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Vermont and Sandia National Laboratories Announce Energy Research Center

December 20th, 2011|Categories: Energy Efficiency, Grid Integration, Microgrid, Modeling & Analysis, News, Partnership, SMART Grid|Tags: , , , , |

Vermont—a leader in energy efficiency and deployment of so-called smart-grid technology—will become home to a $15 million national energy research project, officials announced Monday. The Center for Energy Transformation and Innovation will be housed at the University of Vermont. The three-year project is a partnership among the state of Vermont, Sandia National Laboratories of New Mexico, UVM and other academic institutions, Vermont utility companies, and Efficiency Vermont—a statewide energy efficiency utility program. Read [...]

JBEI Researchers Splice Corn Gene into Switchgrass, Increasing Plant Cell Wall Starch by 250%

December 7th, 2011|Categories: Energy, JBEI, News, Renewable Energy, Transportation Energy|Tags: , , , , , , |

Many experts believe that advanced biofuels made from cellulosic biomass are the most promising alternative to petroleum-based liquid fuels for a renewable, clean, green, domestic source of transportation energy. Nature, however, does not make it easy. Unlike the starch sugars in grains, the complex polysaccharides in the cellulose of plant cell walls are locked within a tough woody material called lignin. For advanced biofuels to be economically competitive, scientists must find inexpensive ways to [...]

E. Coli Bacteria Engineered to Eat Switchgrass and Make Transportation Fuels

December 7th, 2011|Categories: Energy, JBEI, News, Renewable Energy, Transportation Energy|Tags: , , , , , |

A milestone has been reached on the road to developing advanced biofuels that can replace gasoline, diesel, and jet fuels with a domestically produced clean, green, renewable alternative. Researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy's Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) have engineered the first strains of Escherichia coli bacteria that can digest switchgrass biomass and synthesize its sugars into all three of those transportation fuels. What's more, the microbes are able to do this [...]

Sandia Study Shows Large LNG Fires Hotter but Smaller Than Expected

December 6th, 2011|Categories: Analysis, Energy Assurance, Infrastructure Security, Modeling, Modeling & Analysis, News, News & Events|Tags: , , , |

New research shows that large-scale liquefied natural gas fires are hotter but smaller than anticipated, which means regulators can assume that a slightly smaller area would be at risk in the case of an LNG incident, an official from Sandia National Laboratory said Sunday at a meeting of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners. However, the study showed that extreme cold from spilling LNG combined with extreme heat from an LNG fire [...]

Sandia Releases First Findings from Its Continuous Reliability Enhancement for Wind (CREW) Database

December 6th, 2011|Categories: Energy, Monitoring, News, News & Events, Renewable Energy, Wind Energy|Tags: , , |

More than 1,200 MW of wind power capacity was installed in the United States in the third quarter of 2011 alone, bringing new installations through the first three quarters of the year to 3,360 MW, according to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). The U.S. wind industry now totals 43,461 MW of cumulative wind capacity through the end of September 2011. Of this total, more than 35 percent of all new generating capacity has been installed within the [...]

Announcing Dr. Michael E. Coltrin as New Director of the SSLS EFRC

December 1st, 2011|Categories: Energy Efficiency, Events, News, News & Events, Solid-State Lighting|Tags: , , , , , , |

We are extremely pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Michael E. Coltrin as the new Director of Sandia's Solid-State Lighting Science (SSLS) Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC). Mike has had a long and distinguished career advancing the science underlaying chemically reacting fluid flow, and in applying that science to solve practical problems in the chemical vapor deposition of virtually all of the important semiconducting materials. These materials include Si, C, GaAs, and, most recently, [...]

Wind Energy Manufacturing Lab Helps Engineers Improve Wind Power

November 15th, 2011|Categories: Energy, News, Partnership, Renewable Energy, Wind Energy|Tags: , , , |

Researchers at the Wind Energy Manufacturing Laboratory—a joint effort of researchers from TPI Composites, a Scottsdale, Arizona-based company that operates a turbine blade factory in Newton, and Sandia National Laboratories, and located at Iowa State University—used laser readings to calculate how dozens of the layers would fit and flow over the curves of a mold used to manufacture a blade. If there was a wrinkle or wave in the fabric, any defect at [...]

From Compost to Sustainable Fuels: Heat-Loving Fungi Are Sequenced

November 10th, 2011|Categories: Energy, Modeling, Modeling & Analysis, News, Renewable Energy, Transportation Energy|Tags: , , , |

Two heat-loving fungi, often found in composts that self-ignite without flame or spark, could soon have new vocations. The complete genetic makeup of Myceliophthora thermophi­la and Thielavia terrestris has been decoded by an international group of scientists. The findings, published in Nature Biotechnology, may lead to the faster and greener development of biomass-based fuels, chemicals, and other industrial materials. In sequencing M. thermophila and T. terrestris, the research team also discovered that both [...]

Greg Nielson Featured in Innovation Magazine

October 31st, 2011|Categories: Energy, News, Photovoltaic, Renewable Energy, Solar|Tags: , , , , , |

Sandia researcher Greg Nielson, team leader on the Microsystems-Enabled Photovoltaic cell project, was featured in the October/November 2011 issue of Innovation Magazine.

Glitter-Sized Photovoltaic Cells in Utility-Scale Solar Power Systems

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

Sandia National Laboratories will begin researching how to use glitter-sized photovoltaic cells in utility-scale solar power systems, which eventually could cut the costs of solar panels in half and nearly double their efficiency. Sandia’s work with industry, other labs and universities to improve the design, materials and manufacturing processes of the Microsystems-Enabled Photovoltaic (MEPV) cells won the national security laboratory a Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC) Mid-Continent Regional Excellence in Technology Transfer Award. Read [...]

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 [...]