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Optical performance of top-down fabricated InGaN/GaN nanorod light emitting diode arrays

On November 30, 2011, in Energy, Energy Efficiency, Solid-State Lighting

EFRC researchers from Sandia recently published an article titled “Optical performance of top-down fabricated InGaN/GaN nanorod light emitting diode arrays” in Optics Express. This paper details the development of a two-step top-down process for creating nanorod LED arrays. Abstract: Vertically aligned InGaN/GaN nanorod light emitting diode (LED) arrays were created from planar LED structures using [...]

Wind Energy Manufacturing Lab Helps Engineers Improve Wind Power

On November 15, 2011, in Energy, News, Partnership, Renewable Energy, Wind Energy

Researchers at the Wind Energy Manufacturing Laboratory—a joint effort of researchers from TPI Composites, a Scottsdale, Arizona-based company that operates a turbine blade factory in Newton, and Sandia National Laboratories, and located at Iowa State University—used laser readings to calculate how dozens of the layers would fit and flow over the curves of a mold [...]

From Compost to Sustainable Fuels: Heat-Loving Fungi Are Sequenced

Two heat-loving fungi, often found in composts that self-ignite without flame or spark, could soon have new vocations. The complete genetic makeup of Myceliophthora thermophi­la and Thielavia terrestris has been decoded by an international group of scientists. The findings, published in Nature Biotechnology, may lead to the faster and greener development of biomass-based fuels, chemicals, [...]

Greg Nielson Featured in Innovation Magazine

On October 31, 2011, in Energy, News, Photovoltaic, Renewable Energy, Solar

Sandia researcher Greg Nielson, team leader on the Microsystems-Enabled Photovoltaic cell project, was featured in the October/November 2011 issue of Innovation Magazine.

Glitter-Sized Photovoltaic Cells in Utility-Scale Solar Power Systems

On October 17, 2011, in Energy, News, Photovoltaic, Renewable Energy, Solar

Sandia National Laboratories will begin researching how to use glitter-sized photovoltaic cells in utility-scale solar power systems, which eventually could cut the costs of solar panels in half and nearly double their efficiency. Sandia’s work with industry, other labs and universities to improve the design, materials and manufacturing processes of the Microsystems-Enabled Photovoltaic (MEPV) cells [...]

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