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Containing a nuclear accident with ground-up minerals

October 17th, 2019|Categories: Energy, News, News & Events, Nuclear Energy, Research & Capabilities|Tags: , , , |

Sandia’s injectable materials could stop contamination from spreading By Kristen Meub Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories are developing a promising new way to prevent the spread of radioactive contamination and contain the hot molten mass that develops within a nuclear reactor during a catastrophic accident. During a three-year Laboratory Directed Research and Development project, a team of scientists discovered and patented a process for injecting sand-like minerals into the core of a nuclear reactor during [...]

Sandia helps Puerto Rico grid resilience

October 15th, 2019|Categories: Distribution Grid Integration, Energy Surety, Grid Integration, News, News & Events, Partnership|Tags: , , |

The days and weeks following a natural disaster are a critical time for residents, emergency response teams, and government entities to recover and rebuild infrastructure. Example of a substation to be used in a Puerto Rico microgrid. (Photo by Robert Broderick) Recovery can be time-consuming, and rebuilding after disaster presents a critical juncture that requires methodical planning; however, few communities rebuild with resilience in mind. Sandia’s microgrid team hopes to change that. The [...]

Sandia researcher part of international team challenging scientists to reach Wind Energy potential

October 11th, 2019|Categories: Energy, Energy Efficiency, Global, News, Renewable Energy, Wind Energy, Wind News, Workshops|Tags: |

A new journal article published in Science, “Grand challenges in the science of wind energy,” invites researchers to confront certain challenges in hopes of driving innovation that will make wind energy the world’s primary source of low-cost electricity generation. Sandia National Laboratories’ Wind researcher Josh Paquette is part of the international team of scientists led by staff from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory that produced this work. “This article is an important addition to the literature, [...]

Albuquerque to host 2020 SolarPACES Conference

October 9th, 2019|Categories: Conferences, Energy, Events, National Solar Thermal Test Facility, News, News & Events, Renewable Energy, Solar, Videos|Tags: |

The U.S. Department of Energy recently announced the 2020 SolarPACES conference will take place in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Conference-goers will have the opportunity to visit Sandia National Laboratories’ National Solar Thermal Test Facility and the Solana Concentrating Power Plant in Gila Bend, AZ. Under the International Energy Agency (IEA) Technology Collaboration Programme, SolarPACES coordinates and conducts research, as well as hosts the annual SolarPACES conference, the world’s biggest conference for Concentrating Solar Power and Chemical [...]

Materials for hydrogen service advanced by new multilab consortium

October 8th, 2019|Categories: Advanced Materials Laboratory, Capabilities, Hydrogen, News, News & Events, Partnership, Research & Capabilities, Transportation Energy|Tags: , , , , |

Sandia, PNNL lead group studying metals and polymers in hydrogen environments By Melissae Fellet Researchers at Sandia and Pacific Northwest national laboratories are leading a collaborative effort to investigate how hydrogen affects materials such as plastics, rubber, steel and aluminum. The Hydrogen Materials Compatibility Consortium, or H-Mat, will focus on how hydrogen affects polymers and metals used in diverse sectors including fuel cell transportation and hydrogen infrastructure. Researchers at Oak Ridge, Savannah River and Argonne [...]

Ducted fuel injection promises cleaner combustion

October 4th, 2019|Categories: Analysis, CRF, Fuel Options, News, News & Events, Transportation Energy|Tags: , , , , |

By Michael Langley Click the image to watch a video with additional information about ducted fuel injection. An engine innovation first conceived and tested by Sandia scientists has attracted the attention of big business because it synergizes with renewable fuels and takes almost all the soot out of a diesel engine’s exhaust without sacrificing performance or increasing cost. Ducted fuel injection, developed by Chuck Mueller at Sandia’s Combustion Research Facility, is able to [...]

Latest solicitation calls for energy innovators

October 2nd, 2019|Categories: News, News & Events, Partnership|Tags: |

Since 2016, the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Technology Commercialization Fund has promoted National Laboratories’ promising energy technologies and expanded their impact. With the latest solicitation announced for 2020, private companies can find support to collaborate with Sandia and other National Laboratories to commercialize promising energy technologies. Strengthening partnerships, realizing potential The Technology Commercialization Fund helps national labs and research partners mature promising energy technologies and move them to the marketplace. The fund is part of [...]

Wind program patent breathes new life into turbine siting

October 1st, 2019|Categories: Energy, Energy Assurance, Modeling & Analysis, News, Renewable Energy, Research & Capabilities, Wind Energy, Wind News|Tags: |

Sandia National Laboratories researchers Christopher Kelley, David Maniaci and former Sandian Brian R. Resor were recently issued a patent for their work, “Wind Turbine Blades, Wind Turbines and Wind Farms Having Increased Power Output.” Kelley, Maniaci, and Resor developed a wind turbine blade design that would allow for the closer placement of turbines, thanks to a faster dissipating wake. “The blades of each turbine create a wake, slowing down the wind and stirring it,” said [...]

New Sandia report looks at reducing power outages

September 30th, 2019|Categories: Energy, Grid Integration, News, News & Events, Partnership, Publications|Tags: , , , , , , |

by Dan Ware For many people, there’s nothing more annoying than when the power goes out. Sometimes the outage is mercifully brief, but other times, depending on the cause, they can last for hours or even days. A new report from Sandia highlights advances in technology developed to improve the stability of large power systems, which will improve grid reliability, reduce the likelihood of a large power outage, and potentially reduce electricity costs by increasing [...]

Nevada Regional Test Center touts facility’s benefits to state, solicits transition input from guests

September 23rd, 2019|Categories: Energy, Facilities, News, News & Events, Partnership, Photovoltaic, Photovoltaic Regional Testing Center (PV RTC), Renewable Energy, Research & Capabilities, Solar|Tags: |

On Aug. 28, 2019, an influential group pf policymakers, administrators and researchers toured the Nevada Regional Test Center (RTC) in Henderson, Nevada—currently one of several sites managed by Sandia National Laboratories (Sandia) for the U.S. Department of Energy—whose mission is to drive technical innovation in the solar sector as part of a broader national effort to lower the cost, increase the efficiency, and further the deployment of solar technologies. The tour, which was hosted by [...]

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 [...]