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Launch of Solar Testing Site in Vermont

Sandia's Steve Rottler delivers his remarks at the groundbreaking ceremony for the DOE-funded photovoltaic Regional Test Center (RTC) on the IBM campus in Williston, 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). [...]

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

Key Activities Sandia’s research in solar photovoltaics (PV) and concentrating solar power (CSP) helps advance the mission of the U.S. Department of Energy's SunShot Initiative to decrease total cost of solar energy systems by 75% by 2020 and make solar energy cost-competitive with other forms of electricity generation without subsidies. Sandia researchers address technical [...]

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

  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 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

CSP FAQs CSP plants (dish engine, power towers, and parabolic trough systems) all operate the same way. They collect and concentrate the energy from the sun onto a solar receiver where the heat is absorbed and used to drive a heat-engine generator. Power towers and parabolic trough plants effectively replace the burning of coal in [...]

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

Failure Mode and Effect Analysis (FMEA) Tutorial

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By |September 17th, 2012|Comments Off on Failure Mode and Effect Analysis (FMEA) Tutorial

Areva Solar and Sandia Labs Join Forces for CLFR Molten-Salt Storage

Areva Solar is collaborating with Sandia National Laboratories on a new concentrated solar power (CSP) installation with thermal energy storage. The CSP storage project combines Areva’s modular Compact Linear Fresnel Reflector (CLFR) solar design with Sandia Labs’ proven molten-salt storage system. This will be the first CSP integration with Sandia Labs’ Molten-Salt Test Loop [...]

By |September 17th, 2012|Concentrating Solar Power, Customers & Partners, Energy, News, Partnership, Renewable Energy, Solar|Comments Off on Areva Solar and Sandia Labs Join Forces for CLFR Molten-Salt Storage

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

Air Force Research Laboratory Testing

Recently, personnel from the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) in Albuquerque utilized the site at the National Solar Thermal Test Facility (NSTTF) 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 [...]

By |August 17th, 2012|Concentrating Solar Power, Energy, Facilities, National Solar Thermal Test Facility, News, Renewable Energy, Solar|Comments Off on Air Force Research Laboratory Testing