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

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. The team from HMRC included Tom Walsh, Brian Holmes, Florent Thiebaut, Neil O’Sullivan, [...]

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

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 [...]

Sandia Brings Home a Record Five Regional Tech-Transfer Awards

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. The FLC’s Far West/Mid-Continent regions recognized the Labs’ SpinDX, Sandia Cooler, and Self-Assembled Multifunctional Optical Coatings (SAMOC) with “Outstanding and Notable Technology [...]

CINT Computer Simulation Guide for Designing Polymeric Nanoparticles Published

Gary Grest (in Sandia’s Nanostructure Physics Dept.) and his collaborators published “Internal Correlations and Stability of Polydots, Soft Conjugated Polymeric Nanoparticles” in ACS Macro Letters in July 2013. In their work, the internal structure of soft, highly luminescent nanoparticles was resolved by molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. This is the first-ever insight obtained that overcomes the [...]

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

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 [...]

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