Energy and Climate


Launch of Solar Testing Site in Vermont

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) joined representatives of Sandia, IBM, and the DOE in early November to announce the launch of the Vermont Photovoltaic Regional Test Center (RTC). The RTC will enable research on integrating solar panels into the statewide smart grid and help reduce the cost of solar power. The Vermont RTC is one […]

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 […]

Sandia, DOE Energy Storage Program, GeneSiC Semiconductor, U.S. Army ARDEC: Ultra-High-Voltage Silicon Carbide Thyristors

Increasing consumer power demand creates numerous challenges for ensuring reliable, stable power for all customers. Many energy generation technologies, particularly renewables, generate direct-current power that must be converted to alternating current before use. Power switches, known as thyristors, perform this conversion and are crucial to a reliable electricity grid. Current switches have been inefficient and […]

Energy Supply Transformation Needed

A lot that needs to be done to enable the transition towards larger shares of renewables in the power mix. The 5th International Conference on Integration of Renewable Energy and Distributed Energy Resources [4–6 December 2012, Berlin, Germany] brought together global participants from the energy sector to discuss the transformation of the power system, the challenges […]

Vermont and Sandia National Laboratories Announce Energy Research Center

Vermont—a leader in energy efficiency and deployment of so-called smart-grid technology—will become home to a $15 million national energy research project, officials announced Monday. The Center for Energy Transformation and Innovation will be housed at the University of Vermont. The three-year project is a partnership among the state of Vermont, Sandia National Laboratories of New […]

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