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Sandia National Laboratories Technology Marketing Summaries

Here you’ll find marketing summaries for technologies available for licensing from the Sandia National Laboratories (SNL). The summaries provide descriptions of the technologies including their benefits, applications and industries, and development stage.

80 Technology Marketing Summaries
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The Sandia Cooler

In a conventional CPU cooler, the heat transfer bottleneck is the boundary layer of "dead air" that clings to the cooling fins.  This insulating layer is largely unaffected by the impinging airflow generated by the fan.  The radically different approach described herein overcomes this thermal bottleneck, generating a several-fold improvement in cooling performance in a device that is smaller, quieter, and immune to clogging by dust. 

04/10/2014
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Early Stage R&DPLZT Nano-Precursors for High Energy Density Applications

To improve the manufacturing and performance of ceramic materials Sandia National Laboratories has developed a method for synthesizing lanthanum-doped lead zirconate titanate (PLZT) nanoparticle precursors.

04/04/2014
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Early Stage R&DA SERS Method for Handheld Portable Raman

Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) has made an initial investment in the research and development of Surface Enhanced Raman hardware capable of being integrated into a handheld Raman system, which can provide detection for certain analytes down to ppm levels.  The developed method concentrates vapor phase analytes for subsequent deposition onto a functionalized SERS surface.   SNL is seeking commercial partners who are interested in investing in the further development of this... read more

03/25/2014
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Microsystems Enabled Photovoltaics (MEPV)

Revolutionary microsolar technology utilizes glitter-sized photovoltaic cells to change how we generate and use solar power. The significantly reduced size and 100 times less silicon used, allows for increased versatility of photovoltaic applications. Traditional solar cells are 6” square wafers which restricts location, performance, and manufacturing. Other unique factors to this technology include solar tracking, self assembly, and power management techniques.

02/27/2014
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Early Stage R&DMicrosystems R&D and Fabrication

Sandia National Laboratories (Sandia) seeks parties interested in utilizing world-class facilities to advance the "state-of-the-art" in microsystems research and development and fabrication.  

02/27/2014
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Latching Micro Optical Switch

Sandia National Laboratories has developed a latching switch for optical fibers. One or more fibers are moved by an actuator between two positions, off and on. In the off position, two fiber ends are not aligned and light does not pass from the first fiber to the second. In the on position, the ends of two fibers are precisely aligned to make a low-loss optical connection. 

11/27/2013
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The Sandia Wave Reflector

The Sandia wave reflector is a magnetic conductor for wireless transmissions near 433 MHz. The device reflects perpendicular electromagnetic waves in-phase and suppresses surface waves resulting in improved gain performance and effective operation regardless of physical placement.

10/15/2013
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PC Board Mountable Corrosion Sensors

Sandia National Laboratories has created sensors to identify and assess the pervasive and expensive problem of corrosion in applications ranging from construction to microelectronics.

10/14/2013
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Two-Sensor System for Absolute Age and Temperature History

Numerous commercial and military applications require knowing the absolute age and/or temperature history of a device or system starting from the time it is assembled or commissioned. Ideally this information could be obtained simply and without power. The Sandia-developed age and temperature history sensor is a physical materials system solution to address this need.

10/14/2013
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Alternating Current Photovoltaic Building Block

This technology provides a fully integrated and self-containing alternating current (AC) photovoltaic (PV) Building Block device and method that allows photovoltaic applications to become true plug-and-play devices. The Building Block combines, contains, and integrates almost all of the electrical and mechanical elements of a PV system while eliminating the traditional DC voltage concerns of today’s PV systems.

08/19/2013
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Solar Glare Hazard Analysis Tool (SGHAT)

With growing numbers of solar energy systems being proposed and installed throughout the United States, the potential impact of glint and glare from photovoltaic modules, concentrating solar collectors, receivers, and other components is receiving increased attention as a potential hazard or distraction for pilots, air-traffic control personnel, motorists, and residents. Hazards from reflection of solar radiation from solar power plants include the potential for permanent eye injury (e.g.,... read more

07/18/2013
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Clean Burst Rapid Acoustic Lysis for Point-of-Care Diagnostics

Most biosensors in today’s market and in R&D require a critical sample preparation procedure prior to analysis of cellar contents such as nucleic acids and proteins. Technology is needed to release the cellular contents in a format compatible with nano/microfluidic and Point-of-Care (POC) devices.

 

07/18/2013
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Silver Ink for Conductor Printing

Many applications require the ability to print conductors on devices that cannot tolerate high temperatures. Current methods for making printable conductors generally consist of silver nanoparticles or silver flake suspended in a suitable solvent amenable to printing. These silver metal suspension formulations require high processing temperatures to sinter the particles (180 °C). They leave behind unwanted by-products (usually surfactants) and demonstrate significantly reduced... read more

06/25/2013
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Advanced Forms of Activated Carbon

Sandia National Laboratories has developed an economical and efficient activated carbon adsorbent for the trapping of noble gases including Argon, Krypton, Xenon and radioactive 85Kr. Unlike currently used adsorbents, this superior material is fire-resistant with spontaneous ignition temperatures (SIT) of up to 860°C and favorable sorption capacity.

06/11/2013
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Chemical Free Water Analysis with Nanoelectrode Arrays

Electrochemical analysis is a highly sensitive, chemically selective method for identifying and quantifying many different chemicals in water.  Previous art required  field samples be transported to a laboratory where additional chemicals would be added before the analysis could be performed.  Sandia National Laboratories has invented an electrochemical analysis method that has eliminated the need to add chemicals to the testing process while increasing the... read more

06/05/2013
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Hedgehog™ Water Contaminant Removal System
The in-tank recirculating treatment system reduces the levels of contaminants in water storage tanks. A recirculation pump continually sends water though a treatment in order to reduce the levels of contamination.
04/05/2013
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Small-Scale Reactor for the Production of Medical Isotopes
Currently, there is a severe worldwide shortage of medical isotopes-specifically Molybdenum 99 (Mo-99) which is essential in cancer treatment, diagnostics, and medical imaging.  The US is completely dependent on foreign sources which means we have no domestic or backup supply.  Further contributing to the problem, the current reactors are more than 50 years old which means there is a higher risk for unplanned outages and they are not dedicated to production.  In late 2009, the US... read more
03/19/2013
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New Class of Plastic Scintillators
Sandia National Laboratories has developed a class of plastic scintillators capable of detecting fission neutrons, while discriminating against interfering gamma rays, enabling their use as a replacement for liquid scintillator neutron detector materials. Currently, pulse shape discrimination (PSD) is the most effective way of gamma rejection in liquid organic scintillators, however low luminosity for neutron scatter events and restricted volume required for nanosecond timing, limit the... read more
03/19/2013
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New Class of Radiation Detection Materials
Sandia National Laboratories has created a new class of scintillators with novel properties enabling use in a wide range of particle detection schemes, including pulse-shape discrimination methods for detecting fast neutrons. Known as Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs), they are crystalline nanoporous structures in which a luminescent organic component is chemically linked to a heavy metal ion such as zinc. The light output and timing of MOFs is highly tunable because their structure is governed... read more
03/19/2013
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Microfabricated Field Calibration Assembly
Reliable determination of the presence and/or quantity of a particular analyte in the field can be greatly enhanced if the analytical instrument is equipped with a time-of-use calibration standard. While proper calibration is necessary for reliability and accuracy, it can be challenging and cumbersome to provide such calibration in the field using conventional methods found in analytical laboratories.
03/19/2013
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High Accuracy Non-A/C Powered Leak Tester and Volume Calibrator
This novel invention relates to a portable, pneumatically -controlled instrument capable of generating a vacuum (less than 10 Torr), calibrating volumes, and performing quantitative leak tests, all without the use of A/C power.
03/19/2013
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Tunable Surface Plasmon Infrared Modulator
There is a need for improved active infrared optical elements such as modulators. Extraordinary optical transmission (EOT) through subwavelength apertures allows for tailored filtering based on plasmon resonance. Until now EOT devices have not fully achieved the need for variable attenuation capabilities.
03/19/2013
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Low Cost TiO2 Nanoparticles
Current methods of producing titanium dioxide nanoparticles require costly surfactants and/or high temperature and pressure processing. Processing under these conditions results in nanoparticles with extremely wide particle size distributions and significant particle agglomeration. These problems are the primary reasons why TiO2 has had such difficulty transitioning from the laboratory to the marketplace. However, discrete, uniform TiO2 nanoparticles show great  potential in numerous... read more
03/19/2013
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Hybrid Polymer/Nanoparticle Multi-Functional Optical Coatings
Hybrid polymer-nanocrystal optical coatings are a platform technology in the field of multilayered films, and are seen in a variety of consumer products. The methods currently used to manufacture and apply these coatings are complicated and require expensive techniques, such as sputter deposition and chemical vapor deposition (CVD), which both require the use of a vacuum for application.
03/19/2013
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Direct Detector for Terahertz Radiation
There has been much interest expressed in terahertz technology due to the diverse range of applications that it applies to.  However, the terahertz components have been known to perform poorly due to it lying between traditional electronic and photonic fields.  Sandia National Laboratories has created a direct detector for terahertz radiation that seeks to close the "technological gap".
03/19/2013
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High Temperature PEM
Polymer electrolyte fuel cells (PEFCs) have been identified as an attractive electrical power source due to it having a higher efficiency level and being an environmental friendly energy source.  In comparison with other types of fuel cells, PEFCs have a high power density, low weight to power ratio, and utilize a proton exchange membrane (PEM) as its electrolyte.  Some types of membranes that are in use have displayed issues such as reduced conductivity and membranes dehydration at... read more
03/19/2013
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High Efficiency Multiple-Junction Solar Cells
Single junction solar cells have limited efficiency and fail to extract maximum energy from photons outside of a specific spectral region. Higher efficiency and optical to electrical energy conversion is achieved by stacking semiconductor p-n junction layers to capture energy from all spectral regions. 
03/19/2013
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Electrochemical Solution Growth: Gallium Nitride Crystal Growth
Sandia National Laboratories has developed a disruptive new crystal growth technology, called Electrochemical Solution Growth (ESG).  This technology has a high potential for producing the high-quality, large-area, and economical bulk gallium nirtide (GaN) substrates needed to meet the performance requirements of high-efficiency LED and high-power transistors.  Substrates are the bulk wafer material on which opto/electronic think film devices are fabricated; they dictate the... read more
03/19/2013
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Semipermeable Membranes for Micromachined Silicon Surfaces
Sandia National Laboratories has developed semipermeable silicon nitride membranes using an etch process to be co-manufactured on a micromachined silicon surface.
03/19/2013
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Diffraction: Enhanced Light Absorption of Solar Cells and Photodetectors
The solar and photovoltaic industry has grown steadily over the last several years.  In order to maintain these growth rates, the processes and methods need to be continuously improved.  Sandia National Laboratories has created a method for enhanced light absorption of solar cells and photodetectors in a narrowband or wideband spectral absorption.
03/19/2013
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Heterojunction for Multi-Junction Solar Cells
Sandia National Laboratories has created a semiconductor p-n heterojunction for use in forming a photodetector that has applications for use in a multi-junction solar cell and detecting light at an energy greater than 0.95-1.2 eV. 
03/12/2013
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Solar Reflection Panels
There has long been a need for a low cost, high-performing solar collector that will allow solar thermal power to compete with other power sources.  While advancements have been made, a need for a cost effective and durable solar collector still exists.  Sandia National Laboratories has developed a solar collector that is more efficient, utilizes advanced and low cost manufacturing process, and has good optical properties.
03/12/2013
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X-ray Tube with Magnetic Electron Steering

Sandia National Laboratories has created an improved efficiency compact X-ray source to address a wide range of applications.  The high average power large area X-ray tube provides increased X-ray generation efficiency through the use of magnetic steering to reduce the number of electrons that do not contribute to X-ray production.

03/12/2013
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Solar Selective Absorption Coatings
Sandia has developed a new class of solar selective absorber coatings that significantly improve the thermal conversion efficiency of solar units by reducing radiative energy losses from the absorbing elements.  Solar absorption coatings applied to components haave considerable utility in the design of solar thermal flatplan collectors and of solar concentrators.
03/12/2013
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Kevlar and Carbon Composite Armored Gauntlet
The primary purpose of the "Kevlar Gauntlet" is to provide military personnel with much needed, lighweight protection while in combat.  A particular threat to U.S. soldiers are rocket propelled grenades (RPGs) and improvised explosive devices (IEDs) which can create significant risks to safety as a result of debris, shrapnel, spall, superheated air blasts, and shock waves.  The gauntlet, which can be worn on the arms for soldiers operating atop Bradley Fighting Vehicles and armored... read more
03/12/2013
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Small Caliber Guided Bullet
Self guided projectiles such as bullets that can be fired from small caliber weapons (around .50 caliber or less) are desirable due to the increased accuracy of hitting a target from a long range (about 2000 meters or more).
03/12/2013
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Single Well Injection Withdrawl Tracer Tests for Proppant Detection
A large question preventing optimal natural gas production from "hydrofracked" shales is how far proppants, injected to keep shale fractures open, move into the gas-bearing shales.  Knowing precisely where injected proppants go in the subsurface is the first step to optimizng the space of hydrofrack jobs. 
03/12/2013
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Startup Design Features for Supercritical Power Conversion Systems
Sandia National Laboratories has created solutions to startup flow issues in supercritical conversion systems.  The Supercritical Brayton Cycle is a power conversion system that is undergoing extensive testing and advancements at Sandia Labs.  The brayton cycle system has the ability to achieve higher efficiency and more cost effect power conversion than current art forms. 
03/12/2013
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pH Adjustment of Power Plant Cooling Water with Flue Gas/ Fly Ash
Increased recycling of power plant cooling water calls for low-cost means of preventing the formation of calcium carbonate and silicate scale.  Hardness (Ca and Mg) and silica are two of the primary water components that must be selectively precipitated or maintained in solution for intensive water recycling to be achieved.  Sandia researchers propose that available on-site flue gas and fly ash could be used to control the pH of cooling water to prevent scale formation and achieve... read more
03/12/2013
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Micromachine Artifact
With counterfeit goods and company theft becoming a widespread problem, the importance of protecting valuable product is vital to the security of a company or country.  Sandia National Laboratories has created an anti-counterfeit unique identifying tag and seal that will prevent the possibility of counterfeit or the removal, replacement, or relocation of a product of object.
03/12/2013
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Gas Diffusion Electrodes for Fuel Cells
A unique gas diffusion electrode technique resulting in little to no leftover methanol, therefore increasing the overall effectiveness and performance of fuel cells.
03/12/2013
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Trojan Horse Project

Sandia researchers have developed a technology that could potentially turn agricultural waste, weeds and other plant products that are typically discarded or destroyed into fuel.  The idea is to create consolidated biorefinery process inside plant cells. 

03/12/2013
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Method for Reducing Background Clutter in a Camera Image
Sandia has developed an eye-safe, robust, lightweight, and low-cost 3D structured lighting sensor for use in broad daylight outdoor applications.  This newly developed sensor overcomes the current limitations of laser-based 3D sensors and can help with threat assessment for first responders, crime scene investigation, and any other scenario which requires accurate 3D mapping.
03/12/2013
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Improved Grooving Tool for Tubing
Sandia has developed an improved grooving tool for Teflon or other plastic tubing.  Grooving tools are used at the end of a tubing section to provide a better seal with compressionn fittings for connections to equipment.  When used with a compression fitting, grooves can significantly increase the pressure rating of the tube to the fitting seal.  Current tools can only be used to make grooves at the ends of tubing, while this new technology can make a groove anywhere along the... read more
03/12/2013
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Fluorescent Optical Position Sensor
Sandia National Laboratories has created a method and apparatus for measuring the position of an object.  It relies on the attenuation of fluorescence light carried inside a fluorescent optical fiber to determine the position of an object. 
03/12/2013
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Miniaturized Mass Spectrometer
Sandia's invention relates to a miniaturized mass spectrometer using a silicon chip field emitter array as the source of electrons for impact ionization of chemical species. 
03/12/2013
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Fiber-Optic Long-Line Position Sensor
Sandia National Laboratories has developed a side-emitting fiber optic position sensor and method of determining an unknown position of an object by using the sensor.  Non-electrical position sensors like the one developed by Sandia are desirable for use in hazardous environment, e.g., for measuring the liquid level in gasoline or jet fuel tanks.  This sensor is an attractive option because it does not introduce electrical energy, is insensitive to electromagnetic interference,... read more
03/12/2013
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Encryption Engine
In the past, traditional encryption engines utilized a mode of encryption that was vulnerable to certain attacks and not capable of running at full capacity.  Sandia has created an invention that provides a solution to the problem of keeping an encryption engine pipeline full so that the encryption engine can run at full capacity in CBC mode or other encryption modes that require feedback from previous computation. 
03/12/2013
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Soil Moisture Sensor
In the agriculture industry, it is critical to know the water content in the soil in order to maintain the viability and profitability of an agriculture business.  With the high cost of water, it is essential to limit the amount of water used to only what is necessary for the health of the plant.  Current technologies provide soil moisture information that is limited to areas near the surface of the soil.  As the demand on water resources increases, there is a need for technology... read more
03/12/2013
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SEAWOLF
SEAWOLF (Sediment Erosion Actuated by Wave Oscillations and Linear Flow) is a method and apparatus for measuring erosion rates of sediments and high shear stresses in wave dominated environments.  Accurate prediction of erosion rates is complicated by a lack of understanding regarding cohesive sediment interactions.  A need exists for an apparatus that can accurately and directly measure the individual contributors to the total erosion rate of sediments from suspended and bedload... read more
03/12/2013
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Hybrid System for Separating Oxygen from Air

Sandia has developed a portable, oxygen generation system capable of delivering oxygen gas at purities greater than 98 percent and flow rates significantly greater than commercially available systems.

03/12/2013
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Autonomous Combustion-Powered Hopping Robot
Sandia’s hopping robotic platform provides a groundbreaking, energy efficient capability. Hopping mobility has been shown to be five times more efficient than hovering when traversing obstacles at heights under 10 meters.
03/12/2013
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Low Waste Method for Production of Radionuclides
Insuring a constant supply of radioisotopes is of great importance to healthcare around the world. With the increase need for a stable US supply of medical isotopes, this technology can help alleviate this problem.
03/12/2013
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Non-Invasive Energy Meter
Sandia has developed an energy monitoring device that measures energy from liquid flow systems (e.g., solar systems) using a simple technique that senses when the system is running and then estimates the BTU energy production. Current energy meters must be installed into the system to measure how much energy the system is producing or losing. This involves cutting pipes, installing thermal wells, and flow meters, and/or connecting sensors to pump motors in the system. This often requires... read more
03/12/2013
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TacNet Tracker
The TacNet Tracker is designed to transport information securely via portable handheld units without the need for fixed infrastructure. The low profile device is easily worn to provide users with real-time location tracking, communication with other users, and shared information along a secure encrypted self-forming and self-healing network. This line-of-sight network is essentially a custom, privately owned Internet with the capability to self-form on a second-to-second basis. If a unit... read more
03/12/2013
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Neutron Scatter Camera for Radiaton Detection
Sandia’s neutron scatter camera is an innovative design which combines the benefits of gamma ray imaging with fast neutron imaging. The camera detects special nuclear material (SNM) and rejects backgrounds from naturally occurring radiation sources that can produce false alarms. Additionally, the camera can detect and localize neutrons at greater distances and through shielding since fast neutrons are more penetrating than gamma rays. One of the key advantages is higher signal to... read more
03/12/2013
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Molten Salt Heat Transfer Fluid (HTF)

Sandia has developed a heat transfer fluid (HTF) for use at elevated temperatures that has a lower freezing point than any molten salt mixture available commercially. This allows the HTF to be used in applications in which the expensive parasitic energy costs necessary for freeze protection can be significantly reduced. The higher operating temperature limit significantly increases power cycle efficiency and overall power plan sun-to-net electric efficiency.

03/12/2013
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Deposition of Graded Thermal Barrier Coatings for Gas Turbine Blades
Sandia has developed a method and apparatus for depositing thermal barrier coatings on gas turbine blades and vanes which increase the thermal resistance of the blades and leads to higher efficiency. Higher operating temperatures for gas turbine engines are continuously sought in order to increase their efficiency.
03/12/2013
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Hybrid Wide Range Detector Amplifier
Many applications require detection of both very small and very large signals. High gain detector amplifiers provide low noise but are easily swamped by large signals. Logarithmic amplifiers provide a wide range but contributing to distortion. Auto-ranging circuits lose data when switching between low and high gain. Detecting over a wide range is especially challenging for modern low supply voltage ICs (integrated circuits).
03/12/2013
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Security Risk Assessment Methodologies (RAM) for Critical Infrastructures
In the mid 1970s, the Department of Energy (DOE) designated Sandia as the Lead Laboratory for development of physical security technology and funded Sandia to develop a technical capability in security modeling and systems analysis, security equipment and components, and security systems engineering, integration and implementation.

For more than 30 years, Sandia has applied performance-based methods for designing and evaluating physical protection systems (PPS). This approach has been applied... read more
03/12/2013
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Early Stage R&DImproved Method to Measure Glare and Reflected Solar Irradiance

Sandia has developed a cheap, efficient, and accurate method of measuring the irradiance from solar reflections using a digital camera. Measurements of reflected solar irradiance is of great importance to industry, military, and government agencies to assess potential impacts of glint and glare from growing numbers of solar power installations around the world. In addition, this measurement technique can be used to monitor and maintain system performance for concentrating solar power... read more

03/12/2013
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Red-Emitting Phosphors for Solid-State Lighting
Sandia has developed red-emitting phosphors that will help to transform the cold blue of many current light-emitting diodes (LEDs) into the warm white that is preferred for general lighting. This advance could help move solid-state lighting (SSL) into broader applications and market spaces. This class of rare-earth doped tantalates has unprecedented compositions and structures as well as excellent characteristics for a red-phosphor component for blue or UV excitation. Some compositions and... read more
03/12/2013
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Micro-Pyrolizer for Rapid Bio-Identification
Sandia has developed a micro-fabricated device for identifying different organisms by their unique chemical “fingerprint” based on fatty acid (lipid) content. Applications can include food composition testing (testing the purity of Extra Virgin Olive Oil), microbe analysis (e.g. Anthrax and virulent bacteria), high value/specialty crop verification (designer seeds, bio-fuels), and unknown substance testing.
03/12/2013
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Integrated Boiler, Superheater & Decomposer Bayonet for Hydrogen Production
With the growing pressure placed on energy efficiency and reliance on fossil fuels, alternative sources of energy are increasingly important. The primary function can be used for the production of hydrogen but a similar process can be applied to create ammonia and propane production.
03/12/2013
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Inherently Safe In-Situ Uranium Recovery
As uranium mining continues to grow in the United States, so does the concerns over its environmental impact. An approach that may alleviate some of these problems may be in situ recovery (ISR) of uranium which involves circulating reactive fluids through an underground uranium deposit. These fluids contain chemical agents that dissolve the ore so uranium can be recovered once the fluid is pumped back to the surface. New and more stringent standards of uranium traces in drinking water are... read more
03/12/2013
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Electrical Cable Testing by Pulse-Arrested Spark Discharge (PASD)
Sandia has developed an advanced electrical wiring diagnostic system capable of detecting insulation defects in complex wiring systems. The portable diagnostic system detects and accurately locates hard to find insulation defects as breached insulation, chaffing, and insulation cracks. PASD could greatly reduce the time required to track down wiring defects, as it can typically locate these defects within inches.
03/12/2013
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Energy Surety Microgrid™
The Energy Surety Microgrid™ (ESM) is a Risk Assessment Methodology (RAM) which is a vulnerability assessment for the critical power delivery functions and needs of a community. The microgrid serves as a predecessor to the larger-scale smart grid making it more specific to serve hospitals, military bases, residential communities, emergency response, etc. in utilizing renewable energy sources when traditional sources fail or are inadequate.
03/12/2013
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TOPHAT™ for the Alignment & Focus of Heliostat Mirror Facets
The Theoretical Overlay Photographic Heliostat Alignment Technique (TOPHAT) is a unique method which helps to accurately and effectively concentrate solar energy onto a receiver. By utilizing a camera/target fixture placed in front of the heliostat TOPHAT aligns and focuses the mirrors on a heliostat. It uses the photographs taken by cameras on the fixture and comparing the location and size of the target patterns with their predicted theoretical images. Adjustments are made to the facets until... read more
03/12/2013
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Techniques of Nanoscale Silicon Texturing of Solar Cells
Sandia National Laboratories has created a technology that produces an antireflective (matte) surface on a silicon photovoltaic solar cell.  The process uses a randomly deposited metal catalyst followed by reactive ion etching (RIE) to produce nanoscale surface features.  The texture of the cells is more effective in solar absorption and, therefore, storage of energy. This nanoscale texturing is also a cost effective and environmentally safe tool for a renewable energy source.
03/12/2013
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TOPCAT Solar Cell Alignment & Energy Concentration Technology
This technology is a new technique for parabolic trough mirror alignment based on the use of an innovative Theoretical Overlay Photographic (TOP) approach. It is a variation of current methods used on parabolic dish systems and involves overlay of theoretical images of the Heat Collection Element (HCE) in the mirrors onto carefully surveyed photographic images and adjustment of mirror alignment until they match.
03/12/2013
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Intelligent Grid Technologies

With the increasing demand for new energy distribution methods including increased efficiency and alternative sources, Intelligent Grid technologies are on the cutting edge of demand. The significance is taking the current energy infrastructure to the next level of sustainability, utility, and compatibility with recent advances in the energy field. As a result of the increased carbon emissions around the world, the only option is to explore the balanced integration of renewable and... read more

03/12/2013
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Rapid Solar Mirror Characterization with Fringe Reflection Techniques
This technology is an automated system in which the reflection of a mirror, typically for solar applications, is characterized by the slope and slope errors. The system uses a video camera and a PC to create fringe patterns from the reflection of the mirror. These patterns can characterize and better assess the quality of the mirrors for solar applications in a more automated process.
03/12/2013
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Hydroxyapatite Barriers for Radionuclide Containment
Apatite, which has been shown to effectively bind and immobilize radionuclides, can also be used to form barriers in water and soil in contaminated environments. The apatite barrier is formed in situ in soil by injection of chelated calcium, phosphate and fluoride solution. In situ formed apatite can be used to sequester actinides, strontium, lead, heavy metals and other compounds that react with apatite.
03/12/2013
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Nanoporous Al2O3 as a “Getter” for Volatile Radionuclides into Nanostructued Glass-Ceramic Waste Forms
The first phase of this project is capture and encapsulation which is achieved by using nanoporous alumina to confine gaseous iodine, for example, from fission or waste processing. The captured iodine is then reacted with silver or copper to form precipitates inside the nanopores of the material (the fixation). The material is then mixed with glass-forming constituents which are then heated to seal and encapsulate the waste forms.
03/12/2013
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Optimized Alumina Coagulants for Water Purification
This innovative technology uses a water treatment coagulant, or reagent, to facilitate the process of water purification. By inserting a single gallium atom in the center of an aluminum oxide cluster, the stability and efficacy of the reagent is greatly improved. This stability also provides a longer shelf life, increased effectiveness in various environments, and outperforms other current commercially available coagulants for water clarification and pathogen removal.
03/12/2013
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Solar Tracing Sensors for Maximum Solar Concentrator Efficiency
Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) relies on thermodynamic processes to convert concentrated light into useful forms of energy. Accurate sun tracking enables higher concentration ratios and improved efficiency through higher temperature processes and lower losses.
03/12/2013
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Designer Catalysts for Next Generation Fuel Synthesis
Transition Metal Sulfides (TMS), such as molybdenum disulfide (MoS2), are the petroleum industry’s “workhorse” catalysts for upgrading heavy petroleum feed stocks and removing sulfur, nitrogen and other pollutants from fuels. This improved synthesis technique produces single layer transition metal sulfide (SLTMS) catalysts, such as molybdenum disulfide, with potentially greater activity and specificity than those currently available.
03/12/2013
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SpinDx™ Lab on a Disk

Currently, when a patient arrives at the hospital or doctor’s office feeling ill, they are first examined by the doctor, sent to a blood lab where vials of blood are taken, and then sent home to wait for results. This approach often means patients must wait days or weeks, to get results. During that waiting period, they are not receiving treatment, which can be a critical factor for cancer, heart attack, or stroke patients. 

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01/18/2013
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The µChemLabTM: Bio Detector
Sandia National Laboratories has developed a series of compact, hand-held detection systems that place the capability of a fully functional chemistry laboratory at the fingertips of a trained field operator. Sandia's chemical analysis system can rapidly detect and analyze toxic agents such as bacteria, viruses, and protozoa.

The µChemLabTM was designed, demonstrated, and tested by Sandia researchers over several years. The systems were initially developed for homeland security, defense... read more
01/15/2013
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Microfluidic Polymer Valves
In a technological breakthrough, Sandia researchers have developed polymer microvalves to allow fluids to be shuttled as easily in microfluidic chips as they are on a laboratory benchtop. The valves are photopatterned, cast-to-shape microscale polymer elements that can be used to isolate electric fields, and, as a consequence, locally isolate electroosmotic or electrophoretic flows. The valves can be actuated by applying pressure to move them inside a microfluidic channel in order to open and... read more
01/15/2013