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Sandia’s Kenneth Armijo Featured in UNM Alumni Spring Magazine

March 23rd, 2018|Categories: Concentrating Solar Power, National Solar Thermal Test Facility, News, Solar, Staff|Tags: , |

Photo courtesy of UNM Alumni Association: Kenneth Armijo at Sandia's National Solar Thermal Test Facility. Kenneth Armijo, a senior member of technical staff in Sandia’s Concentrating Solar Technologies department, was recently featured in the Spring issue of the University of New Mexico Alumni Association’s Magazine, Mirage. In the article, Kenneth recounts how his childhood experience working on his parent’s chile farm taught him that farmers “had to engineer to survive.” This became the [...]

Open Source Software for Sensor Placement Optimization Available for Download

March 21st, 2018|Categories: News, Research & Capabilities|Tags: , , |

CHAMA, the Sandia-developed Python package which can optimize sensor placement, is now available for download. Continuous or regularly scheduled monitoring can quickly identify changes in the environment. However, even with low-cost sensors, only a limited number of sensors can be deployed. The physical placement of deployed sensors, sensor technology, and operating conditions, can significantly impact the performance of a monitoring strategy. CHAMA uses mixed integer linear programming to determine the best location and technology for [...]

New Webinar Series Highlights Role of Energy Storage in Future Electric Power Sector

March 19th, 2018|Categories: Energy Storage, Energy Storage Systems, Grid Integration, News, Partnership|Tags: , , |

In partnership with Strategen Consulting, Sandia National Laboratories and the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Electricity Energy Storage Program will host four webinars that will bring together top thought leaders to discuss a wide range of topics affecting the role of energy storage in the future of the electric power sector: 4/12/18, 11:00 a.m. PDT: Storage for Resilience – Part I will help participants understand the concept of grid resilience and explore applications and [...]

Water Power Week April 30-May 2nd, 2018

March 6th, 2018|Categories: Events, News, Water Power, Workshops|

Sandia’s water power researchers will participate in the 2018 Water power week in Washington, DC. Waterpower week includes three conferences NHA’s Annual Conference, International Marine Renewable Energy Conference (IMREC), and Marine Energy Technology Symposium (METS) event to discuss the issues impacting hydropower and marine energy industry. The event highlights perspectives on the role of hydro, explores issues affecting hydro and marine resources, and helps participants develop a future game plan to meet challenges and ensure [...]

Sandia Joins Senator Martin Heinrich in Launching the Solar Toolkit

March 6th, 2018|Categories: News, Solar|Tags: , , |

Sandra Begay speaking at the Solar Toolkit launch held by Senator Martin Heinrich at the CNM Workforce Training Center. Sandia’s Indian Energy program lead Sandra Begay and Renewable Energy Technologies senior manager Amy Halloran joined U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich and others in celebrating the release of Heinrich’s Solar Toolkit, created to connect New Mexico communities to solar energy resources and information. “Solar power presents a major opportunity to create jobs and investment in [...]

Upcoming Webinar: One Year In – Energy Storage Proves its Worth in Sterling, MA, March 7, 1-2 p.m. ET

March 1st, 2018|Categories: Energy Storage, Energy Storage Systems, Grid Integration, News|Tags: , , |

Join experts from Sandia, U.S. DOE-OE, and the Sterling Municipal Light Department for a webinar hosted by Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA) on March 7 from 1-2p.m. ET. The webinar will show how the Sterling Municipal Light Department’s energy storage project saved nearly $400,000 for the town’s ratepayers during the first year of operations. The webinar will also provide information on a second energy storage project being undertaken by Sterling in conjunction with a community [...]

Sandia Evaluates Control Algorithms for Energy Storage Systems

February 23rd, 2018|Categories: Distribution Grid Integration, Energy Storage, Energy Storage Systems, Grid Integration, Microgrid, News|

  Grid-scale batteries become more popular every day as the world looks to renewable energy sources and the need grows to store and use them on demand. However, utility companies need to know the best way to operate those batteries to meet specific energy management goals. Sandia is helping by testing a large vanadium redox-flow battery at its Energy Storage Test Pad site and developing a system to evaluate and refine the calculations that control how [...]

DOE’s Grid Modernization Peer Review Report Now Available

February 15th, 2018|Categories: Distribution Grid Integration, Energy Storage, Grid Integration, Infrastructure Security, Microgrid, News, Transmission Grid Integration|Tags: , , |

The Department of Energy’s Grid Modernization Initiative has published a report summarizing findings from the first annual peer review in April 2017. The report reviews 30 of the 87 publicly funded projects in the portfolio and is structured around the six technical pillars outlined in the Grid Modernization Multi-Year Program Plan: Design and Planning Tools; Devices and Integrated Systems; Institutional Support; Security and Resilience; Sensing and Measurement; and System Operations, Power Flow, and Control. [...]

Upcoming Webinar: Advances in Distribution System Time-Series Analysis for Studying DER Impacts

February 7th, 2018|Categories: Distribution Grid Integration, Grid Integration, News, Renewable Energy|

On Thursday, February 15, from 1:00pm – 2:00pm ET, Sandia's Matthew Reno will present a complimentary IEEE Smart Grid webinar on "Advances in Distribution System Time-Series Analysis for Studying DER Impacts." Description Distribution system analysis with ever increasing numbers of distributed energy resources (DER) requires new innovations in planning analysis tools to: Capture the time-varying and time-dependent aspects of the system, Investigate the challenges of planning for future growth while maintaining or improving feeder performance with the influx [...]

Apply by February 19th for Indian Energy Summer Internship Program

January 25th, 2018|Categories: News, Photovoltaic, Renewable Energy, Solar|Tags: , , |

The Department of Energy Office of Indian Energy is now accepting applications for a 12-week summer internship at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Participants receive hands-on experience with tribal renewable energy projects and issues surrounding renewable energy use and application. These summer internships allow current full-time undergraduate and graduate students who are familiar with Native American culture and tribal issues to help support Indian Energy Program efforts through participation in technical projects.  Interns join [...]

Sandia partners on R&D to validate lightweight materials for increased vehicle fuel efficiency

January 11th, 2018|Categories: News, Partnership, Research & Capabilities|Tags: |

Sandia will partner with Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and Mallinda LLC to test Carbon-Fiber Reinforced Plastic, a class of lightweight material which could reduce on-highway vehicle weight, and thus increase fuel efficiency, all without impacting performance for consumers.  Together, the lab-industry partnership will “characterize microscopic structural defects and evaluate the high-speed impact on the company’s malleable thermoset Carbon-Fiber Reinforced Plastic technology” according to the award announcement. The work is part of [...]

Sandia’s Award-Winning Control System Helps Stabilize Power Grid

January 5th, 2018|Categories: Grid Integration, News, Partnership, SMART Grid, Transmission Grid Integration|

During the last four years, Sandia and Montana Tech University have been working on a project funded by the Department of Energy’s Office of Electricity Delivery & Energy Reliability and the Bonneville Power Administration to build, test, and demonstrate a control system that can smooth out inter-area oscillations in the western North American power grid. This new smart grid technology leads to lower costs for utilities and consumers and greater stability for the grid. On [...]

New Issue of Sandia’s Grid Modernization Program Newsletter Now Available

December 20th, 2017|Categories: Distribution Grid Integration, Energy Storage, Grid Integration, News|Tags: |

Sandia’s Grid Modernization Program Newsletter features research highlights, event information, staff recognition, and recent publications and patents related to modernizing our nation’s electricity infrastructure. In December’s issue, read more about the following headlines: Sandia to lead next generation cybersecurity projects to strengthen energy infrastructure Sandia to lead new GMLC project to enhance community resiliency Real-time Superlab demonstration connects labs across the globe Tech transfer project will help move membranes to the marketplace New 250kW battery [...]

Join Sandia’s Experts at the 2017 AGU Fall Meeting in New Orleans, LA

December 6th, 2017|Categories: Conferences, Geoscience, Geothermal, News, News & Events|Tags: , , , , , , |

Nearly 100 of Sandia’s technical experts will attend the American Geophysical Union (AGU) 2017 Fall Meeting December 11-15 at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. A variety of departments will be represented, including nuclear waste disposal research and analysis, geothermal research, geomechanics, and applied systems analysis and research. Stop by booth #1321 to learn more and don’t miss these sessions hosted by Sandia: Monday, December 11 MR11B: Detection, Monitoring, and Prediction of Wellbore [...]

Sandia Energy Innovation Recognized with Four R&D100 Awards

November 30th, 2017|Categories: News, News & Events|Tags: |

Four energy innovations developed by Sandia and its partners were recognized with R&D100 awards this month during the awards ceremony on November 17th. The awards identify the 100 most technologically significant products and advancements each year. Sandia received awards for the Microgrid Design Toolkit (MDT), a control system for active damping of inter-area oscillations, Ultra-Wide Bandgap (UWBG) power semiconductor devices, and the SolidSense "gas analyzer on a chip." The technologies, such as SolidSense, hold [...]

Next week at the 2017 MRS Fall Meeting: Sandia will lead symposium on resilient energy storage and instruct two tutorials

November 20th, 2017|Categories: Conferences, Energy Storage, Events, News|Tags: , , , |

Sandia’s Energy Storage Program will be at the 2017 MRS Fall Meeting and Exhibit in Boston, Massachusetts November 26 through December 1 to lead and participate in symposia and instruct two tutorials. See below for details: Sunday, November 26 Tutorial ES04—Grid-Scale Energy Storage Materials and Systems | 1:30 PM - 5:00 PM | Hynes, Level 2, Room 207 This tutorial will be led by Babu Chalamala, Sandia, and Vincent Sprenkle, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and [...]

Tour Sandia During the DuraMAT 2017 Fall Workshop

October 19th, 2017|Categories: Materials Science, News, Photovoltaic, Photovoltaic Systems Evaluation Laboratory (PSEL), Workshops|Tags: , |

Sandia National Laboratories will host the two-day workshop, "Parallels in Materials Reliability and Predictive Simulation" November 7-8 at the Sheraton Uptown in Albuquerque, New Mexico. This workshop will focus on materials reliability, predictive simulation, and advanced characterization and will include presentations on research funded by the consortium as well as invited presentations by industry members. Sandia will host a half-day tour on November 8th showcasing the following facilities: Microsystems & Engineering Sciences Applications (MESA) Complex Photovoltaic Systems [...]

Fuel Cell Industry Report released

October 17th, 2017|Categories: Energy, News, News & Events|

Fuel Cell Industry Report released The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued a detailed report documenting growth and opportunities in the fuel cell industry. As shown in the report, hydrogen and fuel cells can enable a more resilient and secure energy future for the United States and offer benefits across multiple sectors. The report’s release coincided with the week of the National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day (October 8th) which corresponds to the atomic weight of [...]

First-of-a-Kind Study Presents Real Market Data to Develop a Market Value for Homes with Solar

October 17th, 2017|Categories: News, News & Events|

Have you ever wondered what market value a solar system might add to a home or property? A first-of-a-kind study seeks to answer just that. The first edition of the U.S. Solar Market Report, produced by Sandia National Laboratories and Energy Sense Finance with support from U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative, describes further evidence that solar adds value to real estate. The study presents real market data collected from real estate appraisers using the [...]

Watching Molecules Move: Velocity-Mapped Ion Imaging Hits 30 Years of Research at Sandia

September 28th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Thirty years ago, David Chandler (8300) built an apparatus at Sandia’s Combustion Research Facility to image the fragments of a molecule as it fell apart. At the time, David had no idea what a tremendous impact his research would have on understanding how molecules behave when excited by light or struck by another molecule or atom. Since its first description in a 1987 publication coauthored by David and his collaborator, Prof. Paul Houston, this breakthrough [...]