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New Fallon FORGE website available

February 20th, 2017|Categories: Geothermal, News, News & Events|Tags: |

The Fallon FORGE site, located in Fallon, Nevada, is one of two candidate sites for FORGE (Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy). Now, a publicly-available website will answer FAQs, share seismic data, provide Fallon FORGE-related news and events, and eventually include education and outreach information. The Fallon FORGE Team seeks to establish and manage a well characterized and highly instrumented field test site dedicated to advancing Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS) research, enabling the broader [...]

Second Annual U.S. Energy and Employment Report Published

January 26th, 2017|Categories: News, News & Events|

 The Department of Energy has released its second annual U.S. Energy and Employment Report.  The documents can help demonstrate the Department's and the National Laboratories' commitment to job growth across all energy and manufacturing technologies.  Particularly, the report analyzes how changes in America’s energy profile are affecting national employment in key sectors of the economy. A state-by-state analysis of energy and employment provides a closer look at employment according to the various energy segments.  For [...]

Ray Byrne Named 2017 IEEE Fellow

January 24th, 2017|Categories: Energy Storage, Grid Integration, News, Staff, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , |

Ray Byrne, Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories, from Albuquerque, New Mexico has been named an IEEE Fellow. He is being recognized for contributions to miniature robotics and grid integration of energy storage. Dr. Byrne has been employed at Sandia since 1989. The IEEE Grade of Fellow is conferred by the IEEE Board of Directors upon a person with an outstanding record of accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of [...]

Spray Combustion Consortium formed to improve engine design

January 13th, 2017|Categories: News, News & Events|

by Michael Padilla Sandia National Laboratories has formed an industry-funded Spray Combustion Consortium to better understand fuel injection by developing modeling tools. Control of fuel sprays is key to the development of clean, affordable fuel-efficient engines. Intended for industry, software vendors and national laboratories, the consortium provides a direct path from fundamental research to validated engineering models ultimately used in combustion engine design. The three-year consortium agreement builds on Department of Energy (DOE) research projects [...]

Sandia’s Research in Ultrawide Bandgap Technology Could Help Improve the Grid

January 12th, 2017|Categories: Energy Storage, Grid Integration, Infrastructure Assurance, Materials Science, News|Tags: , , , |

Sandia researchers are currently studying how ultrawide bandgap semiconductor materials could be used to create more compact and efficient power electronics, potentially leading to higher absolute voltages for distributing power grid energy. These materials, such as AIGaN, are expected to allow devices to operate at higher voltages, frequencies, and temperatures than wide bandgap materials, such as silicon carbide (SiC) and GaN. When made into transistors, the materials have the potential to vastly improve the performance [...]

Sandia receives ARPA-e funding to monitor plant roots for drought and heat tolerance

January 9th, 2017|Categories: News, News & Events, Office of Science|

Multi-Modal Monitoring of Plant Roots for Drought and Heat Tolerance in the U.S. Southwest – $2,400,000 The Sandia National Laboratories team will develop a set of technologies to link below ground carbon partitioning with aboveground photosynthetic measurements. They will use microneedle sensor technology, originally developed for medical applications such as glucose level monitoring, to non-destructively measure the transport and composition of plant sap and products of photosynthesis in the field. In addition, they will measure [...]

PV Tracking Technology call for papers

December 16th, 2016|Categories: News, News & Events, Solar|

ASME Journal of Solar Energy Engineering Special Issue: Photovoltaic Tracking Technology Photovoltaic (PV) energy systems are becoming a larger share of electricity production, with over 230 GW installed worldwide. Much of this growth is being driven by a variety of incentives, though just as important, costs are decreasing due to improvements in manufacturing technology, raw material prices, installation practices and competition. Improvements in the technology, along with lower costs to deploy and maintain have led to an [...]

Sandia to present at 2016 AGU Fall Meeting

December 13th, 2016|Categories: Climate, News, News & Events, Uncategorized|

  Sandia leads the nation in addressing the complex intersection between the Earth and engineered environments, providing technical solutions to ensure our nation's strength and security. This week Sandia scientists will be the 2016 AGU Fall Meeting to deliver over 100 presentations and 80 technical posters. View our 2016 program of presenters or watch via AGU on Demand. Please visit the Sandia Booth #1330 to meet our talented earth science researchers.

DOE Office of Technology Transitions seeks proposals to support transition of energy tech with commercial potential

December 12th, 2016|Categories: News, News & Events, Renewable Energy|

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Technology Transitions is seeking proposals from the National Laboratories to support the transition of promising energy related technologies developed at the National Laboratories with commercial potential. DOE’s FY-17 Technology Commercialization Fund (TCF funding is estimated to be approximately $23.4 million and DOE will provide a 50% cost match for all proposals. TCF is aimed at helping the national labs and research partners mature promising energy technologies and move them [...]

Sandia Joins Forces with Singapore Energy Market Authority to Develop Energy Storage Test-Bed

November 30th, 2016|Categories: Energy Storage, Energy Storage Systems, Grid Integration, News, Partnership|Tags: , , , |

Sandia National Laboratories’ Energy Storage Projects team within the Stationary Energy Storage Program is working with the government of Singapore’s Energy Market Authority (EMA) to help set up Singapore’s first grid energy storage test-bed. This will lead to the selection and development of three energy storage test-beds at existing electrical substations. Sandia will help develop standards and guidelines for grid integration and fire safety, assess the economic case for energy storage systems, offer guidance on [...]

Register for the 2017 Energy Storage Systems Safety Forum

November 17th, 2016|Categories: Energy Storage, Energy Storage Systems, News, News & Events, Workshops|Tags: , , |

Registration is now open for Meeting the Challenge: 2017 Energy Storage Systems (ESS) Safety Forum that will be held at the historic La Fonda Hotel in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The two-day, MRS Endorsed ESS Safety Forum on February 22-23 will provide a platform for discussing the current state of ESS safety and mitigation strategies around improving cell to system level safety and reliability. Following the Forum will be a half-day meeting of the ESS working groups the morning of [...]

Sandia’s Energy & Climate Programs win R&D 100 Awards

November 15th, 2016|Categories: News, News & Events|Tags: |

Sandia R&D 100 awardees, from left to right: John Siirola (Pyomo v4.1 – Software/Services), Jack Wise (Stress-Induced Fabrication of Functionally Designed Nanomaterials – Mechanical/Materials), Summer Ferreira, PI (Precision High Power Battery Tester – Green Tech Special Recognition Award), Hongyou Fan, PI (Stress-Induced Fabrication of Functionally Designed Nanomaterials – Mechanical/Materials), Bill Hart, PI (Pyomo v4.1 – Software/Services), Ryan Camacho, PI (T-QUAKE (Transceiver for Quantum Keys and Encryption), Josh Christian (Falling Particle Receiver for Concentrated Solar Energy [...]

Advanced WEC Dynamics and Controls Webinar, December 6, 2016

November 14th, 2016|Categories: News, News & Events, Water Power|

As part of a study aimed at accelerating the application of advanced control in WECs, Sandia National Labs recently completed testing on a 1/17 model-scale wave energy converter (WEC). A testing report is now available online. Sandia will host a public webinar covering this work, including an overview of recently completed wave tank testing, system identification methods and results, and model validation.   Join the webinar  

Microgrid Webinar Addresses Mission Assurance and Energy Security with Advanced Microgrid Designs

November 11th, 2016|Categories: Grid Integration, Infrastructure Security, Microgrid, News|Tags: |

On October 13th, Mike Hightower of Sandia National Laboratories led two webinars on microgrids and energy assurance as part of Energy Action Month. Mike along with other Sandia engineers and scientists have been researching energy assurance for critical infrastructures at Sandia for the past 20 years. The webinar contains material from Sandia’s training course titled the “Fundamentals of Advanced Microgrid Evaluation, Analysis, and Conceptual Design.”  Topics include emerging design and operations drivers, threats, security, and [...]

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