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SolarReserve Is Testing Prototype Heliostats at NSTTF

SolarReserve is testing engineering units at the National Solar Thermal Test Facility (NSTTF) operated by Sandia. The company says it decided to test its prototype heliostats at NSTTF because of Sandia’s, “knowledge and reputation in the solar industry, as well as the breadth of resources available for improving and testing new designs.”

SolarReserve is focused on […]

By |March 3rd, 2015|Concentrating Solar Power, Energy, Facilities, National Solar Thermal Test Facility, News, News & Events, Partnership, Renewable Energy, Solar, Solar Newsletter|Comments Off on SolarReserve Is Testing Prototype Heliostats at NSTTF

Sandia Researchers Win CSP:ELEMENTS Funding Award

On May 21st, the Department of Energy SunShot Initiative announced $10M for six new R&D projects that will advance innovative concentrating solar power (CSP) technologies. The Concentrating Solar Power: Efficiently Leveraging Equilibrium Mechanisms for Engineering New Thermochemical Storage (CSP:ELEMENTS) funding program supports developing thermochemical energy storage (TCES) systems that can validate a cost of ≤ $15/kWhth […]

Sandia-AREVA Commission Solar Thermal/Molten Salt Energy-Storage Demonstration

AREVA and Sandia began operations of their molten salt energy-storage demonstration plant designed specifically for use with AREVA’s compact linear Fresnel reflector (CLFR) technology. Funded partially by DOE, this full-scale project is being carried out at Sandia’s National Solar Thermal Test Facility (NSTTF) in Albuquerque.

Thanks to their significant collaboration, AREVA’s solar team and Sandia’s molten-salt […]

By |May 21st, 2014|Capabilities, Concentrating Solar Power, Energy, Energy Storage, Facilities, National Solar Thermal Test Facility, News, News & Events, Partnership, Renewable Energy, Research & Capabilities, Solar, Solar Newsletter, SunShot, Systems Engineering|Comments Off on Sandia-AREVA Commission Solar Thermal/Molten Salt Energy-Storage Demonstration

Sandia Solar Energy Test System Cited in National Engineering Competition

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 […]

By |May 16th, 2013|Concentrating Solar Power, Energy, Energy Storage, Facilities, National Solar Thermal Test Facility, News, News & Events, Partnership, Renewable Energy, Solar|Comments Off on Sandia Solar Energy Test System Cited in National Engineering Competition

Solar Test Facility Upgrades Complete, Leading to Better Sandia Capabilities to Support Power Industry

A recent overhaul of the DOE’s National Solar Thermal Test Facility (NSTTF), operated by Sandia, is dramatically improving researchers’ ability to understand and use concentrating solar power (CSP). The $17.8M upgrade to the NSTTF adds state-of-the-art test capabilities, and the resulting research is expected to lead to more solar power use on the electric grid.
The […]

By |January 8th, 2013|Concentrating Solar Power, Energy, Energy Storage, Facilities, National Solar Thermal Test Facility, News, News & Events, Recovery Act, Renewable Energy, Solar, SunShot|Comments Off on Solar Test Facility Upgrades Complete, Leading to Better Sandia Capabilities to Support Power Industry

Excellence Award in the 2012 Facilities Environmental, Safety and Health Go Green Initiative

A team from Sandia National Laboratories’ (SNL) National Solar Thermal Test Facility (NSTTF) recently won a first place Excellence Award in the 2012 Facilities Environmental, Safety and Health Go Green Initiative of the Lockheed Martin Electronics Systems Business Area. The award was given for an innovative means of disposing of 5000 mirrored glass facets that […]

By |December 19th, 2012|Concentrating Solar Power, Energy, Events, Facilities, National Solar Thermal Test Facility, News, News & Events, Renewable Energy, Solar, Solar Newsletter|Comments Off on Excellence Award in the 2012 Facilities Environmental, Safety and Health Go Green Initiative

National Solar Thermal Testing Facility Beam Profiling

On Thursday, June 7, we began beam profiling the NSTTF field heliostat beam.  Using the “Hot 80” heliostats aimed at a single aimpoint on a vertical target, the peak flux was 192 W/cm2.  Using the remaining 128 heliostats (the Cool 128) aimed at a single aimpoint on a vertical target, the peak flux was 152 […]

By |November 2nd, 2012|Concentrating Solar Power, News, Renewable Energy, Solar|Comments Off on National Solar Thermal Testing Facility Beam Profiling

Molten Nitrate Salt Initial Flow Testing is a Tremendous Success

 

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 the design specifications.  The outstanding system performance was the […]

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Air Force Research Laboratory Testing

Recently, personnel from the Air Force Research Laboratory in Albuquerque utilized the site at the National Solar Thermal Test Facility to evaluate seismic and optical activity from explosives set off at locations east and west of the facility. Some of the explosives were set-off above ground and some below. The shots varied in strength between […]

By |November 2nd, 2012|Concentrating Solar Power, Facilities, National Solar Thermal Test Facility, News, News & Events, Renewable Energy, Solar|Comments Off on Air Force Research Laboratory Testing

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