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CSP Mid-Year FY12 AOP Review

 Sandia held its mid-year FY12 Annual Operating Plan (AOP) review for representatives from DOE HQ’s EERE Concentrating Solar Power Program, May 10-11, 2012 at Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM. The review covered seven agreement areas: Optical Materials and Tools, System Analysis, Trough Performance Testing, Dish R&D, Power Tower R&D, Facilities and R&D Management, and Thermal […]

Power Towers for Utilities

On September 6, 2012, in

Desirable Features of Power Towers for Utilities Because of their practical energy storage, solar power towers have two features that are particularly desirable for utilities: flexible capacity factors and a high degree of dispatchability. Power towers can be designed with annual capacity factors up to 60 percent, and as high as 80 percent in summer […]

Central Receiver Test Facility

On April 4, 2011, in

Operated by Sandia National Laboratories for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the Central Receiver Test Facility (CRTF) is a major location for developing technology to produce electricity from the heat of the sun’s energy. This technology is expected to be commercially competitive with other energy sources.The primary goal of the CRTF is to provide […]

Solar CSP R&D Activities at Sandia

On March 3, 2011, in

Sandia supports the DOE Concentrating Solar Power Program and the CSP industry by providing: R&D on CSP components and systems; advanced component development; component and systems analysis; test and evaluation; and supporting market development activities. Listed below are systems and technologies supported by Sandia National Laboratories.