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Renewable Systems

Renewable Systems

The Renewable Systems program area works to reduce the risks of transformative energy solutions that will enhance the nation’s security and economic prosperity. Energy security research at Sandia seeks to address key challenges facing our nation and the world. We work with the energy industry to improve current hardware and develop the next generation of technologies to extract or produce energy.

The Energy and Climate (EC) Program Management Unit (PMU) spearheads research into energy alternatives that will help the nation reduce its dependence on oil and coal and to combat the effects of climate change. Sandia’s long history with geothermal, solar, and wind energy research has seen a vast increase in effort and intensity over the past 15 years and has also been supplemented in recent years with efforts in biologically based fuels: biomass from nonfood plant sources and algae—both of which can be grown on land unsuitable for farming.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy is energy which comes from natural resources such as sunlight, wind, rain, tides and waves, and geothermal heat, which are naturally replenished.

Transportation Energy

Transportation Energy programs at Sandia share a common goal: reducing dependence on petroleum-based fuels and developing sustainable alternative fuels and increased efficiency of vehicle technologies.

No single technology solution will address the hurdles in front of us; the future calls for a variety of options available to consumers. To that end, we have a broad portfolio of research activities related to achieving our transportation energy mission:

Nuclear Energy and Fuel Cycle Programs

Sandia National Laboratories’ Nuclear Energy and Fuel Cycle Programs provide a dynamic, multifaceted approach to systems-based research and development of nuclear energy and fuel cycle technologies. 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. As a national leader, Sandia strives to enhance the nation’s security and prosperity through sustainable, transformative approaches to the world’s most difficult nuclear energy challenges.

Fossil Energy

Since the late 1970s, this program has developed and transferred Sandia technologies to assist the natural gas and oil industry, especially U.S. independent producers. Our goal is to maintain a secure, economic supply of the nation’s natural gas and crude oil.

Energy Efficiency

The novel approaches to increasing energy efficiency and developing clean energy sources developed in the national laboratories can then be transferred to industry to resolve the nation’s energy future.

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Renewable Systems News

Recent Sandia Secure, Scalable Microgrid Advanced Controls Research AccomplishmentsA recently completed Grand Challenge Laboratory-Directed Research and Development project resulted in a secure, scalable microgrid (SSM) research facility that is actively engaged in developing technologies to solve many of the nation’s most complex challenges in satisfying its electric energy needs. Initial focus has been on enabling resilient and reliable performance when incorporating high penetration […]
Direct Measurement of Key Molecule Will Increase Accuracy of Combustion ModelsSandia researchers are the first to directly measure hydroperoxyalkyl radicals—a class of reactive molecules denoted as “QOOH”—that are key in the chain of reactions that controls the early stages of combustion. This breakthrough has generated data on QOOH reaction rates and outcomes that will improve the fidelity of models used by engine manufacturers to create […]
SolarReserve Is Testing Prototype Heliostats at NSTTFSolarReserve is testing engineering units at the National Solar Thermal Test Facility (NSTTF) operated by Sandia. The company says it decided to test its prototype heliostats at NSTTF because of Sandia’s, “knowledge and reputation in the solar industry, as well as the breadth of resources available for improving and testing new designs.” SolarReserve is focused […]

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