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Building a Microgrid

October 17th, 2011|Categories: Customers & Partners, Energy Assurance, Energy Surety, Infrastructure Security, Microgrid, News, Partnership|Tags: , , , , , , , |

By Copyright © 2011 Albuquerque Journal Michael Hartranft Journal Staff Writer Japanese firms partner with labs, PNM, Mesa del Sol on project A collaborative U.S.-Japanese project that will use the Aperture Center at Mesa del Sol as the centerpiece for a smart grid technology demonstration is on track to go on line by mid 2012. Announced in June 2010, the project is being carried out by NEDO, the New Energy and Industrial Technology [...]

Sandia Gets $4M Energy Grant

October 17th, 2011|Categories: Energy, News, Renewable Energy, Wind Energy|Tags: , , , , , , |

Sandia will receive $4.1 million from DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy to design Vertical Axis Wind Turbines which could reduce the cost of offshore wind energy generation. Read more about the grant here.

Nanoscale Effects on Heterojunction Electron Gases in GaN/AlGaN Core/Shell Nanowires

August 15th, 2011|Categories: News, Solid-State Lighting|Tags: , , , , , , , |

June 22, 2011 [singlepic id=978 w=320 h=240 float=right] In a paper titled “Nanoscale Effects on Heterojunction Electron Gases in GaN/AlGaN Core/Shell Nanowires” published in Nano Letters, Sandia scientist Bryan M. Wong, and EFRC scientists François Léonard, Qiming Li, and George T. Wang, present a theoretical  and computational study of the electronic properties of core/shell nanowires.  They find that the nanometer size scales combined with the highly anisotropic cross-sections of these nanowires strongly influences the behavior of [...]

Jeff Tsao participates in “Energy Efficiency and the Rebound Effect” Workshop

August 15th, 2011|Categories: News, Solid-State Lighting|Tags: , , , , , , |

June 27-28, 2011 [singlepic id=979 w=320 h=240 float=right] The rebound (or take-back) effect) is the term in energy economics used to describe the effectin which increases in energy efficiency do not necessarily lead to simple 1:1 decreases in energy consumption, but instead are “taken back” in the form of higher consumption of the goods and services that the energy is used to create. Although taken very seriously in Europe, both in academia and in policy circles, [...]

Four-color laser white illuminant demonstrating high color-rendering quality

August 15th, 2011|Categories: News, Solid-State Lighting|Tags: , , , , , , , |

July 4, 2011 [singlepic id=980 w=320 h=240 float=right]Solid-state lighting is currently based on light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and phosphors.  Solid-state lighting based on lasers would offer significant advantages including high potential efficiencies at high current densities. Light emitted from lasers, however, has a much narrower spectral linewidth than light emitted from LEDs or phosphors.  Therefore it is a common belief that white light produced by a set of lasers of different colors would not be of [...]

Bernadette Hernandez-Sanchez

June 13th, 2011|Categories: EC, Energy, News, News & Events, Renewable Energy, Water Power|Tags: , , , , |

Bernadette A. Hernandez-Sanchez is the project lead for the Advanced Materials Program and DOE's Marine and Hydrokinetic Technology Database (MHTDB). The Advanced Materials Program focuses on understanding the properties and performance of materials and coatings being investigated for potential marine hydrokinetic (MHK) and ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC) technologies as well as developing novel anti-biofouling and anti-corrosion coatings. Sandia also supports the update and maintenance DOE's MHTDB that provides up-to-date information on marine and hydrokinetic [...]

Two Sandia Engineers named as Influencers and Innovators of Wind Power

May 26th, 2011|Categories: Energy, News, Renewable Energy, Wind Energy|Tags: , , , , |

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — April 28, 2011 — Sandia engineers Jose Zayas and Dale Berg were honored by Windpower Engineering magazine as two of the nation's innovators and influencers in wind energy. [singlepic id=653 w=320 h=240 float=right]Zayas, senior manager of the Renewable Energy Technologies group at Sandia National Laboratories, was named an influencer on wind energy. The magazine also named Berg, principal member of the technical staff at Sandia, an innovator of wind energy technology. Zayas [...]

Sandia Adds Water Power to Clean Energy Research Portfolio

May 18th, 2011|Categories: Energy, News, Renewable Energy, Water Power|Tags: , , , , |

[singlepic id=637 w=320 h=240 float=right]ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Sandia National Laboratories will receive more than $9 million over three years from a Department of Energy competitive laboratory solicitation for the development of advanced water power technologies. Sandia, through a partnership with several national laboratories and academic institutions, will lead two of the four topic areas awarded under the grant and will provide technical support in a third topic area. The topic areas are Supporting Research and [...]

iNEMI Renewable Energy Workshop

May 18th, 2011|Categories: Energy, News, Renewable Energy, Wind Energy, Workshops|Tags: , , , , |

The International Electronics Manufacturing Initiative (iNEMI) held a renewable energy workshop on October 19-21, 2010 at Cisco Systems, Inc. in Fremont, California. The purpose of the workshop was to bring visibility to technology and product gaps in the wind and solar energy markets in which iNEMI member organizations such as Cisco Systems, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Samsung, and Sun Microsystems could develop new businesses. GE and SNL were asked to give presentations that overviewed the state of [...]

Designing a Better Wind Turbine

May 18th, 2011|Categories: Energy, News, Renewable Energy, Wind Energy|Tags: , , , , , |

[singlepic id=635 w=320 h=240 float=right]ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Researchers with Sandia National Laboratories and Purdue University are using sensors and computational software to help design a better wind turbine. The sensors are being placed on experimental turbines in Bushland, Texas, to provide enhanced capabilities to monitor and control the wind turbines. A team from both institutions presented research on the topic in a paper at the Windpower 2009 Conference and Exhibition held in Chicago in early [...]

Mesalands MOU Signing

May 18th, 2011|Categories: Energy, News, Renewable Energy, Wind Energy|Tags: , , , , |

[singlepic id=634 w=320 h=240 float=right]ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — In the first arrangement of its kind between a national laboratory and a two-year college, Sandia National Laboratories and Mesalands Community College in Tucumcari, N.M., recently signed a memorandum of understanding committing the two organizations to cooperate in enhancing the training program and developing and evaluating new technologies in the area of wind energy. The MOU encourages Sandia and Mesalands’ North American Wind Research and Training Center (NAWRTC) [...]

New Mexico In Focus: Blowin’ In The Wind

May 18th, 2011|Categories: Energy, News, Renewable Energy, Wind Energy|Tags: , , , |

KNME TV's, New Mexico In Focus, in celebration of Earth Day, featured a half-hour episode (#239) profiling the emergence of renewable energy technologies and practices in New Mexico. There were interviews with representatives from Sandia National Laboratory's Wind Energy Technology Department, Public Service Company of New Mexico, and New Mexico's Energy, Minerals, and Natural Resources Department, about what makes New Mexico ideal for wind technology. There was also a short film about Corona, a small [...]

DOE Awards Wind Research Grants

May 18th, 2011|Categories: Energy, News, Renewable Energy, Wind Energy|Tags: , , , , , |

[singlepic id=633 w=320 h=240 float=right]ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The Wind Energy Technology Department at Sandia National Laboratories is conducting research in three new areas, the result of additional funding from the Department of Energy's Wind Energy Program. Sandia is sharing a $4 million award with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), and Pacific Northwest, Oak Ridge, Lawrence Livermore, Argonne, and Los Alamos national laboratories. The multilaboratory research agenda is focused on delivering the results needed to [...]

Dutch University MOU Signing

May 18th, 2011|Categories: Energy, News, Renewable Energy, Wind Energy|Tags: , , , , |

[singlepic id=632 w=320 h=240 float=right]INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATIONS - Sid Gutierrez, director of Nuclear Energy and Global Security Technologies Center 6700 (left), and Gijs van Kuik, scientific director of Duwind, the wind energy research institute at the Technical University of Delft in the Netherlands, sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) at a recent ceremony at Sandia. The MOU will allow Sandia's Wind Energy Technology Dept. 6333 to work closely with the Dutch institution, helping the two entities [...]

Sandia/KAFB Wind Farm

May 18th, 2011|Categories: Energy, News, Renewable Energy, Wind Energy|Tags: , , , |

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Sandia National Laboratories and Kirtland Air Force Base may soon share a wind farm that will provide as much as one-third of the electricity used by the two entities. The Labs’ Wind Energy Technology Department and the U.S. Department of Energy Wind and Hydropower Technologies Program have embarked on a project to determine if such a plant is viable and to build a roughly 30-megawatt (MW) farm on the air base. A [...]

2005 Presidential Visit / Bill Signing

May 18th, 2011|Categories: Energy, News, Renewable Energy, Wind Energy|Tags: , , , , , |

[singlepic id=629 w=320 h=240 float=right]President Bush chose Sandia National Laboratories as the site on which to sign the Energy Policy Act of 2005 due to the bipartisan leadership of the two New Mexico Senators in getting the legislation passed. This legislation, also known as the Energy Bill, has wide-ranging implications for all aspects of energy in the U.S. It includes a two-year extension of the wind Production Tax Credit that is likely to spur continued [...]

ATLAS II Data Acquisition System

May 18th, 2011|Categories: Energy, News, Renewable Energy, Wind Energy|Tags: , , , , |

[singlepic id=628 w=320 h=240 float=right]ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — In West Texas, New Mexico, and other places around the world, wind turbines are used to generate electricity. But how can engineers determine their efficiency and health? Sandia’s Wind Energy Technology Department has developed a device, the Accurate Time Linked data Acquisition System (ATLAS II), which answers that question and can provide all of the information necessary to understand how well a machine is performing. Housed in an [...]

New Wind Turbine Blade Design

May 18th, 2011|Categories: Energy, News, Renewable Energy, Wind Energy|Tags: , , , , |

[singlepic id=627 w=320 h=240 float=right]ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A new wind turbine blade design that researchers at Sandia National Laboratories developed in partnership with Knight & Carver (K&C) of San Diego promises to be more efficient than current designs. It should significantly reduce the cost-of-energy (COE) of wind turbines at low-wind-speed sites. Named “STAR” for Sweep Twist Adaptive Rotor, the blade is the first of its kind produced at a utility-grade size. Its most distinctive characteristic [...]

More Energy with Less Weight

May 18th, 2011|Categories: Energy, News, Renewable Energy, Wind Energy|Tags: , , , |

The following is from an article published in WindStats Newsletter Vol. 19, No. 4. The complete article is available from WindStats at: http://www.windstats.com. "It comes as no surprise that much of today's wind power research focuses on increasing blade lengths. The weight of a rotor can take up as much as 77% of the total weight of a system, says John Locke, a researcher at Wichita State University's National Institute for Aviation Research. Yet, according [...]

InAs Quantum Dot Transitions

April 5th, 2011|Categories: EC, Energy, Energy Efficiency, News, Solid-State Lighting|Tags: , , , , , , |

March 1, 2011[singlepic id=364 w=320 h=240 float=right] The fundamental interaction governing light emission from semiconductor materials is the coupling between electronic states in the semiconductor and a local electromagnetic field. The current generation of solid-state lighting devices operates in the so-called “weak-coupling” regime, in which the rate of energy transfer between the electronic states and the local electromagnetic field is lower than the rates at which these states or fields relax. For a possible future [...]