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Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Unit to Provide Renewable Power to Honolulu Port

October 1st, 2015|Categories: Analysis, Capabilities, Center for Infrastructure Research and Innovation (CIRI), Customers & Partners, Energy, Energy Assurance, Energy Assurance, Energy Storage, Energy Storage Systems, Facilities, Fuel Options, Highlights - Energy Research, News, News & Events, Office of Science, Partnership, Research & Capabilities, Transportation Energy|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Pete Devlin, of the Department of Energy’s Fuel Cell Technology Office, cut the ribbon to initiate the Maritime Hydrogen Fuel Cell project to test a hydrogen-fuel-cell-powered generator at Young Brothers Ltd.’s Port of Honolulu facility. Left to right: Mark Glick, Hawaii State Energy Office, Glenn Hong, Young Brothers Ltd., Pete Devlin, John Quinn, US Dept. of Transportation Maritime Administration, and Marianne Walck, Sandia National Laboratories. At Young Brothers Ltd.’s Port of Honolulu facility, [...]

CRF Researchers Are Source for 2015 QTR Sidebar Content

October 1st, 2015|Categories: Analysis, Capabilities, Computational Modeling & Simulation, CRF, Energy, Facilities, Highlights - Energy Research, Modeling, Modeling, Modeling & Analysis, Modeling & Analysis, News, News & Events, Research & Capabilities, Sensors & Optical Diagnostics, Transportation Energy|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

On September 10th, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz released the second Quadrennial Technology Review (QTR 2015), which examines the most promising research, development, demonstration, and deployment (RDD&D) opportunities across energy technologies to effectively address the nation’s energy needs. Specifically, this analysis identifies the important technology RDD&D opportunities across energy supply and end-use in working toward a clean US energy economy. The insight gained from this analysis will provide essential information for decision-makers as they develop funding [...]

Sandia Research Aims to Enhance Understanding of Radiometric Instruments

September 23rd, 2015|Categories: Analysis, Capabilities, Energy, Facilities, Highlights - Energy Research, News, News & Events, Partnership, Photovoltaic, Photovoltaic Systems Evaluation Laboratory (PSEL), Renewable Energy, Research & Capabilities, Solar, Solar Newsletter|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Sandia and Photovoltaic Performance Labs, Inc. have partnered on the PVSENSOR project to measure, characterize, and understand modern radiometric instrument intricacies. Such instruments are used to measure the amount of sunlight impinging on a plane and are primarily used as reference devices for PV systems. Two identical sets of 21 radiometers are mounted on the Photovoltaic Systems Evaluation Lab’s (PSEL’s) two-axis solar tracker at Sandia. After initial characterization, one set will go to Germany for [...]

Sandia’s Supercritical Carbon-Dioxide/Brayton-Cycle Laboratory Signs Important MOU with Industry Partners

September 23rd, 2015|Categories: Capabilities, Concentrating Solar Power, Energy, Facilities, Highlights - Energy Research, Materials Science, News, News & Events, Nuclear Energy, Nuclear Energy Systems Laboratory (NESL)/Brayton Lab, Partnership, Renewable Energy, Research & Capabilities, Solar, Systems Analysis, Systems Engineering, thermo-electric power conversion technology|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Sandia and eight other companies and research organizations* will collaborate to advance a distributed power system that can produce cleaner, more efficient electricity. The memorandum of understanding (MOU) focuses on developing an energy-conversion system based on supercritical carbon dioxide (sCO2)/Brayton-cycle technology. Gary Rochau, manager of Sandia’s Advanced Nuclear Concepts Dept. said sCO2/Brayton cycle technology could bring about large-scale improvements in production across most energy sectors, especially solar, nuclear, and gas turbine. Potential economic and environmental [...]

Sandia’s Algae Nutrient Recycling Project Is a Triple Win

September 23rd, 2015|Categories: Biofuels, Biomass, Capabilities, Energy, News, News & Events, Renewable Energy, Research & Capabilities, Transportation Energy|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Nitrogen and phosphate nutrients are among the largest costs in cultivating algae for biofuel production. Sandia molecular biologists (in Sandia’s Systems Biology Dept.) and Ryan Davis (in Sandia’s Biomass Science and Conversion Technology Dept.) have shown they can recycle ~⅔ of those critical nutrients, and aim to raise the recycling rate to close to 100%. Ryan Davis and his Sandia colleagues have developed a method to recycle critical and costly algae cultivation nutrients phosphate [...]

Stion Commissions PV System at Sandia Regional Test Center

September 23rd, 2015|Categories: Analysis, Capabilities, Energy, Energy Assurance, Energy Assurance, Facilities, News, News & Events, Partnership, Photovoltaic, Photovoltaic Regional Testing Center (PV RTC), Renewable Energy, Research & Capabilities, Solar, Solar Newsletter, SunShot, Systems Analysis|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Stion PV system installed and the Sandia RTC site. Thin-film solar module manufacturer Stion has commissioned a 12 kW fixed latitude ground-mounted photovoltaic (PV) system at the DOE’s New Mexico Regional Test Center (RTC), located at Sandia. The system will be monitored and tested to collect a range of data related to the system’s performance and reliability in New Mexico’s hot, arid climate. DOE’s SunShot Initiative established five RTCs across the US to [...]

Version 24 of the Composite Materials Database Now Available for Download

September 23rd, 2015|Categories: Capabilities, Energy, Materials Science, News, News & Events, Partnership, Renewable Energy, Research & Capabilities, Wind Energy, Wind News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Montana State University researchers have added acoustic emission and digital image correlation instrumentation to enhance the data collection capabilities of the substructure test fixture. Wind-turbine blade growth continues to have the largest impact on energy capture and levelized cost of energy (LCOE) reduction. While the 40–45 meter blade is today’s mainstream segment, it is estimated that blades over 50 m will be the global norm by 2020, as the industry continues to develop [...]

Wave-Energy/-Device Modeling: Developing A 1:17 Scaled Model

September 23rd, 2015|Categories: Capabilities, Computational Modeling & Simulation, Energy, Modeling, Modeling, Modeling & Analysis, Modeling & Analysis, News, News & Events, Renewable Energy, Research & Capabilities, Systems Analysis, Water Power|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Many theoretical studies show that additional energy can be captured through control of the power-conversion chains (PCCs) of resonant wave-energy converter (WEC) devices. The numerical models employed in these studies are, however, idealized to varying degrees. The objective of the Resilient Nonlinear Controls (RNLC) project is to validate the extent to which control strategies, given real-world limitations, can increase rigid-body WEC device energy production. RNLC includes both numerical and experimental components, in order to make [...]

New Small Business Voucher Pilot Opens

September 23rd, 2015|Categories: Capabilities, DETL, Energy, Facilities, Modeling, Modeling, Modeling & Analysis, Modeling & Analysis, National Solar Thermal Test Facility, News, News & Events, Partnership, Photovoltaic Systems Evaluation Laboratory (PSEL), Renewable Energy, Research & Capabilities, Solar, Systems Analysis, Systems Engineering, Transportation Energy, Water Power, Wind Energy|Tags: , , , , , , |

The highly anticipated Department of Energy (DOE) Small Business Vouchers (SBV) pilot opens for business today. Through the pilot, small businesses can apply to access the Department’s world-class facilities and an enterprise of more than 10,000 leading scientists and engineers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Lawrence Berkeley, Oak Ridge, Pacific Northwest, and Sandia national laboratories. The SBV Pilot is a part of the DOE’s National Laboratory Impact Initiative, and its main goal is to make [...]

Sandia Wake-Imaging System Successfully Deployed at Scaled Wind Farm Technology Facility

September 18th, 2015|Categories: Analysis, Capabilities, Energy, Facilities, Modeling, Modeling, Modeling & Analysis, Modeling & Analysis, News, News & Events, Partnership, Renewable Energy, Research & Capabilities, SWIFT, Systems Analysis, Technical Highlights, Wind Energy, Wind News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The Sandia Wake-Imaging System (SWIS) was deployed for a full-scale field demonstration at the Sandia Scaled Wind Farm Technology (SWiFT) facility in Lubbock, Texas, in July. This successful field demonstration was a culmination of over 3 years of technical development; more than a year of safety, environmental, and regulatory approvals; and the efforts of 20 individuals from across Sandia and its partners. The Sandia wake-imaging system (SWIS) deployed at the Scaled Wind-Farm Technology (SWiFT) [...]

Sandia Rooftop PV Structural Report Webinar

September 18th, 2015|Categories: Analysis, Energy, News, News & Events, Renewable Energy, Research & Capabilities, Solar, Solar Newsletter, Systems Analysis|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

A roof structure is made stronger by the system elements working together—much stronger than its main load-bearing element, the rafter, is alone. Current engineering analysis methods do not take this composite action into account when evaluating rooftop strength. Results from the Sandia research reports, “Structural Code Considerations of Solar Rooftop Installations” and “Empirically Derived Strength of Residential Roof Structure for Solar Installations,” will be featured in an upcoming webinar hosted by the Solar [...]

Sandia Develops Phased-Array Sources Based on Nonlinear Metamaterial Nanocavities

September 10th, 2015|Categories: Analysis, Capabilities, CINT, Energy, Energy Efficiency, Facilities, Highlights - Energy Research, Materials Science, News, News & Events, Office of Science, Research & Capabilities, Sensing, Sensing & Monitoring, Sensors & Optical Diagnostics, Technical Highlights|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The SH-generating quantum well layer (pink) and the beam-shaping split-ring metamaterial resonators (the “C”-shaped structures). The phase-coherent emission from individual resonators opens the door for many beam-shaping applications, some of which are presented in the insets. Each device type can be achieved via proper design of individual metamaterial resonators and their arrangement on the surface. Plasmonic phased-array sources* have been the subject of much interest recently. They can perform a many useful optical-beam [...]

Phononic Crystals: Engineering the Flow of Heat

September 10th, 2015|Categories: Analysis, Capabilities, Energy, Materials Science, Modeling, Modeling, Modeling & Analysis, Modeling & Analysis, News, News & Events, Office of Science, Research & Capabilities, Technical Highlights|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

A Sandia-led research team† has, for the first time, observed the coherent propagation of thermal phonons‡ in silicon at room temperature—in two-dimensional phononic crystals formed by introducing air holes in a silicon matrix with minimum feature sizes ~250 nm. To separate incoherent from coherent boundary scattering, the team fabricated phononic crystals with a fixed minimum feature size—differing only in unit cell geometry (see Figure 1). This research was presented in a paper in Nature Communications. Figure [...]

Sandia’s Energy Program Wins Two Federal Laboratory Consortium 2015 Awards

September 10th, 2015|Categories: Capabilities, Customers & Partners, Energy, Energy Efficiency, Highlights - Energy Research, Livermore Valley Open Campus (LVOC), News, News & Events, Partnership, Renewable Energy, Research & Capabilities, Systems Engineering, Wind Energy, Wind News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Sandia’s Energy Program has won two awards from the Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer’s (FLC’s) Far West Region for its work to develop and commercialize innovative technologies. The FLC is a nationwide network of ~300 federal laboratories and centers that provides a forum to develop strategies and opportunities for linking laboratory mission technologies and expertise with the marketplace. The FLC’s technology transfer awards program annually recognizes federal laboratories and their industry partners for outstanding [...]

Sandia, UNM Form Alliance to Promote Research, Recruiting

September 10th, 2015|Categories: Advanced Materials Laboratory, Capabilities, Climate, Customers & Partners, EC, Energy, Facilities, Global Climate & Energy, Global Climate & Energy, News, News & Events, Partnership, Research & Capabilities|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

By signing the memorandum of understanding (MOU) for a Strategic Alliance, then Sandia President and Director Paul Hommert and University of New Mexico Provost Chaouki Abdallah expanded our institutions’ commitment to work together to help redefine the future of science and engineering for national security, partner on research, and jointly recruit top researchers. “With this MOU, Sandia and UNM commit to a deeper relationship to strengthen both organizations by exchanging personnel, developing innovative joint research [...]

Sandia Physicist Receives IEEE Award

August 26th, 2015|Categories: Capabilities, Energy, Facilities, Highlights - Energy Research, News, News & Events, Research & Capabilities, Staff|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Sandia physicist William Stygar received the Erwin Marx Award from the IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Science Society. (Photo by Randy Montoya) William Stygar (in Sandia’s Advanced Accelerator Physics Dept.) received the Erwin Marx Award from the Pulsed Power Science and Technology Committee of the IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Science Society. William was praised by the selection committee as contributing “more than any single individual to the successful operation of [Sandia’s Z] facilities at [...]

Government-Industry Radar/Airspace Listening Session at WindPower2015

August 26th, 2015|Categories: Analysis, Capabilities, Computational Modeling & Simulation, Conferences, Energy, Highlights - Energy Research, Modeling, Modeling, Modeling & Analysis, Modeling & Analysis, News, News & Events, Renewable Energy, Research & Capabilities, Systems Analysis, Wind Energy, Wind News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Representatives from the federal agencies participating in the Wind Turbine Radar Interference Mitigation (WTRIM) Working Group held a special Government-Industry Radar/Airspace Listening Session at the American Wind Energy Association AWEA WindPower 2015 event in Orlando, Florida. The event was well attended by more than 50 persons (other than the panel members). The panel consisted of Mr. Jose Zayas (DOE), Mr. Bill Van Houten (Office of the Secretary of Defense Siting Clearinghouse), Mr. Dennis Roberts (Federal [...]

Sandia to Discuss Energy-Storage Test Protocols at the European PV Solar Energy Conference

August 26th, 2015|Categories: DETL, Distribution Grid Integration, Energy, Energy Storage, Energy Storage Systems, Facilities, Grid Integration, Highlights - Energy Research, News, News & Events, Photovoltaic, Renewable Energy, Research & Capabilities, Solar, Solar Newsletter, SunShot, Systems Analysis|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

A residential distributed energy-storage unit being installed (top) and inspected (bottom). Researchers from Sandia will give a plenary talk on energy storage test protocols at the European PV Solar Energy Conference (EU PVSEC), to be held in September in Hamburg, Germany. Plenary presentations are given to the entire conference and reserved for outstanding papers which are seen as visionary in the field. In 2014, the conference hosted an audience of approximately 3,000 professionals [...]

Two Sandians Honored in 2015 Hispanic Engineer of the Year Awards

August 26th, 2015|Categories: DETL, Distribution Grid Integration, Energy, Facilities, Grid Integration, News, News & Events, Photovoltaic, Renewable Energy, Research & Capabilities, Solar, Transmission Grid Integration|Tags: , , , , , , |

Sandia’s Abraham Ellis, manager of the Photovoltaic and Distributed Systems Dept., was awarded the 2015 Hispanic Engineer of the Year Award for “Outstanding Technical Achievement.” On Friday, August 7th, Great Minds in STEM™ announced the 2015 class of Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Conference (HENAAC) award winners. These phenomenal role models in science, technology, engineering and math will be honored at the 27th HENAAC science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) career conference, “Ignite, [...]

Arctic Airspace Warning Area Established to Aid Research & Exploration

August 21st, 2015|Categories: Climate, Global, Global, Global Climate & Energy, Global Climate & Energy, Monitoring, News, News & Events, Research & Capabilities, Sensing, Sensing & Monitoring|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The red bar depicts the 40-mile-wide, 700-mile-long warning airspace now under management by Sandia personnel for DOE’s Atmospheric Radiation Measurement facilities. The space extends from a northern point of the US highway system to 400 miles short of the North Pole. The monitored space will better ensure the safety of climate and other experiments over international waters in the Arctic. The US Department of Energy (DOE) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) have [...]