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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

CSP Resources

CSP FAQs CSP plants (dish engine, power towers, and parabolic trough systems) all operate the same way. They collect and concentrate the energy from the sun onto a solar receiver where the heat is absorbed and used to drive a heat-engine generator. Power towers and parabolic trough plants effectively replace the burning of coal [...]

By | 2018-07-25T18:22:04+00:00 September 26th, 2012|Comments Off on CSP Resources

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

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

Solar Power International (SPI) Workshop

Achieving High Penetrations of PV: Streamlining Interconnection and Managing Variability in a Utility Distribution System Friday, Sept 14, 2012, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Orange County Convention Center, West Concourse ‐ Room 306A This week at the Solar Power International Conference, the Department of Energy (DOE), the Electric Power Research Instisute (EPRI), Sandia National Laboratories, [...]

By | 2016-12-02T18:49:12+00:00 September 10th, 2012|Energy, News, Partnership, Photovoltaic, Renewable Energy, Solar|Comments Off on Solar Power International (SPI) Workshop

Power Towers for Utilities

Desirable Features of Power Towers for Utilities Because of their practical energy storage, solar power towers have two features that are particularly desirable for utilities: flexible capacity factors and a high degree of dispatchability. Power towers can be designed with annual capacity factors up to 60 percent, and as high as 80 percent in summer [...]

By | 2018-07-25T18:21:13+00:00 September 6th, 2012|Comments Off on Power Towers for Utilities

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

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