Richard B. Diver, PhD.

Use my concentrating solar engineering experience, expertise, and creativity to help make your solar power system successful.

Concentrating Solar Power Engineering Experience

  • 35 years of solar engineering research and development
  • Historical knowledge of “What’s really new under the sun?”
  • Hands-on hardware and science-based engineering
  • Know what is needed to be successful

Expertise in a broad range of technical areas

  • Solar thermochemistry
  • Solar optics
  • Systems integration
  • Solar receivers, thermodynamics, materials, tracking structures, heat pipes, and more
  • Dish/engines, parabolic troughs, and power towers

Innovative practical solutions

  • Creative, open-minded approach to problem solving
  • Demonstrated “outside the box” solutions
  • Inventor of CR5, and TOP Alignment, co inventor of Structural Facets, VSHOT, close-loop tracking sensors, hybrid metal oxide thermochemical cycles, and more

I have been involved in the development of Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) technology since 1976.  I received my B.S. in engineering from the United States Military Academy and Ph.D. and M.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Minnesota.  While at Minnesota I directed the design and construction of a high-performance solar furnace facility, which was used for experimental studies of high-temperature solar thermochemical fuels production.  I joined Sandia National Laboratories in 1984 and have been responsible for solar receiver technology development; served as manager of the Dish/Stirling Joint Venture project with Cummins Power Generation; and led solar concentrator technology development activities.  As project lead and systems integrator for the Advanced Dish Development System I developed 10kW dish/Stirling systems for remote power and utility applications that set the standard for reliability and performance for dish/Stirling systems and laid the foundation for current dish/Stirling commercial systems.  I am the inventor of the Theoretical Overlay Photographic (TOP) alignment system for parabolic trough collectors and heliostats and the Counter-Rotating-Ring Receiver/Reactor/Recuperator (CR5) thermochemical heat engine.  During the course of my career I have developed extensive expertisein project leadership, thermochemical systems, solar optics, dish/Stirling technology, systems integration, solar receivers, tracking structures, material and much more.  My many technical innovations in a number of fields have had a major impact on CSP technology. 

In January 2011 I retired from Sandia and established Diver Solar LLC to work with industry and institutional solar technology developers who share my passion for solar power.  Widespread commercial utilization of solar energy is the single greatest opportunity and challenge of the 21st century.  If you agree and think I can help, please contact me at diversolar@gmail.com .

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