Sandia National Laboratories is a multi-program U.S. laboratory with main facilities in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Livermore, California. Sandia has major R&D responsibilities in energy and environmental technologies and economic competitiveness, and is host to the National Solar Thermal Test Facility, where a Molten Salt Test Loop (MSTL) was recently commissioned.

Designed and built to exacting specifications, Sandia’s MSTL system provides a means to perform accelerated lifetime testing on power plant-size components, reducing start-up risks for newly constructed generation facilities. No other test facility in the world is capable of supporting such extensive, large-scale research.

Molten Salt Thermal Storage