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Sandia-Developed LED Pulser Delivers Laser-Like Performance at Fraction of the Cost

The high-brightness, rapidly pulsed, multicolor light-emitting diode (LED) driver delivers lighting performance that exceeds that of conventional (laser/arc-light) sources for scientific, industrial, or commercial uses at a fraction of the cost. “I had the idea a few years ago to see if high-powered multicolored LEDs could be pulsed rapidly by an electronic circuit to produce [...]

Sandia Assists NASA in Understanding Launch-Area Accidents

Curiosity’s multi-mission radioisotope thermoelectric generator on Mars. Some NASA spacecraft, those which operate on the surface of other planets or are too far from the sun, require the use of radioisotope power systems (fueled with plutonium dioxide) to produce electricity and heat. In the unlikely event of an early launch accident, these DOE-provided [...]

Ionic Liquids Create More Sustainable Processes

In an article in Chemical Engineering, Blake Simmons (Senior Manager of Sandia’s Advanced Biomanufacturing Group and JBEI’s Chief Science & Technology Officer) talks about how the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) has scaled up biomass pretreatment technologies using ionic liquids (salts in a liquid state at ambient conditions) from the bench scale to the 100 L scale [...]

DOE Joint BioEnergy Institute Joins Elite ‘100/500 Club’

The DOE Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) filed its 100th patent application and published its 500th scientific paper. Headquartered in Emeryville, California, the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) is now a member of the elite “100/ 500 Club,” having filed its 100th patent application and published its 500th scientific paper. (Photo by Roy Kaltschmidt) Established [...]

University of Wisconsin–Sandia Team Awarded SunShot CSP: APOLLO Funding

With recently awarded funding from the US Department of Energy SunShot Initiative’s CSP: APOLLO Program (Concentrating Solar Power: Advanced Projects Offering Low LCOE Opportunities), Sandia is working with a team led by the University of Wisconsin–Madison to evaluate the potential for significant improvements in the commercial viability of supercritical carbon dioxide (sCO2)/Brayton-cycle power conversion as [...]

Sandia Participates in Preparation of New Mexico Renewable Energy Storage Report

New Mexico Governor Martinez and Energy, Minerals, & Natural Resources Department Secretary Martin released the New Mexico Energy Policy and Implementation Plan in mid-September. New Mexico is one of the most energy-rich and energy-diverse states in the nation. Southeast and northwest New Mexico produce large amounts of oil and natural gas. These industries provide much [...]

Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority Partners with Sandia to Install Aquion EES Demo

The Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority (NELHA) and Sandia have signed an MOU to implement electrical energy storage systems (ESSs) in renewable-energy projects at their Hawaii Ocean Science and Technology (HOST) Park. Aquion Energy battery module installed at NELHA. Hawaii’s innovative green economic development park plays a significant role in Hawaii’s growth [...]

Sandia Researchers Win Best Paper Award from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Researchers Joe Oefelein and Guilhem Lacaze (both in Sandia’s Reacting Flow Research Dept.) won the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics’ (AIAA’s) best paper award for their work on scramjet engine simulations. The paper, “A Priori Analysis of Flamelet-Based Modeling for a Dual-Mode Scramjet Combustor,” was a collaboration with Jesse Quinlan and James McDaniel (Univ. [...]

Sandians Recognized in Environmental Science & Technology’s Best Paper Competition

A paper by Vince Tidwell, Barbie Moreland, and Katie Zemlick (all currently in or formerly members of Sandia’s Earth Systems Analysis Dept.), “Geographic footprint of electricity use for water services in the western US,” was selected by Environmental Science & Technology (ES&T) as the 2014 first runner-up for best paper in the “Environmental Technology” category. [...]