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EC, DHS’s S&T Directorate, Federal Emergency Management Agency: SUMMIT

Natural disasters create emergency situations that must be dealt with quickly and effectively in order to minimize injury and loss of life. Simulating such events before they occur can help emergency responders fine-tune their preparations. To create the most accurate modeling scenarios, exercise planners need to know critical event details, such as infrastructure damage and [...]

Sandia Labs, Front Edge Technology, Inc., Pacific Northwest National Lab, Univ. of California–Los Angeles: Micro Power Source

What if the batteries had the ability to recharge themselves? Just as on rooftops, a PV surface could convert the sunlight to electricity to charge the storage device. Sandia, working with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), has developed the Micro Power Source, a system that integrates a [...]

Sandia, Los Alamos, Superconducting Technologies Inc., & Superpower: Solution Deposition Planarization

The nation’s electricity grid relies on power transmission from the production source—be it a coal-fired plant, solar array, or wind farm—to the consumer. Long-distance transmission results in sizeable energy losses due to resistance in the conducting material. Superconducting wires offer the potential for zero power dissipation and higher maximum current densities when contrasted with traditional [...]

ECIS, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, University of New Mexico, and Davidson College: Multifunctional Optical Coatings by Rapid Self-Assembly

Optical coatings appear on items ranging from electronic devices, photographic lenses, and windows to aircraft sensors, photovoltaic cells, and goggles for troops in the field. The coatings protect or alter the way a material reflects and/or transmits light. However, the two primary methods of applying coatings—sputtering and chemical vapor deposition (CVD)—are expensive, require highly specialized [...]

ECIS-Princeton Power Systems, Inc.: Demand Response Inverter

Solar energy is both predictable—the sun rises and sets everyday—and intermittent—a passing cloud can reduce a 1 MW photovoltaic (PV) array from 100% of its power generating capacity to 10% in a matter of seconds. This intermittency limits this renewable-energy (RE) source and how much of it is integrated into today’s electricity grid. To alleviate [...]

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