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Sandia Participates in Preparation of New Mexico Renewable Energy Storage Report

October 21st, 2015|Categories: Analysis, Capabilities, Customers & Partners, Energy, Energy Storage, Energy Storage Systems, Energy Surety, News, News & Events, Partnership, Photovoltaic, Renewable Energy, Solar|Tags: , , , , , , |

New Mexico Governor Martinez and Energy, Minerals, & Natural Resources Department Secretary Martin released the New Mexico Energy Policy and Implementation Plan in mid-September. New Mexico is one of the most energy-rich and energy-diverse states in the nation. Southeast and northwest New Mexico produce large amounts of oil and natural gas. These industries provide much of the revenue to run state government—for things like public education spending, Medicaid, and critical public-safety efforts. The sun also [...]

Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority Partners with Sandia to Install Aquion EES Demo

October 21st, 2015|Categories: Analysis, Capabilities, Customers & Partners, Distribution Grid Integration, Energy, Energy Storage, Energy Storage Systems, News, News & Events, Partnership, Renewable Energy, Research & Capabilities, Systems Analysis, Water Power|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority (NELHA) and Sandia have signed an MOU to implement electrical energy storage systems (ESSs) in renewable-energy projects at their Hawaii Ocean Science and Technology (HOST) Park. Aquion Energy battery module installed at NELHA. Hawaii’s innovative green economic development park plays a significant role in Hawaii’s growth in ocean energy technologies and sustainable development. HOST Park’s applied energy zone houses enterprises that test renewable energy technologies on [...]

Sandia Researchers Win Best Paper Award from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

October 17th, 2015|Categories: Analysis, Capabilities, Computational Modeling & Simulation, CRF, Energy, Facilities, Fuel Options, Highlights - Energy Research, Modeling, Modeling, Modeling & Analysis, Modeling & Analysis, News, News & Events, Office of Science, Research & Capabilities, Transportation Energy|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Researchers Joe Oefelein and Guilhem Lacaze (both in Sandia’s Reacting Flow Research Dept.) won the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics’ (AIAA’s) best paper award for their work on scramjet engine simulations. The paper, “A Priori Analysis of Flamelet-Based Modeling for a Dual-Mode Scramjet Combustor,” was a collaboration with Jesse Quinlan and James McDaniel (Univ. of Virginia) and Tomasz Drozda (NASA Langley Research Center). AIAA is the largest aerospace professional society in the world, serving [...]

Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation—Inaugural Members Meeting

October 16th, 2015|Categories: Capabilities, Energy, Highlights - Energy Research, Materials Science, News, News & Events, Renewable Energy, Research & Capabilities, Wind Energy, Wind News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Sandia Wind Department technical staff members Josh Paquette and Brian Naughton attended the inaugural members meeting for the newly formed Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI) in Knoxville, Tennessee. A few hundred attendees from the composites industry, academic institutions, and government agencies gathered to learn about opportunities to participate in the newest National Network for Manufacturing Innovation institute, a $259M project to develop East Tennessee into an advanced manufacturing hub, established through the Revitalize American [...]

Bay-Area National Labs Team to Tackle Long-Standing Automotive Hydrogen-Storage Challenge

October 16th, 2015|Categories: Capabilities, Center for Infrastructure Research and Innovation (CIRI), Energy, Energy Storage, Energy Storage Systems, Facilities, Highlights - Energy Research, Materials Science, News, News & Events, Research & Capabilities, Systems Engineering, Transportation Energy|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Sandia will lead the tri-lab Hydrogen Materials Advanced Research Consortium (HyMARC: Sandia, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory [LLNL], and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory [LBNL]) to address scientific challenges to developing viable solid-state materials to store hydrogen onboard vehicles, leading to more reliable, economic hydrogen-fuel-cell vehicles. “Hydrogen, as a transportation fuel, has great potential to provide highly efficient power with nearly zero emissions,” said Sandia chemist Mark Allendorf (in Sandia’s Transportation Energy Center) the consortium’s director. “Storage [...]

SWiFT Facility Prepared for More-Efficient Operations & Advanced Turbine-Turbine Wake-Interaction-Control Research

October 16th, 2015|Categories: Capabilities, Customers & Partners, Energy, Facilities, News, News & Events, Partnership, Renewable Energy, Research & Capabilities, Sensing, Sensing & Monitoring, SWIFT, Wind Energy, Wind News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The SWiFT facility comprises three heavily instrumented and modified variable-speed, variable-pitch Vestas V27 turbines and two 60 m anemometer towers, with the first two turbines spaced three diameters apart, perpendicular to the prevailing oncoming wind, and the third turbine five diameters downwind (the turbines form a three, five-, six-rotor-diameter-length triangle). Two turbines are funded by DOE-EERE; the third turbine was installed by Vestas R&D of Houston, Texas. This past summer, activities at the [...]

Sandians Recognized in Environmental Science & Technology’s Best Paper Competition

October 1st, 2015|Categories: Analysis, Capabilities, Energy, Energy-Water Nexus, Global, Global, Global Climate & Energy, Global Climate & Energy, News, News & Events, Research & Capabilities, Water Security|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

A paper by Vince Tidwell, Barbie Moreland, and Katie Zemlick (all currently in or formerly members of Sandia’s Earth Systems Analysis Dept.), “Geographic footprint of electricity use for water services in the western US,” was selected by Environmental Science & Technology (ES&T) as the 2014 first runner-up for best paper in the “Environmental Technology” category. Abstract: A significant fraction of our nation’s electricity use goes to lift, convey, and treat water, while the resulting expenditures [...]

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 [...]