Solar Process Heat Potential in California, USA

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The cost for solar industrial process heat (SIPH) is quantified by defining the levelized cost of heat (LCOH). The state of California, in the United States offers a favorable environment for SIPH given its excellent insolation, industrial gas prices typically higher than the national average, and policies promoting solarthermal deployment. Given historically low gas prices, competing with natural gas remains the primary challenge to deployment. However, this study finds that the solar LCOH from Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) collectors for many regions in California is expected to be lower than the LCOH from natural gas, using a representative installed solar hardware price and the average price for industrial natural gas in California. Lastly, modifications are in progress to the parabolic trough and Direct Steam Generation (DSG) trough and Linear Fresnel models within NREL's System Advisor Model (SAM) to allow users to more easily predict performance for these industrial heat and steam-generation applications.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages11
StatePublished - 2016
EventEuroSun 2016 - Palma de Mallorca, Spain
Duration: 11 Oct 201614 Oct 2016


ConferenceEuroSun 2016
CityPalma de Mallorca, Spain

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CP-6A20-67171


  • California
  • CSP
  • IPH
  • LCOH
  • parabolic trough
  • SIPH
  • solar industrial process heat


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