Sandia National Laboratories

Sandia will compete to build a high temperature concentrated solar power pilot plant

Sandia National Laboratories will receive $10.5 million from the Department of Energy to research and design a cheaper and more efficient solar energy system. The work focuses on refining a specific type of utility-scale solar energy technology that uses mirrors to reflect and concentrate sunlight onto a receiver on [...]

3D printing enables new high-efficiency Concentrated Solar Power receivers

Sandia National Laboratories engineers designed the receivers as part of a Laboratory Directed Research & Development (LDRD) program backed by the US government. The findings are being applied to Sandia’s work for SERIIUS, the joint Solar Energy Research Institute for India and the United States. While most concentrating solar [...]

New fractal-like concentrated solar power receivers are better at absorbing sunlight

Sandia National Laboratories engineers have developed new fractal-like, concentrating solar power receivers for small- to medium-scale use that are up to 20 percent more effective at absorbing sunlight than current technology. The receivers were designed and studied as part of a Laboratory Directed Research and Development project and are [...]

Sandia scientists find the optimal way to mop up surplus solar flux on Concentrated Solar Power towers

Excess solar flux could be harnessed and used to generate additional electricity at a tower CSP plant, by cladding part of the tower containing the receiver with photovoltaic (PV) panels, according to Sandia scientist Cliff Ho. He found that adding PV on the tower could generate over 10 MW, or [...]

Testing heats up at Sandia’s Concentrated Solar Power Tower

Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories are working to lower the cost of solar energy systems and improve efficiencies in a big way, thanks to a system of small particles.

DOE, Sandia pioneer Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) concept

A soaring structure on the south side of the Department of Energy’s National Solar Thermal Test Facility combines two cutting-edge technologies in concentrating solar energy (CSP).

Areva puts online US molten salt energy storage Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) plant

It combines Areva’s CLFR for concentrated solar power (CSP) parks with the molten salt test loop (MSTL), allowing the captured energy to be dispatched both at day and night.

AREVA integrates energy storage in its Concentrated Solar Power CLFR design at Sandia National Labs

AREVA Solar is collaborating with Sandia National Laboratories on a new concentrated solar power (CSP) installation with thermal energy storage.