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About Sandia National Laboratories

Through the Secure and Sustainable Energy Future Mission, Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) helps to enable an uninterrupted and enduring supply of energy from domestic sources and supports the reliability and resiliency of the associated energy infrastructure. This mission is braced by ongoing lab efforts to drive the development and deployment of energy sources that are safe, efficient, and less dependent on scarce natural resources.

Sandia has been nationally recognized for connecting laboratories with small businesses through the New Mexico Small Business Assistance program, a 15-year-old initiative that provides unique lab capabilities and technical expertise to the private sector.


SNL's Hydrogen Program has core scientific competencies in hydrogen-materials science, advanced computational sciences, hydrogen combustion, quantitative risk assessment, systems engineering and systems analysis. These competencies support scientific and engineering activities to develop/deploy:

  • fuel cell membrane materials
  • hydrogen production and deliver technologies
  • hydrogen storage technologies
  • the scientific-basis for hydrogen safety, codes and standards
  • hydrogen infrastructure

Direct conversion of sunlight to hydrogen is the mission of the Solar Thermochemical Hydrogen Production Laboratories and enabled by the National Solar Thermal Test Facility and thermal storage technologies.

  • Hydrogen Risk Assessment Models (HyRAM) integrates state-of-the-art risk assessment from the nuclear power industry with the fundamental physics of hydrogen behaviors to provide a novel risk assessment platform for hydrogen infrastructure
  • Evaluating materials and components in high-pressure gaseous hydrogen environments are the cornerstone of the Hydrogen Effects on Materials Laboratory
  • Systems Analysis is focused on integrating multiple component models and conducting very large parametric studies using Sandia‚Äôs world-class supercomputer clusters
  • New classes of Fuel Cell Separator Materials for use in fuel cells, electrolyzers, and flow batteries through fundamental materials design and synthesis pathways
  • Turbulent Combustion Laboratory utilizes state-of-the-art diagnostics to characterize hydrogen gas plumes and hydrogen flames
  • Hydrogen Systems Engineering applies deep systems engineering expertise to realize creative hydrogen technologies
  • Hydrogen Materials Advanced Research Consortium (HyMARC) is a multi-lab consortium, led by Sandia, addressing scientific challenges to viable solid-state of hydrogen


  • Hydrogen testing equipment including: reduction-oxidation materials characterization and Laser-heated kinetic stagnation reactor
  • High-pressure facilities
  • Hydrogen behavior characterization: state-of-the-art optical diagnostics for characterization of hydrogen gas plumes and hydrogen flames
  • Surface science tools including: low-energy ion spectroscopy (LEIS) and in situ atomic force microscopy and Kelvin probe microscopy
  • Broad suite of tools for hydrogen solid-storage

Additional Information

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