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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 [...]

Waterpower Week April 1–3, 2019

March 28th, 2019|Categories: Energy, News, News & Events, Water Power|

Sandia researchers to present during Waterpower Week Sandia’s waterpower researchers will participate in the 2019 Waterpower Week to discuss the issues impacting the water power and materials industries. Waterpower Week includes three conferences: NHA’s Annual Conference, International Marine Renewable Energy Conference (IMREC), and Marine Energy Technology Symposium (METS). The event highlights perspectives on the challenges facing the hydropower and marine energy industries, legislative and regulatory initiatives, and the industries’ impact on the future of the [...]

DOE officials learn about Sandia cyber and energy programs

March 6th, 2019|Categories: Energy, News, Partnership|Tags: , , , , , , |

By Michael Padilla Department of Energy officials visited Sandia/California on Tuesday, March 5, to learn about the Labs’ cyber and energy programs. Andy McIlroy, right, and Sarah Allendorf , left, deputy director of Chemical Sciences, lead a tour of Sandia’s Combustion Research Facility. (Photo by Randy Wong) The three officials included Karen Evans, assistant secretary for the Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response; Cathy Tripodi, principal deputy assistant secretary for the [...]

New Lab Offers Mobile, Specialized Testing for Wave Energy Converter Power Take-Off Systems

February 13th, 2019|Categories: Facilities, National Solar Thermal Test Facility, News, News & Events, Water Power|Tags: |

A new facility at Sandia National Labs offers mobile, specialized testing for systems that produce power from wave energy. The Sandia Wave Energy Power Take-Off (SWEPT) Lab tests wave energy converter (WEC) power take-off (PTO) systems. WECs are unique because they convert the oscillatory mechanical energy from ocean waves to generate electricity. This makes them different from other technologies that harness a relatively steady input of mechanical energy (e.g. wind turbines or hydroelectric power technologies). [...]

Register today: forum highlights the future of safe, resilient energy storage systems

February 5th, 2019|Categories: Energy Storage, Energy Storage Systems, Events, News, News & Events|Tags: , , , , |

On March 6-8, the 2019 Energy Storage Systems Safety & Reliability Forum will convene to discuss the current state of energy storage systems’ safety and reliability (ESS-SR) and mitigation strategies to improve all levels of system safety and reliability. This open forum assembles a diverse mix of speakers from industry, universities, national laboratories, and government agencies to present their work in ESS-SR. Don’t miss the chance to see the work that is creating the future of [...]

Sandia helps provide water data for secure energy supply

December 19th, 2018|Categories: Energy, Energy-Water Nexus, News, News & Events, Water Security|Tags: , , , , , , |

Water availability data helps operators of thermoelectric power plants ensure a stable supply of energy, despite uncertainties. “We’re looking at the whole energy infrastructure and considering the risk water availability imposes on the system and how we can grow the system in a way that is more robust to uncertainties in the water system,” Sandia’s Vince Tidwell said. (Graphic from the article, Mapping water availability, cost and projected consumptive use in the eastern United [...]

Sandia’s Combustion Research Facility announces 2018 Awards

December 17th, 2018|Categories: Facilities, News, News & Events|Tags: , , , , , |

By Michael Padilla The Combustion Research Facility recognized six researchers with three of its highest honors at the 2018 CRF Award Ceremony on Tuesday, Dec. 6. Hope Michelsen and Paul Schrader received the O.W. Adams Award. Rainer Dahms, Lyle Pickett, and Scott Skeen were the recipients of the E. K. Bastress Award. Brian Patterson received the K. R. Hencken Award. CRF awards recipients from left to right, Brian Patterson, Paul Schrader, Hope Michelsen, Scott [...]

Kenneth Armijo receives UNM Zia Award

November 12th, 2018|Categories: News, News & Events|Tags: , , , |

By Kristen Meub Sandia mechanical engineer Kenneth Armijo, who leads bilingual family science events by night and researches solar energy and assists small businesses by day, has received the prestigious Zia Award from his alma mater, the University of New Mexico. “I feel pretty honored to get the award,” Kenneth said. “It’s pretty special in the sense that we’ve had a longstanding family connection with UNM, and to get basically one of the highest awards [...]

Advanced CSP Collector Testing to take place at National Solar Thermal Test Facility

October 29th, 2018|Categories: News, Partnership, Renewable Energy, Solar|Tags: , , , , , |

Also known as collectors, heliostats are large arrays of mirrors which collect and focus sunlight. In a concentrating solar power plant, the collectors focus sunlight on a centralized receiver. The receiver captures the heat, where it can be stored and used to produce power on demand. The unique capabilities and testing expertise of the National Solar Thermal Test Facility (NSTTF), operated by Sandia on behalf of the Department of Energy, will once again [...]