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Generating electrical power from waste heat

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Directly converting electrical power to heat is easy. It regularly happens in your toaster, that is, if you make toast regularly. The opposite, converting heat into electrical power, isn’t so easy. Researchers from Sandia National Laboratories have developed a tiny silicon-based device that can harness what was previously called waste heat and […]

Reducing power plants’ freshwater consumption with Sandia’s new silica filter

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Power plants draw more freshwater than any other consumer in the United States, accounting for more than 50 percent of the nation’s freshwater use at about 500 billion gallons daily. To help save this water, researchers at Sandia National Laboratories have developed a new silica filter for power plant cooling waters that […]

Sandia releases interface to help standardize supercomputer power and energy systems

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — To help moderate the energy needs of increasingly power-hungry supercomputers, researchers at Sandia National Laboratories have released an application programming interface (API) with the goal of standardizing measurement and control of power- and energy-relevant features for high-performance computing (HPC) systems. The High Performance Computing — Power API specification, still open to collaborators […]

Sandia helps DOE bring large-scale solar systems to market

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Sandia National Laboratories is advancing viable, low-carbon power through collaborating on five U.S. Regional Test Centers (RTCs) where industry can assess the performance, reliability and bankability of large-scale photovoltaic energy systems. “With the trend in the solar industry toward larger systems and greater capital investment – substantial amounts of money are going […]

Sandia SolarTrak technology helps arrays worldwide follow the sun

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – When Alex Maish was a researcher at Sandia National Laboratories in the early 1980s, he had a pet project, a low-cost, high-precision way to continuously move solar panels into the best possible position to catch sunlight and generate energy. By the early 1990s the technology was ready for market, but it hadn’t […]

Sandia engineer named DOE Energy Pioneer

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The U.S. Department of Energy named Chris Evans an Energy Pioneer for his work in identifying and implementing energy conservation practices at Sandia National Laboratories. The award recognizes people who go above and beyond their jobs in energy management for the federal government. Evans has been involved in DOE’s energy savings program […]

SPIDERS microgrid project secures military installations

Bill Waugaman is the SPIDERS operational lead at Sandia National Laboratories. (Photo by Randy Montoya) Click on the thumbnail for a high-resolution image. ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – When the lights go out, most of us find flashlights, dig out board games and wait for the power to come back. But that’s not an option for hospitals […]

Developing power-over-fiber communications cable: When total isolation is a good thing

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Sometimes total electrical isolation is a good thing — and that’s the idea behind a power-over-fiber (PoF) communications cable being developed by engineers at Sandia National Laboratories. It’s common to isolate communications between systems or devices by using fiber optic cables, said Steve Sanderson of Sandia’s mobility analysis and technical assessment division. […]