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Experimental Smart Outlet Brings Flexibility, Resiliency to Grid Architecture

Sandia National Laboratories has developed an experimental “smart outlet” that autonomously measures, monitors and controls electrical loads with no connection to a centralized computer or system. The goal of the smart outlet and similar innovations is to make the power grid more distributed and intelligent, capable of reconfiguring itself as conditions change. Decentralizing power generation [...]

Molecular Simulations Guide Nanowire Research

Simulation plays a critical role in design—even in very, very, very, small structures. Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories are performing simulations at microscopic levels (with help from CEI’s EnSight software) in order to predict the performance of nanowires. Nanowire performance is affected by deformities in the wires. Researcher Jonathan Zimmerman and others at Sandia perform [...]

Sandia Participates in the ARPA-E 2012 Energy Innovation Summit

Sandia has more than a dozen scientists and managers attending and participating in the ARPA-E summit‘s sessions and events. A recent highlight was the on-stage discussion between Energy Secretary Stephen Chu and Bill Gates, who is now involved in several energy innovation ventures, on how America can meet and prosper from 21st century global energy [...]

Assessment of deep level defects in m-plane GaN grown by metalorganic chemical vapor deposition

Through the publication titled, “Assessment of deep level defects in m-plane GaN grown by metalorganic chemical vapor deposition”published in the Applied Physics Letters, EFRC scientists examine how spontaneous polarization and strain-induced piezoelectric polarization generate strong internal electric fields in gallium nitride (GaN). Abstract: We report on deep level defect incorporation in n-type m-plane (10 0) [...]

New Liquid Salt Electrolytes Could Lead to Cost-Effective Flow Batteries

Sandia researchers have developed a new family of liquid salt electrolytes, known as metal-based ionic liquids (MetILs), that could lead to batteries able to cost-effectively store three times more energy than today’s batteries. The research, published in Dalton Transactions, might lead to devices that can help economically and reliably incorporate large-scale intermittent renewable energy sources, [...]

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