Welcome at CSP Services Gmbh


CSP Services GmbH, Concentrating Solar Power Services, is a spin-off company of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Cologne, Germany, with know-how licensed from DLR. CSPS offers engineering and consulting services for developers, operators and owners of solar thermal power plants applying innovative and specific measurement techniques to assure high performance solar fields.

Besides the know-how in standard measurement technologies, special techniques such as close range photogrammetry and deflectometry together with specially developed evaluation and assessment tools serve the clients for prototype evaluation, quality assurance, inspection and performance improvement of solar fields in concentrating solar power plants (i.e. parabolic troughs, heliostats, Fresnel systems, dishes). CSPS supports its clients to decrease risks, increase project performance, and gain competitiveness in the growing concentrating solar power market sector.

Our range of products and services includes the geometric quality assurance systems QFoto (3D point measurements of large structures in series production) and QDec (high-resolution shape measurements of reflective surfaces in series production) for application in solar power plants. For solar irradiation resource assessment we supply the weather stations MDI (for DNI measurement at remote sites) and MHP (for high-precision DNI measurement and solar power plant monitoring). With our mobile solar field measurement services we assess the quality of all kinds of solar concentrators and optimize solar field performance. Our consulting services cover specific topics such as feasibility studies, owner’s engineering, permitting engineering, conceptual design and basic engineering, technical reviews and operation monitoring. We also produce and offer robust and economic photogrammetry accessory equipment. Selected standard components are listed in our online catalog.

October 2019
CSP Services is proud to be Bronze Sponsor of the SolarPACES 2019 conference in South Korea. You are welcome to visit our booth BL2 and experience our newest products and services. We are presenting two exciting papers at the SolarPACES conference: “Reducing LCOE through Measurement-Based Quality Assurance in Solar Fields” and ”Evaluation of an All Sky Imager Based Nowcasting System for Distinct Conditions and Five Sites”.

July 2019
CSP Services together with the German Aerospace Center (DLR) received the CSP Technology Innovation Award at the CSPPLAZA International CSP Conference in Suzhou, China, for the innovative QFly aerial inspection system. The airborne characterization of a parabolic trough solar field is the most efficient and time saving approach to improve its performance and to optimize maintenance.

November 2018
Dr. Thomas Thaufelder, a highly experienced and renowned expert in the CSP sector, has joined the CSP SERVICES team. Thomas’ highly valuable experience perfectly complements our existing portfolio of consulting services, permitting us to offer additional services like owner’s engineering, basic engineering, conceptual plant design and design of thermal storage systems.

November 2018
Our project manager This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. will be present at the CSP Madrid 2018 conference & exhibition held on November 13-14, in Madrid, Spain. Please contact him, if you like to get information about our products & services at first hand.

October 2018
Press Release: Drone-based solar field inspection service QFly continues market penetration. CSP Services offers the award winning technology QFly for industrial applications now also in Morocco after having started cooperation with a Moroccan partner, Farasha Systems SARL. The aerial measurement service QFly is used for a quick, precise and comprehensive optical characterization of large-scale solar fields to increase efficiency, lower risks and reduce costs of CSP plants.

October 2018
Our managing director, Dr. Steffen Ulmer, will speak at the CSP Focus Innovation 2018 conference in Xi’an, China, about the enormous potential of our new airborne measurement system QFly. It is a fully-automatic system used for optical characterization of large-scale solar fields to increase efficiency, lower risks and reduce costs of CSP plants.

October 2018
CSP Services will be Bronze Sponsor of the SolarPACES 2018 conference October 2-5, 2018 in Casablanca, Morocco. We will present a paper on the “Development of a High-Resolution Measurement System for Mirrored Heliostats in Series Production”.

June 2018
We are sponsor, exhibitor and key note speaker at the China International CSP Station Conference on June 20-22, 2018, organized by CSPPLAZA in Beijing, China.

April 2018
"CATCHING MORE SUN" is an exciting article about CSP Services history and the capabilities of optimizing Concentrated Solar Power Plants, published by the German Aerospace Center (DLR) Magazine Number 157

September 2017
CSP Services is once more Bronze Sponsor of the SolarPACES 2017 conference to be held from September 26-29, 2017, in Santiago de Chile.

June 2017
CSP Services is proud that their Spanish subsidiary CSP Services España, S.L. received for the second consecutive year a special recognition for their high efforts in labor security and zero accident rate on June 16, 2017.

June 2017
We are sponsor, exhibitor and key note speaker at the China International CSP Station Conference on June 14-16, 2017, organized by CSPPLAZA in Hangzhou, China.

May 2017
We are presenting our Rotating Shadowband Irradimeter (RSI) as economic solution for the combined measurement of global, diffuse and solar beam irradiance at the Intersolar Europe fair in Munich. CSPS uses this sensor for solar resource assessments worldwide.

December 2016
Innovative cloud nowcasting system installed in Spanish parabolic trough plant La Africana within the WOBAS R&D project. In future, WOBAS will be linked with the forecast system CSP-FoSyS, which provides meteorological and production forecasts for up to 14 days. Please see our information sheet.

September 2016
CSP Services was selected as qualified provider for solar resource measurement services in future World Bank procurements. CSP Services already carried out a solar resource measurement campaign at nine measurement sites in Pakistan. The ground measurement data are available on Energydata website.

August 2015
NamPower assigns CSP Services to supply automatic weather stations and services for a CSP road map and the establishment of commercial CSP plants in Namibia

May 2015
CSP Services commissions first QFoto-R Tandem System for assembly quality control of 127 m² large parabolic trough collector structures

October 2014
CSP Services provides automatic weather stations for a World Bank project to investigate Pakistan’s potential for the exploitation of solar energy

September 2014
CSP Services’ innovative work on Rotating Shadowband Irradiometers (RSIs) for measurement of direct solar irradiance has been awarded with the SolarPACES Technology Innovation Award 2014 for Norbert Geuder and Stefan Wilbert. The RSI’s outstanding technical features are a success of our collaboration with DLR and include a sophisticated calibration procedure, an innovative twin sensor head and an optional measurement of sunshape patented by DLR

April 2014
High precision photogrammetry equipment powered by CSP Services - now available in our new online catalog.

July 2013
CSP Services installs the first QFoto-R System for assembly quality control of 140 m² large heliostat metal structures.

May 2012
CSPS is nominated for the German Founders Award 2012 (Deutscher Gründerpreis) in the category “Aufsteiger”

September 2009
The founders together with other team members of DLR receive the Solarpaces 2009 Technology Innovation Award and the GvF DLR Innovation Award 2009

and optimize solar field performance