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.


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.

New CREW Database Receives First Set of Data

Sandia’s Continuous Reliability Enhancement for Wind (CREW) project has received its first large set of data, which reassessed its data-collection efforts to target wind-farm owner/operators that have in-house reliability data collection tools. After a lengthy […]

Aerodynamic Wind-Turbine Blade Design for the National Rotor Testbed

Sandia has designed a new wind-turbine blade for the National Rotor Testbed (NRT) project and for future experiments at the Scaled Wind Farm Technology (SWiFT) facility with a specific focus on scaled wakes.

The new blades […]

Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation—Inaugural Members Meeting

Sandia Wind Department technical staff members Josh Paquette and Brian Naughton attended the inaugural members meeting for the newly formed Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI) in Knoxville, Tennessee. A few hundred attendees from the […]

SWiFT Facility Prepared for More-Efficient Operations & Advanced Turbine-Turbine Wake-Interaction-Control Research

This past summer, activities at the DOE/SNL Scaled Wind-Farm Technology (SWiFT) facility picked up in preparation for an enhanced, more-efficient site—enabling advanced research to be executed with more rigor. As part of the update, we […]