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Tour Sandia During the DuraMAT 2017 Fall Workshop

October 19th, 2017|Categories: Materials Science, News, Photovoltaic, Photovoltaic Systems Evaluation Laboratory (PSEL), Workshops|Tags: , |

Sandia National Laboratories will host the two-day workshop, "Parallels in Materials Reliability and Predictive Simulation" November 7-8 at the Sheraton Uptown in Albuquerque, New Mexico. This workshop will focus on materials reliability, predictive simulation, and advanced characterization and will include presentations on research funded by the consortium as well as invited presentations by industry members. Sandia will host a half-day tour on November 8th showcasing the following facilities: Microsystems & Engineering Sciences Applications (MESA) Complex Photovoltaic Systems [...]

Fuel Cell Industry Report released

October 17th, 2017|Categories: Energy, News, News & Events|

Fuel Cell Industry Report released The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued a detailed report documenting growth and opportunities in the fuel cell industry. As shown in the report, hydrogen and fuel cells can enable a more resilient and secure energy future for the United States and offer benefits across multiple sectors. The report’s release coincided with the week of the National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day (October 8th) which corresponds to the atomic weight of [...]

First-of-a-Kind Study Presents Real Market Data to Develop a Market Value for Homes with Solar

October 17th, 2017|Categories: News, News & Events|

Have you ever wondered what market value a solar system might add to a home or property? A first-of-a-kind study seeks to answer just that. The first edition of the U.S. Solar Market Report, produced by Sandia National Laboratories and Energy Sense Finance with support from U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative, describes further evidence that solar adds value to real estate. The study presents real market data collected from real estate appraisers using the [...]

Watching Molecules Move: Velocity-Mapped Ion Imaging Hits 30 Years of Research at Sandia

September 28th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Thirty years ago, David Chandler (8300) built an apparatus at Sandia’s Combustion Research Facility to image the fragments of a molecule as it fell apart. At the time, David had no idea what a tremendous impact his research would have on understanding how molecules behave when excited by light or struck by another molecule or atom. Since its first description in a 1987 publication coauthored by David and his collaborator, Prof. Paul Houston, this breakthrough [...]

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 [...]