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Drilling Technology

Advanced Bit Technology Sandia's drilling program has traditionally focused on geothermal drilling, which is challenging because the formations are hot, hard, abrasive, corrosive and often fractured. Most of Sandia's geothermal technology also has application to oil and gas drilling. As a national laboratory, Sandia's drilling research plays a vital role in support of various defense [...]

By | May 24th, 2017|Comments Off on Drilling Technology

New Sandia Grid Modernization Program Newsletter Now Available

Sandia’s newest quarterly newsletter features research highlights, event information, staff recognition, and recent publications and patents related to modernizing our nation’s electricity infrastructure. Topics focus on the primary research areas of Sandia’s Grid Modernization Program and include the following: Energy storage technologies for large-scale adaption Integration of renewable energy sources into the grid Transmission planning [...]

By | March 8th, 2017|Cyber, Distribution Grid Integration, Energy Assurance, Energy Storage, Energy Storage Systems, Grid Integration, Infrastructure Security, Microgrid, News, Renewable Energy, SMART Grid, Transmission Grid Integration|Comments Off on New Sandia Grid Modernization Program Newsletter Now Available

Grid Mod Newsletter

Previous Versions: Sandia's Grid Modernization Program Newsletter | May 2017 Sandia's Grid Modernization Program Newsletter | January 2017

By | January 31st, 2017|Comments Off on Grid Mod Newsletter

Sandia, UNM Form Alliance to Promote Research, Recruiting

By signing the memorandum of understanding (MOU) for a Strategic Alliance, then Sandia President and Director Paul Hommert and University of New Mexico Provost Chaouki Abdallah expanded our institutions’ commitment to work together to help redefine the future of science and engineering for national security, partner on research, and jointly recruit top researchers. “With this [...]

Renewable Energy and Distributed Systems Integration

Sandia conducts multi-disciplinary R&D on technologies that enable grid modernization and large-scale deployment of renewable and distributed energy resources. Addressing the Challenges Electric power grids are facing a major transformation, driven by growing deployment of renewable and distributed energy resources, along with a wide variety of related smart grid technologies that allow prosumers [...]

By | November 14th, 2014|Comments Off on Renewable Energy and Distributed Systems Integration

More Efficient Fuel Cells under Development by Engineers

Solar power and other sources of renewable energy can help combat global warming but they have a draw­back: they don’t produce energy as predictably as generating plants powered by oil, coal, or natural gas. Solar panels only produce electricity when the sun is shining, and wind turbines are only productive when the wind is brisk. [...]

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

Partnership Opportunities

Resources: Steps to Commercialization Sandia’s Technology Partnership website Partnerships for Business, Industry and Nonprofits Download the Partnerships Brochure  A non-exhaustive list of test opportunities are: Rotors and blades New rotor blades/reference testing Minimal time and cost is required to exchange rotor blades. Other SWiFT turbines can serve as reference turbines and/or provide upwind turbulence interaction [...]

By | May 21st, 2013|Comments Off on Partnership Opportunities

About the Facility

Test-Bed Wind Turbines Allow Facility Flexibility While Providing Reliable Data in Many Regimes SWiFT will initially consist of three research-scale wind turbines (modified Vestas V27s) with the first two turbines spaced three diameters apart, perpendicular to the oncoming wind, and the third turbine five diameters downwind. (The turbines form a 3-, 5-, and 6-rotor-diameter-length triangle.) The [...]

By | May 21st, 2013|Comments Off on About the Facility

Sandia, Endicott Interconnect Technologies, EMCORE, International Micro Industries, NREL, Universal Instruments: Solar Glitter

Sandia scientists have developed glitter-sized photovoltaic (PV) cells that have the potential to achieve the cost breakthrough necessary to move solar energy into widespread, portable use. From left to right, Sandia researchers Murat OKandan, Greg Nielson, and Jose Luis Cruz-Campa, hold prototype samples containing arrays of microsolar cells. Together, the cells and microscale lens [...]

By | March 21st, 2013|Capabilities, Energy, Partnership, Photovoltaic, Renewable Energy, Research & Capabilities, Solar, SunShot|Comments Off on Sandia, Endicott Interconnect Technologies, EMCORE, International Micro Industries, NREL, Universal Instruments: Solar Glitter