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CRF Article Chosen by The Journal of Chemical Physics to Commemorate 80th Anniversary

October 22nd, 2013|Categories: CRF, Energy, Facilities, News, News & Events, Sensors & Optical Diagnostics, Transportation Energy|Tags: , , , , , |

A 2012 article by CRF researchers David Chandler (in Sandia’s Transportation Energy Center) and the late Kevin Strecker, “Dual-etalon frequency-comb cavity ringdown spectrometer,” was chosen by The Journal of Chemical Physics as one of 80 articles to highlight the 80 years of outstanding work published in the journal. A schematic of Chandler and Strecker’s dual-etalon frequency-comb cavity ringdown spectrometer. A beam from a broadband laser is first spatially filtered and then a beam splitter [...]

Power Production Started on All Three SWiFT Turbines

October 22nd, 2013|Categories: Energy, Facilities, News, News & Events, Partnership, Renewable Energy, SWIFT, Wind Energy|Tags: , , , , , , |

All three SWiFT facility turbines are now producing power. The week of September 30th marked the first week of power production on all three turbines at the Scaled Wind Farm Technology (SWiFT) facility. Josh Bryant, Eric Mallet, and Dave Kroeker (all in Sandia’s Wind Energy Technologies Dept.) worked on-site to monitor the performance of the machines during the initial run-in testing. Through the initial phase, the turbines will be carefully run under close [...]

Sandia Maps Multiple Paths to Cleaner, Low-Temp Diesels

October 22nd, 2013|Categories: CRF, Energy, Facilities, News, News & Events, Partnership, Sensors & Optical Diagnostics, Systems Analysis, Systems Engineering, Transportation Energy|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Using new optical-diagnostic techniques, Sandia combustion researcher Mark Musculus and his colleagues identified the sources of key pollutants from LTC engines. Understanding how LTC works as a combustion technique may lead to broader use of cleaner diesel engines. (Photo by Dino Vournas) A few years ago, the automotive and engine industries presented researchers at Sandia National Laboratories with a mystery. Notably, the companies did so separately, each approaching their national-lab research partners at [...]

Two CRF Papers Named “Distinguished” for 34th International Symposium on Combustion

October 22nd, 2013|Categories: Computational Modeling & Simulation, CRF, Energy, Facilities, News, News & Events, Partnership, Research & Capabilities, Transportation Energy|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Two papers by CRF researchers have been named distinguished papers for the 34th International Symposium on Combustion held from July 29–August 3, 2012, in Warsaw, Poland. “Synchrotron photoionization measurements of fundamental autoignition reactions: Product formation in low-temperature isobutane oxidation” by Arkke Eskola, Oliver Welz, John Savee, David Osborn, and Craig Taatjes (all in Sandia’s Combustion Chemistry Dept.) was selected as the distinguished paper in the Reaction Kinetics colloquium. (A figure and excerpt is given below, [...]

Lyle Pickett Named a Society of Automotive Engineers Fellow

October 22nd, 2013|Categories: CRF, Energy, Facilities, News, News & Events, Transportation Energy|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Lyle Pickett holds what could be the key to moving leaner lifted-flame combustion (LLFC) from the lab to the road—an oxygenated biofuel designed to capitalize on the engine’s efficiency. The constant-volume combustion vessel is shown in the background. (Photo courtesy of Randy Wong.) Lyle Pickett (in Sandia’s Engine Combustion Dept.) was just elected to a Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Fellow-grade membership. He was selected based on his pioneering research on direct-injection engine [...]

Sandia Chemist Named as an Institute of Atomic and Molecular Sciences Advisory Board Member

October 22nd, 2013|Categories: CRF, Energy, Facilities, News, News & Events, Transportation Energy|Tags: , , , , , , |

Chemist David Chandler works in Sandia’s Transportation Energy Center and the Combustion Research Facility. David Chandler (in Sandia’s Transportation Energy Center) has been named to the 7th Advisory Board of the Institute of Atomic and Molecular Sciences. Dr. Chandler’s term will run from September 2013 through August 2016. Advisory Board members review research programs at IAMS and recommend scientific directions. IAMS is one of 24 research institutes of Academia Sinica, the national research [...]

Third Annual Continuous Reliability Enhancement for Wind (CREW) Database Report Now Available

October 17th, 2013|Categories: Energy, News, News & Events, Partnership, Publications, Renewable Energy, Systems Analysis, Wind Energy|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The CREW Database, operated and managed by Sandia, published the third annual wind plant reliability benchmark report to the wind industry. CREW is an DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)-funded national reliability database that enables wind-plant operation analysis to benchmark the current installed wind fleet’s reliability performance. This public benchmark represents analysis of U.S. wind fleet performance based on aggregated fleet reliability data and includes operational statistics, availability time accounting, and top [...]

Sandia Participated in the 2013 Domenici Public Policy Conference

October 17th, 2013|Categories: Carbon Capture & Storage, Carbon Storage, Climate, Earth Sciences Research Center, Energy, Global Climate & Energy, Global Climate & Energy, News, News & Events, Systems Analysis, Systems Engineering, Water Security|Tags: , , , , , , |

Marianne Walck, Director of Sandia’s Geoscience, Climate, and Consequence Effects Center, spoke on “Hydraulic Fracturing: The Role of Government-Sponsored R&D” as part of a session on “The Future of American Energy” at the 2013 Domenici Public Policy Conference, held in Las Cruces, New Mexico on September 18–19. Her presentation was part of a session titled “Pros and Cons of Fracking.” The session was moderated by NMSU President Garrey Carruthers; also speaking was former Sandian Norm Warpinski, [...]

Study Could Help Improve Nuclear Waste Repositories

October 17th, 2013|Categories: Energy, News, News & Events, Nuclear Energy|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Sandia researcher Yifeng Wang examines a clay sample from South Dakota as part of iodide experiments. A team of Sandia researchers is working to understand how fast iodine-129 released from spent nuclear fuel would move through a deep clay-based geological repository. (Photo by Randy Montoya) How fast will iodine-129 released from spent nuclear fuel move through a deep, clay-based geological repository? Understanding that process is crucial as countries worldwide consider underground clay formations [...]

Sandia, the Atlantic Council, and NM Water Resource Research Institute Sponsor Roundtable on Western Water Scarcity

October 4th, 2013|Categories: Climate, Global, Global Climate & Energy, News, News & Events, Partnership, Water Security, Workshops|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The Rio Grande river is one of the primary freshwater resources for New Mexico, Texas, and northern Mexico. It is subject to international treaty regulation and demands from agriculture, municipalities, and industry. Properly (and sustainably) managing this resource is essential to the survival of a large portion of the southwest. Sandia, the Atlantic Council, and NM WRRI presented “Transformational Solutions for Water in the West,” September 5th at the UNM Student Union Building. [...]

New Jersey Transit FutureGrid MOU Signing

October 4th, 2013|Categories: Analysis, Energy Surety, Infrastructure Security, Microgrid, Modeling, Modeling & Analysis, News, News & Events, Partnership, SMART Grid|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

In late August, DOE Secretary Moniz and New Jersey Governor Christie signed an memorandum of understanding (MOU) over grid modernization, which establishes a relationship between the U.S. Department of Energy, New Jersey Transit Corporation, and the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) to explore the design, possible construction, and future implementation of an advanced microgrid system (“NJ Transit FutureGrid”) to provide continuous energy reliability and resiliency for NJ Transit’s commuter operations. DOE Secretary [...]

Sandia to Partner with MOgene Green Chemicals on ARPA-E REMOTE Project

October 2nd, 2013|Categories: Energy, News, News & Events, Partnership, Research & Capabilities, Transportation Energy|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Optical micrograph of cyanobacteria, similar to those under study by the MOgene-Sandia partnership. (bio.sandia.gov) On September 19th, Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) Deputy Director Cheryl Martin announced that 33 breakthrough energy projects will receive ~$66M from ARPA-E under two new programs that provide options for a more sustainable and secure American future. REMOTE (Reducing Emissions using Methanotrophic Organisms for Transportation Energy) provides $34M to find advanced biocatalyst technologies that can convert natural gas [...]

2013 Domenici Public Policy Conference: The Future of American Energy, Las Cruces, NM, September 18–19

October 1st, 2013|Categories: Climate, EC, Events, News, News & Events, Seminars & Conferences, Workshops|

Senator Pete V. Domenici 2013 Domenici Public Policy Conference: The Future of American Energy,  Las Cruces, NM, September 18–19 Marianne Walck, Director of Geoscience, Climate and Consequence Effect at Sandia National Laboratories presented on “Hydraulic Fracturing: Role of Government-Sponsored R&D.” Marianne's presentation was part of a session titled “Pros and Cons of Fracking.” The session was moderated by NMSU President Garrey Carruthers; also speaking was former Sandian Norm Warpinski, Technology Fellow at Pinnacle Technologies. Following the two [...]

Sandia Labs Harnesses the Sun’s Energy with Tiny Particles

September 20th, 2013|Categories: Concentrating Solar Power, Energy, Facilities, Materials Science, National Solar Thermal Test Facility, News, News & Events, Renewable Energy, Solar, Solar Newsletter, Systems Analysis, Systems Engineering|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Joshua Mark Christian (Concentrating Solar Technologies Dept.) working with the falling particle receiver, which more efficiently converts the sun’s energy to electricity in large-scale, concentrating solar power plants. (Photo by Randy Montoya) Engineers at Sandia, along with part­ner institutions Georgia Tech, Bucknell University, King Saud University, and the German Aerospace Center (DLR), are using a falling-particle receiver to more efficiently convert solar energy to electri­city in large-scale, concentrating solar power (CSP) plants. Falling-particle [...]

Sandia Will Host PV Bankability Workshop at Solar Power International (SPI) 2013

September 19th, 2013|Categories: Computational Modeling & Simulation, Distribution Grid Integration, Energy, Facilities, Grid Integration, Modeling, Modeling & Analysis, News, News & Events, Partnership, Photovoltaic, Photovoltaic Regional Testing Center (PV RTC), Photovoltaic Systems Evaluation Laboratory (PSEL), Renewable Energy, SMART Grid, Solar, Solar Newsletter, SunShot, Systems Analysis, Systems Engineering|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

On October 21, Sandia’s Joshua Stein, Melissa Sisneros, and Bruce King (all in the Photovoltaic & Distributed Systems Integration Dept.) will host a workshop on demonstrating strategies for defining the bankability of new PV products, “Driving the Commercialization of New Solar Technologies: What You Can Learn with the U.S. DOE Regional Test Centers toward Demonstrating Bankability,” at SPI2013 at the McCormick Place conference center in Chicago, Illinois. This workshop will describe the standardized processes being [...]

JBEI Updates Techno-Economic Modeling Tools for Biofuels

September 18th, 2013|Categories: Biofuels, Biomass, Computational Modeling & Simulation, Energy, Facilities, JBEI, News, News & Events, Partnership, Renewable Energy, Systems Analysis|Tags: , , , , , , |

Now available on-line from the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) are two new, improved versions of a techno-economic model created in 2010 to accelerate development of next generation biofuels that are economically competitive with petroleum-based fuels. Incorporating the latest state-of-the-art technologies relevant to bioethanol production, these new wiki-based models simulate critical factors in the biorefinery process, such as production costs and energy balances, under different scenarios. This enables researchers to concentrate their efforts on the most [...]

JBEI Research Receives Strong Industry Interest in DOE Technology Transfer Call

September 18th, 2013|Categories: Biofuels, Biomass, Energy, Facilities, JBEI, News, News & Events, Partnership, Renewable Energy, Research & Capabilities|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The right combination of enzyme cocktail and ionic liquid pretreatment can be used to extract fermentable sugars from switchgrass in a single, wash-free step. (Photo by Roy Kaltschmidt) To enable technology transfer from DOE-supported research centers (such as the three BioEnergy Research Centers [BRCs]) to the commercial sector, DOE issued a SBIR/STTR (Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer [Research]) program call. This involved having the DOE-funded projects self-identify intellectual property [...]

Sandia Presented at the 14th Biennial Conference on Transportation Energy and Policy

September 17th, 2013|Categories: CRF, Energy, Facilities, News, News & Events, Transportation Energy|Tags: , , , , , , |

Sandia participated in the 14th Biennial Conference on Transportation Energy and Policy on August 6–9 in Pacific Grove, California. This conference is organized under the auspices of the Alternative Fuels Committee of the U.S. Transportation Research Board and is hosted by the Institute of Transportation Studies at UC Davis. This conference focused on national and subnational approaches to reduce oil use and greenhouse gas emissions associated with transportation. Garrett Barter and Amy Askin (both in [...]

Senator Heinrich Touts Energy Savings & Job Creation through Shaheen-Portman Bill

September 17th, 2013|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

"New Mexico is already capitalizing on a diversified but rapidly transforming energy sector and stands to benefit from leveraging investments in efficiency projects and innovative technologies." -Senator Martin Heinrich Senator Martin Heinrich of New Mexico, a member of the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, delivered a speech on the Senate floor in support of the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act. Within the speech, Senator Heinrich addressed the importance of energy-efficient technologies, including a [...]

U.S. Cities Quench Growing Thirst with Saltwater

September 17th, 2013|Categories: Analysis, Climate, Energy, News, News & Events, Systems Analysis, Water Security|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Lake Powell in May 2007. Note the prominent "bathtub ring" made visible by low water. This phenomenon is among the topics discussed during the interview. (Photo Credit: PRA) Ira Flatow interviewed Sandia’s Michael Hightower (Military and Energy Systems Analysis Dept.) for NPR’s “Science Friday,” which aired on September 13th. The program discussed the challenges associated with diminishing fresh water resources, particularly in the west. As reservoirs disappear and wells run dry, cities around [...]