Stationary Power

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.

Energy Conversion Efficiency

High-efficiency conversion of low and  zero-carbon energy sources to electricity

Grid Modernization

Safety, security, and resilience of energy infrastructure and assets

Nuclear Fuel Cycle

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.
Nuclear Energy and Fuel Cycle Programs provide a dynamic, multifaceted approach to systems-based research and development of nuclear energy and fuel cycle technologies.Learn More
Research focuses on technologies that reduce the cost, increase the efficiency, and minimize the environmental risk of finding and producing natural gasLearn More
Work in drilling technology is aimed at reducing the cost and risk associated with drilling in harsh, subterranean environments.Learn More
The Carbon Capture program advances safe, cost effective, capture and permanent geologic storage and/or use of CO2.Learn More

Grid Modernization

Enabling a Resilient and Secure Electric Grid

The Resilient Electric Infrastructures program seeks to develop the technologies to maintain electric-grid function in the face of disruptive threats—both natural and manufactured.

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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.

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Sandia and our partners are aiming toward a sustainable energy future that also meets demand predictably and consistently, so as not to damage increasingly sensitive electronic equipment.

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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.

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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.

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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
Sandia conducts research and development in advanced technologies for both the front- and back-end of the nuclear fuel cycle.Learn More
Sandia conducts scientific analyses and experiments to enhance the safety of the nuclear fuel cycle and the supporting infrastructure.Learn More

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Sandia Research Aims to Enhance Understanding of Radiometric Instruments

Sandia and Photovoltaic Performance Labs, Inc. have partnered on the PVSENSOR project to measure, characterize, and understand modern radiometric instrument intricacies. Such instruments are used to measure the amount of sunlight impinging on a plane […]

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Sandia’s Supercritical Carbon-Dioxide/Brayton-Cycle Laboratory Signs Important MOU with Industry Partners

Sandia and eight other companies and research organizations* will collaborate to advance a distributed power system that can produce cleaner, more efficient electricity. The memorandum of understanding (MOU) focuses on developing an energy-conversion system based […]

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Sandia’s Algae Nutrient Recycling Project Is a Triple Win

Nitrogen and phosphate nutrients are among the largest costs in cultivating algae for biofuel production. Sandia molecular biologists (in Sandia’s Systems Biology Dept.) and Ryan Davis (in Sandia’s Biomass Science and Conversion Technology Dept.) have […]

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Stion Commissions PV System at Sandia Regional Test Center

Thin-film solar module manufacturer Stion has commissioned a 12 kW fixed latitude ground-mounted photovoltaic (PV) system at the DOE’s New Mexico Regional Test Center (RTC), located at Sandia. The system will be monitored and tested […]

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Version 24 of the Composite Materials Database Now Available for Download

Wind-turbine blade growth continues to have the largest impact on energy capture and levelized cost of energy (LCOE) reduction. While the 40–45 meter blade is today’s mainstream segment, it is estimated that blades over 50 […]