The conference is organizing two free technical tours on Friday afternoon (October, 27th) after the Special Session.
The ICFRM-21 participants willing to join must select the tour of interest during their registration process.
The number of places is limited.
The organizers reserve the right to cancel them if there is not a sufficient minimum number of people for the activity to take place.
Technical tour to Plataforma Solar de Almería
The Plataforma Solar de Almería (PSA) is the largest and most complete centre in the world for the research, development, and testing of concentrating solar technologies and applications. Over a total surface of 103 hectares, the PSA is formed by 27 large and top scientific facilities plus 10 labs, providing support and reinforcing the center capabilities, being available to national and international scientific and industrial-related sectors.
The PSA facility and its scientific and technical activities are integrated in CIEMAT organization, as an R&D division of the Department of Energy. Further technical information could be found here and on its website.
The visit will last approximately 7 hours, involving the bus ride to and from the site, located 147 km from the city of Granada, and including a stop along the way for a snack.
Technical Tour to Observatorio de Calar Alto, Almería
The visit involves an interpretative walk around the observatory, putting into context the scientific reasons that led to locate the observatory at this site, as well as describing all the facilities. Then, visitors enter the interior of the 3.5 m telescope dome building, the largest of the Calar Alto telescopes and the largest optical telescope in continental Western Europe. At the foot of the telescope, the telescope mechanical-optical operation is described, as well as the most relevant science currently being carried out with this telescope and its scientific instruments. The visit is guided by an astronomer from the team. Further technical information could be found in the website.
The visit will last approximately 7 hours, involving the bus ride to and from the site, located 143 km from the city of Granada, and including a stop along the way for a snack.