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Solar Energy – power, heating, and a whole lot more!


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This presentation will show you how Cranfield University is involved in solar energy technologies in locations across the world.

Date and Time

16 November 2017 - 18:30-21:00


Bedford, United Kingdom - icon_popup  (See map)


Organised by the UK - East:Beds & Herts local network. Contact Yi Cao (Y.Cao@cranfield.ac.uk) for more information.

About this event

In the UK we tend to think of solar energy in terms of roof-mounted PV panels for small-scale electrical power generation or solar PV farms at MW-scale. But elsewhere in the world solar energy is used for utility-scale power generation, heating, cooling, cooking, water purification, desalination and industrial process heat.

Cranfield University is the location of the UK’s only research team working exclusively on Concentrating Solar Power (CSP). The Cranfield CSP team work on aspects of all of these technologies and applications – but principally on Concentrating Solar Thermal energy. This presentation will show you how Cranfield University is involved in these technologies in locations across the world.

The technology also has implications for UK energy considerations too. For example, work at Cranfield includes development of an integrated solar thermal and seasonal heat storage technology, which would store solar heat harvested in the summer season for re-use in winter to boost space heating and hot water supplies.


1830  Networking & Refreshments
1900  Lecture starts
2000  Lecture finishes, followed by Q&A
2100  Event finishes

Reasons to attend

If you are interested in solar energy, this talk will bring you a wide knowledge in almost all aspects of solar energy technologies, the state of the art and its future potential.

Continuing Professional Development

CPD logo declaring this event can contribute 2 hours towards your Continuing Professional Development
This event can contribute towards your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) as part of the IET's CPD monitoring scheme.CPD Certificates (if required) are available  after the event upon request from our Secretary, Mr Ian Brooker (ibrooker@theiet.org).


Free of Charge

Additional information

Speaker: Dr Chris Sansom, Associate Professor in Concentrating Solar Power, Cranfield University
Dr Sansom has built, and leads, the Cranfield University research activity in CST (Concentrating Solar Thermal). He is the Head of the “Global CSP Laboratory”, housing the only UK academic research team working exclusively on CSP/CST, and his current projects include concentrating solar power for electrical power generation, solar collector characterisation and ageing evaluation, polymer films for solar power plant heliostats and line-focus solar collectors, linear Fresnel community scale CSP, heliostat design and manufacture, solar thermal heating and cooling, solar driven desalination and water purification, thermal storage, and nanostructured thermo-electric devices for energy harvesting. Current collaborations include work with Egypt, Italy, Spain, France, Germany, Saudi Arabia, Libya, Jordan, India, Algeria, Pakistan, Palestine, and Nigeria.

Registration information

Please register for this event if you intend to come.
This event is organised by the IET Beds & Herts Local Network as part of our 2017-18 program.


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