CSP Research Infrastructure in the U.S. Mark S. Mehos CSP Program Manager National Renewable Energy Laboratory Golden, CO

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1 CSP Research Infrastructure in the U.S. Mark S. Mehos CSP Program Manager Golden, CO NREL is a national laboratory of the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy operated by the Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC

2 Discussion Background NREL/Sandia Infrastructure Support Facilities Mechanisms for Working with the DOE Laboratories

3 Background FY02 FY06: DOE requested CSP closeout Limited ability to maintain existing infrastructure Demonstration FOA FY07-Present: Significant increase in DOE funding for CSP Industry/university FOA grants Increased NREL/SNL R&D and infrastructure funding Budget (Million ($US) Baseload FOA Stimulus: facilities, lab call Storage FOA CSP FOA DOE Goals Intermediate power market by 2017 Carbon constrained baseload market by 2022 Storage compatible to achieve cost/performance targets for both markets 0 FY00 FY01 FY02 FY03 FY04 FY05 FY06 FY07 FY08 FY09 FY10 FY11 Request

4 DOE Laboratory System

5 DOE Laboratory Roles (NREL and Sandia) The and Sandia National Labs work together on CSP R&D NREL s Role R&D for line focus systems (parabolic troughs and linear Fresnel) Analysis lead (systems analysis, market/transmission/environmental analysis, solar resource assessment) Sandia Role R&D for point focus systems (dish/stirling and power tower) Both labs share R&D responsibility for advanced thermal storage concepts as they relate to line and point focus systems There is crossover and sharing of activities in many areas

6 NREL/SNL Technology/Market Support Activities Concentrator/receiver R&D create advanced evaluation capabilities test and evaluate receiver and concentrator designs support development of next-generation collector designs Advanced Thermal Storage develop advanced heat transfer fluids and TES materials for more efficient operation at high temperatures analyze and test innovative designs for low-cost storage options Advanced CSP Concepts and Components develop, characterize, and test advanced reflector and absorber materials analyze and assess advanced system concepts CSP Systems Analysis conduct grid integration and market penetration analyses support resource measurement and forecasting conduct and support CSP benefits analyses

7 Current CSP Facilities at the Sandia Albuquerque, New Mexico Rotating Platform Dish Engine Testing Engine Test Facility NSTTF Solar Furnace Tower Testing Solar Furnace

8 Current CSP Facilities at NREL Golden, Colorado High Flux Solar Furnace South Table Mountain Large Payload dualaxis Tracker Solar Radiation Research Laboratory Weatherization and Characterization Laboratories Field Test Laboratory Deposition Laboratory Receiver Characterization Laboratory Joyce Street Facility Advanced Fluids Laboratories

9 NSTTF ARRA Stimulus Upgrades Molten Salt Test Facility Upgrade NSTTF Site Facilities Upgrade Trough Alternate Working Fluids Test Facility Optical Methods Test Laboratory Mobile CSP Test Laboratory Long Range Heliostat Test Site Small Tower Receiver Panel Test Facility Re-Lamp NSTTF Heliostats Test Bed Heliostat

10 NREL CSP Facilities under Development/Construction Congressional Appropriation and ARRA Stimulus Thermal Energy Storage Process and Components Integration Laboratory (Appropriation/ARRA Stimulus) Thermal Energy Storage/HTF Materials Characterization Laboratory (Appropriation) Optical Components Integration Laboratory (Appropriation/ARRA Stimulus) Energy Systems Integration Facility Solar Technology Acceleration Center (SolarTAC) Private/Public Partnership Abengoa (founder) Sun Edison (founder) Xcel Energy (founder) NREL (sponsor) EPRI (sponsor) Others TBD 2.5MWt Thermal Energy Storage Test Facility (ARRA Stimulus)

11 Field Characterization Capabilities VSHOT FPL Martin ISCCS HCE IR survey Acciona Nevada Solar One Distant Observer HCE IR survey Abengoa Cameo Distant Observer Abengoa Cameo TOP (Theoretical Overlay Photographic) Alignment

12 Addition Capabilities - Systems Integration and Market Transformation CSP Resource Assessment CSP Systems Modeling 70,000 60,000 50,000 CSP Grid Integration MW 40,000 30,000 20,000 10,000 0 MON JUL 10 TUE JUL 11 WED JUL 12 THU JUL 13 FRI JUL 14 SAT JUL 15 SUN JUL 16 CSP Market Analysis

13 Working with DOE Laboratories DOE-Funded Support Supports existing industry/university FOA awardees Can support limited non-foa interactions Technology Partnership Agreements (Two Types) Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs) Shared resources Funds-In Work for Others (Three Types) Funds-In Agreement Technical Services Agreement Analytical Services Agreement

14 NREL Technology Partnership Agreement Process For more information about the technology partnership agreement process, see the NREL Technology Transfer Web site at

15 More Information about Facilities at NREL and Sandia NREL: Sandia: thermal/nsttf.html

16 Thank you! Mark Mehos (303)

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