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New research finds power in techno-economic comparison of bifacial and tracking PV systems combinations

Two photovoltaic cell sides are better than one, especially when trailing the sun, according to a recent Joule journal article published by an international group of scientists, including Sandian Joshua S. Stein. The researchers’ techno-economic comparison of combinations of bifacial and tracking PV systems found that double-sided (bifacial) solar panels -- and single-axis tracking technology [...]

By | 2020-06-10T16:15:51+00:00 June 10th, 2020|News, News & Events, Photovoltaic, Renewable Energy, Solar, Solar Newsletter|Comments Off on New research finds power in techno-economic comparison of bifacial and tracking PV systems combinations

FOSWEC testing helps validate open-source modeling code

Earlier this year, Sandia National Laboratories Water Power Technologies researchers successfully tested the Floating Oscillating Surge Wave Energy Device (FOSWEC). Testing took place at Oregon State University’s (OSU) Directional Wave Basin. Sandia had previously developed control design and testing methods for wave energy converters (WECs) based on experiments with a different device (the WaveBot). The [...]

By | 2020-07-10T15:48:32+00:00 June 9th, 2020|Energy, News, News & Events, Renewable Energy, Research & Capabilities, Uncategorized, Water Power, Workshops|Comments Off on FOSWEC testing helps validate open-source modeling code

Developing energy projects for global tropics

By Melissae Fellet Labs’ 10-year agreement extends work with University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez A new 10-year agreement between Sandia and the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez, has the potential to bring more reliable electricity to remote communities and the latest in electrical grid technology to rural areas in the world’s tropics. Sandia senior manager [...]

By | 2020-04-14T15:10:03+00:00 April 14th, 2020|Distribution Grid Integration, Energy, Energy Storage, Grid Integration, News, News & Events, Partnership|Comments Off on Developing energy projects for global tropics

Sandia showcases biomanufacturing research at DOE summit

by Paul Rhien At the Innovation XLab: Biomanufacturing Summit held January 28–29 at the California Memorial Stadium in Berkeley, Sandia joined other Department of Energy national laboratories in showcasing their bioscience research and capabilities before investors, industry, and university partners. The two-day summit, hosted by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, was designed to help bridge the gap [...]

By | 2020-02-25T23:08:55+00:00 February 25th, 2020|Biofuels, Biomass, Capabilities, News, News & Events, Partnership, Research & Capabilities|Comments Off on Sandia showcases biomanufacturing research at DOE summit

SunPower and Sandia partnership leads to demonstration of innovative new module technology

Representatives from SunPower Corporation, a leading US solar manufacturer and global competitor, recently visited Sandia National Laboratories to inspect the manufacturer’s experimental photovoltaic (PV) system at the New Mexico Regional Test Center (RTC), co-located with Sandia’s Photovoltaic Systems Evaluation Laboratory, or PSEL. Dr. Laurie Burnham, Scientist and Lead Investigator for the RTC project, organized the [...]

By | 2020-04-09T15:39:11+00:00 February 3rd, 2020|Facilities, News, News & Events, Photovoltaic, Photovoltaic Regional Testing Center (PV RTC), Photovoltaic Systems Evaluation Laboratory (PSEL), Renewable Energy, Research & Capabilities, Solar, Solar Newsletter|Comments Off on SunPower and Sandia partnership leads to demonstration of innovative new module technology

Webinar: Hydrogen Risk Assessment Models Update 2.0

On Tuesday, January 28, 2020, at 12 p.m. Eastern, the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's Fuel Cell Technologies Office (FCTO) will host a live webinar titled "Hydrogen Risk Assessment Models Update 2.0." The webinar will discuss updates to the Hydrogen Risk Assessment Models (HyRAM) software, a toolkit for [...]

By | 2020-01-20T16:40:09+00:00 January 20th, 2020|Capabilities, Energy Storage, Hydrogen, Modeling & Analysis, News, News & Events, Transportation Energy|Comments Off on Webinar: Hydrogen Risk Assessment Models Update 2.0

Power plants get watered down

By Melissae Fellet Electricity production is one of the industries that uses the most water in the country each day. Researchers at Sandia are helping the largest power plant in the United States identify the most efficient and cost-effective strategies to reduce water use. They have developed a first-of-its-kind comprehensive system dynamics analysis that can [...]

By | 2020-01-06T18:01:05+00:00 January 6th, 2020|Energy Surety, Energy-Water Nexus, News, News & Events, Partnership, Research & Capabilities, Water Security|Comments Off on Power plants get watered down

Internships fuel research for engineering students from Puerto Rico

Edgardo Desarden Carrero, right, talks with Melvin Lugo Alvarez, both summer interns from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez, studying resilient energy systems at Sandia National Laboratories. (Photo courtesy of Edgardo Desarden Carrero.) By Melissae Fellet For Edgardo Desarden Carrero, a student in the newly created electrical engineering doctorate program at the University [...]

By | 2019-12-16T16:11:02+00:00 December 16th, 2019|Grid Integration, News, News & Events, Partnership|Comments Off on Internships fuel research for engineering students from Puerto Rico

Join Sandia at the AGU 2019 Fall Meeting

Coastal erosion on the Arctic shore. As the Arctic ice sheet melts and the permafrost thaws, researchers from Sandia National Laboratories continue to carefully monitor conditions there. On Monday, Dec. 9th, Sandia’s Arctic researchers will present talks and posters. Those interested can download more information and a complete listing of talks and posters from [...]

By | 2019-12-09T19:03:20+00:00 December 9th, 2019|Conferences, News, News & Events|Comments Off on Join Sandia at the AGU 2019 Fall Meeting

Ribbon cutting for Sandia/Emera DC microgrid

At a ribbon cutting held on Sept. 6, officials from Sandia, Kirtland Air Force Base (KAFB), and Emera Technologies were joined by representatives from the city of Albuquerque and the New Mexico congressional delegation to unveil the first phase of a resilient Direct Current (DC) microgrid project. Modernizing energy delivery The DC microgrid serves a [...]

By | 2019-11-12T17:19:40+00:00 November 12th, 2019|DETL, Energy, Facilities, Grid Integration, News, News & Events, Partnership, Renewable Energy|Comments Off on Ribbon cutting for Sandia/Emera DC microgrid