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.
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Offshore Wind

Reducing technology risk, siting offshore turbines and wind farms, and reducing offshore wind’s cost of energy.
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SWiFT Site Atmospheric Characterization

Site atmospheric conditions have been analyzed by members of Sandia’s Wind Energy Technologies Department to characterize the magnitude and frequency of atmospheric conditions at SWiFT, the experimental wind farm in Lubbock, TX. The analysis will [...]

New report highlights key composite testing trends for more reliable and lower cost wind blade designs

Sandia National Laboratories recently published "Analysis of SNL/MSU/DOE Fatigue Database Trends for Wind Turbine Blade Materials, 2010-2015" by researchers at Montana State University (MSU), a long-time academic research partner. Since 1989, Sandia has collaborated with MSU to [...]

National Rotor Testbed aerodynamic design complete

The aerodynamic design of the National Rotor Testbed (NRT) blade has been completed (see example, above). The goal of the NRT rotor is to replicate the wake characteristics of a utility-scale rotor at the Scaled Wind Farm Technology (SWiFT) test site. [...]

Wind Energy Technologies Department hosts Wakebench annual meeting

The Sandia National Laboratories Wind Energy Technologies Department is hosting the next Wakebench annual meeting (IEA Wind Task 31) at the Hotel Andaluz in downtown Albuquerque, NM, March 16-17, 2016. The meeting will include a review of wind [...]