Paul Gauche

/Paul Gauche
Paul Gauche

Paul Gauche

Manager, R&D Science and Engineering

Phone: (505)844-0964


Paul Gauche has managed the Concentrating Solar Technologies department at Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) since April 2017. In this role, he has also managed the Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) program and the National Solar Thermal Test Facility (NSTTF) in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Paul’s team focuses on developing CSP technology for the U.S. Department of Energy, and conducts high flux, high temperature testing for other customers that include the CSP industry, NASA and the U.S. Department of Defense.

Paul holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering in the field of CSP and energy systems. He serves on a number of scientific committees and has given multiple presentations at SolarPACES and other international solar energy conferences and forums. Paul founded and directed the Stellenbosch University STERG research group and continues to advise graduate students as an adjunct professor. He has created two CSP technology startup companies with his students and has worldwide business development and customer engagement experience. Prior to working in CSP, Paul was an engineering manager and strategic planner at Intel Corporation where he managed teams around the world to deliver mobile platforms to OEMs.


Bachelor of Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, University of Pretoria, 1993
Master of Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, University of Pretoria, 1996
Doctor of Philosophy, Mechanical Engineering, Stellenbosch University, 2016

Research Interests

Overall management and contracting at the NSTTF and for the CSP program
Systems engineering, particularly CSP in energy systems
CSP technology yield analysis
Customer oriented technology development

Key Publications

  • Gauché, P., et al., “System value and progress of CSP,” Solar Energy, 152, (2017): 106-139, ISSN 0038-092X,
  • Pfenninger, S., Gauché, P., Lilliestam, J., Damerau, K., Wagner, F. and Patt, A., “Potential for Concentrating Solar Power to Provide Baseload and Dispatchable Power,” Nature Climate Change, (June 2014): 689-692,