Parthiv Kurup is a member of the Distributed Systems and Storage Group in the Strategic Energy Analysis Center.
Areas of Expertise
Understanding and determining costs of commercial to utility scale power generation technology, e.g., power tower, parabolic trough, and linear fresnel
Use and integration of concentrating solar power (CSP) for solar industrial process heat (SIPH) for industrial and desalination applications.
Development of new potential markets for CSP and market analysis, and connecting markets to industrial players
Utilization of the System Advisor Model (SAM) for heat generation of CSP plants
Market knowledge of global CSP markets, e.g., South Africa, India, and Spain
Understanding the emerging trends in additive manufacturing (AM), e.g., metal and polymer technologies
Application and potential costs of AM for renewable energy technologies, e.g., wind blade molds
Bottoms-up costing: [e.g., using design for manufacturing and assembly (DFMA)]. DFMA can, for example, determine the specific manufacturing costs and processes needed to manufacture and assemble parts and components.
Hydropower: supply chain and trade-flow analysis
Look at current and future costs of technologies (e.g. manufacturing at scale, learning
rates, Top-Down analysis, etc.), market and supply chain analysis, and systems analysis
(e.g. with SAM) for energy and heat generation
Focus on CSP, and projects in Wind, Geothermal and Hydropower
Business Development e.g. customer interaction, solution of key Customer problems, scope development of projects and helping the commercialization of research
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Imperial College, 2003–2008, including a year in industry
Prior Work Experience
Director, Renewable Energy Projects London, UK, April 2013–December 2014
Gas Turbine Site Engineer, E.ON AG (was the largest power utility in Germany and the UK, 2008–;2013)
Turchi, C.S, P. Kurup, and G. Zhu. 2016. Revisiting Parabolic Trough Concentrators for Industrial Process Heat in the United States, Presented at ASME 2016, North Carolina, USA.
Kurup, P., and C.S. Turchi. 2016 Potential for solar industrial process heat in the United States: A look at California, Presented at SolarPaces 2015, Cape Town, South Africa.
Chung, D, K. Horowitz, and P. Kurup. 2016. On the Path to SunShot: Emerging Opportunities and Challenges in U.S. Solar Manufacturing. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-7A40-6578.
Kurup, P. and C.S.Turchi. 2015. Initial Investigation into the Potential of CSP Industrial Process Heat for the Southwest United States. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-6A20-64709.
Kurup, P and C.S. Turchi. 2015. Parabolic Trough Collector Cost Update for the System Advisor Model (SAM). Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-6A20-65228.
Turchi, C.S., P. Kurup, S. Akar, and F. Flores. 2015. Domestic Material Content in Molten-Salt Concentrating Solar Power Plants. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-5500-64429.
Cole, W, et. al. 2016. 2016 Annual Technology Baseline (ATB). Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/PR-6A20-66944.
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