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.
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Special Programs

Learn MoreSubject-matter experts (SMEs) provide timely responses to short-notice DOE’s Wind and Water Power Technologies Office (WWPTO) for technical analysis and review of various proposals and reports.


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.

National Rotor Testbed Rotor Design Integrated Airfoil Performance Results

The National Rotor Testbed (NRT) team is examining the effect of airfoil choice on the final design of the new rotor for the Scaled Wind Farm Technology (SWiFT) facility. The airfoil family would ideally be […]

Sandia and Partners Complete Phase I of a Vertical-Axis Deep-Water Offshore Turbine Study

Sandia and partners from the University of Maine, Technical University of Delft, Iowa State University, TPI Composites, and Texas A&M University have completed the first phase of a project to explore the feasibility of large-scale […]

Sandia Participated in AMII to Support American-Made Wind-Turbine Blades

Sandia helped wind-turbine blade makers improve the labor productivity associated with blade fabrication & finishing—making domestically produced blades more cost competitive with blades from countries that pay workers lower wages. The Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Initiative […]

Study Compares Floating-Platform Options for Offshore Vertical-Axis Wind Turbines

Sandia and the University of Maine recently published a Sandia technical report on floating-platform options for deep-water vertical-axis wind turbines (VAWTs). This analysis uses a 5 MW VAWT topside design envelope created by Sandia to compare […]