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Biofouling Studies on Sandia’s Marine Hydrokinetic (MHK) Coatings Initiated at PNNL’s Sequim Bay

Sandia’s Materials & Manufacturing Reliability Program has begun testing their novel MHK coatings at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s Sequim Bay facility. Tests will reveal anti-biofouling efficacy of coatings developed for MHK technology and of commercial coatings. Over 150 coupons (1×1, 3×3, & 8×8 inches) will be examined in testing tanks using water from Sequim Bay—to [...]

Energy Department Awards $7M to Advance Hydrogen Storage Systems

On May 19th, the DOE announced $7M for six projects (five in California + PPG Industries in North Carolina) to develop lightweight, compact, and inexpensive advanced hydrogen storage systems that will enable longer driving ranges and help make fuel-cell systems competitive for different platforms and vehicle sizes. These advances in hydrogen storage will be critical [...]

Planting the “SEEDS” of Solar Technology in the Home

To better understand what persuades people to buy photovoltaic (PV) systems for their homes, Sandia re­searchers are gathering data on consumer motivations that can feed sophisticated computer models and thus lead to greater use of solar energy. A primary project goal is to help increase the nation’s share of solar energy in the electricity market [...]

Sandia Contributes to International Electrotechnical Commission IEC 61400-26 Availability Standard

The U.S. Department of Energy Wind Program and Sandia have been working with the International Elec­trotechnical Commission (IEC) Committee on Wind Turbine Availability to develop three specifications for IEC-61400-26―the standard that addresses wind turbine and wind-plant availability. The first specification is on the definitions of operating states and availability conditions and was published in 2011. [...]

Sandia/CINT Research on the Cover of Applied Physics Letters

A recent publication, “Few-hole double quantum dot in an undoped GaAs/AlGaAs heterostructure,” by Lisa Tracy (in Sandia’s Quantum Phenomena Dept.) and Terry Hargett and John Reno (both in Sandia’s Nanostructure Physics Dept.), was selected as the cover article for the current issue of Applied Physics Letters. They demonstrate a hole double quantum dot in an [...]

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