Oak Ridge National Laboratory

ORNL’s molten salt history opens door for research into concentrated solar power

Thanks in large part to developing and operating a facility for testing molten salt reactor (MSR) technologies, nuclear experts at the Energy Department’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) are now tackling the next generation of another type of clean energy—concentrating solar thermal power (CSP). The Energy Department’s Solar Energy Technologies Office [...]

Self-cleaning solar panel coating optimizes energy collection, reduces costs

The siting of solar power projects, particularly the massive photovoltaic and concentrated solar power (CSP) facilities blooming in the West, draws intense scrutiny from environmental organizations.