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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 [...]

National Labs Partner with EPB to Energize Flow Battery in Support of Grid Modernization Efforts

September 22nd, 2017|Categories: Distribution Grid Integration, Energy Storage, Energy Storage Systems, Grid Integration, Microgrid, News|Tags: , , , , , , |

In collaboration with Sandia National Laboratories, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, EPB has energized a 100kW/400kWh Vanadium Redox Flow Battery as part of a national research effort to explore the best use of cutting edge technologies that could be implemented across the United States to modernize the power grid. EPB will use the battery system, provided by UniEnergy Technologies (UET), for a wide variety of applications including solar integration, voltage regulation, [...]

Commercializing Technology: 5 Projects with big impacts for Energy

September 18th, 2017|Categories: Energy, News, Partnership, Research & Capabilities|Tags: |

Sandia has been awarded 5 Technology Commercialization Fund projects.  The projects focus on moving laboratory-developed technology to the marketplace through partnerships with industry. Sandia’s awards are in a variety of technology areas including advanced manufacturing, geoscience, carbon capture, nuclear energy, and energy storage. The projects will deliver a variety of impactful technologies and improvements. For example, one project will improve compact heat exchanger headers, an area that has largely been ignored in previous work but [...]

New GMLC Projects Aim to Make Distribution Systems More Resilient

September 15th, 2017|Categories: Distribution Grid Integration, Grid Integration, Infrastructure Security, Microgrid, News|Tags: , , , |

Sandia has been awarded $1.5M over the next three years to lead the “Designing Resilient Communities” project and support two other projects awarded under the Department of Energy’s Grid Modernization Initiative Lab Call. The Resilient Distribution Systems Lab Call seeks to develop and validate innovative approaches to enhance the resilience of distribution systems, including microgrids, with high penetration of clean distributed energy resources (DERs). Together with electric utilities and other partners, Sandia will work to solidify [...]

Visit with Sandia at Solar Power International Sept 10-13

September 8th, 2017|Categories: Concentrating Solar Power, Events, News, Photovoltaic, Solar|Tags: , , |

Sandia will be exhibiting at the largest solar trade show in North America, Solar Power International, in Las Vegas, NV Sept 10-13. Stop by booth #1457 to learn more about Sandia's solar power R&D capabilities in photovoltaics and concentrating solar power, world-class facilities, and partnership opportunities. The DOE Sunshot team will also be there (booth #1469), so be sure to check out their workshops. Add to Show Planner

Sandia energy programs named finalist for 4 R&D100 awards

September 6th, 2017|Categories: News, News & Events, Research & Capabilities|Tags: |

Four innovations from Sandia’s Energy programs have been named as R&D100 award finalists. R&D100 awards recognize that the technology has “competed against other new technologies in open competition,” according to the R&D website. The finalists include Sandia’s Microgrid Design Toolkit, Ultra-Wide-Bandgap Power Electronics, the SolidSense Gas Analyzer, and a control System for Active Damping of Inter-Area Oscillations. Read more about the impacts of each innovation: Ultra-Wide-Bandgap Power Electronics AlGaN PiN diodes and High Electron Mobility [...]

Registration is Open for the Fall DuraMAT Workshop, Nov 7-8

August 30th, 2017|Categories: News, Renewable Energy, Workshops|Tags: , , , , |

The Fall Durable Module Materials (DuraMAT) Workshop will be held in Albuquerque, NM at the Sheraton Albuquerque Uptown November 7-8. The purpose of the DuraMAT Workshop is to provide a platform of communication for the national lab and university research infrastructure with the photovoltaic (PV) and supply-chain industries. The workshop will include presentations on research funded by the consortium as well as invited presentations by industry members. Poster sessions and working groups on topical areas [...]

Sandia’s Solar Tower Welcomes the Eclipse!

August 21st, 2017|Categories: Facilities, National Solar Thermal Test Facility, News, Solar|Tags: , , , , |

Sandia solar energy researcher Josh Christian and his colleagues will investigate the effects of the eclipse on the ongoing research performed at the National Solar Thermal Test Facility Today, August 21st, the National Solar Thermal Test Facility (NSTTF) will experience a partial eclipse, which will result in a sickle shape of the sun disk. If it isn’t cloudy, the facility will adjust the heliostats to project the shape of the sun onto the [...]

Sandia National Laboratories to host a Tour of the Vermont Regional Test Center as part of the Catalyst of the Climate Economy Summit September 8, 2017

August 18th, 2017|Categories: Events, News, Photovoltaic Regional Testing Center (PV RTC), Solar|Tags: , , , , |

Catalysts of the Climate Economy is a 3-day national innovation summit, September 6-8 in Burlington, Vermont to bring together entrepreneurs, investors, and thought leaders who are accelerating economic development by solving the unprecedented challenges presented by climate change. The summit will feature speeches, roundtables, and discussion groups with industry leaders, an innovation and pitch contest for entrepreneurs, and “innovation tours” to exemplary Vermont locations guided by summit speakers. Sandia National Laboratories will host one of [...]

Registration is Now Open for the DOE OE Peer Review and EESAT 2017

August 15th, 2017|Categories: Energy Storage, Energy Storage Systems, Events, News|Tags: , , |

Register now for the DOE OE Energy Storage Peer Review, October 9-10, and the 10th Biennial Electrical Energy Storage Applications and Technologies (EESAT) Conference, October 11-13, co-located at the Westin Hotel—Gaslamp District, in San Diego, California (USA). The annual U.S. Department of Energy Office of Electricity and Energy Reliability Peer Review is a programmatic review of projects funded by the DOE OE Energy Storage Program. The 2017 EESAT Conference theme is Energy Storage: Evolution [...]

WEC-Sim Online Training Course, August 17, 2017

August 7th, 2017|Categories: News, News & Events, Water Power|

The WEC-Sim development team from Sandia National Laboratories and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory hosted an online training course on Thursday, August 17 starting at 9am Mountain Time. The course begins with an overview of WEC-Sim functionality, theory and workflow, and provided detail about the WEC-Sim code structure and implementation. The webinar slides and recording are available by clicking the link below. Thursday, August 17, 2017 Recording Available Here    

DOE SunShot Photo Contest: Earn Cash Prizes for Solar Energy Photos

July 26th, 2017|Categories: News, Solar, SunShot|Tags: , |

The Energy Department’s SunShot Initiative is hosting the “Hit Me with Your SunShot” photo contest with up to $2,500 in cash prizes, including a $500 grand prize. This new photo contest wants to see how solar energy is being used and is asking Americans across the country to submit solar photos in neighborhoods and in the lab. Winning entries from eight different categories of solar energy will be featured on SunShot’s webpage and in other [...]

Webinar July 20: Using Machine Learning and Data Analysis to Improve Customer Acquisition and Marketing in Residential Solar

July 20th, 2017|Categories: News, Photovoltaic, Renewable Energy, Solar|Tags: , , , , |

A free webinar on Thursday, July 20, 2017, from 1–2 p.m. ET, will share exciting new research by Sandia National Laboratories, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), and Vanderbilt University on how data analytics, machine learning, and social science can improve marketing and customer acquisition processes. Kiran Lakkaraju, senior member of the technical staff at Sandia National Laboratories, will present “Solar Technology Diffusion through Data-Driven Behavior Modeling”: Increasing use of clean, renewable energy can help reduce [...]