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Australian Renewable-Energy Official Visits Sandia

July 15th, 2015|Categories: Concentrating Solar Power, EC, Energy, Geothermal, News, News & Events, Photovoltaic, Renewable Energy, Solar, Water Power, Wind Energy|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Louise Vickery, General Manager, Renewable Futures at the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA). At the end of June, Louise Vickery, General Manager, Renewable Futures at the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) visited Sandia. ARENA manages the Australian government’s commitment to improve the competitiveness of renewable energy technologies and to increase Australia’s renewable energy supply.* ARENA supports all renewable energy technologies and projects across the innovation chain—from laboratory research to large-scale technology demos. The [...]

Sandia Researcher Recognized at SunSpec Alliance Annual Meeting

July 15th, 2015|Categories: DETL, Distribution Grid Integration, Energy, Facilities, Grid Integration, Highlights - Energy Research, News, News & Events, Photovoltaic, Renewable Energy, Research & Capabilities, Solar, Solar Newsletter, Staff, Systems Analysis|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Sandia solar researcher Jay Johnson (in Sandia’s Photovoltaics and Distributed Systems Dept.) attended the SunSpec Alliance Annual Member’s Meeting in San Francisco last Spring and received the 2015 SunSpec McCulloch-Pitts Award in recognition of “innovation, collaboration, and general technical excellence in the area of distributed energy resource control automation.” The award acknowledged Johnson’s collaborative research as part of a cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA) with the SunSpec Alliance. Under the CRADA, Sandia and the [...]

Sandia Research Featured on Journal of Physical Chemistry A Cover

July 15th, 2015|Categories: Energy, Materials Science, Modeling, Modeling, Modeling & Analysis, Modeling & Analysis, News, News & Events, Nuclear Energy, Office of Science, Research & Capabilities|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

As part of Sandia’s core geochemistry program funded by DOE Office of Basic Energy Sciences (BES), Sandia’s Randall Cygan (in Sandia’s Geoscience Research and Applications Dept.) and his collaborators, W. Crawford Elliott and his PhD student Laura Zaunbrecher from Georgia State University, have been examining the adsorption mechanisms of metal cations onto soils and sediments. This effort is especially important for the environmental treatment of chemical and radioactive contaminants, including the fission product cesium-137—which is [...]

Sandian Wins Award in 2015 OMAE Hydraulic Modeling Competition

July 14th, 2015|Categories: Capabilities, Computational Modeling & Simulation, Energy, Highlights - Energy Research, Modeling, Modeling, Modeling & Analysis, Modeling & Analysis, News, News & Events, Partnership, Renewable Energy, Research & Capabilities, Systems Analysis, Water Power|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The OMAE 2015 Hydrodynamic Modeling Competition award ceremony at the ASME conference in St. Johns, Newfoundland, Canada. Sandia's Carlos Michelen is third from the right. Carlos Michelen (in Sandia’s Water Power Technologies Dept.) and a team of National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) researchers (Michael Lawson, Braulio Garzon, Fabian Wendt, and Yi-Hsiang Yu) won the Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering (OMAE) 2015 Hydraulic Modeling Competition during the 34th ASME International Conference on Ocean, Offshore, [...]

Sandia’s Continuously Recirculating Falling-Particle Receiver Emplaced at Top of Solar Tower

July 14th, 2015|Categories: Capabilities, Concentrating Solar Power, Energy, Energy Storage, Energy Storage Systems, Facilities, Highlights - Energy Research, Materials Science, National Solar Thermal Test Facility, News, News & Events, Renewable Energy, Research & Capabilities, Solar, Solar Newsletter, SunShot, Systems Engineering|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Sandia researchers are working to lower the cost of solar energy systems and improve efficiencies in a big way, thanks to a system of small particles. Technologists John Kelton and Daniel Ray (both in Sandia’s Concentrating Solar Technologies Dept.) perform inspection of the falling-particle receiver during a cloud delay atop the NSTTF’s Solar Tower at Sandia. (Photo by Randy Montoya) This month, engineers lifted Sandia’s continuously recirculating falling-particle receiver to the top of [...]

High School Girls Honored for Math, Science Achievements

July 14th, 2015|Categories: EC, News, News & Events|Tags: , , , , , , |

Sandia presented its annual Math and Science Awards to 31 girls from San Francisco Bay Area high schools, celebrating their academic accomplishments and potential. Sandia vice president Marianne Walck, center, celebrates with Dublin High School student Alessia Stewart, one of 31 high school girls honored by Sandia for academic achievement in math and science. (Photo by Dino Vournas) “I want to congratulate each of you for your academic excellence and encourage you to [...]

Hydrogen Fuel Cell Project Seeks to Reduce Port Emissions

July 10th, 2015|Categories: Capabilities, Center for Infrastructure Research and Innovation (CIRI), Energy, Energy Storage Systems, Facilities, Fuel Options, Highlights - Energy Research, Livermore Valley Open Campus (LVOC), News, News & Events, Partnership, Research & Capabilities, Systems Engineering, Transportation Energy|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Young Brothers, Ltd. to Test Maritime Unit at Port of Honolulu Can clean, sustainable hydrogen power reduce the concentration of emissions produced at commercial ports? The US Department of Energy (DOE), the US Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD), and Sandia National Laboratories are leading a hydrogen fuel cell deployment project in Hawaii to answer that question. The project will test the feasibility of replacing diesel generators with hydrogen-fuel-cell-powered generators. Because hydrogen fuel cells produce [...]

Sandia Nuclear Power Safety Expert Elected to National Academy of Engineering

July 10th, 2015|Categories: Analysis, Capabilities, Energy, Infrastructure Security, News, News & Events, Nuclear Energy, Research & Capabilities, Systems Analysis, Systems Engineering|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Dana Powers, a recently retired Sandia senior scientist and nuclear safety expert in Sandia’s Advanced Nuclear Energy Programs, who studied the Three Mile Island and Chernobyl nuclear power plant accidents during his more than 40-year career, was elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) “for contributions to commercial nuclear power plant safety worldwide and to radioactive source-term processes.” Sandia’s Dana Powers was elected to the National Academy of Engineering shortly before [...]

Sandia Teaches Nuclear Safety Course

July 10th, 2015|Categories: Capabilities, Energy, Infrastructure Assurance, Infrastructure Security, News, News & Events, Nuclear Energy, Research & Capabilities|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Measures for keeping nuclear materials out of the wrong hands can be as straightforward as a stout post beam designed to stop massive, speeding trucks in their tire tracks—or they can be as complex as fencing draped with a web of sensors so acute they can differentiate the movements of men from those of jackrabbits. Multiple systems and strategies are necessary to safeguard nuclear materials in nonmilitary facilities such as hospitals, clinics, and nuclear power [...]

DOE-EERE Deputy Assistant Secretary Hollett Visits Sandia

July 9th, 2015|Categories: Concentrating Solar Power, Customers & Partners, Cyber, Distribution Grid Integration, Energy, Energy Storage, Energy Storage Systems, Facilities, Global Climate & Energy, Global Climate & Energy, Grid Integration, Highlights - Energy Research, Microgrid, National Solar Thermal Test Facility, News, News & Events, Photovoltaic, Photovoltaic Systems Evaluation Laboratory (PSEL), Renewable Energy, Research & Capabilities, SMART Grid, Solar, SunShot, Systems Engineering, Transmission Grid Integration, Water Power, Wind Energy|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

DOE-EERE Deputy Assistant Secretary for Renewable Power, Douglas Hollett. (DOE photo) In his role as Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Deputy Assistant Secretary for Renewable Power, Douglas Hollett oversees research, development, and demonstration of a diverse clean-energy portfolio that includes power generation from wind, solar, geothermal, conventional hydropower, and marine and hydrokinetic resources, as well as grid-integration of these renewable technologies. An artist’s rendering of the [...]

Energy Council Executive Committee Visits Sandia

July 9th, 2015|Categories: Carbon Capture, Carbon Capture & Storage, Carbon Storage, Climate, Concentrating Solar Power, Distribution Grid Integration, Energy, Facilities, Geoscience, Global, Global, Global Climate & Energy, Global Climate & Energy, Grid Integration, Highlights - Energy Research, Infrastructure Assurance, Infrastructure Security, Microgrid, National Solar Thermal Test Facility, News, News & Events, Photovoltaic, Renewable Energy, Research & Capabilities, SMART Grid, Solar, Transmission Grid Integration|Tags: , , , , , , , |

The Energy Council pauses in their tour of the NSTTF. Energy Council legislators oversee energy and related environmental regulation in North American states/provinces where energy is important to the employment base and fiscal well-being. The Energy Council provides a larger context in which each jurisdiction may consider its particular concerns. The Council’s interests range from fossil energy to renewables, from energy production to its transmission/distribution, and from federal regulation to state/provincial oversight. On [...]

Sandia Paper Wins Recognition by the Transportation Research Board

July 9th, 2015|Categories: Analysis, CRF, Energy, Energy Storage, Energy Storage Systems, Facilities, Highlights - Energy Research, News, News & Events, Partnership, Research & Capabilities, Transportation Energy|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

From farthest to closest: Nissan Leaf, Smart ED, and Mitsubishi i-MiEV highway-capable electric cars. (photo credit: Plug'n Drive, Creative Commons 2.0) The paper, “The implications of modeling range and infrastructure barriers to battery electric vehicle adoption,” authored by Garrett Barter (no longer at Sandia, but formerly in our Systems Research & Analysis II Dept.), Mike Tamor (Ford Motor Company), Dawn Manley (Senior Manager in Sandia’s Chemical Sciences Group), and Todd West (Manager of [...]

Sandia, Georgia Institute of Technology Form Academic Collaboration

July 8th, 2015|Categories: Capabilities, Climate, Customers & Partners, EC, Energy, Mission, News, News & Events, Partnership, Research & Capabilities, Vision/Mission|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

In early June, Sandia and the Georgia Tech signed a five-year memorandum of understanding (MOU), establishing a strategic collaboration that seeks to solve science and technology problems of national importance in the areas of energy and grid security, advanced manufacturing, computer science and data analytics, microsystems and sensors, cybersecurity, and materials science. The MOU’s goals are to: solve major national problems; engage talented researchers to work on practical, complex problems early in their academic careers; and [...]

Digital In-Line Holography Helps Researchers ‘See’ into Fiery Fuels

July 8th, 2015|Categories: Capabilities, Computational Modeling & Simulation, Energy, Highlights - Energy Research, News, News & Events, Research & Capabilities, Sensors & Optical Diagnostics, Transportation Energy|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Accidents, such as trucks crashing on a highway or rockets failing on a launch pad, can create catastrophic fires. It’s important to understand how burning droplets of fuel are generated and behave in such cases. Sandia researchers developed 3-D measurement techniques based on digital in-line holography (DIH). Sandia advanced DIH techniques with new algorithms to mine critical information from recorded holograms and new applications in tough fire environments, said Daniel Guildenbecher (in Sandia’s Diagnostic Science [...]

Sandia’s Energy & Climate PMU to Participate in July 8th National Lab Day on Capitol Hill

July 7th, 2015|Categories: Capabilities, Climate, Customers & Partners, EC, Energy, Events, Global, Global, Global Climate & Energy, Global Climate & Energy, Mission, News, News & Events, Research & Capabilities|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

At the September 2014 National Lab Day on Capitol Hill, Secretary Moniz welcomes directors from the national laboratories and thanks Senators Durbin and Risch for their support of the national laboratory system. (Photo by Sarah Gerrity, DOE) The 17 US Department of Energy national laboratories are a cornerstone of the US innovation ecosystem, performing leading-edge research in the public interest. The DOE’s national laboratories solve important problems in fundamental science, energy, and national [...]

Sandia–Univ. of Rochester Win Funding to Demonstrate Fuel Magnetization and Laser Heating Tools for Low-Cost Fusion Energy

July 7th, 2015|Categories: Capabilities, Computational Modeling & Simulation, Energy, Facilities, Fuel Options, Highlights - Energy Research, News, News & Events, Nuclear Energy, Office of Science, Partnership, Research & Capabilities, Systems Analysis, Systems Engineering|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Sandia and the Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE) at the University of Rochester will investigate the compression and heating of high energy-density, magnetized plasmas at fusion-relevant magneto-inertial [confinement] fusion (MIF) conditions, building on the recent Magnetized Liner Inertial Fusion (MagLIF) concept successes. The SNL-LLE team will conduct focused experiments based on the MagLIF approach at both SNL and LLE facilities, targeting key physics challenges in the intermediate plasma density regime. The team will also exploit [...]

Sandia’s Z Machine Helps Solve Saturn’s Two-Billion-Year Age Gap

July 7th, 2015|Categories: Analysis, Capabilities, Computational Modeling & Simulation, Energy, Facilities, Materials Science, Modeling, Modeling, Modeling & Analysis, Modeling & Analysis, News, News & Events, Research & Capabilities|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Planets tend to cool as they get older, but Saturn is hotter than astrophysicists say it should be without some additional energy source. The unexplained heat has caused a two-billion-year discrepancy for computer models estimating Saturn’s age. “Models that correctly predict Jupiter to be 4.5 billion years old find Saturn to be only 2.5 billion years old,” says Thomas Mattsson, manager of Sandia’s High-Energy-Density Physics Theory Group. Results from Sandia’s Z Machine provides hard [...]

Sandia Computational Mathematician Receives DOE’s EO Lawrence Award

July 7th, 2015|Categories: Capabilities, Computational Modeling & Simulation, Cyber Engineering Research Laboratory (CERL), Facilities, Highlights - HPC, News, News & Events, Office of Science, Research & Capabilities, Staff|Tags: , , , , , , |

Pavel Bochev, a Sandia computational mathematician has won the Department of Energy’s Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award for his work. (Photo by Randy Montoya) Pavel Bochev (in Sandia’s Computational Mathematics Dept.) has received an EO Lawrence Award for his pioneering theoretical and practical advances in numerical methods for partial differential equations. “This is the most prestigious mid-career honor that the DOE awards,” said Bruce Hendrickson, director of Sandia’s computing research center. Bochev’s work was [...]

Sandia Wins Funding for Programming In Situ Data Analysis/Visualization

July 7th, 2015|Categories: Analysis, Computational Modeling & Simulation, Cyber Engineering Research Laboratory (CERL), Facilities, Highlights - HPC, Modeling, Modeling, Modeling & Analysis, Modeling & Analysis, News, News & Events, Office of Science, Research & Capabilities|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Sandia was recently awarded DOE Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) funding to develop a framework for in situ data management, analysis, and visualization. Sandia’s approach provides a mechanism for specifying the structure and use of data, decouples code specification from optimization, and facilitates the expression of complex scientific workflows—thereby enabling scientists to develop high-performance, portable codes at extreme-scale. Working closely with application and industry advisors, our technologies will directly benefit DOE Biological and Environmental Research (BER)+ASCR [...]

Cummins Executives Visit Combustion Research Facility

July 7th, 2015|Categories: Capabilities, CRF, Energy, Energy Efficiency, Facilities, Highlights - Energy Research, News, News & Events, Research & Capabilities, Transportation Energy|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

CRF researcher Jeff Koplow, right, explains the Sandia Cooler to Cummins President and CEO Tom Linebarger, on left, and Vice President and CTO John Wall, middle. The pair learned about many Sandia innovations on their visit to the CRF. (Photo by Dino Vournas) Tom Linebarger, Cummins Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, and John Wall, Vice President and Chief Technical Officer, visited Sandia’s Combustion Research Facility in late May. Kamlesh Patel (in Sandia’s Advanced [...]