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A team from Sandia National Laboratories received $25 million from the U.S. Department of Energy to build a pilot plant that will incorporate an emerging solar power technology. The Sandia researchers recently used 22-foot-wide tethered balloons (equipped with sensors) to collect samples of airborne dust particles to ensure the safety of the technology. The study determined that the dust created by the technology falls below hazardous levels, said Cliff Ho, the lead researcher on the project.
The technology is called a high-temperature, falling-particle receiver for concentrating solar power. Though less common than solar panels or wind turbines, this renewable energy source carries certain advantages, including the ability to store…READ MORE