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Sandia Wide-Bandgap Semiconductor Workshop

In response to increased interest in wide-bandgap (WBG) semiconductor projects by DOE, on October 30, 2012, Sandia hosted a one-day brain­storming workshop aimed at identifying the value, scope, structure, and partnership oppor­tunities of a potential National Center for Wide Bandgap Semiconduc­tors. Participants from DOE, industry, academia, and other labs participated in a series of breakout [...]

Pratt Whitney Rocketdyne Testing

On November 24, 2012 the National Solar Thermal Test Facility (NSTTF) began testing of the Pratt Whitney Rocketdyne (PWR) solar receiver shroud.  Fifteen days of solar testing are scheduled for this testing.  The flux levels on the shroud range between 100 and 500 suns.  The work is sponsored by PWR in cooperation with the Department [...]

Excellence Award in the 2012 Facilities Environmental, Safety and Health Go Green Initiative

A team from Sandia National Laboratories’ (SNL) National Solar Thermal Test Facility (NSTTF) recently won a first place Excellence Award in the 2012 Facilities Environmental, Safety and Health Go Green Initiative of the Lockheed Martin Electronics Systems Business Area. The award was given for an innovative means of disposing of 5000 mirrored glass facets that [...]

Manos Kioupakis visits Sandia and gives an SSL Special Seminar

Professor Emmanouil (Manos) Kioupakis, from the University of Michigan, visited Sandia for technical discussions and to give a seminar on “Auger Recombination in Nitride Light-Emitting Diodes from First Principles Calculations.” Professor Kioupakis just finished a post-doc with Professor Chris van de Walle at UC Santa Barbara, and has been doing first-principles calculations of Auger recombination [...]

National Academy of Sciences Released Algae Biofuels Sustainability Report

On Octo­ber 24, 2012, the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) released the prepublication version of the report, “Sustainable Devel­opment of Algal Biofuels.” Although algal biofuels are gaining attention as a domestic renewable fuel source, the study found that with current technologies, scaling up production to meet even 5% of U.S. transportation fuel needs could create [...]

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