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PV Tracking Technology call for papers

December 16th, 2016|Categories: News, News & Events, Solar|

ASME Journal of Solar Energy Engineering Special Issue: Photovoltaic Tracking Technology Photovoltaic (PV) energy systems are becoming a larger share of electricity production, with over 230 GW installed worldwide. Much of this growth is being driven by a variety of incentives, though just as important, costs are decreasing due to improvements in manufacturing technology, raw material prices, installation practices and competition. Improvements in the technology, along with lower costs to deploy and maintain have led to an [...]

Sandia to present at 2016 AGU Fall Meeting

December 13th, 2016|Categories: Climate, News, News & Events, Uncategorized|

  Sandia leads the nation in addressing the complex intersection between the Earth and engineered environments, providing technical solutions to ensure our nation's strength and security. This week Sandia scientists will be the 2016 AGU Fall Meeting to deliver over 100 presentations and 80 technical posters. View our 2016 program of presenters or watch via AGU on Demand. Please visit the Sandia Booth #1330 to meet our talented earth science researchers.

DOE Office of Technology Transitions seeks proposals to support transition of energy tech with commercial potential

December 12th, 2016|Categories: News, News & Events, Renewable Energy|

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Technology Transitions is seeking proposals from the National Laboratories to support the transition of promising energy related technologies developed at the National Laboratories with commercial potential. DOE’s FY-17 Technology Commercialization Fund (TCF funding is estimated to be approximately $23.4 million and DOE will provide a 50% cost match for all proposals. TCF is aimed at helping the national labs and research partners mature promising energy technologies and move them [...]

Sandia Joins Forces with Singapore Energy Market Authority to Develop Energy Storage Test-Bed

November 30th, 2016|Categories: Energy Storage, Energy Storage Systems, Grid Integration, News, Partnership|Tags: , , , |

Sandia National Laboratories’ Energy Storage Projects team within the Stationary Energy Storage Program is working with the government of Singapore’s Energy Market Authority (EMA) to help set up Singapore’s first grid energy storage test-bed. This will lead to the selection and development of three energy storage test-beds at existing electrical substations. Sandia will help develop standards and guidelines for grid integration and fire safety, assess the economic case for energy storage systems, offer guidance on [...]

Register for the 2017 Energy Storage Systems Safety Forum

November 17th, 2016|Categories: Energy Storage, Energy Storage Systems, News, News & Events, Workshops|Tags: , , |

Registration is now open for Meeting the Challenge: 2017 Energy Storage Systems (ESS) Safety Forum that will be held at the historic La Fonda Hotel in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The two-day, MRS Endorsed ESS Safety Forum on February 22-23 will provide a platform for discussing the current state of ESS safety and mitigation strategies around improving cell to system level safety and reliability. Following the Forum will be a half-day meeting of the ESS working groups the morning of [...]

Sandia’s Energy & Climate Programs win R&D 100 Awards

November 15th, 2016|Categories: News, News & Events|Tags: |

Sandia R&D 100 awardees, from left to right: John Siirola (Pyomo v4.1 – Software/Services), Jack Wise (Stress-Induced Fabrication of Functionally Designed Nanomaterials – Mechanical/Materials), Summer Ferreira, PI (Precision High Power Battery Tester – Green Tech Special Recognition Award), Hongyou Fan, PI (Stress-Induced Fabrication of Functionally Designed Nanomaterials – Mechanical/Materials), Bill Hart, PI (Pyomo v4.1 – Software/Services), Ryan Camacho, PI (T-QUAKE (Transceiver for Quantum Keys and Encryption), Josh Christian (Falling Particle Receiver for Concentrated Solar Energy [...]

Advanced WEC Dynamics and Controls Webinar, December 6, 2016

November 14th, 2016|Categories: News, News & Events, Water Power|

As part of a study aimed at accelerating the application of advanced control in WECs, Sandia National Labs recently completed testing on a 1/17 model-scale wave energy converter (WEC). A testing report is now available online. Sandia will host a public webinar covering this work, including an overview of recently completed wave tank testing, system identification methods and results, and model validation.   Join the webinar  

Microgrid Webinar Addresses Mission Assurance and Energy Security with Advanced Microgrid Designs

November 11th, 2016|Categories: Grid Integration, Infrastructure Security, Microgrid, News|Tags: |

On October 13th, Mike Hightower of Sandia National Laboratories led two webinars on microgrids and energy assurance as part of Energy Action Month. Mike along with other Sandia engineers and scientists have been researching energy assurance for critical infrastructures at Sandia for the past 20 years. The webinar contains material from Sandia’s training course titled the “Fundamentals of Advanced Microgrid Evaluation, Analysis, and Conceptual Design.”  Topics include emerging design and operations drivers, threats, security, and [...]

New consortium to reduce cost of solar modules

November 10th, 2016|Categories: News, News & Events, Solar|Tags: |

In order to accelerate solar module materials discovery and development, the DOE SunShot program awarded $30 million, over five years, to a national laboratory-led Energy Materials Network (EMN) Consortium focused on durable module materials, DuraMat. Module materials account for 40% or more of total photovoltaic (PV) module costs, providing substantial opportunities for cost and performance improvement. DuraMat will drive innovation across materials design, data informatics, high-throughput synthesis and characterization, and durability testing of materials and components by integrating [...]

Join the team: Concentrating Solar Technologies Manager

November 9th, 2016|Categories: National Solar Thermal Test Facility, News, News & Events, Solar, Solar Newsletter|

We are looking for a dynamic individual with a passion for solar energy R&D to lead our Department and Programs. The National Solar Thermal Test Facility in Albuquerque, NM is the only facility of its kind in the U.S., with research and test capabilities to evaluate CSP technologies. Work is focused on enabling today’s CSP industry and performing R&D that will change the nation’s energy future. Visit Sandia's careers website reference Job ID#655419

Sandia’s Test Technology Enables Development of Novel Multi-Rotor Wind Turbine

November 7th, 2016|Categories: Customers & Partners, EC, News, Renewable Energy, Wind Energy, Wind News|Tags: |

When Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas Wind Systems A/S decided to build a multi-rotor wind turbine, it used a hardware emulation system developed by Sandia National Laboratories to create, configure, and test the controls system. Instead of relying on ever larger turbines to increase energy production and reduce the cost of energy, Vestas designed an innovative demonstrator turbine with four nacelles and four rotors (29 m diameter) attached to a single support structure. Offering new [...]

Installation of New England’s Largest Battery Energy Storage System is Underway

October 26th, 2016|Categories: Energy Storage, Energy Storage Systems, Grid Integration, News|Tags: , , |

NEC Energy Solutions has begun the installation and commissioning of a 2 MW, 3.9MWh GSS® grid energy storage solution for the Sterling Municipal Light Department (SMLD) in Sterling, Massachusetts. Once complete in December 2016, it will be the largest system of its kind installed in New England and the first utility scale project in the State. In the event of an extended grid outage due to a natural disaster, this utility scale Battery Energy Storage [...]

Sandia Celebrates National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day

October 8th, 2016|Categories: Events, News, News & Events|

Today’s Fuel Cell Market Creates Jobs While Providing Clean Energy Sandia National Laboratories joins the nation in celebrating National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day by marking the growth of the industry and raising awareness of the benefits fuel cells and hydrogen technologies provide in generating reliable and resilient power, improving the environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and increasing America’s energy security. Recognized by the U.S. Senate for the second year with the passage of [...]

Hydrogen in Your Backyard Webinar October 6, 2016

October 5th, 2016|Categories: Energy, Events, News, News & Events|

Sandia National Laboratories will present a live webinar titled "Hydrogen in Your Backyard” on October 6th from 10 am to 11 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time (PDT). This webinar will discuss the status of Sandia’s Hydrogen program and introduce the current status of the technology including Hydrogen Infrastructure, Storage, Production as well as Safety, Codes & Standards.Register

Bernie Hernandez-Sanchez wins HENAAC Award for outstanding technical achievement

September 30th, 2016|Categories: News, Water Power|

Chemist Bernadette “Bernie” Hernandez-Sanchez won for outstanding technical achievement and is the first woman at Sandia to receive this award. Hernandez-Sanchez  will be recognized at the 28th Annual HENAAC Conference in Anaheim, California, Oct. 5-9, during National Hispanic Heritage Month. HENAAC honors Hispanic researchers who have made significant contributions to the nation’s technical community. Awardees are peer-reviewed and come from a wide range of private industry, academia, military and government organizations. “The first time I ever [...]

The First EPRI-Sandia Symposium on Secure and Resilient Microgrids Concludes

September 29th, 2016|Categories: Grid Integration, Infrastructure Security, Microgrid, News, News & Events, Partnership, Seminars & Conferences, Workshops|Tags: , , , |

On August 29-31, 2016, Sandia National Laboratories and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) held the first annual Microgrid Systems Symposium in Baltimore, MD that attracted about 100 attendees from other U.S. Department of Energy national laboratories, U.S. Department of Defense laboratories, utilities, industry, and government agencies. The event was uniquely focused on several technical challenges in commercial and military microgrids; addressing their design, system analysis, and grid integration. The symposium covered state of the [...]

Register for the PV Performance Modeling and Monitoring Workshop, October 24-25, 2016

September 29th, 2016|Categories: News, News & Events, Photovoltaic, Solar, Solar Newsletter|

Expert Workshop in Freiburg: Modeling and Monitoring of PV Systems The Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE is acting as host for this year’s “PV Performance Modeling and Monitoring Workshop”. Photovoltaics experts from around the world will meet in Freiburg’s Historisches Kaufhaus  (Historic Merchants’ Hall) for the event from October 24 to 25, 2016. The industry representatives will discuss the latest scientific findings, as well as the market demands on modeling and monitoring of [...]

Extreme Conditions Modeling (ECM) New Fact Sheet Published

September 27th, 2016|Categories: News, Water Power|

The wave energy converter (WEC) Extreme Conditions Modeling (ECM) project provides WEC developers with improved means of predicting WEC survival and design loads. WEC developers will use the ECM tools to reduce uncertainty and risk in the WEC design process. The ECM project is a collaboration between the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Sandia National Laboratories (Sandia), and the U.S. Department of Energy.

Two Sandia Papers Selected as “Best Papers” at the 2016 IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting

September 21st, 2016|Categories: Energy, Energy Storage, Grid Integration, Infrastructure Security, News, News & Events, Research & Capabilities|Tags: , , , , |

Research funded by the OE Energy Storage Program, under the direction of Dr. Imre Gyuk, was recently recognized with best paper awards at the 2016 IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES) General Meeting that was held in Boston July 17-21. The first paper outlines an optimization methodology for estimating the maximum potential revenue from an energy storage system participating in the PJM energy and frequency regulation markets. The second outlines the design of a prototype [...]

Understanding Hazardous Combustion Byproducts Reduces Factors Impacting Climate Change

August 29th, 2016|Categories: CRF, Global Climate & Energy, News, News & Events, Transportation Energy|

By Micheal Padilla Researchers at Sandia’s Combustion Research Facility are developing the understanding necessary to build cleaner combustion technologies that will in turn reduce climate impact. Their work focuses on understanding the oxidation chemistry of organic carbon species critical to many processes including controlling emissions of toxic combustion byproducts to reduce climate change brought on by humans. Researchers expect this to work to benefit geosciences, astrophysics and energy applications. “Soot released from combustion sources is [...]