Generation 3 Particle Pilot Plant Sandia CSP Project

This page provides information on Generation 3 Particle Pilot Plant Sandia CSP project, a concentrating solar power (CSP) project, with data organized by background, participants, and power plant configuration.

Project Overview

Power Station: Generation 3 Particle Pilot Plant Sandia
Location: Albuquerque
New Mexico United States
Owners (%): Sandia National Laboratories
Technology Power Tower
Nominal Capacity: 1 MW
Status Under Construction
Start Year: 2025

Status Date

Status Date


Break Ground Date 2022
Lat/Long Location 34.962,-106.508333
Total Power Station Land Area (km²) 0.17


Developer Sandia National Laboratories
EPC Summit Construction Inc
Operator Sandia National Laboratories
Annual Operations Jobs 4


Total Construction Cost (2022) $ 24.00 million
Policy Support Scheme R&D funds bei DOE SETO

Plant Configuration

Solar Field

# of Heliostats (or dishes for dish systems) 222
Collector/Heliostat Manufacturer NSTTF
Collector/Heliostat Engineering or IP Owner Sandia National Laboratories
Collector/Heliostat Model NSTTF
Mirror Manufacturer Bats

Solar Field (Receiver)

Receiver Working Fluid CO2
Receiver Working Fluid Category Particle
Working Fluid Manufacturer CARBO Ceramics
Tower Height (m) 60
Solar Field or Receiver Inlet Temperture (C) 600°C
Solar Field or Receiver Outlet Temperture (C) 800°C
Receiver Manufacturer Sandia National Laboratories
Receiver Model Prototype

Power Block

Nominal Turbine or Power Cycle Capacity 1 MW
Power Cycle sCO2 Brayton
Power Cycle Pressure (Bar) 250
Steam Generator System Manufacturer Vacuum Process Engineering
Cooling Type Dry

Thermal Energy Storage

Storage Type 2-tank direct
Storage Capacity (Hours) 6
Storage Description Tower-integrated
TES Engineering Company Sandia National Laboratories USA

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