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Renewable Systems

Renewable Systems

The Renewable Systems program area works to reduce the risks of transformative energy solutions that will enhance the nation’s security and economic prosperity. Energy security research at Sandia seeks to address key challenges facing our nation and the world. We work with the energy industry to improve current hardware and develop the next generation of technologies to extract or produce energy.

The Energy and Climate (EC) Program Management Unit (PMU) spearheads research into energy alternatives that will help the nation reduce its dependence on oil and coal and to combat the effects of climate change. Sandia’s long history with geothermal, solar, and wind energy research has seen a vast increase in effort and intensity over the past 15 years and has also been supplemented in recent years with efforts in biologically based fuels: biomass from nonfood plant sources and algae—both of which can be grown on land unsuitable for farming.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy is energy which comes from natural resources such as sunlight, wind, rain, tides and waves, and geothermal heat, which are naturally replenished.

Transportation Energy

Transportation Energy programs at Sandia share a common goal: reducing dependence on petroleum-based fuels and developing sustainable alternative fuels and increased efficiency of vehicle technologies.

No single technology solution will address the hurdles in front of us; the future calls for a variety of options available to consumers. To that end, we have a broad portfolio of research activities related to achieving our transportation energy mission:

Nuclear Energy and Fuel Cycle Programs

Sandia National Laboratories’ Nuclear Energy and Fuel Cycle Programs provide a dynamic, multifaceted approach to systems-based research and development of nuclear energy and fuel cycle technologies. Sandia supports the safe, secure, reliable, and sustainable use of nuclear power worldwide through strengths in repository science, nonproliferation, safety and security, transportation, modeling, and system demonstrations. As a national leader, Sandia strives to enhance the nation’s security and prosperity through sustainable, transformative approaches to the world’s most difficult nuclear energy challenges.

Fossil Energy

Since the late 1970s, this program has developed and transferred Sandia technologies to assist the natural gas and oil industry, especially U.S. independent producers. Our goal is to maintain a secure, economic supply of the nation’s natural gas and crude oil.

Energy Efficiency

The novel approaches to increasing energy efficiency and developing clean energy sources developed in the national laboratories can then be transferred to industry to resolve the nation’s energy future.

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Renewable Systems News

Sandia Report Presents Analysis of Glare Impacts of Ivanpah Solar Power SiteThe Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System (ISEGS) consists of three 459-ft-tall power towers and over 170,000 reflective heliostats with a rated capacity of 390 MW. The California Energy Commission (CEC) has received numerous pilot and air traffic controller glare-impact reports. The situation is serious because pilots report that they cannot “scan the sky in that direction […]
Sandia Wins Award for Best Poster at 40th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialist Conference (PVSC)  Sandia researcher Jay Johnson (in Sandia’s Photovoltaic & Distributed Systems Integration Dept.) and a collaborating team from Texas A&M University were recognized at the 40th Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) PVSC held in Denver, Colorado, on June 8–13, 2014, winning the event’s Best Poster award for “Evaluation Method for Arc Fault Detection […]
Sandia Completes Hydrostructural Analysis of Ocean Renewable Power Company’s TidGen® TurbineSandia performed an independent hydrostructural analysis of the Ocean Renewable Power Company (ORPC) TidGen® turbine, with a focus on the bolted-joint connections. Sandia’s CACTUS hydrodynamics software was used to predict dynamic loads on the turbine, and these loads served as input to structural dynamics analysis, performed using Abaqus finite-element analysis (FEA) software. The analysis examined […]

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