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Scaled Wind Farm Technology Facility Baselining Project Accelerates Work

With the Scaled Wind Farm Technology (SWiFT) facility’s basic operation and data collection now operational, the SWiFT Baselining Team met at Sandia on February 20th to kick-off the SWiFT Facility Baselining Project’s major work phase. The project’s goal is to achieve complete operational readiness and verification of all SWiFT controller, data acquisition, and instrumentation systems for future [...]

Increasing the Scaled Wind Farm Technology Facility’s Power Production

During the period of February 24–March 7, Scaled Wind Farm Technology (SWiFT) facility turbines were operational—producing power and collecting data for the longest period to date. On March 5, both turbines produced rated power of 200 kW without any issue. A snapshot of 184 kW is shown in the figure. To date, the turbines have been running with supervised operation [...]

DOE Office of Electricity Delivery & Energy Reliability (OE) Energy Storage Safety Workshop

On February 17–18, 2014, Sandia National Laboratories and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory co-hosted the DOE OE Energy Storage Safety Workshop in Albuquerque, NM. This workshop’s goal was to address the need for validated energy-storage safety as identified in the DOE strategic plan for “Grid Energy Storage.” Thought leaders in the fields of deployment, operation, regulation, [...]

Tidal Energy Resource Assessment in the East River Tidal Strait, New York

Sandia recently worked together with Verdant Power, Inc., and Oak Ridge National Laboratory to conduct two-months of high-resolution velocity and turbulence measurements using acoustic Doppler velocimeters (ADVs) at the Roosevelt Island Tidal Energy (RITE) site. Verdant Power was recently given permission by Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to deploy up to 30 axial-flow turbines at this [...]

Characterizing Scaled Wind Farm Technology Facility Inflow

The Scaled Wind Farm Technology (SWiFT) research facility will provide meteorological measurement advanced of the industry standard. Two anemometer towers have been installed 2.5 rotor diameters upstream of the first row of wind turbines. When fully instrumented, these towers will provide both the industry standard averaged value (wind speed and direction, i.e., two-dimensional wind vector) and [...]

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