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Sandia’s solar glitter closer to market with new licensing agreement

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — An Albuquerque company founded by a Sandia National Laboratories scientist-turned-entrepreneur has received a license for a “home-grown” technology that could revolutionize the way solar energy is collected and used. The licensing agreement was signed Jan. 23 between mPower Technology Inc. and Sandia for microsystems enabled photovoltaics (MEPV). “This is an important milestone,” […]

Sandia physicist Jim Bailey wins major physics award for 10-year study of the sun

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — By testing bits of iron at the temperature of the sun, Sandia National Laboratories physicist Jim Bailey and his team have provided key data to improve the Standard Solar Model, widely used by astrophysicists to help model the behavior of stars. For this work, Bailey will receive the American Physical Society’s annual […]

Sandia Labs tapped again to lead national solar evaluation centers

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Sandia National Laboratories won a three-year renewal of a Department of Energy contract to manage the U.S. Regional Test Centers (RTCs), a network of five sites across the country where industry can assess the performance, reliability and economic viability of solar photovoltaic (PV) technologies. The program currently has more than 12 industry […]

U.S. rooftops get a thumbs-up for solar after Sandia testing

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Most U.S. rooftops in good repair can take the weight of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. That’s the conclusion of a three-year study by a research team led by Sandia National Laboratories. “There is a misperception in the building industry that existing residential rooftops lack the strength to carry the weight load of […]

Testing heats up at Sandia’s Solar Tower with high temperature falling particle receiver

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories are working to lower the cost of solar energy systems and improve efficiencies in a big way, thanks to a system of small particles. This month, engineers lifted Sandia’s continuously recirculating falling particle receiver to the top of the tower at the National Solar Thermal Test Facility, […]

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 […]

Clearing up cloudy understanding on solar power plant output

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Sandia National Laboratories engineers have been studying the most effective ways to use solar photovoltaic (PV) arrays — a clean, affordable and renewable way to keep the power on. Systems are relatively easy to install and have relatively small maintenance costs. They begin working immediately and can run unassisted for decades. But clouds could […]

Sandia Labs harnessing the sun’s energy with tiny particles

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Engineers at Sandia National Laboratories, along with partner institutions Georgia Tech, Bucknell University, King Saud University and the German Aerospace Center (DLR), are using a falling particle receiver to more efficiently convert the sun’s energy to electricity in large-scale, concentrating solar power plants. Falling particle receiver technology is attractive because it can […]

Sandia and Arizona State University sign MOU

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Sandia National Laboratories and Arizona State University have signed a formal partnership agreement on important renewable energy challenges. The goals of the memorandum of understanding are to encourage collaborative research, build educational and workforce development programs and inform policy endeavors. The agreement enables the two institutions to more easily work together to […]

Sandia researchers bring lab experience to world of business

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Three Sandia National Laboratories workers were recognized for taking technology out of the labs and into the private sector. Laurence Brown, Matt Donnelly and Jim Pacheco received Entrepreneurial Spirit Awards for their participation in a Sandia program that encourages researchers to take jobs at startup or expanding businesses. Entrepreneurial Separation to Transfer […]

Cool Earth Solar and Sandia team up in first-ever public-private partnership on Open Campus

LIVERMORE, Calif.— In a public-private partnership that takes full advantage of the Livermore Valley Open Campus (LVOC) for the first time, Sandia National Laboratories and Cool Earth Solar have signed an agreement that could make solar energy more affordable and accessible. The five-year Cooperative Research & Development Agreement (CRADA) calls for researchers with Sandia’s New […]

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 […]

Solar test facility upgrades complete, lead to better capabilities at Sandia for power industry

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – A recent overhaul of the Department of Energy’s National Solar Thermal Test Facility, operated by Sandia National Laboratories, is dramatically improving researchers’ ability to understand and use concentrating solar power. The $17.8 million upgrade to the NSTTF adds state-of-the-art test capabilities, and the resulting research is expected to lead to more solar power use on […]

Sandia solar researcher chosen as one of continent’s ten most brilliant scientists

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Sandia researcher Greg Nielson is “one of the 10 most promising young scientists working today,” says Popular Science magazine. Nielson garnered one of the magazine’s “Brilliant 10” awards for helping lead the Sandia effort to create solar cells the size of glitter. Past Brilliant 10 honorees have gone on to win 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 […]