Our work in stationary power includes the deployment of clean electricity, which requires integration with a modernized grid infrastructure, and enhancements in energy efficiency as a direct influence on energy productivity and economic competitiveness.
A dynamic, multifaceted approach to systems-based research and development of nuclear energy and fuel cycle technologies
Energy Conversion Efficiency
Increasing the amount of electricity produced from a given thermal energy input.
This is a major objective for multiple RE sources (e.g., geothermal, photovoltaics [PV], concentrating solar power [CSP], wind). Major advances in energy conversion efficiency also have the potential for significant impact in traditional thermal energy source (e.g., nuclear, natural gas, coal) conversion to electricity.
We conduct research and development (R&D) in solar power, including photovoltaics and concentrating solar power, to strengthen the U.S. solar industry and improve the manufacturability, reliability, and cost competitiveness of solar energy technologies and systems.Learn More
Our Wind Energy Technologies program conducts applied research to increase the viability of wind technology by improving wind turbine and wind plant performance and reliability to reduce the cost of energy. Sandia specializes in wind-turbine blade design, manufacturing, reliability and wind plant performance.Learn More
The Water Power program includes marine hydrokinetic, conventional hydro, and offshore wind energy research efforts and heavily leverages high-performance computing, advanced materials and coatings, non-destructive inspection, complex systems simulation, and large-scale testing.Learn More
We are creating a thermal-to-electric power conversion technology in a configuration called the recompression closed Brayton cycle (RCBC) that uses supercritical carbon dioxide (sCO2) as the working fluid, rather than steam, thereby dramatically increasing conversion efficiency compared to the steam Rankine cycle.Learn More
The Carbon Capture program advances safe, cost effective, capture and permanent geologic storage and/or use of CO2.Learn More
Enabling a Resilient and Secure Electric Grid
Sandia envisions a world of interdependent and variable distributed systems that are optimized at multiple scales – including transmission – to maximize local resources in providing secure, resilient, and clean energy to all users at all times.
Sandia’s crosscut initiatives provide a systems-engineering perspective of the challenges facing the industry and then places these new technologies on a path to commercialization.Learn More
Nuclear Fuel Cycle
Enabling Energy Security through the Nuclear Enterprise
Sandia supports the safe, secure, reliable, and sustainable use of nuclear power worldwide through strengths in repository science, nonproliferation, safety and security, transportation, modeling, and system demonstrations
Sandia advises the U.S. Department of Energy in support of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP)—the world’s only licensed and operating deep geologic repository for transuranic nuclear waste disposal.Learn More
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 [...]
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 [...]
Sandia National Laboratories, in collaboration with the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research, Los Alamos National Laboratory, University of New Mexico, and New Mexico State University, is hosting a free two-day Regional Workshop on Energy [...]
In partnership with the U.S. Navy, Sandia tested its advanced wave energy converter (WEC) system in the maneuvering and sea-keeping (MASK) basin at the Naval Surface Warfare Center’s Carderock Division (NSWCCD) in Bethesda, MD. Wave energy converters [...]
Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have met a major project milestone as part of the Department of Energy Atmosphere to Electrons (A2e) Wake Steering Experiment being conducted at [...]