Report on the test of the molten salt pump and value loops

D. C. Smith, E. E. Rush, C. W. Matthews, J. M. Chavez, P. A. Bator

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Abstract

The molten salt pump and value (P&V) test loops have been operation at Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) National Solar Thermal Test Facility (NSTTF) since January 1988. The purpose of the P&V test is to demonstrate the performance, reliability, and service life of full-scale hot and cold salt pumps and valves for use in commercial central receiver solar power plants. The P&V test hardware consists of two pumped loops; the 'Hot Loop' to simulate the hot (565°C) side of the receiver and the 'Cold Loop' to simulate the receiver's cold (285°C) side. Each loop contains a pump and five valves sized to be representative of a conceptual 60-MWe commercial solar power plant design. Since testing began, the hot loop has accumulated over 6700 hours of operation and the cold loop over 2500 hours of operation. This project has demonstrated the performance, and reliability required for commercial-scale molten salt pumps and valves.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationASME-JSES-JSME International Solar Energy Conference
Pages243-250
Number of pages8
StatePublished - 1991
Externally publishedYes
EventSolar Engineering 1991 presented at the Second ASME-JSES-JSME International Solar Energy Conference - Reno, NV, USA
Duration: Mar 17 1991Mar 22 1991

Conference

ConferenceSolar Engineering 1991 presented at the Second ASME-JSES-JSME International Solar Energy Conference
CityReno, NV, USA
Period03/17/9103/22/91

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