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A collage of Concentrating Solar Power photographs. The first photo shows a dish-engine solar system. The second is of a SAIC Stirling dish collector. And the third photo shows a SkyTrough solar concentrator located on a mesa top.

NREL collaborates with industry to further the research and development (R&D) of concentrating solar power (CSP) plant and solar thermal technologies.

NREL's projects in concentrating solar power focus on components R&D and systems analysis related to power tower and parabolic trough technologies:

In addition, NREL has received funding through the following competitively awarded projects:

Learn more about NREL's capabilities by reading the following fact sheets.

NREL's concentrating solar power research supports the U.S. Department of Energy's SunShot Initiative, through its partnership in SunLab.

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