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Storing Hydrogen Underground Could Boost Transportation, Energy Security

Large-scale storage of low-pressure, gaseous hydrogen in salt caverns and other underground sites for transportation fuel and grid-scale energy applications offers several advantages over above-ground storage, says a recent Sandia study sponsored by the DOE Fuel Cell Technologies Office. Geologic storage of hydrogen gas could make it possible to produce and distribute large quantities of [...]

Sandia Has Signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Case Western Reserve University

The memorandum of understanding (MOU) initiates a relationship between our institutions to better leverage our inherently complementary energy research strengths—focusing on R&D activity in utility-scale power and includes energy storage (batteries, capacitors), grid integration of renewable-energy resources, real-time residential and industrial energy management and control, lifetime degradation and science and various forms of advanced energy [...]

By |January 28th, 2014|Computational Modeling & Simulation, Energy, Energy Storage, Energy Storage Systems, Infrastructure Security, Materials Science, Modeling, Modeling & Analysis, News, News & Events, Partnership, Renewable Energy, Research & Capabilities, Transportation Energy|Comments Off on Sandia Has Signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Case Western Reserve University

Solar Electric Propulsion

Bringing together expertise in advanced Brayton power conversion systems, concentrated solar collector technology and space system design and analysis, Sandia National Laboratories (partnering with Northrup Grumman Aerospace Systems and the University of Michigan) has developed a solar electric propulsion concept capable of a wide array of missions for NASA. This multipurpose space vehicle concentrates [...]

By |May 1st, 2013|Comments Off on Solar Electric Propulsion

ESTAP Webinar: Briefing on Sandia’s Maui Energy Storage Study

March 6, 2013 14:00 — 15:00 Eastern The Energy Storage Technology Advancement Partnership project of the Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA) and the Department of Energy is presenting a webinar featuring a case study conducted by Sandia National Laboratory on the Island of Maui and its goals of increasing its renewable energy capacity and the [...]

By |March 6th, 2013|EC, Energy, News, Photovoltaic, Renewable Energy, Solar|Comments Off on ESTAP Webinar: Briefing on Sandia’s Maui Energy Storage Study

Pratt Whitney Rocketdyne Testing

On November 24, 2012 the National Solar Thermal Test Facility (NSTTF) began testing of the Pratt Whitney Rocketdyne (PWR) solar receiver shroud.  Fifteen days of solar testing are scheduled for this testing.  The flux levels on the shroud range between 100 and 500 suns.  The work is sponsored by PWR in cooperation with the Department [...]

By |December 19th, 2012|Concentrating Solar Power, EC, Energy, Facilities, National Solar Thermal Test Facility, News, News & Events, Partnership, Renewable Energy, Solar, Solar Newsletter|Comments Off on Pratt Whitney Rocketdyne Testing

SunShot

Key Activities Sandia’s research in solar photovoltaics (PV) and concentrating solar power (CSP) helps advance the mission of the U.S. Department of Energy's SunShot Initiative to decrease total cost of solar energy systems by 75% by 2020 and make solar energy cost-competitive with other forms of electricity generation without subsidies. Sandia researchers address technical [...]

By |November 9th, 2012|Comments Off on SunShot

National Solar Thermal Testing Facility Beam Profiling

On Thursday, June 7, we began beam profiling the NSTTF field heliostat beam.  Using the “Hot 80” heliostats aimed at a single aimpoint on a vertical target, the peak flux was 192 W/cm2.  Using the remaining 128 heliostats (the Cool 128) aimed at a single aimpoint on a vertical target, the peak flux was 152 [...]

By |November 2nd, 2012|Concentrating Solar Power, News, Renewable Energy, Solar|Comments Off on National Solar Thermal Testing Facility Beam Profiling

Air Force Research Laboratory Testing

Recently, personnel from the Air Force Research Laboratory in Albuquerque utilized the site at the National Solar Thermal Test Facility to evaluate seismic and optical activity from explosives set off at locations east and west of the facility. Some of the explosives were set-off above ground and some below. The shots varied in strength between [...]

By |November 2nd, 2012|Concentrating Solar Power, Facilities, National Solar Thermal Test Facility, News, News & Events, Renewable Energy, Solar|Comments Off on Air Force Research Laboratory Testing

Molten Salt Test Loop Melted Salt

The Molten Salt Test Loop (MSTL) team at Sandia National Laboratories melted 38 tonnes (84,000 pounds) of salt and filled the furnace of the MSTL system this week.  The salt melting was the culmination of many weeks of planning and preparation from a great team that assessed the hazards, planned the activities, modified the salt [...]

By |October 10th, 2012|Concentrating Solar Power, Energy, News, Renewable Energy, Solar|Comments Off on Molten Salt Test Loop Melted Salt

Molten Salt Test Loop Commissioning

The Molten Salt Test Loop (MSTL) at Sandia National Laboratories’ National Solar Thermal Test Facility (NSTTF) has successfully completed commissioning and demonstrated outstanding performance and control throughout the full range of operating parameters. The commissioning step confirms that a newly constructed facility meets all of the design requirements. The Molten Salt Test Loop was designed [...]

By |October 10th, 2012|Concentrating Solar Power, EC, Energy, News, News & Events, Renewable Energy, Solar|Comments Off on Molten Salt Test Loop Commissioning