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Dry casks take the heat

Sandia researchers have built a scaled test assembly that mimics a dry cask storage container for spent nuclear fuel to study how fuel temperatures change during storage and how the fuel’s peak temperatures affect the integrity of the metal cladding surrounding the spent fuel.

Diesel doesn’t float this boat

Marine research could soon be possible without the risk of polluting either the air or the ocean, thanks to a new hydrogen fuel cell ship design and feasibility study led by Sandia. Hydrogen fuel cells have existed for decades, but the feasibility of a hydrogen-powered research vessel has never been studied or proven. Until now.

The amazing growth of renewable energy from solar cells: A lesson for how we fund research?

Since 2004, the rate at which solar cell power is installed has doubled every 22 months and is now in excess of 0.1 terawatts per year. Research driving some of this expansion began right here at Sandia more than 40 years ago.

Computer science educator garners 2018 Sandia Excellence in Teaching Award

Miguel Baez, Granada High School computer science teacher, has earned the 2018 Sandia National Laboratories Excellence in Teaching Award for his innovative teaching methods and devotion to his students.

‘Never allow others to place their limits on you’

For 32 years, Sandia’s Black Leadership Committee has brought science, technology, engineering and math to more than 3,000 middle and high school students through the Hands-On, Minds-On Technologies program. And for materials scientist Olivia Underwood, volunteering with HMTech is one way to make a difference in the community.

Sandia to celebrate 40 years of solar power research

In 1978, Sandia began a unique program of research on concentrating solar power at the newly constructed National Solar Thermal Test Facility. Forty years later, the facility is still the only one of its kind in the United States. Sandia will celebrate the solar tower’s 40th anniversary on July 31.

NNSA breaks new ground

At a July 2 groundbreaking ceremony, Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty, Undersecretary for Nuclear Security and NNSA Administrator, described plans to build the new NNSA Albuquerque Complex.