


NESTER School Participant Benefits

  • No registration fees
  • Financial support for travel and accommodation available to a selected  number of participants
  • Free access to the International Conference
  • Participants who attended the 1st or 2nd School can only attend the 2nd Week of the School
  • 10 ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) will be offered by the Cyprus Institute on the basis of attendance and a relevant assignment

2018 NESTER School Program

NESTER School Program Week 1



NESTER School Program Week 2

Download the 2018 NESTER School Program




Prof. Manuel Blanco

The Cyprus Institute (CyI)

Prof. Aristides Bonanos

The Cyprus Institute (CyI)

Dr. Nestor Fylaktos

The Cyprus Institute (CyI)

Dr. Costas Marakkos

The Cyprus Institute (CyI)

Dr. Alaric Montenon

The Cyprus Institute (CyI)

Dr. Victor Grigoriev

The Cyprus Institute (CyI)

Dr. Jeff Cumpston

RWTH Aachen University (RWTH)

Dr. Cyril Caliot

French National Centre for Scientific Research-PROMES (CNRS-PROMES)

Dr. Michela Lanchi

Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development (ENEA)

Dr. Luca Turchetti

Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development (ENEA)

Dr. Marco Montecchi

Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development (ENEA)

Dr. Eduardo Zarza

Centre for Energy, Environment and Technology-Plataforma Solar de Almería (CIEMAT-PSA)