Sandia Labs News Releases

Author Archives: Mike Janes

Breakthrough in predictions of pressure-dependent combustion chemical reactions

LIVERMORE, Calif. — Researchers at Sandia and Argonne national laboratories have demonstrated, for the first time, a method to successfully predict pressure-dependent chemical reaction rates. It’s an important breakthrough in combustion and atmospheric chemistry that is expected to benefit auto and engine manufacturers, oil and gas utilities and other industries that employ combustion models. A […]

Linde, Sandia partnership looks to expand hydrogen fueling network

LIVERMORE, CALIF. — Sandia National Laboratories and industrial gas giant Linde LLC have signed an umbrella Cooperative Research & Development Agreement (CRADA) that is expected to accelerate the development of low-carbon energy and industrial technologies, beginning with hydrogen and fuel cells. The CRADA will kick off with two new research and development projects to accelerate […]

Storing hydrogen underground could boost transportation, energy security

LIVERMORE, Calif. — Large-scale storage of low-pressure, gaseous hydrogen in salt caverns and other underground sites for transportation fuel and grid-scale energy applications offers several advantages over above-ground storage, says a recent Sandia National Laboratories study sponsored by the Department of Energy’s Fuel Cell Technologies Office. Geologic storage of hydrogen gas could make it possible […]

Combining ‘Tinkertoy’ materials with solar cells for increased photovoltaic efficiency

LIVERMORE, Calif. — Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories have received a $1.2 million award from the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative to develop a technique that they believe will significantly improve the efficiencies of photovoltaic materials and help make solar electricity cost-competitive with other sources of energy. The work builds on Sandia’s recent successes […]

Fuel cell-powered mobile lights tested, proven, ready for commercial use

Pilot program sets stage for commercialization and broader deployment LIVERMORE, Calif. — Mobile lighting systems powered by hydrogen fuel cells are cleaner, quieter and now have a proven track record in applications such as nighttime construction, sports and entertainment events and airport operations, making them ready for commercialization and broader use. That’s the conclusion reached […]

Sandia cyber-testing contributes to DHS Transition to Practice

Innovative program will help Labs’ cybersecurity portfolio grow LIVERMORE, Calif. — Through the Department of Homeland Security’s Transition to Practice (TTP) program, cybersecurity technologies developed at Sandia National Laboratories — and at other federal labs — now stand a better chance of finding their way into the real world. The innovative TTP program, spearheaded by […]

Vehicle fuel efficiency, biofuels, climate change to be explored by world’s leading combustion scientists

International symposium to feature foremost experts on fuel and combustion research LIVERMORE, Calif.— Nearly 1,500 of the world’s foremost fuels and combustion scientists and engineers will gather in San Francisco on Aug. 3-8 for the 35th International Symposium on Combustion, a biennial event sponsored by the Combustion Institute and with Sandia National Laboratories leading the […]

More California gas stations can provide H2 than previously thought, Sandia study says

LIVERMORE, Calif. — A study by researchers at Sandia National Laboratories concludes that a number of existing gas stations in California can safely store and dispense hydrogen, suggesting a broader network of hydrogen fueling stations may be within reach. The report examined 70 commercial gasoline stations in the state of California and sought to determine […]

Improvements in MRIs, passenger screening, other image-detection applications on the horizon

Sandia, Rice University, Tokyo Institute of Technology developing terahertz detectors with carbon nanotubes LIVERMORE, Calif. — Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories, along with collaborators from Rice University and the Tokyo Institute of Technology, are developing new terahertz detectors based on carbon nanotubes that could lead to significant improvements in medical imaging, airport passenger screening, food […]

Licensing executive named distinguished fellow by international organization

LIVERMORE, Calif. — Craig Smith, a licensing and business development specialist at Sandia National Laboratories, has been selected as a distinguished fellow by the Licensing Executives Society International (LESI) and its Chemicals, Energy, Environment and Materials (CEEM) sector. The society is the world’s largest association for the licensing and intellectual property industry. Official announcement of this year’s inaugural CEEM distinguished fellows was made […]

Planting the “SEEDS” of solar technology in the home

Data-rich predictive models help determine which consumers buy solar equipment and why LIVERMORE, Calif. — In an effort to better understand what persuades people to buy photovoltaic (PV) systems for their homes, researchers at Sandia National Laboratories are gathering data on consumer motivations that can feed sophisticated computer models and thus lead to greater use […]

Renewables, other energy issues to be focus of enhanced Sandia, SINTEF collaboration

LIVERMORE, Calif.— A decades-long partnership between Sandia National Laboratories and the Norwegian research organization SINTEF (Stiftelsen for industriell og teknisk forskning) will now tackle energy challenges such as renewable energy integration, electric grid modernization, gas technologies and algae-based biofuels, under an expanded agreement. SINTEF is the largest independent research organization in Scandinavia, with expertise in […]

Widespread hydrogen fueling infrastructure goal of H2FIRST project

LIVERMORE, Calif.— As hydrogen fuel cell vehicles continue to roll out in increasing numbers, the infrastructure for fueling them must expand as well. To this end, a new project launched by the Energy Department and led by Sandia National Laboratories and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will work in support of H2USA, the public […]

Airport security officers at TSA gaining insight from Sandia human behavior studies

LIVERMORE, Calif.— A recent Sandia National Laboratories study offers insight into how a federal transportation security officer’s thought process can influence decisions made during airport baggage screening, findings that are helping the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) improve the performance of its security officers. The TSA-funded project, led by Sandia researchers Ann Speed and Kiran Lakkaraju, […]

Low-cost, hydrogen-powered forklifts with rapid refueling, zero emissions coming soon

LIVERMORE, Calif.— Zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell systems soon could be powering the forklifts used in warehouses and other industrial settings at lower costs and with faster refueling times than ever before, courtesy of a partnership between Sandia National Laboratories and Hawaii Hydrogen Carriers (HHC). The goal of the project is to design a solid-state hydrogen […]