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CRF Researchers answer Alan Alda’s Flame Challenge

On April 10, 2012, in CRF, Energy, Facilities, News, Transportation Energy

Last month, Alan Alda posed a challenge to scientists and researchers in Science magazine: Can you explain what a flame is in a way that 11-year-olds will understand? Entries could take any shape–prose, poetry, videos, cartoons and more! CRF researchers Guilhem Lazare, Judit Zador, and Jens Prager got together to answer the challenge with their [...]

Research and Innovation in U.S. Wind Won’t Die with Expiration of Federal Production Tax Credit

While one might be tempted by headlines to assume that wind-energy-related activity in the U.S. will come to a screeching halt at the end of the year, with the seemingly almost certain expiration of the federal production tax credit, that temptation would lead you astray. At least, that was the suggestion that grew out of [...]

Sandia Researchers Find Energy Storage “Solutions” in MetILs

On March 14, 2012, in Energy Storage Systems, News, News & Events

A flow battery is a rechargeable energy storage device that pumps a solution of charged metals dissolved in an electrolyte through a membrane to convert chemical energy into electricity. Flow batteries can be rapidly “recharged” by replacing the electrolyte liquid while simultaneously recovering the spent material for external recharging. Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories have [...]

CNST and Sandia Researchers Publish a Detailed Review of Electrical Contacts in One- and Two-Dimensional Nanomaterials

On March 14, 2012, in News, News & Events

Researchers from the NIST Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (A. Alec Talin) and Sandia National Laboratories (François Léonard) have published a detailed review of recent experimental and theoretical work highlighting the unusual physics and material science of electrical contacts to nanostructures. In the Nature Nanotechnology review article, the researchers explain that existing models of [...]

Customer Interface Document for the Molten Salt Test Loop at the NSTTF

On March 12, 2012, in News, News & Events, Partnership, Publications

The molten salt test loop (MSTL) system’s customer interface document contains an MSTL overview and details how a customer’s experiment would interface with the system. The document also describes on site collaboration expectations and defines roles and responsibilities for all parties performing an MSTL experiment. The document is available to anyone interested in using MSTL [...]

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