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Scaled Wind Farm Technology (SWIFT) Facility Wind Turbine Controller Ground Testing

On November 20, 2012, in Energy, News, News & Events, Renewable Energy, SWIFT, Wind Energy

Development of the SWIFT Facility wind turbines reached a critical milestone this week, with the successful ground testing of the new variable-speed controller at Halus Power Systems, in Oakland, California. This milestone was a culmination of the turbine rewiring and control hardware installation led by Jon Berg (Wind Energy Technologies Dept.) and the control software [...]

Sandians on the Cover of Advanced Functional Materials

Sandia staff members Jon Ihlefeld  and Geoff Brennecka (Electronic, Optical, & Nano Materials Dept.) and Paul Kotula (Materials Characterization & Performance Dept.) and student interns Chris Shelton (Oregon State University and NC State University) and Kelsey Meyer (New Mexico Tech) had their work featured on the inside front cover of Advanced Functional Materials’ June 6, [...]

Sandia to Co-Host International Workshop on Photovoltaics (PV) Penetration

Sandia National Laboratories, the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and European Distributed Energies Research Laboratories (DERlab) have organized a workshop on utility operating experience with high solar PV penetration levels. The workshop, “Utility Experience with High Penetration PV,” is scheduled Monday, December 3, in Berlin. The workshop will take place just before the Fifth International [...]

Sandia–Univ. of Minnesota (UMN) Floating Offshore Wind Collaboration

On November 13, 2012, in Energy, News, News & Events, Renewable Energy, Water Power

From August 27th–September 27th Sandian Kelley Ruehl hosted Toni Calderer, a Ph.D. student from UMN. UMN and Sandia are currently collaborating on a 3-year DOE-sponsored offshore wind Funding Opportunity Announcement on high-resolution offshore wind turbine/farm modeling. UMN’s contribution is experimentation and wind turbine numerical modeling; Sandia’s contribution is floating-platform modeling. The month-long collaborative effort between [...]

North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) Report Posted

The Integration of Variable Generation Task Force (IVGTF) Task 1–3 report, “Interconnection Requirements for Variable Generation” was posted to NERC’s website in mid-October. Many of NERC’s existing interconnection standards and procedures have been based on technical characteristics and physical capabilities of traditional power generation resources that employ synchronous generators. With the global trend toward renewable [...]

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