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More Efficient Fuel Cells under Development by EngineersSolar 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 ProductionOn 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 […]
Biofouling Studies on Sandia’s Marine Hydrokinetic Coatings Initiated at PNNL’s Sequim BaySandia’s Materials & Manufacturing Reliability Program has begun testing their novel marine hydrokinetic (MHK) coatings at the Sequim Bay facility, which is a part of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). Tests will reveal anti-biofouling efficacy of coatings developed for MHK technology and of commercial coatings. Over 150 coupons (1×1, 3×3, and 8×8 inches) will be […]
Biofouling Studies on Sandia’s Marine Hydrokinetic (MHK) Coatings Initiated at PNNL’s Sequim BaySandia’s Materials & Manufacturing Reliability Program has begun testing their novel MHK coatings at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s Sequim Bay facility. Tests will reveal anti-biofouling efficacy of coatings developed for MHK technology and of commercial coatings. Over 150 coupons (1×1, 3×3, & 8×8 inches) will be examined in testing tanks using water from Sequim Bay—to […]
Sandia Contributes to International Electrotechnical Commission IEC 61400-26 Availability StandardThe U.S. Department of Energy Wind Program and Sandia have been working with the International Elec­trotechnical Commission (IEC) Committee on Wind Turbine Availability to develop three specifications for IEC-61400-26―the standard that addresses wind turbine and wind-plant availability. The first specification is on the definitions of operating states and availability conditions and was published in 2011. […]
Widespread Hydrogen Fueling Infrastructure Is the Goal of H2FIRST ProjectAs hydrogen (H2) fuel cell electric vehicles (HFCEVs) continue to roll out in increasing numbers, the infrastructure for fueling them must expand as well. To this end, a new project launched by EERE’s Fuel Cell Technologies Office and led by Sandia and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will work in support of H2USA, the […]
Renewables, Other Energy Issues To Be Focus of Enhanced Sandia-SINTEF CollaborationUnder an expanded agreement, a decades-long partnership between Sandia and the Norwegian research organization SINTEF (Stiftelsen for industriell og teknisk forskning) will now tackle energy challenges such as renewable-energy integration, grid modernization, gas technologies, and algae-based biofuels. SINTEF is the largest independent research organization in Scandinavia, with expertise in the natural sciences and technology, the […]
Sandia-AREVA Commission Solar Thermal/Molten Salt Energy-Storage DemonstrationAREVA and Sandia began operations of their molten salt energy-storage demonstration plant designed specifically for use with AREVA’s compact linear Fresnel reflector (CLFR) technology. Funded partially by DOE, this full-scale project is being carried out at Sandia’s National Solar Thermal Test Facility (NSTTF) in Albuquerque. Thanks to their significant collaboration, AREVA’s solar team and Sandia’s […]
Wind-Turbine Blade Materials and Reliability ProgressSandia recently produced the final set of inspection panels to be used to evaluate nondestructive inspection (NDI) tools as part of the Blade Reliability Collaborative. This is the final step in a multiple-year task to investigate wind-blade inspection methods. For the first time in the study, flaws will not be known by the inspection technicians—allowing […]
WEC-Sim Code Development Meeting at the National Renewable Energy LaboratorySandia’s Kelley Ruehl and Carlos Michelen (both in Sandia’s Water Power Technologies Dept.) traveled to the Boulder, Colorado, for a WEC-Sim meeting at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s (NREL’s) National Wind Technology Center from March 3–5 in their combined effort to prepare for the public release of the WEC-Sim code, scheduled for June 2014. One […]
National Rotor Testbed Functional Scaling Presented at American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics 2014 ScitechDavid Maniaci (in Sandia’s Wind Energy Technologies Dept.) traveled to National Harbor, Maryland, in January to present a paper at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) SciTech/American Society of Mechanical Engineers Wind Energy Symposium titled, “Definition of the National Rotor Testbed: An Aeroelastically Relevant Research-Scale Wind Turbine Rotor.” Approximately 60 researchers from various institutions […]
Scaled Wind Farm Technology Facility Baselining Project Accelerates WorkWith the Scaled Wind Farm Technology (SWiFT) facility’s basic operation and data collection now operational, the SWiFT Baselining Team met at Sandia on February 20th to kick-off the SWiFT Facility Baselining Project’s major work phase. The project’s goal is to achieve complete operational readiness and verification of all SWiFT controller, data acquisition, and instrumentation systems for future […]
Increasing the Scaled Wind Farm Technology Facility’s Power ProductionDuring the period of February 24–March 7, Scaled Wind Farm Technology (SWiFT) facility turbines were operational—producing power and collecting data for the longest period to date. On March 5, both turbines produced rated power of 200 kW without any issue. A snapshot of 184 kW is shown in the figure. To date, the turbines have been running with supervised operation […]
Tidal Energy Resource Assessment in the East River Tidal Strait, New YorkSandia recently worked together with Verdant Power, Inc., and Oak Ridge National Laboratory to conduct two-months of high-resolution velocity and turbulence measurements using acoustic Doppler velocimeters (ADVs) at the Roosevelt Island Tidal Energy (RITE) site. Verdant Power was recently given permission by Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to deploy up to 30 axial-flow turbines at this […]
Characterizing Scaled Wind Farm Technology Facility InflowThe Scaled Wind Farm Technology (SWiFT) research facility will provide meteorological measurement advanced of the industry standard. Two anemometer towers have been installed 2.5 rotor diameters upstream of the first row of wind turbines. When fully instrumented, these towers will provide both the industry standard averaged value (wind speed and direction, i.e., two-dimensional wind vector) and […]
PV Value® Tool Featured at Washington D.C. RoundtableGeoff Klise (in Sandia’s Earth Systems Analysis Dept.) attended the 2014 Green Mortgage Appraisal Roundtable, hosted by the Federal Housing Administration–Single Family Housing Office of Economic Resilience and the Executive Office of the President on March 11, 2014. The PV Value® tool, co-developed by Sandia and Energy Sense Finance, was presented as a successful application […]
New Material Tests Show Biaxial Laminate Creep Is Important for Large Wind-Turbine BladesBlade designers continue to push existing composite material capabilities  as they look to capture more wind with longer rotors. Recent industry observations of damage occurring earlier than expected in the blade panel regions (Figure 1) were brought to the attention of researchers at Sandia National Laboratories and Montana State University (MSU). Blade panel regions typically use […]
High-Fidelity Hydrostructural Analysis of Ocean Renewable Power Company’s (ORPC’s) TidGen® TurbineSandia is performing a high-fidelity hydrostructural analysis of the Ocean Renewable Power Company’s (ORPC’s) TidGen® turbine using the computational fluids dynamics (CFD) tool Star CCM+® and the structural-dynamics modeling capability in the Abaqus finite-element analysis (FEA) software. Hydrodynamic loadings from the CFD simulation will provide inputs to the Abaqus FEA model through fluid–structure coupling. The […]
Current Energy Converter Array Optimization FrameworkIn FY13, Sandia developed a framework to identify optimal placement locations—leading to marine hydrokinetic (MHK) current energy converter (CEC) device array configurations that will maximize energy production and minimize environmental effects. The CEC array optimization framework was applied to Cobscook Bay, Maine, the first deployment site of the Ocean Renewable Power Company’s (ORPC) TidGen™ CEC […]
Portable Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Unit to Provide Green, Sustainable Power to Honolulu PortClean hy­drogen power that’s expected to lower emissions and reduce energy consumption will be coming to the Port of Honolulu in 2015 after the completion of a new fuel-cell technology demonstration, one that could lead to a commercial technology for ports worldwide. Ports have been a major water- and air-pollution source in the U.S.—but remained […]
Sandia–UC Davis Collaboration Funded by DOE Office of Fusion EnergySandian Dean Buchenauer (in Sandia’s Hydrogen and Metallurgy Science Dept.) and Professor David Q. Hwang (UC Davis, School of Engineering) will investigate the formation and transport of compact toroids, which are donut-shaped bundles of energetic plasma. The newly funded research project will develop the means to quickly inject compact toroids whenever a disruptive instability occurs […]
Federal Electric Regulatory Commission Revised Its Small Generator Interconnection Procedure and Small Generator Interconnection AgreementAfter two years of industry consultation, the Federal Electric Regulatory Commission (FERC) has issued a final ruling on the much anticipated modification of the FERC Small Generator Interconnection Procedure (SGIP) which governs the interconnection of small generators (smaller than 20 MW) that sell wholesale electricity. The SGIP also serves as a template for state rules that […]
Sandia Has Signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Case Western Reserve UniversityThe memorandum of understanding (MOU) initiates a relationship between our institutions to better leverage our inherently complementary energy research strengths—focusing on R&D activity in utility-scale power and includes energy storage (batteries, capacitors), grid integration of renewable-energy resources, real-time residential and industrial energy management and control, lifetime degradation and science and various forms of advanced energy […]
DOE-Sponsored Reference Model Project Results ReleasedThe Sandia-led Reference Model Project (RMP), sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), is a partnered effort to develop marine hydrokinetic (MHK) reference models (RMs) for wave energy converters and tidal, ocean, and river current energy converters. The RMP team includes a partnership between DOE; four national laboratories—Sandia National Laboratories (SNL), the National Renewable Energy Laboratory […]
New Mexico Renewable Energy Storage Task ForceSandians Dhruv Bhatnagar (in Sandia’s Electric Power Systems Research Dept.) and Abbas Akhil and Geor­gianne Huff (both in Sandia’s Energy Storage Technology and Systems Dept.) participated on the New Mexi­co Renewable Energy Storage Task Force over the last few months of 2013. During New Mexico’s 2013 Legislative Session, the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department […]
Composite-Materials Fatigue Database UpdatedSince 1989, Sandia has partnered with Montana State University to test and report key data and trends of fiber-reinforced polymers (composites) and other materials used to construct wind-turbine blades. The average wind turbine installed in 1989 had a power rating of 0.225 MW and a rotor diameter of 27 m. By the end of 2012, industry averages […]
New Facility Tool at SWiFT Makes Rotor Work More EfficientRotor fixation stands, one for each Scaled Wind Farm Technology (SWiFT) facility turbine, have been built. The stands will be used to mount the wind-turbine rotors on the ground before and after rotor-lifting activities. Further, the stands provide a foundation for assembling rotors and working on instrumentation just before lifting (an indoor assembly facility on […]
Advanced Controls of Wave Energy Converters May Increase Power Capture Up to 330%Although ocean waves represent an enormous energy resource, most existing WEC designs efficiently produce power only within a narrow wave frequency range. Advanced control of the power-conversion chain can alter this paradigm. Models have shown absorbed-power increases ranging from 100% to 330%. To move from idealized, theoretical paper studies to deployable WEC hard­ware, requires rigorous […]
Sandia Combustion Chemist to Be Awarded Polanyi MedalSandia’s Craig Taatjes (in Sandia’s Combustion Chemistry Dept.), whose ground­breaking work on Criegee intermediates has provided scientific insight into hydrocarbon combustion and atmospheric chemistry, has been selected to receive the prestigious Polanyi Medal by the International Symposium on Gas Kinetics. “The list of previous recipients of this award includes some of my greatest scientific mentors […]
Sandia PV Team Publishes Book ChapterThe book, Solar Energy Forecasting and Resource Assessment, provides an authoritative voice on the accuracy of long-term resource projections and addresses grid operators’ concerns about variable short-term power generation, incorporating contributions from an internationally recognized group of top authors from both industry and academia, focused on providing information from underlying scientific fundamentals to practical applications […]
Sandia Transportation-Energy Research Project Funded as a Part of DOE’s “EV Everywhere” Funding ProgramLate last year, Sandia received funding for its “Mechanistic Modeling Framework for Predicting Extreme Battery Response: Coupled Hierarchical Models for Thermal, Mechanical, Electrical and (Electro)chemical Processes” project under the Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) for Electric Drive Batteries area in the DOE “EV Everywhere” program. Vehicle electrification is widely seen as a method to reduce U.S. […]
Sandia R&D Funded under New DOE SunShot ProgramOn October 22, the Department of Energy announced $60M in new awards to drive affordable, efficient so­lar power. The SunShot Physics of Reliability: Evaluating Design Insights for Component Technologies in Solar (PREDICTS) program is taking a physics- and chemistry-based approach to identifying solar product failure modes. Module-level (~200 W) power electronics (MLPE), such as microinverters, microconverters, […]
Launch of Solar Testing Site in VermontU.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) joined representatives of Sandia, IBM, and the DOE in early November to announce the launch of the Vermont Photovoltaic Regional Test Center (RTC). The RTC will enable research on integrating solar panels into the statewide smart grid and help reduce the cost of solar power. The Vermont RTC is one […]
Joint Sandia-DOE-HMRC Testing of a Floating Oscillating Water Column Wave Energy Converter DeviceFrom September 8th–20th, Diana Bull (in Sandia’s Water Power Technologies Dept.) worked with the team from Ireland’s Hydraulics and Maritime Research Centre (HMRC) to complete testing of Reference Model 6, a backward-­bent duct buoy (BBDB) oscillating water column wave energy converter design. The team from HMRC included Tom Walsh, Brian Holmes, Florent Thiebaut, Neil O’Sullivan, […]
Post-Processing and Analysis of Wake Measurements Around a Scaled TurbineSandia and the Univ. of Washington recently (jointly) reprocessed data from a UW wake-measurement campaign to include power-performance (Cp-TSR) and thrust (Ct-TSR) data for comparable velocity conditions obtained in the September 2012 field campaign. Their reanalysis shows that normalized wake-recovery metrics (i.e., velocity deficit vs turbine diameters downstream) suggest that wake recovery is independent of […]
CINT Computer Simulation Guide for Designing Polymeric Nanoparticles PublishedGary Grest (in Sandia’s Nanostructure Physics Dept.) and his collaborators published “Internal Correlations and Stability of Polydots, Soft Conjugated Polymeric Nanoparticles” in ACS Macro Letters in July 2013. In their work, the internal structure of soft, highly luminescent nanoparticles was resolved by molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. This is the first-ever insight obtained that overcomes the […]
Power Production Started on All Three SWiFT TurbinesThe week of September 30th marked the first week of power production on all three turbines at the Scaled Wind Farm Technology (SWiFT) facility. Josh Bryant, Eric Mallet, and Dave Kroeker (all in Sandia’s Wind Energy Technologies Dept.) worked on-site to monitor the performance of the machines during the initial run-in testing. Through the initial […]
Sandia Maps Multiple Paths to Cleaner, Low-Temp DieselsA few years ago, the automotive and engine industries presented researchers at Sandia National Laboratories with a mystery. Notably, the companies did so separately, each approaching their national-lab research partners at the Combustion Research Facility (CRF) in Livermore, California, with in-house lab engine test results that none of their highly experienced experts had yet encountered. […]
Two CRF Papers Named “Distinguished” for 34th International Symposium on CombustionTwo papers by CRF researchers have been named distinguished papers for the 34th International Symposium on Combustion held from July 29–August 3, 2012, in Warsaw, Poland. “Synchrotron photoionization measurements of fundamental autoignition reactions: Product formation in low-temperature isobutane oxidation” by Arkke Eskola, Oliver Welz, John Savee, David Osborn, and Craig Taatjes (all in Sandia’s Combustion […]
Third Annual Continuous Reliability Enhancement for Wind (CREW) Database Report Now AvailableThe CREW Database, operated and managed by Sandia, published the third annual wind plant reliability benchmark report to the wind industry. CREW is an DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)-funded national reliability database that enables wind-plant operation analysis to benchmark the current installed wind fleet’s reliability performance. This public benchmark represents analysis […]
Sandia, the Atlantic Council, and NM Water Resource Research Institute Sponsor Roundtable on Western Water ScarcitySandia, the Atlantic Council, and NM WRRI presented “Transformational Solutions for Water in the West,” September 5th at the UNM Student Union Building. More than two hundred participants examined the projected gap between western U.S. water supply and demand and explored potential “transformational” solutions from the perspectives of technology and policy (or both) and discussed […]
New Jersey Transit FutureGrid MOU SigningIn late August, DOE Secretary Moniz and New Jersey Governor Christie signed an memorandum of understanding (MOU) over grid modernization, which establishes a relationship between the U.S. Department of Energy, New Jersey Transit Corporation, and the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) to explore the design, possible construction, and future implementation of an advanced […]
Sandia to Partner with MOgene Green Chemicals on ARPA-E REMOTE ProjectOn September 19th, Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) Deputy Director Cheryl Martin announced that 33 breakthrough energy projects will receive ~$66M from ARPA-E under two new programs that provide options for a more sustainable and secure American future. REMOTE (Reducing Emissions using Methanotrophic Organisms for Transportation Energy) provides $34M to find advanced biocatalyst technologies that […]
Sandia Will Host PV Bankability Workshop at Solar Power International (SPI) 2013On October 21, Sandia’s Joshua Stein, Melissa Sisneros, and Bruce King (all in the Photovoltaic & Distributed Systems Integration Dept.) will host a workshop on demonstrating strategies for defining the bankability of new PV products, “Driving the Commercialization of New Solar Technologies: What You Can Learn with the U.S. DOE Regional Test Centers toward Demonstrating […]
JBEI Updates Techno-Economic Modeling Tools for BiofuelsNow available on-line from the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) are two new, improved versions of a techno-economic model created in 2010 to accelerate development of next generation biofuels that are economically competitive with petroleum-based fuels. Incorporating the latest state-of-the-art technologies relevant to bioethanol production, these new wiki-based models simulate critical factors in the biorefinery process, […]
JBEI Research Receives Strong Industry Interest in DOE Technology Transfer CallTo enable technology transfer from DOE-supported research centers (such as the three BioEnergy Research Centers [BRCs]) to the commercial sector, DOE issued a SBIR/STTR (Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer [Research]) program call. This involved having the DOE-funded projects self-identify intellectual property (IP) available for licensing to industry, and then offering the […]
Sandia Participated in the 3rd Annual Technology Forum of the U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center – Clean Vehicles Consortium (CERC-CVC)U.S. and China leaders and researchers involved in the DOE CERC-CVC gathered in Beijing, China, to discuss recent research progress and refine project plans for the remaining 2½ years of the 5-year consortium. The CERC-CVC is one of three U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Centers; the other two consortia focus on clean coal and building energy efficiency. […]
One-Pot-to-Prep Biomass for BiofuelsSandia researchers with the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) have reported the first demonstration of a one-pot, wash-free, process for the ionic liquid pretreatment and saccharification of switchgrass. Using an imidazolium-based ionic liquid pretreatment, the Sandia team was able to liberate 81.2% glucose and 87.4% xylose over the course of a 72 hour processing cycle at […]
Assessing the Economic Potential of Advanced BiofuelsBiofuels hold great promise for the future of transportation energy, but how near we are to that future is, at best, an educated guess with many variables at play. A study led by Scott Paap (Systems Research and Analysis Dept.), “Biochemical production of ethanol and fatty acid ethyl esters from switchgrass: A comparative analysis of environmental […]
Fabrication of AMI Demonstration Blade BegunThe Advanced Manufacturing Initiative (AMI) is a multiple-year, 3-way collaboration among TPI Composites, Iowa State University, and Sandia National Laboratories. The goal of this collaboration is to improve the viability of U.S.-based wind turbine blade manufacturing through improvements in labor productivity and cycle time. As the AMI effort nears completion, the “capstone” effort is the […]
Sandia-NREL Wave Energy Converter (WEC)-Sim Development MeetingKelley Ruehl and Sam Kanner (both in Sandia’s Water Power Technologies Dept.) hosted a three-day meeting onsite at Sandia that was attended by Yi-Hsiang Yu, Michael Lawson, and Adam Nelessen of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory to further develop WEC-Sim, a multiple-year, DOE-funded, joint NREL/Sandia project to develop an open-source WEC modeling tool. This meeting’s […]
CRF Researchers Received “Best Paper” Award for Paper Presented at American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ (ASME) 2012 Internal Combustion Engine Division (ICED) ConferenceDipankar Sahoo (Engine Combustion Dept.), Ben Petersen (formerly with the Engine Combustion Dept., now with Ford Motor Co.), and Paul Miles (Engine Combustion Dept.) received the ASME-ICED best paper award for “The impact of swirl ratio and injection pressure on fuel-air mixing in a light-duty diesel engine.” This award recognizes the best technical contribution from all […]
Patent Awarded for the Fuel Cell Mobile LightOn May 14, 2013, a U.S. Patent (US 8,439,534 B1) was awarded for a fuel cell mobile lighting system. The Sandia inventors, Lennie Klebanoff (8367) and Terry Johnson (8366) were among other project inventors from the broad collaboration between industry, the State of California (Caltrans), DOE, and Sandia to design, build, field test, and commercialize […]
HelioVolt Modules Installed at RTC SitesHelioVolt, Sandia National Laboratories, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and the Florida Solar Energy Center are pleased to announce the successful grid connection of the first half of six arrays to be deployed at the U.S. Department of Energy
Regional Test Centers (RTCs). HelioVolt is installing two 5 kW arrays at each of the following three […]
Sandia and Los Alamos Teams Gear Up for Hurricane SeasonThe Department of Homeland Security’s National Infrastructure Simulation and Analysis Center (NISAC), jointly housed at Sandia and Los Alamos national laboratories, studies how hurricanes and other disasters disrupt critical infrastructure, such as roads, electricity, and water systems. With the onset of hurricane season, NISAC has two jobs: conducting annual “hurricane swath” analyses of probable impacts […]
2013 Electricity Storage Handbook PublishedThe DOE/EPRI 2013 Electricity Storage Handbook in Collaboration with NRECA has been released and is available for download (166 pp + appendices). The handbook was jointly authored by the Sandia (on behalf of DOE Energy Storage Systems program), Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), and AECOM Technical Services, Inc. The […]
Sandia and Atlas-Copco Secoroc Advance to Phase 2 in Their Geothermal Energy ProjectIn 2012, the partnership between Sandia and Atlas-Copco Secoroc was awarded a $3.4M DOE grant to develop a down-the-hole (DTH) hammer capable of low-cost, high-production drilling in the extreme heat of deep geothermal wells. The overall DOE goal is to increase the feasibility of geothermal energy production by lowering the cost and financial risk associated […]
Jerry Simmons Is One of Three Researchers Named as Laboratory FellowsThis status is reserved for those who are nationally or internationally recognized pioneers in their fields. It is considered a promotion to the highest level of R&D staff, equivalent to the level of management immediately below Sandia’s vice presidents. “The three new fellows have histories of sustained and equally distinguished accomplishments in their fields,” said […]
SWiFT Commissioned to Study Wind Farm OptimizationThe DOE, Sandia, and Texas Tech University (TTU) commissioned the DOE/Sandia Scaled Wind Farm Technology (SWiFT) facility on Tuesday, July 9th at the Reese Technology Center in Lubbock, Texas. SWiFT is the first public facility of its kind to use multiple wind turbines to measure how wind turbines interact with one another in a wind […]
Sandia-California Partners with Japanese National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) in Hydrogen-Materials ResearchDr. Bai An from AIST visited Sandia’s Livermore site during the week of May 28. This international collaboration is working to understand the atomic-level processes of hydrogen embrittlement in steels, with a particular focus on stainless steels. Dr. An is an internationally recognized expert on scanning probe microscopy, such as atomic force microscopy and scanning […]
Sierra Unmanned Aerial Vehicle to Begin Flights Over Arctic Sea IceOn July 16th, the Sierra, a unique unmanned aerial system (UAS) operated by the NASA Ames Research Center in northern California (learn more), began flights over the Arctic sea ice as part of the MIZOPEX (Marginal Ice Zone Observations and Processes Experiment) mission. MIZOPEX is an intensive observing campaign that will characterize the ocean surface, […]
The National Algae Testbed Public-Private Partnership Kick-Off Meeting at Arizona State UniversitySandians Ron Pate (Earth Systems Analysis Dept.), Todd Lane (Systems Biology Dept.), Tricia Gharagozloo (Thermal/Fluid Science and Engineering Dept.), and Tom Reichardt (Remote Sensing and Energetic Materials Dept.) participated in the April 15–18, 2013, National Algae Testbed Public-Private Partnership (ATP3) kick-off meeting at Arizona State University (ASU). Ron is part of the ATP3 executive team […]
New Mexico Small Business Assistance (NMSBA) Program Collaborations RecognizedTen NMSBA projects that achieved outstanding innovations last year were honored at the program’s annual Innovation Celebration Awards event. “NMSBA has been bringing small businesses together with scientists and engineers from Sandia and Los Alamos for more than 12 years. We are grateful to the principal investigators who work with New Mexico’s small businesses,” said […]
Maritime Ports May Be the Next Deployment for Hydrogen Fuel CellsHydrogen fuel cells are being used in a variety of ways to provide efficient, pollution-free power: mobile lighting systems, forklifts, emergency backup systems, and light-duty trucks, to name a few. Providing auxiliary power to ships in berth may be added to that list soon. Joe Pratt (Energy Systems Engineering and Analysis Dept.) and Aaron Harris […]
Hoboken Hopes To Reduce Power Outages With New ‘Smart Grid’ SystemMayor Says New System Will ‘Keep Everyone Safer Through Next Storm’ HOBOKEN, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – Officials are hoping to reduce power outages during future storms in Hoboken by designing a “smart grid” system using military-inspired technology. The Hudson River came pouring into the streets of Hoboken when Superstorm Sandy struck cutting off road access, putting […]
Hoboken, New Jersey, Mayor Zimmer Announces Infrastructure Initiatives to Address Flooding, Water, and Power SystemsHoboken, NJ – Wednesday, May 15th, 2013 Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer announced a partnership with North Hudson Sewerage Authority (NHSA) to build Hoboken’s second wet-weather flood pump in order to alleviate Hoboken’s 200-year flooding problem. The pump, with a capacity of 50 million gallons per day, would further alleviate flooding in Western Hoboken. The City […]
Sandia’s Work with Texas Southern University Cited by Representative Sheila Jackson LeeSandia was mentioned in a letter by Representative Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) for outstanding work with Texas Southern University (TSU). Through the National Infrastructure Simulation and Analysis Center (NISAC) program, Sandia has partnered with TSU’s National Transportation Center of Excellence, to complete analyses of the petrochemical supply chain and related analyses of the impact of […]
Sandia Solar Energy Test System Cited in National Engineering CompetitionBridgers & Paxton Consulting Engineers, Inc., of Albuquerque, N.M., earned a National Recognition Award for exemplary engineering achievement in the American Council of Engineering Companies’ (ACEC) 47th annual Engineering Excellence Awards for the Molten Salt Test Loop (MSTL) project, part of Sandia’s NSTTF. Designed and built to exacting specifications, Sandia’s MSTL system provides a means […]
DOE Completes Construction of State-of-the-Art Wind Plant Performance FacilityThe U.S. Department of Energy and Vestas R&D have completed construction of a new state-of-the-art wind plant research facility at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. The Scaled Wind Farm Technology (SWiFT) facility is the first U.S. facility specifically designed and constructed to tackle the challenges of the DOE Wind Farm of the Future program. […]
Caterpillar, Sandia CRADA Opens Door to Multiple Research ProjectsSandia and industrial giant Caterpillar Inc. have signed their first umbrella cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA), opening the door to a wide range of scientific research. “This agreement will lead to an expanded relationship with Caterpillar,” said Vic Weiss, the Sandia business development specialist who helped negotiate the CRADA. “It’s a strategic collaboration.” The […]
SPIDERS Completed Its Phase 1 Operational Demonstration in Late JanuaryThe Smart Power Infrastructure Demonstration for Energy Reliability and Security (SPIDERS) Joint Capability Technology Demonstration (JCTD) completed its Phase 1 operational demonstration at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in late January 2013. Part of the SPIDERS assessment team scrutinized controller operations, system status, and continuity of operations throughout the demonstration. Their report will focus on system […]
Sandia and EMCORE: Solar Photovoltaics, Fiber Optics, MODE, and Energy EfficiencyMODE (MicroOptical Devices) was an Albuquerque-based start-up company founded by a group of Sandians who left Sandia under a special entrepreneurial program. MODE was purchased in 1997 by EMCORE, a New Jersey company that has worked with Sandia since the early 1990s. Upon acquiring MODE, EMCORE became the first company to build a facility in […]
ECIS and Compass Metals: Platinum Nanostructures for Enhanced CatalysisRenewable energy sources are critical to the nation’s future, and hydrogen-powered fuel cells offer an attractive alternative to current technologies. However, fuel-cell catalysts must become more durable, efficient, and inexpensive before they are practical and cost-effective. Because most fuel cells use platinum or platinum alloys as catalysts, the limited platinum supply is a barrier to […]
ECIS, Boeing, Caltrans, and Others: Fuel-Cell-Powered Mobile Lighting ApplicationsHighway construction workers, airport maintenance personnel, and film crews use small, portable lighting systems known as “mobile lighting.” Traditionally, mobile lighting units are powered by diesel-fueled generators that produce CO2, NOx (nitrogen oxides produced during combustion), and soot, putting them at odds with responsible environmental stewardship. Sandia, with help from Boeing, the California Department of […]
Sandia, DOE Energy Storage Program, GeneSiC Semiconductor, U.S. Army ARDEC: Ultra-High-Voltage Silicon Carbide ThyristorsIncreasing consumer power demand creates numerous challenges for ensuring reliable, stable power for all customers. Many energy generation technologies, particularly renewables, generate direct-current power that must be converted to alternating current before use. Power switches, known as thyristors, perform this conversion and are crucial to a reliable electricity grid. Current switches have been inefficient and […]
Sandia, Endicott Interconnect Technologies, EMCORE, International Micro Industries, NREL, Universal Instruments: Solar GlitterSandia scientists have developed glitter-sized photovoltaic (PV) cells that have the potential to achieve the cost breakthrough necessary to move solar energy into widespread, portable use. Miniaturized solar cells are produced using Sandia’s microsystems-enabled photovoltaics (MEPV) technology, which employs microdesign and microfabrication techniques common to the semiconductor, liquid-crystal display, and microsystems industries. The PV cells […]
EC, DHS’s S&T Directorate, Federal Emergency Management Agency: SUMMITNatural disasters create emergency situations that must be dealt with quickly and effectively in order to minimize injury and loss of life. Simulating such events before they occur can help emergency responders fine-tune their preparations. To create the most accurate modeling scenarios, exercise planners need to know critical event details, such as infrastructure damage and […]
Sandia Labs, Front Edge Technology, Inc., Pacific Northwest National Lab, Univ. of California–Los Angeles: Micro Power SourceWhat if the batteries had the ability to recharge themselves? Just as on rooftops, a PV surface could convert the sunlight to electricity to charge the storage device. Sandia, working with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), has developed the Micro Power Source, a system that integrates a […]
Sandia, Los Alamos, Superconducting Technologies Inc., & Superpower: Solution Deposition PlanarizationThe nation’s electricity grid relies on power transmission from the production source—be it a coal-fired plant, solar array, or wind farm—to the consumer. Long-distance transmission results in sizeable energy losses due to resistance in the conducting material. Superconducting wires offer the potential for zero power dissipation and higher maximum current densities when contrasted with traditional […]
ECIS, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, University of New Mexico, and Davidson College: Multifunctional Optical Coatings by Rapid Self-AssemblyOptical coatings appear on items ranging from electronic devices, photographic lenses, and windows to aircraft sensors, photovoltaic cells, and goggles for troops in the field. The coatings protect or alter the way a material reflects and/or transmits light. However, the two primary methods of applying coatings—sputtering and chemical vapor deposition (CVD)—are expensive, require highly specialized […]
ECIS-Princeton Power Systems, Inc.: Demand Response InverterSolar energy is both predictable—the sun rises and sets everyday—and intermittent—a passing cloud can reduce a 1 MW photovoltaic (PV) array from 100% of its power generating capacity to 10% in a matter of seconds. This intermittency limits this renewable-energy (RE) source and how much of it is integrated into today’s electricity grid. To alleviate […]
Measurements of Thermal Stratification in a Homogenous Charge Compression Ignition EngineHomogenous charge compression ignition (HCCI) engines use fuel mixed with a substantial amount of excess air or recirculated exhaust gas that is compressed in the combustion chamber until it autoignites. The resulting combustion is a flameless and low-temperature burn that consumes less fuel than traditional spark-ignition internal combustion engines, and therefore, produces less carbon dioxide. […]
‘Zombie’ Replica Cells May Outperform Live Ones as Catalysts and ConductorsThe Sandia-developed technique coats a cell’s insides with a silica solution to form a near-­‐perfect replica of its internal structure—simplifying a wide variety of commercial fabrication processes from the nano- to macro-scale. The work, reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, uses the nanoscopic organelles and other tiny components of mammalian cells […]
Biofuels Blend Right In: Researchers Show Ionic Liquids Effective for Pretreating Mixed Blends of Biofuel FeedstocksWinemakers have long known that blending different grape varietals can favorably balance the flavor characteristics of the wine they produce. In the future, makers of advanced biofuels might use a similar strategy, blending different feedstock varieties to balance the energy characteristics of the transportation fuel they produce. A collaborative study by researchers with the DOE’s […]
Photovoltaic (PV) Regional Test Center (RTC) Website Goes LiveECIS has developed a new external website to facilitate the functions of the five DOE RTCs—both interacting with each other to fulfill the overall DOE objectives and with partners in the U.S. PV industry. The site houses project updates, news, and events as well as controlled access for project file sharing. The DOE has commissioned […]
Cool Earth Solar and Sandia Team Up in First-Ever Public-Private Partnership on Livermore Valley Open CampusIn a public-private partnership that takes full advantage of the Livermore Valley Open Campus (LVOC) for the first time, Sandia and Cool Earth Solar (CES) have signed a five-year cooperative research & development agreement (CRADA) that could make solar energy more affordable and accessible. The CRADA calls for researchers with Sandia’s New Mexico solar energy […]
ECIS-UNM: Biomimetic Membranes for Water PurificationClean water scarcity leads to disease, death, and often international tension. Limited clean water supplies face further stress due to its required use in a number of industrial processes. Reverse osmosis (RO) is currently the best method of desalination (making fresh water from seawater), but the energy requirements and costs for this process are tremendous […]
Sandia Science & Technology Park: Acquisition of Companies Reflects Growth of Industry in ParkTwo companies in the Sandia Science & Technology Park (SS&TP) were acquired by Fortune 500 companies in 2011, highlighting the growth of SS&TP tenants in desirable technology areas. Being in the SS&TP has given both companies a location near Sandia National Laboratories, a desirable site for their facilities and employees, and heightened visibility with the […]
ECIS and i-GATE: Innovation Hub Connects Clean Tech Small Business with Labs and StateGetting connected with government officials, potential partners, investors, and technical resources isn’t generally an easy task for start-up companies. But for clients of the i-GATE (Innovation for Green Advanced Transportation Excellence) innovation hub, there is a mechanism in place to provide a wide range of business support. The collaborative effort is administered by the City […]
ECIS-I2CNER: Hydrogen Infrastructure Research Aids Energy Independence GoalSandia National Laboratories’ unique experimental capabilities to quantify the effects of hydrogen on structural materials at high pressures are one of the reasons it was chosen to be a part of the International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research (I2CNER). I2CNER is an international consortium established in Japan in 2007 with a main objective to develop […]
ECIS-Automotive Fuel Cell Corporation: Hydrocarbon Membrane Fuels the Success of Future Generation VehiclesAt Sandia National Laboratories, researcher Cy Fujimoto, in partnership with Automotive Fuel Cell Cooperation (AFCC), is developing a polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) that can operate optimally with minimum on-board humidification and low gas crossover. Current fuel cell vehicles run optimally when the air and hydrogen fuel is humidified, which requires high pressures and additional systems […]
ECIS and UOP (a Honewell Company): CSTs Clean Radioactive Waste in Fukushima and WorldwideRadiation waste cleanup was in the public eye this year following the huge earthquake and tsunami in Fukushima, Japan. Sandia National Laboratories has a history of helping to solve challenging problems related to radioactive waste cleanup as part of the long-term effort to remediate radioactive waste at both government sites and nuclear power plants. Sandia […]
ECIS-Veeco: Research Driving Down the Costs of Efficient LED LightingSolid state lighting (SSL), which uses light-emitting diodes (LEDs), has the potential to be 10 times more energy efficient than traditional incandescent light bulbs. Currently, 20% of U.S. energy use powers lighting. SSL technology can potentially significantly cut U.S. lighting energy use, reducing electricity consumption for lighting by one-fourth. That’s why since 2003, the Department […]
Sandia and General Motors: Advancing Clean Combustion Engines with Predictive Simulation ToolsSandia National Laboratories has been working with General Motors (GM) for over 30 years. In the last few years, this partnership has become a strategic alliance, which includes a cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA), making it easier for the partners to work together. Our parthership’s research focus areas include systems modeling for energy, infrastructure, […]
Sandia Wide-Bandgap Semiconductor WorkshopIn response to increased interest in wide-bandgap (WBG) semiconductor projects by DOE, on October 30, 2012, Sandia hosted a one-day brain­storming workshop aimed at identifying the value, scope, structure, and partnership oppor­tunities of a potential National Center for Wide Bandgap Semiconduc­tors. Participants from DOE, industry, academia, and other labs participated in a series of breakout […]
Pratt Whitney Rocketdyne TestingOn November 24, 2012 the National Solar Thermal Test Facility (NSTTF) began testing of the Pratt Whitney Rocketdyne (PWR) solar receiver shroud.  Fifteen days of solar testing are scheduled for this testing.  The flux levels on the shroud range between 100 and 500 suns.  The work is sponsored by PWR in cooperation with the Department […]
Northrop-Grumman, GE Partnerships Tap a Wide Range of Sandia Labs ExperienceSandia has signed a pair of umbrella cooperative research and development agreements (CRADAs) with Northrop Grumman Information Systems and General Electric Global Research that will broadly add to the Labs’ research. “These strategic agreements envision long-term partner­ships,” said Brooke Garcia, a Sandia business development specialist who helped negotiate the CRADAs. The Northrop-Grumman CRADA includes research […]
Solar Energy Research Institute for India and the United States Kick-OffThe purpose of the Solar Energy Research Institute for India and the United States (SERIIUS) is to establish a Joint Clean Energy R&D Center (JCERDC)—to create an environment for cooperation and innovation “without borders” in order to develop and improve emerging revolutionary solar electricity technologies and contribute to the long-term success of India’s Jawaharlal Nehru […]
Sandia and the U.S. Army Collaborate on Operational Energy at Fort DevensDaniel Borneo and Ben Schenkman (both in Sandia’s Energy Surety Engineering and Analysis Dept.) are working on microgrids with Ft. Devens’ Base Camp Integration Laboratory (BCIL). They have been involved in successfully testing an application that can also be used for the civilian power grid. This demonstration and deployment work is consistent with the energy […]
Sandia to Co-Host International Workshop on Photovoltaics (PV) PenetrationSandia National Laboratories, the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and European Distributed Energies Research Laboratories (DERlab) have organized a workshop on utility operating experience with high solar PV penetration levels. The workshop, “Utility Experience with High Penetration PV,” is scheduled Monday, December 3, in Berlin. The workshop will take place just before the Fifth International […]
Sandia Expands an International Collaboration and Web Database on Engine Fuel Spray Combustion ResearchResponding to the need to accelerate the development of predictive engine spray combustion modeling for the design of more fuel-efficient, low-emission engines, Sandia established a multi-institution collaboration called the Engine Combustion Network (ECN). The ECN provides highly leveraged, vetted datasets for spray combustion model development by using contributions from many experimental and modeling participants at […]
Areva Solar and Sandia Labs Join Forces for CLFR Molten-Salt StorageAreva Solar is collaborating with Sandia National Laboratories on a new concentrated solar power (CSP) installation with thermal energy storage. The CSP storage project combines Areva’s modular Compact Linear Fresnel Reflector (CLFR) solar design with Sandia Labs’ proven molten-salt storage system. This will be the first CSP integration with Sandia Labs’ Molten-Salt Test Loop System […]
Solar Power International (SPI) WorkshopAchieving High Penetrations of PV: Streamlining Interconnection and Managing Variability in a Utility Distribution System Friday, Sept 14, 2012, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Orange County Convention Center, West Concourse ‐ Room 306A This week at the Solar Power International Conference, the Department of Energy (DOE), the Electric Power Research Instisute (EPRI), Sandia National Laboratories, […]
Thermal Pulses for Boeing Test ArticleOn June 26 and 27, a series of exposures were made to multiple Boeing test articles using the heliostat field and the high speed shutter located at the test bay 140 above ground in the solar tower at the National Solar Thermal Test Facility. The exposures were made at various flux levels and used between […]
NASA’s Solar Tower Test of the 1-Meter AeroshellThis test is part of a series in support of NASA’s In-Space Propulsion Technologies (ISPT) program. An aeroshell allows a spacecraft to use friction from a planet’s or moon’s atmosphere as a braking force—allowing the probe to carry less fuel (for braking rockets) and permitting that now-available space and mass to be used for mission-relevant […]
A Model for the Nation: Promoting Education and Innovation in Vermont’s Electricity SectorWe are pleased to announce the publication of “A Model for the Nation: Promoting Education and Innovation in Vermont’s Electricity Sector,” a 70-page report summarizing the activities and outcomes of our Vermont-Sandia partnership’s initial year. This document speaks to the broad collaborative effort involved, to the strong and enduring partnership, now formally known as the […]
Customer Interface Document for the Molten Salt Test Loop at the NSTTFThe molten salt test loop (MSTL) system’s customer interface document contains an MSTL overview and details how a customer’s experiment would interface with the system. The document also describes on site collaboration expectations and defines roles and responsibilities for all parties performing an MSTL experiment. The document is available to anyone interested in using MSTL […]
Sandia Tool Determines Value of Solar Photovoltaic Power SystemsConsistent appraisals of homes and businesses outfitted with photovoltaic (PV) installations are a real challenge for the nation’s real estate industry, but a new tool developed by Sandia National Laboratories and Solar Power Electric™ and licensed by Sandia addresses that issue. Sandia scientists, in partnership with Jamie Johnson of Solar Power Electric™, have developed PV […]
Introduction of Prof. David Kelley and UC Merced to SSLSIt is our pleasure to announce the addition of Professor David Kelley as a Senior Investigator in the Solid-State Lighting Science EFRC. He is a Professor and Founding Member of the Chemistry and Chemical Biology Department at the University of California at Merced. Professor Kelley and his research group are world leaders in synthesis and […]
Introduction of Prof. Jim Speck and UCSB to SSLSWe are pleased to announce the addition of Professor Jim Speck of the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB) as a member of the Solid-State Lighting Science EFRC. Jim has developed a collaboration with SSLS scientist Andy Armstrong using deep level optical spectroscopy to investigate defects in the m-plane GaN. Jim is a professor […]
Vermont and Sandia National Laboratories Announce Energy Research CenterVermont—a leader in energy efficiency and deployment of so-called smart-grid technology—will become home to a $15 million national energy research project, officials announced Monday. The Center for Energy Transformation and Innovation will be housed at the University of Vermont. The three-year project is a partnership among the state of Vermont, Sandia National Laboratories of New […]
Wind Energy Manufacturing Lab Helps Engineers Improve Wind PowerResearchers at the Wind Energy Manufacturing Laboratory—a joint effort of researchers from TPI Composites, a Scottsdale, Arizona-based company that operates a turbine blade factory in Newton, and Sandia National Laboratories, and located at Iowa State University—used laser readings to calculate how dozens of the layers would fit and flow over the curves of a mold […]
Building a MicrogridBy Copyright © 2011 Albuquerque Journal Michael Hartranft Journal Staff Writer Japanese firms partner with labs, PNM, Mesa del Sol on project A collaborative U.S.-Japanese project that will use the Aperture Center at Mesa del Sol as the centerpiece for a smart grid technology demonstration is on track to go on line by mid 2012. […]

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