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Manuel J. Blanco

  • Ph.D., Dr.Ing.
  • European Research Area Chair in Solar Thermal Technologies for the Eastern Mediterranean
  • Cyprus Institute
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Research interests

OpticsHeat TransferThermodynamicsSolar RadiationConcentrating Solar Thermal Systems


Currently, Solar Thermal Group Leader of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) at CSIRO Energy Centre in Newcastle (Australia) and Director of the Australian Solar Thermal Research Initiative (ASTRI). Chair of the Executive Committee of SolarPACES, an international organization under the umbrella of the International Energy Agency, responsible for promoting the development and deployment of solar thermal power technologies and the solar-assisted manufacture of fuels and chemicals. More than twenty-seven years of experience as a solar researcher and engineer, contributing to advancing the state-of-the-art of Concentrating Solar Thermal Power (CSTP) technologies. Expert on Thermodynamics, Heat Transfer, Optics, and Modelling of Energy Systems. Former Director of the Solar Thermal Energy Department of the National Renewable Energy Centre of Spain (CENER); Chair and Full Professor of the Engineering Department of the University of Texas at Brownsville; Director of the Plataforma Solar de Almería of CIEMAT the largest European testing facility for CSTP technologies; Principal Investigator of the SOLGAS and SIREC tower technology R&D projects, which paved the way towards PS10, the first commercial solar tower power plant in the world; Advisor to the President of the Andalusian Energy Agency; and member of the International Test and Evaluation Team in charge of the evaluation the International Energy Agency (IEA) Small Solar Power Systems Project. Author of numerous scientific publications, and participation in a senior capacity in a large number of national and international expert groups and committees, Spanish representative in various international scientific forums.

Co-authors (62)

  • Carlos M Fernández-Peruchena

Publications (5)

  • Development of the ASTRI heliostat

    • Coventry J
    • Arjomandi M
    • Barry J
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  • Analysis of the influence of operational strategies in plant performance using SimulCET, simulation software for parabolic trough power plants

    • García-Barberena J
    • Garcia P
    • Sanchez M
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  • Distributed power from solar tower systems: a MIUS approach

    • Romero M
    • Marcos M
    • Téllez F
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  • Integration of solar thermal energy in a conventional power plant: The Colon solar project

    • Silva M
    • Blanco M
    • Ruiz V
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  • Solar thermal R&D at the Plataforma Solar de Almeria 1997-98

    • Geyer M
    • Blanco M

Professional experience

European Research Area Chair in Solar Thermal Technologies for the Eastern Mediterranean

The Cyprus Institute

September 1916 - Present