Energy and Climate


National Rotor Testbed Functional Scaling Presented at American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics 2014 Scitech

David Maniaci (in Sandia’s Wind Energy Technologies Dept.) traveled to National Harbor, Maryland, in January to present a paper at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) SciTech/American Society of Mechanical Engineers Wind Energy Symposium titled, “Definition of the National Rotor Testbed: An Aeroelastically Relevant Research-Scale Wind Turbine Rotor.” Approximately 60 researchers from various institutions […]

Scaled Wind Farm Technology Facility Baselining Project Accelerates Work

With the Scaled Wind Farm Technology (SWiFT) facility’s basic operation and data collection now operational, the SWiFT Baselining Team met at Sandia on February 20th to kick-off the SWiFT Facility Baselining Project’s major work phase. The project’s goal is to achieve complete operational readiness and verification of all SWiFT controller, data acquisition, and instrumentation systems for future […]

Increasing the Scaled Wind Farm Technology Facility’s Power Production

During the period of February 24–March 7, Scaled Wind Farm Technology (SWiFT) facility turbines were operational—producing power and collecting data for the longest period to date. On March 5, both turbines produced rated power of 200 kW without any issue. A snapshot of 184 kW is shown in the figure. To date, the turbines have been running with supervised operation […]

New Facility Tool at SWiFT Makes Rotor Work More Efficient

Rotor fixation stands, one for each Scaled Wind Farm Technology (SWiFT) facility turbine, have been built. The stands will be used to mount the wind-turbine rotors on the ground before and after rotor-lifting activities. Further, the stands provide a foundation for assembling rotors and working on instrumentation just before lifting (an indoor assembly facility on […]

Power Production Started on All Three SWiFT Turbines

The week of September 30th marked the first week of power production on all three turbines at the Scaled Wind Farm Technology (SWiFT) facility. Josh Bryant, Eric Mallet, and Dave Kroeker (all in Sandia’s Wind Energy Technologies Dept.) worked on-site to monitor the performance of the machines during the initial run-in testing. Through the initial […]

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