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Sandia Solar Energy Test System Cited in National Engineering Competition

The Molten Salt Test Loop at Sandia's National Solar Thermal Test Facility. Bridgers & Paxton Consulting Engineers, Inc., of Albuquerque, N.M., earned a National Recognition Award for exemplary engineering achievement in the American Council of Engineering Companies’ (ACEC) 47th annual Engineering Excellence Awards for the Molten Salt Test Loop (MSTL) project, part of [...]

By | 2015-05-11T20:50:32+00:00 May 16th, 2013|Concentrating Solar Power, Energy, Energy Storage, Facilities, National Solar Thermal Test Facility, News, News & Events, Partnership, Renewable Energy, Solar|Comments Off on Sandia Solar Energy Test System Cited in National Engineering Competition

Sandia Workers Received Entrepreneurial Spirit Awards

Jim Pacheco built a reputation in concentrating solar power and was recruited by several companies when the technology took off in the marketplace. (Photo by Randy Montoya) Jim Pacheco (now in the Active Response and Denial Dept.) received an Entrepreneurial Spirit Award for his participation in Sandia's Entrepreneurial Separation to Transfer Technology (ESTT) [...]

By | 2016-12-02T18:49:01+00:00 April 3rd, 2013|Concentrating Solar Power, Energy, Facilities, National Solar Thermal Test Facility, News, News & Events, Renewable Energy, Solar, Solar Newsletter|Comments Off on Sandia Workers Received Entrepreneurial Spirit Awards

Improved Method to Measure Glare and Reflected Solar Irradiance

Sandia has developed a significantly cheaper, more efficient, and more accurate method of measuring the irradiance from solar reflections using a digital camera. Measurements of reflected solar irradiance is of great importance to industry, military, and government agencies to assess potential impacts of glint and glare from growing numbers of solar power installations around the [...]

By | 2016-12-02T18:49:04+00:00 February 27th, 2013|Concentrating Solar Power, Energy, Facilities, National Solar Thermal Test Facility, News, News & Events, Photovoltaic, Renewable Energy, Research & Capabilities, Solar, Solar Newsletter|Comments Off on Improved Method to Measure Glare and Reflected Solar Irradiance

Photovoltaic (PV) Regional Test Center (RTC) Website Goes Live

ECIS has developed a new external website to facilitate the functions of the five DOE RTCs—both interacting with each other to fulfill the overall DOE objectives and with partners in the U.S. PV industry. The site houses project updates, news, and events as well as controlled access for project file sharing. The DOE has commissioned [...]

By | 2016-12-02T18:49:04+00:00 February 26th, 2013|Energy, National Solar Thermal Test Facility, News, News & Events, Partnership, Photovoltaic, Photovoltaic Regional Testing Center (PV RTC), Renewable Energy, Solar, Solar Newsletter, SunShot|Comments Off on Photovoltaic (PV) Regional Test Center (RTC) Website Goes Live

Solar Test Facility Upgrades Complete, Leading to Better Sandia Capabilities to Support Power Industry

A recent overhaul of the DOE’s National Solar Thermal Test Facility (NSTTF), operated by Sandia, is dramatically improving researchers’ ability to understand and use concentrating solar power (CSP). The $17.8M upgrade to the NSTTF adds state-of-the-art test capabilities, and the resulting research is expected to lead to more solar power use on the electric grid. [...]

By | 2019-11-20T21:35:30+00:00 January 8th, 2013|Concentrating Solar Power, Energy, Energy Storage, Facilities, National Solar Thermal Test Facility, News, News & Events, Recovery Act, Renewable Energy, Solar, SunShot|Comments Off on Solar Test Facility Upgrades Complete, Leading to Better Sandia Capabilities to Support Power Industry

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 | 2019-11-20T21:35:27+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 | 2019-11-20T21:35:27+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

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

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