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New consortium to reduce cost of solar modules

November 10th, 2016|Categories: News, News & Events, Solar|Tags: |

In order to accelerate solar module materials discovery and development, the DOE SunShot program awarded $30 million, over five years, to a national laboratory-led Energy Materials Network (EMN) Consortium focused on durable module materials, DuraMat. Module materials account for 40% or more of total photovoltaic (PV) module costs, providing substantial opportunities for cost and performance improvement. DuraMat will drive innovation across materials design, data informatics, high-throughput synthesis and characterization, and durability testing of materials and components by integrating [...]

Join the team: Concentrating Solar Technologies Manager

November 9th, 2016|Categories: National Solar Thermal Test Facility, News, News & Events, Solar, Solar Newsletter|

We are looking for a dynamic individual with a passion for solar energy R&D to lead our Department and Programs. The National Solar Thermal Test Facility in Albuquerque, NM is the only facility of its kind in the U.S., with research and test capabilities to evaluate CSP technologies. Work is focused on enabling today’s CSP industry and performing R&D that will change the nation’s energy future. Visit Sandia's careers website reference Job ID#655419

Sandia’s Test Technology Enables Development of Novel Multi-Rotor Wind Turbine

November 7th, 2016|Categories: Customers & Partners, EC, News, Renewable Energy, Wind Energy, Wind News|Tags: |

When Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas Wind Systems A/S decided to build a multi-rotor wind turbine, it used a hardware emulation system developed by Sandia National Laboratories to create, configure, and test the controls system. Instead of relying on ever larger turbines to increase energy production and reduce the cost of energy, Vestas designed an innovative demonstrator turbine with four nacelles and four rotors (29 m diameter) attached to a single support structure. Offering new [...]

Installation of New England’s Largest Battery Energy Storage System is Underway

October 26th, 2016|Categories: Energy Storage, Energy Storage Systems, Grid Integration, News|Tags: , , |

NEC Energy Solutions has begun the installation and commissioning of a 2 MW, 3.9MWh GSS® grid energy storage solution for the Sterling Municipal Light Department (SMLD) in Sterling, Massachusetts. Once complete in December 2016, it will be the largest system of its kind installed in New England and the first utility scale project in the State. In the event of an extended grid outage due to a natural disaster, this utility scale Battery Energy Storage [...]

Sandia Celebrates National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day

October 8th, 2016|Categories: Events, News, News & Events|

Today’s Fuel Cell Market Creates Jobs While Providing Clean Energy Sandia National Laboratories joins the nation in celebrating National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day by marking the growth of the industry and raising awareness of the benefits fuel cells and hydrogen technologies provide in generating reliable and resilient power, improving the environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and increasing America’s energy security. Recognized by the U.S. Senate for the second year with the passage of [...]

Hydrogen in Your Backyard Webinar October 6, 2016

October 5th, 2016|Categories: Energy, Events, News, News & Events|

Sandia National Laboratories will present a live webinar titled "Hydrogen in Your Backyard” on October 6th from 10 am to 11 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time (PDT). This webinar will discuss the status of Sandia’s Hydrogen program and introduce the current status of the technology including Hydrogen Infrastructure, Storage, Production as well as Safety, Codes & Standards.Register

Bernie Hernandez-Sanchez wins HENAAC Award for outstanding technical achievement

September 30th, 2016|Categories: News, Water Power|

Chemist Bernadette “Bernie” Hernandez-Sanchez won for outstanding technical achievement and is the first woman at Sandia to receive this award. Hernandez-Sanchez  will be recognized at the 28th Annual HENAAC Conference in Anaheim, California, Oct. 5-9, during National Hispanic Heritage Month. HENAAC honors Hispanic researchers who have made significant contributions to the nation’s technical community. Awardees are peer-reviewed and come from a wide range of private industry, academia, military and government organizations. “The first time I ever [...]

The First EPRI-Sandia Symposium on Secure and Resilient Microgrids Concludes

September 29th, 2016|Categories: Grid Integration, Infrastructure Security, Microgrid, News, News & Events, Partnership, Seminars & Conferences, Workshops|Tags: , , , |

On August 29-31, 2016, Sandia National Laboratories and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) held the first annual Microgrid Systems Symposium in Baltimore, MD that attracted about 100 attendees from other U.S. Department of Energy national laboratories, U.S. Department of Defense laboratories, utilities, industry, and government agencies. The event was uniquely focused on several technical challenges in commercial and military microgrids; addressing their design, system analysis, and grid integration. The symposium covered state of the [...]

Register for the PV Performance Modeling and Monitoring Workshop, October 24-25, 2016

September 29th, 2016|Categories: News, News & Events, Photovoltaic, Solar, Solar Newsletter|

Expert Workshop in Freiburg: Modeling and Monitoring of PV Systems The Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE is acting as host for this year’s “PV Performance Modeling and Monitoring Workshop”. Photovoltaics experts from around the world will meet in Freiburg’s Historisches Kaufhaus  (Historic Merchants’ Hall) for the event from October 24 to 25, 2016. The industry representatives will discuss the latest scientific findings, as well as the market demands on modeling and monitoring of [...]

Extreme Conditions Modeling (ECM) New Fact Sheet Published

September 27th, 2016|Categories: News, Water Power|

The wave energy converter (WEC) Extreme Conditions Modeling (ECM) project provides WEC developers with improved means of predicting WEC survival and design loads. WEC developers will use the ECM tools to reduce uncertainty and risk in the WEC design process. The ECM project is a collaboration between the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Sandia National Laboratories (Sandia), and the U.S. Department of Energy.

Two Sandia Papers Selected as “Best Papers” at the 2016 IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting

September 21st, 2016|Categories: Energy, Energy Storage, Grid Integration, Infrastructure Security, News, News & Events, Research & Capabilities|Tags: , , , , |

Research funded by the OE Energy Storage Program, under the direction of Dr. Imre Gyuk, was recently recognized with best paper awards at the 2016 IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES) General Meeting that was held in Boston July 17-21. The first paper outlines an optimization methodology for estimating the maximum potential revenue from an energy storage system participating in the PJM energy and frequency regulation markets. The second outlines the design of a prototype [...]

Understanding Hazardous Combustion Byproducts Reduces Factors Impacting Climate Change

August 29th, 2016|Categories: CRF, Global Climate & Energy, News, News & Events, Transportation Energy|

By Micheal Padilla Researchers at Sandia’s Combustion Research Facility are developing the understanding necessary to build cleaner combustion technologies that will in turn reduce climate impact. Their work focuses on understanding the oxidation chemistry of organic carbon species critical to many processes including controlling emissions of toxic combustion byproducts to reduce climate change brought on by humans. Researchers expect this to work to benefit geosciences, astrophysics and energy applications. “Soot released from combustion sources is [...]

Sandia’s 2016 Wind Turbine Blade Workshop Begins

August 29th, 2016|Categories: Energy, Events, News, News & Events, Wind News|Tags: |

The 2016 Sandia Wind Turbine Blade Workshop brings together wind energy professionals from industry, universities, and national laboratories to discuss challenges, issues, and solutions related to wind turbine blades. The Sandia National Laboratories Wind Energy Technology Department, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), is recognized as a leading research group in the United States for wind blade technology. Sandia National Laboratories and DOE’s Wind Program actively support the U.S. wind power industry through workshops and [...]

Sandia National Laboratories Develops Guidance Document for Energy Storage Procurement

August 5th, 2016|Categories: Energy, Energy Storage, News, Partnership|Tags: , , , , |

Through a partnership with Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA) and Clean Energy Group, Sandia has created a procurement guideline that offers useful information for states, municipalities, project developers, and end users to consider as they develop solicitations for energy storage projects. The document includes a matrix of elements to include in a Request for Proposal (RFP) that serves as a checklist of information to provide in the RFP, suggests questions that should be asked of [...]

Sandia National Laboratories Uses Its Wave Energy Converter (WEC) to Harness the Motion of the Ocean

August 2nd, 2016|Categories: EC, News, Renewable Energy, Water Power|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

In partnership with the U.S. Navy, Sandia tested its advanced wave energy converter (WEC) system in the maneuvering and sea-keeping (MASK) basin at the Naval Surface Warfare Center’s Carderock Division (NSWCCD) in Bethesda, MD. Wave energy converters (WECs) harness the motion of ocean waves to generate clean power. To increase power generation of WEC devices, Sandia is developing and validating control strategies. The WEC tested (1/17 scale) is among the largest scale models ever tested in a wave [...]

First Wake Data Captured During Wake Steering Experiment at the SWiFT Facility

July 14th, 2016|Categories: News, Renewable Energy, SWIFT, Wind Energy, Wind News|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have met a major project milestone as part of the Department of Energy Atmosphere to Electrons (A2e) Wake Steering Experiment being conducted at the Scaled Wind Farm Technology (SWiFT) Facility. The team successfully installed the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) Wind Energy Department’s SpinnerLidar into the nacelle (the drivetrain enclosure) of one of the SWiFT site turbines, as shown. Following the installation, the turbine [...]

Sandia Labs Contributes to Solar Industry Innovation: A Partnership Story

July 8th, 2016|Categories: Customers & Partners, News, Partnership, Photovoltaic, Renewable Energy, Solar, Solar Newsletter|Tags: |

Hearing of a current-voltage (IV) sweep (or tracing) product made by a small start-up company, Sandia contacted Stratasense to discuss its compact product that had three features for studying photovoltaic (PV) performance: (1) it was rated for mounting outdoors at the PV module, (2) it was self-powered, and (3) it wirelessly reported the IV sweep data. Sandia and Stratasense subsequently entered into a collaborative partnership to develop the additional capability of in situ module IV [...]

Sandia Labs’ Photovoltaic Systems Evaluation Lab (PSEL) Marks Accomplishments & Adds Capabilities

July 7th, 2016|Categories: News, Photovoltaic, Photovoltaic Systems Evaluation Laboratory (PSEL), Renewable Energy, Solar, Solar Newsletter, Uncategorized|Tags: |

Bruce King, PSEL technical lead, in front of newly installed light soaking chamber. SandiaNational Laboratories completed a number of enhancements and expansions to its Photovoltaic Systems Evaluation Laboratory (PSEL) facility to expand indoor PV module characterization capabilities at PSEL and upgrade the outdoor laboratory. A new Atonometrics Light Soaking Chamber joins PSEL’s existing module flash tester and electroluminescence chamber, giving PSEL the ability to simulate outdoor solar exposure in a continuous, controlled indoor [...]

Sandia Labs Participated in CEM7 as Part of a Smart Grid Research Network

July 7th, 2016|Categories: Conferences, Events, News, News & Events, SMART Grid, Solar, Solar Newsletter|Tags: |

Sandia National Laboratories participates in the Smart Grid International Research Facility Network (SIRFN), a coordinated network of smart grid research and test facilities working on selected projects around the globe. SIRFN’s collaborative test and evaluation capabilities can be leveraged internationally to improve the design and implementation of smart grids. Interoperability test protocols are used to verify electrical behavior and communications functionality of distributed energy resources. SIRFN researchers, representing a collaboration between RSE (Italy’s Ricerca sul [...]

Sandia Labs Engineer Recognized by IEEE

July 7th, 2016|Categories: News, Photovoltaic, Renewable Energy, Solar, Solar Newsletter|Tags: |

Sandia Labs' Jay Johnson recently won the 2016 IEEE Albuquerque Section's "Outstanding Young Engineer" Award for his work in photovoltaic (PV) codes and standards. Jay was recognized for his involvement with several standards development organizations tasked with updating the Nation’s interconnection and interoperability standards for distributed energy resources (DER), including UL 1741 Supplement A, IEEE 1547.1, and SunSpec Alliance Models. Also known for his work in PV arc-fault detection and mitigation, DER grid integration and [...]