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Spray Combustion Consortium formed to improve engine design

Sandia spearheads three-year industry-funded agreement LIVERMORE, Calif. – Sandia National Laboratories has formed an industry-funded Spray Combustion Consortium to better understand fuel injection by developing modeling tools. Control of fuel sprays is key to the development of clean, affordable fuel-efficient engines. Intended for industry, software vendors and national laboratories, the consortium provides a direct path […]

Sandia Labs, Singapore join forces to develop energy storage

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Sandia National Laboratories has signed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the government of Singapore’s Energy Market Authority (EMA) that will tap into the labs’ expertise in energy storage. EMA is the statutory body in Singapore responsible for ensuring a reliable and secure energy supply, promoting competition in the energy […]

Tritium introduced in fusion experiments at Sandia

More powerful fuel to boost Z Machine’s neutron output ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories Z Machine have opened a new chapter in their 20-year journey toward higher fusion outputs by introducing tritium, the most neutron-laden isotope of hydrogen, to their targets’ fuel. When Z fires, its huge electromagnetic field crushes pre-warmed fuel, […]

Wave energy researchers dive deep to advance clean energy source

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — One of the biggest untapped clean energy sources on the planet — wave energy — could one day power millions of homes across the U.S. But more than a century after the first tests of the power of ocean waves, it is still one of the hardest energy sources to capture. Now, engineers at […]

Small businesses can apply for Sandia clean-energy help

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The Department of Energy (DOE) today launched the third round of its Small Business Vouchers Pilot, which lets companies in the clean-energy sector apply for technical help from Sandia National Laboratories and other DOE labs. Johanna Wolfson, Technology-to-Market director in the office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), announced the launch […]

Hydrogen-powered passenger ferry in San Francisco Bay is possible, says Sandia study

First-of-its-kind vessel can achieve speed with zero emissions LIVERMORE, Calif. — Nearly two years ago, Sandia National Laboratories researchers Joe Pratt and Lennie Klebanoff set out to answer one not-so-simple question: Is it feasible to build and operate a high-speed passenger ferry solely powered by hydrogen fuel cells? The answer is yes. The details behind that […]

Turning ubiquitous lignin into high-value chemicals

Sandia researchers decode metabolic pathway of soil bacterium that thrives on lignin LIVERMORE, Calif. — Abundant, chock full of energy and bound so tightly that the only way to release its energy is through combustion — lignin has frustrated scientists for years. With the help of an unusual soil bacteria, researchers at Sandia National Laboratories […]

Water-energy dependence around Pacific Rim mapped in new Sandia study

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A wide-ranging analysis of water vulnerability across the Pacific — including the U.S., China, Russia and Japan — has identified hundreds of locations where energy production depends upon scarce water supplies. The Sandia National Laboratories study, “Mapping Water Consumption for Energy Production Around the Pacific Rim,” was published in Environmental Research Letters. […]

When hurricanes take aim officials can get Sandia’s guidance

LIVERMORE, Calif. – When a hurricane approaches landfall, local, state and tribal governments must work together to decide whether and how they should evacuate large populations to save lives. Emergency managers must make quick decisions, often with outdated information and computer models. To ensure that emergency officials are better prepared to respond efficiently, researchers at […]

Blowing bubbles to catch carbon dioxide

Sandia, UNM develop bio-inspired liquid membrane that could make clean coal a reality ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Sandia National Laboratories and the University of New Mexico (UNM) have created a powerful new way to capture carbon dioxide from coal- and gas-fired electricity plants with a bubble-like membrane that harnesses the power of nature to reduce CO2 […]

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