Energy and Climate


Grid Capabilities

On May 1, 2013, in

Goal:  To develop and implement a comprehensive Sandia program to support the modernization of the U.S. electric grid, with a focus on security and resiliency. Our nation’s energy infrastructure faces two foundational challenges as we seek our vision toward an energy independent and secure future. First, the electricity transmission and distribution networks have not significantly […]

Solar Test Facility Upgrades Complete, Leading to Better Sandia Capabilities to Support Power Industry

A recent overhaul of the DOE’s National Solar Thermal Test Facility (NSTTF), operated by Sandia, is dramatically improving researchers’ ability to understand and use concentrating solar power (CSP). The $17.8M upgrade to the NSTTF adds state-of-the-art test capabilities, and the resulting research is expected to lead to more solar power use on the electric grid. […]

Energy and Water in the Western and Texas Interconnects

On March 23, 2011, in

Background Objectives Tasks Benefits/Outcomes Collaborators Links Documents Water Scarcity Impacts Energy Production In the United States the energy sector accounts for approximately 41% of daily fresh water withdrawals and 49% of total overall daily water withdrawals for the following energy-related uses: Hydroelectric power generation Thermoelectric power plant cooling and air emissions control Energy-resource extraction, refining, […]

Solar Energy Grid Integration Systems (SEGIS)

On November 10, 2010, in

Solar engineering, especially photovoltaic (PV) technologies, has been growing by leaps and bounds. This is fueled by intense private-sector interest in renewable energy (RE) power generation (on both the residential and commercial scale) and state mandates that utilities generate defined percentages of the electricity they provide from RE sources. Thirty five states have adopted these […]