Dear authors and readers of the JSEE,

As present Editor of the ASME Journal of Solar Energy Engineering, this is my great pleasure to introduce and promote this August special edition on Concentrated Solar Power and Fuels (CSP and CSF). I have been working as a research scientist in this field for more than 35 years, and to me, the publication of such a special issue is all the more pertinent today that the understanding of the potential of CSP to address some of the world’s pressing problems is currently spreading worldwide among the scientific and political institutions.

On this topic, the SolarPACES Conference, the first conference devoted to CSP and CSF, is a good illustration of the increasing interest in concentrated solar technologies. This renowned international conference aims at giving the most comprehensive overview of what is the current state of the art in Concentrated Solar Power and Chemical...

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