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.
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.
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.
The Cyber Security for the Electric Infrastructure works with industry to take full advantage of the potential that this connectivity represents while also safeguarding these tools against exploitation by adversaries.
Sandia supports the research infrastructure to provide a systems-engineering perspective of the challenges facing the industry; undertakes high-risk, high-reward R&D; and then places these new technologies on a path to commercialization.
Sandia works to reduce the nation’s dependence on fossil fuels both by integrating renewable energy generation into the electricity transmission/distribution grid and enabling widespread electrification of the nation’s transportation fleet by improving energy storage performance, economics, and safety.
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
Working at temperatures matching the interior of the sun, researchers at Sandia National Laboratories’ Z machine have been able to determine experimentally, for the first time in history, iron’s role in inhibiting energy transmission from […]
A research team that included Sandians Clifford Hansen and Joshua Stein (in Sandia’s Photovoltaic & Distributed Systems Integration Dept.) and Katherine Klise (in Sandia’s Geotechnology and Engineering Dept.) received a Best Paper Award for their […]
Sandia National Laboratories/Tigo Energy researchers recently submitted an application for a US patent related to research on arc-fault detection and circuit interruption in solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. Sandia’s patent-pending methods, filed as Identifying an Arc-Fault […]
The state of the art in PV system monitoring is relatively simplistic, relying either on comparisons of outputs between various parts of the system (e.g., inverters) or on an evaluation of a performance metric that normalizes […]
A 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 […]