Energy and Climate

SMART Grid

Mesa del Sol Project Is Finalist for International Smart Grid Action Network 2014 Award of Excellence

The Mesa del Sol microgrid project was selected as one of eight finalists among many entries worldwide to receive the 2014 International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN) Award of Excellence. ISGAN will recognize all finalist projects on their website and in future ISGAN publications. The ISGAN Award of Excellence competition showcases the innovative and effective […]

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 […]

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