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DOE-EERE Deputy Assistant Secretary Hollett Visits Sandia

DOE-EERE Deputy Assistant Secretary for Renewable Power, Douglas Hollett. (DOE photo) In his role as Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Deputy Assistant Secretary for Renewable Power, Douglas Hollett oversees research, development, and demonstration of a diverse clean-energy portfolio that includes power generation from wind, solar, geothermal, conventional [...]

Sandia–Univ. of Rochester Win Funding to Demonstrate Fuel Magnetization and Laser Heating Tools for Low-Cost Fusion Energy

Sandia and the Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE) at the University of Rochester will investigate the compression and heating of high energy-density, magnetized plasmas at fusion-relevant magneto-inertial [confinement] fusion (MIF) conditions, building on the recent Magnetized Liner Inertial Fusion (MagLIF) concept successes. The SNL-LLE team will conduct focused experiments based on the MagLIF approach at [...]

Sandia’s Frontier Observatory for Research In Geothermal Energy (FORGE) Phase 1 Proposals Were Both Successful

The Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s (DOE-EERE’s) Geothermal Technologies Office (GTO) defines FORGE’s mission as “enabling cutting-edge research and drilling and technology testing, as well as to allow scientists to identify a replicable, commercial pathway to enhanced geothermal systems (EGSs).” In addition to the site itself, the FORGE effort will [...]

Sandia’s Twistact Project Chosen for DOE’s LabCorps Entrepreneurial Program

The Sandia-patented rotary electrical contact device and method for providing current to and/or from a rotating member. Twistact is a fundamentally new class of rotary electrical-contact device to replace brush/slip-ring hardware and eliminate the need for rare-earth-element magnets in wind-turbine generators. The Twistact technology provides rolling contact, the electric current spends minimal time on [...]

Energy Secretary Moniz Highlights Sandia Efforts during Recent Houston Press Conference

As he spoke to oil and gas executives at the IHS Energy CERAWeek conference, Secretary Moniz’s focus was on the nation’s aging energy infrastructure—and everything that should be done to modernize it amid a do­mestic energy revolution, climate change, and evolving business models. Moniz spoke to the assembled executives about the just-released QER and the [...]

DOE EERE Technologist in Residence Pilot

The EERE Technologist in Residence pilot program is intended to catalyze strong national laboratory–industry relationships that result in significant growth in high-impact collaborative R&D. This pilot program’s goals are to increase collaborative R&D between national laboratories and private-sector companies and develop a streamlined method for companies to establish long-term relationships with national laboratories that result [...]

New Report Describes Joint Opportunities for Natural Gas and Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Vehicle Markets

Hydrogen and natural gas share a number of common entry to market barriers. (Image from DOE-EERE Fuel Cell Technologies Office.) Sandia, supported by the DOE’s Vehicle Technologies and Fuel Cell Technologies offices (within the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, EERE), recently released “Transitioning the Transportation Sector: Exploring the Intersection of [...]

Recent Sandia Secure, Scalable Microgrid Advanced Controls Research Accomplishments

A recently completed Grand Challenge Laboratory-Directed Research and Development project resulted in a secure, scalable microgrid (SSM) research facility that is actively engaged in developing technologies to solve many of the nation’s most complex challenges in satisfying its electric energy needs. Initial focus has been on enabling resilient and reliable performance when incorporating high penetration [...]

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The Influence of Rotor Blade Design on Wake Development

The National Rotor Testbed (NRT) includes research to quantify the degree to which the blade design load distribution influences the rotor near- and mid-wake velocity deficits and fluid structures. Wind-plant performance and the effects of turbine–turbine interaction have been identified as the primary research topics for the NRT blades. The wake deficit and fluid structures [...]

By | 2016-12-02T18:48:29+00:00 July 31st, 2014|Energy, Facilities, News, News & Events, Renewable Energy, SWIFT, Systems Analysis, Systems Engineering, Wind Energy|Comments Off on The Influence of Rotor Blade Design on Wake Development

Understanding Seasonal Effects of WEC Operation using the SNL-SWAN Wave Model Application

Significant wave height differences between model simulation results for extreme conditions with and without the WEC array, here consisting of 50 F-2HB device types. The initial wave heights ranged from 3 to 4.9 m and initial wave periods ranged between 11.5 and 18.1 sec over the four seasons. The initial wave direction was 300°. [...]

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