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Parthiv Kurup

CSP Cost and Systems Analyst


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

Research Interests

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 2013December 2014
Gas Turbine Site Engineer, E.ON AG (was the largest power utility in Germany and the UK, 2008;2013)

Featured Publications

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 ManufacturingGolden, 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 StatesGolden, 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 PlantsGolden, 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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