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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 | 2016-12-02T18:49:12+00:00 September 10th, 2012|Concentrating Solar Power, Energy, News, Renewable Energy, Solar|Comments Off on CSP Mid-Year FY12 AOP Review

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 | 2016-12-02T18:49:12+00:00 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 | 2016-12-02T18:49:12+00:00 August 30th, 2012|Concentrating Solar Power, Energy, Energy Storage Systems, News, Renewable Energy, Solar|Comments Off on Molten Salt Test Loop Pump Installed

NASA’s Solar Tower Test of the 1-Meter Aeroshell

This test is part of a series in support of NASA’s In-Space Propulsion Technologies (ISPT) program. An aeroshell allows a spacecraft to use friction from a planet’s or moon’s atmosphere as a braking force—allowing the probe to carry less fuel (for braking rockets) and permitting that now-available space and mass to be used for mission-relevant [...]

By | 2016-12-02T18:49:13+00:00 August 23rd, 2012|Concentrating Solar Power, Energy, Facilities, National Solar Thermal Test Facility, News, Partnership, Renewable Energy, Solar, Videos|Comments Off on NASA’s Solar Tower Test of the 1-Meter Aeroshell

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 | 2016-12-02T18:49:13+00:00 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

Sandia Wins Funding for High-Temperature Falling-Particle Solar-Energy Receiver

Sandia, with partners Georgia Tech, Bucknell University, King Saud University, and DLR (the Institute of Solar Research of the German Aerospace Center), was awarded funding to develop a concentrating solar power falling-particle receiver and heat-exchanger system under the DOE SunShot Initiative. Conventional central receiver technologies are limited to temperatures of ~600 °C with power-cycle [...]

By | 2016-12-02T18:49:13+00:00 August 8th, 2012|Concentrating Solar Power, Energy, Facilities, National Solar Thermal Test Facility, News, News & Events, Renewable Energy, Solar, SunShot|Comments Off on Sandia Wins Funding for High-Temperature Falling-Particle Solar-Energy Receiver

Concentrating Solar Power Technical Management Position

This job opening is now closed An excellent opportunity exists for a technical manager who will help build our nation's renewable energy industry. The successful candidate will provide strategic and tactical direction for the Concentrating Solar Technologies Department (6123). Management functions and responsibilities include the following: allocation, prioritization and management of staff, technicians, union personnel, [...]

By | 2016-12-02T18:49:13+00:00 July 12th, 2012|Concentrating Solar Power, Energy, Facilities, National Solar Thermal Test Facility, News, Renewable Energy, Solar|Comments Off on Concentrating Solar Power Technical Management Position