Partnerships Success Stories

Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Unit to Provide Renewable Power to Honolulu Port

At Young Brothers Ltd.’s Port of Honolulu facility, Sandia is leading the Maritime Hydrogen Fuel Cell project to test a hydrogen-fuel-cell-powered generator as an alternative to conventional diesel generators. Last Friday’s project kickoff was attended […]

Sandia Research Aims to Enhance Understanding of Radiometric Instruments

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 […]

Sandia’s Supercritical Carbon-Dioxide/Brayton-Cycle Laboratory Signs Important MOU with Industry Partners

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 […]

Stion Commissions PV System at Sandia Regional Test Center

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 […]

Version 24 of the Composite Materials Database Now Available for Download

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 […]

New Small Business Voucher Pilot Opens

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 […]

Sandia Wake-Imaging System Successfully Deployed at Scaled Wind Farm Technology Facility

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 […]

Sandia’s Energy Program Wins Two Federal Laboratory Consortium 2015 Awards

Sandia’s Energy Program has won two awards from the Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer’s (FLC’s) Far West Region for its work to develop and commercialize innovative technologies.

The FLC is a nationwide network of ~300 […]

Sandia, UNM Form Alliance to Promote Research, Recruiting

By signing the memorandum of understanding (MOU) for a Strategic Alliance, then Sandia President and Director Paul Hommert and University of New Mexico Provost Chaouki Abdallah expanded our institutions’ commitment to work together to help […]

Upcoming Release of the University of Minnesota’s Virtual Wind Simulator

Large-eddy simulation (LES) of wind farms with wind-turbine parameterization is emerging as a powerful tool for improving existing wind farm performance and lowering maintenance costs—and assessing the potential sites for installing wind farms.

Sandia is working […]

Sandia Wind-Turbine Blade Flaw Detection Experiments in Denmark

Wind-turbine blades pose a unique set of inspection challenges: from very thick and attentive spar-cap structures to porous bond lines, varying core material, and a multitude of manufacturing defects of interest. The need for viable, […]

Sandia Research on Rooftop Structural Strength Gains Attention

Two Sandia research reports, “Structural Code Considerations of Solar Rooftop Installations” and “Empirically Derived Strength of Residential Roof Structure for Solar Installations,” have been featured recently in a number of solar trade outlets.

The reports detail […]

Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Funding Awarded for Feasibility Study

The San Francisco Bay Renewable Energy Electric vessel with Zero Emissions (SF-BREEZE) project intends to revolutionize ferry performance on the bay and beyond.

The project is a partnership between Sandia National Laboratories and the Red & […]

Sandia Pilot Program to Assist Small Clean-Energy Companies

The DOE chose Sandia as one of five leads in a pilot that will give small, clean-energy companies access to national laboratory expertise and resources. Sandia will receive $2.75M of DOE’s $20M investment to launch […]

Navy/Marine Engineering Command Visits Sandia

Steven Chung, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Southwest (NAVFAC SW),1 Dwight Deakin, Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR),2 Melanie Anderson (NAVAIR PAX River), and David Weir, Marine Corps Installations–West (MCIWEST-MCB Camp Pendleton)3 visited Sandia June 24–25 to […]

Sandian Wins Award in 2015 OMAE Hydraulic Modeling Competition

Carlos Michelen (in Sandia’s Water Power Technologies Dept.) and a team of National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) researchers (Michael Lawson, Braulio Garzon, Fabian Wendt, and Yi-Hsiang Yu) won the Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering (OMAE) […]

Hydrogen Fuel Cell Project Seeks to Reduce Port Emissions

Young Brothers, Ltd. to Test Maritime Unit at Port of Honolulu
Can clean, sustainable hydrogen power reduce the concentration of emissions produced at commercial ports? The US Department of Energy (DOE), the US Department of Transportation’s […]

DOE-EERE Deputy Assistant Secretary Hollett Visits Sandia

In his role as Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Deputy Assistant Secretary for Renewable Power, Douglas Hollett oversees research, development, and demonstration of a diverse clean-energy portfolio that includes […]

Sandia Paper Wins Recognition by the Transportation Research Board

The paper, “The implications of modeling range and infrastructure barriers to battery electric vehicle adoption,” authored by

Garrett Barter (no longer at Sandia, but formerly in our Systems Research & Analysis II Dept.),
Mike Tamor (Ford Motor […]

Sandia, Georgia Institute of Technology Form Academic Collaboration

In early June, Sandia and the Georgia Tech signed a five-year memorandum of understanding (MOU), establishing a strategic collaboration that seeks to solve science and technology problems of national importance in the areas of energy and […]

Sandia’s Energy & Climate PMU to Participate in July 8th National Lab Day on Capitol Hill

The 17 US Department of Energy national laboratories are a cornerstone of the US innovation ecosystem, performing leading-edge research in the public interest. The DOE’s national laboratories solve important problems in fundamental science, energy, and […]

Sandia–Univ. of Rochester Win Funding to Demonstrate Fuel Magnetization and Laser Heating Tools for Low-Cost Fusion Energy

Sandia and the Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE) at the University of Rochester will investigate the compression and heating of high energy-density, magnetized plasmas at fusion-relevant magneto-inertial fusion (MIF) conditions, building on the recent […]

Sandia, Purdue University Sign MOU to Establish Strategic Alliance

In April, Sandia and Purdue University signed an extensive, five-year memorandum of understanding (MOU) to establish a strategic alliance that seeks to solve science and technology problems of national importance. The MOU has three principal […]

Crude Oil Properties Relevant to Handling and Fire Safety in Transport

The Department of Energy commissioned a technical team through Sandia National Laboratories to examine the properties of tight crude oils as they relate to potential combustion events in the rail transport environment. Key investigation objectives […]

Department of Energy Secretary’s Honor Award Winner

The Energy Secretary selected the Accelerated Climate Modeling for Energy (ACME) executive council team to receive a 2014 Honor Award. The ACME executive council team includes researchers

William Collins from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory,
David Bader from […]

New Report Describes Joint Opportunities for Natural Gas and Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Vehicle Markets

Sandians Participate in 46th Annual American Geophysical Union (AGU) Conference

Fifty-six Sandians from ten Centers joined more than 22,000 geoscience professionals, students, and academics at the December AGU Fall Meeting.

Sandia staff chaired multiple technical sessions and gave dozens of presentations on topics ranging from improved […]

SolarReserve Is Testing Prototype Heliostats at NSTTF

SolarReserve is testing engineering units at the National Solar Thermal Test Facility (NSTTF) operated by Sandia. The company says it decided to test its prototype heliostats at NSTTF because of Sandia’s, “knowledge and reputation in […]

Linde, Sandia Partnership Looks to Expand Hydrogen Fueling Network

Sandia and industrial gas giant Linde LLC have signed an umbrella cooperative R&D agreement (CRADA) that is expected to accelerate the development of low-carbon energy and industrial technologies, beginning with hydrogen and fuel cells. On […]

Price Premiums for Solar Home Sales

A Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) -led multi-institutional research team, with Sandia (Geoffrey Klise, in Sandia’s Earth Systems Analysis Dept., contributing the Sandia-developed PV Value whole-system appraisal tool, among other things), universities, and appraisers found […]

Consortium for Advanced Simulation of Light-Water Reactors To Receive Up To $121.5M Over Five Years

The Department of Energy approved the Consortium for Advanced Simulation of Light-Water Reactors’ (CASL’s) “Phase 2” renewal to develop advanced computing capabilities that serve as a virtual version of existing, operating nuclear reactors—to enable nuclear […]

Electric Car Challenge Sparks Students’ STEM Interest

Aspiring automotive engineers from 27 NM middle schools competed in the New Mexico Electric Car Challenge on Saturday, November 22nd at  Highland High School in Albuquerque. Forty-six teams participated in a race, a design competition, […]

Sandian Presents on PV Failure Analysis at European PV Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition (EU PVSC)

Sandia researcher Joshua Stein (in Sandia’s Photovoltaic & Distributed Systems Integration Dept.) highlighted novel PV array monitoring strategies at a PV Performance Analysis and Module Reliability workshop held at the European PV Solar Energy Conference […]

Sandia Wins DOE Geothermal Technologies Office Funding Award

The DOE’s Geothermal Technologies Office (GTO) selected twelve collaborative enhanced geothermal systems (EGS) R&D projects that will use novel techniques (such as isotope studies, innovative rock-mechanics experiments, and tracer studies integrated with geophysical methods) to […]

“Bionic” Liquids from Lignin: Joint BioEnergy Institute Results Pave the Way for Closed-Loop Biofuel Refineries

While ionic liquids (paired-ions salts that are liquid at room temperature) show great promise for liberating fermentable sugars from lignocellulose and improving advanced-biofuel economics, an even more promising candidate is now on the horizon—“bionic” liquids.

The […]

Sandia Video Featured by DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office

In July 2014, the DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) released the short documentary film Bioenergy: America’s Energy Future, which highlights stories of individuals and companies who are passionate about achieving the promise of biofuels and […]

PV Performance Modeling Collaborative’s New and Improved Website Is Launched

The PV Performance Modeling Collaborative (PVPMC) is excited to announce the launch of our newly redesigned Web site located at the new address:

The new site’s homepage welcomes visitors with a clean uncluttered design, with […]

Final FY14 Measurement Campaign in Roza Canal, Yakima, Washington

Uncertainty exists regarding the effects on local water operations of deploying a current energy converter (CEC) turbine in an irrigation canal for the purposes of producing electricity via the canal’s flowing water. Budi Gunawan and […]

Sandia Participated in AMII to Support American-Made Wind-Turbine Blades

Sandia helped wind-turbine blade makers improve the labor productivity associated with blade fabrication & finishing—making domestically produced blades more cost competitive with blades from countries that pay workers lower wages. The Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Initiative […]

Inter-Agency Agreement Signed between DOE’s Wind and Water Power Program and Carderock

The Department of Energy (DOE) has launched a multiple-year effort to validate the extent to which control strategies can increase the power produced by resonant wave-energy converter (WEC) devices. Many theoretical studies have shown a […]

Study Compares Floating-Platform Options for Offshore Vertical-Axis Wind Turbines

Sandia and the University of Maine recently published a Sandia technical report on floating-platform options for deep-water vertical-axis wind turbines (VAWTs). This analysis uses a 5 MW VAWT topside design envelope created by Sandia to compare […]

Sandia Develops Tool to Evaluate Wind-Turbine/Radar Impacts

The DOE and Sandia are working toward a better integration of new wind turbines with their local environment. One barrier to wind-energy installations has been the im­pact wind turbines may have on the Nation­al Air […]

Computational Fluid Dynamics Simulations Provide Insight for Rotor Design

One of the primary roles of Sandia’s Scaled Wind Farm Technology (SWiFT) facility will be to conduct detailed experiments on turbine wakes and investigate how those wakes interact with nearby turbines. Although the SWiFT turbines […]

New Project Is the ACME of Computer Science to Address Climate Change

Sandia high-performance computing (HPC) researchers are working with DOE and 14 other national laboratories and institutions to develop and apply the most complete climate and Earth system model, to address the most challenging and demanding […]

Experiment for Improved Modeling of Trailing-Edge Shedding Noise

To better understand the flow physics associated with shedding from marine hydrokinetic (MHK) foils, Sandia conducted an experimental study in the Penn State University Applied Research Laboratory. Our team tested MHK foil shapes in a […]

Latest Version of the Composite Materials Database Available for Download

Since 1989, Sandia has partnered with Montana State University (MSU) to test and report key data and trends of fiber-reinforced polymers (composites) and other materials used in the construction of wind-turbine blades. In 1989, the […]

Solar Regional Test Center in Vermont Achieves Milestone Installation

The solar industry is now more than 60% of the way toward achieving the DOE SunShot Initiative affordability goal of $0.06 per kilowatt-hour for solar electricity. Meeting the last 40% without compromising quality will be […]

Joint Hire Increases Materials Science Collaboration for Sandia, UNM

Sandia and the University of New Mexico (UNM) have hired Dr. Fernando Garzon, a nationally recognized scientist/inventor, to work for both institutions. “Sandia National Laboratories and the University of New Mexico have enjoyed a close […]

Mesa del Sol Project Is Finalist for International Smart Grid Action Network 2014 Award of Excellence

The Mesa del Sol microgrid project was selected as one of eight finalists among many entries worldwide to receive the 2014 International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN) Award of Excellence. ISGAN will recognize all finalist […]

Sandia, NREL Release Wave Energy Converter Modeling and Simulation Code: WEC-Sim

Sandia and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are partnered in a three-year project to develop and verify WEC-Sim, an open-source numerical modeling tool to analyze and optimize wave-energy converters (WECs). On June 30th, the […]

More Efficient Fuel Cells under Development by Engineers

Solar power and other sources of renewable energy can help combat global warming but they have a draw­back: they don’t produce energy as predictably as generating plants powered by oil, coal, or natural gas. Solar […]

High-Efficiency Solar Thermochemical Reactor for Hydrogen Production

On June 16th, the Department of Energy Fuel Cell Technology Office (FCTO) announced $20 million for 10 R&D projects to advance technologies that can economically produce and deliver hydrogen to power fuel cells from diverse, […]

Biofouling Studies on Sandia’s Marine Hydrokinetic Coatings Initiated at PNNL’s Sequim Bay

Sandia’s Materials & Manufacturing Reliability Program has begun testing their novel marine hydrokinetic (MHK) coatings at the Sequim Bay facility, which is a part of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). Tests will reveal anti-biofouling efficacy […]

Biofouling Studies on Sandia’s Marine Hydrokinetic (MHK) Coatings Initiated at PNNL’s Sequim Bay

Sandia’s Materials & Manufacturing Reliability Program has begun testing their novel MHK coatings at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s Sequim Bay facility. Tests will reveal anti-biofouling efficacy of coatings developed for MHK technology and of commercial […]

Sandia Contributes to International Electrotechnical Commission IEC 61400-26 Availability Standard

The U.S. Department of Energy Wind Program and Sandia have been working with the International Elec­trotechnical Commission (IEC) Committee on Wind Turbine Availability to develop three specifications for IEC-61400-26―the standard that addresses wind turbine and […]

Widespread Hydrogen Fueling Infrastructure Is the Goal of H2FIRST Project

As hydrogen (H2) fuel cell electric vehicles (HFCEVs) continue to roll out in increasing numbers, the infrastructure for fueling them must expand as well. To this end, a new project launched by EERE’s Fuel Cell […]

Renewables, Other Energy Issues To Be Focus of Enhanced Sandia-SINTEF Collaboration

Under an expanded agreement, a decades-long partnership between Sandia and the Norwegian research organization SINTEF (Stiftelsen for industriell og teknisk forskning) will now tackle energy challenges such as renewable-energy integration, grid modernization, gas technologies, and […]

Sandia-AREVA Commission Solar Thermal/Molten Salt Energy-Storage Demonstration

AREVA and Sandia began operations of their molten salt energy-storage demonstration plant designed specifically for use with AREVA’s compact linear Fresnel reflector (CLFR) technology. Funded partially by DOE, this full-scale project is being carried out […]

Wind-Turbine Blade Materials and Reliability Progress

Sandia recently produced the final set of inspection panels to be used to evaluate nondestructive inspection (NDI) tools as part of the Blade Reliability Collaborative. This is the final step in a multiple-year task to […]

WEC-Sim Code Development Meeting at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Sandia’s Kelley Ruehl and Carlos Michelen (both in Sandia’s Water Power Technologies Dept.) traveled to the Boulder, Colorado, for a WEC-Sim meeting at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s (NREL’s) National Wind Technology Center from March […]

National Rotor Testbed Functional Scaling Presented at American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics 2014 Scitech

David Maniaci (in Sandia’s Wind Energy Technologies Dept.) traveled to National Harbor, Maryland, in January to present a paper at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) SciTech/American Society of Mechanical Engineers Wind Energy Symposium […]

Scaled Wind Farm Technology Facility Baselining Project Accelerates Work

With the Scaled Wind Farm Technology (SWiFT) facility’s basic operation and data collection now operational, the SWiFT Baselining Team met at Sandia on February 20th to kick-off the SWiFT Facility Baselining Project’s major work phase.
The project’s goal […]

Increasing the Scaled Wind Farm Technology Facility’s Power Production

During the period of February 24–March 7, Scaled Wind Farm Technology (SWiFT) facility turbines were operational—producing power and collecting data for the longest period to date. On March 5, both turbines produced rated power of 200 kW without any […]

Tidal Energy Resource Assessment in the East River Tidal Strait, New York

Sandia recently worked together with Verdant Power, Inc., and Oak Ridge National Laboratory to conduct two-months of high-resolution velocity and turbulence measurements using acoustic Doppler velocimeters (ADVs) at the Roosevelt Island Tidal Energy (RITE) site. […]

Characterizing Scaled Wind Farm Technology Facility Inflow

The Scaled Wind Farm Technology (SWiFT) research facility will provide meteorological measurement advanced of the industry standard. Two anemometer towers have been installed 2.5 rotor diameters upstream of the first row of wind turbines. When […]

PV Value® Tool Featured at Washington D.C. Roundtable

Geoff Klise (in Sandia’s Earth Systems Analysis Dept.) attended the 2014 Green Mortgage Appraisal Roundtable, hosted by the Federal Housing Administration–Single Family Housing Office of Economic Resilience and the Executive Office of the President on […]

New Material Tests Show Biaxial Laminate Creep Is Important for Large Wind-Turbine Blades

Blade designers continue to push existing composite material capabilities  as they look to capture more wind with longer rotors. Recent industry observations of damage occurring earlier than expected in the blade panel regions (Figure 1) were […]

High-Fidelity Hydrostructural Analysis of Ocean Renewable Power Company’s (ORPC’s) TidGen® Turbine

Sandia is performing a high-fidelity hydrostructural analysis of the Ocean Renewable Power Company’s (ORPC’s) TidGen® turbine using the computational fluids dynamics (CFD) tool Star CCM+® and the structural-dynamics modeling capability in the Abaqus finite-element analysis […]

Current Energy Converter Array Optimization Framework

In FY13, Sandia developed a framework to identify optimal placement locations—leading to marine hydrokinetic (MHK) current energy converter (CEC) device array configurations that will maximize energy production and minimize environmental effects. The CEC array optimization […]

Portable Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Unit to Provide Green, Sustainable Power to Honolulu Port

Clean hy­drogen power that’s expected to lower emissions and reduce energy consumption will be coming to the Port of Honolulu in 2015 after the completion of a new fuel-cell technology demonstration, one that could lead […]

Sandia–UC Davis Collaboration Funded by DOE Office of Fusion Energy

Sandian Dean Buchenauer (in Sandia’s Hydrogen and Metallurgy Science Dept.) and Professor David Q. Hwang (UC Davis, School of Engineering) will investigate the formation and transport of compact toroids, which are donut-shaped bundles of energetic […]

Federal Electric Regulatory Commission Revised Its Small Generator Interconnection Procedure and Small Generator Interconnection Agreement

After two years of industry consultation, the Federal Electric Regulatory Commission (FERC) has issued a final ruling on the much anticipated modification of the FERC Small Generator Interconnection Procedure (SGIP) which governs the interconnection of […]

Sandia Has Signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Case Western Reserve University

The memorandum of understanding (MOU) initiates a relationship between our institutions to better leverage our inherently complementary energy research strengths—focusing on R&D activity in utility-scale power and includes energy storage (batteries, capacitors), grid integration of […]

DOE-Sponsored Reference Model Project Results Released

The Sandia-led Reference Model Project (RMP), sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), is a partnered effort to develop marine hydrokinetic (MHK) reference models (RMs) for wave energy converters and tidal, ocean, and river current […]

New Mexico Renewable Energy Storage Task Force

Sandians Dhruv Bhatnagar (in Sandia’s Electric Power Systems Research Dept.) and Abbas Akhil and Geor­gianne Huff (both in Sandia’s Energy Storage Technology and Systems Dept.) participated on the New Mexi­co Renewable Energy Storage Task Force […]

Composite-Materials Fatigue Database Updated

Since 1989, Sandia has partnered with Montana State University to test and report key data and trends of fiber-reinforced polymers (composites) and other materials used to construct wind-turbine blades.
The average wind turbine installed in 1989 […]

New Facility Tool at SWiFT Makes Rotor Work More Efficient

Rotor fixation stands, one for each Scaled Wind Farm Technology (SWiFT) facility turbine, have been built. The stands will be used to mount the wind-turbine rotors on the ground before and after rotor-lifting activities. Further, […]

Advanced Controls of Wave Energy Converters May Increase Power Capture Up to 330%

Although ocean waves represent an enormous energy resource, most existing WEC designs efficiently produce power only within a narrow wave frequency range. Advanced control of the power-conversion chain can alter this paradigm. Models have shown […]

Sandia Combustion Chemist to Be Awarded Polanyi Medal

Sandia’s Craig Taatjes (in Sandia’s Combustion Chemistry Dept.), whose ground­breaking work on Criegee intermediates has provided scientific insight into hydrocarbon combustion and atmospheric chemistry, has been selected to receive the prestigious Polanyi Medal by the […]

Sandia PV Team Publishes Book Chapter

The book, Solar Energy Forecasting and Resource Assessment, provides an authoritative voice on the accuracy of long-term resource projections and addresses grid operators’ concerns about variable short-term power generation, incorporating contributions from an internationally recognized […]

Sandia Transportation-Energy Research Project Funded as a Part of DOE’s “EV Everywhere” Funding Program

Late last year, Sandia received funding for its “Mechanistic Modeling Framework for Predicting Extreme Battery Response: Coupled Hierarchical Models for Thermal, Mechanical, Electrical and (Electro)chemical Processes” project under the Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) for Electric […]

Sandia R&D Funded under New DOE SunShot Program

On October 22, the Department of Energy announced $60M in new awards to drive affordable, efficient so­lar power. The SunShot Physics of Reliability: Evaluating Design Insights for Component Technologies in Solar (PREDICTS) program is taking […]

Launch of Solar Testing Site in Vermont

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) joined representatives of Sandia, IBM, and the DOE in early November to announce the launch of the Vermont Photovoltaic Regional Test Center (RTC). The RTC will enable research on integrating […]

Joint Sandia-DOE-HMRC Testing of a Floating Oscillating Water Column Wave Energy Converter Device

From September 8th–20th, Diana Bull (in Sandia’s Water Power Technologies Dept.) worked with the team from Ireland’s Hydraulics and Maritime Research Centre (HMRC) to complete testing of Reference Model 6, a backward-­bent duct buoy (BBDB) […]

Post-Processing and Analysis of Wake Measurements Around a Scaled Turbine

Sandia and the Univ. of Washington recently (jointly) reprocessed data from a UW wake-measurement campaign to include power-performance (Cp-TSR) and thrust (Ct-TSR) data for comparable velocity conditions obtained in the September 2012 field campaign. Their […]

CINT Computer Simulation Guide for Designing Polymeric Nanoparticles Published

Gary Grest (in Sandia’s Nanostructure Physics Dept.) and his collaborators published “Internal Correlations and Stability of Polydots, Soft Conjugated Polymeric Nanoparticles” in ACS Macro Letters in July 2013.
In their work, the internal structure of soft, […]

Power Production Started on All Three SWiFT Turbines

The week of September 30th marked the first week of power production on all three turbines at the Scaled Wind Farm Technology (SWiFT) facility. Josh Bryant, Eric Mallet, and Dave Kroeker (all in Sandia’s Wind […]

Sandia Maps Multiple Paths to Cleaner, Low-Temp Diesels

A few years ago, the automotive and engine industries presented researchers at Sandia National Laboratories with a mystery. Notably, the companies did so separately, each approaching their national-lab research partners at the Combustion Research Facility […]

Two CRF Papers Named “Distinguished” for 34th International Symposium on Combustion

Two papers by CRF researchers have been named distinguished papers for the 34th International Symposium on Combustion held from July 29–August 3, 2012, in Warsaw, Poland.

“Synchrotron photoionization measurements of fundamental autoignition reactions: Product formation in […]

Third Annual Continuous Reliability Enhancement for Wind (CREW) Database Report Now Available

The CREW Database, operated and managed by Sandia, published the third annual wind plant reliability benchmark report to the wind industry. CREW is an DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)-funded national reliability […]

Sandia, the Atlantic Council, and NM Water Resource Research Institute Sponsor Roundtable on Western Water Scarcity

Sandia, the Atlantic Council, and NM WRRI presented “Transformational Solutions for Water in the West,” September 5th at the UNM Student Union Building. More than two hundred participants examined the projected gap between western U.S. […]

New Jersey Transit FutureGrid MOU Signing

In late August, DOE Secretary Moniz and New Jersey Governor Christie signed an memorandum of understanding (MOU) over grid modernization, which establishes a relationship between the U.S. Department of Energy, New Jersey Transit Corporation, and […]

Sandia to Partner with MOgene Green Chemicals on ARPA-E REMOTE Project

On September 19th, Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) Deputy Director Cheryl Martin announced that 33 breakthrough energy projects will receive ~$66M from ARPA-E under two new programs that provide options for a more sustainable and […]

Sandia Will Host PV Bankability Workshop at Solar Power International (SPI) 2013

On October 21, Sandia’s Joshua Stein, Melissa Sisneros, and Bruce King (all in the Photovoltaic & Distributed Systems Integration Dept.) will host a workshop on demonstrating strategies for defining the bankability of new PV products, […]

JBEI Updates Techno-Economic Modeling Tools for Biofuels

Now available on-line from the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) are two new, improved versions of a techno-economic model created in 2010 to accelerate development of next generation biofuels that are economically competitive with petroleum-based fuels.
Incorporating […]

JBEI Research Receives Strong Industry Interest in DOE Technology Transfer Call

To enable technology transfer from DOE-supported research centers (such as the three BioEnergy Research Centers ) to the commercial sector, DOE issued a SBIR/STTR (Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer ) program […]

Sandia Participated in the 3rd Annual Technology Forum of the U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center – Clean Vehicles Consortium (CERC-CVC)

U.S. and China leaders and researchers involved in the DOE CERC-CVC gathered in Beijing, China, to discuss recent research progress and refine project plans for the remaining 2½ years of the 5-year consortium. The CERC-CVC is […]

One-Pot-to-Prep Biomass for Biofuels

Sandia researchers with the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) have reported the first demonstration of a one-pot, wash-free, process for the ionic liquid pretreatment and saccharification of switchgrass. Using an imidazolium-based ionic liquid pretreatment, the Sandia […]

Assessing the Economic Potential of Advanced Biofuels

Biofuels hold great promise for the future of transportation energy, but how near we are to that future is, at best, an educated guess with many variables at play. A study led by Scott Paap […]

Fabrication of AMI Demonstration Blade Begun

The Advanced Manufacturing Initiative (AMI) is a multiple-year, 3-way collaboration among TPI Composites, Iowa State University, and Sandia National Laboratories. The goal of this collaboration is to improve the viability of U.S.-based wind turbine blade […]

Sandia-NREL Wave Energy Converter (WEC)-Sim Development Meeting

Kelley Ruehl and Sam Kanner (both in Sandia’s Water Power Technologies Dept.) hosted a three-day meeting onsite at Sandia that was attended by Yi-Hsiang Yu, Michael Lawson, and Adam Nelessen of the National Renewable Energy […]

CRF Researchers Received “Best Paper” Award for Paper Presented at American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ (ASME) 2012 Internal Combustion Engine Division (ICED) Conference

Dipankar Sahoo (Engine Combustion Dept.), Ben Petersen (formerly with the Engine Combustion Dept., now with Ford Motor Co.), and Paul Miles (Engine Combustion Dept.) received the ASME-ICED best paper award for “The impact of swirl ratio […]

Patent Awarded for the Fuel Cell Mobile Light

On May 14, 2013, a U.S. Patent (US 8,439,534 B1) was awarded for a fuel cell mobile lighting system. The Sandia inventors, Lennie Klebanoff (8367) and Terry Johnson (8366) were among other project inventors from […]

HelioVolt Modules Installed at RTC Sites

HelioVolt, Sandia National Laboratories, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and the Florida Solar Energy Center are pleased to announce the successful grid connection of the first half of six arrays to be deployed at the […]

Sandia and Los Alamos Teams Gear Up for Hurricane Season

The Department of Homeland Security’s National Infrastructure Simulation and Analysis Center (NISAC), jointly housed at Sandia and Los Alamos national laboratories, studies how hurricanes and other disasters disrupt critical infrastructure, such as roads, electricity, and […]

2013 Electricity Storage Handbook Published

The DOE/EPRI 2013 Electricity Storage Handbook in Collaboration with NRECA has been released and is available for download (166 pp + appendices). The handbook was jointly authored by the Sandia (on behalf of DOE Energy […]

Sandia and Atlas-Copco Secoroc Advance to Phase 2 in Their Geothermal Energy Project

In 2012, the partnership between Sandia and Atlas-Copco Secoroc was awarded a $3.4M DOE grant to develop a down-the-hole (DTH) hammer capable of low-cost, high-production drilling in the extreme heat of deep geothermal wells. The […]

Jerry Simmons Is One of Three Researchers Named as Laboratory Fellows

This status is reserved for those who are nationally or internationally recognized pioneers in their fields. It is considered a promotion to the highest level of R&D staff, equivalent to the level of management immediately […]

SWiFT Commissioned to Study Wind Farm Optimization

The DOE, Sandia, and Texas Tech University (TTU) commissioned the DOE/Sandia Scaled Wind Farm Technology (SWiFT) facility on Tuesday, July 9th at the Reese Technology Center in Lubbock, Texas. SWiFT is the first public facility […]

Sandia-California Partners with Japanese National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) in Hydrogen-Materials Research

Dr. Bai An from AIST visited Sandia’s Livermore site during the week of May 28. This international collaboration is working to understand the atomic-level processes of hydrogen embrittlement in steels, with a particular focus on […]

Sierra Unmanned Aerial Vehicle to Begin Flights Over Arctic Sea Ice

On July 16th, the Sierra, a unique unmanned aerial system (UAS) operated by the NASA Ames Research Center in northern California (learn more), began flights over the Arctic sea ice as part of the MIZOPEX […]

The National Algae Testbed Public-Private Partnership Kick-Off Meeting at Arizona State University

Sandians Ron Pate (Earth Systems Analysis Dept.), Todd Lane (Systems Biology Dept.), Tricia Gharagozloo (Thermal/Fluid Science and Engineering Dept.), and Tom Reichardt (Remote Sensing and Energetic Materials Dept.) participated in the April 15–18, 2013, National […]

New Mexico Small Business Assistance (NMSBA) Program Collaborations Recognized

Ten NMSBA projects that achieved outstanding innovations last year were honored at the program’s annual Innovation Celebration Awards event. “NMSBA has been bringing small businesses together with scientists and engineers from Sandia and Los Alamos […]

Maritime Ports May Be the Next Deployment for Hydrogen Fuel Cells

Hydrogen fuel cells are being used in a variety of ways to provide efficient, pollution-free power: mobile lighting systems, forklifts, emergency backup systems, and light-duty trucks, to name a few. Providing auxiliary power to ships […]

Hoboken Hopes To Reduce Power Outages With New ‘Smart Grid’ System

Mayor Says New System Will ‘Keep Everyone Safer Through Next Storm’

HOBOKEN, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – Officials are hoping to reduce power outages during future storms in Hoboken by designing a “smart grid” system using military-inspired technology.
The […]

Hoboken, New Jersey, Mayor Zimmer Announces Infrastructure Initiatives to Address Flooding, Water, and Power Systems

Hoboken, NJ – Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer announced a partnership with North Hudson Sewerage Authority (NHSA) to build Hoboken’s second wet-weather flood pump in order to alleviate Hoboken’s 200-year flooding problem. The […]

Sandia’s Work with Texas Southern University Cited by Representative Sheila Jackson Lee

Sandia was mentioned in a letter by Representative Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) for outstanding work with Texas Southern University (TSU). Through the National Infrastructure Simulation and Analysis Center (NISAC) program, Sandia has partnered with TSU’s […]

Sandia Solar Energy Test System Cited in National Engineering Competition

Bridgers & Paxton Consulting Engineers, Inc., of Albuquerque, N.M., earned a National Recognition Award for exemplary engineering achievement in the American Council of Engineering Companies’ (ACEC) 47th annual Engineering Excellence Awards for the Molten Salt […]

DOE Completes Construction of State-of-the-Art Wind Plant Performance Facility

The U.S. Department of Energy and Vestas R&D have completed construction of a new state-of-the-art wind plant research facility at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. The Scaled Wind Farm Technology (SWiFT) facility is the […]

Caterpillar, Sandia CRADA Opens Door to Multiple Research Projects

Sandia and industrial giant Caterpillar Inc. have signed their first umbrella cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA), opening the door to a wide range of scientific research. “This agreement will lead to an expanded relationship […]

SPIDERS Completed Its Phase 1 Operational Demonstration in Late January

The Smart Power Infrastructure Demonstration for Energy Reliability and Security (SPIDERS) Joint Capability Technology Demonstration (JCTD) completed its Phase 1 operational demonstration at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in late January 2013. Part of the SPIDERS […]

Sandia and EMCORE: Solar Photovoltaics, Fiber Optics, MODE, and Energy Efficiency

MODE (MicroOptical Devices) was an Albuquerque-based start-up company founded by a group of Sandians who left Sandia under a special entrepreneurial program. MODE was purchased in 1997 by EMCORE, a New Jersey company that has […]

ECIS and Compass Metals: Platinum Nanostructures for Enhanced Catalysis

Renewable energy sources are critical to the nation’s future, and hydrogen-powered fuel cells offer an attractive alternative to current technologies. However, fuel-cell catalysts must become more durable, efficient, and inexpensive before they are practical and […]

ECIS, Boeing, Caltrans, and Others: Fuel-Cell-Powered Mobile Lighting Applications

Highway construction workers, airport maintenance personnel, and film crews use small, portable lighting systems known as “mobile lighting.” Traditionally, mobile lighting units are powered by diesel-fueled generators that produce CO2, NOx (nitrogen oxides produced during […]

Sandia, DOE Energy Storage Program, GeneSiC Semiconductor, U.S. Army ARDEC: Ultra-High-Voltage Silicon Carbide Thyristors

Increasing consumer power demand creates numerous challenges for ensuring reliable, stable power for all customers. Many energy generation technologies, particularly renewables, generate direct-current power that must be converted to alternating current before use.

Power switches, known […]

Sandia, Endicott Interconnect Technologies, EMCORE, International Micro Industries, NREL, Universal Instruments: Solar Glitter

Sandia scientists have developed glitter-sized photovoltaic (PV) cells that have the potential to achieve the cost breakthrough necessary to move solar energy into widespread, portable use.

Miniaturized solar cells are produced using Sandia’s microsystems-enabled photovoltaics (MEPV) […]

EC, DHS’s S&T Directorate, Federal Emergency Management Agency: SUMMIT

Natural disasters create emergency situations that must be dealt with quickly and effectively in order to minimize injury and loss of life. Simulating such events before they occur can help emergency responders fine-tune their preparations. […]

Sandia Labs, Front Edge Technology, Inc., Pacific Northwest National Lab, Univ. of California–Los Angeles: Micro Power Source

What if the batteries had the ability to recharge themselves? Just as on rooftops, a PV surface could convert the sunlight to electricity to charge the storage device.

Sandia, working with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) […]

Sandia, Los Alamos, Superconducting Technologies Inc., & Superpower: Solution Deposition Planarization

The nation’s electricity grid relies on power transmission from the production source—be it a coal-fired plant, solar array, or wind farm—to the consumer. Long-distance transmission results in sizeable energy losses due to resistance in the […]

ECIS, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, University of New Mexico, and Davidson College: Multifunctional Optical Coatings by Rapid Self-Assembly

Optical coatings appear on items ranging from electronic devices, photographic lenses, and windows to aircraft sensors, photovoltaic cells, and goggles for troops in the field. The coatings protect or alter the way a material reflects […]

ECIS-Princeton Power Systems, Inc.: Demand Response Inverter

Solar energy is both predictable—the sun rises and sets everyday—and intermittent—a passing cloud can reduce a 1 MW photovoltaic (PV) array from 100% of its power generating capacity to 10% in a matter of seconds. […]

Measurements of Thermal Stratification in a Homogenous Charge Compression Ignition Engine

Homogenous charge compression ignition (HCCI) engines use fuel mixed with a substantial amount of excess air or recirculated exhaust gas that is compressed in the combustion chamber until it autoignites. The resulting combustion is a […]

‘Zombie’ Replica Cells May Outperform Live Ones as Catalysts and Conductors

The Sandia-developed technique coats a cell’s insides with a silica solution to form a near-­‐perfect replica of its internal structure—simplifying a wide variety of commercial fabrication processes from the nano- to macro-scale. The work, reported […]

Biofuels Blend Right In: Researchers Show Ionic Liquids Effective for Pretreating Mixed Blends of Biofuel Feedstocks

Winemakers have long known that blending different grape varietals can favorably balance the flavor characteristics of the wine they produce. In the future, makers of advanced biofuels might use a similar strategy, blending different feedstock […]

Photovoltaic (PV) Regional Test Center (RTC) Website Goes Live

ECIS has developed a new external website to facilitate the functions of the five DOE RTCs—both interacting with each other to fulfill the overall DOE objectives and with partners in the U.S. PV industry. The […]

Cool Earth Solar and Sandia Team Up in First-Ever Public-Private Partnership on Livermore Valley Open Campus

In a public-private partnership that takes full advantage of the Livermore Valley Open Campus (LVOC) for the first time, Sandia and Cool Earth Solar (CES) have signed a five-year cooperative research & development agreement (CRADA) […]

ECIS-UNM: Biomimetic Membranes for Water Purification

Clean water scarcity leads to disease, death, and often international tension. Limited clean water supplies face further stress due to its required use in a number of industrial processes. Reverse osmosis (RO) is currently the […]

Sandia Science & Technology Park: Acquisition of Companies Reflects Growth of Industry in Park

Two companies in the Sandia Science & Technology Park (SS&TP) were acquired by Fortune 500 companies in 2011, highlighting the growth of SS&TP tenants in desirable technology areas. Being in the SS&TP has given both […]

ECIS and i-GATE: Innovation Hub Connects Clean Tech Small Business with Labs and State

Getting connected with government officials, potential partners, investors, and technical resources isn’t generally an easy task for start-up companies. But for clients of the i-GATE (Innovation for Green Advanced Transportation Excellence) innovation hub, there is […]

ECIS-I2CNER: Hydrogen Infrastructure Research Aids Energy Independence Goal

Sandia National Laboratories’ unique experimental capabilities to quantify the effects of hydrogen on structural materials at high pressures are one of the reasons it was chosen to be a part of the International Institute for […]

ECIS-Automotive Fuel Cell Corporation: Hydrocarbon Membrane Fuels the Success of Future Generation Vehicles

At Sandia National Laboratories, researcher Cy Fujimoto, in partnership with Automotive Fuel Cell Cooperation (AFCC), is developing a polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) that can operate optimally with minimum on-board humidification and low gas crossover. Current […]

ECIS and UOP (a Honewell Company): CSTs Clean Radioactive Waste in Fukushima and Worldwide

Radiation waste cleanup was in the public eye this year following the huge earthquake and tsunami in Fukushima, Japan. Sandia National Laboratories has a history of helping to solve challenging problems related to radioactive waste […]

ECIS-Veeco: Research Driving Down the Costs of Efficient LED Lighting

Solid state lighting (SSL), which uses light-emitting diodes (LEDs), has the potential to be 10 times more energy efficient than traditional incandescent light bulbs. Currently, 20% of U.S. energy use powers lighting. SSL technology can […]

Sandia and General Motors: Advancing Clean Combustion Engines with Predictive Simulation Tools

Sandia National Laboratories has been working with General Motors (GM) for over 30 years. In the last few years, this partnership has become a strategic alliance, which includes a cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA), […]

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 […]

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 […]

Northrop-Grumman, GE Partnerships Tap a Wide Range of Sandia Labs Experience

Sandia has signed a pair of umbrella cooperative research and development agreements (CRADAs) with Northrop Grumman Information Systems and General Electric Global Research that will broadly add to the Labs’ research. “These strategic agreements envision […]

Solar Energy Research Institute for India and the United States Kick-Off

The purpose of the Solar Energy Research Institute for India and the United States (SERIIUS) is to establish a Joint Clean Energy R&D Center (JCERDC)—to create an environment for cooperation and innovation “without borders” in […]

Sandia and the U.S. Army Collaborate on Operational Energy at Fort Devens

Daniel Borneo and Ben Schenkman (both in Sandia’s Energy Surety Engineering and Analysis Dept.) are working on microgrids with Ft. Devens’ Base Camp Integration Laboratory (BCIL). They have been involved in successfully testing an application […]

Sandia to Co-Host International Workshop on Photovoltaics (PV) Penetration

Sandia National Laboratories, the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and European Distributed Energies Research Laboratories (DERlab) have organized a workshop on utility operating experience with high solar PV penetration levels. The workshop, “Utility Experience with […]

Sandia Expands an International Collaboration and Web Database on Engine Fuel Spray Combustion Research

Responding to the need to accelerate the development of predictive engine spray combustion modeling for the design of more fuel-efficient, low-emission engines, Sandia established a multi-institution collaboration called the Engine Combustion Network (ECN). The ECN […]

Areva Solar and Sandia Labs Join Forces for CLFR Molten-Salt Storage

Areva Solar is collaborating with Sandia National Laboratories on a new concentrated solar power (CSP) installation with thermal energy storage. The CSP storage project combines Areva’s modular Compact Linear Fresnel Reflector (CLFR) solar design with […]

Solar Power International (SPI) Workshop

Achieving High Penetrations of PV: Streamlining Interconnection and Managing Variability in a Utility Distribution System
Friday, Sept 14, 2012, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Orange County Convention Center, West Concourse ‐ Room 306A
This week at the […]

Thermal Pulses for Boeing Test Article

On June 26 and 27, a series of exposures were made to multiple Boeing test articles using the heliostat field and the high speed shutter located at the test bay 140 above ground in the […]

NASA’s Solar Tower Test of the 1-Meter Aeroshell

This test is part of a series in support of NASA’s In-Space Propulsion Technologies (ISPT) program. An aeroshell allows a spacecraft to use friction from a planet’s or moon’s atmosphere as a braking force—allowing the […]

A Model for the Nation: Promoting Education and Innovation in Vermont’s Electricity Sector

We are pleased to announce the publication of “A Model for the Nation: Promoting Education and Innovation in Vermont’s Electricity Sector,” a 70-page report summarizing the activities and outcomes of our Vermont-Sandia partnership’s initial year.

This […]

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

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 […]

Sandia Tool Determines Value of Solar Photovoltaic Power Systems

Consistent appraisals of homes and businesses outfitted with photovoltaic (PV) installations are a real challenge for the nation’s real estate industry, but a new tool developed by Sandia National Laboratories and Solar Power Electric™ and […]

Introduction of Prof. David Kelley and UC Merced to SSLS

It is our pleasure to announce the addition of Professor David Kelley as a Senior Investigator in the Solid-State Lighting Science EFRC. He is a Professor and Founding Member of the Chemistry and Chemical Biology […]

Introduction of Prof. Jim Speck and UCSB to SSLS

We are pleased to announce the addition of Professor Jim Speck of the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB) as a member of the Solid-State Lighting Science EFRC. Jim has developed a collaboration with […]

Vermont and Sandia National Laboratories Announce Energy Research Center

Vermont—a leader in energy efficiency and deployment of so-called smart-grid technology—will become home to a $15 million national energy research project, officials announced Monday. The Center for Energy Transformation and Innovation will be housed at […]

Wind Energy Manufacturing Lab Helps Engineers Improve Wind Power

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 […]

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Japanese firms partner with labs, PNM, Mesa del Sol on project

A collaborative U.S.-Japanese project that will use the Aperture Center at Mesa del Sol as […]