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Advanced CSP Collector Testing to take place at National Solar Thermal Test Facility

Also known as collectors, heliostats are large arrays of mirrors which collect and focus sunlight. In a concentrating solar power plant, the collectors focus sunlight on a centralized receiver. The receiver captures the heat, where it can be stored and used to produce power on demand. The unique capabilities and testing expertise of [...]

By | 2018-10-29T22:11:34+00:00 October 29th, 2018|News, Partnership, Renewable Energy, Solar|Comments Off on Advanced CSP Collector Testing to take place at National Solar Thermal Test Facility

Sandia’s High-Temperature Falling-Particle Receiver Among Next Generation Concentrating Solar Power Technologies

The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office has awarded $72 million to projects advancing high-temperature concentrating solar power systems, including the falling-particle receiver system developed collaboratively at Sandia. Sandia’s continuously recirculating high-temperature falling-particle receiver is one of three concentrating solar power projects funded to advance high-temperature concentrating solar power (CSP) systems through the [...]

By | 2018-05-16T22:19:03+00:00 May 16th, 2018|News & Events, Partnership, Renewable Energy, Solar|Comments Off on Sandia’s High-Temperature Falling-Particle Receiver Among Next Generation Concentrating Solar Power Technologies

Sandia’s Energy Programs Organize Three Symposia at Spring MRS Symposium, April 2-6

Researchers from Sandia’s energy programs have organized three symposia for the 2018 MRS Spring Meeting in Phoenix, AZ. The symposia sessions will discuss topics that include flow batteries for grid energy storage, harvesting natural and human-made energy sources, and solid-state super ion conductors: Symposium EN09: Materials and Systems for Grid Energy Storage—Redox Flow Batteries Phoenix [...]

By | 2018-04-02T16:47:48+00:00 April 2nd, 2018|Conferences, Distribution Grid Integration, Energy Storage, Energy Storage Systems, News, News & Events, Solar|Comments Off on Sandia’s Energy Programs Organize Three Symposia at Spring MRS Symposium, April 2-6

Sandia’s Kenneth Armijo Featured in UNM Alumni Spring Magazine

Photo courtesy of UNM Alumni Association: Kenneth Armijo at Sandia's National Solar Thermal Test Facility. Kenneth Armijo, a senior member of technical staff in Sandia’s Concentrating Solar Technologies department, was recently featured in the Spring issue of the University of New Mexico Alumni Association’s Magazine, Mirage. In the article, Kenneth recounts how his [...]

By | 2018-03-23T17:06:53+00:00 March 23rd, 2018|Concentrating Solar Power, National Solar Thermal Test Facility, News, Solar, Staff|Comments Off on Sandia’s Kenneth Armijo Featured in UNM Alumni Spring Magazine

Sandia Joins Senator Martin Heinrich in Launching the Solar Toolkit

Sandra Begay speaking at the Solar Toolkit launch held by Senator Martin Heinrich at the CNM Workforce Training Center. Sandia’s Indian Energy program lead Sandra Begay and Renewable Energy Technologies senior manager Amy Halloran joined U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich and others in celebrating the release of Heinrich’s Solar Toolkit, created to connect New [...]

By | 2018-03-06T19:22:43+00:00 March 6th, 2018|News, Solar|Comments Off on Sandia Joins Senator Martin Heinrich in Launching the Solar Toolkit

Tower Illuminance Model Investigates Glare and Avian-Flux Hazards at CSP Towers

Solar glare reflections and avian solar-flux hazards are an important concern for concentrating solar installations. Reflected sunlight from “standby” heliostats has been noted by pilots as potentially hazardous, and reports of birds being singed by concentrated sunlight has created concern. A new software application, the Tower Illuminance Model (“TIM”), has been developed to investigate glare [...]

By | 2018-02-27T20:19:33+00:00 February 27th, 2018|Renewable Energy, Research & Capabilities, Solar|Comments Off on Tower Illuminance Model Investigates Glare and Avian-Flux Hazards at CSP Towers

PV Reliability Workshop Convenes Solar Technology Experts

The ninth annual PV Reliability Workshop will be held February 27 to March 1 in Lakewood Colorado, near the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) campus. The event, hosted by NREL in partnership with Sandia and Brookhaven National Laboratory, provides the opportunity for solar technology experts to share information towards improved PV module reliability. Improved reliability [...]

By | 2018-01-29T18:09:54+00:00 January 29th, 2018|News & Events, Photovoltaic, Renewable Energy, Solar|Comments Off on PV Reliability Workshop Convenes Solar Technology Experts

Apply by February 19th for Indian Energy Summer Internship Program

The Department of Energy Office of Indian Energy is now accepting applications for a 12-week summer internship at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Participants receive hands-on experience with tribal renewable energy projects and issues surrounding renewable energy use and application. These summer internships allow current full-time undergraduate and graduate students who are familiar with [...]

By | 2018-01-25T15:39:42+00:00 January 25th, 2018|News, Photovoltaic, Renewable Energy, Solar|Comments Off on Apply by February 19th for Indian Energy Summer Internship Program

Visit with Sandia at Solar Power International Sept 10-13

Sandia will be exhibiting at the largest solar trade show in North America, Solar Power International, in Las Vegas, NV Sept 10-13. Stop by booth #1457 to learn more about Sandia's solar power R&D capabilities in photovoltaics and concentrating solar power, world-class facilities, and partnership opportunities. The DOE Sunshot team will also be there (booth #1469), so be [...]

By | 2017-09-08T16:55:18+00:00 September 8th, 2017|Concentrating Solar Power, Events, News, Photovoltaic, Solar|Comments Off on Visit with Sandia at Solar Power International Sept 10-13

Sandia’s Solar Tower Welcomes the Eclipse!

Sandia solar energy researcher Josh Christian and his colleagues will investigate the effects of the eclipse on the ongoing research performed at the National Solar Thermal Test Facility Today, August 21st, the National Solar Thermal Test Facility (NSTTF) will experience a partial eclipse, which will result in a sickle shape of the sun [...]

By | 2017-08-22T15:28:35+00:00 August 21st, 2017|Facilities, National Solar Thermal Test Facility, News, Solar|Comments Off on Sandia’s Solar Tower Welcomes the Eclipse!