Solar power plants are typically infrastructures made up of various structures such as flat-plate solar trackers, parabolic concentrators or heliostats.

As the solar energy industry has progressed, these structures have become lightweight, flexible and have low damping. These characteristics make these elements susceptible to aeroelastic instabilities leading to catastrophic failures, even at relatively low wind speeds.

Therefore, accurate determination of aerodynamic loads is crucial for predicting the response of these structures, which is key to optimising them and ultimately reducing project costs.

At the IDR/UPM facilities, we have studied both static and aeroelastic effects due to wind loads on a wide range of solar structures for almost all Spanish companies in the sector.

Below are some examples of the relevant consultancy and testing work we have carried out:



Solar trackers

Axone, Monoline 3H and Monoline 2V Bifacial models

Static and dynamic tests

PV Hardware, 2018



Mono-axial solar tracker

Dynamic tests

NClave, 2018



Heliostat for solar thermal tower installation.

Ari Solar, 2016


The Solana Generating Station

Abengoa Solar, 2011


Our officies

The University Institute of Microgravity "Ignacio Da Riva" is part of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. We have one site at the Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingeniería Aeronáutica y del Espacio, within the Moncloa campus, and another at the Montegacedo campus.

Campus Moncloa / Montegacedo

📍 Plaza Cardenal Cisneros, 3 28040 Madrid, España

📍 Calle de los Ciruelos S/N, 28223 Pozuelo, España



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