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Sandia Student Wins Best Paper Award at IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference

Matt Reno, a Georgia Tech student in Sandia’s Photovoltaic and Distributed Systems Dept. Matthew Reno, a Sandian and an electrical engineering PhD candidate at the Georgia Institute of Technology, was given a Best Student Paper award for research reported in, “Impact of PV Variability and Ramping Events on Distribution Voltage Regulation Equipment” at [...]

By | 2016-12-02T18:48:30+00:00 July 31st, 2014|DETL, Distribution Grid Integration, Energy, Energy Surety, Facilities, Grid Integration, Infrastructure Security, News, News & Events, Photovoltaic, Renewable Energy, Solar, Solar Newsletter, Systems Engineering|Comments Off on Sandia Student Wins Best Paper Award at IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference

Mesa del Sol Project Is Finalist for International Smart Grid Action Network 2014 Award of Excellence

The microgrid powers Mesa del Sol’s Aperture Center, a 78,000-square-foot mixed-use commercial building at the center of Forest City’s Mesa del Sol model sustainable community. It is the heart of a planned community with 18 million square feet of office, retail, and industrial space and 4,400 acres for residential development. The Mesa del [...]

By | 2016-12-02T18:48:30+00:00 July 31st, 2014|Distribution Grid Integration, Energy, Energy Assurance, Energy Assurance, Energy Storage, Energy Storage Systems, Energy Surety, Facilities, Grid Integration, Infrastructure Security, Mesa del Sol, Microgrid, News, News & Events, Partnership, Photovoltaic, Renewable Energy, SMART Grid, Solar, Systems Analysis, Systems Engineering|Comments Off on Mesa del Sol Project Is Finalist for International Smart Grid Action Network 2014 Award of Excellence

High-Efficiency Solar Thermochemical Reactor for Hydrogen Production

On June 16th, the Department of Energy Fuel Cell Technology Office (FCTO) announced $20 million for 10 R&D projects to advance technologies that can economically produce and deliver hydrogen to power fuel cells from diverse, domestic, and renewable resources thereby enabling substantial reductions in energy use and carbon emissions. Advancing these technologies is critical to [...]

Sandia Researchers Win CSP:ELEMENTS Funding Award

On May 21st, the Department of Energy SunShot Initiative announced $10M for six new R&D projects that will advance innovative concentrating solar power (CSP) technologies. The Concentrating Solar Power: Efficiently Leveraging Equilibrium Mechanisms for Engineering New Thermochemical Storage (CSP:ELEMENTS) funding program supports developing thermochemical energy storage (TCES) systems that can validate a cost of ≤ $15/kWhth [...]

By | 2016-12-02T18:48:34+00:00 June 4th, 2014|Advanced Materials Laboratory, Concentrating Solar Power, Energy, Energy Storage, Facilities, National Solar Thermal Test Facility, News, News & Events, Renewable Energy, Solar, Systems Engineering|Comments Off on Sandia Researchers Win CSP:ELEMENTS Funding Award

Widespread Hydrogen Fueling Infrastructure Is the Goal of H2FIRST Project

As hydrogen (H2) fuel cell electric vehicles (HFCEVs) continue to roll out in increasing numbers, the infrastructure for fueling them must expand as well. To this end, a new project launched by EERE’s Fuel Cell Technologies Office and led by Sandia and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will work in support of H2USA, the [...]

Sandia-AREVA Commission Solar Thermal/Molten Salt Energy-Storage Demonstration

AREVA and Sandia began operations of their molten salt energy-storage demonstration plant designed specifically for use with AREVA’s compact linear Fresnel reflector (CLFR) technology. Funded partially by DOE, this full-scale project is being carried out at Sandia’s National Solar Thermal Test Facility (NSTTF) in Albuquerque. The demonstration project at the National Solar Thermal Test [...]

By | 2019-11-20T21:35:30+00:00 May 21st, 2014|Capabilities, Concentrating Solar Power, Energy, Energy Storage, Facilities, National Solar Thermal Test Facility, News, News & Events, Partnership, Renewable Energy, Research & Capabilities, Solar, Solar Newsletter, SunShot, Systems Engineering|Comments Off on Sandia-AREVA Commission Solar Thermal/Molten Salt Energy-Storage Demonstration

Wind-Turbine Blade Materials and Reliability Progress

Wind-blade nondestructive inspection (NDI) evaluation panels in production. Sandia recently produced the final set of inspection panels to be used to evaluate nondestructive inspection (NDI) tools as part of the Blade Reliability Collaborative. This is the final step in a multiple-year task to investigate wind-blade inspection methods. For the first time in the [...]

By | 2016-12-02T18:48:36+00:00 May 21st, 2014|Energy, Materials Science, News, News & Events, Partnership, Renewable Energy, Research & Capabilities, Systems Analysis, Systems Engineering, Wind Energy|Comments Off on Wind-Turbine Blade Materials and Reliability Progress

WEC-Sim Code Development Meeting at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Reference Model 3 (RM3) heaving two-body point absorber full-scale dimensions. Sandia’s Kelley Ruehl and Carlos Michelen (both in Sandia’s Water Power Technologies Dept.) traveled to the Boulder, Colorado, for a WEC-Sim meeting at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s (NREL’s) National Wind Technology Center from March 3–5 in their combined effort to prepare for [...]

By | 2016-12-02T18:48:37+00:00 April 29th, 2014|Computational Modeling & Simulation, Energy, News, News & Events, Partnership, Renewable Energy, Systems Analysis, Systems Engineering, Water Power|Comments Off on WEC-Sim Code Development Meeting at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Portable Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Unit to Provide Green, Sustainable Power to Honolulu Port

Sandia researcher Joe Pratt stands near the Port of Oakland, one of the west coast ports he studied to learn whether hydrogen fuel cells are a viable power source for docked ships. (Photo by Steffan Schulz) Clean hy­drogen power that’s expected to lower emissions and reduce energy consumption will be coming to the [...]

By | 2017-02-08T15:02:33+00:00 March 13th, 2014|Center for Infrastructure Research and Innovation (CIRI), Energy, Energy Surety, Facilities, Infrastructure Security, News, News & Events, Partnership, Systems Analysis, Systems Engineering, Transportation Energy|Comments Off on Portable Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Unit to Provide Green, Sustainable Power to Honolulu Port

Sandia–UC Davis Collaboration Funded by DOE Office of Fusion Energy

The International Tokamak Engineering Reactor (ITER) is an international nuclear fusion research and engineering project, which is currently building the world's largest experimental tokamak nuclear fusion reactor at the Cadarache facility in the south of France funded and run by seven member entities—the European Union, India, Japan, China, Russia, South Korea, and the United [...]

By | 2016-12-02T18:48:42+00:00 March 4th, 2014|Energy, News, News & Events, Nuclear Energy, Partnership, Research & Capabilities, Systems Analysis, Systems Engineering|Comments Off on Sandia–UC Davis Collaboration Funded by DOE Office of Fusion Energy