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  • Main Title Parabolic Trough Reference Plant for Cost Modeling with the Solar Advisor Model (SAM)


  • Author: Turchi, C.
    Creator Type: Personal


  • Sponsor: United States. Department of Energy.
    Contributor Type: Organization
    Contributor Info: USDOE


  • Name: National Renewable Energy Laboratory (U.S.)
    Place of Publication: Golden, Colorado
    Additional Info: National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, CO.


  • Creation: 2010-07-01


  • English


  • Content Description: This report describes a component-based cost model developed for parabolic trough solar power plants. The cost model was developed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), assisted by WorleyParsons Group Inc., for use with NREL's Solar Advisor Model (SAM). This report includes an overview and explanation of the model, two summary contract reports from WorleyParsons, and an Excel spreadsheet for use with SAM. The cost study uses a reference plant with a 100-MWe capacity and six hours of thermal energy storage. Wet-cooling and dry-cooling configurations are considered. The spreadsheet includes capital and operating cost by component to allow users to estimate the impact of changes in component costs.
  • Physical Description: 112 pp.


  • Keyword: Contracts
  • Keyword: Nrel
  • Keyword: Solar Power Plants
  • Keyword: Csp
  • Keyword: Plants
  • Keyword: Thermal Energy Storage
  • Keyword: National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • Keyword: Simulation
  • Keyword: Electricity, Resources, And Buildings Systems
  • Keyword: Solar Advisor Model
  • STI Subject Categories: 97 Mathematics And Computing
  • Keyword: Worleyparsons
  • Keyword: Parabolic Trough
  • STI Subject Categories: 14 Solar Energy
  • Keyword: Uses Csp
  • Keyword: Cost Modeling
  • Keyword: Capital
  • Keyword: Cost
  • Keyword: Operating Cost
  • Keyword: Wet Cooling
  • Keyword: Dry Cooling
  • Keyword: Capacity
  • Keyword: Spreadsheet
  • Keyword: Energy Storage
  • Keyword: Solar Energy - Thermal
  • Keyword: Component-Based


  • Name: Office of Scientific & Technical Information Technical Reports
    Code: OSTI


  • Name: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
    Code: UNTGD

Resource Type

  • Report


  • Text


  • Report No.: NREL/TP-550-47605
  • Grant Number: AC36-08GO28308
  • DOI: 10.2172/983729
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 983729
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc1014055