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Northrop-Grumman, GE Partnerships Tap a Wide Range of Sandia Labs Experience

Sandia has signed a pair of umbrella cooperative research and development agreements (CRADAs) with Northrop Grumman Information Systems and General Electric Global Research that will broadly add to the Labs’ research. “These strategic agreements envision long-term partner­ships,” said Brooke Garcia, a Sandia business development specialist who helped negotiate the CRADAs. The Northrop-Grumman CRADA includes research [...]

Sandia’s Ron Lipinski Wins DOE Award for Mars Rover Work

This artist's concept features NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover, a mobile robot for investigating Mars' past or present ability to sustain microbial life. (Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech) Ron Lipinski has to imagine everything that can go wrong in a system. When he’s examining the Mars Curiosity Rover’s plutonium power generator, or a safety analysis for [...]

By | 2016-12-02T18:49:11+00:00 October 15th, 2012|Energy, News, News & Events, Nuclear Energy|Comments Off on Sandia’s Ron Lipinski Wins DOE Award for Mars Rover Work

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

Sandia’s Brayton-Cycle Turbine Boosts Small Nuclear Reactor Efficiency

Sandia National Laboratories is seeking an industry partner to market a turbine system that could substantially improve energy efficiency in small modular nuclear reactors. The system uses carbon dioxide in a closed-loop “Brayton-cycle” turbine to crank up electric conversion from heat, said Gary Rochau, manager of the advanced nuclear concepts group at Sandia’s [...]

By | 2016-12-02T18:49:15+00:00 June 1st, 2012|Energy, Energy Efficiency, News, News & Events, Nuclear Energy|Comments Off on Sandia’s Brayton-Cycle Turbine Boosts Small Nuclear Reactor Efficiency

Sandia Participates in the ARPA-E 2012 Energy Innovation Summit

Sandia has more than a dozen scientists and managers attending and participating in the ARPA-E summit's sessions and events. A recent highlight was the on-stage discussion between Energy Secretary Stephen Chu and Bill Gates, who is now involved in several energy innovation ventures, on how America can meet and prosper from 21st century [...]

By | 2016-12-02T18:49:16+00:00 February 29th, 2012|Energy, Energy Assurance, Energy Efficiency, Energy Storage Systems, Energy Surety, Global Climate & Energy, Infrastructure Security, News, News & Events, Nuclear Energy, Photovoltaic, Renewable Energy, Solar, Transportation Energy, Wind Energy|Comments Off on Sandia Participates in the ARPA-E 2012 Energy Innovation Summit