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Making a Request for Testing


The winter/spring 2015 application is open for energy storage analysis proposals.

The database is currently open for FAST-Track Proposals.
These should be limited in scope and have strong justification for expedited processing.

Instructions to Make a Request for Testing:
  1. Download appropriate application,
  2. Fill out,
  3. Save for your records, and
  4. Email a copy to Energystorage@sandia.gov

Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Electricity (OE) Supported Proposals

Technologies considered for DOE funded third party analysis must provide justification of promising applications to stationary storage applications and a case for why OE support is appropriate for the proposed work. Note that any results obatined during OE supported project may be published in a public report. While this work falls under nonproprietary research, protections of proprietary information is available through non-disclosure aggrements (NDAs). You are invited to submit for considerations. There are two methods by which you may apply. Notice of Federal Business Opportunity 15_432: Third party validation of energy storage technologies for stationary storage applications.
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DOE FAST-Track Proposals
You must have a strong justification for testing the technology, and why a short testing cycle will yield valuable results to you and the community. if there is not sufficient justification, or there is no current availability, your proposal will automatically be submitted for consideration in the regular proposal cycle.

For fast trask proposal you may submit a request at any time for immediate consideration. Responses to proposals in fast-track will be recieved within five business days. The time required for final determination will vary.
DOE Standard Proposal
Applications are evaluated on a bi-annual basis and the number of qualifying proposals are selected as our resources will permit. Selection is based on how promising the technology is for addressing stationary storage needs, as well as the technical limitation on our equipment to the proposed devices.

Applications for analysis at the ESAL will be considered for DC technologies to run under the DOE "Protocol for Uniformly Measuring and Expressing the Performance of Energy Storage Systems" frequency regulation application, along with analysis of performance metrics. This protocol is attached for reference.

The Energy Storage Test Pad has opportunities for grid connected energy storage systems to be analyzed for A: performance of grid support functions, and/or B: safety in the deployment environment. Test articles will be used to validate common test protocols and to develop advanced protocols for the performance and safety of energy storage systems. Battery systems may be required to provide representative cells and or modules for performance and safety analysis in the ESAL prior to system testing. Grid support functions include area regulation, frequency regulation, voltage support and many other automated and commanded operation modes. Performance of these functions will be analyzed using test procedures designed to derive salient metrics. Test procedures will be mutually agreed upon by Sandia and the collaborating partner. Safety will be analyzed using Systems-Theoretic Process Analysis (STPA), which will help develop a systematic test program to validate the enforcement of safety constraints. When supplying a proposal for testing services, please provide all requested information from the application packet.


Work for Others (WFO) Customer Funded Proposals

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WFO Customer Funded Proposals
If you intend to fund the work carried out with Sandia, please complete and submit the abridged applicabtion form. By providing some preliminary information on what you would like to do it can facilitate discussions and allow us to better determine the expected cost of your activities. This work falls under proprietary research. Please read details below on Sandia's proprietary research.
Note:
If your request is only for an exploratory conference call, consulting services or development of a nondisclosure agreement please complete the appropriate proposal for the expected testing you would like to eventually consider. Even if you are submitting under the regular application, discussions can be initiated off schedule from the proposal cycle. Completing the application is an effective way to initiate discussions, however you are also welcome to contact us directly to discuss your needs and options at any time.

Proprietary Research

  • Access to and use of the SNL/NM Battery Testing facilities is granted in an impartial manner; a peer-reviewed proposal system may or may not be used.
  • Users may access the SNL/NM Battery Testing User Facility for a planned site visit with limited support for collaborative work from SNL/NM personnel and/or researchers.
  • SNL/NM Battery Testing Facility staff members and administrators provide sufficient information to ensure that each planned experiment can be performed safely.
  • SNL/NM Battery Testing staff members, administrators, and personnel provide and follow appropriate safety training and oversight.
  • SNL/NM Battery Testing Facility Users are charged for "machine time" or "lab time" and other documented specified support services from SNL/NM personnel on a full cost recovery basis.
  • SNL/NM Battery Testing Facility Users may keep their research results private.
  • SNL/NM Battery Testing Facility Users may retain title to their inventions; Government rights are extremely limited.
  • If the experiment is proprietary and collaborative with SNL/NM researchers, a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) (or Work-For-Others (WFO)) would be appropriate instead of the User Agreement.

Nonproprietary Research

  • Access to and use of the SNL/NM Battery Testing facilities is impartial and based on a peer-reviewed proposal process.
  • Users may access the SNL/NM Battery Testing User Facility for a planned site visit with limited support for collaborative work from SNL/NM personnel and/or researchers.
  • SNL/NM Battery Testing Facility staff members and administrators provide sufficient information to ensure that each planned experiment can be performed safely.
  • SNL/NM Battery Testing staff members, administrators, and personnel provide and follow appropriate safety training and oversight.
  • SNL/NM Batter Testing Facility Users are charged for "machine time" or "lab time" for potential agreed upon collaborative effort of SNL/NM researchers; users may be charged for ancillary materials, supplies, and other related services obtained from the Battery Testing User Facility.
  • SNL/NM Battery Testing Facility Users must intend to publish their research results in the open scientific literature. Research results are available to the public.
  • SNL/NM Battery Testing Facility Users may retain title to their researchers' inventions, and SNL/NM retains title to its researchers' inventions; the Government retains a royalty-free license and some oversight of utilization efforts.
  • The experiment is not directed towards producing a specific commercial end result (e.g., marketable product).

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