In order to finalize the development of the new CSP Dish-Stirling system that includes a high temperature Thermal Storage (Thermal Battery) solution and a reconfigured Solar Concentrator with Heat Transfer technology and a Gas Hybrid module, USS has a few key partners. These organizations and companies are the best and most experienced in their respective field. These are ongoing co-operations to be fully engaged when United Sun Systems has long term R&D financing in place.

Savannah River National Laboratories (SNRL) – Thermal Energy Storage technology (thermal battery).

USS has an exclusive license agreement on a thermal Storage technology developed by SRNL for the specific high temperatures that USS technology operates in.

The Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) is a multi-program national laboratory for the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Environmental Management. SRNL is located at the Savannah River Site (SRS) near Jackson, South Carolina, founded in 1951 as the Savannah River Laboratory. It was certified as a national laboratory on May 7, 2004.

Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) puts science to work to create and deploy practical, high-value, cost-effective technology solutions. As the applied research and development laboratory at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Savannah River Site (SRS), SRNL serves DOE and the nation by providing innovative solutions for DOE and other federal agencies across the country and around the world.

SRNL research topics include environmental remediation, technologies for the hydrogen economy, handling of hazardous materials and technologies for prevention of nuclear proliferation. It has specific experience in vitrification of nuclear waste and hydrogen storage initially developed to support production of tritium and plutonium at the Savannah River Site during the Cold War. SRNL is a founding member of the South Carolina Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Alliance (SCHFCA).

The Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) is the applied research and development laboratory at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Savannah River Site (SRS). The laboratory applies state-of-the-art science to provide practical, high-value, cost-effective solutions to complex technical problems. The laboratory earns its world-class reputation because of its talented people and their unwavering commitment to safety, security and quality in the delivery of technology solutions that work.

SRNL applies this commitment to solving the complex problems of the times, such as the detection of weapons of mass destruction, the cleanup of contaminated groundwater and soils, the development of hydrogen as an energy source, the need for a viable national defense, and the safe management of hazardous materials. Building on over 50 years of technological achievement and a framework of vital core competencies, the laboratory will continue to identify, develop and deploy innovative technologies to meet the needs of a variety of customers across the nation.

The Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) has the experience, credibility, extensive capabilities and expertise that are relevant for the execution of the ongoing and emerging missions of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Savannah River Site (SRS) and other DOE programs. SRNL experienced staff and world class expertise have built a very strong foundation with international, national, state and local customers that are key to both national energy security needs as well as SRS strategic initiatives.

SRNL’s Center for Hydrogen Research provides a state-of-the-art facility for the development of innovative hydrogen technology and research. SRNL is also a partner laboratory for the international ITER project to demonstrate the scientific and technological feasibility of a full-scale fusion power reactor. Additionally, SRNL as a partner with Clemson University Restoration Institute (CURI) has world class capability in testing and simulation facilities. Due to their experience and credibility with bioenergy bioprocess development and knowledge relevant to waste treatment, SRNL have the key competencies which align with the Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BTO) stated needs for the new program in Waste to Energy (WTE) initiative.

SRNL is leveraging its nuclear core competencies in chemistry, material science and engineering to develop advanced solutions for wind, solar, and bioenergy. Growth in this Program has been and will continue to be realized through programmatic focus of supporting technical competencies through the Laboratory, as well as utilizing post-doctorates, university personnel, critical hires, and partnerships.

SRNL’s staff includes total employment of approximately 800 people. The research staff of over 700 includes materials scientists, chemists, physicists, biologists, mechanical engineers, chemical engineers, nuclear engineers and a variety of other scientists, engineers and technicians. Approximately one quarter of the research staff hold PhDs.

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Schlaich Bergermann Partner – Solar Concentrator design.

Civil engineering consulting company based in Stuttgart, employing approx. 250 people. The main focuses of the office are the conception, planning and supervision of construction work for portions of structural engineering projects, such as membrane, glass, roof and facade structures, bridges and cable structures, towers, high rise buildings, and exhibition halls. Also included is peer reviewing for structural integrity and structural analysis.

For the soccer world cup in Germany 2006, the Commerzbank-Arena Frankfurt am Main had to be renovated into a new, large-scale sports arena. This necessitated the construction of a mobile roof structure that could be closed across the playing field. In 2004 a new roof with an opening along the longitudinal axis was completed for the Olympic stadium in Berlin, Germany, as well as a new roof for the newly renovated Rhein-Energie-Stadium in Cologne, Germany.

The soccer world cup 2010 in South Africa (Cape Town, Durban, Port Elisabeth, Johannesburg) as well as the soccer world cup 2014 in Brazil have also contributed to the firm’s growing resume of sport stadiums.

They have designed the cable-net glass façades on all four sides of the building for the higher floors of the One World Trade Center (also known as 1 World Trade Center, 1 WTC or Freedom Tower) in NY.

The firm also has its own department for the development of technologies of solar power generation and employs consulting engineers for renewable energies. The development and construction of a prototype solar up-draft power plant in Manzanares, Spain was achieved by the solar division of the office in 1982. Likewise, the Dish-Stirling modules for decentralized energy generation have been developed since the beginning of the 1980s. Since 2000 the firm has taken part in the planning and construction of parabolic trough power plants. This technology along with the structures developed by schlaich bergermann partner are currently being employed in a multitude of power plants around the world.

Their solar division is the leading international engineering office in the field of CSP (Concentrating Solar Power) and well known as experts for the development and design of parabolic trough collectors, point-focusing dish systems, solar tower power plants and heliostats.

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AE Design – Solar Concentrator manufacturing.

AEDesign is a premier engineering and design consultancy company based in Pakistan with group companies based around Europe. AEDesign specializes in providing engineering and analytical services for the automotive, industrial machinery and renewable energy sectors. They offer its clients professional, experience-based design and engineering services, with a focus on efficient, timely delivery. They aim to establish long standing partnerships with its clients, thereby unlocking the true benefits that outsourcing can bring. AEDesign’s client base spans the globe with the majority based in Europe and Pakistan.

AEDesign allows clients to choose from a wide range of services, which include:

  • Conceptual design
  • Detail design
  • CAD Design
  • Design validation based on Finite Element Methods.
  • Preparation of technical manuals
  • CAD database management
  • Product life management
  • Manufacturing

AEDesign has designed and developed a Tracking Solar Concentrator for use with a Stirling Engine (Specifically for Powering Solar Stirling Engine). The Sundish concentrator is to be used for solar thermal applications, to power a Solar Stirling Engine to generate electricity.

AEDesign’s solar dish design eliminates the need for a massive space frame structure, by using strong and stiff reflector panels mounted on spokes and a lighter truss frame connected to hub that holds the Stirling Engine at the other end. These are all supported on a monopole made of standard pipes that need simple foundation. This configura­tion has made the entire design lighter, modular, transportable, economical and easy to assemble on site. Compared to other technologies such as PV systems, the solar concentrator can work for up to 25 years with a degradation of only 2% over the entire period

The system has been successfully deployed in China as well as a 10-dish solar park being installed in Dubai.

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Linamar Corporation – Stirling PCU manufacturing

Linamar Corporation is a publicly traded Canadian manufacturing company which operates worldwide. It is Canada’s second-largest automobile parts manufacturer. Linamar manufactures and supplies automotive and industrial markets with factories across North America, Europe, and Asia. Linamar has two divisions, Powertrain/Driveline and Industrial. These are further divided into the areas of machining and assembly, light metal casting (Montupet), forging (Seissenschmidt), aerial work platforms (Skyjack), and agricultural equipment (Harvestec).

Based in Guelph, Ontario, the company’s various operations employ nearly 26,000 persons worldwide in a total of 59 manufacturing plants, 6 R&D centers and 21 sales offices in 17 countries, most located in North America and South America. Total sales in 2016 were $6 billion.

The foundation for Linamar’s technical research and development advancements are rooted in the expertise of McLaren Engineering. Purchased by Linamar in 2003, McLaren provides engineering, testing and prototyping capabilities for product and manufacturing requirements to better support OEM customers. The integration of a lean focused manufacturing operation with that of a racing inspired engine development service provider has proven to be an industry leading combination.

McLaren’s Mission is Simple: To be a flexible, responsive, capable, competitive, and customer-focused powertrain/driveline testing and prototype build services organization leveraging our employees and assets to the fullest extent possible for the benefit of internal and external customers.

Linamar is the only company in the world with experience in large scale Stirling PCU manufacturing.

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Thermacore (AAVID) – Solar receiver and heat transfer system.

A global leader in high performance thermal management solutions. From concept creation to development, validation testing and manufacturing, Aavid Thermacore produces custom, high-performance thermal solutions. An engineering design staff with over 500 man-years of experience. The company has world-wide operations and with global HQ in Lancaster, Pensylvania, US.

Concept Creation: They start with a set of thermal challenges and mechanical requirements, add Aavid Thermacore innovation and conceptual skill, and the result is thermal design concepts that do the job under the strictest constraints.

Custom Engineering Design: Aavid Thermacore’s design team will customize a thermal management solution just for the application. Their thermal engineering experience and know-how brings the kind of solutions that make Aavid Thermacore a leader in its field. THeir engineering team has proven, extensive capabilities in a wide range of passive (encapsulated APG, heat pipes, vapor chambers) and active (liquid cooling cold plates, liquid cooling system, enclosure heat exchangers) thermal technologies for any application.

Development: Build a prototype after the design concept is finalized to validate thermal/mechanical performance.

Manufacturing: An array of manufacturing capabilities allows for high-performance thermal solutions.

Testing: From 100% thermal validation testing for all prototypes, pre-production, and production units to long term life and reliability testing, they ensure the thermal solution will perform at peak performance with high reliability and long life.

Aavid Themacore has vast experience in heat-pipes and solar receivers, in the CSP area. The company has been involved in to thermal technology for solar energy conversion, for instance:

  • Heat pipe-augmented glass tube collectors for hot water heating
  • Heat pipe-augmented parabolic concentrator/steam generator systems
  • High temperature heat pipe solar receivers for Stirling engines used in Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) systems
  • Dissipating heat from solar cells in photovoltaic (PV) systems
  • Thermal heat exchange/thermal storage systems

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Sandia National Laboratories – Pilot plant.

Sandia National Laboratories is operated and managed by National Technology and Engineering Solutions of Sandia, LLC., a wholly owned subsidiary of Honeywell International, Inc. National Technology and Engineering Solutions of Sandia operates Sandia National Laboratories as a contractor for the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and supports numerous federal, state, and local government agencies, companies, and organizations.

As a Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC), Sandia may perform work for industry responding to certain types of federal government solicitations. The solicitation must allow FFRDC participation and meet the requirements of Sandia’s management and operating contract with DOE/NNSA.

A strong science, technology, and engineering foundation enables Sandia’s mission through a capable research staff working at the forefront of innovation, collaborative research with universities and companies, and discretionary research projects with significant potential impact.

In keeping with our vision to be the nation’s premier science and engineering laboratory for national security and technology innovation, we recruit the best and the brightest, equip them with world-class research tools and facilities, and provide opportunities to collaborate with technical experts from many different scientific disciplines.

The excitement and importance of our work; an exemplary work environment; partnerships with academia, industry, and government; and our record of historic contributions help us attract exceptional staff. Our employees are recognized by their professional peers for their outstanding contributions.

Although most of Sandia’s approximately 10,000 employees work at Sandia’s headquarters in Albuquerque, New Mexico, or at its second principal laboratory in Livermore, California, others are working at various sites in the U.S. and abroad to deliver innovative and reliable solutions in a changing world.

The Sandia National Laboratories (SNL), managed and operated by the National Technology and Engineering Solutions of Sandia (a wholly owned subsidiary of Honeywell International), is one of three National Nuclear Security Administration research and development laboratories. In December 2016, it was announced that National Technology and Engineering Solutions of Sandia, under the direction of Honeywell International, will take over the management of Sandia National Laboratories starting on May 1, 2017.

Their primary mission is to develop, engineer, and test the non-nuclear components of nuclear weapons. The primary campus is located on Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, New Mexico and the other is in Livermore, California, next to Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.  Sandia employs approx. 10,500 people.

The Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) program conducts research to reduce costs and identify opportunities for improvement of CSP technologies, advance understanding of CSP system behavior, increase efficiency and capacity for baseload CSP applications, and reduce risk for CSP technologies and increased levels of concentrating solar power in the transmission grid. The program also develops advanced modeling and validation techniques that integrate structural, optical, and thermal processes for better predictive and analytical capabilities.

National Thermal Solar Test Facility (NSTTF): This unique facility provides experimental engineering data for the design, construction, and operation of unique components and systems in proposed solar thermal electrical plants; planned for large-scale power generation. At 200 feet tall, the NSTTF’s distinct height advantage along with its heat capabilities, offers a unique and complete testing environment to government contractors and agencies, research institutes, universities and private companies.

Sandia is most experienced organization in the world, regarding solar energy, thermal storage and CSP Dish-Stirling.

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