Four innovations from Sandia’s Energy programs have been named as R&D100 award finalists. R&D100 awards recognize that the technology has “competed against other new technologies in open competition,” according to the R&D website. The finalists include Sandia’s Microgrid Design Toolkit, Ultra-Wide-Bandgap Power Electronics, the SolidSense Gas Analyzer, and a control System for Active Damping of Inter-Area Oscillations.

Read more about the impacts of each innovation:

Ultra-Wide-Bandgap Power Electronics

AlGaN PiN diodes and High Electron Mobility Transistors (HEMTs) that yield order-of-magnitude improvements in size, weight, power, and switching speeds in electrical power devices.

The Microgrid Design Toolkit (MDT)

The MDT is a decision support software for microgrid designers in the preliminary design phase that provides optimal trade space characterization.

SolidSense Gas Analyzer

SolidSense is the first small, fast, inexpensive, high temperature sensor that characterizes all EPA-regulated tailpipe gases, enabling continuous on-vehicle emissions monitoring and control.

 Control System for Active Damping of Inter-Area Oscillations

The product is a control system to increase damping of inter-area oscillations. This will enhance power grid reliability, leading to higher power transfers.