Workshop Moura/Portugal: The Power Challenges of Mega-Science Infrastructures: the example of SKA



The Power Challenges of Mega-Science Infrastructures: the example of SKA

Venue: Moura - Portugal and Sevilla, Spain 20th-21st June

All future major science infrastructures will consider their carbon footprint into the respective development path and lifetimes. The Square Kilometer Array (SKA), an international continental sized ICT machine to be built in the Southern Hemisphere in high irradiance zones (Australia and/or South Africa) presents an ideal scenario to aggregate renewable energy know-how and become a major Green Infrastructure during its lifetime. SKA may set an example for self-sustainable mega-science production and infrastructure operation as was recognized by the COST 2010 action "Benefits of Research Infrastructures beyond Science", with an expected direct economic and indirect societal impacts. Additionaly, the Roadmap of the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) has indicated that a multitude of test facilities and Research Infrastructures are paramount to lead the world in the efficient use of energy, in promoting new and renewable forms of energy, and in the development of low carbon emission technologies, as part of a Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET-Plan) adopted by the European Union.

This workshop intends to review current R&D trends, industry forecasts for solar energy options and experiences that may respond to the challenges set by Mega Science Infrastructures and in particular by the Square Kilometer Array project. The Workshop will also review the convergence with the Horizon 2020 EC roadmap and is open to all parties. The topics will cover Green Energy experiences with a focus on Solar Photovoltaic, Solar Thermal installations and smart Grid management. To foster discussions between scientists and power engineers, the social program will include visits to major Power plants at top Iberian installations producing solar power (photovoltaic and thermal) on the Portuguese and Spanish sides of the common border. This region is the most illuminated region of Europe, counting with several large scale examples of solar energy exploitation.

BFacilities in the area will be organized and available by bus. Therefore, for logistic reasons, the workshop will be limited to 45 participants.

Main Themes

1 - SKA Power Challenge (morning)
2 - Solar/Renewable Options and Challenges (R&D Institutes); smartGRID management (morning)
3 - Industry Points of view (R&D, trend and investment)
4 - Power and Utilization Risk management

Preliminary Program 20th June

Arnold van Ardenne, ASTRON, "AAs power challenges"
Michael Kramer, MPfiR, "SKA as a green infrastructure"
António Mano, EnergyIn, "Industry Forecasts"
Georgina Harris, SPO, "SKA Power Infrastructure"
Eike Weber/Matias Vettel, Fraunhofer, Solar Energy, "R&D trends"
Manuel Silva, CTAER, "Thermal Solar Energy" and Power Plants
Bruce Wallace, SKA-South Africa (TBC)
Reinhard Keller, MPfiR, "RFI from Solar Power Equipment"

Social & Technical Program: 21st June

1 - On site visits : Amareleja 62MW PV plant (Moura, Portugal)
2 - Departure/On site visits : PS10, PS20 Solar thermal plants (Sevilla, Spain)
There will be a bus available for the visits.


Sonia Ánton (CICGE-UP, Portugal)
Domingos Barbosa (IT, Portugal)
Vitor Silva (Logica / Moura)
Nuno Pereira (Logica/ Moura)
Juande Santander-Vela (IAA-CSIC)