Savannah River National Laboratory researchers will use two grants totaling $6.3 million to explore ways to make solar energy cost-competitive with other energy sources by 2020.
The awards are part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative, a collaborative national solar energy research effort.
The laboratory at Savannah River Site will conduct research focusing on “concentrating solar power” systems that use mirrors to focus sunlight onto receivers that heat a fluid used to generate electricity using a turbine.
Other project partners, in addition to the lab, include United Technologies Research Center of East Hartford, Conn., the University of South Carolina and the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa. Principal SRNL researchers are Dr. Brenda Garcia-Diaz and Dr. Josh Gray. Other SRNL research team members include Dr. Luke Olson and Dr. Michael Martinez-Rodriguez.
The management and operating contractor for SRS and the national labortory is Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, LLC.