ESTELA side event at COP25 Madrid

ESTELA side event at COP25 Madrid

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Date(s) - 04/12/2019
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

IFEMA - Feria de Madrid


This year the UN Climate Change Conference COP25 will take place from 2 to 13 December 2019 at IFEMA, Feria de Madrid, in Spain, under the incoming Presidency of the Government of Chile. The EU and its Member States will take part as Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The European Commission will be hosting EU side events at the EU Pavilion to stimulate debate on key thematic areas by engaging observers and facilitating dialogue with party delegates and other participants.

ESTELA will be organising a side event at the EU Pavilion during the COP25, on the 4th Dec, 12:30-14:00 focusing on the role of STE/CSP in the energy transition: “Solar Thermal Electricity: An Essential Building Block for The Energy Transition


Date: Wednesday 4th of December 2019 (12:30-14:00)

Room: Room Helsinki, Blue Zone (Pavilion 8)

Venue: IFEMA – Feria de Madrid, Avda. del Partenón, 5, 28042 Madrid, Spain


Through this panel discussion, we would like to:

  1. Highlight the role of STE/CSP in contributing to reach the Paris Agreement objectives through smart decarbonisation of the power system complement to intermit-tent RES.
  2. Raise awareness about the benefits of the STE to the power system (e.g. firmness and strategic reserve).
  3. Need for STE in Europe and worldwide, building on good examples and developments inside and outside Europe.


…and bring the following key messages:

  • The role of STE for the energy transition and solving the storage challenges, i.e. the complementarity STE/PV, the value of firmness of dispatch or strategic reserve for any system operator.
  • STE offers real business cases (competitiveness) benefitting to both the power system and the industry.
  • STE projects are bankable (under certain regulatory / financing assumptions)
  • STE will be instrumental in decarbonising the power system in regions with good solar resources.


  • Moderator: Marcel Bial – Secretary General of ESTELA – confirmed
  • Speakers:
    • José Luis Martínez – President of ESTELA – confirmed
    • Luis Crespo – President of Protermosolar – confirmed
    • Miguel Mendez Trigo, Director of CSP Technology, Abengoa Energia – confirmed
    • Pablo del Prado, Group Projects Manager, Rioglass – confirmed
    • Miriam Bueno, Ministry for the Ecological Transition (MITECO) of Spain (t.b.c.)
    • Representatives from IRENA (t.b.c.)


We hope to see you all attending this panel discussion at COP25.