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Processes, Materials and Solar Energy (PROMES)
Hosting Legal Entity
French National Center for Scientific Research / Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)
3 Michel-Ange street, CNRS, Paris, PO: 75794, Ile-de-France (France)
7, rue du Four solaire, PROMES-CNRS, Odeillo - Font Romeu, PO: 66120, Languedoc Roussillon (France)
Type Of RI
Coordinating Country
Current Status:
Operational since 1970
Being upgraded since 2014 to 2015
Under construction since 2014 to 2015
Scientific Description
The PROMES (Procédés, Matériaux et Energie Solaire) high flux solar concentrating facilities located in Odeillo belong to CNRS. They are composed of the 1 MW solar furnace, 10 small power and high concentration solar furnaces (about 1.5 kW), one 6-kW solar furnace, one 50-kW dish and one 150 kW parabolic trough facility. The solar furnaces have been established about 45 years ago. This set of facilities constitutes the National R&D platform on solar concentrating systems. Concentration ratio and temperature of about 15 000 and 3000°C respectively are obtained with the available solar furnaces. Research objectives are related to high temperature material science, components for solar power plants and processing of solar fuels. In addition, PROMES-CNRS operates the 5 MW solar tower at “Themis” site that belongs to the “Pyrénées Orientales” County Council. The “CNRS Solar Furnaces” facility is partner of the FP7 European project SFERA II that promotes and organizes the access to concentrating solar facilities in Europe. A call for proposals is open each year. The facility is also participating the EU-SOLARIS European project that aims at defining the next step for a European RI on concentrating solar power in the frame of ESFRI.

RI Keywords
Solar fuels, Solar furnaces, High temperature materials, Concentrating systems, Solar thermal power, Solar energy
RI Category
Energy Engineering Facilities (non nuclear)
Materials Synthesis or Testing Facilities
Scientific Domain
Engineering and Energy
Access to concentrating solar facilities

Access to facilities, technology support, training.

Concentrating solar facilties and high concentration solar furnaces

One 1 MW solar furnace, 63 heliostats and concentration ratio x9 000; 10 solar furnaces 1.5 and 2 m diameter, 8 vertical axis and 2 horizontal axis, maximum concentration x15000. Five are equipped with solar flux modulators; One 6-kW solar furnace, vertical axis, concentration ratio x6000; One 50-kW parabolic dish, concentration ratio 10000; One 150 kW parabolic trough facility operating at 330°C with storage (available Autumn 2015); Various testing chambers and reactors.

FP7 European project SFERA II
FP7 European project SOLARIS
Date of last update: 09/05/2018
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