BIO


A life under the sun


Miguel Frasquet is the co-founder and CEO of SOLATOM, a clean-tech company specialized in solar steam generation for industrial process heat. Miguel leads the company’s business development and strategy. He holds a PhD in Solar Energy from the University of Sevilla, two master’s degrees, one in thermal energy systems, and another one in Solar energy. He earned his MBA from the Almería University where he specialized in international business and languages (German).

Prior to SOLATOM, Miguel was the Solar R&D director at CTAER where he led the research group located in Tabernas (Almería). Miguel joined the company during the construction of the VGCRS experimental facilities (Variable Geometry Central Receiver System), where he was in charge of the technical supervision. During his four years at CATER, he also coordinated the participation of the company is several European projects, including EU-SOLARIS, BIOSTIRLING 4 SKA and STAGE-STE.

Miguel has significant international experience, having worked as a research engineer in Masdar University (Abu Dhabi, UAE), China University of Petroleum (Beijing, China) and Stellenbosch University (Stellenbosch, South Africa). During his PhD, Miguel worked at Industrial Solar (Germany), where he was involved in the construction of the first project in Jordan using solar energy to generate steam for process heat (RAM Pharma).

During his career Miguel has been active in the solar panel of the European technology platform for heating and cooling (as member of the steering committee), and in the Spanish technology platform for Solar Concentrating Systems (Solar Concentra), where he was in charge of the technical coordination during its initial years. Since 2020 he also works as consultant for CSP systems at IRENA (International Renewable Energy Agency).

A life under the sun


Miguel Frasquet is the co-founder and CEO of SOLATOM, a clean-tech company specialized in solar steam generation for industrial process heat. Miguel leads the company’s business development and strategy. He holds a PhD in Solar Energy from the University of Sevilla, two master’s degrees, one in thermal energy systems, and another one in Solar energy. He earned his MBA from the Almería University where he specialized in international business and languages (German).

Prior to SOLATOM, Miguel was the Solar R&D director at CTAER where he led the research group located in Tabernas (Almería. Miguel has significant international experience, having worked as a research engineer in Masdar University (Abu Dhabi, UAE), China University of Petroleum (Beijing, China) and Stellenbosch University (Stellenbosch, South Africa).

During his career Miguel has been active in the solar panel of the European technology platform for heating and cooling (as member of the steering committee), and in the Spanish technology platform for Solar Concentrating Systems (Solar Concentra). Since 2020 he also works as consultant for CSP systems at IRENA (International Renewable Energy Agency).

A life under the sun


Miguel Frasquet is the co-founder and CEO of SOLATOM, a clean-tech company specialized in solar steam generation for industrial process heat. Miguel leads the company’s business development and strategy. He holds a PhD in Solar Energy from the University of Sevilla, two master’s degrees, one in thermal energy systems, and another one in Solar energy. He earned his MBA from the Almería University where he specialized in international business and languages (German).

Una vida bajo el sol


Miguel Frasquet es cofundador y CEO de SOLATOM, una empresa de energías renovables especializada en la generación de vapor solar para procesos industriales. Miguel lidera el desarrollo comercial y la estrategia de la empresa. Es doctor en Energía Solar por la Universidad de Sevilla, tiene dos másteres, uno en sistemas de energía térmica y otro en Energía Solar. Obtuvo su MBA en la Universidad de Almería donde se especializó en negocios internacionales e idiomas (alemán).

Antes de crear SOLATOM, Miguel fue el director de I+D Solar en el CTAER, donde dirigió el grupo de investigación ubicado en Tabernas (Almería). Miguel se incorporó a la empresa durante la construcción de las instalaciones experimentales de Geometría Variable, donde estuvo a cargo de la supervisión técnica. Durante sus cuatro años en CTAER, también coordinó la participación de la empresa en varios proyectos europeos, entre ellos EU-SOLARIS, BIOSTIRLING 4 SKA y STAGE-STE.

Miguel tiene una importante experiencia internacional, habiendo trabajado como ingeniero de investigación en Masdar Institute (Abu Dhabi, Emiratos Árabes Unidos), la Universidad del Petróleo de China (Beijing, China) y la Universidad Stellenbosch (Stellenbosch, Sudáfrica). Durante su doctorado, Miguel trabajó en Industrial Solar (Alemania), donde participó en la construcción del primer proyecto en Jordania utilizando energía solar para generar vapor de proceso (RAM Pharma).

Durante su carrera, Miguel ha participado el panel solar de la plataforma europea de calefacción y refrigeración (como miembro del comité de dirección), y en la plataforma tecnológica española de Sistemas de Concentración Solar (Solar Concentra), donde estuvo a cargo de la coordinación técnica durante sus primeros años. Desde 2020 también trabaja como consultor de tecnología CSP en IRENA (Agencia Internacional de Energías Renovables).

Una vida bajo el sol


Miguel Frasquet es cofundador y CEO de SOLATOM, una empresa de energías renovables especializada en la generación de vapor solar para procesos industriales. Miguel lidera el desarrollo comercial y la estrategia de la empresa. Es doctor en Energía Solar por la Universidad de Sevilla, tiene dos másteres, uno en sistemas de energía térmica y otro en Energía Solar. Obtuvo su MBA en la Universidad de Almería donde se especializó en negocios internacionales e idiomas (alemán).

Antes de SOLATOM, Miguel fue el director de I+D Solar en el CTAER, donde dirigió el grupo de investigación ubicado en Tabernas (Almería). Miguel tiene una importante trayectoria internacional, habiendo trabajado en el instituto Masdar (Abu Dhabi), la universidad china del petróleo (Pekín) y la universidad de Stellenbosch en Sudáfrica.

Durante su carrera, Miguel ha formado parte del comité de dirección de panel solar de la plataforma europea de calefacción y refrigeración. Igualmente, Miguel coordinó la plataforma tecnológica española de Sistemas de Concentración Solar (Solar Concentra) durante sus primeros años. Desde 2020 también trabaja como consultor de tecnología CSP en IRENA (Agencia Internacional de Energías Renovables).

Una vida bajo el sol


Miguel Frasquet es cofundador y CEO de SOLATOM, una empresa de energías renovables especializada en la generación de vapor solar para procesos industriales. Miguel lidera el desarrollo comercial y la estrategia de la empresa. Es doctor en Energía Solar por la Universidad de Sevilla, tiene dos másteres, uno en sistemas de energía térmica y otro en Energía Solar. Obtuvo su MBA en la Universidad de Almería donde se especializó en negocios internacionales e idiomas (alemán).

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

National Experience (Spain)

SOLATOM

CEO
Jan/2016 - Present

Valencia (Spain)

  • In charge of developing the strategic roadmap of the company
  • Responsible for business development in Spain
  • Connection between SOLATOM and its board of directors

CTAER (Technology Centre for Renewable Energy)

Head of Solar R&D
Sep/2013 - Jan/2016

Tabernas - Almería (Spain)

  • Led the research unit of medium temperature and direct steam generation for industrial processes
  • Coordination of the solar research Dept. (8 members)

CTAER (Technology Centre for Renewable Energy)

Research engineer
Jan/2012 - Sep/2013

Tabernas - Almería (Spain)

  • Designed and led the construction of a central receiver experimental plant using steam as HTF (1 MWt)
  • Successfully led key R&D projects (National and European: SOLARDIS, CRS-Sales, CAPTORSOL)

Ferrostaal Solar S.L.U

Internship - Master thesis
Jun/2011 - Dec/2011

Sevilla (Spain)

  • Developed Monte Carlo thermo-economic models for the optimization of solar power plants (up to 100MWe)

ISER S.L,

Project manager PV
Nov/2008 - Nov/2010

Valencia (Spain)

  • Managed several PV projects (up to 6MWe)

International Experience

International Renewable Energy Agency - IRENA

CSP Consultant
Dec/2020 - Jun/2022

flag Abu Dhabi (UAE) Remote

  • Contract 1: Developed a simulation tool to assess energy yield and financial parameters informing countries of viability of a CSP project site for further investments
  • Contract 2: Developed CSP training materials and exercises targeting stakeholders from ministries, utilities and local project developers

China University of Petroleum

Enhanced Oil Recovery Research Institute
Visiting Researcher
Jul/2015 - Sep/2015

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  • Conducted a feasibility study of Solar Enhanced Oil Recovery in a heavy oil field (Xinjiang, China)
  • Invited lecturer at CES China University of Petroleum

Masdar Institute

Research Center for Energy Mapping & Assessment - RECREMA
Research engineer
Jan/2015 - Apr/2015

flag Abu Dhabi (UAE)

  • Developed an online Molten Salt Tower Performance model for Saudi Arabia and UAE (funded by KACARE)

Industrial Solar GmbH

Visiting researcher
Aug/2014 - Dec/2014

flag Freiburg (Germany)

  • Developed dynamic models for the BOP in direct steam generation using Fresnel collectors
  • Built a 250kWt Fresnel commercial plant using direct steam generation (Amman, JORDAN – 1 month)

University of Stellenbosch

Solar Thermal Energy Research Group - STERG
Visiting researcher
Jun/2014 - Jul/2014

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EDUCATION

Higher education

PhD. Solar Energy

2017 - 2021
Grade: Cum Laude

University of Sevilla (Spain)

Thesis: "Recuperación mejorada de petróleo mediante concentración solar" (written in Spanish)
Solar direct steam generation for Enhanced Oil Recovery applications
Supervisors: Manuel Silva, Jose Guerra (U. Sevilla)

Msc. International Business Administration and Languages

2013 - 2014
Grade: A
ECTS credits: 90

University of Almería UA (Spain)

Thesis: “Wirtschaftliche und politische Überlegungen des Desertec-Konzepts” (Written in German)
Economic and political aspects of the DESERTEC project
Supervisors: Prof. Ana Fe Gil Sierra

Msc. Thermal Energy Systems

2010 - 2012
Grade: A+ First Class Honours gold
ECTS credits: 90

University of Sevilla US (Spain)

Thesis: “Thermo-economic assessment of molten salt solar tower plants” (Written in English)
Supervisors: Paul Cetin, Markus Pfander (Ferrostaal Solar), David Sanchez (U. Sevilla)

Msc. Solar Energy

2010 - 2011
Grade: A
ECTS credits: 60

CIESOL-CIEMAT PSA (Spain)

Thesis: “Diseño y simulación de un lazo de GDV con CCP” (Written in Spanish)
Design and simulation of a Direct Steam Generation loop with parabolic trough collectors
Supervisors: Dr. Eduardo Zarza (Head of Solar Concentrating Systems, CIEMAT –PSA)

Bch. Industrial Engineer

2002 - 2008
Grade: 1.4 Spanish scale
ECTS credits: 375

Valencia Polytechnic University UPV (Spain)

Thesis: “Etude énergétique du bâtiment des arts à Bruxelles” (Written in French)
Study of the energy performance in an office building in Brussels
Supervisors: Jose Manuel Montalva (UPV)

  • Erasmus grant at the Université Libre Bruxelles

    Brussels (Belgium)

    2012 ( 12 months)

Specialization courses

Participation in R&D Projects

Acronym Project Funding programme Budget Company Date
inSHIP Integrating National Research Agendas on Solar Heat for Industrial Processes Horizon 2020 2.9 million € SOLATOM CSP 2018 - 2020
STAGE-STE Scientific and Technological Alliance for Guaranteeing the European Excellence in Concentrating Solar Thermal Energy 7th Framework Programme EU 21.1 million € CTAER 2014 - 2018
Biostirling 4 SKA A cost effective and efficient approach for a new generation of solar dish-Stirling plants based on storage and hybridization 7th Framework Programme EU 5.3 million € CTAER 2013 - 2016
EUSOLARIS The European Solar Research Infrastructure for Concentrated Solar Power 7th Framework Programme EU 5.9 million € CTAER 2012 - 2016

Acronym Project Client/Funding programme Company Date
CALIHPSO CALderas Industriales Hibridadas Por energía SOlar Agencia Valenciana de la Innovación SOLATOM CSP 2021 - Present
MICROGENVASOL micro GENeración de VApor SOLar IVACE SOLATOM CSP 2021 - Present
SOLPINVAP Investigación y Desarrollo de Tecnología SOLar de media temperatura para Procesos Industriales con demanda de VAPor Agencia Valenciana de la Innovación SOLATOM CSP 2020 - 2021
SOLPINTER Investigación y desarrollo de tecnología SOLar de media temperatura para Procesos INndustriales con elevada demanda TERmica Agencia Valenciana de la Innovación SOLATOM CSP 2019 - 2020
CREATEC Investigación y desarrollo de un sistema de concentración de energía solar transportable para su uso en procesos industriales IVACE SOLATOM CSP 2017 - 2018
CHSB Central híbrida Solar-Biomasa ANDALUSIAN Regional government CTAER 2013 - 2016
PTC loop Parabolic trough test bench platform ANDALUSIAN Regional government CTAER 2014 - 2016
Fresnel loop Linear Fresnel test bench platform ANDALUSIAN Regional government CTAER 2014 - 2016
Dish loop Parabolic Dish test bench platform ANDALUSIAN Regional government CTAER 2014 - 2016
RECEPTOR HIBRIDO Desarrollo de la tecnología de receptores híbridos para sistemas termosolares de concentración ANDALUSIAN Regional government CTAER 2012 - 2016
SAMM Automatic cleaning system for variable-geometry central receiver plants CTAER R&D budget CTAER 2014 - 2014
SOLARDIS Tecnología Parabólica para Plantas Solares Spanish CDTI / Endesa Generación CTAER 2012 - 2014
APHOTO ACCIONA Photogrammetry ACCIONA CTAER 2014 - 2014
ACUREX ACUREX-Solar cooling CTAER R&D budget CTAER 2014 - 2014
CRS Sales Prototipo de Receptor Solar de Torre con Sales Fundidas Abengoa Solar NT, SA CTAER 2012 - 2013
CAPTORSOL Captadores Torres Solares Abengoa Solar NT, SA CTAER 2012 - 2013
Tabernas CGV Central Solar de Geometría Variable ANDALUSIAN Regional government CTAER 2012 - 2013
RadCool Radiative cooling test bench CTAER R&D budget CTAER 2013 - 2013

Computer Skills






Languages

flag SpanishNative

flag EnglishFluent

Most of my daily routine is in English. I have lived and worked in 8 different countries using English as vehicular language. I also use academic English fluently since my master's thesis and most of my scientific publications are written in this language. From a business perspective, I led the investment negotiations for BP Ventures (UK) and Katapult (Norway) at SOLATOM in English.

flag FrenchMedium

I learned French at the University and one summer in Paris, where I reached level B2. Later, I spent my Erasmus year in Belgium at the ULB (Francophone university). There I successfully defended my Bachelor's thesis in French. I love Luc Besson's movies and Olivia Ruiz and Noir Desir's music.

flag GermanMedium

I learned German during my MIBAL studies at Almería, where I was the first student to defend his master's thesis in German. Then I moved to Freiburg for 5 months working at Industrial Solar where I reached level B1.2. I travel a lot to Germany for personal reasons and I am still trying to improve my German. Peter Fox is my favorite singer in Germany.