The Molten Salt Test Loop at Sandia’s National Solar Thermal Test Facility.

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 to perform accelerated lifetime testing on power plant-size components, reducing start-up risks to newly constructed generation facilities. No other test facility in the world is capable of supporting such extensive, large-scale research.

All 146 National Recognition Award winners were honored as preeminent 2013 engineering achievements at the black-tie Engineering Excellence Awards Gala—known as the “Academy Awards of the engineering industry”—held Tuesday, April 23, 2013, at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Washington, D.C.