John Pye has been on a research exchange at Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, New Mexico, since January, and will be returning in July. The exchange is generously funded by the Australian Solar Institute. While at Sandia, John is working on improved modelling software for solar thermal energy systems, together with heliostat tracking and photographic flux measurement.
On Sunday, May 20, an annular solar eclipse occurred in Albuquerque. The Sandia team including Randy Montoya and Ed Smith were on site to capture some beautiful photos of the eclipse out on the Sandia heliostat field.
From the Sandia Flickr stream,
Solar research halted during the total solar eclipse Sunday, May 20, at the National Solar Thermal Test Facility located at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, N.M. The annular eclipse can be seen reflected in some of the 212 computer-controlled mirrors called heliostats. Ernie Trujillo of Sandia looks through protective glass at the event. The mirrors were recently replaced with a $3.7 million federal stimulus grant.