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Publications

NREL develops publications, including technical reports and papers, about its R&D activities in concentrating solar power, as well as related information. Below you'll find a list of selected NREL publications concerning these activities.

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Selected Publications

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Utility-Scale Power Tower Solar Systems: Performance Acceptance Test Guidelines
NREL Subcontract Report
Author: David Kearney - Kearney & Associates
Publication Date: March 2013

Simulating the Value of Concentrating Solar Power with Thermal Energy Storage in a Production Cost Model
NREL Technical Report
Authors: Denholm, P.; Hummon, M.
Publication Date: November 2012

Summary of: Simulating the Value of Concentrating Solar Power with Thermal Energy Storage in a Production Cost Model
NREL Presentation
Authors: Denholm, P.; Hummon, M.
Publication Date: February 2013

The Potential Role of Concentrating Solar Power in Enabling High Renewables Scenarios in the United States
NREL Technical Report
Authors: Denholm, P.; Hand, M.; Mai, T.; Margolis, R.; Brinkman, G.; Drury, E.; Mowers, M.; Turchi, C.
Publication Date: October 2012

Enabling Greater Penetration of Solar Power via the Use of CSP with Thermal Energy Storage
NREL Technical Report
Authors: Denholm, P.; Mehos, M.
Publication Date: November 2011

Community Response to Concentrating Solar Power in the San Luis Valley
NREL Subcontract Report
Authors: B.C. Farhar, L.M. Hunter, T.M. Kirkland, and K.J. Tierney (University of Colorado-Boulder)
Publication Date: July 2010

Solar Power and the Electric Grid, Energy Analysis
Fact Sheet
Author: NREL Energy Analysis
Publication Date: March 2010

Concentrating Solar Power Commercial Application Study: Reducing Water Consumption of Concentrating Solar Power Electricity Generation
Report to Congress
Author: U.S Department of Energy

Modeling Photovoltaic and Concentrating Solar Power Trough Performance, Cost, and Financing with the Solar Advisor Model
NREL Conference Paper (Preprint)
Event: Solar 2008 Conference, May 3-8, 2008, San Diego, California
Authors: Blair, N.; Mehos, M.; Christensen, C.; Cameron, C.

Economic, Energy, and Environmental Benefits of Concentrating Solar Power in California
NREL Subcontract Report
Authors: Stoddard, L.; Abiecunas, J.; O'Connell, R.
Publication Date: April 2006

The Potential Economic Impact of Constructing and Operating Solar Power Generation Facilities in Nevada
NREL Subcontract Report
Authors: Schwer, R.K.; Riddel, M.
Publication Date: February 2004

Executive Summary: Assessment of Parabolic Trough and Power Tower Solar Technology Cost and Performance Forecasts
NREL Subcontract Report
Author: Sargent & Lundy LLC Consulting Group
Publication Date: October 2003

Assessment of Parabolic Trough and Power Tower Solar Technology Cost and Performance Forecasts
NREL Subcontract Report
Author: Sargent & Lundy LLC Consulting Group
Publication Date: October 2003

Assessing the Potential for Renewable Energy on Public Lands
U.S. Department of Energy Report
Publication Date: February 2003

Brighter than a Hundred Suns: Solar Power for the Southwest
NREL Subcontract Report
Authors: Leitner, A.; Owens, B.
Publication Date: January 2003

Fuel from the Sky: Solar Power's Potential for Western Energy Supply
NREL Subcontract Report:
Author: Leitner, A.
Publication Date: July 2002