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Sandia’s Continuously Recirculating Falling-Particle Receiver Emplaced at Top of Solar Tower

Sandia researchers are working to lower the cost of solar energy systems and improve efficiencies in a big way, thanks to a system of small particles.

This month, engineers lifted Sandia’s continuously recirculating falling-particle receiver to the top of the tower at the National Solar Thermal Test Facility (NSTTF), marking the start of first-of-its-kind testing that […]

Sandia Labs Harnesses the Sun’s Energy with Tiny Particles

Engineers at Sandia, along with part­ner institutions Georgia Tech, Bucknell University, King Saud University, and the German Aerospace Center (DLR), are using a falling-particle receiver to more efficiently convert solar energy to electri­city in large-scale, concentrating solar power (CSP) plants.
Falling-particle receiver technology is attractive because it can cost-effectively capture and store heat at higher temperatures […]

By |September 20th, 2013|Concentrating Solar Power, Energy, Facilities, Materials Science, National Solar Thermal Test Facility, News, News & Events, Renewable Energy, Solar, Solar Newsletter, Systems Analysis, Systems Engineering|Comments Off on Sandia Labs Harnesses the Sun’s Energy with Tiny Particles

Sandia Offers Approach to Help Utilities Understand Effects of PV Variability on the Grid

A report released recently by Sandia National Laboratories, the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), and the Georgia Institute of Technology provides a unique approach to help utilities assess the potential effects of high levels of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems on the grid. “Time Series Power Flow Analysis for Distribution Connected PV Generation” demonstrates how quasi-static […]

By |March 7th, 2013|DETL, Distribution Grid Integration, Energy, Energy Surety, Facilities, Grid Integration, Infrastructure Security, Microgrid, News, News & Events, Photovoltaic, Renewable Energy, SMART Grid, Solar Newsletter, Systems Analysis, Systems Engineering|Comments Off on Sandia Offers Approach to Help Utilities Understand Effects of PV Variability on the Grid

Sandia Wins Funding for High-Temperature Falling-Particle Solar-Energy Receiver

Sandia, with partners Georgia Tech, Bucknell University, King Saud University, and DLR (the Institute of Solar Research of the German Aerospace Center), was awarded funding to develop a concentrating solar power falling-particle receiver and heat-exchanger system under the DOE SunShot Initiative.

Conventional central receiver technologies are limited to temperatures of ~600 °C with power-cycle efficiencies ~40%. At […]

By |August 8th, 2012|Concentrating Solar Power, Energy, Facilities, National Solar Thermal Test Facility, News, News & Events, Renewable Energy, Solar, SunShot|Comments Off on Sandia Wins Funding for High-Temperature Falling-Particle Solar-Energy Receiver