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Grid Modernization Initiative 2018 Peer Review

June 19th, 2018|Categories: News, Partnership|Tags: , |

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Grid Modernization Initiative (GMI) is holding a peer review on September 4–7, 2018, at the Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel in Arlington, Virginia. Registration is now open and free of charge. During the event, a portfolio of grid modernization activities across 13 programs will be reviewed, including 7 recently awarded Resilient Distribution Systems projects. The comprehensive review will look at the projects at a program level, provide lessons learned, and share best practices. [...]

Energy Projects to Develop Technologies for Reliable and Cost-Effective Marine Energy

June 12th, 2018|Categories: Energy, News, Partnership, Water Power|Tags: , , , , , |

Sandia will team on two of six recently announced projects to develop technologies for generating reliable and cost-effective electricity from U.S. water resources. One project will investigate the design of high-deflection turbine blades and the other aims to improve and optimize Oscilla Power, Inc.’s linear hybrid drivetrain technology. Both address technology development challenges for marine energy systems. Based on prior analysis of marine hydrokinetic resources, more than 10% of Pacific states’ electricity demand could be [...]

Register Today for the 2018 Sandia Blade Workshop

June 8th, 2018|Categories: News, News & Events, Partnership|Tags: , , |

In 2004, the first Sandia Blade Workshop was held in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The average diameter of a rotor was 74 meters with just over 6 gigawatts of total installed wind capacity. Approaching 2018, the average rotor diameter has grown to over 108 meters with 85 gigawatts installed. The technology concepts proposed in 2004 are yesterday’s baseline. Registration is now open to join global leaders in rotor research at the 2018 Sandia Blade Workshop to [...]

John Dec Applauded on International Stage

April 25th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

John Dec, senior scientist at Sandia's Combustion Research Facility,  has been selected as one of the 2018 SAE Lloyd L. Withrow Distinguished Speaker Award recipients. This honor is given to speakers at SAE meetings who have received the Oral Presentation Award more than twice. The award was presented in conjunction with the Annual SAE Business meeting held during WCX18 (SAE 2018 World Congress) on Tuesday, April 10, in Detroit. “I am honored to be selected to [...]

Co-Optima Report Focuses on Strengths of Nation’s Energy Resources and Existing Infrastructure

April 18th, 2018|Categories: News, News & Events, Research & Capabilities|Tags: |

The United States could increase its domestic fuel supplies by 25 billion gallons per year while leveraging the nation’s existing $1 trillion fuel infrastructure according to a Co-Optimization of Fuels & Engines (Co-Optima) report released this week. The FY17 Year in Review describes recent advances including identification of key properties for new fuels, assessment of compatibility with vehicle components and infrastructure, and expansion of research to encompass solutions for the entire on-road fleet. This Department [...]

Upcoming Webinar: Distributed Control for Improving Power System Stability

April 5th, 2018|Categories: Distribution Grid Integration, Energy Storage, Grid Integration, News|Tags: , |

On April 12, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. ET, Sandia’s David Copp will present an IEEE Smart Grid Webinar: “Distributed Control for Improving Power System Stability.” Power systems consist of many components distributed across wide geographic areas. A sudden increase or decrease in load or generation in these systems results in swings in power transfer between regions, called inter-area oscillations. Damping these inter-area oscillations is crucial for maintaining a secure and reliable power grid. In this [...]

Sandia’s Energy Programs Organize Three Symposia at Spring MRS Symposium, April 2-6

April 2nd, 2018|Categories: Conferences, Distribution Grid Integration, Energy Storage, Energy Storage Systems, News, News & Events, Solar|Tags: , |

Researchers from Sandia’s energy programs have organized three symposia for the 2018 MRS Spring Meeting in Phoenix, AZ. The symposia sessions will discuss topics that include flow batteries for grid energy storage, harvesting natural and human-made energy sources, and solid-state super ion conductors: Symposium EN09: Materials and Systems for Grid Energy Storage—Redox Flow Batteries Phoenix Convention Center North, 100 Level, Room 127 B Travis Anderson in Sandia’s Energy Storage Program co-organized this symposium with representatives [...]

Grid Innovation at Sandia Recognized with Two R&D 100 Awards

March 28th, 2018|Categories: Distribution Grid Integration, Energy Storage, Grid Integration, Microgrid, News, Transmission Grid Integration, Uncategorized|Tags: |

Sandia Researcher John Eddy, OE Deputy Assistant Secretary Michael Pesin, OE Assistant Secretary Bruce Walker, and Sandia Researcher Abraham Ellis (L-R). Not pictured: OE’s Microgrid R&D Program Manager Dan Ton. On March 14th, Sandia participated in a recognition ceremony at the US Department of Energy Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (DOE OE) to honor two technologies that recently received R&D100 awards. Both projects were supported by DOE OE’s Advanced Grid R&D [...]

Sandia’s Kenneth Armijo Featured in UNM Alumni Spring Magazine

March 23rd, 2018|Categories: Concentrating Solar Power, National Solar Thermal Test Facility, News, Solar, Staff|Tags: , |

Photo courtesy of UNM Alumni Association: Kenneth Armijo at Sandia's National Solar Thermal Test Facility. Kenneth Armijo, a senior member of technical staff in Sandia’s Concentrating Solar Technologies department, was recently featured in the Spring issue of the University of New Mexico Alumni Association’s Magazine, Mirage. In the article, Kenneth recounts how his childhood experience working on his parent’s chile farm taught him that farmers “had to engineer to survive.” This became the [...]

Open Source Software for Sensor Placement Optimization Available for Download

March 21st, 2018|Categories: News, Research & Capabilities|Tags: , , |

CHAMA, the Sandia-developed Python package which can optimize sensor placement, is now available for download. Continuous or regularly scheduled monitoring can quickly identify changes in the environment. However, even with low-cost sensors, only a limited number of sensors can be deployed. The physical placement of deployed sensors, sensor technology, and operating conditions, can significantly impact the performance of a monitoring strategy. CHAMA uses mixed integer linear programming to determine the best location and technology for [...]

New Webinar Series Highlights Role of Energy Storage in Future Electric Power Sector

March 19th, 2018|Categories: Energy Storage, Energy Storage Systems, Grid Integration, News, Partnership|Tags: , , |

In partnership with Strategen Consulting, Sandia National Laboratories and the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Electricity Energy Storage Program will host four webinars that will bring together top thought leaders to discuss a wide range of topics affecting the role of energy storage in the future of the electric power sector: 4/12/18, 11:00 a.m. PDT: Storage for Resilience – Part I will help participants understand the concept of grid resilience and explore applications and [...]

Water Power Week April 30-May 2nd, 2018

March 6th, 2018|Categories: Events, News, Water Power, Workshops|

Sandia’s water power researchers will participate in the 2018 Waterpower Week in Washington, DC to discuss the issues impacting the hydropower and marine energy industry. Waterpower Week includes three conferences: NHA’s Annual Conference, International Marine Renewable Energy Conference (IMREC), and Marine Energy Technology Symposium (METS). The event highlights perspectives on the role of hydro, explores issues affecting hydro and marine resources, and helps participants develop a future game plan to meet challenges and ensure the [...]

Sandia Joins Senator Martin Heinrich in Launching the Solar Toolkit

March 6th, 2018|Categories: News, Solar|Tags: , , |

Sandra Begay speaking at the Solar Toolkit launch held by Senator Martin Heinrich at the CNM Workforce Training Center. Sandia’s Indian Energy program lead Sandra Begay and Renewable Energy Technologies senior manager Amy Halloran joined U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich and others in celebrating the release of Heinrich’s Solar Toolkit, created to connect New Mexico communities to solar energy resources and information. “Solar power presents a major opportunity to create jobs and investment in [...]

Upcoming Webinar: One Year In – Energy Storage Proves its Worth in Sterling, MA, March 7, 1-2 p.m. ET

March 1st, 2018|Categories: Energy Storage, Energy Storage Systems, Grid Integration, News|Tags: , , |

Join experts from Sandia, U.S. DOE-OE, and the Sterling Municipal Light Department for a webinar hosted by Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA) on March 7 from 1-2p.m. ET. The webinar will show how the Sterling Municipal Light Department’s energy storage project saved nearly $400,000 for the town’s ratepayers during the first year of operations. The webinar will also provide information on a second energy storage project being undertaken by Sterling in conjunction with a community [...]

Sandia Evaluates Control Algorithms for Energy Storage Systems

February 23rd, 2018|Categories: Distribution Grid Integration, Energy Storage, Energy Storage Systems, Grid Integration, Microgrid, News|

  Grid-scale batteries become more popular every day as the world looks to renewable energy sources and the need grows to store and use them on demand. However, utility companies need to know the best way to operate those batteries to meet specific energy management goals. Sandia is helping by testing a large vanadium redox-flow battery at its Energy Storage Test Pad site and developing a system to evaluate and refine the calculations that control how [...]

DOE’s Grid Modernization Peer Review Report Now Available

February 15th, 2018|Categories: Distribution Grid Integration, Energy Storage, Grid Integration, Infrastructure Security, Microgrid, News, Transmission Grid Integration|Tags: , , |

The Department of Energy’s Grid Modernization Initiative has published a report summarizing findings from the first annual peer review in April 2017. The report reviews 30 of the 87 publicly funded projects in the portfolio and is structured around the six technical pillars outlined in the Grid Modernization Multi-Year Program Plan: Design and Planning Tools; Devices and Integrated Systems; Institutional Support; Security and Resilience; Sensing and Measurement; and System Operations, Power Flow, and Control. [...]

Upcoming Webinar: Advances in Distribution System Time-Series Analysis for Studying DER Impacts

February 7th, 2018|Categories: Distribution Grid Integration, Grid Integration, News, Renewable Energy|

On Thursday, February 15, from 1:00pm – 2:00pm ET, Sandia's Matthew Reno will present a complimentary IEEE Smart Grid webinar on "Advances in Distribution System Time-Series Analysis for Studying DER Impacts." Description Distribution system analysis with ever increasing numbers of distributed energy resources (DER) requires new innovations in planning analysis tools to: Capture the time-varying and time-dependent aspects of the system, Investigate the challenges of planning for future growth while maintaining or improving feeder performance with the influx [...]

Apply by February 19th for Indian Energy Summer Internship Program

January 25th, 2018|Categories: News, Photovoltaic, Renewable Energy, Solar|Tags: , , |

The Department of Energy Office of Indian Energy is now accepting applications for a 12-week summer internship at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Participants receive hands-on experience with tribal renewable energy projects and issues surrounding renewable energy use and application. These summer internships allow current full-time undergraduate and graduate students who are familiar with Native American culture and tribal issues to help support Indian Energy Program efforts through participation in technical projects.  Interns join [...]

Sandia partners on R&D to validate lightweight materials for increased vehicle fuel efficiency

January 11th, 2018|Categories: News, Partnership, Research & Capabilities|Tags: |

Sandia will partner with Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and Mallinda LLC to test Carbon-Fiber Reinforced Plastic, a class of lightweight material which could reduce on-highway vehicle weight, and thus increase fuel efficiency, all without impacting performance for consumers.  Together, the lab-industry partnership will “characterize microscopic structural defects and evaluate the high-speed impact on the company’s malleable thermoset Carbon-Fiber Reinforced Plastic technology” according to the award announcement. The work is part of [...]

Sandia’s Award-Winning Control System Helps Stabilize Power Grid

January 5th, 2018|Categories: Grid Integration, News, Partnership, SMART Grid, Transmission Grid Integration|

During the last four years, Sandia and Montana Tech University have been working on a project funded by the Department of Energy’s Office of Electricity Delivery & Energy Reliability and the Bonneville Power Administration to build, test, and demonstrate a control system that can smooth out inter-area oscillations in the western North American power grid. This new smart grid technology leads to lower costs for utilities and consumers and greater stability for the grid. On [...]