PhD Courses

17th SolNet - Ph.D. course: Solar Thermal Collectors - November 25th - 28th, 2019

The Universitat de les Illes Balears will host the 17th SolNet Ph.D. Course. 

PhD students active in the field of solar thermal engineering are invited to apply to participate in the course. They are required to have profound knowledge on solar heating Systems. 

The upcoming PhD course deals with the main parameters affecting the performance of a solar thermal collector. It provides an overview of the different collector designs and technologies currently available as well as basic tools for the design and analysis of the collector performance. Four lecture days will be dedicated to the topics 

·       Solar thermal collector design and technology (Prof. Dr. Víctor Martínez-Moll, UIB) 
·       Flat plate collector analysis with the tool “Kolector” (Prof. Dr. Tomas Matuska, ČVUT) 
·       Optics for solar collectors (Prof. Dr. Ramon Pujol-Nadal, UIB) 
·       Optics simulation with the tool "OTSun" (Prof. Dr. Ramon Pujol-Nadal, UIB)

 Deadline for Applications: September 2nd, 2019  

The course fee is 50 €, due at course registration. Accommodation and meals are not included. 

Please register here!


Prof. Dr. Ulrike Jordan, Institute of Thermal Engineering, Kassel University 

SolNet is an international PhD network founded in 2006, coordinated by the University of Kassel, Germany. Besides PhD courses, the network offered more than 20 PhD scholarships in the field of solar thermal engineering in the framework of EU early stage research training projects. 

Training activities

Before the start of the SHINE project, nine PhD level courses had been carried out at member universities within SolNet. During the project, five more were completed during the first half of 2014 and spring 2016.

The PhD courses are open to all PhD students, although only SHINE students are guaranteed places. The number of students generally ranges from 20 to 30, the courses being a networking forum for young researchers in solar thermal energy.

The training events generally contain the following parts:

  • Student work at home university or companies (including preparation of presentations and reports)
  • Plenary and work package meetings of the SHINE project
  • A training module about a specified topic (usually 4 days)
  • Additional workshops and/or special lectures/presentations by associated or other industry partners
  • Technical visits to built examples and/or factories

SHINE - Solar Heat Integration Network (2013 -2017)

Course 16:
June 27th - 30th, 2017

University of Innsbruck

System Integration

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Final SHINE Meeting

Course 15:

April 2nd – April 9th, 2016

University of Kassel


Applications of Large Solar Heating Systems

District Heating, Industrial Processes and Sorption Materials

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Technical Tour

Workshop: Soft-Skills

Course 14:

March 23rd – 26th, 2015

University of the Balearic Islands

Solar Thermal Collectors


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Technical Tour

Course 13:

May 17th - 23rd, 2014

Technical University of Denmark

Heat Storage for Solar Heating Systems

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Technical Tour


Course 12:

February 10th -15th, 2014

University of Innsbruck

Computational Thermal Engineering

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Course 11:

February 4th to 7th, 2014

University of Innsbruck


System Integration

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Technical Tour

Workshop: Polysun

Kick-off Meeting of SHINE


SolNet II (2010 - 2012)

Course 9:

July 16th – July 20th, 2012

University of Innsbruck

System Integration of solar thermal plants and Computational Thermal Engineering


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Course 8:

August 23rd – 27th, 2011

University of Kassel

Solar heat for industrial processes, district heating and air conditioning

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SolNet I (2006-2010)

Course 7:

September 23rd - 26th, 2009

Renewable Energies and Energy Efficiency

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Course 6:

February 4th – 9th, 2009

Czech Technical University, Prague

Advanced solar collectors

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Course 5:

Sept. 29th  - October 3rd, 2008

University of Lleida

Phase change materials and Photovoltaic/Thermal modules

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Course 4:

March 3rd – 11th, 2008

Polytechnic University of Milan

Solar Cooling

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Course 3:

October 10th – 17th, 2007

Technical University of Denmark, Lyngby

Thermal stratification in solar storage tanks

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Course 2:

March 26th  – April 4th, 2007

Graz University of Technology

System Integration, Computational Thermal Engineering and Presentational

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Course 1:

January 22nd – 31st, 2007

Dalarna University, Borlänge

Dynamic Simulation of Systems and Cultural Context of Energy Systems

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