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Sandians Participate in 46th Annual American Geophysical Union (AGU) Conference

Fifty-six Sandians from ten Centers joined more than 22,000 geoscience professionals, students, and academics at the December AGU Fall Meeting. Sandia staff chaired multiple technical sessions and gave dozens of presentations on topics ranging from improved climate models to performance models for underground waste storage to 3D printing and digital rock physics. Marianne Walck (Director [...]

Sandia Participated in the 2013 Domenici Public Policy Conference

Marianne Walck, Director of Sandia’s Geoscience, Climate, and Consequence Effects Center, spoke on “Hydraulic Fracturing: The Role of Government-Sponsored R&D” as part of a session on “The Future of American Energy” at the 2013 Domenici Public Policy Conference, held in Las Cruces, New Mexico on September 18–19. Her presentation was part of a session titled “Pros [...]

By | 2016-12-02T18:48:48+00:00 October 17th, 2013|Carbon Capture & Storage, Carbon Storage, Climate, Earth Sciences Research Center, Energy, Global Climate & Energy, Global Climate & Energy, News, News & Events, Systems Analysis, Systems Engineering, Water Security|Comments Off on Sandia Participated in the 2013 Domenici Public Policy Conference

Sandia, DOE Energy Storage Program, GeneSiC Semiconductor, U.S. Army ARDEC: Ultra-High-Voltage Silicon Carbide Thyristors

Increasing consumer power demand creates numerous challenges for ensuring reliable, stable power for all customers. Many energy generation technologies, particularly renewables, generate direct-current power that must be converted to alternating current before use. High-frequency silicon carbide thyristors are expected to revolutionize grid infrastructure. Power switches, known as thyristors, perform this conversion and are [...]

By | 2016-12-02T18:49:01+00:00 March 29th, 2013|Capabilities, Distribution Grid Integration, Energy, Energy Efficiency, Energy Storage Systems, Global Climate & Energy, Grid Integration, Infrastructure Security, Materials Science, Partnership, Research & Capabilities, SMART Grid, Systems Engineering, Transmission Grid Integration|Comments Off on Sandia, DOE Energy Storage Program, GeneSiC Semiconductor, U.S. Army ARDEC: Ultra-High-Voltage Silicon Carbide Thyristors

Study Rebuts Hypothesis That Comet Attacks Ended 13,000-Year-Old Clovis Culture

Rebutting a speculative hypothesis that comet explosions changed Earth’s climate sufficiently to end the Clovis culture in North America about 13,000 years ago, Sandia lead author Mark Boslough (Discrete Mathematics & Complex Systems Dept.) and researchers from 14 academic institutions assert that other explanations must be found for the apparent disappearance. “There’s no plausible mechanism to [...]

By | 2016-12-02T18:49:03+00:00 March 7th, 2013|Capabilities, Climate, Global, Global, Global Climate & Energy, Global Climate & Energy, Modeling, Modeling & Analysis, News, News & Events, Research & Capabilities|Comments Off on Study Rebuts Hypothesis That Comet Attacks Ended 13,000-Year-Old Clovis Culture

Results from the Human Resilience Index and Modeling project were reported recently in the National Intelligence Council’s Global Trends 2030 Report

The Global Trends report is issued every four years and is the intelligence community’s unclassified effort to look decades ahead at global trends to identify security risks with direct or indirect impact to the U.S. The Human Resilience Index and Modeling project provides a set of tools to help explore the links among human ecological conditions [...]

By | 2017-07-25T18:51:10+00:00 March 7th, 2013|Analysis, Capabilities, Climate, Energy, Energy Surety, Facilities, Global, Global, Global Climate & Energy, Global Climate & Energy, Infrastructure Security, News, News & Events, NISAC, Research & Capabilities, Systems Analysis|Comments Off on Results from the Human Resilience Index and Modeling project were reported recently in the National Intelligence Council’s Global Trends 2030 Report

ECIS-UNM: Biomimetic Membranes for Water Purification

Clean water scarcity leads to disease, death, and often international tension. Limited clean water supplies face further stress due to its required use in a number of industrial processes. Reverse osmosis (RO) is currently the best method of desalination (making fresh water from seawater), but the energy requirements and costs for this process are tremendous [...]

By | 2016-12-02T18:49:05+00:00 February 20th, 2013|Advanced Materials Laboratory, Energy Efficiency, Facilities, Global Climate & Energy, Materials Science, Modeling, Modeling & Analysis, Partnership, Research & Capabilities, Water Security|Comments Off on ECIS-UNM: Biomimetic Membranes for Water Purification

RESOURCE: Interview with Nancy Brune, Sandia National Laboratories

Nancy Brune,  a Senior Policy analyst at Sandia National Laboratories and Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Center for a New American Security, discusses security and sustainability with discusses security and sustainability with Ed Saltzberg, Managing Director of the Security and Sustainability Forum. Click here to listen to this audio track at the website for the [...]

By | 2016-05-09T14:04:20+00:00 November 7th, 2012|Analysis, Climate, Facilities, Global Climate & Energy, Global Climate & Energy, Infrastructure Security, Modeling, Modeling, Modeling & Analysis, Modeling & Analysis, News, News & Events, NISAC|Comments Off on RESOURCE: Interview with Nancy Brune, Sandia National Laboratories

The Energy-Water Nexus, 2012 Edition

Power generation plants are often located near large sources of fresh water that they use as coolant for the power-generation cycle. This cycle looses efficiency as the ambient temperature rises. A blistering summer this year has brought the energy-water nexus into sharp focus: how much power generation depends on water, and how much [...]

By | 2016-12-02T18:49:11+00:00 October 11th, 2012|Climate, Energy, Global Climate & Energy, Global Climate & Energy, News, News & Events, Nuclear Energy, Water Security|Comments Off on The Energy-Water Nexus, 2012 Edition

Mesa del Sol Unveils First Smart Grid in the Nation

Mesa del Sol, Albuquerque’s visionary mixed-use, master planned community in the southern part of the city, once again made history when it unveiled its new Smart Grid System—the first of its kind in the nation. The Smart Grid System, in conjunction with the PNM Prosperity Energy Storage Project,the nation’s first solar storage facility [...]

By | 2016-12-02T18:49:14+00:00 June 1st, 2012|Energy, Energy Assurance, Energy Efficiency, Energy Surety, Facilities, Global Climate & Energy, Grid Integration, Mesa del Sol, Microgrid, News, News & Events, Renewable Energy, SMART Grid, Solar|Comments Off on Mesa del Sol Unveils First Smart Grid in the Nation

Gulf Nuclear Energy Infrastructure Institute Class of 2012 Kicks Off with 20 Students from the Gulf Cooperation Council

Khalifa University has hosted the opening of the Gulf Nuclear Energy Infrastructure Institute (GNEII) 2012 Fellows. The four-module, sixteen-week course includes 20 students from the UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait. GNEII national stakeholders represent Khalifa University, Critical National Infrastructure Authority (CNIA), Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC), and Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR). [...]

By | 2016-12-02T18:49:16+00:00 March 7th, 2012|Energy Assurance, Global Climate & Energy, Infrastructure Assurance, Infrastructure Security, News, News & Events|Comments Off on Gulf Nuclear Energy Infrastructure Institute Class of 2012 Kicks Off with 20 Students from the Gulf Cooperation Council