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The First EPRI-Sandia Symposium on Secure and Resilient Microgrids Concludes

September 29th, 2016|Categories: Grid Integration, Infrastructure Security, Microgrid, News, News & Events, Seminars & Conferences, Workshops|Tags: , , , |

On August 29-31, 2016, Sandia National Laboratories and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) held the first annual Microgrid Systems Symposium in Baltimore, MD that attracted about 100 attendees from other U.S. Department of Energy national laboratories, U.S. Department of Defense laboratories, utilities, industry, and government agencies. The event was uniquely focused on several technical challenges in commercial and military microgrids; addressing their design, system analysis, and grid integration. The symposium covered state of the [...]

Register for the PV Performance Modeling and Monitoring Workshop, October 24-25, 2016

September 29th, 2016|Categories: News, News & Events, Photovoltaic, Solar, Solar Newsletter|

Expert Workshop in Freiburg: Modeling and Monitoring of PV Systems The Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE is acting as host for this year’s “PV Performance Modeling and Monitoring Workshop”. Photovoltaics experts from around the world will meet in Freiburg’s Historisches Kaufhaus  (Historic Merchants’ Hall) for the event from October 24 to 25, 2016. The industry representatives will discuss the latest scientific findings, as well as the market demands on modeling and monitoring of [...]

Extreme Conditions Modeling (ECM) New Fact Sheet Published

September 27th, 2016|Categories: News, Water Power|

The wave energy converter (WEC) Extreme Conditions Modeling (ECM) project provides WEC developers with improved means of predicting WEC survival and design loads. WEC developers will use the ECM tools to reduce uncertainty and risk in the WEC design process. The ECM project is a collaboration between the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Sandia National Laboratories (Sandia), and the U.S. Department of Energy.

Two Sandia Papers Selected as “Best Papers” at the 2016 IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting

September 21st, 2016|Categories: Energy, Energy Storage, Grid Integration, Infrastructure Security, News, News & Events, Research & Capabilities|Tags: , , , , |

Research funded by the OE Energy Storage Program, under the direction of Dr. Imre Gyuk, was recently recognized with best paper awards at the 2016 IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES) General Meeting that was held in Boston July 17-21. The first paper outlines an optimization methodology for estimating the maximum potential revenue from an energy storage system participating in the PJM energy and frequency regulation markets. The second outlines the design of a prototype [...]

Understanding Hazardous Combustion Byproducts Reduces Factors Impacting Climate Change

August 29th, 2016|Categories: CRF, Global Climate & Energy, News, News & Events, Transportation Energy|

By Micheal Padilla Researchers at Sandia’s Combustion Research Facility are developing the understanding necessary to build cleaner combustion technologies that will in turn reduce climate impact. Their work focuses on understanding the oxidation chemistry of organic carbon species critical to many processes including controlling emissions of toxic combustion byproducts to reduce climate change brought on by humans. Researchers expect this to work to benefit geosciences, astrophysics and energy applications. “Soot released from combustion sources is [...]

Sandia’s 2016 Wind Turbine Blade Workshop Begins

August 29th, 2016|Categories: Energy, Events, News, News & Events, Wind News|Tags: |

The 2016 Sandia Wind Turbine Blade Workshop brings together wind energy professionals from industry, universities, and national laboratories to discuss challenges, issues, and solutions related to wind turbine blades. The Sandia National Laboratories Wind Energy Technology Department, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), is recognized as a leading research group in the United States for wind blade technology. Sandia National Laboratories and DOE’s Wind Program actively support the U.S. wind power industry through workshops and [...]

Sandia National Laboratories Develops Guidance Document for Energy Storage Procurement

August 5th, 2016|Categories: Energy, Energy Storage, News|Tags: , , , , |

Through a partnership with Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA) and Clean Energy Group, Sandia has created a procurement guideline that offers useful information for states, municipalities, project developers, and end users to consider as they develop solicitations for energy storage projects. The document includes a matrix of elements to include in a Request for Proposal (RFP) that serves as a checklist of information to provide in the RFP, suggests questions that should be asked of [...]

Sandia National Laboratories Uses Its Wave Energy Converter (WEC) to Harness the Motion of the Ocean

August 2nd, 2016|Categories: EC, News, Renewable Energy, Water Power|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

In partnership with the U.S. Navy, Sandia tested its advanced wave energy converter (WEC) system in the maneuvering and sea-keeping (MASK) basin at the Naval Surface Warfare Center’s Carderock Division (NSWCCD) in Bethesda, MD. Wave energy converters (WECs) harness the motion of ocean waves to generate clean power. To increase power generation of WEC devices, Sandia is developing and validating control strategies. The WEC tested (1/17 scale) is among the largest scale models ever tested in a wave [...]

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 [...]