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Sandia Pilot Program to Assist Small Clean-Energy Companies

The National Solar Thermal Test Facility at Sandia could be used for collaborative research through the Small Business Voucher Pilot. (Photo by Randy Montoya) The DOE chose Sandia as one of five leads in a pilot that will give small, clean-energy companies access to national laboratory expertise and resources. Sandia will receive $2.75M [...]

Navy/Marine Engineering Command Visits Sandia

Our nation relies upon a network of radars across the country to support the missions of homeland defense/ security, flight safety, and weather forecasting. The air-surveillance environment contains within it clutter, both stationary and moving. Wind turbines present a unique problem in that they can be both stationary and moving clutter and operate with [...]

Sandia and Atlas-Copco Secoroc Advance to Phase 2 in Their Geothermal Energy Project

Phase 1 drill bit button retention testing. In 2012, the partnership between Sandia and Atlas-Copco Secoroc was awarded a $3.4M DOE grant to develop a down-the-hole (DTH) hammer capable of low-cost, high-production drilling in the extreme heat of deep geothermal wells. The overall DOE goal is to increase the feasibility of geothermal energy [...]

By | July 31st, 2013|Energy, Geothermal, News, News & Events, Partnership, Renewable Energy|Comments Off on Sandia and Atlas-Copco Secoroc Advance to Phase 2 in Their Geothermal Energy Project

Sandia-Developed Alloy Has Potential for Electronics in Wells

Sandia researcher Tom Crenshaw sets up a specimen in a test frame that will pull a solder joint apart to determine its tensile strength. He co-authored a paper that won the Best of Proceedings category in the Surface Mount Technology Association’s International 2012 Best Papers conference. (Photo by Lloyd Wilson) A few years [...]

By | April 3rd, 2013|Energy, Geothermal, Materials Science, News, News & Events, Renewable Energy, Research & Capabilities, Systems Engineering|Comments Off on Sandia-Developed Alloy Has Potential for Electronics in Wells


Sandia's work in drilling technology is aimed at reducing the cost and risk associated with drilling in harsh, subterranean environments. The historical focus of the drilling research has been directed at significantly expanding the nation's utilization of geothermal energy. This focus in geothermal related drilling research is the search for practical solutions to challenges associated [...]

By | November 10th, 2010|Comments Off on Geothermal