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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. Technologists John Kelton and Daniel Ray (both in Sandia’s Concentrating Solar Technologies Dept.) perform inspection of the falling-particle receiver during a cloud delay atop the NSTTF’s Solar Tower [...]

Sandia Labs Harnesses the Sun’s Energy with Tiny Particles

Joshua Mark Christian (Concentrating Solar Technologies Dept.) working with the falling particle receiver, which more efficiently converts the sun’s energy to electricity in large-scale, concentrating solar power plants. (Photo by Randy Montoya) Engineers at Sandia, along with part­ner institutions Georgia Tech, Bucknell University, King Saud University, and the German Aerospace Center (DLR), are [...]

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

Molten Nitrate Salt Initial Flow Testing is a Tremendous Success

  Molten Salt Test Loop North View The Molten Salt Test Loop (MSTL ) system at Sandia National Laboratories’ National Solar Thermal Test Facility (NSTTF) completed initial flow testing this week with great success.  The system pumped molten nitrate salt through a range of process conditions and showed performance characteristics that meet or exceed [...]

By |November 2nd, 2012|Concentrating Solar Power, News, Renewable Energy, Solar|Comments Off on Molten Nitrate Salt Initial Flow Testing is a Tremendous Success

Molten Salt Test Loop Melted Salt

The Molten Salt Test Loop (MSTL) team at Sandia National Laboratories melted 38 tonnes (84,000 pounds) of salt and filled the furnace of the MSTL system this week.  The salt melting was the culmination of many weeks of planning and preparation from a great team that assessed the hazards, planned the activities, modified the salt [...]

By |October 10th, 2012|Concentrating Solar Power, Energy, News, Renewable Energy, Solar|Comments Off on Molten Salt Test Loop Melted Salt

Molten Salt Test Loop Commissioning

The Molten Salt Test Loop (MSTL) at Sandia National Laboratories’ National Solar Thermal Test Facility (NSTTF) has successfully completed commissioning and demonstrated outstanding performance and control throughout the full range of operating parameters. The commissioning step confirms that a newly constructed facility meets all of the design requirements. The Molten Salt Test Loop was designed [...]

By |October 10th, 2012|Concentrating Solar Power, EC, Energy, News, News & Events, Renewable Energy, Solar|Comments Off on Molten Salt Test Loop Commissioning

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, [...]

By |August 30th, 2012|Concentrating Solar Power, Energy, Energy Storage Systems, News, Renewable Energy, Solar|Comments Off on Molten Salt Test Loop Pump Installed

R&D Activities

The first step in a concentrating solar power system is to “collect” and focus the sunlight using a large array of mirrors, or collectors. Different configurations of mirrors can be used depending on the type of CSP technology being employed. CSP system technologies include dish, parabolic trough, linear Fresnel, and central receiver (power tower) systems. [...]

By |March 3rd, 2011|Comments Off on R&D Activities