Sandia National Laboratories

SolarReserve Applauds Partner Sandia National Laboratories’ 40 Years of Concentrated Solar Power Research

From testing space shuttle tiles to making electricity from sunlight, for forty years Sandia National Laboratories has contributed to energy research, space exploration, defense testing and solar energy commercialization at its world-leading National Solar Thermal Test Facility in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The facility’s primary goal is to provide experimental engineering [...]

Sandia National Laboratories: 40 years of concentrated solar power research

From testing space shuttle tiles to making electricity from sunlight, the world’s first multimegawatt solar tower has contributed to energy research, space exploration, defense testing and solar energy commercialization since it was commissioned at Sandia National Laboratories in July 1978. In 1978, Sandia National Laboratories began concentrating solar power research [...]

Concentrated solar power tower exposes materials to intense heat to test thermal response

Sandia National Laboratories is using its solar tower to help assess the impact of extreme temperature changes on materials. The tests, now in their second year, take advantage of the ability of Sandia's National Solar Thermal Test Facility to simulate a very rapid increase in temperature followed by an [...]

Researchers Work to Develop High-Temperature Concentrated Solar Power System

The Department of Energy will award 10.5 million dollars to Sandia National Laboratories for the research and design of a highly efficient and less expensive solar energy system. The aim of the study is to refine a particular type of utility-scale solar energy technology in which mirrors are used to [...]

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.