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Containing a nuclear accident with ground-up minerals

Sandia’s injectable materials could stop contamination from spreading By Kristen Meub Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories are developing a promising new way to prevent the spread of radioactive contamination and contain the hot molten mass that develops within a nuclear reactor during a catastrophic accident. During a three-year Laboratory Directed Research and Development project, a [...]

By | 2019-10-17T14:56:24+00:00 October 17th, 2019|Energy, News, News & Events, Nuclear Energy, Research & Capabilities|Comments Off on Containing a nuclear accident with ground-up minerals

Sandia helps Puerto Rico grid resilience

The days and weeks following a natural disaster are a critical time for residents, emergency response teams, and government entities to recover and rebuild infrastructure. Example of a substation to be used in a Puerto Rico microgrid. (Photo by Robert Broderick) Recovery can be time-consuming, and rebuilding after disaster presents a critical juncture [...]

By | 2019-10-17T14:57:42+00:00 October 15th, 2019|Distribution Grid Integration, Energy Surety, Grid Integration, News, News & Events, Partnership|Comments Off on Sandia helps Puerto Rico grid resilience

Sandia researcher part of international team challenging scientists to reach Wind Energy potential

A new journal article published in Science, “Grand challenges in the science of wind energy,” invites researchers to confront certain challenges in hopes of driving innovation that will make wind energy the world’s primary source of low-cost electricity generation. Sandia National Laboratories’ Wind researcher Josh Paquette is part of the international team of scientists led by [...]

By | 2019-10-15T16:08:59+00:00 October 11th, 2019|Energy, Energy Efficiency, Global, News, Renewable Energy, Wind Energy, Wind News, Workshops|Comments Off on Sandia researcher part of international team challenging scientists to reach Wind Energy potential

Albuquerque to host 2020 SolarPACES Conference

The U.S. Department of Energy recently announced the 2020 SolarPACES conference will take place in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Conference-goers will have the opportunity to visit Sandia National Laboratories’ National Solar Thermal Test Facility and the Solana Concentrating Power Plant in Gila Bend, AZ. Under the International Energy Agency (IEA) Technology Collaboration Programme, SolarPACES coordinates and [...]

By | 2019-10-17T15:38:08+00:00 October 9th, 2019|Conferences, Energy, Events, National Solar Thermal Test Facility, News, News & Events, Renewable Energy, Solar, Videos|Comments Off on Albuquerque to host 2020 SolarPACES Conference

Materials for hydrogen service advanced by new multilab consortium

Sandia, PNNL lead group studying metals and polymers in hydrogen environments By Melissae Fellet Researchers at Sandia and Pacific Northwest national laboratories are leading a collaborative effort to investigate how hydrogen affects materials such as plastics, rubber, steel and aluminum. The Hydrogen Materials Compatibility Consortium, or H-Mat, will focus on how hydrogen affects polymers and [...]

By | 2019-10-08T19:26:56+00:00 October 8th, 2019|Advanced Materials Laboratory, Capabilities, Hydrogen, News, News & Events, Partnership, Research & Capabilities, Transportation Energy|Comments Off on Materials for hydrogen service advanced by new multilab consortium

Ducted fuel injection promises cleaner combustion

By Michael Langley Click the image to watch a video with additional information about ducted fuel injection. An engine innovation first conceived and tested by Sandia scientists has attracted the attention of big business because it synergizes with renewable fuels and takes almost all the soot out of a diesel engine’s exhaust without [...]

By | 2019-10-07T18:41:01+00:00 October 4th, 2019|Analysis, CRF, Fuel Options, News, News & Events, Transportation Energy|Comments Off on Ducted fuel injection promises cleaner combustion

Latest solicitation calls for energy innovators

Since 2016, the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Technology Commercialization Fund has promoted National Laboratories’ promising energy technologies and expanded their impact. With the latest solicitation announced for 2020, private companies can find support to collaborate with Sandia and other National Laboratories to commercialize promising energy technologies. Strengthening partnerships, realizing potential The Technology Commercialization Fund helps [...]

By | 2019-10-02T15:28:29+00:00 October 2nd, 2019|News, News & Events, Partnership|Comments Off on Latest solicitation calls for energy innovators

Wind program patent breathes new life into turbine siting

Sandia National Laboratories researchers Christopher Kelley, David Maniaci and former Sandian Brian R. Resor were recently issued a patent for their work, “Wind Turbine Blades, Wind Turbines and Wind Farms Having Increased Power Output.” Kelley, Maniaci, and Resor developed a wind turbine blade design that would allow for the closer placement of turbines, thanks to [...]

By | 2019-10-01T15:24:48+00:00 October 1st, 2019|Energy, Energy Assurance, Modeling & Analysis, News, Renewable Energy, Research & Capabilities, Wind Energy, Wind News|Comments Off on Wind program patent breathes new life into turbine siting

New Sandia report looks at reducing power outages

by Dan Ware For many people, there’s nothing more annoying than when the power goes out. Sometimes the outage is mercifully brief, but other times, depending on the cause, they can last for hours or even days. A new report from Sandia highlights advances in technology developed to improve the stability of large power systems, [...]

By | 2019-09-30T17:31:50+00:00 September 30th, 2019|Energy, Grid Integration, News, News & Events, Partnership, Publications|Comments Off on New Sandia report looks at reducing power outages

Nevada Regional Test Center touts facility’s benefits to state, solicits transition input from guests

On Aug. 28, 2019, an influential group pf policymakers, administrators and researchers toured the Nevada Regional Test Center (RTC) in Henderson, Nevada—currently one of several sites managed by Sandia National Laboratories (Sandia) for the U.S. Department of Energy—whose mission is to drive technical innovation in the solar sector as part of a broader national effort [...]

By | 2019-09-23T17:43:36+00:00 September 23rd, 2019|Energy, Facilities, News, News & Events, Partnership, Photovoltaic, Photovoltaic Regional Testing Center (PV RTC), Renewable Energy, Research & Capabilities, Solar|Comments Off on Nevada Regional Test Center touts facility’s benefits to state, solicits transition input from guests