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Students compete for best 3D-printed design during Sandia robotics camp

Sandia and R4 Creating hosted the second annual week-long robotics camp in May at the Robotics Vehicle Range. Local students competed in teams to create and print original 3D designs.

Kyle Fuerschbach earns 2019 Kevin P. Thompson Optical Design Innovator Award

Sandia engineer Kyle Fuerschbach has been named the 2019 Kevin P. Thompson Optical Design Innovator Award recipient by the Optical Society. The award recognizes significant early-career contributions to lens design, optical engineering or metrology.

Global collaboration to study photovoltaic performance, reliability

An international community of research institutions, led by Sandia, to advance photovoltaic research and expand solar markets formally launched its work on May 14 in Munich, Germany. The organization provides a unique platform for studying photovoltaic performance and reliability in multiple, diverse environments and climates.

Rooftop solar panels get boost from Sandia tool

Homeowners and businesses may now have an easier time getting solar panels on rooftops thanks to software developed at Sandia. The new software can run a detailed, second-by-second simulation that shows utility companies how rooftop solar panels at a specific house or business would interact with a local electrical grid throughout the year.

Don’t set it and forget it — scan it and fix it with tech that detects wind blade damage

Drones and crawling robots outfitted with special scanning technology could help wind blades stay in service longer, which may help lower the cost of wind energy at a time when blades are getting bigger, pricier and harder to transport, Sandia researchers say.