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Sandia, UNM Form Alliance to Promote Research, Recruiting

September 10th, 2015|Categories: Advanced Materials Laboratory, Capabilities, Climate, Customers & Partners, EC, Energy, Facilities, Global Climate & Energy, Global Climate & Energy, News, News & Events, Partnership, Research & Capabilities|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

By signing the memorandum of understanding (MOU) for a Strategic Alliance, then Sandia President and Director Paul Hommert and University of New Mexico Provost Chaouki Abdallah expanded our institutions’ commitment to work together to help redefine the future of science and engineering for national security, partner on research, and jointly recruit top researchers. “With this MOU, Sandia and UNM commit to a deeper relationship to strengthen both organizations by exchanging personnel, developing innovative joint research [...]

Sandia Physicist Receives IEEE Award

August 26th, 2015|Categories: Capabilities, Energy, Facilities, Highlights - Energy Research, News, News & Events, Research & Capabilities, Staff|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Sandia physicist William Stygar received the Erwin Marx Award from the IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Science Society. (Photo by Randy Montoya) William Stygar (in Sandia’s Advanced Accelerator Physics Dept.) received the Erwin Marx Award from the Pulsed Power Science and Technology Committee of the IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Science Society. William was praised by the selection committee as contributing “more than any single individual to the successful operation of [Sandia’s Z] facilities at [...]

Government-Industry Radar/Airspace Listening Session at WindPower2015

August 26th, 2015|Categories: Analysis, Capabilities, Computational Modeling & Simulation, Conferences, Energy, Highlights - Energy Research, Modeling, Modeling, Modeling & Analysis, Modeling & Analysis, News, News & Events, Renewable Energy, Research & Capabilities, Systems Analysis, Wind Energy, Wind News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Representatives from the federal agencies participating in the Wind Turbine Radar Interference Mitigation (WTRIM) Working Group held a special Government-Industry Radar/Airspace Listening Session at the American Wind Energy Association AWEA WindPower 2015 event in Orlando, Florida. The event was well attended by more than 50 persons (other than the panel members). The panel consisted of Mr. Jose Zayas (DOE), Mr. Bill Van Houten (Office of the Secretary of Defense Siting Clearinghouse), Mr. Dennis Roberts (Federal [...]

Sandia to Discuss Energy-Storage Test Protocols at the European PV Solar Energy Conference

August 26th, 2015|Categories: DETL, Distribution Grid Integration, Energy, Energy Storage, Energy Storage Systems, Facilities, Grid Integration, Highlights - Energy Research, News, News & Events, Photovoltaic, Renewable Energy, Research & Capabilities, Solar, Solar Newsletter, SunShot, Systems Analysis|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

A residential distributed energy-storage unit being installed (top) and inspected (bottom). Researchers from Sandia will give a plenary talk on energy storage test protocols at the European PV Solar Energy Conference (EU PVSEC), to be held in September in Hamburg, Germany. Plenary presentations are given to the entire conference and reserved for outstanding papers which are seen as visionary in the field. In 2014, the conference hosted an audience of approximately 3,000 professionals [...]

Two Sandians Honored in 2015 Hispanic Engineer of the Year Awards

August 26th, 2015|Categories: DETL, Distribution Grid Integration, Energy, Facilities, Grid Integration, News, News & Events, Photovoltaic, Renewable Energy, Research & Capabilities, Solar, Transmission Grid Integration|Tags: , , , , , , |

Sandia’s Abraham Ellis, manager of the Photovoltaic and Distributed Systems Dept., was awarded the 2015 Hispanic Engineer of the Year Award for “Outstanding Technical Achievement.” On Friday, August 7th, Great Minds in STEM™ announced the 2015 class of Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Conference (HENAAC) award winners. These phenomenal role models in science, technology, engineering and math will be honored at the 27th HENAAC science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) career conference, “Ignite, [...]

Arctic Airspace Warning Area Established to Aid Research & Exploration

August 21st, 2015|Categories: Climate, Global, Global, Global Climate & Energy, Global Climate & Energy, Monitoring, News, News & Events, Research & Capabilities, Sensing, Sensing & Monitoring|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The red bar depicts the 40-mile-wide, 700-mile-long warning airspace now under management by Sandia personnel for DOE’s Atmospheric Radiation Measurement facilities. The space extends from a northern point of the US highway system to 400 miles short of the North Pole. The monitored space will better ensure the safety of climate and other experiments over international waters in the Arctic. The US Department of Energy (DOE) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) have [...]

Sandian Contributes to Western Electricity Coordinating Council Photovoltaic Power Plant Model Validation Guideline

August 21st, 2015|Categories: Analysis, Energy, Grid Integration, News, News & Events, Photovoltaic, Renewable Energy, Research & Capabilities, Solar, Transmission Grid Integration|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Utility-scale PV systems connected to the transmission network must comply with NERC modeling, data, and analysis standards. WECC’s new “Central Station Photovoltaic Power Plant Model Validation Guideline” helps them with this requirement. (Photo credit: Ceinturion, Creative Commons 3.0) As part of the Western Electricity Coordinating Council’s (WECC’s) Modeling and Validation Work Group, Sandia researcher Ryan Elliott (in Sandia’s Electric Power Systems Research Dept.) recently contributed to an update to WECC’s Central Station Photovoltaic [...]

Upcoming Release of the University of Minnesota’s Virtual Wind Simulator

August 5th, 2015|Categories: Analysis, Computational Modeling & Simulation, Energy, Highlights - HPC, Modeling, Modeling, Modeling & Analysis, Modeling & Analysis, News, News & Events, Partnership, Renewable Energy, Research & Capabilities, Systems Analysis, Wind Energy, Wind News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Large-eddy simulation (LES) of wind farms with wind-turbine parameterization is emerging as a powerful tool for improving existing wind farm performance and lowering maintenance costs—and assessing the potential sites for installing wind farms. Sandia is working with the University of Minnesota (UMN) St. Anthony Falls Laboratory to document and prepare UMN’s offshore version of the Virtual Wind Simulator (VWiS) code for release. VWiS is a state-of-the-art LES code that is capable of simulating atmospheric turbulence [...]

Sandia Wind-Turbine Blade Flaw Detection Experiments in Denmark

August 5th, 2015|Categories: Analysis, Energy, Highlights - Energy Research, Infrastructure Assurance, Monitoring, News, News & Events, Partnership, Renewable Energy, Research & Capabilities, Systems Analysis, Wind Energy, Wind News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Wind-turbine blades pose a unique set of inspection challenges: from very thick and attentive spar-cap structures to porous bond lines, varying core material, and a multitude of manufacturing defects of interest. The need for viable, accurate, nondestructive inspection (NDI) technology becomes more important as the cost per blade—and lost revenue from downtime—grows. Under its Blade Reliability Collaborative program, Sandia is quantitatively assessing the performance of a wide range of NDI methods that are currently deployed, [...]

Structural Health Monitoring and Prognostics Management for Offshore Wind Plants

August 5th, 2015|Categories: Computational Modeling & Simulation, Energy, Highlights - Energy Research, Modeling, Modeling, Modeling & Analysis, Modeling & Analysis, News, News & Events, Renewable Energy, Research & Capabilities, Wind Energy, Wind News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Offshore wind energy could potentially play a significant role in helping the nation establish a diversified energy-generation portfolio composed of clean, renewable resources. A current obstacle to offshore wind energy is that most projections put offshore wind farm operations and maintenance (O&M) costs between 2 to 5 times the current average O&M costs for onshore wind farms. One way in which those costs may be reduced is through a simple, yet effective structural health monitoring [...]

Workshop “Shales at All Scales: Exploring Coupled Processes” Is a Success

July 30th, 2015|Categories: Climate, Geoscience, Global Climate & Energy, Global Climate & Energy, News, News & Events|Tags: , , , , , , , |

This workshop, held June 9–11 in Santa Fe, explored physical and geochemical processes in shale controlled by diagenesis; nano-confinement and pore-scale coupled processes in shale; fracture and coupled processes of shale; and multi-scale, multi-physics behavior of shale. Please see the workshop website for the list of speakers, presentations, and the meeting agenda. Shales at All Scales gathered 47 participants from many institutions. Academia (University of Texas; Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Ohio State, Purdue, Stanford, and [...]

Sandia Modifies Delft3D Turbine Model

July 29th, 2015|Categories: Computational Modeling & Simulation, Energy, Highlights - HPC, Modeling, Modeling, Modeling & Analysis, Modeling & Analysis, News, News & Events, Renewable Energy, Research & Capabilities, Water Power|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Delft3D is a state-of-the-art, open-source hydrodynamics software suite capable of modeling hydrodynam­ics, sediment transport, and water quality in rivers, lakes, estuaries, and coastal environments. Delft3D was developed by the Dutch company, Deltares. Because it is actively developed and maintained and because it is held in high regard by researchers and practitioners alike, Sandia is developing Delft3D as a complementary replacement for the aging open-source-version of the Environmental Fluid Dynamics Code (EFDC), which was modified to [...]

Sandia Research on Rooftop Structural Strength Gains Attention

July 29th, 2015|Categories: Energy, News, News & Events, Partnership, Photovoltaic, Renewable Energy, Research & Capabilities, Solar, Solar Newsletter, SunShot, Systems Analysis, Systems Engineering|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

A roof structure is made stronger by the system elements working together—much stronger than its main load-bearing element, the rafter, is alone. Current engineering analysis methods do not take this composite action into account when evaluating rooftop strength. Two Sandia research reports, “Structural Code Considerations of Solar Rooftop Installations” and “Empirically Derived Strength of Residential Roof Structure for Solar Installations,” have been featured recently in a number of solar trade outlets. Sandia [...]

Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Funding Awarded for Feasibility Study

July 23rd, 2015|Categories: Capabilities, Center for Infrastructure Research and Innovation (CIRI), Energy, Energy Storage, Energy Storage Systems, Facilities, Fuel Options, Livermore Valley Open Campus (LVOC), News, News & Events, Partnership, Research & Capabilities, Systems Engineering, Transportation Energy|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Sandia and San Francisco’s Red and White Fleet are partnering to develop a high-speed, hydrogen-fuel-cell-powered passenger ferry and refueling station. Hydrogen fuel cells have higher energy efficiency than the diesel engines that power most passenger ferries, no harmful exhaust emissions, quiet operation, and no risk of fuel spills. (Photo courtesy of Red and White Fleet) The San Francisco Bay Renewable Energy Electric vessel with Zero Emissions (SF-BREEZE) project intends to revolutionize ferry performance [...]

Sandia Pilot Program to Assist Small Clean-Energy Companies

July 23rd, 2015|Categories: Concentrating Solar Power, Customers & Partners, Energy, Energy Storage, Facilities, National Solar Thermal Test Facility, News, News & Events, Partnership, Renewable Energy, Research & Capabilities, Solar|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The National Solar Thermal Test Facility at Sandia could be used for collaborative research through the Small Business Voucher Pilot. (Photo by Randy Montoya) The DOE chose Sandia as one of five leads in a pilot that will give small, clean-energy companies access to national laboratory expertise and resources. Sandia will receive $2.75M of DOE’s $20M investment to launch the voucher pilot for small business assistance and collaborative research. “Our pilot, which we’ve [...]

Navy/Marine Engineering Command Visits Sandia

July 15th, 2015|Categories: Capabilities, Computational Modeling & Simulation, Concentrating Solar Power, Energy, Facilities, Modeling, Modeling, Modeling & Analysis, Modeling & Analysis, National Solar Thermal Test Facility, News, News & Events, Partnership, Photovoltaic, Renewable Energy, Research & Capabilities, Sensing & Monitoring, Solar, Solar Newsletter, SunShot, Systems Analysis, Wind Energy|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Our nation relies upon a network of radars across the country to support the missions of homeland defense/ security, flight safety, and weather forecasting. The air-surveillance environment contains within it clutter, both stationary and moving. Wind turbines present a unique problem in that they can be both stationary and moving clutter and operate with blade tip speeds up to 200 knots, in the same range as aircraft speeds. Steven Chung, Naval Facilities Engineering [...]

Australian Renewable-Energy Official Visits Sandia

July 15th, 2015|Categories: Concentrating Solar Power, EC, Energy, Geothermal, News, News & Events, Photovoltaic, Renewable Energy, Solar, Water Power, Wind Energy|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Louise Vickery, General Manager, Renewable Futures at the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA). At the end of June, Louise Vickery, General Manager, Renewable Futures at the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) visited Sandia. ARENA manages the Australian government’s commitment to improve the competitiveness of renewable energy technologies and to increase Australia’s renewable energy supply.* ARENA supports all renewable energy technologies and projects across the innovation chain—from laboratory research to large-scale technology demos. The [...]

Sandia Researcher Recognized at SunSpec Alliance Annual Meeting

July 15th, 2015|Categories: DETL, Distribution Grid Integration, Energy, Facilities, Grid Integration, Highlights - Energy Research, News, News & Events, Photovoltaic, Renewable Energy, Research & Capabilities, Solar, Solar Newsletter, Staff, Systems Analysis|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Sandia solar researcher Jay Johnson (in Sandia’s Photovoltaics and Distributed Systems Dept.) attended the SunSpec Alliance Annual Member’s Meeting in San Francisco last Spring and received the 2015 SunSpec McCulloch-Pitts Award in recognition of “innovation, collaboration, and general technical excellence in the area of distributed energy resource control automation.” The award acknowledged Johnson’s collaborative research as part of a cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA) with the SunSpec Alliance. Under the CRADA, Sandia and the [...]

Sandia Research Featured on Journal of Physical Chemistry A Cover

July 15th, 2015|Categories: Energy, Materials Science, Modeling, Modeling, Modeling & Analysis, Modeling & Analysis, News, News & Events, Nuclear Energy, Office of Science, Research & Capabilities|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

As part of Sandia’s core geochemistry program funded by DOE Office of Basic Energy Sciences (BES), Sandia’s Randall Cygan (in Sandia’s Geoscience Research and Applications Dept.) and his collaborators, W. Crawford Elliott and his PhD student Laura Zaunbrecher from Georgia State University, have been examining the adsorption mechanisms of metal cations onto soils and sediments. This effort is especially important for the environmental treatment of chemical and radioactive contaminants, including the fission product cesium-137—which is [...]

Sandian Wins Award in 2015 OMAE Hydraulic Modeling Competition

July 14th, 2015|Categories: Capabilities, Computational Modeling & Simulation, Energy, Highlights - Energy Research, Modeling, Modeling, Modeling & Analysis, Modeling & Analysis, News, News & Events, Partnership, Renewable Energy, Research & Capabilities, Systems Analysis, Water Power|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The OMAE 2015 Hydrodynamic Modeling Competition award ceremony at the ASME conference in St. Johns, Newfoundland, Canada. Sandia's Carlos Michelen is third from the right. Carlos Michelen (in Sandia’s Water Power Technologies Dept.) and a team of National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) researchers (Michael Lawson, Braulio Garzon, Fabian Wendt, and Yi-Hsiang Yu) won the Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering (OMAE) 2015 Hydraulic Modeling Competition during the 34th ASME International Conference on Ocean, Offshore, [...]