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CRF Researchers Measure Reaction Rates of Second Key Atmospheric Component

Researchers at Sandia’s Combustion Research Facility, the University of Manchester, Bristol University, University of Southampton, and Hong Kong Polytechnic have successfully measured reaction rates of a second Criegee intermediate, CH3CHOO, and proven that the reactivity of the atmospheric chemical depends strongly on which way the molecule is twisted. The measurements will provide further insight into [...]

DOE Completes Construction of State-of-the-Art Wind Plant Performance Facility

The U.S. Department of Energy and Vestas R&D have completed construction of a new state-of-the-art wind plant research facility at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. The Scaled Wind Farm Technology (SWiFT) facility is the first U.S. facility specifically designed and constructed to tackle the challenges of the DOE Wind Farm of the Future program. [...]

Caterpillar, Sandia CRADA Opens Door to Multiple Research Projects

Sandia and industrial giant Caterpillar Inc. have signed their first umbrella cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA), opening the door to a wide range of scientific research. “This agreement will lead to an expanded relationship with Caterpillar,” said Vic Weiss, the Sandia business development specialist who helped negotiate the CRADA. “It’s a strategic collaboration.” The [...]

Better Monitoring and Diagnostics Tackle Algae Biofuel Pond Crash Problem

Sandia is developing a suite of complementary technologies to help the emerging algal biofuels industry detect and quickly recover from algal pond crashes, an obstacle to large-scale algae cultivation for potential biofuels. Sandia is addressing the algal pond crash issue in three complementary ways: developing a real-time monitoring tool for algal ponds that can detect [...]

New Book Highlights Pressing Need for Hydrogen-Powered Vehicles

Sandia reveals the breadth of its hydrogen fuel expertise in the recently published Hydrogen Storage Technology—Materials and Applications. Sandia researcher Lennie Klebanoff (Hydrogen and Combustion Technologies Dept.) is confident that the book will give readers a sense of urgency about the need to get zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell vehicles on the road, and to get [...]

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