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Batteries & Energy Storage

This Sandia-led DOE Office of Electricity demonstration project proved the effectiveness of sodium-sulfur batteries in peak shaving and capital deferment.

Energy Storage

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. Sandia’s longstanding responsibility for all nuclear weapon power sources equips us with unique capabilities and expertise to develop technologies and methodologies that address this national security issue.

Sandia’s Livermore Site to Help Validate Cool Earth Solar’s CPV Technology

Sandia provided technical guidance to Beacon Power as part of a DOE project to design a large-scale flywheel-based frequency regulation power plant.

Stationary Energy Storage

Sandia collaborates with industry, academia, and government to reduce the cost of storage, demonstrate the effectiveness of storage technologies in the grid, and analyze policy options to value and perpetuate storage integration.

Sandia’s Systems Approach to Photovoltaic Reliability

A demonstration Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) in New York City.

Transportation Energy Storage

Sandia’s transportation energy storage research programs apply scientific understanding of battery degradation mechanisms to develop technologies to improve battery performance, economics, and safety to enable widespread electrification of the nation’s transportation fleet.

Residual Stresses in Darrieus Vertical Axis Wind Turbine Blades


Addressing national needs in stationary, transportation, and defense:

Defense Mission (S&T)

Sandia is a national security laboratory with a long history of leading energy storage technology R&D. We have cradle-to-grave responsibility for all power sources for DOE defense programs, and apply our expertise to support DoD applications. Sandia provides leadership to the DOE Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability’s Energy Storage Systems program through advanced technology development, device testing, technology demonstrations, and grid analysis. We play the lead role in evaluating the safety and reliability of energy storage (ES) devices for transportation systems.

We apply fundamental scientific expertise in electrochemistry, materials science, advanced diagnostics, and modeling and simulation to advance the ES programs. Facilities such as the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies, the Advanced Materials Laboratory, our battery safety and abuse testing laboratory, our Power Sources Technology Group which houses 6,700 ft. of dry room space with advanced diagnostics and prototyping facilities, and the Red Sky computing platform provide unique capabilities for fundamental science and university and industry partnerships.

A Sandia researcher prepares to test a battery to determine its response under abuse conditions.

Battery Abuse Testing Laboratory (BATLab)

The Battery Abuse Testing Laboratory (BATLab) at Sandia is an internationally recognized leader in energy storage system safety research. The BATLab is committed to serving the energy storage community and the national interest with cutting-edge research programs, the highest quality testing results, and leadership in battery safety and reliability. For more than 13 years, the BATLab has supported the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Vehicle Technologies programs, whose goal is to enable new electric vehicle (EV) technologies. The BATLab also continues to support other DOE, Department of Defense, NASA, and private industry customers.

Sandia’s Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC) for Solid-State Lighting Science

Energy Storage Publications

Sandia and NREL Announce Two New H2FIRST ReportsSandia National Laboratories and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) announce the publication of two new Hydrogen Fueling Infrastructure Research and Station Technology (H2FIRST) reports on hydrogen contaminant detection capabilities and reference station design analysis. H2USA is a public private partnership launched by the US Department of Energy in 2013 to overcome the critical barriers […]
New Report Describes Joint Opportunities for Natural Gas and Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Vehicle MarketsSandia, supported by the DOE’s Vehicle Technologies and Fuel Cell Technologies offices (within the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, EERE), recently released “Transitioning the Transportation Sector: Exploring the Intersection of Hydrogen Fuel Cell and Natural Gas Vehicles.” The September 2014 workshop considered common opportunities and challenges in expanding hydrogen and natural gas use […]
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 […]

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