Concentrating Solar Power Best Practices Study

Mark Mehos, Hank Price, Robert Cable, David Kearney, Bruce Kelly, Gregory Kolb, Frederick Morse

Research output: NRELTechnical Report


The primary objective of this Concentrating Solar Power Best Practices Study is to publish best practices and lessons learned from the engineering, construction, commissioning, operations, and maintenance of existing concentrating solar power (CSP) parabolic trough and power tower systems. To accomplish this objective, information was solicited from many owners, operators, and engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contractors, independent engineers, and other stakeholders of parabolic trough and central receiver plants (also commonly referred to as power towers). Information was gathered through in-person or online meetings, site visits, and questionnaires sent to participants. The project team held about 50 information-gathering sessions with participants over the course this effort; and in the process, it collected information from participants representing nearly 80% of CSP plants operating worldwide.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages269
StatePublished - 2020

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/TP-5500-75763


  • CSP
  • parabolic trough
  • power tower
  • solar


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