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Title: Design and Construction of the APS 1-MWe Parabolic Trough Power Plant

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Research Org.:
National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
889927
DOE Contract Number:
AC36-99-GO10337
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: Solar Engineering 2006: Proceedings of the ASME 2006 International Solar Energy Conference (ISEC2006), 9-13 July 2006, Denver, Colorado; Included as part of Solar 2006 (CD-ROM) containing Proceedings of 35th ASES Annual Conference, Proceedings of 31st National Passive Solar Conference, Proceedings of the 1st Renewable Energy Policy and Marketing Conference, and Proceedings of the ASME 2006 International Solar Energy Conference; Related Information: Paper No. ISEC2006-99139
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
14 SOLAR ENERGY; CONSTRUCTION; DESIGN; POWER PLANTS; SOLAR ENERGY; Solar Energy - Thermal

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Canada, S., Brosseau, D. A., and Price, H.. Design and Construction of the APS 1-MWe Parabolic Trough Power Plant. United States: N. p., 2006. Web.
Canada, S., Brosseau, D. A., & Price, H.. Design and Construction of the APS 1-MWe Parabolic Trough Power Plant. United States.
Canada, S., Brosseau, D. A., and Price, H.. Sun . "Design and Construction of the APS 1-MWe Parabolic Trough Power Plant". United States. doi:.
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