Julian Blanco Gálvez. Born in Almería (Spain) on 16th August, 1960. Dipl. Industrial Engineer by the Escuela Superior de Ingenieros (Seville, 1984), Master in Environmental Sciences by the Instituto de Investigaciones Ecológicas (Málaga, 1994); PhD by the University of Almería (2002). Dept. of Applied Physic. Senior Researcher of the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science with more than 20 years of experience in solar concentrating technologies and their applications. Head of the Environmental Applications of Solar Energy unit at Plataforma Solar de Almeria (Spain) and Operating Agent of SolarPACES Task VI (Solar Energy and Water Processes and Applications). He has been involved in 16 European Union projects (7 of them as leader/coordinator), 15 National R&D Projects and 6 R&D Contracts (with Private Companies) all of the related with the development of Solar processes and technologies. Author of 4 patents, author/co-author of 7 full books, and 18 chapters in different books; he also has more than 70 publications in indexed international journals and more than 150 contributions to about 75 different International Congress and Symposiums. He received the Jury’s award of the “European Grand Prix for Innovation Awards” (2004).
Sixto Malato. Born in Almería (Spain) on 10th May, 1964. Dipl. Chemistry (Chemical Engineering) by Facultad de Ciencias of University of Granada (1987). Master in Environmental Sciences by the Instituto de Investigaciones Ecológicas (Málaga, 1994). PhD in Chemical Engineering at the University of Almería (1997). He works at the Plataforma Solar de Almeria (PSA-CIEMAT) in all the projects linked to water treatment. Concretely, he has been involved in 15 EU and 15 National related to the development of solar wastewater treatment technologies, and has been involved in the design and construction of all the experimental pilot plants for solar detoxification of industrial waste water in Europe. He is author of 1 book and co-author of 8 books as well as 36 chapters in others. He has also co-authored more than 130 publications in indexed international journals and 4 patents. The Jury’s Grand Prix of “European Grand Prix for Innovation Awards”. 2004, Mónaco