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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 [...]

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 [...]