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.
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.
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.
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.
Sandia researchers are currently studying how ultrawide bandgap semiconductor materials could be used to create more compact and efficient power electronics, potentially leading to higher absolute voltages for distributing power grid energy. These materials, such [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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. [...]