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JBEI Featured in Chemical & Engineering News Cover Article

November 11th, 2015|Categories: Analysis, Biofuels, Biomass, Capabilities, Energy, Facilities, Fuel Options, Highlights - Energy Research, JBEI, News, News & Events, Office of Science, Partnership, Renewable Energy, Research & Capabilities, Transportation Energy|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Researchers at the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) are working to transform biomass into energy-rich fuel molecules. Headquartered in Emeryville, California, the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) is now a member of the elite “100/ 500 Club,” having filed its 100th patent application and published its 500th scientific paper. (Photo by Roy Kaltschmidt) The Chemical & Engineering News article profiles JBEI after it recently filed its 100th patent application and published its 500th paper. Administered [...]

CRF Experiment Confirms Accepted Oxidation Scheme of Proposed Diesel Alternative: Dimethyl Ether

November 11th, 2015|Categories: Analysis, Capabilities, CRF, Energy, Facilities, Fuel Options, Highlights - Energy Research, News, News & Events, Research & Capabilities, Sensing, Sensors & Optical Diagnostics, Transportation Energy|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Combustion Research Facility (CRF) researchers Kai Moshammer, Ahren Jasper, Arnas Lucassen, Arkke Eskola, Craig Taatjes, and Nils Hansen (all in Sandia’s Combustion Chemistry Dept.) as part of an international collaboration reported, in Journal of Physical Chemistry A, detecting and identifying previously undiscovered partially oxidized intermediates. This work provides experimental confirmation of the generally accepted dimethyl ether (DME) oxidation scheme at low temperature (~540 K, 267 ˚C). DME is a lower-soot-and-emissions alternative to Diesel fuel. Especially significant was [...]

4th PV Performance Modeling and Monitoring Workshop in Cologne, Germany, October 22-23, 2015

November 10th, 2015|Categories: Modeling, News, Photovoltaic, Solar, Workshops|Tags: , , , |

Approximately 220 solar energy experts from over 30 countries and four continents gathered for two days at the headquarters of TÜV Rheinland in Cologne Germany to discuss and share results related to predicting the performance and monitoring the output from solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. The workshop was divided into six topical sessions exploring advances in the areas of solar resource assessment, effects of irradiance spectrum on PV performance, soiling losses, bifacial PV performance, modeling tools, [...]

Sandia’s Carol Adkins Named University of New Mexico Distinguished Alumna

October 30th, 2015|Categories: Customers & Partners, EC, Energy, News, News & Events, Partnership, Renewable Energy, Research & Capabilities, Staff|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

On October 15th, Carol Adkins (Director of Sandia’s Energy Technologies & Systems Solutions Center, Program Area Director for Renewable Systems & Energy Infrastructure), was honored, as one of seven distinguished University of New Mexico (UNM) alumni recognized this year, for her significant impact on UNM’s School of Engineering. The award is the school’s highest recognition for outstanding lifetime achievement. Sandia’s Carol Adkins was named a distinguished alumna by the University of New Mexico’s School of [...]

Sandia-Developed LED Pulser Delivers Laser-Like Performance at Fraction of the Cost

October 29th, 2015|Categories: Analysis, Capabilities, CRF, Energy, Facilities, Highlights - Energy Research, News, News & Events, Research & Capabilities, Sensors & Optical Diagnostics, Systems Analysis|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

The high-brightness, rapidly pulsed, multicolor light-emitting diode (LED) driver delivers lighting performance that exceeds that of conventional (laser/arc-light) sources for scientific, industrial, or commercial uses at a fraction of the cost. “I had the idea a few years ago to see if high-powered multicolored LEDs could be pulsed rapidly by an electronic circuit to produce very short light pulses similar to that of a 10-nanosecond pulsed laser or even down to one nanosecond depending on [...]

Sandia Assists NASA in Understanding Launch-Area Accidents

October 29th, 2015|Categories: Analysis, Capabilities, Energy, Highlights - Energy Research, News, News & Events, Nuclear Energy, Systems Analysis|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Curiosity’s multi-mission radioisotope thermoelectric generator on Mars. Some NASA spacecraft, those which operate on the surface of other planets or are too far from the sun, require the use of radioisotope power systems (fueled with plutonium dioxide) to produce electricity and heat. In the unlikely event of an early launch accident, these DOE-provided power systems could encounter hot conditions beneath solid propellant fires with the potential to release the nuclear fuel into the [...]

Ionic Liquids Create More Sustainable Processes

October 27th, 2015|Categories: Analysis, Capabilities, Energy, Facilities, Fuel Options, JBEI, News, News & Events, Partnership, Renewable Energy, Research & Capabilities, Transportation Energy|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

In an article in Chemical Engineering, Blake Simmons (Senior Manager of Sandia’s Advanced Biomanufacturing Group and JBEI’s Chief Science & Technology Officer) talks about how the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) has scaled up biomass pretreatment technologies using ionic liquids (salts in a liquid state at ambient conditions) from the bench scale to the 100 L scale using a reactor located at the Advanced Biofuels Processing and Demonstration Unit (ABPDU). JBEI has scaled up biomass pretreatment [...]

DOE Joint BioEnergy Institute Joins Elite ‘100/500 Club’

October 27th, 2015|Categories: Analysis, Capabilities, Energy, Facilities, Fuel Options, JBEI, News, News & Events, Partnership, Renewable Energy, Research & Capabilities, Transportation Energy|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

The DOE Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) filed its 100th patent application and published its 500th scientific paper. Headquartered in Emeryville, California, the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) is now a member of the elite “100/ 500 Club,” having filed its 100th patent application and published its 500th scientific paper. (Photo by Roy Kaltschmidt) Established in 2007 as one of three DOE Bioenergy Research Centers (BRCs) with the ultimate goal of accelerating the development of [...]

Jeff Koplow Awarded SunShot Innovation Fellowship

October 23rd, 2015|Categories: News, Photovoltaic, Solar, SunShot, Uncategorized|Tags: , , |

Jeff Koplow has been selected as the inaugural recipient of the Innovator in Residence Fellowship by the SunShot Initiative, a Department of Energy (DOE) enterprise to make solar energy fully cost-competitive with traditional energy sources by 2020. Jeff and his team will apply a multidisciplinary problem solving approach that they have successfully applied to many other innovation challenges in technology areas relevant to DOE’s SunShot Initiative. Lidija Sekaric, Acting Director of DOE’s Solar Energy Technologies [...]

University of Wisconsin–Sandia Team Awarded SunShot CSP: APOLLO Funding

October 21st, 2015|Categories: Analysis, Capabilities, Concentrating Solar Power, Energy, Facilities, Materials Science, News, News & Events, Nuclear Energy, Nuclear Energy Systems Laboratory (NESL)/Brayton Lab, Partnership, Renewable Energy, Research & Capabilities, Solar, SunShot, Systems Analysis, Systems Engineering, thermo-electric power conversion technology|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

With recently awarded funding from the US Department of Energy SunShot Initiative’s CSP: APOLLO Program (Concentrating Solar Power: Advanced Projects Offering Low LCOE Opportunities), Sandia is working with a team led by the University of Wisconsin–Madison to evaluate the potential for significant improvements in the commercial viability of supercritical carbon dioxide (sCO2)/Brayton-cycle power conversion as an option for concentrating solar power (CSP) plants. The team brings together the expertise of two universities, two national laboratories, [...]

Sandia Participates in Preparation of New Mexico Renewable Energy Storage Report

October 21st, 2015|Categories: Analysis, Capabilities, Customers & Partners, Energy, Energy Storage, Energy Storage Systems, Energy Surety, News, News & Events, Partnership, Photovoltaic, Renewable Energy, Solar|Tags: , , , , , , |

New Mexico Governor Martinez and Energy, Minerals, & Natural Resources Department Secretary Martin released the New Mexico Energy Policy and Implementation Plan in mid-September. New Mexico is one of the most energy-rich and energy-diverse states in the nation. Southeast and northwest New Mexico produce large amounts of oil and natural gas. These industries provide much of the revenue to run state government—for things like public education spending, Medicaid, and critical public-safety efforts. The sun also [...]

Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority Partners with Sandia to Install Aquion EES Demo

October 21st, 2015|Categories: Analysis, Capabilities, Customers & Partners, Distribution Grid Integration, Energy, Energy Storage, Energy Storage Systems, News, News & Events, Partnership, Renewable Energy, Research & Capabilities, Systems Analysis, Water Power|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority (NELHA) and Sandia have signed an MOU to implement electrical energy storage systems (ESSs) in renewable-energy projects at their Hawaii Ocean Science and Technology (HOST) Park. Aquion Energy battery module installed at NELHA. Hawaii’s innovative green economic development park plays a significant role in Hawaii’s growth in ocean energy technologies and sustainable development. HOST Park’s applied energy zone houses enterprises that test renewable energy technologies on [...]

Sandia Researchers Win Best Paper Award from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

October 17th, 2015|Categories: Analysis, Capabilities, Computational Modeling & Simulation, CRF, Energy, Facilities, Fuel Options, Highlights - Energy Research, Modeling, Modeling, Modeling & Analysis, Modeling & Analysis, News, News & Events, Office of Science, Research & Capabilities, Transportation Energy|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Researchers Joe Oefelein and Guilhem Lacaze (both in Sandia’s Reacting Flow Research Dept.) won the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics’ (AIAA’s) best paper award for their work on scramjet engine simulations. The paper, “A Priori Analysis of Flamelet-Based Modeling for a Dual-Mode Scramjet Combustor,” was a collaboration with Jesse Quinlan and James McDaniel (Univ. of Virginia) and Tomasz Drozda (NASA Langley Research Center). AIAA is the largest aerospace professional society in the world, serving [...]

Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation—Inaugural Members Meeting

October 16th, 2015|Categories: Capabilities, Energy, Highlights - Energy Research, Materials Science, News, News & Events, Renewable Energy, Research & Capabilities, Wind Energy, Wind News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Sandia Wind Department technical staff members Josh Paquette and Brian Naughton attended the inaugural members meeting for the newly formed Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI) in Knoxville, Tennessee. A few hundred attendees from the composites industry, academic institutions, and government agencies gathered to learn about opportunities to participate in the newest National Network for Manufacturing Innovation institute, a $259M project to develop East Tennessee into an advanced manufacturing hub, established through the Revitalize American [...]

Bay-Area National Labs Team to Tackle Long-Standing Automotive Hydrogen-Storage Challenge

October 16th, 2015|Categories: Capabilities, Center for Infrastructure Research and Innovation (CIRI), Energy, Energy Storage, Energy Storage Systems, Facilities, Highlights - Energy Research, Materials Science, News, News & Events, Research & Capabilities, Systems Engineering, Transportation Energy|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Sandia will lead the tri-lab Hydrogen Materials Advanced Research Consortium (HyMARC: Sandia, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory [LLNL], and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory [LBNL]) to address scientific challenges to developing viable solid-state materials to store hydrogen onboard vehicles, leading to more reliable, economic hydrogen-fuel-cell vehicles. “Hydrogen, as a transportation fuel, has great potential to provide highly efficient power with nearly zero emissions,” said Sandia chemist Mark Allendorf (in Sandia’s Transportation Energy Center) the consortium’s director. “Storage [...]

SWiFT Facility Prepared for More-Efficient Operations & Advanced Turbine-Turbine Wake-Interaction-Control Research

October 16th, 2015|Categories: Capabilities, Customers & Partners, Energy, Facilities, News, News & Events, Partnership, Renewable Energy, Research & Capabilities, Sensing, Sensing & Monitoring, SWIFT, Wind Energy, Wind News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The SWiFT facility comprises three heavily instrumented and modified variable-speed, variable-pitch Vestas V27 turbines and two 60 m anemometer towers, with the first two turbines spaced three diameters apart, perpendicular to the prevailing oncoming wind, and the third turbine five diameters downwind (the turbines form a three, five-, six-rotor-diameter-length triangle). Two turbines are funded by DOE-EERE; the third turbine was installed by Vestas R&D of Houston, Texas. This past summer, activities at the [...]

Sandians Recognized in Environmental Science & Technology’s Best Paper Competition

October 1st, 2015|Categories: Analysis, Capabilities, Energy, Energy-Water Nexus, Global, Global, Global Climate & Energy, Global Climate & Energy, News, News & Events, Research & Capabilities, Water Security|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

A paper by Vince Tidwell, Barbie Moreland, and Katie Zemlick (all currently in or formerly members of Sandia’s Earth Systems Analysis Dept.), “Geographic footprint of electricity use for water services in the western US,” was selected by Environmental Science & Technology (ES&T) as the 2014 first runner-up for best paper in the “Environmental Technology” category. Abstract: A significant fraction of our nation’s electricity use goes to lift, convey, and treat water, while the resulting expenditures [...]

Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Unit to Provide Renewable Power to Honolulu Port

October 1st, 2015|Categories: Analysis, Capabilities, Center for Infrastructure Research and Innovation (CIRI), Customers & Partners, Energy, Energy Assurance, Energy Assurance, Energy Storage, Energy Storage Systems, Facilities, Fuel Options, Highlights - Energy Research, News, News & Events, Office of Science, Partnership, Research & Capabilities, Transportation Energy|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Pete Devlin, of the Department of Energy’s Fuel Cell Technology Office, cut the ribbon to initiate the Maritime Hydrogen Fuel Cell project to test a hydrogen-fuel-cell-powered generator at Young Brothers Ltd.’s Port of Honolulu facility. Left to right: Mark Glick, Hawaii State Energy Office, Glenn Hong, Young Brothers Ltd., Pete Devlin, John Quinn, US Dept. of Transportation Maritime Administration, and Marianne Walck, Sandia National Laboratories. At Young Brothers Ltd.’s Port of Honolulu facility, [...]

CRF Researchers Are Source for 2015 QTR Sidebar Content

October 1st, 2015|Categories: Analysis, Capabilities, Computational Modeling & Simulation, CRF, Energy, Facilities, Highlights - Energy Research, Modeling, Modeling, Modeling & Analysis, Modeling & Analysis, News, News & Events, Research & Capabilities, Sensors & Optical Diagnostics, Transportation Energy|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

On September 10th, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz released the second Quadrennial Technology Review (QTR 2015), which examines the most promising research, development, demonstration, and deployment (RDD&D) opportunities across energy technologies to effectively address the nation’s energy needs. Specifically, this analysis identifies the important technology RDD&D opportunities across energy supply and end-use in working toward a clean US energy economy. The insight gained from this analysis will provide essential information for decision-makers as they develop funding [...]