News 2018-07-30T21:58:28+00:00

Sign up to receive our Energy & Climate e-newsletter

Email Updates
To sign up for updates or to access your subscriber preferences, please enter your contact information below.

National Labs Partner with EPB to Energize Flow Battery in Support of Grid Modernization Efforts

September 22nd, 2017|Categories: Distribution Grid Integration, Energy Storage, Energy Storage Systems, Grid Integration, Microgrid, News|Tags: , , , , , , |

In collaboration with Sandia National Laboratories, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, EPB has energized a 100kW/400kWh Vanadium Redox Flow Battery as part of a national research effort to explore the best use of cutting edge technologies that could be implemented across the United States to modernize the power grid. EPB will use the battery system, provided by UniEnergy Technologies (UET), for a wide variety of applications including solar integration, voltage regulation, [...]

Commercializing Technology: 5 Projects with big impacts for Energy

September 18th, 2017|Categories: Energy, News, Partnership, Research & Capabilities|Tags: |

Sandia has been awarded 5 Technology Commercialization Fund projects.  The projects focus on moving laboratory-developed technology to the marketplace through partnerships with industry. Sandia’s awards are in a variety of technology areas including advanced manufacturing, geoscience, carbon capture, nuclear energy, and energy storage. The projects will deliver a variety of impactful technologies and improvements. For example, one project will improve compact heat exchanger headers, an area that has largely been ignored in previous work but [...]

New GMLC Projects Aim to Make Distribution Systems More Resilient

September 15th, 2017|Categories: Distribution Grid Integration, Grid Integration, Infrastructure Security, Microgrid, News|Tags: , , , |

Sandia has been awarded $1.5M over the next three years to lead the “Designing Resilient Communities” project and support two other projects awarded under the Department of Energy’s Grid Modernization Initiative Lab Call. The Resilient Distribution Systems Lab Call seeks to develop and validate innovative approaches to enhance the resilience of distribution systems, including microgrids, with high penetration of clean distributed energy resources (DERs). Together with electric utilities and other partners, Sandia will work to solidify [...]

Visit with Sandia at Solar Power International Sept 10-13

September 8th, 2017|Categories: Concentrating Solar Power, Events, News, Photovoltaic, Solar|Tags: , , |

Sandia will be exhibiting at the largest solar trade show in North America, Solar Power International, in Las Vegas, NV Sept 10-13. Stop by booth #1457 to learn more about Sandia's solar power R&D capabilities in photovoltaics and concentrating solar power, world-class facilities, and partnership opportunities. The DOE Sunshot team will also be there (booth #1469), so be sure to check out their workshops. Add to Show Planner

Sandia energy programs named finalist for 4 R&D100 awards

September 6th, 2017|Categories: News, News & Events, Research & Capabilities|Tags: |

Four innovations from Sandia’s Energy programs have been named as R&D100 award finalists. R&D100 awards recognize that the technology has “competed against other new technologies in open competition,” according to the R&D website. The finalists include Sandia’s Microgrid Design Toolkit, Ultra-Wide-Bandgap Power Electronics, the SolidSense Gas Analyzer, and a control System for Active Damping of Inter-Area Oscillations. Read more about the impacts of each innovation: Ultra-Wide-Bandgap Power Electronics AlGaN PiN diodes and High Electron Mobility [...]

Registration is Open for the Fall DuraMAT Workshop, Nov 7-8

August 30th, 2017|Categories: News, Renewable Energy, Workshops|Tags: , , , , |

The Fall Durable Module Materials (DuraMAT) Workshop will be held in Albuquerque, NM at the Sheraton Albuquerque Uptown November 7-8. The purpose of the DuraMAT Workshop is to provide a platform of communication for the national lab and university research infrastructure with the photovoltaic (PV) and supply-chain industries. The workshop will include presentations on research funded by the consortium as well as invited presentations by industry members. Poster sessions and working groups on topical areas [...]

Sandia’s Solar Tower Welcomes the Eclipse!

August 21st, 2017|Categories: Facilities, National Solar Thermal Test Facility, News, Solar|Tags: , , , , |

Sandia solar energy researcher Josh Christian and his colleagues will investigate the effects of the eclipse on the ongoing research performed at the National Solar Thermal Test Facility Today, August 21st, the National Solar Thermal Test Facility (NSTTF) will experience a partial eclipse, which will result in a sickle shape of the sun disk. If it isn’t cloudy, the facility will adjust the heliostats to project the shape of the sun onto the [...]

Sandia National Laboratories to host a Tour of the Vermont Regional Test Center as part of the Catalyst of the Climate Economy Summit September 8, 2017

August 18th, 2017|Categories: Events, News, Photovoltaic Regional Testing Center (PV RTC), Solar|Tags: , , , , |

Catalysts of the Climate Economy is a 3-day national innovation summit, September 6-8 in Burlington, Vermont to bring together entrepreneurs, investors, and thought leaders who are accelerating economic development by solving the unprecedented challenges presented by climate change. The summit will feature speeches, roundtables, and discussion groups with industry leaders, an innovation and pitch contest for entrepreneurs, and “innovation tours” to exemplary Vermont locations guided by summit speakers. Sandia National Laboratories will host one of [...]

Registration is Now Open for the DOE OE Peer Review and EESAT 2017

August 15th, 2017|Categories: Energy Storage, Energy Storage Systems, Events, News|Tags: , , |

Register now for the DOE OE Energy Storage Peer Review, October 9-10, and the 10th Biennial Electrical Energy Storage Applications and Technologies (EESAT) Conference, October 11-13, co-located at the Westin Hotel—Gaslamp District, in San Diego, California (USA). The annual U.S. Department of Energy Office of Electricity and Energy Reliability Peer Review is a programmatic review of projects funded by the DOE OE Energy Storage Program. The 2017 EESAT Conference theme is Energy Storage: Evolution [...]

WEC-Sim Online Training Course, August 17, 2017

August 7th, 2017|Categories: News, News & Events, Water Power|

The WEC-Sim development team from Sandia National Laboratories and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory hosted an online training course on Thursday, August 17 starting at 9am Mountain Time. The course begins with an overview of WEC-Sim functionality, theory and workflow, and provided detail about the WEC-Sim code structure and implementation. The webinar slides and recording are available by clicking the link below. Thursday, August 17, 2017 Recording Available Here    

DOE SunShot Photo Contest: Earn Cash Prizes for Solar Energy Photos

July 26th, 2017|Categories: News, Solar, SunShot|Tags: , |

The Energy Department’s SunShot Initiative is hosting the “Hit Me with Your SunShot” photo contest with up to $2,500 in cash prizes, including a $500 grand prize. This new photo contest wants to see how solar energy is being used and is asking Americans across the country to submit solar photos in neighborhoods and in the lab. Winning entries from eight different categories of solar energy will be featured on SunShot’s webpage and in other [...]

Webinar July 20: Using Machine Learning and Data Analysis to Improve Customer Acquisition and Marketing in Residential Solar

July 20th, 2017|Categories: News, Photovoltaic, Renewable Energy, Solar|Tags: , , , , |

A free webinar on Thursday, July 20, 2017, from 1–2 p.m. ET, will share exciting new research by Sandia National Laboratories, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), and Vanderbilt University on how data analytics, machine learning, and social science can improve marketing and customer acquisition processes. Kiran Lakkaraju, senior member of the technical staff at Sandia National Laboratories, will present “Solar Technology Diffusion through Data-Driven Behavior Modeling”: Increasing use of clean, renewable energy can help reduce [...]

Regional Test Centers Validate the Performance of Solar PV Technologies in Multiple Climates, Annual Report Now Available

July 13th, 2017|Categories: News, Photovoltaic, Photovoltaic Regional Testing Center (PV RTC), Solar|Tags: , , |

Sandia National Laboratories has published the first annual report detailing the progress of the US Department of Energy’s Regional Test Center (RTC) program, which is now working with 20 industry partners and has installed 549kW of cutting-edge PV technologies at five sites. Managed by Sandia Labs in partnership with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the RTC program provides the infrastructure and expertise needed to measure and analyze the performance of new solar technologies in multiple [...]

Finding a molecular needle in a haystack

July 7th, 2017|Categories: News, News & Events|

Sandia Labs creates better ‘fingerprints’ to detect elusive, valuable chemical compounds By Sarah Sewel Imagine being able to see the entire Statue of Liberty and a small ant on its nose simultaneously. The drastic difference in size between the two objects would seem to render this task impossible. On a molecular level, this is exactly what a team led by Sandia National Laboratories chemists David Osborn and Carl Hayden accomplished with a special, custom-made instrument [...]

Sterling Energy Storage Project Selected as a Finalist for 2017 Energy Storage North America Awards, Voting Open Until July 7

July 3rd, 2017|Categories: Energy Storage, Energy Storage Systems, News|Tags: , , , |

The Sterling Municipal Light Department (SMLD) Energy Storage Project has been selected as one of eight finalists for the 5th Annual Energy Storage North America Innovation Awards. The projects were selected based on their outstanding achievements in either centralized or distributed storage and their impact on the energy storage ecosystem, services supplied to customers and the grid, and unique technology application. The SMLD Energy Storage Project deployed a first-of-its kind 2 MW, 3.9 MWh, [...]

Modeling Tools, Control Strategies, and Improved Weather Forecasting Enable More Renewables on the Grid

June 28th, 2017|Categories: Distribution Grid Integration, Energy, Grid Integration, Infrastructure Security, News, Photovoltaic, Renewable Energy, Solar Newsletter|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Transitioning to a renewables-intensive future, a goal supported by many US states, presents numerous technical challenges. Distributed energy resources (DER), such as solar and wind, have variable power outputs that can impact grid performance and complicate utility operations. To enable greater deployment of DER requires an assembly of technical approaches and solutions, ranging from new tools to integrate and control DER to sophisticated resource forecasting. This project, which was led by Sandia National Laboratories in [...]

Grid-Scale Vanadium Flow Energy Storage System to be Installed at NELHA

June 21st, 2017|Categories: Energy Storage, Energy Storage Systems, Grid Integration, News|Tags: , , , |

The Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawai‘i Authority (NELHA) in partnership with Hawai‘i Electric Light Company (HELCO), the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Electricity (DOE-OE), the Ulupono Initiative, and UniEnergy Technologies (UET) have announced their intent to install a 100kW/500kWh advanced vanadium energy storage system (ESS) later this year at the Hawai‘i Ocean Science and Technology Park (HOST Park) administered by NELHA. Sandia National Laboratories, on behalf of the DOE-OE Energy Storage Program led by [...]

John Dec, Paul Miles receive recognition from ASME

June 19th, 2017|Categories: News, News & Events|

By Michael Padilla John Dec (8300) and Paul Miles (8362) have both received special recognition from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. John has been selected to receive the 2017 Soichiro Honda Medal, one of ASME’s highest awards, and Paul has been selected to receive the 2017 Internal Combustion Engine Award, also a very prestigious award. John was recognized “for outstanding contributions to automotive engineering through landmark research and publications on diesel combustion and homogeneous charge compression [...]

Sandia Testifies in Cordova, Alaska Hearing about Microgrids

June 14th, 2017|Categories: Distribution Grid Integration, Energy, Energy Storage, Energy Storage Systems, Grid Integration, Infrastructure Security, News|Tags: , , , |

Abraham Ellis, manager of Sandia’s Photovoltaic and Distributed Systems Integration Department, testified last week on microgrid technologies before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee at a field hearing in Cordova, Alaska. During the hearing, Ellis provided a perspective on microgrids and hybrid systems. Alaska is home to many remote microgrids. For example, Sandia is collaborating with the Cordova Electric Cooperative (CEC)  and  the  Alaska  Center  for  Energy   and  Power  (ACEP)  to  investigate  the  feasibility  [...]

WEC-Sim Webinar #4 – Mooring and Visualization, July 18, 2017

June 8th, 2017|Categories: News, News & Events, Water Power|

The WEC-Sim development team from Sandia National Laboratories and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory hosted a 1hr webinar on Tuesday July 18 at 1pm Mountain Time. This webinar is the third of a series of WEC-Sim advanced user webinars that focus on applying different features of the WEC-Sim code to model Wave Energy Converters (WEC). This webinar  demonstrates how to model mooring systems in WEC-Sim, including linear systems and using MoorDyn, and will provide an [...]