Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories have designed a new class of molten sodium batteries for grid-scale energy storage. The new battery design was shared in a paper published today in the scientific journal Cell Reports Physical Science.
- Cell Reports Physical Science
- Department of Energy's Office of Electricity Energy Storage Program
A team of Sandia National Laboratories engineers developed a new testing capability in support of its nuclear weapons mission. The team completed their first combined-environments test on a full-scale weapons system at the Sandia Superfuge/Centrifuge complex in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
- NNSA Office of Engineering and Technology Maturation
The first nanoscale images ever taken inside intact, lithium-metal coin batteries (also called button cells or watch batteries) challenge prevailing theories and could help make future high-performance batteries, such as for electric vehicles, safer, more powerful and longer lasting.
- ACS Energy Letters
The Department of Energy recently awarded $14 million to form a Sandia National Laboratories-led center to improve the understanding of perovskite-based photovoltaic technologies and determine the best tests to evaluate the new solar panels' lifetimes.
- US Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office
Like two superheroes finally joining forces, Sandia's Z machine -- generator of the world's most powerful electrical pulses -- and Lawrence Livermore's National Ignition Facility -- the planet's most energetic laser source -- have detailed gold and platinum responses to pressures so extreme that their atomic structures momentarily distorted like images in a fun-house mirror.Until now there has been no way to accurately calibrate these pressures , the first step to controlling them.
A 30-year program that made flying safer through continued innovations in airplane inspection, maintenance and airworthiness research has ended its tenure at Sandia National Laboratories. The Federal Aviation Administration Airworthiness Assurance Center, or AANC, operated by Sandia for the FAA, is moving to the National Institute of Aviation Research at Wichita State University to combine with another long-standing FAA center. The planned move supports shifts in structure at both Sandia and the FAA.
A team of researchers from Sandia, Lawrence Berkeley and Pacific Northwest national laboratories tested a "sponge-like" mineral that can "soak up" uranium at a former uranium mill near Rifle, Colorado.
- Department of Energy Office of Legacy Management
Scientists at Sandia National Laboratories have built the world's smallest and best acoustic amplifier. And they did it using a concept that was all but abandoned for almost 50 years.
- Nature Communications
Sandia researcher Humberto "Tito" Silva III has been named Engineer of the Year by AIAA, the world's largest aerospace technical society. Silva's work improved failure-rate predictions of aerospace flight systems as they reenter Earth's atmosphere. The work helps direct engineers to attack the worst problems first for reentry rockets, spaceships and satellites.