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Big changes from a small package for hydrogen storage

Sandia researchers use confined nanoparticles to improve hydrogen storage materials performance LIVERMORE, Calif. — Sometimes, you have to go small to win big. That is the approach a multilab, interdisciplinary team took in using nanoparticles and a novel nanoconfinement system to develop a method to change hydrogen storage properties. This discovery could enable the creation […]

Two Sandia researchers receive Presidential Early Career awards

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Sandia researchers Stephanie Hansen and Alan Kruizenga are among 102 scientists and engineers to receive the 2017 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). The PECASE, established in 1996, is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on outstanding scientists and engineers in the early stages of their careers. […]

Battling corrosion to keep solar panels humming

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — People think of corrosion as rust on cars or oxidation that blackens silver, but it also harms critical electronics and connections in solar panels, lowering the amount of electricity produced. “It’s challenging to predict and even more challenging to design ways to reduce it because it’s highly dependent on material and environmental […]

Sandia receives ENERGISE award to study how to help utilities better manage power systems

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Sandia National Laboratories has been awarded a three-year, $2.5 million award to help utility companies better visualize, manage and protect power systems as they include increasing numbers of distributed energy resources (DER) such as wind and solar. The project creates open-source advanced distribution management system (ADMS) algorithms that help grid operators better […]

Sandia’s solar glitter closer to market with new licensing agreement

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — An Albuquerque company founded by a Sandia National Laboratories scientist-turned-entrepreneur has received a license for a “home-grown” technology that could revolutionize the way solar energy is collected and used. The licensing agreement was signed Jan. 23 between mPower Technology Inc. and Sandia for microsystems enabled photovoltaics (MEPV). “This is an important milestone,” […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Sandia researcher wins high-voltage award

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Awards arrive at different levels of intensity, but no one can deny that Sandia National Laboratories researcher Mark Savage has won the highest voltage prize of all — the IEEE William G. Dunbar Award — for work achieved at extremely high voltage. Asked why he was selected for the honor, Savage quipped, […]

DOE funding moves two Sandia energy programs closer to the marketplace

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Two technologies developed at Sandia National Laboratories are among 54 energy projects that will receive nearly $16 million from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to help bring them to market. The projects involve 12 national labs and 52 private-sector partners. Funding comes through the Technology Commercialization Fund (TCF) administered by the […]

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