U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

SunShot Initiative

Component R&D for CSP Systems

The SunShot Initiative goal is to reduce the levelized cost of electricity generated by concentrating solar power (CSP) to $0.06 per kilowatt hour (kWh) or less, without any subsidy, by the year 2020. Concentrating solar power systems have different system configurations, such as trough, tower, linear Fresnel or dish, but they all share similar components. The SunShot CSP program funds research and development within the industry, national laboratories and universities to achieve the technical and economic targets for the following CSP component technologies: