Components Makeover Gives Concentrating Solar Power a Boost

    Research output: NRELFact Sheet


    Parabolic trough technology is the most mature of the various concentrating solar power (CSP) options. But scientists at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) continue to make advances on trough systems through innovative research on various components in industrial partnerships with Acciona Solar Power, SkyFuel, Schott Solar, and others. The results are leading to improved systemefficiencies and lower costs for CSP plants.
    Original languageAmerican English
    Number of pages2
    StatePublished - 2010

    NREL Publication Number

    • NREL/FS-6A42-49154


    • Acciona Solar Power
    • concentrating solar power (CSP)
    • gossamer space frames
    • heat-collection element
    • Nevada Solar One
    • optics
    • parabolic trough
    • plastic film
    • polymer films
    • R&D 100
    • reflectance
    • ReflecTech mirror film
    • Schott Solar
    • SGX-1
    • silver
    • silvered acrylic reflector film
    • Skyfuel
    • skyTrough
    • solar energy generating system (SEGS)
    • Solargenix
    • support frame
    • thermal efficiency


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