Sandia National Labs FY20 LDRD Annual Report


R&D 100 HIGHLIGHT Institute for the Design of Advanced Energy Systems (IDAES) Process Systems Engineering Computational Framework One FY20 R&D 100 Award winner – the IDAES Integrated Framework – represents the efforts of a large collaboration led by DOE’s National Energy Technology Laboratory and features scientists from seven institutions, including Sandia. The IDAES framework is a sophisticated set of modeling tools to that help users – including energy companies, technology developers, and researchers – rapidly design, analyze, and optimize new and potential technologies and processes to address demands for abundant and reliable energy. The IDAES framework leverages another R&D 100 award-winning technology (2016) – Pyomo – an open-source software that features powerful optimization-based strategies to solve complex, real-world problems. Developed with several LDRD investments spanning from 2007 to 2013, Pyomo has also been used to design sensor networks to protect water distribution systems, schedule Department of Defense (DoD) satellite sensors, schedule production of nuclear weapon components, design cyber defense strategies, plan NNSA operations for nuclear weapon life extension programs, and control power grid operations. This latest R&D 100 Award highlights the continued payoffs of LDRD investments over time.

A full listing of FY20 R&D 100 Award winners associated with LDRD are included in the International Awards section of this report.



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