Conducting applied research to increase the viability of wind technology by improving wind turbine performance, reliability, and reducing the cost of energy.

Advancing the state of knowledge in the areas of materials, structurally efficient airfoil designs, active-flow aerodynamic control, and sensors.
Advancing rotor technology such that they capture more energy, more reliably, with relatively lower system loads—all at a lower end cost.
Improving the performance and reducing the cost of wind energy by addressing complex system issues associated with wind plants.
Improving wind-turbine blade manufacturing quality and determining the most cost-effective methods to mitigate environmental damage.
Investigating both wind turbines and radars for techniques to help mitigate the radar-interference.
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Offshore Wind

Learn MoreReducing technology risk, siting offshore turbines and wind farms, and reducing offshore wind’s cost of energy.

Resources

This newsletter highlights key activities, articles on current research projects, latest reports, papers, and events published by Sandia. This monthly newsletter is intended for wind industry partners, stakeholders, universities and potential partners.
Sandia hosts several Wind Workshops that bring together wind energy professionals from industry, universities, and national laboratories to discuss challenges, issues, and solutions for wind turbine blades.
Computational tools used to significantly improve the structural and aeroelastic analysis capability available to the wind industry.

Government-Industry Radar/Airspace Listening Session at WindPower2015

Representatives from the federal agencies participating in the Wind Turbine Radar Interference Mitigation (WTRIM) Working Group held a special Government-Industry Radar/Airspace Listening Session at the American Wind Energy Association AWEA WindPower 2015 event in Orlando, […]

Upcoming Release of the University of Minnesota’s Virtual Wind Simulator

Large-eddy simulation (LES) of wind farms with wind-turbine parameterization is emerging as a powerful tool for improving existing wind farm performance and lowering maintenance costs—and assessing the potential sites for installing wind farms.

Sandia is working […]

Sandia Wind-Turbine Blade Flaw Detection Experiments in Denmark

Wind-turbine blades pose a unique set of inspection challenges: from very thick and attentive spar-cap structures to porous bond lines, varying core material, and a multitude of manufacturing defects of interest. The need for viable, […]

Structural Health Monitoring and Prognostics Management for Offshore Wind Plants

Offshore wind energy could potentially play a significant role in helping the nation establish a diversified energy-generation portfolio composed of clean, renewable resources. A current obstacle to offshore wind energy is that most projections put […]