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DTOcean Version 2.0 Software Overview and Demonstration

August 16th, 2019|Categories: News, News & Events, Partnership, Renewable Energy, Water Power|Tags: , , , , , |

Join Sandia National Laboratories researchers on August 29, 2019 from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM EDT for a tour of the world’s only open source, fully parametric, ocean energy array design tool that considers the entire lifecycle. The software—known as DTOcean—finds optimal array designs that identify cost drivers and minimize the levelized cost of energy (LCOE) which helps industry to realize cost-competitiveness for marine and hydrokinetic energy technologies. The research team will provide an overview [...]

Sandia abuses batteries for better energy storage

August 13th, 2019|Categories: Capabilities, Energy, Energy Storage, Energy Storage Systems, News, Research & Capabilities|Tags: , , , , , |

by Michael Baker | Photograph by Randy Montoya Sandia National Laboratories engineers June Stanley and Chris Grosso demonstrate how the drop tower they built abuses batteries to understand how the lithium-ion cells respond to different types of stress. (Photograph by Randy Montoya) Batteries never really stand a chance against Sandia National Laboratories researchers whose job is to test the cells beyond their limits. And now, with a new indoor tower that allows battery-abuse [...]

PSEL wraps up testing on non-reflective solar panels for arrays in glare-sensitive locations

August 6th, 2019|Categories: News, News & Events, Photovoltaic Systems Evaluation Laboratory (PSEL), Renewable Energy|Tags: |

Sandia National Laboratories’ Photovoltaic Systems Evaluation Laboratory (PSEL) is in the final phase of a collaborative research project with Nishati, a veteran-run manufacturer of light-weight, portable photovoltaic panels. The collaboration will shift to the PV Proving Grounds project at the end of the fiscal year. In 2016, Nishati sought Sandia assistance through the U.S. Department of Energy Small Business Vouchers (SBV) program to scale up its portable PV system into utility-grade equipment. The portable equipment [...]

Sandia participates in Cordova Energy Storage project

July 17th, 2019|Categories: Energy, Energy Storage, Energy Storage Systems, Grid Integration, News, News & Events, Partnership, Research & Capabilities|Tags: , , , , |

Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski and energy leaders cut the ribbon to commemorate the new battery energy storage system in Cordova, Alaska. Joining Sen. Murkowski are Imre Gyuk, right, program director for the DOE’s Office of Electricity Delivery & Energy Reliability Stationary Energy Storage Program, and Clay Koplin, CEO of Cordova Electric Cooperative. (Photo provided by Dan Borneo) By Sarah Johnson Sandia researchers Dan Borneo and Benjamin Schenkman recently took part in a ribbon-cutting [...]

New advances in power distribution grid modeling focus of Sandia research

July 15th, 2019|Categories: Distribution Grid Integration, Energy Storage, Energy Storage Systems, Grid Integration, News, News & Events, Research & Capabilities, Solar|Tags: , , , , |

By Dan Ware To better understand the impact of increasing amounts of privately-owned renewable energy and energy storage on the electric grid, major advances in developing more accurate electricity distribution grid models have been created by researchers at Sandia, in conjunction with researchers at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) in Palo Alto, California. These advances focus specifically on the power distribution secondary system, which provides customers their power through transformers and low-voltage wires onto [...]

Early stage technologies hit the road for 2019 Innovation Summit

July 3rd, 2019|Categories: News, News & Events, Partnership|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

From July 8th-10th, Sandia National Laboratories staff and researchers will be available at the 2019 ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit in Denver, Colorado to discuss new and innovative energy-related technologies as well as technologies that have potential commercialization opportunities. The event assembles experts from diverse technical disciplines and professional communities, aimed at moving transformational energy technologies out of the lab and into the market. The event includes ARPA-E’s popular showcase, where attendees can see, interact with, [...]

Rooftop solar panels get boost from Sandia tool that previews a year on grid in minutes

July 3rd, 2019|Categories: Energy, News, News & Events, Partnership, Renewable Energy, Solar|Tags: , , , |

By Kristen Meub | Photo by Randy Montoya Homeowners and businesses may now have an easier time getting solar panels on rooftops thanks to software developed at Sandia. The new software can run a detailed, second-by-second simulation, known as quasi-static time series analysis, that shows utility companies how rooftop solar panels at a specific house or business would interact with a local electrical grid throughout the year. Utility companies need the analysis because they must [...]

Don’t set it and forget it — scan it and fix it with tech that detects wind blade damage

July 1st, 2019|Categories: News, News & Events, Partnership, Renewable Energy, Wind Energy|Tags: , , , , |

by Kristen Meub, photo by Randy Montoya Sandia’s crawling robots, drones detect damage to save wind blades Drones and crawling robots outfitted with special scanning technology could help wind blades stay in service longer, which may help lower the cost of wind energy at a time when blades are getting bigger, pricier and harder to transport, Sandia National Laboratories researchers say. As part of the Department of Energy’s Blade Reliability Collaborative work, funded by the [...]

Sandia publishes roadmap for enhanced microgrid protection

June 7th, 2019|Categories: Distribution Grid Integration, Energy, Grid Integration, Infrastructure Security, Microgrid, News, News & Events, Transmission Grid Integration|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

By Dan Ware Sandia, in conjunction with experts from around the country, has published a roadmap for the research and development of microgrid protection in a recent report titled Microgrid Protection: Advancing the State of the Art. The new Sandia report takes a deep dive into the complexities of protection for microgrids, which are stand-alone power systems that generally cover a small geographic area. Prepared for the Department of Energy’s Office of Electricity, [...]

Sandia technology may substantially reduce thermoelectric power water usage

June 6th, 2019|Categories: Concentrating Solar Power, Energy, News, Nuclear Energy, Renewable Energy, Staff|Tags: |

Thanks to technology created by Sandia researchers, cooling power plants using significantly less water may someday be a reality. The technology uses a thermodynamic cycle for a cooling loop that makes it easier to transfer heat into the air. Basically, this means matching the temperature of the working fluid to that of the air receiving the rejected heat. This makes it possible to reject heat to air with much less power required to drive the [...]

Sandia hosts workshop on strengthening Caribbean energy resilience

May 24th, 2019|Categories: News, News & Events, Partnership|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

By Daniel Ware In 2017, the disastrous Hurricanes Irma and Maria caused thousands of deaths, destroyed homes and businesses and left thousands homeless in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Dominica, Barbuda, and many other island nations in the Caribbean. The hurricanes also exposed a massive problem regarding the resiliency of the electrical grids that are relied upon to keep the power running on these small and isolated islands. Many parts of the Caribbean were [...]

CFD Code Increases Accuracy of Turbine Wake Simulation

May 20th, 2019|Categories: Energy, News, Renewable Energy, Wind News|Tags: |

Computer modeling of interactions between wind turbine, wind turbulence, and wake behind the turbine hold potential for future wind plant simulations Wind turbine velocities modeled with Nalu-Wind. Photo credit: Matt Barone, Stefan Domino, and Chris Bruner (Sandia National Laboratories). Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories (Sandia) and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are using cutting-edge national supercomputing resources to develop an open-source computational fluid dynamics (CFD) code that simulates wind plants with greater accuracy [...]

Sandians named fellows of the Combustion Institute

May 13th, 2019|Categories: News, News & Events, Partnership, Research & Capabilities|Tags: , , , |

Sandia researchers Nils Hansen and Craig Taatjes have been elected as fellows of the Combustion Institute. (Photo by Michael Padilla) By Michael Padilla Sandia researchers Nils Hansen and Craig Taatjes have been elected as fellows of the Combustion Institute, the Class of 2019. This distinction is awarded by peers in the international combustion community to recognize “outstanding contributions to combustion” in fundamental research or in applied areas of combustion. Fellows are also active [...]

Sandia leader recognized for STEM mentoring

May 8th, 2019|Categories: Energy, News, News & Events, Partnership, Renewable Energy|

By Luke Frank Amy Halloran, senior manager in renewable energy, was recently honored with the annual Women in Technology award by the New Mexico Technology Council. The council gives the award annually to outstanding women making a difference in science, technology, engineering and math fields in the state. Amy, who has a master’s in civil and environmental engineering from the University of Illinois, was recognized specifically for her work mentoring numerous professional women who work [...]

It’s official: pvlib-python designated a NumFOCUS affiliated project

May 7th, 2019|Categories: Energy, News, Partnership, Photovoltaic, Renewable Energy, Solar|Tags: |

pvlib-python is officially a NumFOCUS affiliated project. The non-profit organization NumFOCUS promotes sustainable, high-quality, open source code for reproducible scientific research. NumFOCUS recently bestowed the mark of quality on pvlib-python, placing the software in heady company with SciPy and Statsmodels, both go-to libraries for python code for scientific and statistical computation. Originally developed at Sandia National Laboratories, pvlib-python is a community supported tool that provides a set of functions and classes for simulating the performance [...]

MOU launches collaboration to study photovoltaic performance and reliability worldwide

May 2nd, 2019|Categories: Energy, Global Climate & Energy, Global Climate & Energy, News, News & Events, Partnership, Photovoltaic, Renewable Energy, Solar|Tags: |

By Kelly Sullivan An international community of research institutions, led by Sandia National Laboratories and committed to sharing high-fidelity data to advance photovoltaic (PV) research and expand solar markets, will celebrate the signing of its Memorandum of Understanding at a face-to-face meeting in Munich, Germany, on May 14th. Called the Photo-Voltaic Collaborative to Advance Multiclimate Performance and Energy Research—or PV CAMPER—the organization provides a unique platform for studying photovoltaic performance and reliability in multiple, diverse [...]

Sandia Releases QuESt v1.2

April 23rd, 2019|Categories: Energy Storage, Energy Storage Systems, News, News & Events|Tags: , , , , , , |

The latest version of QuESt, Sandia's open source software for energy storage valuation, has been released. QuESt v1.2 features the debut of QuESt BTM, an application aimed at providing analysis tools for behind-the-meter energy storage. The first of these tools estimates the cost savings provided by energy storage for time-of-use and net energy metering customers. By strategically using energy storage, the customer can reduce his or her time-of-use energy charges or reduce demand charges by [...]

NM Legislature honors Sandia serial innovators

April 22nd, 2019|Categories: Energy, Energy Storage, Energy Storage Systems, News, News & Events|

Stan Atcitty and Hongyou Fan received recognition from the New Mexico Legislature recently for their distinguished achievements as serial innovators. Rep. Abbas Akhil invited the Sandia pair to receive certificates of recognition on the floor of the House of Representatives and meet with Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. Stan is a member of the Navajo Nation and was the first American Indian male to earn a doctorate in electrical and computer engineering from Virginia Tech University. [...]

Sandia founding member of Center for Hydrogen Safety

April 11th, 2019|Categories: Energy, News, News & Events, Partnership|Tags: , , , , |

Sandia is a founding member of the Center for Hydrogen Safety (CHS), a global-oriented nonprofit dedicated to promoting hydrogen safety and best practices worldwide. (Photo courtesy of CHS) By Sarah Johnson On April 2, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), in partnership with the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), officially launched the Center for Hydrogen Safety (CHS). CHS is a global, nonprofit center focused on safety and best [...]

Vince Tidwell provides testimony to Committee on Science, Space, and Technology

April 9th, 2019|Categories: News, News & Events|Tags: , , |

by Michael Padilla Vince Tidwell, from Sandia’s water program, provided testimony in front of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology in Washington, D.C., on March 7. Vince focused his testimony on the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) energy-water nexus research and development efforts. “This energy-water nexus is a complex system that my colleagues and I in the research community have sought to understand,” Vince said in his opening remarks. “We in [...]