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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

High-speed fire footage reveals key insights for power plant safety

by Melissae Fellet High energy arcing faults are high-power electrical discharges between two or more conductors that can release tens of thousands of amps of current. They can result in explosions that reach about 35,000 degrees Celsius — about the temperature of lightning strikes — and vaporize steel and spew hot metal particles into the [...]

By | 2019-12-23T15:47:22+00:00 December 23rd, 2019|Capabilities, Energy Assurance, Energy Surety, Modeling & Analysis, Nuclear Energy, Research & Capabilities|Comments Off on High-speed fire footage reveals key insights for power plant safety

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

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

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

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

Sandia abuses batteries for better energy storage

by Michael Baker | Photograph by Randy Montoya Sandia National Laboratories engineers June Stanley and Chris Grosso demonstrate how the drop tower they built abuses batteries to understand how the lithium-ion cells respond to different types of stress. (Photograph by Randy Montoya) Batteries never really stand a chance against Sandia National Laboratories researchers [...]

By | 2019-08-13T18:21:24+00:00 August 13th, 2019|Capabilities, Energy, Energy Storage, Energy Storage Systems, News, Research & Capabilities|Comments Off on Sandia abuses batteries for better energy storage

Sandia participates in Cordova Energy Storage project

Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski and energy leaders cut the ribbon to commemorate the new battery energy storage system in Cordova, Alaska. Joining Sen. Murkowski are Imre Gyuk, right, program director for the DOE’s Office of Electricity Delivery & Energy Reliability Stationary Energy Storage Program, and Clay Koplin, CEO of Cordova Electric Cooperative. (Photo provided [...]

By | 2019-07-17T16:06:30+00:00 July 17th, 2019|Energy, Energy Storage, Energy Storage Systems, Grid Integration, News, News & Events, Partnership, Research & Capabilities|Comments Off on Sandia participates in Cordova Energy Storage project

New advances in power distribution grid modeling focus of Sandia research

By Dan Ware To better understand the impact of increasing amounts of privately-owned renewable energy and energy storage on the electric grid, major advances in developing more accurate electricity distribution grid models have been created by researchers at Sandia, in conjunction with researchers at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) in Palo Alto, California. These [...]

By | 2019-07-15T13:45:59+00:00 July 15th, 2019|Distribution Grid Integration, Energy Storage, Energy Storage Systems, Grid Integration, News, News & Events, Research & Capabilities, Solar|Comments Off on New advances in power distribution grid modeling focus of Sandia research

Sandians named fellows of the Combustion Institute

Sandia researchers Nils Hansen and Craig Taatjes have been elected as fellows of the Combustion Institute. (Photo by Michael Padilla) By Michael Padilla Sandia researchers Nils Hansen and Craig Taatjes have been elected as fellows of the Combustion Institute, the Class of 2019. This distinction is awarded by peers in the international combustion [...]

By | 2019-05-13T14:43:14+00:00 May 13th, 2019|News, News & Events, Partnership, Research & Capabilities|Comments Off on Sandians named fellows of the Combustion Institute