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Scientists team with entrepreneurs to make business happen

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Hurricane Katrina whipped up huge, powerful waves that caused severe destruction in 2005 along the Gulf Coast from Florida to Texas. The size and strength of the waves convinced Phil Kithil of Santa Fe there had to be a way to harness that energy. His invention of a pump that converts wave power […]

Caterpillar, Sandia CRADA opens door to multiple research projects

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Sandia National Laboratories and industrial giant Caterpillar Inc. have signed their first umbrella Cooperative Research & Development Agreement (CRADA), opening the door to a wide range of scientific research. “This agreement will lead to an expanded relationship with Caterpillar,” said Vic Weiss, the Sandia business development specialist who helped negotiate the CRADA. […]

Disabled kids inspire musical instrument anyone can play

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Not everyone can play music. You need timing and rhythm, an ear for pitch and notes and an ability to interpret sheet music and symbols. You need physical coordination to apply those talents plus control of lungs, lips, arms and fingers to match the mechanics of a musical instrument. And you need […]

Sandia’s Paul Hommert named FLC Laboratory Director of the Year

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M — Paul Hommert has been named 2013 Laboratory Director of the Year by the Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC) for his support of technology transfer activities at Sandia National Laboratories. The FLC said the award recognized the excellence of work during 2012 by Hommert, Sandia’s president and laboratories director, and the entire Sandia tech […]

Sustainability push unites Sandia facilities and research

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Sandia National Laboratories has launched a Sustainability Innovation Foundry that combines labs-wide resource conservation with efforts to turn research in fields related to sustainability into business opportunities. “Sandia has experience on the facilities side and a tremendous wealth of knowledge on the R&D side,” said Jack Mizner, manager of Facilities Partnerships and […]

Detecting tunnels using seismic waves not as simple as it sounds

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — You’d think it would be easy to use seismic waves to find tunnels dug by smugglers of drugs, weapons or people. You’d be wrong. Nedra Bonal of Sandia’s geophysics and atmospheric sciences organization is nearing the end of a two-year study, “Improving Shallow Tunnel Detection From Surface Seismic Methods,” aimed at getting […]

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 […]

Northrop Grumman, GE partnerships tap wide range of Sandia Labs expertise

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Sandia National Laboratories has signed a pair of cooperative research and development agreements (CRADAs) that could broadly add to the Labs’ research into combustion, defense, energy and nuclear security. The umbrella CRADAs, which enable Sandia and its partners to pursue multiple projects in a variety of categories, are with Northrop Grumman Information […]

Four technology transfer awards go to Sandia Labs

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Sandia National Laboratories has won four awards from the Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC) for Sandia’s efforts to develop and commercialize innovative technologies. The FLC’s Far West/Mid-Continent regional awards recognized Sandia’s technology transfer work with crystalline silico-titanates (CSTs), biomimetic membranes, the i-Gate Innovation Hub and DAKOTA software. “It is always gratifying when the […]

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 […]

Sen. Bingaman tells Sandia Wind Turbine Blade Workshop that renewable energy is important to US policy

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M — Sen. Jeff Bingaman said Wednesday the on-again, off-again nature of U.S. energy tax incentives and the uncertainty over federal spending on research and innovative technology presents a major challenge to the wind energy industry and other alternative energy industries. Bingaman, chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, spoke at the opening session […]

Innovation Celebration spotlights teamwork between science and business

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A kick in the teeth got Delano Romero thinking about mouth guards. An Albuquerque martial artist, Romero was sparring in Brazilian jiu-jitsu when his mouth took a hit. His over-the-counter mouth guard didn’t do its job, and his teeth fractured. Romero decided to develop a better mouth guard, started a business, Albuquerque Delicate […]

Sandia’s Ion Beam Laboratory looks at advanced materials for reactors

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M — Sandia National Laboratories is using its Ion Beam Laboratory (IBL) to study how to rapidly evaluate the tougher advanced materials needed to build the next generation of nuclear reactors and extend the lives of current reactors. Reactor operators need advanced cladding materials, which are the alloys that create the outer layer of nuclear […]

Sandia’s self-guided bullet prototype can hit target a mile away

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M — Take two Sandia National Laboratories engineers who are hunters, get them talking about the sport and it shouldn’t be surprising when the conversation leads to a patented design for a self-guided bullet that could help war fighters. (Click here for a video showing the prototype’s flight.) Sandia researchers Red Jones and Brian […]

Sandia chemists find new material to remove radioactive gas from spent nuclear fuel

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Research by a team of Sandia chemists could impact worldwide efforts to produce clean, safe nuclear energy and reduce radioactive waste. The Sandia researchers have used metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) to capture and remove volatile radioactive gas from spent nuclear fuel. “This is one of the first attempts to use a MOF for iodine […]