Processes, Materials and Solar Energy laboratory - PROMES
A laboratory of CNRS, France (National Centre for Scientific Research)
|PROMES is the French national R&D laboratory on solar concentrating systems, It is a CNRS laboratory
closely associated with the University of Perpignan.
The research objectives of the laboratory are:
To study solar energy conversion into heat, coldness,
electricIty and hydrogen (energy carriers) uslng partlcularly
thermal and thermochemical processes.
To qualify and improve high temperature materials, and
elaborate new materials using concentrated solar energy
To develop low environmental impact processes and long
The 1 MW solar fumace and
the dish/Stirling in operation
The scientific and technical permanent staff of PROMES is 75 persons and a total of about 100 persons
are currently working in the laboratory at Odeillo and Perpignan. |
PROMES operates high flux solar facilities at Odeillo Centre: 10 small size (1-2 kW) solar furnaces that
reach maximum concentration of 18000, a 6 kW solar furnace (concentration 4500) and a 1000 kW solar
fumace (concentration 10000). In addition a 50 kW parabola (concentration 10000) equipped with a 10 kWe
Stirling engine is tested daily.
High priority scientific topics are related to solar thermal power generation using gas thermodynamic cycles,
hydrogen production, medium and high temperature heat storage, high temperature materials testing and
evaluation, materials synthesis, and solar heating and cooling of buildings.
Vertical axis solar furnaces.
South of the building
Thermolysis of water for
Metrology at the focus of a
(see SOLLAB highlight)
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A 2 m in diameter horizontal
axis solar furnace
(concentration up to 18000)
is devoted to SOLLAB
actions in metrology.
Equipements include solar
and test chambers.
Applications in progress
deal with temperature
and reflectivity measurement
at high temperature (800°C -
3200°C), material ageing.
NEWS and EVENTS
June 6 – 8, 2016
12th SOLLAB Doctoral Colloquium on Solar Concentrating Technologies will be organised by the Plataforma Solar de Almería (PSA), Spain
June 23 – 25, 2014
10th SOLLAB Doctoral Colloquium on Solar Concentrating Technologies at PROMES Odeillo, France
New position for a research engineer, experienced in energy systems at CNRS/PROMES
May 13 – 14, 2013
9th SOLLAB Doctoral Colloquium on Solar Concentrating Technologies at Hornberg Castle in the Black Forest, Germany
June 25-26, 2012
8th SOLLAB Doctoral Colloquium on Solar Concentrating Technologies at Almería, Spain
December 19, 2011
New Position for a PhD student opened at the Paul Scherrer Institute
March 24-25, 2011
2nd SFERA Winter School at ETH Zürich, Switzerland
March 21-23, 2011
7th SOLLAB Doctoral Colloquium in Grindelwald, Switzerland
6th SOLLAB Doctoral Colloquium, PROMES Odeillo, France
New Post-doctoral position opened at PROMES, 2009-2010
June 22-24, 2009
5th SOLLAB Doctoral Colloquium, DLR Cologne, Germany
September 10-12, 2008
4th SOLLAB Doctoral Colloquium, PSA, Spain
September 11-12-13, 2007
3rd SOLLAB Doctoral Colloquium, PROMES-Odeillo, France
14-15 Apr. 2006
1st Workshop SOLLAB Flux and Temperature Measurement Group - Odeillo