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Sandia’s High-Temperature Falling-Particle Receiver Among Next Generation Concentrating Solar Power Technologies

The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office has awarded $72 million to projects advancing high-temperature concentrating solar power systems, including the falling-particle receiver system developed collaboratively at Sandia. Sandia’s continuously recirculating high-temperature falling-particle receiver is one of three concentrating solar power projects funded to advance high-temperature concentrating solar power (CSP) systems through the [...]

By | 2018-05-16T22:19:03+00:00 May 16th, 2018|News & Events, Partnership, Renewable Energy, Solar|Comments Off on Sandia’s High-Temperature Falling-Particle Receiver Among Next Generation Concentrating Solar Power Technologies

John Dec Applauded on International Stage

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 [...]

By | 2018-04-25T16:18:38+00:00 April 25th, 2018|News|Comments Off on John Dec Applauded on International Stage

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

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 [...]

By | 2018-04-25T15:38:32+00:00 April 18th, 2018|News, News & Events, Research & Capabilities|Comments Off on Co-Optima Report Focuses on Strengths of Nation’s Energy Resources and Existing Infrastructure

Open Source Software for Sensor Placement Optimization Available for Download

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 [...]

By | 2018-10-01T15:34:30+00:00 March 21st, 2018|News, Research & Capabilities|Comments Off on Open Source Software for Sensor Placement Optimization Available for Download

Tower Illuminance Model Investigates Glare and Avian-Flux Hazards at CSP Towers

Solar glare reflections and avian solar-flux hazards are an important concern for concentrating solar installations. Reflected sunlight from “standby” heliostats has been noted by pilots as potentially hazardous, and reports of birds being singed by concentrated sunlight has created concern. A new software application, the Tower Illuminance Model (“TIM”), has been developed to investigate glare [...]

By | 2018-02-27T20:19:33+00:00 February 27th, 2018|Renewable Energy, Research & Capabilities, Solar|Comments Off on Tower Illuminance Model Investigates Glare and Avian-Flux Hazards at CSP Towers

Efficiency Merit Function for Spark Ignition Engines Published

The technical study, Efficiency Merit Function for Spark Ignition Engines, was among two studies recently released by the Department of Energy (DOE) Co‐Optimization of Fuels & Engines (Co‐Optima) initiative. The merit function is a mathematical model which quantifies the fuel efficiency potential associated with different fuel properties for boosted spark ignition engines. Sandia led the [...]

By | 2018-02-21T16:46:39+00:00 February 21st, 2018|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Efficiency Merit Function for Spark Ignition Engines Published

PV Reliability Workshop Convenes Solar Technology Experts

The ninth annual PV Reliability Workshop will be held February 27 to March 1 in Lakewood Colorado, near the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) campus. The event, hosted by NREL in partnership with Sandia and Brookhaven National Laboratory, provides the opportunity for solar technology experts to share information towards improved PV module reliability. Improved reliability [...]

By | 2018-01-29T18:09:54+00:00 January 29th, 2018|News & Events, Photovoltaic, Renewable Energy, Solar|Comments Off on PV Reliability Workshop Convenes Solar Technology Experts

Sandia partners on R&D to validate lightweight materials for increased vehicle fuel efficiency

Sandia will partner with Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and Mallinda LLC to test Carbon-Fiber Reinforced Plastic, a class of lightweight material which could reduce on-highway vehicle weight, and thus increase fuel efficiency, all without impacting performance for consumers.  Together, the lab-industry partnership will “characterize microscopic structural defects and evaluate the high-speed [...]

By | 2018-01-11T23:13:56+00:00 January 11th, 2018|News, Partnership, Research & Capabilities|Comments Off on Sandia partners on R&D to validate lightweight materials for increased vehicle fuel efficiency

Sandia Energy Innovation Recognized with Four R&D100 Awards

Four energy innovations developed by Sandia and its partners were recognized with R&D100 awards this month during the awards ceremony on November 17th. The awards identify the 100 most technologically significant products and advancements each year. Sandia received awards for the Microgrid Design Toolkit (MDT), a control system for active damping of inter-area oscillations, [...]

By | 2017-12-06T18:09:08+00:00 November 30th, 2017|News, News & Events|Comments Off on Sandia Energy Innovation Recognized with Four R&D100 Awards

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

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 [...]

By | 2017-09-28T23:29:21+00:00 September 28th, 2017|News|Comments Off on Watching Molecules Move: Velocity-Mapped Ion Imaging Hits 30 Years of Research at Sandia