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American Physical Society Names Four Sandians as Fellows

Four Sandia researchers (three from within the Energy & Climate PMU) have been named Fellows of the American Physical Society, an honor that indicates recognition by scientific peers of exceptional contributions to physics. No more than one half of one percent of APS membership can be elected in a given year. Those honored are: Charles [...]

Renewables, Other Energy Issues To Be Focus of Enhanced Sandia-SINTEF Collaboration

Under 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 [...]

Materials Science and Engineering Support for Microsystems-Enabled Photovoltaic Grand Challenge Laboratory-Directed Research and Development Project

Sandia’s Coatings and Surface Engineering, Packaging and Polymer Processing, and Organic Materials Science departments in the Materials Engineering Group have provided extensive support for the microsys­tems-enabled photovoltaic (MEPV) grand challenge laboratory-directed research and development (LDRD) project, which is now in its third and final year. Materials Engineering Group materials scientists, precision engineers, and technologists have [...]

Sandia-AREVA Commission Solar Thermal/Molten Salt Energy-Storage Demonstration

AREVA 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 Progress

Sandia 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 [...]

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