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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

Commercializing Technology: 5 Projects with big impacts for Energy

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 [...]

By | 2017-09-18T17:36:25+00:00 September 18th, 2017|Energy, News, Partnership, Research & Capabilities|Comments Off on Commercializing Technology: 5 Projects with big impacts for Energy

Sandia energy programs named finalist for 4 R&D100 awards

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 [...]

By | 2017-09-06T21:52:54+00:00 September 6th, 2017|News, News & Events, Research & Capabilities|Comments Off on Sandia energy programs named finalist for 4 R&D100 awards

Sandia Testifies in Cordova, Alaska Hearing about Microgrids

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 [...]

By | 2017-07-25T21:14:06+00:00 June 14th, 2017|Distribution Grid Integration, Energy, Energy Storage, Energy Storage Systems, Grid Integration, Infrastructure Security, News|Comments Off on Sandia Testifies in Cordova, Alaska Hearing about Microgrids

Upcoming Webinar: WEC Design Response Toolbox (WDRT)

Researchers from Sandia and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will present an instructional webinar on the WEC Design Response Toolbox (WDRT) on June 14 from 9:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m. MST. During the webinar, these researchers will provide an overview of the toolbox, work through examples, and respond to questions. Save the date by adding the [...]

By | 2017-05-26T14:44:11+00:00 May 26th, 2017|Modeling & Analysis, Water Power|Comments Off on Upcoming Webinar: WEC Design Response Toolbox (WDRT)