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First Wake Data Captured During Wake Steering Experiment at the SWiFT Facility

July 14th, 2016|Categories: News, Renewable Energy, SWIFT, Wind Energy, Wind News|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have met a major project milestone as part of the Department of Energy Atmosphere to Electrons (A2e) Wake Steering Experiment being conducted at the Scaled Wind Farm Technology (SWiFT) Facility. The team successfully installed the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) Wind Energy Department’s SpinnerLidar into the nacelle (the drivetrain enclosure) of one of the SWiFT site turbines, as shown. Following the installation, the turbine [...]

Sandia Labs Contributes to Solar Industry Innovation: A Partnership Story

July 8th, 2016|Categories: Customers & Partners, News, Partnership, Photovoltaic, Renewable Energy, Solar, Solar Newsletter|Tags: |

Hearing of a current-voltage (IV) sweep (or tracing) product made by a small start-up company, Sandia contacted Stratasense to discuss its compact product that had three features for studying photovoltaic (PV) performance: (1) it was rated for mounting outdoors at the PV module, (2) it was self-powered, and (3) it wirelessly reported the IV sweep data. Sandia and Stratasense subsequently entered into a collaborative partnership to develop the additional capability of in situ module IV [...]

Sandia Labs’ Photovoltaic Systems Evaluation Lab (PSEL) Marks Accomplishments & Adds Capabilities

July 7th, 2016|Categories: News, Photovoltaic, Photovoltaic Systems Evaluation Laboratory (PSEL), Renewable Energy, Solar, Solar Newsletter, Uncategorized|Tags: |

Bruce King, PSEL technical lead, in front of newly installed light soaking chamber. SandiaNational Laboratories completed a number of enhancements and expansions to its Photovoltaic Systems Evaluation Laboratory (PSEL) facility to expand indoor PV module characterization capabilities at PSEL and upgrade the outdoor laboratory. A new Atonometrics Light Soaking Chamber joins PSEL’s existing module flash tester and electroluminescence chamber, giving PSEL the ability to simulate outdoor solar exposure in a continuous, controlled indoor [...]

Sandia Labs Participated in CEM7 as Part of a Smart Grid Research Network

July 7th, 2016|Categories: Conferences, Events, News, News & Events, SMART Grid, Solar, Solar Newsletter|Tags: |

Sandia National Laboratories participates in the Smart Grid International Research Facility Network (SIRFN), a coordinated network of smart grid research and test facilities working on selected projects around the globe. SIRFN’s collaborative test and evaluation capabilities can be leveraged internationally to improve the design and implementation of smart grids. Interoperability test protocols are used to verify electrical behavior and communications functionality of distributed energy resources. SIRFN researchers, representing a collaboration between RSE (Italy’s Ricerca sul [...]

Sandia Labs Engineer Recognized by IEEE

July 7th, 2016|Categories: News, Photovoltaic, Renewable Energy, Solar, Solar Newsletter|Tags: |

Sandia Labs' Jay Johnson recently won the 2016 IEEE Albuquerque Section's "Outstanding Young Engineer" Award for his work in photovoltaic (PV) codes and standards. Jay was recognized for his involvement with several standards development organizations tasked with updating the Nation’s interconnection and interoperability standards for distributed energy resources (DER), including UL 1741 Supplement A, IEEE 1547.1, and SunSpec Alliance Models. Also known for his work in PV arc-fault detection and mitigation, DER grid integration and [...]

International Conference on Integration of Renewable and Distributed Energy Resources (IRED): Coming October 2016

July 7th, 2016|Categories: Conferences, Grid Integration, News, News & Events, Renewable Energy, Solar Newsletter|Tags: |

Sandia National Laboratories is involved in organizing the 7th International Conference on Integration of Renewable and Distributed Energy Resources (IRED). This year, the IRED conference will take place in Niagara Falls, Canada, October 24-28, 2016, and will be hosted by EPRI and Natural Resources Canada. This bi-annual event gathers leading practitioners and researchers from around the world to share the latest developments related to integration of renewable energy (RE) and distributed energy resources (DER).  The growth of decentralized generation, liberalized [...]

Sandia Co-Organizing 6th PV Performance & Monitoring Workshop, Freiburg, Germany

July 7th, 2016|Categories: Events, News, News & Events, Photovoltaic, Renewable Energy, Solar, Solar Newsletter, Workshops|Tags: |

The 6th PV Performance and Monitoring Workshop, October 24-25, 2016, hosted by Fraunhofer ISE, the IEA PVPS Task 13, and Sandia Labs, will include presentations in the following main topic areas: Solar Resource Data and Uncertainty Forecasting for PV Grid Integration PV Modeling Applications: Modeling Tool Updates & Moderated Panel Discussion Soiling and Effects on Performance PV Performance Modeling and STC: Spectrum, Angle-of-Incidence and Module Temperature Prediction Accuracy on PV Performance Advanced Modeling: Ray-tracing to [...]

Register for the EPRI-Sandia Symposium on Secure and Resilient Microgrids Aug, 29th-31st

July 6th, 2016|Categories: Events, Microgrid, News, News & Events, Workshops|Tags: , , |

Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) invite your participation in the first annual Microgrid Systems Symposium.   This event will focus uniquely on several technical challenges in commercial and military microgrids; addressing their design, system analysis and grid integration.   The symposium aims to cover the state of the art in design and operational tools, methods and research for secure and resilient microgrids.  It will address specific grid integration and control issues [...]

Sandia explores aggressive high-efficiency sparkplug-free gasoline auto engines

June 17th, 2016|Categories: News, News & Events, Transportation Energy|

by Michael Padilla Researchers at Sandia’s Combustion Research Facility are playing a key role in developing sparkplug-free engines that will help meet ambitious automotive fuel economy targets of 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025. They are working on low-temperature gasoline combustion (LTGC) operating strategies for affordable, high-efficiency engines that will meet stringent air-quality standards. Sandia researchers Isaac Ekoto and  Benjamin Wolk (both 8632) say the goal of the LTGC project is an engine in which [...]

Webinar Recording Available: Advanced Wave Energy Converters (WEC) Dynamics and Controls

June 9th, 2016|Categories: Events, News, Renewable Energy, Water Power|

On June 6, 2016, Sandia National Laboratories hosted a webinar on advanced controls and the impact on increasing energy absorption from wave energy devices. Transitioning these control approaches into full-scale devices is pivotal to creating economically competitive devices and deploying them in the water. Researchers from Sandia presented their research on control systems design and testing for wave energy converters. Discussions on past, ongoing, and future work followed. The webinar recording is now available, as is the presentation.

Sandia to participate in the 7th Clean Energy Ministerial, June 1 & 2, 2016

June 1st, 2016|Categories: Events, News, News & Events|

The United States will host the seventh Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM7) in San Francisco, California, on June 1 & 2, 2016. The Clean Energy Ministerial is the follow-up meeting to the COP21 U.N. Convention of Parties climate change talks last December in Paris. The participating energy ministries include Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, the European Commission, Finland, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Norway, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, the United [...]

Sandia National Laboratories Experts Co-Author DOE Reports on Grid Integration and Concentrating Solar Power

May 27th, 2016|Categories: Concentrating Solar Power, Energy, News, Photovoltaic, Publications, Renewable Energy, Solar, SunShot|Tags: , , , , , , , |

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently released On the Path to SunShot, a series of eight reports that takes stock of progress made halfway into the ten-year SunShot Initiative and highlights remaining opportunities for and barriers to achieving cost reductions by 2020. DOE originally launched the SunShot Initiative in 2011 to drive down the cost of solar energy with aggressive research and development. Sandia Labs contributed significantly to two of these new reports: Emerging [...]

High-Temperature Falling Particle Receiver Reaches New Limits

May 27th, 2016|Categories: Concentrating Solar Power, Energy, National Solar Thermal Test Facility, News, Renewable Energy, Solar, SunShot|Tags: , , , , |

At its National Solar Thermal Test Facility, Sandia National Laboratories recently completed a 3½-year project funded by DOE’s SunShot Initiative to develop a high-temperature falling particle receiver, in which sand-like ceramic particles are heated as they fall through a beam of highly concentrated sunlight focused by an array of mirrors.  The falling-particle receiver enables concentrated solar power with thermal storage for on-demand electricity production and process heat at significantly higher temperatures (up to 1000 °C [...]

Sandia Labs Presents Grid Integration Research at IEEE PES T&D

May 27th, 2016|Categories: Conferences, Energy, Grid Integration, News, Photovoltaic, Renewable Energy, Research & Capabilities, Solar|Tags: , , , |

Sandia photovoltaics researchers Robert Broderick (right) and Matthew Reno (left) presented their grid integration research at the IEEE PES T&D Conference & Exposition in early May in Dallas, TX. The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers convenes the Power Energy Society to address big ideas shaping innovation in energy transmission and distribution (T&D), and provide opportunities for researchers to interact with utilities that display the latest power systems equipment and solutions. See the Broderick, et al., [...]

Sandia Labs and EPRI Hosted the 2016 PV Systems Symposium

May 27th, 2016|Categories: Energy, News, News & Events, Partnership, Photovoltaic, Renewable Energy, Seminars & Conferences, Solar|Tags: , , , , , |

Hosted by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and Sandia National Laboratories, this 3-day event in Santa Clara, CA, drew over 200 participants to learn about and discuss relevant issues surrounding PV performance, reliability, and grid integration. The first day was devoted to the 5th PV Performance Modeling Workshop, covering several topics including solar resource characterization, model improvements, modeling tool updates, and monitoring applications.  Two parallel events ran on Day 2: the PV Grid Integration [...]

Advanced Wave Energy Converters (WEC) Dynamics and Controls Webinar: June 6, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. EDT

May 23rd, 2016|Categories: News, News & Events, Uncategorized, Water Power|

Please join Sandia National Laboratories for a webinar on advanced controls and the impact on increasing energy absorption from wave energy devices. Transitioning these control approaches into full-scale devices is pivotal to creating economically competitive devices and putting them in the water. Researchers from Sandia will present their research on control systems design and testing for wave energy converters. Discussions on past, ongoing, and future work will follow.

Sandia highlighted at the 2016 American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) Conference, May 23-26th

May 23rd, 2016|Categories: News, News & Events, Wind Energy|

3-D Printed Blade Mold on Display at the Department of Energy Booth at American Wind Energy Association (AWEA)  WindPower Conference Stop by AWEA booth #4847 to see a revolutionary 3-D-printed blade mold designed to reduce costs and time associated with manufacturing, experiment with new capabilities, and improve design flexibility. The Wind Program, Advanced Manufacturing Office, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories (which designed the blade), and other organizations are partnering to apply this advanced manufacturing technology [...]

Wind Team Briefs NNSA Administrator Lieutenant General Frank Klotz

May 13th, 2016|Categories: Customers & Partners, News, Renewable Energy, Wind Energy, Wind News|Tags: , , , , , |

A team from Sandia’s Wind Energy Technologies department recently briefed Lieutenant General Frank Klotz, the DOE Under Secretary for Nuclear Security and Administrator for the NNSA (National Nuclear Security Administration).  The briefing covered Sandia’s offshore wind research and development, the leveraging of Sandia’s nuclear weapons capabilities to address wind energy challenges, and a summary of present wind energy R&D activities. Additional details regarding the NNSA Administrator’s visit can be found in this Sandia Lab News [...]

Sandia National Laboratories’ blade design to be showcased at AWEA

May 13th, 2016|Categories: Design, News, News & Events, Partnership, Research & Capabilities, SWIFT, Wind Energy, Wind News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

In the first phase of the DOE-funded additive manufactured blade mold demonstration project, Sandia National Laboratories has designed the wind blade that will be built with the new molds. One of the 3D-printed molds will be showcased at the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) 2016 Windpower Conference and Exhibition, May 23-26 in New Orleans, LA. Using Sandia’s blade design, Oak Ridge National Laboratory is creating the molds by additive manufacturing. The 3-D printed molds will [...]

Sandia vertical axis wind turbines (VAWTs) demonstrate offshore advantages

May 13th, 2016|Categories: News, Research & Capabilities, Wind News|Tags: , , , , |

Sandia National Laboratories has a long history of vertical-axis wind turbine, or VAWT, research that is the foundation for today’s innovations. Wind researcher Todd Griffith recently discussed vertical axis wind turbines (VAWTs) with Windpower Engineering magazine, noting that there are still many advantages to VAWTs over the conventional three-blade designs, especially when considering offshore duty. The Sandia design studies for VAWT rotors include an assessment of different rotor architectures, numbers of blades, and different material choices.