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PV Paper Published in IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy

Sandians Mathew Lave and Joshua Stein ( both in the Photovoltaics and Distributed Systems Dept.) along with Jan Kleissl (University of California–San Diego) published “A Wavelet-Based Variability Model (WVM) for Solar PV Power Plants” in the April 2013 IEEE Transactions issue. (Matthew Lave was a Sandia student intern when this work was being done and [...]

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 [...]

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