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High-Temperature Falling Particle Receiver Reaches New Limits

May 27th, 2016|Categories: Concentrating Solar Power, Energy, National Solar Thermal Test Facility, News, Renewable Energy, Solar, SunShot|Tags: , , , , |

At its National Solar Thermal Test Facility, Sandia National Laboratories recently completed a 3½-year project funded by DOE’s SunShot Initiative to develop a high-temperature falling particle receiver, in which sand-like ceramic particles are heated as they fall through a beam of highly concentrated sunlight focused by an array of mirrors.  The falling-particle receiver enables concentrated solar power with thermal storage for on-demand electricity production and process heat at significantly higher temperatures (up to 1000 °C [...]

Sandia Labs Presents Grid Integration Research at IEEE PES T&D

May 27th, 2016|Categories: Conferences, Energy, Grid Integration, News, Photovoltaic, Renewable Energy, Research & Capabilities, Solar|Tags: , , , |

Sandia photovoltaics researchers Robert Broderick (right) and Matthew Reno (left) presented their grid integration research at the IEEE PES T&D Conference & Exposition in early May in Dallas, TX. The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers convenes the Power Energy Society to address big ideas shaping innovation in energy transmission and distribution (T&D), and provide opportunities for researchers to interact with utilities that display the latest power systems equipment and solutions. See the Broderick, et al., [...]

Sandia Labs and EPRI Hosted the 2016 PV Systems Symposium

May 27th, 2016|Categories: Energy, News, News & Events, Partnership, Photovoltaic, Renewable Energy, Seminars & Conferences, Solar|Tags: , , , , , |

Hosted by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and Sandia National Laboratories, this 3-day event in Santa Clara, CA, drew over 200 participants to learn about and discuss relevant issues surrounding PV performance, reliability, and grid integration. The first day was devoted to the 5th PV Performance Modeling Workshop, covering several topics including solar resource characterization, model improvements, modeling tool updates, and monitoring applications.  Two parallel events ran on Day 2: the PV Grid Integration [...]

Advanced Wave Energy Converters (WEC) Dynamics and Controls Webinar: June 6, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. EDT

May 23rd, 2016|Categories: News, News & Events, Uncategorized, Water Power|

Please join Sandia National Laboratories for a webinar on advanced controls and the impact on increasing energy absorption from wave energy devices. Transitioning these control approaches into full-scale devices is pivotal to creating economically competitive devices and putting them in the water. Researchers from Sandia will present their research on control systems design and testing for wave energy converters. Discussions on past, ongoing, and future work will follow.

Sandia highlighted at the 2016 American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) Conference, May 23-26th

May 23rd, 2016|Categories: News, News & Events, Wind Energy|

3-D Printed Blade Mold on Display at the Department of Energy Booth at American Wind Energy Association (AWEA)  WindPower Conference Stop by AWEA booth #4847 to see a revolutionary 3-D-printed blade mold designed to reduce costs and time associated with manufacturing, experiment with new capabilities, and improve design flexibility. The Wind Program, Advanced Manufacturing Office, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories (which designed the blade), and other organizations are partnering to apply this advanced manufacturing technology [...]

Wind Team Briefs NNSA Administrator Lieutenant General Frank Klotz

May 13th, 2016|Categories: Customers & Partners, News, Renewable Energy, Wind Energy, Wind News|Tags: , , , , , |

A team from Sandia’s Wind Energy Technologies department recently briefed Lieutenant General Frank Klotz, the DOE Under Secretary for Nuclear Security and Administrator for the NNSA (National Nuclear Security Administration).  The briefing covered Sandia’s offshore wind research and development, the leveraging of Sandia’s nuclear weapons capabilities to address wind energy challenges, and a summary of present wind energy R&D activities. Additional details regarding the NNSA Administrator’s visit can be found in this Sandia Lab News [...]

Sandia National Laboratories’ blade design to be showcased at AWEA

May 13th, 2016|Categories: Design, News, News & Events, Partnership, Research & Capabilities, SWIFT, Wind Energy, Wind News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

In the first phase of the DOE-funded additive manufactured blade mold demonstration project, Sandia National Laboratories has designed the wind blade that will be built with the new molds. One of the 3D-printed molds will be showcased at the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) 2016 Windpower Conference and Exhibition, May 23-26 in New Orleans, LA. Using Sandia’s blade design, Oak Ridge National Laboratory is creating the molds by additive manufacturing. The 3-D printed molds will [...]

Sandia vertical axis wind turbines (VAWTs) demonstrate offshore advantages

May 13th, 2016|Categories: News, Research & Capabilities, Wind News|Tags: , , , , |

Sandia National Laboratories has a long history of vertical-axis wind turbine, or VAWT, research that is the foundation for today’s innovations. Wind researcher Todd Griffith recently discussed vertical axis wind turbines (VAWTs) with Windpower Engineering magazine, noting that there are still many advantages to VAWTs over the conventional three-blade designs, especially when considering offshore duty. The Sandia design studies for VAWT rotors include an assessment of different rotor architectures, numbers of blades, and different material choices.

First Power for SWiFT Turbine Achieved during Recommissioning

May 13th, 2016|Categories: Facilities, News, Renewable Energy, SWIFT, Wind Energy, Wind News|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

The Department of Energy's Scaled Wind Farm Technology (SWiFT) Facility reached an exciting milestone with the return to power production of the WTGa1 turbine (aka DOE/SNL #1) as part of a final series of commissioning tests. WTGa1 will complete all commissioning before the end of May 2016 after satisfactorily operating in high wind conditions. Turbines WTGa2 and WTGb1 will complete commissioning over the summer months. Completion of this milestone clears the way for the return [...]

Virtual LIDAR model helps researchers plan for the Wake Steering Experiment at SWiFT

May 13th, 2016|Categories: Modeling & Analysis, News, Renewable Energy, Research & Capabilities, SWIFT, Videos, Wind Energy, Wind News|Tags: , , , , , , , |

A team of researchers at Sandia National Laboratories and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are planning a critical experiment at Sandia’s Scaled Wind Farm Technology (SWiFT) Facility to investigate the use of wind turbine yaw control to direct wakes, a promising approach to increase power production in wind plants. During the multi-month field campaign, researchers will collect data to improve both high-fidelity wind plant simulation software and demonstrate novel control concepts. Industry could then [...]

Sandia Labs participates in DOE’s annual Waterpower Week

May 13th, 2016|Categories: News, News & Events, Renewable Energy, Uncategorized, Water Power|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

During the last week of April, Sandia National Laboratories participated in the National Hydropower Association Waterpower Week in Washington, D.C., hosted by the Department of Energy (DOE). Five Sandia water power engineers presented posters at METS, the Marine Energy Technology Symposium, and generated interest from both academia and industry in Sandia’s research and development efforts. Sandia Labs researchers presented a wide range of work, including instrumentation of tidal turbines, advanced wave energy control design and survival analysis of wave energy [...]

Industry outreach: DOE and Wave Energy Scotland co-sponsored WEC technology workshop

May 13th, 2016|Categories: News, Partnership, Renewable Energy, Water Power, Workshops|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The U.S. Department of Energy and Wave Energy Scotland (WES) jointly co-sponsored a one-day workshop on wave energy converter (WEC) technology requirement specification and performance metrics following the International Conference on Ocean Energy in Edinburgh, UK.  Over 60 international participants representing the wider wave energy community–industry, research, funding and policy, and technology—contributed their input into WEC system requirements and the formulation of performance metrics. Specifically, the workshop addressed developments in the Structured Innovation project at [...]

Successful testing of Sandia Labs’ Wave Energy Converter (WEC) system

May 13th, 2016|Categories: News, Partnership, Water Power|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Sandia National Laboratories successfully completed testing of its advanced wave energy converter (WEC) system for its customer, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Wind and Water Power Technology Office. In partnership with the U.S. Navy, Sandia conducted the tests at the maneuvering and sea-keeping (MASK) basin at the Naval Surface Warfare Center’s Carderock Division (NSWCCD) in Bethesda, MD. The WEC tested (1/17 scale) is among the largest scale models ever tested in a wave tank. The test program [...]

WEC-Sim (Wave Energy Converter SIMulator) Code Development and Training Class

May 13th, 2016|Categories: News, Partnership, Renewable Energy, Water Power|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Sandia National Laboratories and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) jointly have been developing WEC-Sim, an open-source time-domain numerical model for simulating wave energy devices that are comprised of rigid bodies, power-take-off systems, and mooring systems. The WEC-Sim development team has continued to improve the code’s capabilities and recently held a workshop/training class with the intent of expanding WEC-Sim’s user- and developer-base. The team also conducted experimental tank tests to develop an open-source data set [...]

Sandia participates in EERE National Impact Summit, May 4, 2016

May 11th, 2016|Categories: Events, News, News & Events|Tags: , |

Sandia energy experts participate in the EERE Lab Impact Summit, May 4, 2016 EERE hosted a National Lab Impact Summit to celebrate recent National Laboratory successes and bring together the nation’s public- and private-sector energy leaders to formulate the next stage of clean energy technology innovation. The event, held at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, highlighted the programs of EERE’s National Laboratory Impact Initiative, which help businesses better utilize resources at our national laboratories and emphasizes commercializing products [...]

HyRAM (Hydrogen Risk Assessment Models) Webinar | April 26, 2016 | 12–1 p.m. EDT

April 5th, 2016|Categories: News, News & Events|

Overview of HyRAM (Hydrogen Risk Assessment Models) Software for Science-Based Safety, Codes, and Standards Sandia researchers will conduct a live webinar, "Overview of HyRAM (Hydrogen Risk Assessment Models) Software for Science-Based Safety, Codes, and Standards" on Tuesday, April 26, from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). This webinar provides an introduction to the new HyRAM (Hydrogen Risk Assessment Models) research software developed by Sandia National Laboratories and supported by the Fuel Cell Technologies Office. The [...]

University of Illinois uses Sandia Labs’ reference hydrokinetic turbine to study potential bed erosion effects

March 9th, 2016|Categories: Energy, Modeling & Analysis, News, Partnership, Renewable Energy, Water Power|Tags: |

Sandia Labs Water Power Technologies Department promotes open-source marine hydrokinetic research by disseminating information on MHK technology designs initially developed as reference models to benchmark performance and costs. Sandia developed a scale model of a reference hydrokinetic turbine to minimize power performance losses from soiling/bio­fouling and reduce the likelihood of cavitation. Researchers at the University of Illinois Ven Te Chow Hydrosystems Laboratory recently tested the model to evaluate the potential effects of hydrokinetic turbines on erosion of riverbeds and tideways. The test data quantified the near-bed flow characteristics [...]

Open-source extreme conditions modeling tools

March 9th, 2016|Categories: Energy, Modeling & Analysis, News, Renewable Energy, Water Power|Tags: |

The extreme conditions modeling project (ECM) will be releasing two numerical tools for use in modeling extreme conditions of wave energy converters (WECs). Sandia and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory have developed the WEC Design Response Toolbox, a collection of algorithms that address components of the design response analysis process. The available methods fall into five categories: (1) environmental characterization, (2) short-term extreme response, (3) long-term extreme response, (4) fatigue, and (5) design wave composition. This toolbox [...]

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

March 9th, 2016|Categories: News, Partnership, Publications, Renewable Energy, Research & Capabilities, Wind Energy, Wind News|Tags: |

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 test and report key data and trends related to fiber-reinforced polymers (composites) and other materials used to construct wind turbine blades. As of 2015, MSU researchers have compiled a public database of the results of over 16,000 tests on 500 [...]

National Rotor Testbed aerodynamic design complete

March 9th, 2016|Categories: Modeling & Analysis, News, Renewable Energy, SWIFT, Wind Energy, Wind News|Tags: |

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. This will allow researchers at Sandia and other labs to collect high-fidelity wake measurements and validate and calibrate wind turbine and wind farm computer models. Additionally, the NRT rotor blades will be used to demonstrate that blades can be manufactured [...]