solar power

Launch of Solar Testing Site in Vermont

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) joined representatives of Sandia, IBM, and the DOE in early November to announce the launch of the Vermont Photovoltaic Regional Test Center (RTC). The RTC will enable research on integrating solar panels into the statewide smart grid and help reduce the cost of solar power. The Vermont RTC is one […]

By |November 27th, 2013|Energy, Facilities, News, News & Events, Partnership, Photovoltaic, Photovoltaic Regional Testing Center (PV RTC), Renewable Energy, Solar, Solar Newsletter, SunShot|Comments Off on Launch of Solar Testing Site in Vermont

SunShot

By |November 9th, 2012|Comments Off on SunShot

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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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

CSP Resources

By |September 26th, 2012|Comments Off on CSP Resources

User Fees for NSTTF Capabilities

A site access fee is charged for all projects. The fee includes such things as office space, phone, internet access, secretarial support, lab space, and use of conference rooms.

$1200/month ($300/week) for 1-4 people on site
$1750/month ($437.50/week) for 5-8 people on site
$2225/month ($556.25/week) for 9-12 people on site

Use of the site equipment – A […]

By |September 26th, 2012|Comments Off on User Fees for NSTTF Capabilities

Optics Lab

Optical equipment located in this lab space and tools developed, using DOE funds, allows for optical characterization of heliostat and dish facets. These flexible analytical tools, along with the on-site expertise currently support the evaluation and development of low-cost, high-performance heliostat facets. The tools are also applicable to assembly/production line environments. In addition, field support […]

By |September 26th, 2012|Comments Off on Optics Lab

Dish Test Facility

This area of the site allows industry partners to install full-scale solar dishes for long-term reliability testing and evaluation. There are currently ten SES dishes and six Infinia dishes at this location. The site also includes two SNL-developed solar dishes that are available for research. Solar dishes can be used for the high-temperature portions of […]

By |September 26th, 2012|Comments Off on Dish Test Facility

Concentrated Photovoltaics

SNL’s Photovoltaic and Distributed Systems Integration department and staff from the NSTTF worked with SunPower to install 110 kWe of SunPower’s new C7 low-concentration PV systems at the NSTTF. This is the first demonstration of a utility-size CPV test at SNL. The PV Reliability group worked closely with SunPower during the development and early implementation […]

By |September 26th, 2012|Comments Off on Concentrated Photovoltaics