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More Efficient Fuel Cells under Development by Engineers

Solar power and other sources of renewable energy can help combat global warming but they have a draw­back: they don’t produce energy as predictably as generating plants powered by oil, coal, or natural gas. Solar panels only produce electricity when the sun is shining, and wind turbines are only productive when the wind is brisk. […]

High-Efficiency Solar Thermochemical Reactor for Hydrogen Production

On June 16th, the Department of Energy Fuel Cell Technology Office (FCTO) announced $20 million for 10 R&D projects to advance technologies that can economically produce and deliver hydrogen to power fuel cells from diverse, domestic, and renewable resources thereby enabling substantial reductions in energy use and carbon emissions. Advancing these technologies is critical to […]

Novel Nanoparticle Production Method Could Lead to Better Lights, Lenses, Solar Cells

Titanium-dioxide (TiO2) nanoparticles show great promise as fillers to tune the refractive index of anti-reflective coatings on signs and optical encapsulants (protective coverings or coatings) for light-emitting di­odes (LEDs), solar cells and other optical devices. Industry has shunned TiO2 nanoparticles because they have been difficult and expensive to make, and current methods produce particles that are too […]

Sandian’s Receive Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Program Achievement Award

On June 17th at the 2014 DOE EERE Fuel Cell Technology Office (FCTO) Annual Merit Review in Washington DC, Sandian’s Christopher San Marchi (manager of Sandia’s Hydrogen and Metallurgy Science Dept.) and Brian Somerday (also in the Hydrogen and Metallurgy Science Dept.) received a DOE Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Program achievement award for their research […]

Get Ready for the Computers of the Future: Sandia Launches Push to Innovate Next-Generation Machines

Sandia computing experts have launched an effort to help discover what computers of the future might look like, from next-generation supercomputers to systems that learn on their own—new machines that do more while using less energy. “We think that by combining capabilities in microelectronics and computer architecture, Sandia can help initiate the jump to the […]

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