Director, Australian solar thermal research initiative, CSIRO

Dr Manuel J Blanco began his role with ASTRI in February 2013, bringing with him almost three decades of academic, research and development managerial experience in the solar field.

Throughout his career, Dr Blanco has focused on advancing state-of-the-art of concentrating solar thermal power technologies (CSPT) and on increasing their market penetration; areas which directly align with ASTRI’s core goals.

He most recently worked with Spain’s National Renewable Energy Centre (CENER), where he was Director of the Solar Thermal Energy Department. During his six years with CENER, Dr Blanco was responsible for the successful establishment, development and management of the department, facilitating solar thermal technology’s penetration into the commercial European market. Dr Blanco led a 24 person-strong department overseeing projects and initiatives with a combined revenue of around €1.3 million per year in 2012.