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Four CRF Papers Presented at the International Conference on Hydrogen Safety

November 12th, 2013|Categories: CRF, Energy, Facilities, News, News & Events, Transportation Energy|Tags: , , , , , , |

CRF researchers presented four papers at the 5th International Conference on Hydrogen Safety, held September 9–11 in Brussels, Belgium. ICHS 2013 focused on progress in safety of hydrogen technologies and infrastructure, as crucial/essential means to enable the transition to a zero carbon energy system. The conference was hosted by the Joint Research Centre (Institute for Energy and Transport) of the European Commission. The papers will be published in a special edition of the International Journal [...]

Sandia Market Transformation Work Presented at Two Conferences

November 12th, 2013|Categories: CRF, Energy, Facilities, News, News & Events, Systems Engineering, Transportation Energy|Tags: , , , , , , |

Sandia researcher Joe Pratt stands near the Port of Oakland, one of the west coast ports he studied to learn whether hydrogen fuel cells are a viable power source for docked ships. (Photo by Steffan Schulz) Joe Pratt (in Sandia’s Energy Systems Engineering & Analysis Dept.) presented work for DOE’s Market Transformation group at two international conferences.  At the Society of Automotive Engineers Aerospace Alternative Fuels and Associated Environmental Impacts Symposium in Brussels, [...]

Sandia Signs Memorandum of Understanding with H2USA

November 12th, 2013|Categories: CRF, Energy, Facilities, News, News & Events, Transportation Energy|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Sandia recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with H2USA, a new public-private partnership launched by DOE to focus on advancing hydrogen infrastructure to support more transportation energy options for U.S. consumers, including fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs). The partnership brings together automakers, government agencies, gas suppliers, and the hydrogen and fuel-cell industries to coordinate research and identify cost-effective solutions to deploy infrastructure that can deliver hydrogen fuel in the U.S. Sandia will The [...]

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Elects Sandian as Associate Fellow

November 11th, 2013|Categories: Energy, News, News & Events, Renewable Energy, Wind Energy|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

A test is performed at Sandia to validate a structural model of the Sandia Blade System Design Study (BSDS) blade concept. The innovative flatback airfoil technology demonstrated in the Sandia BSDS program has been adopted in industry by several blade manufacturers. Todd Griffith was the lead for the modal test effort shown in the photo. Todd Griffith (in Sandia’s Water Power Technologies Dept.) was recently elected in the class of American Institute of [...]

Joint Sandia-DOE-HMRC Testing of a Floating Oscillating Water Column Wave Energy Converter Device

November 11th, 2013|Categories: Energy, News, News & Events, Partnership, Renewable Energy, Water Power|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

From September 8th–20th, Diana Bull (in Sandia’s Water Power Technologies Dept.) worked with the team from Ireland’s Hydraulics and Maritime Research Centre (HMRC) to complete testing of Reference Model 6, a backward-­bent duct buoy (BBDB) oscillating water column wave energy converter design. Testing was completed in both the flume as well as Ireland’s Hydraulics and Maritime Research Centre (HMRC) basin. A backward-bent duct buoy (BBDB) floating oscillating water column (OWC) wave energy converter (WEC) [...]

Post-Processing and Analysis of Wake Measurements Around a Scaled Turbine

November 11th, 2013|Categories: Energy, News, News & Events, Partnership, Renewable Energy, Water Power|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Photo of test set-up showing skiff and array of catamaran-mounted acoustic Doppler current profilers. Sandia and the Univ. of Washington recently (jointly) reprocessed data from a UW wake-measurement campaign to include power-performance (Cp-TSR) and thrust (Ct-TSR) data for comparable velocity conditions obtained in the September 2012 field campaign. Their reanalysis shows that normalized wake-recovery metrics (i.e., velocity deficit vs turbine diameters downstream) suggest that wake recovery is independent of inflow velocity (in the [...]

Sandia Brings Home a Record Five Regional Tech-Transfer Awards

October 29th, 2013|Categories: Energy, Energy Efficiency, News, News & Events, Systems Engineering|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Sandia won five regional awards from the Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC) for its work to develop and commercialize innovative technologies. It was the most FLC regional awards Sandia has won at one time. Sandia’s Jeff Koplow makes an adjustment to an earlier prototype of his Air Bearing Heat Exchanger invention. The technology, as known as the “Sandia Cooler,” will significantly reduce the energy needed to cool the processor chips in data centers and large-scale [...]

CINT Computer Simulation Guide for Designing Polymeric Nanoparticles Published

October 29th, 2013|Categories: Biofuels, Biomass, CINT, Energy, Facilities, Materials Science, News, News & Events, Partnership, Renewable Energy, Research & Capabilities, Systems Engineering|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Monomer chemical structure (top right), the nanoparticle, as made (top left) and in equilibrium in water. The curves in the center correspond to the static structure factor S(q) as the function of q for polymer substituted (solid triangles) and without (open triangles) side chains in water with best fit to a fuzzy spherical form factor (solid lines). Gary Grest (in Sandia’s Nanostructure Physics Dept.) and his collaborators published “Internal Correlations and Stability of [...]

DOE International Energy Storage Database Has Logged 420 Energy Storage Projects Worldwide with 123 GW of Installed Capacity

October 22nd, 2013|Categories: Energy, Energy Assurance, Energy Assurance, Energy Storage, Energy Storage Systems, Energy Surety, Grid Integration, Infrastructure Security, News, News & Events, SMART Grid|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Berkeley, California, USA, (October 21, 2013) — /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The following was released by Strategen Consulting: The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced that its international energy storage database has surpassed 420 documented energy storage projects from around the world. The database, the first of its kind, provides free, up-to-date information on grid-connected energy storage projects and relevant state and federal policies. It is funded through DOE’s Sandia National Laboratories, and has been operating [...]

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 [...]