Dr. Marcelino Sanchez GonzalezDirector – Solar Thermal Energy Department, CENER
Dr. Marcelino is the Director of the Solar Thermal Energy Department of CENER with more than 27 years of international research experience in R&D projects in the area of solar thermal energy, especially in projects related to Concentrating Solar Power Technologies (CSPT). He has worked with public institutions and private enterprises globally, leading international R&D projects, most of them EU funded. His professional career has mainly focused on the research and development of solar tower technology covering a wide range of key components from receivers (Open Air, Pressurized Air, Molten Salt, Saturated Steam and Water/Steam) and heliostats (glass/metal, stressed membrane), working from research at laboratory scale to the design, construction and evaluation of commercial solar demonstration plants, including the development of experimental prototypes. Dr. Marcelino’s previous roles include R&D Director at Abengoa; the High Concentration Working Group at CIEMAT; Solar thermal expert at Solargen Europe Ltd; and Technical consultant for Energy for Sustainable Development Ltd. He is author of ten patents related to innovative solar energy concepts, as well as frequent reviewer of scientific journals as “Applied Energy“, “Journal of Solar Energy Engineering” and of “Solar Energy”. Dr. Marcelino is a Member of the Management Board of the European project STAGE-STE (Scientific and Technological Alliance for Guaranteeing the European Excellence in Concentrating Solar Thermal Energy) and Leader of the work package 12 - Point focusing CSP Technologies. In addition to this, he is Member of the Steering Committee of EERA JP-CSP (European Energy Research Alliance – CSP program) and Coordinator of the Subprogram 6 – Point Focusing CSP Systems. He was actively involved in the promotion and creation of this subprogram within EERA JP-CSP.