Developing Solar Thermal Electric Technologies for the DOE Solar Thermal Electric Program

Offering 50% cost match for collaborative CSP Technology Development Proposals
We are seeking proposals from commercial partners who would like to invest in developing new solar thermal technologies and/or validating technological concepts using Sandia’s expertise and infrastructure, including the National Solar Thermal Test Facility. Areas of possible collaboration include, but are not limited to, (1) novel research, development, and demonstration in reflector systems for efficient solar energy collection; (2) large-scale metrology; (3) receivers for solar-to-thermal energy conversion; (4) thermal energy storage; (5) combined cycles for high efficiency; and (6) modeling. Read the full solicitation and cost share details on the FedBizOpps.gov site.

Working in conjunction with the Photovoltaics Systems Department and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the department has developed parabolic trough, power tower, and dish/engine technology to support virtually every major solar thermal electric activity in the United States. In conjunction with industry, our staff have had pivotal technical and programmatic roles in the Solar Two power tower project; dish/engine joint venture programs with SAIC, Allied Signal, and Boeing; and in the development of advanced concepts, components (heliostats, solar receivers, and engines), and systems. We also support a range of systems analyses, market identification studies, and international cooperative projects (through the International Energy Agency (IEA) working group SolarPACES), conducted in cooperation with industry partners.

Sandia Labs High-Flux Solar Simulator with One-of-a-Kind Capability

The High-Flux Solar Simulator with automated sample handling and exposure system (ASHES) is a one-of-a-kind capability which can be used 24/7 with metal-halide lamps.  ASHES provides accelerated lifetime aging tests for materials under high-temperature/high-flux conditions.  A [...]

Sandia and EPRI to Host PV Symposium in May 2016

Sandia National Laboratories and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) are pleased to host the third PV Systems Symposium, May 9-12, 2016, at the Biltmore Hotel in Santa Clara, CA, on technical issues related to [...]

NREL and Sandia host PV Module Reliability Workshop, Feb. 23-25, 2016

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Sandia National Laboratories are jointly organizing the annual PV Module Reliability Workshop. This year’s event, to be held February 23-25, 2016, in Lakewood, CO, will bring together photovoltaics (PV) experts [...]

Sandia Defines Solar Variability Zones

Sandia Labs has defined solar variability zones by modeling solar variability across the country using a combination of ground measured and satellite derived solar irradiance measurements. The zones represent the magnitude of high-frequency (sub-minute) solar [...]

Sandia Labs High-Flux Solar Simulator with One-of-a-Kind Capability

The High-Flux Solar Simulator with automated sample handling and exposure system (ASHES) is a one-of-a-kind capability which can be used 24/7 with metal-halide lamps.  ASHES provides accelerated lifetime aging tests for materials under high-temperature/high-flux conditions.  A [...]

Sandia’s Continuously Recirculating Falling-Particle Receiver Placed Atop the Solar Tower

Sandia began first-of-its-kind testing using its continuously recirculating falling-particle receiver atop the National Solar Thermal Test Facility (NSTTF). The falling-particle receiver drops sand-like ceramic particles through NSTTF’s concentrated sunlight beam, capturing and storing the heated [...]

University of Wisconsin–Sandia Team Awarded SunShot CSP: APOLLO Funding

With recently awarded funding from the US Department of Energy SunShot Initiative’s CSP: APOLLO Program (Concentrating Solar Power: Advanced Projects Offering Low LCOE Opportunities), Sandia is working with a team led by the University of [...]

Sandia’s Supercritical Carbon-Dioxide/Brayton-Cycle Laboratory Signs Important MOU with Industry Partners

Sandia and eight other companies and research organizations* will collaborate to advance a distributed power system that can produce cleaner, more efficient electricity. The memorandum of understanding (MOU) focuses on developing an energy-conversion system based [...]

CSP Contacts

Concentrating Solar Technologies Dept. Manager & CSP Program Manager
Dr. Subhash L. Shinde, Manager | Phone: 505-284-2965

Optics, Collectors, and Dishes

Power Tower Component Design/Modeling

Solar Furnace

Systems Analysis & Receivers

Dr. Clifford Ho | Phone: 505-844-2384

Test Facilities

Thermal Storage

Parabolic Troughs

Tim Moss | Phone: 505-844-7356

Solar Fuels

Dr. Andrea Ambrosini| Phone: 505-284-1340

PLEASE NOTE: All site visits to the National Solar Thermal Test Facility must be arranged in advance due to security requirements. Contact 505-844-1445 to arrange for a site visit.