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Investigating the Value of Simulated Wind Data for Wave Resource Characterization at US Test Sites

Sandia is cataloging wind, surface current, and wave data at US test sites to provide detailed and consistent wave-resource data that wave-energy developers can use to evaluate and compare different test sites. As part of this effort, Sandia compared National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) Climate Forecast System Reanalysis (CFSR) simulations for wind speed and [...]

Quantifying Offshore Wind Scour with Sandia’s Environmental Fluid Dynamics Code (SNL-­‐EFDC)

A key risk driver in offshore wind projects is the potentially detrimental interaction between offshore wind substructures/cables and the seafloor. In previous years, Sandia developed methods for evaluating regional sediment stability with the use of combined wave, circulation, and sediment dynamics modeling. Knowledge of sediment stability—not only in the vicinity of an offshore wind deployment, [...]

Mapping Water Availability in the Western US

In the majority of western US regions, freshwater availability is a challenging factor for developing new power plants. In some basins, surface and/or groundwater may be available through permitting with the state water-management agency, alternatively water might be purchased and transferred out of its current use to another, or nontraditional water sources can be captured [...]

Joint Hire Increases Materials Science Collaboration for Sandia, UNM

Sandia and the University of New Mexico (UNM) have hired Dr. Fernando Garzon, a nationally recognized scientist/inventor, to work for both institutions. “Sandia National Laboratories and the University of New Mexico have enjoyed a close relationship for many years in the areas of research, education, and technology development and deployment,” said Sandia Vice President and [...]

Sandia Funded to Model Power Pods for Utility-Scale Wave-Energy Converter

Planning an open-water test facility for utility-scale wave-energy converters (WECs) within the US requires a multifaceted approach. Concerns regarding the siting and permitting, the environmental interactions, the device performance, and the cost of the facility must all be simultaneously addressed. The DOE has started to investigate a utility-scale WEC testing facility with the recent awards [...]

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