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Babu Chalama at Sandia National Laboratories Elected to National Academy of Engineering

Post, March 8, 2024 • On February 6, 2024, the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) elected as a new member for his advancement of battery storage systems Dr. Babu Chalamala, Senior Scientist for the Grid Modernization and Energy Storage program at Sandia National Laboratories, announced NAE President John L. Anderson. In total, there were 114...

Graduate Student at CCNY Defends Ph.D. Dissertation

Post, June 12, 2024 • On Thursday, May 9, 2024, Jungsang Cho, a graduate student at the City College of New York (CCNY), under the tutelage of Professor Sanjoy Banerjee, successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation titled “Understanding the Application of Hydrogel Electrolytes for Rechargeable Alkaline Zinc-Manganese Dioxide Batteries.” Cho’s thesis work was the result of...

PNNL Hosts 2024 Energy Storage Safety & Reliability Forum

Post, June 12, 2024 • Pacific Northwest National Laboratories (PNNL) hosted the 2024 Energy Storage Safety & Reliability Forum on May 14-16 at Discovery Hall on the PNNL campus. The event provided about 200 guests the opportunity to learn about the latest developments, share lessons learned and best practices, and discuss the ongoing challenged of...

Sandia National Laboratories’ Atri Bera Awarded Outstanding Young Engineer

Post, May 24, 2024 • Dr. Atri Bera was recently honored with the Outstanding Young Engineer Award by the IEEE Albuquerque Section, recognizing his significant contributions in developing “software tools to assess the reliability and stability risks associated with high penetrations of renewable generation.” His research and tool development work has been pivotal in addressing...

Sandia’s David Rosewater Presents on Modernizing Battery Worker Safety Standards

Post, June 12, 2024 • As batteries have fallen in cost they are more commonly installed in cars, homes, business, and utility applications by a new workforce of battery technicians. This new workforce needs specific guidance for how to safely assemble, maintain, repair, and disassemble battery systems. As part of his efforts to modernize battery...

Sandian Assist Industry Understanding of Long Duration Energy Storage (LDES) for Integrated Resource Planning (IRP) Summit

Post, June 3, 2024 • Will McNamara from Sandia National Laboratories gave two presentations at the EUCI Integrated Resource Planning (IRP) Best Practices Summit held virtually May 1-2, 2024, hosted by Burbank Department of Light & Power. McNamara, the Sandia Energy Storage Policy Analyst, presented and led discussion on “Parsing Which Long Duration Technologies Will Prevail”...

Sandian Discusses Technologies for Diesel Use Reduction at the IEEE SusTech Initiative Energy and Climate Technologies for the Arctic Workshop

Post, June 3, 2024 • Sandia National Laboratories Energy Storage program team member Charlie Vartanian participated in IEEE SusTech Initiative’s Energy and Climate Technologies for the Arctic Workshop held May 3-4, 2024, at the University of Alaska Anchorage campus. This was the fourth in a series of open workshops held by the IEEE SusTech Initiative. At...

Sandians Assist in Revising IEEE 1547.4-2011 Standard

Post, March 8, 2024 • On January 23, 2024, Sandia staff participated in the second meeting of the P1547.4 Working Group (WG). The P1547.4 WG, chaired by Michael Ropp of Sandia National Laboratories, is revising the IEEE Guide 1547.4-2011 “Guide for Design, Operation, Integration, and Interoperability of Intentional Electric Systems Islands.” This guide supplements the...

Sandians Assist Industry Education on Energy Storage System Standards

Post, May 31, 2024 • Sandia National Laboratories Energy Storage program team member Charlie Vartanian participated in the EUCI course “Energy Storge System Commissioning” held virtually April 17-18, 2024. Charlie was the lead instructor for “Installation Codes, Standards, and Regulations (CSRs) Applicable to Energy Storage System (ESS) Commissioning”. The Sandia-supported course module included content prepared...

Sandians Contributed to Industry Education on Energy Storage and a Decarbonized Future

Post, June 3, 2024 • Sandia National Laboratories Energy Storage program team members participated as co-instructors on the “How Grid Energy Storage Meets the Challenges of a Decarbonized Future” tutorial at the 2024 IEEE PES T&D Conference May 6-9, 2024, in Anaheim, CA. This tutorial was organized and led by the IEEE Energy Storage and...

Sandians Discuss Distributed Energy Interconnection and Interoperability

Post, March 8, 2024 • On February 26, 2024, Sandia National Laboratories staff were co-instructors for HalfMoon Education’s Distributed Energy Interconnection and Interoperability webinar. This webinar covered broader DER interconnection policy and technical standards content, plus narrower discussion specific to energy storage (ES) and Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G).  Sandia staff featured learning developed through Energy Storage (ES)...

Sandians Help Develop New Energy Storage Standards Through ESSB Committee

Post, March 8, 2024 • From January 30 - February 2, 2024, Sandia staff participated in the 2024 IEEE Energy Storage and Stationary Battery (ESSB) committee’s winter general meeting. The meeting was held in San Diego, CA, co-located with the IEEE EESAT conference. These ESSB biannual meetings cover committee-level administrative and planning activities, plus additional...

Sandians Organize, Participate in 2024 IEEE Electrical Energy Storage Applications and Technologies (EESAT) Conference

Post, March 8, 2024 • From January 29-30, 2024, Sandia staff members organized and participated in the 2024 IEEE Electrical Energy Storage Applications and Technologies (EESAT) conference in San Diego, CA. This year’s technical program centered around the theme of Long Duration Energy Storage and highlighted advances in electricity storage technologies including battery chemistries such...

Sandians Published in the Journal of The Electrochemical Society

Post, March 8, 2024 • Reed Wittman and Yuliya Preger, members of the Safety & Reliability team in the Sandia Energy Storage program recently published the first part of a two-part study on the materials degradation of Li-ion batteries during long-term cycling in the Journal of the Electrochemical Society. The paper titled “Characterization of Cycle-Aged...

Staff Scientists at Sandia Develop First Simulated Force Field Parameters for Zincate

Post, June 5, 2024 • Amalie Frischknecht and Mark Stevens at Sandia developed new parameters to use in molecular dynamics simulations of zincate ions in aqueous potassium hydroxide solutions. The results were published in an article titled “Force Fields for High Concentration Aqueous KOH Solutions and Zincate Ions,” published March 28, 2024, in the American...

The National Consortium for the Advancement of Long Duration Energy Storage (LDES) National Launch Webinar

Post, February 26, 2024 • The National Consortium for the Advancement of Long Duration Energy Storage (LDES) Technologies recently held its national launch webinar. More than 1200 people registered the webinar, during which the goals, deliverables, and timeline for the three-year, DOE-funded initiative LDES National Consortium were summarized. Led by Principal Investigator Will McNamara from...

U.S. Department of Energy Announces $2.25 Million American-Made Silicon Carbide (SiC) Packaging Prize

Post, March 18, 2024 • The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Electricity (OE) today launched the American-Made Silicon Carbide (SiC)  Packaging Prize. This $2.25 million contest invites competitors to propose, design, build, and test state-of-the-art SiC semiconductor packaging prototypes to enable these devices to work more effectively in high-voltage environments such as energy storage....

Vincent Sprenkle Named Director of Grid Storage Launchpad

Post, April 22, 2024 • A nationally recognized leader in electrochemical energy conversion and storage at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), Vince Sprenkle has been chosen to oversee the Grid Storage Launchpad (GSL), a Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Electricity (OE) research and development facility that will open this year on PNNL’s campus in Richland, WA....