Modular Trough Power Plant Cycle and Systems Analysis

Research output: NRELTechnical Report


This report summarizes an analysis to reduce the cost of power production from modular concentrating solar power plants through a relatively new and exciting concept that merges two mature technologies to produce distributed modular electric power in the range of 500 to 1,500 kWe. These are the organic Rankine cycle (ORC) power plant and the concentrating solar parabolic (CSP) trough technologiesthat have been developed independent of each other over many years.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages118
StatePublished - 2002

Bibliographical note

Includes subcontract reports from: Barber-Nichols; Exergy, Inc.; and Reflective Energies

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/TP-550-31240


  • concentrating solar parabolic trough
  • CSP
  • modular trough power plant
  • ORC
  • organic Rankine cycle (ORC)


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