Revamped SolarGas reactor back in the sun

The revamped SolarGas reactor, back in action in Solar Field 1.

It has been a good week for CSIRO’s SolarGas™ reactor. The reactor – which was recently down in our workshop here at CSIRO Newcastle – was reintroduced to concentrated sunlight in Solar Field 1 on Thursday morning, and it’s been passing its start-up tests with flying colours. When I was down in the field this morning it was being held steady at just under 600°C while engineers continue the process of recommissioning it to its usual operating conditions of 800°C and above.

The SolarGas reactor in the CSIRO Newcastle workshops.

The reactor is now operating with several improvements including a new and better temperature monitoring system.

Don’t know what SolarGas is? Read this previous blog post for a description of how it works and why it’s useful.

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