Energy and Climate

National Solar Thermal Test Facility

Sandia Labs Harnesses the Sun’s Energy with Tiny Particles

Engineers at Sandia, along with part­ner institutions Georgia Tech, Bucknell University, King Saud University, and the German Aerospace Center (DLR), are using a falling-particle receiver to more efficiently convert solar energy to electri­city in large-scale, concentrating solar power (CSP) plants. Falling-particle receiver technology is attractive because it can cost-effectively capture and store heat at higher […]

Sandia Wins Three R&D100 Awards

Sandia researchers—competing in an international pool of uni­versities, corporations, and government labs—captured three R&D100 Awards in this year’s con­test. R&D Magazine presents the awards each year to researchers whom its editors and independ­ent judging panels determine have developed the year’s 100 most outstanding advances in applied technologies. The sole criterion for winning, according to the […]

Sandia Solar Energy Test System Cited in National Engineering Competition

Bridgers & Paxton Consulting Engineers, Inc., of Albuquerque, N.M., earned a National Recognition Award for exemplary engineering achievement in the American Council of Engineering Companies’ (ACEC) 47th annual Engineering Excellence Awards for the Molten Salt Test Loop (MSTL) project, part of Sandia’s NSTTF. Designed and built to exacting specifications, Sandia’s MSTL system provides a means […]

Sandia Workers Received Entrepreneurial Spirit Awards

Jim Pacheco (now in the Active Response and Denial Dept.) received an Entrepreneurial Spirit Award for his participation in Sandia’s Entrepreneurial Separation to Transfer Technology (ESTT) program, which encourages researchers to take jobs at startup or expanding businesses. ESTT was started in 1994, and since then 144 Sandia employees have left the labs, 57 of […]

Improved Method to Measure Glare and Reflected Solar Irradiance

Sandia has developed a significantly cheaper, more efficient, and more accurate method of measuring the irradiance from solar reflections using a digital camera. Measurements of reflected solar irradiance is of great importance to industry, military, and government agencies to assess potential impacts of glint and glare from growing numbers of solar power installations around the […]

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