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Co-Optima Report Focuses on Strengths of Nation’s Energy Resources and Existing Infrastructure

The United States could increase its domestic fuel supplies by 25 billion gallons per year while leveraging the nation’s existing $1 trillion fuel infrastructure according to a Co-Optimization of Fuels & Engines (Co-Optima) report released this week. The FY17 Year in Review describes recent advances including identification of key properties for new fuels, assessment of [...]

By | 2018-04-25T15:38:32+00:00 April 18th, 2018|News, News & Events, Research & Capabilities|Comments Off on Co-Optima Report Focuses on Strengths of Nation’s Energy Resources and Existing Infrastructure

Open Source Software for Sensor Placement Optimization Available for Download

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 [...]

By | 2018-03-21T21:13:17+00:00 March 21st, 2018|News, Research & Capabilities|Comments Off on Open Source Software for Sensor Placement Optimization Available for Download

Tower Illuminance Model Investigates Glare and Avian-Flux Hazards at CSP Towers

Solar glare reflections and avian solar-flux hazards are an important concern for concentrating solar installations. Reflected sunlight from “standby” heliostats has been noted by pilots as potentially hazardous, and reports of birds being singed by concentrated sunlight has created concern. A new software application, the Tower Illuminance Model (“TIM”), has been developed to investigate glare [...]

By | 2018-02-27T20:19:33+00:00 February 27th, 2018|Renewable Energy, Research & Capabilities, Solar|Comments Off on Tower Illuminance Model Investigates Glare and Avian-Flux Hazards at CSP Towers

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

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 [...]

By | 2018-01-11T23:13:56+00:00 January 11th, 2018|News, Partnership, Research & Capabilities|Comments Off on Sandia partners on R&D to validate lightweight materials for increased vehicle fuel efficiency

Commercializing Technology: 5 Projects with big impacts for Energy

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 [...]

By | 2017-09-18T17:36:25+00:00 September 18th, 2017|Energy, News, Partnership, Research & Capabilities|Comments Off on Commercializing Technology: 5 Projects with big impacts for Energy

Sandia energy programs named finalist for 4 R&D100 awards

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 [...]

By | 2017-09-06T21:52:54+00:00 September 6th, 2017|News, News & Events, Research & Capabilities|Comments Off on Sandia energy programs named finalist for 4 R&D100 awards

2017 ARPA-e Energy Innovation Summit

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 [...]

By | 2017-02-21T19:34:53+00:00 February 21st, 2017|Highlights - Energy Research, News, News & Events, Office of Science, Research & Capabilities|Comments Off on 2017 ARPA-e Energy Innovation Summit

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

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 [...]

By | 2016-09-21T20:06:09+00:00 September 21st, 2016|Energy, Energy Storage, Grid Integration, Infrastructure Security, News, News & Events, Research & Capabilities|Comments Off on Two Sandia Papers Selected as “Best Papers” at the 2016 IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting

Sandia Labs Presents Grid Integration Research at IEEE PES T&D

Sandia photovoltaics researchers Robert Broderick (right) and Matthew Reno (left) presented their grid integration research at the IEEE PES T&D Conference & Exposition in early May in Dallas, TX. The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers convenes the Power Energy Society to address big ideas shaping innovation in energy transmission and distribution (T&D), and provide opportunities [...]

By | 2016-05-27T22:54:33+00:00 May 27th, 2016|Conferences, Energy, Grid Integration, News, Photovoltaic, Renewable Energy, Research & Capabilities, Solar|Comments Off on Sandia Labs Presents Grid Integration Research at IEEE PES T&D

Sandia National Laboratories’ blade design to be showcased at AWEA

In the first phase of the DOE-funded additive manufactured blade mold demonstration project, Sandia National Laboratories has designed the wind blade that will be built with the new molds. One of the 3D-printed molds will be showcased at the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) 2016 Windpower Conference and Exhibition, May 23-26 in New Orleans, LA. [...]

By | 2016-05-13T22:35:56+00:00 May 13th, 2016|Design, News, News & Events, Partnership, Research & Capabilities, SWIFT, Wind Energy, Wind News|Comments Off on Sandia National Laboratories’ blade design to be showcased at AWEA