Generic CSP Performance Model for NREL's System Advisor Model: Preprint

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The suite of concentrating solar power (CSP) modeling tools in NREL's System Advisor Model (SAM) includes technology performance models for parabolic troughs, power towers, and dish-Stirling systems. Each model provides the user with unique capabilities that are catered to typical design considerations seen in each technology. Since the scope of the various models is generally limited to commonplant configurations, new CSP technologies, component geometries, and subsystem combinations can be difficult to model directly in the existing SAM technology models. To overcome the limitations imposed by representative CSP technology models, NREL has developed a 'Generic Solar System' (GSS) performance model for use in SAM. This paper discusses the formulation and performance considerationsincluded in this model and verifies the model by comparing its results with more detailed models.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages10
StatePublished - 2011
EventSolarPACES 2011 - Granada, Spain
Duration: 20 Sep 201123 Sep 2011


ConferenceSolarPACES 2011
CityGranada, Spain

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CP-5500-52473


  • concentrating solar power
  • CSP
  • generic model
  • performance modeling
  • SAM
  • System Advisor Model
  • yield analysis


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