Paul Gauche

/Paul Gauche
Paul Gauche

Paul Gauche

Manager, R&D Science and Engineering

Phone: (505)844-0964


Paul Gauche is manager of the Concentrating Solar Technologies department at Sandia National Laboratories (SNL). In this role, he also manages the Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) program and the National Solar Thermal Test Facility (NSTTF) in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Paul holds a Mechanical Engineering PhD in the field of CSP and energy systems. He has been involved in CSP research and development since 2010, when he founded and directed the Stellenbosch University (SU) Solar Thermal Energy Research Group (STERG). Paul remains involved in STERG, and is an adjunct professor at SU. As of 2019, he is also an affiliated faculty member at NMSU. Paul has served on the scientific and organizing committees, and has been an invited speaker at several CSP related conferences including SolarPACES. Paul also formed two startup energy companies prior to joining Sandia.

Prior to his time in CSP, Paul worked in the semiconductor industry for 15 years in various roles, including strategic planning, product development, and management


  • PhD (Mech), Stellenbosch University, 2016
  • MEng (Mech), University of Pretoria, 1996
  • BEng (Mech), University of Pretoria, 1993

Research Interests & Responsibilities

  • Overall management and contracting at the NSTTF and the CSP program
  • Systems engineering, particularly CSP in energy systems
  • CSP technology development
  • Commercialization, technology transfer and 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,