Calar Alto Observatory

Date and time: Friday 9 October 2020, 8:30-16:00

  • Place: Calar Alto Observatory

About the facility: The Calar Alto Observatory (CAHA) is located in Almería on Calar Alto, a 2,168-meter-high mountain, in the Sierra de los Filabres range. There are three telescopes with apertures of 1.23 meters, 2.2 m and 3.5 m and a 80 cm Schmidt camera, and they are operated jointly by the Junta de Andalucía and the Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (IAA) in Granada/Spain. The IAA is an institute belonging to the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), and its activities are related to research in the field of astrophysics and the development of instrumentation for telescopes and spacecraft.

Calar Alto telescopes are used for a broad range of observations, from objects in the Solar System to cosmology (the Alhambra and CALIFA surveys), including the search for exoplanets (the CARMENES survey). CAHA is one of the Unique Scientific and Technical Infrastructures (ICTS) of Govern of Spain.

 

The visit will include a talk focused on instrumental and science projects at the observatory and visits to the interior of the 2.2 and 3.5 meters telescopes domes. The visitors will be assisted by three guides from Azimuth, the company in charge of public visits at the observatory.

Approximate schedule for the visit will be 8:30-16:00, with buses leaving and departing from the Granada Congress Centre. This visit will include a picnic lunch or similar. Due to visitor restrictions in the Observatory, there will be only two buses accessing the premises and visiting the facility.

Registration: Register using the BSBF2020 registration portal. Registration is required no later than 9 September 2020.

Conditions and tickets:

  • Time slots will be given on a "first come-first serve" basis – maximum 50 participants per bus, two buses
  • Signups will receive a personal site visit ticket one week before BSBF2020
  • Site visits are offered free-of-charge to BSBF2020 participants
  • Cancellation is possible before 9 September 2020, via the registration module
  • BSBF2020 or the hosting organisations cannot be made responsible for any possible delays. We recommend you to make your personal travel arrangements accordingly – especially if you travel on 9 October

 

If weather creates unsafe driving conditions for bus tours entering accessing Calar Alto an alternative visit option may be offered for safety reasons, or the visit may altogether be cancelled.




 

Calar Alto telescope (Photo: CAHA)

Calar Alto telescopes are used for a broad range of observations, form the Solar System to cosmology.

Plataforma Solar de Almería

Date and time: Friday 9 October 2020, 8:30-16:00

  • Place: Plataforma Solar de Almeria

About the facility: About the facility: The Almería Solar Platform (PSA), a dependency of the Centro de Investigaciones Energéticas, Medioambientales y Tecnológicas (CIEMAT), is the largest and most complete R+D centre in the World devoted to solar thermal concentrating systems and its applications. PSA activities are integrated in the CIEMAT organisation (CIEMAT is a member of the Local Organising Committee as we explain in Section 4) as an R&D division of the Department of Energy. It is also a partner of the EU-SOLARIS consortium, ESFRI Project included in the 2018 ESFRI roadmap. PSA is also a Unique Scientific and Technical Infrastructures (ICTS) of Govern of Spain.

The good solar conditions, its diverse solar facilities and the highly-skilled PSA staff, provide a unique infrastructure for R+D, evaluation, demonstration, technology transfer, training and education regarding solar thermal energy applications. PSA is located in southeastern Spain, in the Tabernas Desert at 37º05’27.8” north and 2º21’19” west. It receives a direct annual insolation of more than 1900 kWh/(m2xyear) and the average annual temperature is around 17ºC. PSA counts with over 40 years of experience in the operation, maintenance and evaluation of solar thermal concentrating systems, their components and different types of commercial applications. At present, PSA has a large variety of experimental installations and laboratories (28 large facilities and 10 labs) for R+D activities related to solar thermal concentrating systems.

Approximate schedule for the visit will be 8:30-16:00, with the bus leaving and departing from the Granada Congress Centre. This visit will include a picnic lunch or similar. Due to visitor restrictions in the Observatory, there will be only one bus accessing the premises and visiting the facility.

Registration: Register using the BSBF2020 registration portal. Registration is required no later than 9 September 2020.

Conditions and tickets:

  • Time slots will be given on a first come-first serve basis – maximum 50 participants
  • Signups will receive a personal site visit ticket one week before BSBF2020
  • Site visits are offered free-of-charge to BSBF2020 participants
  • Cancellation is possible before 9 September 2020, via the registration module
  • BSBF2020 or the hosting organisations cannot be made responsible for any possible delays. We recommend you to make your personal travel arrangements accordingly – especially if you travel on 9 October
  • If weather creates unsafe driving conditions for bus tours an alternative visit option may be offered for safety reasons, or the visit may altogether be cancelled

Solar reflectors at the Almería Solar Platform (Photo: PSA)

 PSA is the largest and most complete R+D centre in the World devoted to solar thermal concentrating systems.