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

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 [...]

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

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 [...]

Sandia Participated in the 2013 Domenici Public Policy Conference

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 [...]

Study Could Help Improve Nuclear Waste Repositories

On October 17, 2013, in Energy, News, News & Events, Nuclear Energy

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 for nuclear waste disposal, because clay offers low permeability and high radionuclide retention. Even when a repository isn’t sited in clay, engineered barriers often include a compacted [...]

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

Sandia, the Atlantic Council, and NM WRRI presented “Transformational Solutions for Water in the West,” September 5th at the UNM Student Union Building. More than two hundred participants examined the projected gap between western U.S. water supply and demand and explored potential “transformational” solutions from the perspectives of technology and policy (or both) and discussed [...]

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