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On November 19, 2012, in

User Fees for NSTTF Capabilities

On September 26, 2012, in

  Solar Tower SolarFurnace Molten Salt Test Loop (MSTL) Rotating Platform Optics Lab&Associated Tools Salt Pots Corrosion & Competent Testing Dish Concentrators Engine Test Facility and Other Area Use (i.e assembly building, tower space, etc.) LOFTED Molten Salt Flow Loop Facility Use Fee $750/hour (typical 4 hour test day charges are $9K – includes labor […]

Solar Tower

On September 26, 2012, in

The tower is a 61 m (200 ft) high concrete structure with three test locations on the north side and the top of the tower. The tower can support testing for CSP experiments and large-scale, high-flux materials samples. The equipment in the tower includes a 100-ton capacity elevating module for lifting experiments to the top […]

Thermal Pulses for Boeing Test Article

On June 26 and 27, a series of exposures were made to multiple Boeing test articles using the heliostat field and the high speed shutter located at the test bay 140 above ground in the solar tower at the National Solar Thermal Test Facility. The exposures were made at various flux levels and used between […]

Molten Salt Test Loop Pump Installed

  The pump was delivered and installed in the Molten Salt Test Loop (MSTL) system at Sandia National Laboratories’ National Solar Thermal Test Facility (NSTTF). MSTL is designed to allow customers and internal researchers to test Concentrating Solar Power components and subsystems with nitrate salts flowing at realistic pressure, temperature, and flow rates. The pump, […]

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