Solar Thermal

A solar mirror faces the New Mexico sunset at the National Solar Thermal Test Facility (NSTTF) at Sandia Labs.

National Solar Thermal Test Facility & University of Arizona Partner for HelioCon Project

Sandia’s National Solar Thermal Test Facility is partnering with the University of Arizona’s Professor J. Roger Angel for one of four projects the Heliostat Consortium awarded last year. The project, “Twisting Heliostats with Closed Loop Tracking,” targets the U.S. Department of Energy’s goals for heliostat cost reduction, sustained multifaceted innovation, and improved solar field performance. The project is … [continued]

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Request for Information: Receiver & Reactors for Concentrating Solar-Thermal Power Plants and Solar Industrial Process…

On January 22, 2024, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) issued a request for information (RFI) to better understand technology development needs and commercialization opportunities for receivers and reactors used in concentrating solar-thermal power (CSP) plants for electricity generation and concentrating solar-thermal (CST) plants for … [continued]

Solar oven designed by Steen Carlsen

Solar Oven — Simple & Crucial

Last year, in the the spring, I met Steen Carlsen. He has travelled extensively in Asia and East Africa, including Zambia, which is why I came to hear of him. Steen has a background in electronics and electrical engineering and we have had many interesting conversations already. Unfortunately, Steen is … [continued]

Decarbonization Potential Of Solar Thermal

In a new article by SolarFlux, CEO Naoise Irwin shares how solar thermal has massive yet under-appreciated decarbonization potential. Almost 6% of U.S. energy consumption could be decarbonized simply by using solar energy for industrial process heat applications, he wrote. According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), solar thermal … [continued]

Solarflux: A Year Of FOCUS In The Field

Solarflux recently shared a twelve-month review of its FOCUS parabolic dish in operation. You may remember my interview with CEO Naoise Irwin last year about this technology. Naoise along with Solarflux CTO John Fangman, who invented the dish, shared how it converts 72% of solar energy into usable heat. In … [continued]