Our work in stationary power includes the deployment of clean electricity, which requires integration with a modernized grid infrastructure, and enhancements in energy efficiency as a direct influence on energy productivity and economic competitiveness.
A dynamic, multifaceted approach to systems-based research and development of nuclear energy and fuel cycle technologies
Energy Conversion Efficiency
Increasing the amount of electricity produced from a given thermal energy input.
This is a major objective for multiple RE sources (e.g., geothermal, photovoltaics [PV], concentrating solar power [CSP], wind). Major advances in energy conversion efficiency also have the potential for significant impact in traditional thermal energy source (e.g., nuclear, natural gas, coal) conversion to electricity.
We conduct research and development (R&D) in solar power, including photovoltaics and concentrating solar power, to strengthen the U.S. solar industry and improve the manufacturability, reliability, and cost competitiveness of solar energy technologies and systems.
Our Wind Energy Technologies program conducts applied research to increase the viability of wind technology by improving wind turbine and wind plant performance and reliability to reduce the cost of energy. Sandia specializes in wind-turbine blade design, manufacturing, reliability and wind plant performance.
The Water Power program includes marine hydrokinetic, conventional hydro, and offshore wind energy research efforts and heavily leverages high-performance computing, advanced materials and coatings, non-destructive inspection, complex systems simulation, and large-scale testing.
We are creating a thermal-to-electric power conversion technology in a configuration called the recompression closed Brayton cycle (RCBC) that uses supercritical carbon dioxide (sCO2) as the working fluid, rather than steam, thereby dramatically increasing conversion efficiency compared to the steam Rankine cycle.
Safety, Security, & Resilience of the Energy Infrastructure
Enabling a Resilient and Secure Electric Grid
Sandia envisions a world of interdependent and variable distributed systems that are optimized at multiple scales – including transmission – to maximize local resources in providing secure, resilient, and clean energy to all users at all times.
Enabling Energy Security through the Nuclear Enterprise
Sandia supports the safe, secure, reliable, and sustainable use of nuclear power worldwide through strengths in repository science, nonproliferation, safety and security, transportation, modeling, and system demonstrations
Sandia advises the U.S. Department of Energy in support of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP)—the world’s only licensed and operating deep geologic repository for transuranic nuclear waste disposal.
At a ribbon cutting held on Sept. 6, officials from Sandia, Kirtland Air Force Base (KAFB), and Emera Technologies were joined by representatives from the city of Albuquerque and the New Mexico congressional delegation to [...]
Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and Montana State University recently completed a two-year study demonstrating the commercial viability of cost-competitive carbon fiber composites selected for use in wind turbine blades. Sandia [...]
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A new journal article published in Science, “Grand challenges in the science of wind energy,” invites researchers to confront certain challenges in hopes of driving innovation that will make wind energy the world’s primary source of [...]