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Report: Can deployable wind turbines decrease reliance on liquid fuels during military and disaster response?

Sandia National Laboratories, Idaho National Laboratory and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory recently published a report assessing the opportunity for deployable wind energy systems to meet the energy needs of defense and disaster response activities. The report is the first public deliverable from the Defense and Disaster Deployable Turbine (DT3) project, funded through the distributed [...]

By | 2020-03-09T14:36:03+00:00 March 9th, 2020|Renewable Energy, Research & Capabilities, Uncategorized, Wind Energy, Wind News|Comments Off on Report: Can deployable wind turbines decrease reliance on liquid fuels during military and disaster response?

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 | 2020-03-25T15:42:44+00:00 February 3rd, 2020|Facilities, News, News & Events, Photovoltaic Regional Testing Center (PV RTC), Photovoltaic Systems Evaluation Laboratory (PSEL), Renewable Energy, Research & Capabilities, Solar|Comments Off on SunPower and Sandia partnership leads to demonstration of innovative new module technology

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