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

SunShot Initiative

Concentrating Solar Power SunShot Research and Development

In June 2012, DOE announced the awardees of the Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) SunShot Research and Development (Program Fact Sheet) funding opportunity as follows (Summary of the projects and funding):

Approach

The SunShot CSP R&D program seeks to accelerate progress toward the cost target of $0.06 per kilowatt-hour through novel and revolutionary research into CSP technologies. The awardees are working to produce dramatic improvements in CSP performance and cost by:

  • Increasing system efficiency through higher-temperature operations
  • Minimizing optical and thermal efficiency losses in the system
  • Reducing the cost of the solar field.

Innovation

This applied research program supports technological developments that have the potential for dramatic improvements over existing commercial and near-commercial CSP systems. The revolutionary concepts being explored by the awardees target each subsystem, including collectors, receivers, power cycles, and associated hardware.