Scientific Committee

Scientific Committee

Michael  Epstein
Michael Epstein

Background: Chemical and mechanical engineer

Involved in solar energy research since 1978. Principal Investigator (PI) for development of selective surface and antireflective coating for solar collector. Project manager for the construction of 50 kW Solar Furnace (1983-4) and 3 MW Solar Tower (1984-88) at the Weizmann Institute of Science (WIS). Principal  investigator of many  projects such as: solarized gas turbine (Brayton cycle) using ceramic tubes’ heater (1987-1993), development of the solar direct water/steam system (1988-91), design, fabrication and construction of the 500-kW solar-closed chemical heat pipe system (1988-95), SOLASYS project (solar reforming supported by the EC/FP4, 1998-2002), SOLZINC project (solar reduction of ZnO supported by  EC/FP5, 2001-2006) and chief investigator in DISTOR project on solar thermal storage using phase change materials supported by the EU/PF6.
Director, WIS Solar Research Unit since 1988. Vice Chairman and Israeli representative: to the ExCo of IEA/SolarPACES since 1997. Chairman of the Israeli Sustainable Energy Society since 2009.
High concentration solar energy, solar chemistry, solar gasification of biomass and reactor engineering, solar Brayton cycle, solar electricity, solar tower technology, solar hydrogen and storage of solar energy.
Publications: Author and co-author of more than 140 papers in journals and proceedings, 30 project reports and 12 international patents, all in the area of solar energy.

Greg  Glatzmaier
Greg Glatzmaier

Greg Glatzmaier received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Colorado and joined the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in 1987. He worked in the Solar Thermal Program and demonstrated several new applications for concentrating solar power. He also managed a collaboration with Coors Ceramics Company to develop a solar based, high temperature materials synthesis process. Greg holds several patents from that work. From 1997 to 2006, Greg operated an R&D business in which he developed fluid compressor designs and feedback control mechanisms for space applications. Much of that work was funded by NASA and the U.S. Air Force. In 2007, Greg rejoined NREL and the Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) Program to work on systems analysis, novel heat transfer fluids and thermal storage concepts for CSP technologies. He currently manages NREL’s CSP Advanced Heat Transfer Fluids and Thermal Storage Project.

Rainer Tamme
Rainer Tamme

Rainer Tamme is head of "Thermal Process Technology" department at the Institute of Technical Thermodynamics of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Stuttgart, Germany. He is a recognized expert in the field of thermal energy storage, thermo chemical conversion and fuel processing technologies. Key Qualifications in the subject energy storage are material development, design and integration of TES systems for power generation and for the industrial process heat sector. He has many years of experience in managing and coordinating numerous German and international projects involving a wide range of industrial companies and research institutes, e.g., he coordinated EC PF5 and FP6 projects dealing with energy conversion and storage for high temperature solar thermal applications. Rainer Tamme is a Diplom Chemiker in chemistry and chemical engineering from the Technische University Hannover and has got a Ph.D. in solid state and inorganic chemistry. He has published more than 80 reviewed papers in international journals and proceedings on the subject thermal energy storage, thermal management, advanced heat exchanger, solar power plants, catalysis, Hydrogen generation and storage. He is teaching "solar thermal technology II high temperature applications" at the Mechanical Engineering Faculty of the University of Stuttgart and has supervised numerous students during their diploma, master and bachelor thesis. He is acting as Operating Agent of the IEA ECES Annex 19 "Optimised Industrial Process Heat and Power Generation with Thermal Energy Storage" and is associated editor of the ASME Journal of Solar Energy Engineering responsible for the subject storage. In addition he provides experts and evaluator services for German Ministries and for the EC.

Manuel Tello
Manuel Tello

Manuel J. Tello is Professor of Physics at the UPV. He was Vicecouncillor of Industry of the Basque Government between 1988 and 1991. In this period in his function as Vicecouncillor, was responsible for the first National Technology Strategy of the Basque Country.

His connection to the Basque and Spanish administrative organization related to the university, science and technology has been as strong as his research activity, for which he received in 1995 ex aequo with Pedro Miguel Etxenike, Xabier María Munibe Award in its first edition .

Since 1973 Tello has been responsible for twenty-eight research projects and Principal Researcher in more than 150 research articles. It is also a consultant to the European Union and member of numerous scientific societies.

Eduardo Zarza
Eduardo Zarza

Eduardo Zarza is the Head of CSP Research Unit at PSA, (Plataforma Solar de Almería) part of the Center for Energy, Environment and Technological Research (CIEMAT). He has been working for more than 20 years on concentrated solar power systems. He is peer reviewer of several international magazines (Solar Energy, ASME Journal of Solar Energy Engineering, Applied Thermal Engineering, ENERGY - The International Journal y Chemical Engineering and Processing).

As an author he has published 3 books, 12 articles in specialized magazines, 10 book chapters, more than 50 technical issues and more than 45 contributions in international congress. Collaborator lecturer in more than 10 Master’s degrees concerning Energy Efficiency and Renewable energy. He has given 37 specific courses on renewable energy. He has managed several international I+D projects related to solar energy and its applications through parabolic troughs.

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