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Sandia Paper Wins Recognition by the Transportation Research Board

From farthest to closest: Nissan Leaf, Smart ED, and Mitsubishi i-MiEV highway-capable electric cars. (photo credit: Plug'n Drive, Creative Commons 2.0) The paper, “The implications of modeling range and infrastructure barriers to battery electric vehicle adoption,” authored by Garrett Barter (no longer at Sandia, but formerly in our Systems Research & Analysis II [...]

Digital In-Line Holography Helps Researchers ‘See’ into Fiery Fuels

Accidents, such as trucks crashing on a highway or rockets failing on a launch pad, can create catastrophic fires. It’s important to understand how burning droplets of fuel are generated and behave in such cases. Sandia researchers developed 3-D measurement techniques based on digital in-line holography (DIH). Sandia advanced DIH techniques with new algorithms to [...]

Sandia–Univ. of Rochester Win Funding to Demonstrate Fuel Magnetization and Laser Heating Tools for Low-Cost Fusion Energy

Sandia and the Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE) at the University of Rochester will investigate the compression and heating of high energy-density, magnetized plasmas at fusion-relevant magneto-inertial [confinement] fusion (MIF) conditions, building on the recent Magnetized Liner Inertial Fusion (MagLIF) concept successes. The SNL-LLE team will conduct focused experiments based on the MagLIF approach at [...]

Cummins Executives Visit Combustion Research Facility

CRF researcher Jeff Koplow, right, explains the Sandia Cooler to Cummins President and CEO Tom Linebarger, on left, and Vice President and CTO John Wall, middle. The pair learned about many Sandia innovations on their visit to the CRF. (Photo by Dino Vournas) Tom Linebarger, Cummins Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, and John [...]

Sandia Optical Diagnostics Researcher Wins DOE Early Career Award

Sandia Combustion Research Facility (CRF) scientist Christopher Kliewer (in Sandia’s Combustion Chemistry Dept.) won a DOE Office of Science (SC) Early Career Research Program award to develop new optical diagnostics to study interfacial combustion interactions that are major sources of pollution and vehicle inefficiency. The funding opportunity for researchers in universities and DOE national laboratories, [...]

Sandia’s Frontier Observatory for Research In Geothermal Energy (FORGE) Phase 1 Proposals Were Both Successful

The Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s (DOE-EERE’s) Geothermal Technologies Office (GTO) defines FORGE’s mission as “enabling cutting-edge research and drilling and technology testing, as well as to allow scientists to identify a replicable, commercial pathway to enhanced geothermal systems (EGSs).” In addition to the site itself, the FORGE effort will [...]

Sandia Researchers Are First to Measure Thermoelectric Behavior of a Nanoporous Metal-Organic Framework

Thermoelectric devices convert heat to electricity and have no moving parts, making them extremely attractive for cooling and energy harvesting applications. Thermoelectric metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) could take these advantages a step further with improved performance, smaller size and flexible designs. MOFs have a crystalline structure that resembles molecular scaffolding, consisting of rigid organic molecules linked [...]

Hongyou Fan Chosen for Prestigious Lecture on Creating Nanomaterials

Sandia researcher Hongyou Fan to give the 2015 Fred Kavli Distinguished Lecture in Nanoscience. (Photo by Stephanie Blackwell) Sandia researcher Hongyou Fan (at the Advanced Materials Laboratory, operated in cooperation with the University of New Mexico) was selected by the Materials Research Society (MRS) and the Kavli Foundation to deliver the 2015 Fred [...]

Sandia’s Twistact Project Chosen for DOE’s LabCorps Entrepreneurial Program

The Sandia-patented rotary electrical contact device and method for providing current to and/or from a rotating member. Twistact is a fundamentally new class of rotary electrical-contact device to replace brush/slip-ring hardware and eliminate the need for rare-earth-element magnets in wind-turbine generators. The Twistact technology provides rolling contact, the electric current spends minimal time on [...]

Energy Secretary Moniz Highlights Sandia Efforts during Recent Houston Press Conference

As he spoke to oil and gas executives at the IHS Energy CERAWeek conference, Secretary Moniz’s focus was on the nation’s aging energy infrastructure—and everything that should be done to modernize it amid a do­mestic energy revolution, climate change, and evolving business models. Moniz spoke to the assembled executives about the just-released QER and the [...]