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Thermal Pulses for Boeing Test Article

On June 26 and 27, a series of exposures were made to multiple Boeing test articles using the heliostat field and the high speed shutter located at the test bay 140 above ground in the solar tower at the National Solar Thermal Test Facility. The exposures were made at various flux levels and used between [...]

By | September 6th, 2012|Concentrating Solar Power, EC, Energy, National Solar Thermal Test Facility, News, Partnership, Renewable Energy, Solar|Comments Off on Thermal Pulses for Boeing Test Article

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

Concentrating Solar Power (CSP)

The Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) program conducts research to reduce costs and identify opportunities for improvement of CSP technologies, advance understanding of CSP system behavior, increase efficiency and capacity for baseload CSP applications, and reduce risk for CSP technologies and increased levels of concentrating solar power in the transmission grid. The program also [...]

By | April 13th, 2011|Comments Off on Concentrating Solar Power (CSP)

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