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SolarPaces2019 - Concentrating Solar Power and Chemical Energy Systems

Early announcement: Technical tours for SolarPACES 2020

The following tour options are provisional and for planning purposes only. Please register for the SolarPACES newsletter and/or check back to the SolarPACES 2020 website for the official announcement of tours.

Tour of the National Solar Thermal Test Facility (NSTTF) at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque

Two tours of the Sandia NSTTF are being considered and the final arrangements are dependent on access approvals related to Sandia Labs being a U.S. federal facility. Important early information:

  • There will be limited availability for the tours to the NSTTF and registration for these tours will occur in early 2020 and handled on a first come first serve basis. Please check back regularly.
  • Visitors from other countries (that are not U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents) will be required to submit various items of personal information based on requirements to access a U.S. federal facility. Registration for a tour to the NSTTF is not guaranteed or complete until approval is granted for access.


CSP R&D has been ongoing at Sandia Labs in Albuquerque and Livermore, California, since around 1970-1971. The U.S. Department of Energy selected Sandia’s Albuquerque site to host the National Solar Thermal Test Facility. Construction began around 1976 and the NSTTF was officially opened in 1978. For over 40 years, the NSTTF has been a pioneer and leading facility in the advancement of CSP technology worldwide. Current CSP R&D includes testing of solar integrated supercritical CO2 cycles, high temperature falling particle and liquid receivers and storage, and autonomous collector technologies.

More about the NSTTF here:

One of the NSTTF tours may include participation in the annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, the biggest hot air balloon event in the world. Visitors to the conference may also choose to visit the Balloon Fiesta on their own. More on the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.

Tour of the Solana Generating Station

The Solana Generating Station is one of the single largest CSP plants in the world and at time of commissioning, was the biggest single parabolic trough plant at 280 MW gross. The plant is south west of Phoenix, Arizona, about 500 miles from Albuquerque. The Local Organizing Committee is exploring options to conduct a tour of the Solana plant.

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Important Dates

Call for Abstracts:

March 1, 2020

Abstract Deadline:

May 1, 2020

Notification of Acceptance:

June 15, 2020

Registration opens:

July 15, 2020

Full Papers Due:

August 10, 2020


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