Energy and Climate

Concentrating Solar Power Systems

Air Force Research Laboratory Testing

Recently, personnel from the Air Force Research Laboratory in Albuquerque utilized the site at the National Solar Thermal Test Facility to evaluate seismic and optical activity from explosives set off at locations east and west of the facility. Some of the explosives were set-off above ground and some below. The shots varied in strength between […]

Customer Interface Document for the Molten Salt Test Loop at the NSTTF

On March 12, 2012, in News, News & Events, Partnership, Publications

The molten salt test loop (MSTL) system’s customer interface document contains an MSTL overview and details how a customer’s experiment would interface with the system. The document also describes on site collaboration expectations and defines roles and responsibilities for all parties performing an MSTL experiment. The document is available to anyone interested in using MSTL […]

National Solar Thermal Test Facility

On March 2, 2011, in

NSTTF Interactive Tour Operated by Sandia National Laboratories for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the National Solar Thermal Test Facility (NSTTF) is the only test facility of this type in the United States. The NSTTF’s primary goal is to provide experimental engineering data for the design, construction, and operation of unique components and systems […]

Concentrating Solar Power Technologies Overview

On March 2, 2011, in

Concentrating solar power (CSP) uses arrays of mirrors to generate large amounts of heat from concentrated sunlight. The heat is then used in a conventional power cycle or other heat engine to produce mechanical power that drives an electrical generator.  The heat can also be efficiently and cheaply stored to produce electricity when the sun […]