CIESOL Information | History and Summary


The Solar Energy Research Center (CIESOL) is a joint research establishment, founded and managed according to an agreement signed in April 2005 between the University of Almeria and the Centre for Energy, Environment and Technology (CIEMAT) at the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness. The center is located on the northern side of the University of Almería campus, in a single-store building, and has been operating since January 2006. It was built with the support of the PSE-ARFRISOL project (The Singular Strategic Project - Bioclimatic Architecture and Solar Cooling), PS-120000-2005-1, financed by the Spanish Ministry of Innovation and Science and cofinanced by the FEDER fund for 7 years (2005-2012). CIESOL was built using bioclimatic standards and its design is aimed at efficient energy use.

CIESOL engages in research and technology transfer activities in the field of solar energy applications concerning: organometallic and photochemistry, water treatment, environmental chemistry, photosynthesis and desalination, modeling and automatic control of solar systems, home automation for energy efficiency, as well as solar cooling and solar resources assessment.    


In 2014, it has been added a new functional unit under the name "Photosynthesis and Desalination This new unit collects CIESOL previous collaboration between researchers of the Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Almeria, which provides 7 researchers, and Environmental Applications Unit of the Plataforma Solar de Almería, which provides 3 investigators. As particular aspects may be mentioned first that their areas of expertise are perfectly integrated in the lines of action of CIESOL and foster the collaboration with other units of the center and, second, that the new unit credits a proven and extensive experience in international projects.

More than 20 undergraduate and master students and master have made their curricular practices in the center throughout 2014, in a large percentage belonging to the University of Almería in the ICARUS program, although some students have also participated from other Spanish and European universities. These practices have served as a basis for the preparation of 9 to grade projects. In spite of being the first experience in this sense, the results in terms of dissemination and transfer have been considered very positive and throughout 2014 were established new collaboration agreements for increasing carrying out such activities with, among other, the Polytechnic University of Madrid and the Institut National des Sciences Apliquées INSA de Lyon

CIESOL’s structure consists of a coordinating committee with two researchers, one from each agreement institution and a set of 6 units that bring together researchers in specific thematic areas. Additionally, each year, an external scientific committee assesses the activities and production of the various functional units. In terms of funding, CIESOL has specific allocations related to its own projects and contracts with a fixed annual contribution covering current outgoings from both institutions.

CIESOL also employs two technicians conduct their work with the support of the Technical Support Staff Subprogram (PTA) of the National Research Plan and are responsible for the supervision and maintenance of chemical laboratory equipment and current energy infrastructure, respectively.


Functional Organisation Diagram