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Pratt Whitney Rocketdyne Testing

On November 24, 2012 the National Solar Thermal Test Facility (NSTTF) began testing of the Pratt Whitney Rocketdyne (PWR) solar receiver shroud.  Fifteen days of solar testing are scheduled for this testing.  The flux levels on the shroud range between 100 and 500 suns.  The work is sponsored by PWR in cooperation with the Department [...]

By | 2016-12-02T18:49:07+00:00 December 19th, 2012|Concentrating Solar Power, EC, Energy, Facilities, National Solar Thermal Test Facility, News, News & Events, Partnership, Renewable Energy, Solar, Solar Newsletter|Comments Off on Pratt Whitney Rocketdyne Testing

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 | 2016-12-02T18:49:07+00:00 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

Solar Energy Research Institute for India and the United States Kick-Off

A view of the solar tower/heliostat field at the National Solar Thermal Test Facility at Sandia National Laboratories. The purpose of the Solar Energy Research Institute for India and the United States (SERIIUS) is to establish a Joint Clean Energy R&D Center (JCERDC)—to create an environment for cooperation and innovation “without borders” in [...]

By | 2016-12-02T18:49:09+00:00 November 27th, 2012|Concentrating Solar Power, Energy, National Solar Thermal Test Facility, News, News & Events, Partnership, Photovoltaic, Renewable Energy, Solar, SunShot|Comments Off on Solar Energy Research Institute for India and the United States Kick-Off

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 | 2016-12-02T18:49:10+00:00 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 | 2016-12-02T18:49:10+00:00 November 2nd, 2012|Concentrating Solar Power, News, Renewable Energy, Solar|Comments Off on Molten Nitrate Salt Initial Flow Testing is a Tremendous Success

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 | 2016-12-02T18:49:10+00:00 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 | 2016-12-02T18:49:11+00:00 October 10th, 2012|Concentrating Solar Power, Energy, News, Renewable Energy, Solar|Comments Off on Molten Salt Test Loop Melted Salt

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 | 2016-12-02T18:49:11+00:00 October 10th, 2012|Concentrating Solar Power, EC, Energy, News, News & Events, Renewable Energy, Solar|Comments Off on Molten Salt Test Loop Commissioning

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 | 2016-12-02T18:49:12+00:00 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

Dr. David Danielson Visit to NSTTF

   Dr. David Danielson visited Sandia National Laboratories and toured the National Solar Thermal Test Facility (NSTTF) on Wednesday, March 14. Dr. Danielson is the Assistant Secretary of the DOE EERE (Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy) office. During the visit, Dr. Danielson was shown the test and research capabilities of the NSTTF, had the chance [...]

By | 2016-12-02T18:49:12+00:00 September 10th, 2012|Concentrating Solar Power, EC, National Solar Thermal Test Facility, Renewable Energy|Comments Off on Dr. David Danielson Visit to NSTTF