Energy and Climate


Sandia Contributes to International Electrotechnical Commission IEC 61400-26 Availability Standard

The U.S. Department of Energy Wind Program and Sandia have been working with the International Elec­trotechnical Commission (IEC) Committee on Wind Turbine Availability to develop three specifications for IEC-61400-26―the standard that addresses wind turbine and wind-plant availability. The first specification is on the definitions of operating states and availability conditions and was published in 2011. […]

Upcoming Publication on Recovery Strategies for Damaged Transportation Networks

The International Journal of Critical Infrastructures accepted “Optimal recovery sequencing for enhanced resilience and service restoration in transportation networks” for publication. The paper, co-authored by Eric Vugrin (in Sandia’s Resilience and Regulatory Effects Dept.), Mark Turnquist (Cornell University), and Nathanael Brown (Operations Research and Knowledge Management Systems Dept.), describes a model that can be used […]

New Jersey Transit FutureGrid MOU Signing

In late August, DOE Secretary Moniz and New Jersey Governor Christie signed an memorandum of understanding (MOU) over grid modernization, which establishes a relationship between the U.S. Department of Energy, New Jersey Transit Corporation, and the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) to explore the design, possible construction, and future implementation of an advanced […]

Motivating Business to Design a More Resilient Nation, One Building at a Time

Imagine a building resilient enough to allow people to continue their daily tasks even while an emergency is in progress. The self-­reliant building might have its own small electrical generating system to maintain lights, computers, and mobile communications during a power outage, compartmentalized clusters of rooms to prevent water damage in one sector from affecting […]

Sandia and Los Alamos Teams Gear Up for Hurricane Season

The Department of Homeland Security’s National Infrastructure Simulation and Analysis Center (NISAC), jointly housed at Sandia and Los Alamos national laboratories, studies how hurricanes and other disasters disrupt critical infrastructure, such as roads, electricity, and water systems. With the onset of hurricane season, NISAC has two jobs: conducting annual “hurricane swath” analyses of probable impacts […]

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