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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 […]

Sandia researchers discover mechanism for Rift Valley fever virus infection

Virus uses known cancer pathway LIVERMORE, Calif. — Viruses can’t live without us — literally. As obligate parasites, viruses need a host cell to survive and grow. Scientists are exploiting this characteristic by developing therapeutics that close off pathways necessary for viral infection, essentially stopping pathogens in their tracks. Rift Valley fever virus (RVFV) and […]

High school girls recognized for math, science accomplishments

Recognition program celebrates its 25th year at Sandia’s California site LIVERMORE, Calif. – Celeste Rohlfing, chief operating officer at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), presented Sandia National Laboratories’ 25th annual Math and Science Awards to 28 young women from San Francisco Bay Area high schools. Rohlfing, a chemist at Sandia for […]

Livermore educators win Sandia Excellence in Teaching awards

LIVERMORE, Calif. — A recent knock on the classroom doors of three Livermore teachers brought a welcome surprise — the news that Heather Dion, Donna Lee and Amanda Johnston had won the Sandia National Laboratories Excellence in Teaching Award. Given annually to teachers in the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District (LVJUSD) for extraordinary dedication […]

Sandia’s California site invites community to 60th anniversary celebration

LIVERMORE, Calif. –Sixty years ago, the Giants played baseball in New York and the Athletics in Kansas City, Dwight Eisenhower was president and Sandia National Laboratories opened its California site in the city of Livermore, which at the time had a population of under 10,000. Because of Sandia’s California site and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, […]

Lighting up disease-carrying mosquitoes

Sandia’s QUASR enables speedy, accurate detection of West Nile and other viruses LIVERMORE, Calif. — Mosquitoes are deadly efficient at spreading disease. Despite vaccines and efforts to eradicate the pesky insects, they continue to infect humans with feared diseases like Zika virus, malaria and West Nile virus. Gaining the upper hand on mosquitoes requires speed. […]

Algae raceway paves path from lab to real-world applications

LIVERMORE, Calif.— In a twist of geometry, an oval can make a line. The new algae raceway testing facility at Sandia National Laboratories may be oval in shape, but it paves a direct path between laboratory research and solving the demand for clean energy. As the nation and California adopt policies to promote clean transportation […]

Speeding up the hydrogen highway

HyStEP device will accelerate hydrogen refueling station commissioning LIVERMORE, Calif. — Drivers are seeing more hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) on the road, but refueling stations for those vehicles are still few and far between. This is about to change, and one reason is a new testing device being validated at California refueling stations […]

Bay Area national labs team to tackle long-standing automotive hydrogen storage challenge

LIVERMORE, Calif. —Sandia National Laboratories will lead a new tri-lab consortium to address unsolved scientific challenges in the development of viable solid-state materials for storage of hydrogen onboard vehicles. Better onboard hydrogen storage could lead to more reliable and economic hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. “Storing hydrogen on board vehicles is a critical enabling technology for […]

Nothing but water: Hydrogen fuel cell unit to provide renewable power to Honolulu port

HONOLULU — A new chapter in clean energy is starting in Hawaii. At Young Brothers Ltd.’s Port of Honolulu facility, Sandia National Laboratories is leading the Maritime Hydrogen Fuel Cell project to test a hydrogen-fuel-cell-powered generator as an alternative to conventional diesel generators. The project kickoff was marked with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by U.S. […]

Algae nutrient recycling is a triple win

Sandia method cheaper, greener and cuts competition for fertilizer LIVERMORE, Calif. — Nitrogen and phosphate nutrients are among the biggest costs in cultivating algae for biofuels. Sandia molecular biologists Todd Lane and Ryan Davis have shown they can recycle about two-thirds of those critical nutrients, and aim to raise the recycling rate to close to […]

Red and White Fleet going green

Sandia leads partnership to develop hydrogen fuel cell ferry and world’s largest refueling station LIVERMORE, Calif. — When it comes to environmental sustainability, Red and White Fleet president Tom Escher is all in. “Everyone is talking about reducing emissions by 20 percent, 40 percent or more,” he said. “I thought, ‘Why not do away with […]

RAPTOR turbulent combustion code selected for next-gen supercomputer readiness project

LIVERMORE, Calif. — RAPTOR, a turbulent combustion code developed by Sandia National Laboratories mechanical engineer Joseph Oefelein, was selected as one of 13 partnership projects for the Center for Accelerated Application Readiness (CAAR). CAAR is a U.S. Department of Energy program located at the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility. It is focused on optimizing computer […]

High school girls honored for math, science achievements

Mentorship opportunities key to Sandia recognition program LIVERMORE, Calif. – Sandia National Laboratories has presented its annual Math and Science Awards to 31 girls from San Francisco Bay Area high schools, celebrating their academic accomplishments and potential. “I want to congratulate each of you for your academic excellence and encourage you to continue your passion […]