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Key Hydrogen Report Now Available on OpenEnergyInfo Wiki Site

August 28th, 2013|Categories: CRF, Energy, Energy Efficiency, Facilities, News, News & Events, Systems Analysis, Systems Engineering|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Hydrogen experts at Sandia/California were tapped for their technical expertise through a first-ever contract with the state of California to investigate a May 4 (2012) hydrogen release at the Bay Area’s Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District (AC Transit) hydrogen fueling station in Emeryville, CA.In their investigation, Sandia researchers concluded that an internal component of a pressure-relief valve used in the facility’s fueling station failed, and that the material of construction of the valve component was [...]

Patent Awarded for the Fuel Cell Mobile Light

August 28th, 2013|Categories: Center for Infrastructure Research and Innovation (CIRI), CRF, Energy, Energy Efficiency, Facilities, News, News & Events, Partnership, Systems Engineering|Tags: , , , , |

Fuel-cell-powered mobile lighting system. On May 14, 2013, a U.S. Patent (US 8,439,534 B1) was awarded for a fuel cell mobile lighting system. The Sandia inventors, Lennie Klebanoff (8367) and Terry Johnson (8366) were among other project inventors from the broad collaboration between industry, the State of California (Caltrans), DOE, and Sandia to design, build, field test, and commercialize a fuel cell mobile lighting system to replace traditional diesel-powered systems. The fuel-cell-powered [...]

Sandia, SRI International Sign Pact to Advance Hydrogen and Natural Gas Research for Transportation

August 28th, 2013|Categories: Center for Infrastructure Research and Innovation (CIRI), CRF, Energy, Facilities, Livermore Valley Open Campus (LVOC), News, News & Events, Systems Analysis, Transportation Energy|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The Livermore Valley Open Campus at the juncture of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Sandia-California. Sandia and SRI International, an independent research and innovation center, will join forces to explore, test, and evaluate a broad range of hydrogen and natural gas fuel systems and components for transportation applications under a new agreement. The five-year memorandum of understanding is the first agreement in Sandia’s new Center for Infrastructure Research and Innovation (CIRI), an alternative fuel [...]

HelioVolt Modules Installed at RTC Sites

August 14th, 2013|Categories: Energy, News, News & Events, Partnership, Photovoltaic, Photovoltaic Regional Testing Center (PV RTC), Renewable Energy, Solar, Solar Newsletter, SunShot|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The HelioVolt PV array installed at the Sandia RTC site. (Photo credit: Charles Robinson) HelioVolt, Sandia National Laboratories, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and the Florida Solar Energy Center are pleased to announce the successful grid connection of the first half of six arrays to be deployed at the U.S. Department of Energy
Regional Test Centers (RTCs). HelioVolt is installing two 5 kW arrays at each of the following three RTC sites: New Mexico, [...]

Sandia Participation in the 39th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists (PVSC) Conference

August 14th, 2013|Categories: DETL, Distribution Grid Integration, Energy, Facilities, Grid Integration, News, News & Events, Photovoltaic, Photovoltaic Regional Testing Center (PV RTC), Renewable Energy, SMART Grid, Solar|Tags: , , , , , |

Matthew Reno presented a new method to streamline the interconnection study process by simplifying the complex system to an equivalent representation of the feeder with fewer buses while maintaining feeder topology as well as the accuracy of key buses of interest. He demonstrated the method with distributed rooftop PV on a 1262-bus feeder with two buses of interest that is reduced to a 13-bus circuit. A number of Sandia researchers presented papers at [...]

Sandia Researchers Score MRS “Outstanding” Rating Two Years Running

August 7th, 2013|Categories: Advanced Materials Laboratory, Facilities, Materials Science, News, News & Events, Research & Capabilities|Tags: , , , , , |

We developed a simple and economic coating process through interfacial self-­‐assembly of polymers and nanoparticles as an alternative to conventional CVD and sputter-­‐deposited optical films. Through control of structural parameters of assemblies, we were able to fabricate uniform reflective optical coatings. Sandia researcher Hongyou Fan (Advanced Materials Laboratory) was honored for his “outstanding poster” at the 2013 Spring Meeting of the Materials Research Society (MRS) in San Francisco. His was one of only [...]

Climate Change Is the Subject of a New Book

August 1st, 2013|Categories: Analysis, Climate, Global Climate & Energy, Monitoring, News, News & Events, Sensing, Sensing & Monitoring, Water Security|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

A new book, Assessment of Climate Change in the South­west United States (published by Island Press), was released in May 2013. Vince Tidwell (Earth Systems Analysis Dept.) was the lead contributing author for the chapter on “Energy Impacts.” According to the press release, “the book blends the contributions of 120 experts in climate science, economics, ecology, engineering, geography, hydrology, planning, resource management, and other disciplines. This book is one of 10 regional technical inputs to [...]

Sandia and Los Alamos Teams Gear Up for Hurricane Season

August 1st, 2013|Categories: Analysis, Facilities, Infrastructure Security, Modeling, Modeling & Analysis, News, News & Events, NISAC, Partnership|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

National Infrastructure Simulation and Analysis Center (NISAC) teams of infrastructure modelers and analysts, such as this one, work to provide a crisis response to the Department of Homeland Security for national disasters such as hurricanes. (Photo courtesy of NISAC) The Department of Homeland Security’s National Infrastructure Simulation and Analysis Center (NISAC), jointly housed at Sandia and Los Alamos national laboratories, studies how hurricanes and other disasters disrupt critical infrastructure, such as roads, electricity, [...]

2013 Electricity Storage Handbook Published

July 31st, 2013|Categories: Energy, Energy Assurance, Energy Storage, Energy Storage Systems, Energy Surety, Grid Integration, Infrastructure Security, News, News & Events, Partnership|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

The sodium-sulfur battery installation provided by NGK Insulators, Ltd., (deployed at Xcel in Lucerne, Minnesota, in 2008) to supplement wind-turbine generation contains 20 50-kW modules with 7.2 MWh of storage capacity and a charge/discharge capacity of 1 MW. The DOE/EPRI 2013 Electricity Storage Handbook in Collaboration with NRECA has been released and is available for download (166 pp + appendices). The handbook was jointly authored by the Sandia (on behalf of DOE Energy [...]

Sandia and Atlas-Copco Secoroc Advance to Phase 2 in Their Geothermal Energy Project

July 31st, 2013|Categories: Energy, Geothermal, News, News & Events, Partnership, Renewable Energy|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Phase 1 drill bit button retention testing. In 2012, the partnership between Sandia and Atlas-Copco Secoroc was awarded a $3.4M DOE grant to develop a down-the-hole (DTH) hammer capable of low-cost, high-production drilling in the extreme heat of deep geothermal wells. The overall DOE goal is to increase the feasibility of geothermal energy production by lowering the cost and financial risk associated with it. Atlas Copco and Sandia were awarded continuation of the [...]

Coupling Local to Nonlocal Continuum Models

July 29th, 2013|Categories: Capabilities, Materials Science, News, News & Events, Office of Science, Research & Capabilities|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The predicted strain field in the stretching of a 1-D elastic bar. The bar is partitioned into local and nonlocal subregions. With the new coupling method, there is zero error in the transition regions between local and nonlocal equations for this particular example problem. Nonlocality, incorporating a length scale within the equations of mechanics, is increasingly recognized as an essential aspect of high-fidelity modeling of the fracture and failure of solids. The nonlocal [...]

Three-Dimensional Graphene Architectures

July 29th, 2013|Categories: Capabilities, Materials Science, News, News & Events, Office of Science, Research & Capabilities|Tags: , , , , , |

Scanning electron microscope images of the effect of temperature on the platinum nanostructure on the 3-D graphene substrates: (A) 25 °C and (B) 70 °C. The mechanical strength and electron mobility of graphene has made it a novel material for a new generation of electronic devices, batteries, and sensors. Currently graphene is predominately grown on 2-D substrates. We have recently reported on a method to make 3-D graphene from interferometric lithographically patterned porous [...]

Jerry Simmons Is One of Three Researchers Named as Laboratory Fellows

July 29th, 2013|Categories: Energy, Energy Efficiency, Materials Science, News, News & Events, Office of Science, Partnership, Research & Capabilities, Solid-State Lighting|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Newly appointed Sandia Fellows Jerry Simmons (left), Ed Cole (center), and John Rowe gather outside Sandia's Joint Computational Engineering Laboratory. (Photo by Randy Montoya) This status is reserved for those who are nationally or internationally recognized pioneers in their fields. It is considered a promotion to the highest level of R&D staff, equivalent to the level of management immediately below Sandia’s vice presidents. “The three new fellows have histories of sustained and equally [...]

SWiFT Commissioned to Study Wind Farm Optimization

July 29th, 2013|Categories: Energy, Facilities, News, News & Events, Partnership, Renewable Energy, SWIFT, Systems Analysis, Systems Engineering, Wind Energy|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

The SWiFT facility's three research-scale turbines have been fully characterized. After the commissioning ceremony, SWiFt began its mission of understanding how wind turbines with one another on a wind farm. The DOE, Sandia, and Texas Tech University (TTU) commissioned the DOE/Sandia Scaled Wind Farm Technology (SWiFT) facility on Tuesday, July 9th at the Reese Technology Center in Lubbock, Texas. SWiFT is the first public facility of its kind to use multiple wind turbines [...]

Sandia Supported the Neuro-Inspired Computational Elements (NICE) Workshop in Albuquerque

July 26th, 2013|Categories: Capabilities, Materials Science, News, News & Events, Office of Science, Research & Capabilities|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Retinal connectome The NICE workshop explored ways to use the brain’s superior ability to send electrical signals along massively parallel channels, with multiple intersections at downstream nodes, to handle rapidly changing, high-volume information. The hope is that rather than using the limited “if this, then that” logic of conventional computer architectures to absorb steadily increasing yet often incomplete data, cognitive systems will be able—like the brain—to learn, adapt, hypothesize, and then suggest answers. [...]

Sandia-California Partners with Japanese National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) in Hydrogen-Materials Research

July 26th, 2013|Categories: CRF, Energy, Facilities, News, News & Events, Partnership, Transportation Energy|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Dr. Bai An from AIST visited Sandia’s Livermore site during the week of May 28. This international collaboration is working to understand the atomic-level processes of hydrogen embrittlement in steels, with a particular focus on stainless steels. Dr. An is an internationally recognized expert on scanning probe microscopy, such as atomic force microscopy and scanning tunneling microscopy, and regularly visits Sandia-California to pro­mote the collaboration, with the intent of influencing the harmonization of international codes [...]

Sierra Unmanned Aerial Vehicle to Begin Flights Over Arctic Sea Ice

July 25th, 2013|Categories: Climate, Customers & Partners, Global, Monitoring, News, News & Events, Office of Science, Partnership, Sensing, Sensing & Monitoring|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

On July 16th, the Sierra, a unique unmanned aerial system (UAS) operated by the NASA Ames Research Center in northern California (learn more), began flights over the Arctic sea ice as part of the MIZOPEX (Marginal Ice Zone Observations and Processes Experiment) mission. MIZOPEX is an intensive observing campaign that will characterize the ocean surface, sea ice, and atmosphere at the critical marginal ice zone (MIZ), the southern edges of the Arctic sea ice, as [...]

The National Algae Testbed Public-Private Partnership Kick-Off Meeting at Arizona State University

July 25th, 2013|Categories: Biofuels, Energy, News, News & Events, Partnership, Renewable Energy, Systems Engineering|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Group photo of the participants in the April 2013 national Algae Testbed Public-Private Partnership (ATP3) kick-off meeting at Arizona State University. Sandians Ron Pate (Earth Systems Analysis Dept.), Todd Lane (Systems Biology Dept.), Tricia Gharagozloo (Thermal/Fluid Science and Engineering Dept.), and Tom Reichardt (Remote Sensing and Energetic Materials Dept.) participated in the April 15–18, 2013, National Algae Testbed Public-Private Partnership (ATP3) kick-off meeting at Arizona State University (ASU). Ron is part of the [...]

Sandia Wins Three R&D100 Awards

July 24th, 2013|Categories: Concentrating Solar Power, Energy, Facilities, National Solar Thermal Test Facility, News, News & Events, Photovoltaic, Renewable Energy, Solar, Solar Newsletter|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Glare viewed from the air traffic control tower at Manchester/Boston Regional Airport. (April 27, 2012, at 8:15 a.m.) Sandia researchers—competing in an international pool of uni­versities, corporations, and government labs—captured three R&D100 Awards in this year’s con­test. R&D Magazine presents the awards each year to researchers whom its editors and independ­ent judging panels determine have developed the year’s 100 most outstanding advances in applied technologies. The sole criterion for winning, according to the [...]

New Mexico Small Business Assistance (NMSBA) Program Collaborations Recognized

July 24th, 2013|Categories: Energy, Modeling & Analysis, News, News & Events, Partnership, Renewable Energy, Water Power|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Phil Kithil, left, CEO of Atmocean Inc. of Santa Fe, and Phillip Fullam, chief engineer of Reytek Corp. of Albuquerque, worked with Sandia National Laboratories modeling specialist Rick Givler to assess the feasibility of their pump system that turns wave power into electricity. Givler’s findings helped Atmocean attract a six-figure investment for continued product testing and component manufacturing. (Photo by Norman Johnson) Ten NMSBA projects that achieved outstanding innovations last year were honored [...]