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Sandia researchers crack the code to soot formation

By Michael Padilla The longstanding mystery of soot formation, which combustion scientists have been trying to explain for decades, appears to be finally solved, thanks to research led by Sandia National Laboratories. Soot is ubiquitous and has large detrimental effects on human health, agriculture, energy-consumption efficiency, climate and air quality. Responsible for significantly increased rates [...]

By | 2018-09-19T22:26:58+00:00 September 19th, 2018|CRF, Energy, News, Office of Science, Partnership, Research & Capabilities|Comments Off on Sandia researchers crack the code to soot formation

Researchers Discover New Source of Formic Acid over Pacific, Indian Oceans

by Michael Padilla Insights from experiments at Sandia designed to push chemical systems far from equilibrium allowed an international group of researchers to discover a new major source of formic acid over the Pacific and Indian oceans. The discovery was published in the July 3 issue of Nature Communications and featured on the editor’s highlights [...]

By | 2018-09-05T19:09:13+00:00 September 5th, 2018|News, Partnership, Research & Capabilities|Comments Off on Researchers Discover New Source of Formic Acid over Pacific, Indian Oceans

Sandia Joins Internationally Renowned Scientists, National Labs to Discuss Energy and Security in the Arctic

Could energy and security challenges in the Arctic help solve energy or security concerns nationwide? That is one of many questions that will be explored by international scientists, national labs, government agencies, and Arctic stakeholders on May 30-31 at Alaska National Lab Day. Held at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, the event aims in part [...]

By | 2018-05-29T16:08:37+00:00 May 29th, 2018|Energy, News & Events, Partnership, Renewable Energy, Research & Capabilities|Comments Off on Sandia Joins Internationally Renowned Scientists, National Labs to Discuss Energy and Security in the Arctic

Co-Optima Report Focuses on Strengths of Nation’s Energy Resources and Existing Infrastructure

The United States could increase its domestic fuel supplies by 25 billion gallons per year while leveraging the nation’s existing $1 trillion fuel infrastructure according to a Co-Optimization of Fuels & Engines (Co-Optima) report released this week. The FY17 Year in Review describes recent advances including identification of key properties for new fuels, assessment of [...]

By | 2018-04-25T15:38:32+00:00 April 18th, 2018|News, News & Events, Research & Capabilities|Comments Off on Co-Optima Report Focuses on Strengths of Nation’s Energy Resources and Existing Infrastructure

Open Source Software for Sensor Placement Optimization Available for Download

CHAMA, the Sandia-developed Python package which can optimize sensor placement, is now available for download. Continuous or regularly scheduled monitoring can quickly identify changes in the environment. However, even with low-cost sensors, only a limited number of sensors can be deployed. The physical placement of deployed sensors, sensor technology, and operating conditions, can significantly impact [...]

By | 2018-03-21T21:13:17+00:00 March 21st, 2018|News, Research & Capabilities|Comments Off on Open Source Software for Sensor Placement Optimization Available for Download

Tower Illuminance Model Investigates Glare and Avian-Flux Hazards at CSP Towers

Solar glare reflections and avian solar-flux hazards are an important concern for concentrating solar installations. Reflected sunlight from “standby” heliostats has been noted by pilots as potentially hazardous, and reports of birds being singed by concentrated sunlight has created concern. A new software application, the Tower Illuminance Model (“TIM”), has been developed to investigate glare [...]

By | 2018-02-27T20:19:33+00:00 February 27th, 2018|Renewable Energy, Research & Capabilities, Solar|Comments Off on Tower Illuminance Model Investigates Glare and Avian-Flux Hazards at CSP Towers

Sandia partners on R&D to validate lightweight materials for increased vehicle fuel efficiency

Sandia will partner with Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and Mallinda LLC to test Carbon-Fiber Reinforced Plastic, a class of lightweight material which could reduce on-highway vehicle weight, and thus increase fuel efficiency, all without impacting performance for consumers.  Together, the lab-industry partnership will “characterize microscopic structural defects and evaluate the high-speed [...]

By | 2018-01-11T23:13:56+00:00 January 11th, 2018|News, Partnership, Research & Capabilities|Comments Off on Sandia partners on R&D to validate lightweight materials for increased vehicle fuel efficiency

Commercializing Technology: 5 Projects with big impacts for Energy

Sandia has been awarded 5 Technology Commercialization Fund projects.  The projects focus on moving laboratory-developed technology to the marketplace through partnerships with industry. Sandia’s awards are in a variety of technology areas including advanced manufacturing, geoscience, carbon capture, nuclear energy, and energy storage. The projects will deliver a variety of impactful technologies and improvements. For [...]

By | 2017-09-18T17:36:25+00:00 September 18th, 2017|Energy, News, Partnership, Research & Capabilities|Comments Off on Commercializing Technology: 5 Projects with big impacts for Energy

Sandia energy programs named finalist for 4 R&D100 awards

Four innovations from Sandia’s Energy programs have been named as R&D100 award finalists. R&D100 awards recognize that the technology has “competed against other new technologies in open competition,” according to the R&D website. The finalists include Sandia’s Microgrid Design Toolkit, Ultra-Wide-Bandgap Power Electronics, the SolidSense Gas Analyzer, and a control System for Active Damping of [...]

By | 2017-09-06T21:52:54+00:00 September 6th, 2017|News, News & Events, Research & Capabilities|Comments Off on Sandia energy programs named finalist for 4 R&D100 awards

2017 ARPA-e Energy Innovation Summit

Meet our Scientists! Stop by the main Sandia Labs Booth #505 for an opportunity to interact with SNL scientists including: Laura Biedermann, R&D, Electronic, Optical, and Nano Materials Department Cliff Ho, Manager, Concentrating Solar Technologies Department Hongyou Fan, R&D, Advanced Materials Laboratory Sandia Labs Featured in the Technology Showcase Sandia Lab / Booth #506 Through the Secure [...]

By | 2017-02-21T19:34:53+00:00 February 21st, 2017|Highlights - Energy Research, News, News & Events, Office of Science, Research & Capabilities|Comments Off on 2017 ARPA-e Energy Innovation Summit