CSP-Plant Modeling Guidelines and Compliance of the System Advisor Model (SAM): Preprint

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Accurately modeling risks, costs, and electricity output is essential to the financing and advancement of concentrating solar power projects. To address this need, a group of CSP experts created a guideline document, titled SolarPACES Guideline for Bankable STE Yield Assessment (1). To make this information more accessible and allow stakeholders to test specific models against the recommendations, the guidelines have been condensed into a spreadsheet-based checklist. The checklist was applied to NREL's System Advisory Model (SAM) CSP modeling software, providing useful feedback to both the checklist group and the SAM development team. This study showed a strong agreement between SAM and the guidelines, demonstrated the use of the guidelines in model validation, and resulted in several recommended improvements to SAM.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages11
StatePublished - 2018
EventSolarPACES Conference 2018 - Casablanca, Morocco
Duration: 2 Oct 20185 Oct 2018


ConferenceSolarPACES Conference 2018
CityCasablanca, Morocco

Bibliographical note

See NREL/CP-5500-74705 for paper as published in AIP proceedings

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CP-5500-72183


  • concentrating solar sower
  • CSP
  • SAM
  • STE
  • System Advisor Model


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