Sandia researchers—competing in an international pool of universities, corporations, and government labs—captured three R&D100 Awards in this year’s contest. R&D Magazine presents the awards each year to researchers whom its editors and independent judging panels determine have developed the year’s 100 most outstanding advances in applied technologies. The sole criterion for winning, according to the magazine, is “demonstrable technological significance compared with competing products and technologies.”
Sandia winning entries were:
- Membrane Projection Lithography, submitted by Bruce Burckel (Applied Photonic Microsystems Dept.);
- Mantevo Suite 1.0, submitted by Mike Heroux (Scalable Algorithms Dept.); and
- Solar Glare Hazard Analysis Tool (SGHAT), submitted by Cliff Ho (Concentrating Solar Technologies Dept.).
As alternative energies spread, many agencies are raising concerns over glare from solar energy installations and their impacts on pilots, air traffic controllers, and motorists. SGHAT addresses new federal guidelines requiring quantified assessments of glare from proposed solar installations. The web-based tool can quickly locate a site, outline the proposed array, and identify glare throughout the year, calculating the glare’s intensity and size to predict potential ocular hazards. The tool also can predict annual energy production of proposed arrays and evaluate alternative designs, layouts, and locations to identify those configurations that maximize energy production while mitigating glare impact.
Read the Sandia news release.