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2006 Parabolic Trough Technology Workshop

The Parabolic Trough Technology Workshop was held on February 14-16, 2006, in Incline Village, Nevada. It had three goals:

  • Exchanging technical information
  • Collaborating on SolarPaces projects: receiver testing and dry cooling
  • Gathering industry input on laboratory R&D directions.

The workshop featured presentations on the following topics:

The following documents are available as Adobe Acrobat PDFs. Download Adobe Reader.

Attendee List: (PDF 31 KB)

Parabolic Trough Power Plant Project Developments

ENEA Activities on CSP (Concentrating Solar Power) Technologies

Presentation Posted with Permission: (PDF 1.8 MB)
Presenter/Author: Maccari, A. (ENEA GmbH)

APS 1-MWe & Solargenix 64-MWe Nevada Solar One Project Status

Presentation Posted with Permission: (PDF 827 KB)
Author: Gee, R. (Solargenix)
Presenter: Price, H. (NREL)

Need for Regulatory Revisions to Successfully Secure, CSP (Concentrating Solar Power) Projects in the US: Lessons from Spain

Presentation Posted with Permission: (PDF 2.8 MB)
Presenter/Author: Aringhoff, R. (Solar Millennium)

Western Governors' Association, Clean and Diversified Energy Initiative: Solar Task Force Report

Presentation Posted with Permission: (PDF 309 KB)
Presenter: Kearney, D. (Kearney & Associates)

Status and Strategic Next Steps of Global Market Initiative for CSP (Concentrating Solar Power)

Presentation Posted with Permission: (PDF 1.2 MB)
Presenter/Author: Aringhoff, R. (Solar Millennium)

SEIA (Solar Energy Industry Association) — R&D Committee

Presentation Posted with Permission: (PDF 164 KB)
Presenter/Author: Marker, A. (Schott Research and Development)

Also see our publications on parabolic trough technology research and development.

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Parabolic Trough Receiver Testing

Parabolic Trough Receiver Testing, Thermal Loss Tests

Presentation Posted with Permission: (PDF 722 KB)
Presenter: Lüpfert, E. (German Aerospace Center DLR)

Hydrogen Problem

Presentation Not Posted
Presenter/Author: Benz, N. (Schott Solar Thermal Business Unit)

Parabolic Trough Receiver Infrared Camera Field Test Results

U.S. Department of Energy Presentation: (PDF 553 KB)
Presenter/Author: Price, H. (NREL)

Trough Receiver Heat Loss Testing

NREL Presentation: (PDF 645 KB)
Presenter/Author: Lewandowski, A.
Other Authors: Feik, C.; Hansen, R.; Phillips, S.; Bingham, C.; Netter, J.; Forristal, R.; Burkholder, F.; Meglan, B.; Wolfrum, E.

Also see our publications and resources on parabolic trough receivers.

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Parabolic Trough Concentrator Testing

Parabolic Trough Optical Performance Analysis Techniques

Presentation Posted with Permission: (PDF 2 MB)
Presenter/Author: Lüpfert, E. (German Aerospace Center DLR)

Parabolic Trough VSHOT Optical Characterization in 2005-2006

U.S. Department of Energy Presentation: (PDF 772 KB)
Author: Wendelin, T. (NREL)
Presenter: Lewandowski, A. (NREL)

Practical Field Alignment of Parabolic Trough Concentrators

Presentation Posted with Permission: (PDF 995 KB)
Author: Diver, R. (Sandia National Laboratories)
Presenter/Author: Brosseau, D. (Sandia National Laboratories)

Also see our publications and resources on parabolic trough concentrators.

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Parabolic Trough Thermal Energy Storage

Assessment of Thermal Energy Storage for Parabolic Trough Solar Power Plants

Presentation Posted with Permission: (PDF 209 KB)
Presenter/Author: Kearney, D. (Kearney & Associates)

Thermal Storage Concept for a 50 MW Trough Power Plant in Spain

Presentation Posted with Permission: (PDF 1.5 MB)
Presenter/Author: Nava, P. (FlagSol GmbH)

Inorganic Molten Salt Thermal Storage R&D

U.S. Department of Energy Presentation: (PDF 332 KB)
Presenter/Author: Brosseau, D. (Sandia National Laboratories)

APS 1-MWe Parabolic Trough Thermocline Storage Design and Modeling

U.S. Department of Energy Presentation: (PDF 519 KB)
Presenter/Author: Brosseau, D. (Sandia National Laboratories)

TRNSYS Modeling of 1 MWe Saguaro Plant

Presentation Posted with Permission: (PDF 267 KB)
Presenter/Author: Kolb, G. (Sandia National Laboratories)

Proposed Bench-Scale Tests to Investigate Recovery from Salt Freeze-Up Events in Trough Fields

Presentation Posted with Permission: Sandia National Laboratories (PDF 168 KB)
Presenter/Author: Kolb, G. (Sandia National Laboratories)

ENEA Activities on CSP (Concentrating Solar Power) Technologies

Presentation Posted with Permission: (PDF 1.8 MB)
Presenter/Author: Maccari, A. (ENEA GmbH)

Concrete and Phase-Change TES (Thermal Energy Storage)

Presentation Posted with Permission: (PDF 2.1 MB)
Presenter/Author: Tamme, R. (German Aerospace Center DLR)

Also see our publications on parabolic trough thermal energy storage.

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Parabolic Trough Power Plant — Dry and Wet Cooling

Cooling for Parabolic Trough Power Plants: Overview

U.S. Department of Energy Presentation: (PDF 272 KB)
Presenter/Author: Price, H. (NREL)

Heat Rejection for Trough Rankine Cycles

Presentation Posted with Permission: (PDF 51 KB)
Presenter/Author: Kelly, B. (Nexant Inc.)

Hybrid Wet/Dry Cooling for Power Plants

NREL Presentation: (PDF 1.1 MB)
Presenter/Author: Kutscher, C.

Also see our publications available on dry, wet and hybrid cooling.

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Parabolic Trough Power Plant Design

Large Plant Studies

Presentation Posted with Permission: (PDF 959 KB)
Presenter/Author: Kelly, B. (Nexant Inc.)

Also see our publications on parabolic trough power plant systems.

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