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On May 21, 2013, in

SWiFT: Innovating the Future of Wind Farm Performance It is well known that large amounts of wind energy are not effectively harvested in large wind farms because the turbines “shadow” each other and reduce the output of the turbines located in their wake. The wakes also produce increased turbulence and uneven loading on the shadowed […]

Paper Describing Lessons Learned from Fukushima Receives “Outstanding Paper Award”

Jeff Cardoni (in the Severe Accident Analysis Dept.) presented the paper “MELCOR Simulations of the Severe Accident at the Fukushima 1F3 Reactor” at the 2012 ANS Winter Meeting and Nuclear Technology Expo, which held an embedded topical meeting called “International Meeting on Severe Accident Assessment and Management: Lessons Learned From Fukushima Daiichi.” on November 11–15, […]

Implemented “Vertically Lagrangian” Option in the Community Atmosphere Model

The Community Earth System Model (CESM) is a state-of-the-art global climate model being developed with the support of the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy and used for climate-change science and assessments. Sandia has been leading a multilaboratory effort to develop a new “dynamical core” for CESM’s atmospheric component. This new dynamical core […]

DOE Completes Construction of State-of-the-Art Wind Plant Performance Facility

The U.S. Department of Energy and Vestas R&D have completed construction of a new state-of-the-art wind plant research facility at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. The Scaled Wind Farm Technology (SWiFT) facility is the first U.S. facility specifically designed and constructed to tackle the challenges of the DOE Wind Farm of the Future program. […]

Pratt Whitney Rocketdyne Testing

On November 24, 2012 the National Solar Thermal Test Facility (NSTTF) began testing of the Pratt Whitney Rocketdyne (PWR) solar receiver shroud.  Fifteen days of solar testing are scheduled for this testing.  The flux levels on the shroud range between 100 and 500 suns.  The work is sponsored by PWR in cooperation with the Department […]

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