Revamped SolarGas reactor back in the sunPosted: Tuesday, 1st May, 2012
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 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.