2017 ARPA-e Energy Innovation Summit

2017 ARPA-e Energy Innovation Summit

By | 2017-02-21T19:34:53+00:00 February 21st, 2017|Highlights - Energy Research, News, News & Events, Office of Science, Research & Capabilities|Comments Off on 2017 ARPA-e Energy Innovation Summit

Meet our Scientists!

Stop by the main Sandia Labs Booth #505 for an opportunity to interact with SNL scientists including:

  • Laura Biedermann, R&D, Electronic, Optical, and Nano Materials Department
  • Cliff Ho, Manager, Concentrating Solar Technologies Department
  • Hongyou Fan, R&D, Advanced Materials Laboratory

Sandia Labs Featured in the Technology Showcase

Sandia Lab / Booth #506

Through the Secure and Sustainable Energy Future Mission Area, Sandia National Laboratories seeks to support the creation of a secure energy future for the US by using its capabilities to enable an uninterrupted and enduring supply of energy from domestic sources, and to assure the reliability and resiliency of the associated energy infrastructure. SNL seeks to create an energy future that is also sustainable by using its capabilities to drive the development and deployment of energy sources that are safer, cleaner, more economical and efficient, and less dependent on scarce natural resources.

ARPA-e Award-Winning Technology Booth # 515

Accelerating Low-cost Plasma Heating and Assembly (ALPHA) Project
Demonstrating Fuel Magnetization and Laser Heating Tools for Low-Cost Fusion Energy

Partners: University of Rochester 

Project Innovation + Advantages: 

Sandia National Laboratories is partnering with the Laboratory for Laser Energetics at the University of Rochester to investigate the behavior of the magnetized plasma under fusion conditions, using a fusion concept known as Magnetized Liner Inertial Fusion (MagLIF). MagLIF uses lasers to pre-heat a magnetically insulated plasma in a metal liner and then compresses the liner to achieve fusion. The research team will conduct experiments at Sandia’s large Z facility as well as Rochester’s OMEGA facilities, and will collect key measurements of magnetized plasma fuel including temperature, density, and magnetic field over time. The results will help researchers improve compression and heating performance. By using the smaller OMEGA facility, researchers will be able to conduct experiments more rapidly, speeding the learning process and validating the MagLIF approach. Sandia’s team will also use their experimental results to validate and expand a suite of simulation and numerical design tools to improve future fusion energy applications that employ magnetized inertial fusion concepts. This project will help accelerate the development of the MagLIF concept, and assist with the continued development of intermediate density approaches across the ALPHA program.