National Solar Thermal Test Facility (NSTTF)

The National Solar Thermal Test Facility (NSTTF) is the only test facility in the United States of its type. This unique facility provides experimental engineering data for the design, construction, and operation of unique components and systems in proposed solar thermal electrical plants; planned for large-scale power generation. At 200 feet tall, the NSTTF’s distinct height advantage along with its heat capabilities, offers a unique and complete testing environment to government contractors and agencies, research institutes, universities and private companies.

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First-come, first-serve basis to government agencies and to the private sector. Proposed project activities must not compete with those offered in the private industry.

  1. Private sector organizations can contract for use of these facilities and services through a Designated Technology Deployment Center Agreement.
  2. Government organizations can contract with Sandia through a Work for Others Agreement.

Both agreements are easy to implement and provide for cost reimbursement for the use of Sandia’s staff and facilities.

User Liaison

Margaret Gordon, PhD
Concentrating Solar Program Manager
Sandia National Laboratories
P.O. Box 5800, MS 1127
Albuquerque, NM 87185-1127
(505) 284-9630