Falling Particle Receiver, The Latest In CSP Generation.

A 200 feet tall tower developed by Sandia’s National Solar Thermal Test Facility in New Mexico, is the latest technology in concentrating solar power (CSP) systems.

Sandia’s falling particle receiver drops minute sand-like ceramic particles through a concentrated beam of sunlight, where the heated particles are captured and stored in an insulated tank. Unlike standard molten salt systems, this technology can store heat at high temperatures without breaking down. The operating temperature of their falling particle receiver can also exceed 1000°C , unlike molten salt systems limited to up to 600 °C. Thus, more thermal energy can be stored at cheaper storage costs.

Testing of the receiver is still ongoing and is expected to finish at the end of 2015, following which development of a prototype will begin. The prototype will be developed with the goal of creating a cost-competitive falling particle receiver that can receive thermal efficiency of over 90% and achieve particle temperatures no less than 700 °C.

If you want to know more about this and other topics directly from end users of energy storage technologies join us at one of these annual events: The Energy Storage World Forum (Grid Scale Applications), or The Residential Energy Storage Forum, or one of our Training Courses.


Battery Storage for Commercial & Industry

Powerful battery storage offers many advantages in terms of saving electricity costs and a reliable power supply. With this technology, companies retain control of their energy supply and costs. The battery storage system is charged when energy is cheaply available and it supplies the stored electricity when prices are at their highest. With applications such…

Read More

When Global Green Economy Met Energy Storage

Our energy system is dynamically evolving. The realization of the urgency towards Net Zero, Green economies has been more pressing than ever. The energy transformation serving a more sustainable future, safeguarding our ecosystem and protecting our planet is of paramount importance for many developed and developing nations across the globe. In this analysis, we delve…

Read More


“Probably the most interactive and well organized storage event on the calendar.”


Sales Director, S&C

“Great topics, competent speakers, good networking: keep it like that.”



“High scientific content, well targeted, perfect organization.”


Expert Technical & Governance, Elia

Excellent networking event. The sponsorship was well worth it.”


Manager, ATL

View More