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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 [...]

Initial Release of QuESt: Optimizing Energy Storage

October 15th, 2018|Categories: Energy, Energy Storage, Energy Storage Systems, News|Tags: , , , , , |

QuESt, a Python-based, open source energy storage software suite, has been released by the Sandia energy storage software tool team that developed it. QuEST is an open source, Python-based software application suite for energy storage simulation and analysis. It is designed to give users access to models and analysis for energy storage used and developed by Sandia National Laboratories. It is also designed to be transparent and easy to use without requiring knowledge of the [...]

Jacqueline Chen elected fellow of the American Physical Society

October 12th, 2018|Categories: Computational Modeling & Simulation, CRF, News|Tags: , , , , |

by Michael Padilla Sandia National Laboratories researcher Jacqueline Chen has been elected as a fellow of the American Physical Society. This honor is afforded each year to no more than 0.5 percent of the members of the society. Chen was honored “for fundamental insights into turbulence-chemistry interactions revealed through massively parallel direct numerical simulations.” “Being named a fellow of the American Physical Society is a great honor,” said Chen. “This recognition represents my commitment to [...]

Chinese research institute discusses potential collaborative areas with Sandia

October 10th, 2018|Categories: News, Partnership|Tags: , , , , |

Representatives from the State Power Investment Corporation (SPIC) Research Institute of China recently visited Sandia to discuss research capabilities, interests, and potential for collaborative research between the two entities. The visit included an overview of Sandia and the hydrogen and fuel cells program. Staff discussed experimental research on liquid hydrogen behavior and the HyRAM toolkit, the first-ever software system that helps quantify the risk of hydrogen infrastructure. The visit also provided an overview on hydrogen [...]

Sandia researchers crack the code to soot formation

September 19th, 2018|Categories: CRF, Energy, News, Office of Science, Partnership, Research & Capabilities|Tags: , , , , |

By Michael Padilla The longstanding mystery of soot formation, which combustion scientists have been trying to explain for decades, appears to be finally solved, thanks to research led by Sandia National Laboratories. Soot is ubiquitous and has large detrimental effects on human health, agriculture, energy-consumption efficiency, climate and air quality. Responsible for significantly increased rates of cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases and associated deaths, soot also contributes to millions of deaths worldwide annually, largely from indoor [...]

Researchers Discover New Source of Formic Acid over Pacific, Indian Oceans

September 5th, 2018|Categories: News, Partnership, Research & Capabilities|Tags: , , , |

by Michael Padilla Insights from experiments at Sandia designed to push chemical systems far from equilibrium allowed an international group of researchers to discover a new major source of formic acid over the Pacific and Indian oceans. The discovery was published in the July 3 issue of Nature Communications and featured on the editor’s highlights webpage. The project was a collaboration among Sandia, the University of New South Wales, the University of Leeds, the University [...]

Sandia researchers named fellows of The Combustion Institute

August 17th, 2018|Categories: CRF, News|Tags: , , , , , |

Sandia National Laboratories researchers Robert Barlow and Jacqueline Chen are among 125 members who have been named inaugural fellows of The Combustion Institute. As dedicated members of the international combustion community, fellows are recognized by their peers as distinguished for outstanding contributions to combustion research, whether in combustion fundamentals or in applications. Fellows are active participants in the institute, as evidenced by the publishing of papers in the institute’s affiliated journals, attendance at the International [...]

Grid Modernization Initiative 2018 Peer Review

June 19th, 2018|Categories: News, Partnership|Tags: , |

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Grid Modernization Initiative (GMI) is holding a peer review on September 4–7, 2018, at the Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel in Arlington, Virginia. Registration is now open and free of charge. During the event, a portfolio of grid modernization activities across 13 programs will be reviewed, including 7 recently awarded Resilient Distribution Systems projects. The comprehensive review will look at the projects at a program level, provide lessons learned, and share best practices. [...]

Energy Projects to Develop Technologies for Reliable and Cost-Effective Marine Energy

June 12th, 2018|Categories: Energy, News, Partnership, Water Power|Tags: , , , , , |

Sandia will team on two of six recently announced projects to develop technologies for generating reliable and cost-effective electricity from U.S. water resources. One project will investigate the design of high-deflection turbine blades and the other aims to improve and optimize Oscilla Power, Inc.’s linear hybrid drivetrain technology. Both address technology development challenges for marine energy systems. Based on prior analysis of marine hydrokinetic resources, more than 10% of Pacific states’ electricity demand could be [...]

Register Today for the 2018 Sandia Blade Workshop

June 8th, 2018|Categories: News, News & Events, Partnership|Tags: , , |

In 2004, the first Sandia Blade Workshop was held in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The average diameter of a rotor was 74 meters with just over 6 gigawatts of total installed wind capacity. Approaching 2018, the average rotor diameter has grown to over 108 meters with 85 gigawatts installed. The technology concepts proposed in 2004 are yesterday’s baseline. Registration is now open to join global leaders in rotor research at the 2018 Sandia Blade Workshop to [...]

John Dec Applauded on International Stage

April 25th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

John Dec, senior scientist at Sandia's Combustion Research Facility,  has been selected as one of the 2018 SAE Lloyd L. Withrow Distinguished Speaker Award recipients. This honor is given to speakers at SAE meetings who have received the Oral Presentation Award more than twice. The award was presented in conjunction with the Annual SAE Business meeting held during WCX18 (SAE 2018 World Congress) on Tuesday, April 10, in Detroit. “I am honored to be selected to [...]

Co-Optima Report Focuses on Strengths of Nation’s Energy Resources and Existing Infrastructure

April 18th, 2018|Categories: News, News & Events, Research & Capabilities|Tags: |

The United States could increase its domestic fuel supplies by 25 billion gallons per year while leveraging the nation’s existing $1 trillion fuel infrastructure according to a Co-Optimization of Fuels & Engines (Co-Optima) report released this week. The FY17 Year in Review describes recent advances including identification of key properties for new fuels, assessment of compatibility with vehicle components and infrastructure, and expansion of research to encompass solutions for the entire on-road fleet. This Department [...]

Upcoming Webinar: Distributed Control for Improving Power System Stability

April 5th, 2018|Categories: Distribution Grid Integration, Energy Storage, Grid Integration, News|Tags: , |

On April 12, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. ET, Sandia’s David Copp will present an IEEE Smart Grid Webinar: “Distributed Control for Improving Power System Stability.” Power systems consist of many components distributed across wide geographic areas. A sudden increase or decrease in load or generation in these systems results in swings in power transfer between regions, called inter-area oscillations. Damping these inter-area oscillations is crucial for maintaining a secure and reliable power grid. In this [...]

Sandia’s Energy Programs Organize Three Symposia at Spring MRS Symposium, April 2-6

April 2nd, 2018|Categories: Conferences, Distribution Grid Integration, Energy Storage, Energy Storage Systems, News, News & Events, Solar|Tags: , |

Researchers from Sandia’s energy programs have organized three symposia for the 2018 MRS Spring Meeting in Phoenix, AZ. The symposia sessions will discuss topics that include flow batteries for grid energy storage, harvesting natural and human-made energy sources, and solid-state super ion conductors: Symposium EN09: Materials and Systems for Grid Energy Storage—Redox Flow Batteries Phoenix Convention Center North, 100 Level, Room 127 B Travis Anderson in Sandia’s Energy Storage Program co-organized this symposium with representatives [...]

Grid Innovation at Sandia Recognized with Two R&D 100 Awards

March 28th, 2018|Categories: Distribution Grid Integration, Energy Storage, Grid Integration, Microgrid, News, Transmission Grid Integration, Uncategorized|Tags: |

Sandia Researcher John Eddy, OE Deputy Assistant Secretary Michael Pesin, OE Assistant Secretary Bruce Walker, and Sandia Researcher Abraham Ellis (L-R). Not pictured: OE’s Microgrid R&D Program Manager Dan Ton. On March 14th, Sandia participated in a recognition ceremony at the US Department of Energy Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (DOE OE) to honor two technologies that recently received R&D100 awards. Both projects were supported by DOE OE’s Advanced Grid R&D [...]

Sandia’s Kenneth Armijo Featured in UNM Alumni Spring Magazine

March 23rd, 2018|Categories: Concentrating Solar Power, National Solar Thermal Test Facility, News, Solar, Staff|Tags: , |

Photo courtesy of UNM Alumni Association: Kenneth Armijo at Sandia's National Solar Thermal Test Facility. Kenneth Armijo, a senior member of technical staff in Sandia’s Concentrating Solar Technologies department, was recently featured in the Spring issue of the University of New Mexico Alumni Association’s Magazine, Mirage. In the article, Kenneth recounts how his childhood experience working on his parent’s chile farm taught him that farmers “had to engineer to survive.” This became the [...]

Open Source Software for Sensor Placement Optimization Available for Download

March 21st, 2018|Categories: News, Research & Capabilities|Tags: , , |

CHAMA, the Sandia-developed Python package which can optimize sensor placement, is now available for download. Continuous or regularly scheduled monitoring can quickly identify changes in the environment. However, even with low-cost sensors, only a limited number of sensors can be deployed. The physical placement of deployed sensors, sensor technology, and operating conditions, can significantly impact the performance of a monitoring strategy. CHAMA uses mixed integer linear programming to determine the best location and technology for [...]

New Webinar Series Highlights Role of Energy Storage in Future Electric Power Sector

March 19th, 2018|Categories: Energy Storage, Energy Storage Systems, Grid Integration, News, Partnership|Tags: , , |

In partnership with Strategen Consulting, Sandia National Laboratories and the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Electricity Energy Storage Program will host four webinars that will bring together top thought leaders to discuss a wide range of topics affecting the role of energy storage in the future of the electric power sector: 4/12/18, 11:00 a.m. PDT: Storage for Resilience – Part I will help participants understand the concept of grid resilience and explore applications and [...]

Water Power Week April 30-May 2nd, 2018

March 6th, 2018|Categories: Events, News, Water Power, Workshops|

Sandia’s water power researchers will participate in the 2018 Waterpower Week in Washington, DC to discuss the issues impacting the hydropower and marine energy industry. 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 role of hydro, explores issues affecting hydro and marine resources, and helps participants develop a future game plan to meet challenges and ensure the [...]