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CSP Mid-Year FY12 AOP Review

 Sandia held its mid-year FY12 Annual Operating Plan (AOP) review for representatives from DOE HQ’s EERE Concentrating Solar Power Program, May 10-11, 2012 at Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM. The review covered seven agreement areas: Optical Materials and Tools, System Analysis, Trough Performance Testing, Dish R&D, Power Tower R&D, Facilities and R&D Management, and Thermal [...]

By |September 10th, 2012|Concentrating Solar Power, Energy, News, Renewable Energy, Solar|Comments Off on CSP Mid-Year FY12 AOP Review

Power Towers for Utilities

Desirable Features of Power Towers for Utilities Because of their practical energy storage, solar power towers have two features that are particularly desirable for utilities: flexible capacity factors and a high degree of dispatchability. Power towers can be designed with annual capacity factors up to 60 percent, and as high as 80 percent in summer [...]

By |September 6th, 2012|Comments Off on Power Towers for Utilities

Central Receiver Test Facility

Operated by Sandia National Laboratories for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the Central Receiver Test Facility (CRTF) is a major location for developing technology to produce electricity from the heat of the sun's energy. This technology is expected to be commercially competitive with other energy sources. The primary goal of the CRTF is to [...]

By |April 4th, 2011|Comments Off on Central Receiver Test Facility

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