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WEC State Estimation Webinar, April 12, 2017

April 5th, 2017|Categories: News, News & Events, Water Power|

Sandia National Laboratories will host a webinar covering recent work on numerical modeling and state estimation for wave energy converters (WECs). Topics will include an overview of state estimation, specific considerations for WEC control, and a discussion on the dynamic effects of filtering and estimation methods. Wednesday, April 12, 2017 9:00 am  |  Mountain Daylight Time (Denver, GMT-06:00)  |  45 mins Meeting number (access code): 622 189 636 Meeting password: 1234 Join the webinar  

Register Now for the Sandia/NREL/SunSpec PV O&M Collaborative In-Person Workgroup Meeting

March 27th, 2017|Categories: News, Photovoltaic, Renewable Energy, Solar, Workshops|Tags: , , , , |

Sandia National Laboratories, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), The SunSpec Alliance, and Solarplaza invite you to attend an in-person workgroup meeting for a review of industry best practices and a sneak peek into the O&M Cost Model Web Application. This meeting is being held March 29, prior to the second day of Solar Asset Management North America 2017 and the day before the SunSpec Alliance Annual Member Meeting in San Francisco. Attendance is free and [...]

Grid Modernization Initiative 2017 Peer Review

March 16th, 2017|Categories: Grid Integration, News, News & Events|

The U.S. Department of Energy will hold a peer review of their Grid Modernization Initiative (GMI) projects on April 18-21, 2017 at the Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel in Arlington, VA.  This event will be open to the public and will provide an opportunity to learn about the current state of technology and network with energy sector stakeholders. A portfolio of over eighty grid modernization projects across thirteen programs will be reviewed.  The comprehensive review will look at the projects at [...]

Sandia Seeks Stronger Algae

March 14th, 2017|Categories: Biofuels, News, News & Events|Tags: |

Tough enough? That’s what researchers at Sandia National Laboratories are trying to find out. Algal biofuel—fuel made from algae—might one day be an option at the pump, but not when approximately 30 percent of an algae crop is lost due to pond crashes. An article in BioMass Magazine describes how Sandia is seeking tougher algae strains that could resist algae predators, pathogens, and infections—and make biofuels “a real competitor at the pump.”

Sandia Engineer Wins 2016 IEEE Award

March 10th, 2017|Categories: News, News & Events, Water Power|Tags: , |

A Sandia researcher has been recognized for his outstanding contribution to the controls industry in the field of renewable ocean energy. Giorgio Bacelli, a researcher for the Sandia National Laboratories Water Power Technology department, coauthored the paper that won the 2016 IEEE Control Systems Magazine Outstanding Paper Award. The Institute of Electrical and Electronics engineers (IEEE) gives the award annually to recognize the article that offers the greatest benefits to the members of the Control [...]

New Sandia Grid Modernization Program Newsletter Now Available

March 8th, 2017|Categories: Cyber, Distribution Grid Integration, Energy Assurance, Energy Storage, Energy Storage Systems, Grid Integration, Infrastructure Security, Microgrid, News, Renewable Energy, SMART Grid, Transmission Grid Integration|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Sandia’s newest quarterly newsletter features research highlights, event information, staff recognition, and recent publications and patents related to modernizing our nation’s electricity infrastructure. Topics focus on the primary research areas of Sandia’s Grid Modernization Program and include the following: Energy storage technologies for large-scale adaption Integration of renewable energy sources into the grid Transmission planning and operations for increased reliability and resiliency Capabilities and tools to address defense energy security challenges Cybersecurity to safeguard the [...]

Upcoming Webinar: Comparing the Abilities of Energy Storage, PV, and Other Distributed Energy Resources to Provide Grid Services, Monday, March 13, 3:00pm-4:30pm ET

March 3rd, 2017|Categories: Distribution Grid Integration, Energy Storage, Events, Grid Integration, News, Photovoltaic, Solar, Workshops|Tags: , , , , , , , |

The grid is undergoing a transformation leading to greater utilization of Distributed Energy Resources (DER). DER devices include batteries, PV, and even aggregated hot water heaters or building lighting systems. At the core of this transformation are the services that these DER can provide to the grid. Presently each device type is siloed into its market or program, and the same services can receive different compensation based on what device is providing it. To start [...]

The 10th EESAT Conference Call for Abstracts is Now Open

March 2nd, 2017|Categories: Conferences, Energy Storage, Energy Storage Systems, Events, News, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , |

The 10th Biennial Electrical Energy Storage Applications and Technologies (EESAT) Conference will be held October 11-13, 2017 at the Westin Hotel—Gaslamp District, in San Diego, California (USA). The 2017 EESAT Conference theme is Energy Storage: Evolution and Revolution. It will provide a platform to revisit research and development, technologies, applications, and projects that have helped to shape the science and industry of energy storage and to make presentations about new directions for energy storage and [...]

Call for Abstracts is Open for the 2017 Frontiers in Resilience Symposium

March 1st, 2017|Categories: Conferences, Cyber, Energy, Energy Assurance, Events, Infrastructure Security, News|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Sandia National Laboratories, in partnership with the George Mason University Center for Infrastructure Protection and Homeland Security, is seeking abstracts for 2017 Frontiers in Resilience Symposium: Developing Innovative Resilience Solutions at the Interface of Science, Economics, and Policy on May 10 – 11, 2017. The two-day event will be hosted at George Mason University’s Arlington Campus, located at 3351 North Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22201, in Founders’ Hall. Frontiers in Resilience will feature subject matter [...]

Register Today for the Energy Assurance and Advanced Microgrid Conceptual Design Course on March 13-14

February 21st, 2017|Categories: Energy Assurance, Microgrid, News, Partnership, Workshops|Tags: , , , |

As a follow on to the Microgrids Webinar  hosted during October Energy Month, Sandia, along with the Tactical Microgrids Standards Consortium, will be having a 2-day microgrids design workshop on March 13-14, 2017 at the Pentagon in Washington DC. Sandia has developed a 2-day “Energy Assurance and Advanced Microgrid Conceptual Design Course” to provide a basic training on energy assurance and advanced microgrid design that includes technical discussions and working example problems using representative infrastructure and [...]

2017 ARPA-e Energy Innovation Summit

February 21st, 2017|Categories: Highlights - Energy Research, News, News & Events, Office of Science, Research & Capabilities|

Meet our Scientists! Stop by the main Sandia Labs Booth #505 for an opportunity to interact with SNL scientists including: Laura Biedermann, R&D, Electronic, Optical, and Nano Materials Department Cliff Ho, Manager, Concentrating Solar Technologies Department Hongyou Fan, R&D, Advanced Materials Laboratory Sandia Labs Featured in the Technology Showcase Sandia Lab / Booth #506 Through the Secure and Sustainable Energy Future Mission Area, Sandia National Laboratories seeks to support the creation of a secure energy future for the [...]

Webinar: Developing an Energy Storage Project – A Technical Perspective

February 21st, 2017|Categories: Energy Storage, Energy Storage Systems, News, Partnership, Workshops|Tags: , , |

March 8, 2017 | 1:00pm — 2:00pm ET | Recording available here As more energy storage projects are being implemented, it is important to discuss how to successfully construct a project that is safe, reliable, and cost effective. In this webinar, Dan Borneo and Ben Schenkman from Sandia National Laboratories will present lessons learned from the portfolio of projects that Sandia is involved with. Panelists will discuss project initiation, application determination, power and energy requirements, design, [...]

New report describes research towards affordable, scalable, and sustainable fuels and high-efficiency, low-emission engines

February 20th, 2017|Categories: News, News & Events|Tags: |

A new report from DOE describes the innovative collaborative research that has been completed in the first year of the Co-Optima initiative. The report spotlights approximately 30 of the scientific and technical advances that researchers made in the initiative's first year, including:     Identifying more than 40 candidate blendstocks that can be produced from biomass and blended with petroleum to increase the efficiency of downsized turbocharged spark ignition (SI) engines Conducting state-of-the-art experiments to [...]

Energy/Water Website available

February 20th, 2017|Categories: Energy-Water Nexus, News, News & Events, Water Security|Tags: |

A new website dedicated to Sandia’s Energy/Water efforts is now live and available to view. The site provides a program overview, examples of the program’s work, and even access to research, data, models, and decision support tools that address water supply challenges faced by the US. Focus areas include water treatment, data modeling and analysis, and water security. Visitors can also view awards, patents, partnerships, and publications related to Sandia’s Energy/Water research. As stated on [...]

Sandia Labs takes home two national tech transfer awards

February 20th, 2017|Categories: Grid Integration, News, News & Events|Tags: |

Sandia National Laboratories won the Federal Laboratory Consortium’s (FLC) 2017 State and Local Economic Development Recognition award for its work on the New Jersey Transit Grid project. Sandia’s partnership with NJT focused on the Energy Surety Microgrid (ESM) developed at Sandia. The labs did a feasibility study under the MOU and, after an initial design was completed, New Jersey was awarded $410 million from the Department of Transportation to develop NJ TRANSITGRID, a first-of-its-kind electric [...]

New Fallon FORGE website available

February 20th, 2017|Categories: Geothermal, News, News & Events|Tags: |

The Fallon FORGE site, located in Fallon, Nevada, is one of two candidate sites for FORGE (Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy). Now, a publicly-available website will answer FAQs, share seismic data, provide Fallon FORGE-related news and events, and eventually include education and outreach information. The Fallon FORGE Team seeks to establish and manage a well characterized and highly instrumented field test site dedicated to advancing Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS) research, enabling the broader [...]

Second Annual U.S. Energy and Employment Report Published

January 26th, 2017|Categories: News, News & Events|

 The Department of Energy has released its second annual U.S. Energy and Employment Report.  The documents can help demonstrate the Department's and the National Laboratories' commitment to job growth across all energy and manufacturing technologies.  Particularly, the report analyzes how changes in America’s energy profile are affecting national employment in key sectors of the economy. A state-by-state analysis of energy and employment provides a closer look at employment according to the various energy segments.  For [...]

Ray Byrne Named 2017 IEEE Fellow

January 24th, 2017|Categories: Energy Storage, Grid Integration, News, Staff, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , |

Ray Byrne, Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories, from Albuquerque, New Mexico has been named an IEEE Fellow. He is being recognized for contributions to miniature robotics and grid integration of energy storage. Dr. Byrne has been employed at Sandia since 1989. The IEEE Grade of Fellow is conferred by the IEEE Board of Directors upon a person with an outstanding record of accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of [...]

Spray Combustion Consortium formed to improve engine design

January 13th, 2017|Categories: News, News & Events|

by Michael Padilla Sandia National Laboratories has formed an industry-funded Spray Combustion Consortium to better understand fuel injection by developing modeling tools. Control of fuel sprays is key to the development of clean, affordable fuel-efficient engines. Intended for industry, software vendors and national laboratories, the consortium provides a direct path from fundamental research to validated engineering models ultimately used in combustion engine design. The three-year consortium agreement builds on Department of Energy (DOE) research projects [...]

Sandia’s Research in Ultrawide Bandgap Technology Could Help Improve the Grid

January 12th, 2017|Categories: Energy Storage, Grid Integration, Infrastructure Assurance, Materials Science, News|Tags: , , , |

Sandia researchers are currently studying how ultrawide bandgap semiconductor materials could be used to create more compact and efficient power electronics, potentially leading to higher absolute voltages for distributing power grid energy. These materials, such as AIGaN, are expected to allow devices to operate at higher voltages, frequencies, and temperatures than wide bandgap materials, such as silicon carbide (SiC) and GaN. When made into transistors, the materials have the potential to vastly improve the performance [...]