A new technical report “Concentrating Solar Power Gen3 Demonstration Roadmap” was released in January 2017 by NREL in the context of the SunShot Initiative – a program launched in 2011 in the U.S. aiming at making solar thermal electricity cost-competitive with power from conventional power generation technologies by 2020. The report can be downloaded here.
This roadmap addresses and prioritizes research and development (R&D) gaps and lays out the pathway for a “Gen3 CSP Roadmap.” Throughout the roadmap process, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Sandia National Laboratories (Sandia) engaged appropriate stakeholders, including the CSP industry and developers, utilities, and the laboratory and university research and development (R&D) community. An industry-led Technical Review Committee (TRC) was established to guide the roadmap activity. Technology gaps for each of the technology pathways were identified, together with research priorities designed to address them. This information will be used by DOE to inform and prioritize R&D activities leading to one or more technology pathways to be successfully demonstrated at a scale appropriate for future commercialization of the technology.