Performance Contracting for Parabolic Trough Solar Thermal Systems

Howard Brown, Russell Hewett, Andy Walker, Randy Gee, Ken May

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Several applications of solar energy have proven viable in the energy marketplace, due to competitive technology and economic performance. One example is the parabolic trough solar collectors, which use focused solar energy to maximize efficiency and reduce material use in construction. Technical improvements are complemented by new business practices to make parabolic trough solar thermal systems technically and economically viable in an ever widening range of applications. Technical developments in materials and fabrication techniques reduce production cost and expand applications from swimming pool heating and service hot water, to higher-temperature applications such as absorption cooling and process steam. Simultaneously, new financing mechanisms such as a recently awarded US Department of Energy (DOE) Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) indefinite quantity Energy Savings Performance Contract (Super ESPC) facilitate and streamline implementation of the technology in federal facilities such as prisons and military bases.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)33-44
Number of pages12
JournalEnergy Engineering: Journal of the Association of Energy Engineering
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1997

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/JA-550-24383


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