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Way cheaper catalyst may lower fuel costs for hydrogen-powered cars

‘Green’ process runs on sunlight ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. —Sandia National Laboratories researchers seeking to make hydrogen a less expensive fuel for cars have upgraded a catalyst nearly as cheap as dirt — molybdenum disulfide, “molly” for short — to stand in for platinum, a rare element with the moonlike price of about $900 an ounce. Sandia-induced […]

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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. […]

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 […]

Sandia finds shared opportunities for natural gas and hydrogen fuel cell vehicle markets

LIVERMORE, Calif.—Fueling stations that offer both hydrogen and natural gas could benefit distributors of both fuel types, says a new Sandia National Laboratories report, “Transitioning the Transportation Sector: Exploring the Intersection of Hydrogen Fuel Cell and Natural Gas Vehicles.” The report, from a workshop last fall supported by the Department of Energy’s Vehicle Technologies and […]

Direct measurement of key molecule will increase accuracy of combustion models

LIVERMORE, Calif. — Sandia National Laboratories researchers are the first to directly measure hydroperoxyalkyl radicals — a class of reactive molecules denoted as “QOOH” — that are key in the chain of reactions that controls the early stages of combustion. This breakthrough has generated data on QOOH reaction rates and outcomes that will improve the […]

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 […]


In-flight sensor tests a step toward Structural Health Monitoring for safer flights

Sandia Labs testing advanced technology to enhance aviation safety ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Nine commercial aircraft flying regular routes are on the frontier of aviation safety, carrying sensors that monitor their structural health along with their routine maintenance. These flight tests are part of a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification process that will make the sensors […]

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 […]

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 […]

Cargo security partnership takes home national tech transfer award

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Sandia National Laboratories and two collaborators won the national Federal Laboratory Consortium’s 2014 Interagency Partnership Award. The award recognizes agency and/or laboratory employees from at least two organizations who together did outstanding work in transferring technology. The winning partnership included Sandia, the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) Systems Center Pacific […]

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