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  • Inverter Reliability Workshop
    April 30, 2013 to May 1, 2013, Biltmore Hotel

    This symposium co-hosted by Sandia National Laboratories and the Electric Power Research Institute includes three separate workshops organized over one week.


    Map to Biltmore Hotel
  • ECIS Climate Change and National Security Speaker Series
    May 1, 2013 to May 1, 2013,

    Dr. Richard Alley is the Evan Pugh Professor at the Department of Geosciences, and Earth and Environmental Systems Institute, at the Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Alley has traveled from Antarctica to Greenland to help learn the history of Earth's climate and whether the great ice sheets will fall in the ocean and flood our coasts. With over 225 scientific publications, he has been asked to provide advice to the highest levels of government, and been recognized with numerous awards including election to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. He hosted the recent PBS miniseries “Earth: The Operators' Manual,” and has been compared to a cross between Woody Allen and Carl Sagan for his enthusiastic efforts to communicate the excitement and importance of the science to everyone.



  • PV Performance Modeling Workshop
    May 1, 2013 to May 2, 2013, Biltmore Hotel

    This symposium co-hosted by Sandia National Laboratories and the Electric Power Research Institute includes three separate workshops organized over one week.


    Map to Biltmore Hotel
  • Scaled Wind Farm Technology (SWiFT) Facility Commissioning
    July 9, 2013 to July 9, 2013,

    On Tuesday, July 9, 2013 the U.S. Department of Energy, Sandia National Laboratories, and Texas Tech University will host the commissioning of the Scaled Wind Farm Technology (SWiFT) Facility at the Reese Technology Center in Lubbock, Texas. The SWiFT Facility is designed and built to enable rapid, cost-efficient testing and development of transformative wind energy technology with specific emphasis on improving wind plant performance.


    Map to Scaled Wind Farm Technology (SWiFT) Facility Commissioning
  • Renewable Energy Storage Symposium
    August 13, 2013 to August 14, 2013, Northeastern University Campus

    This two-day symposium will focus on the science, technology, policy and entrepreneurial challenges in enabling new novel energy storage solutions for the future green energy initiatives.


    Map to Northeastern University Campus
  • 2013 Wind Plant Reliability Workshop
    August 13, 2013 to August 14, 2013, Albuquerque, NM

    Location: Sheraton Uptown, Albuquerque, NM USA - Registration is now open
    Experts from throughout the industry will address will address the major challenges for reliable wind plant performance, operations and maintenance, data reporting, and performance analysis.


    Map to Albuquerque, NM
  • Hydrogen Compatibility of Materials
    August 13, 2013 to August 13, 2013,

    The Fuel Cell Technologies Office will present a live webinar on August 13, 2013, from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) describing hydrogen embrittlement and its impact on hydrogen distribution and storage. In particular, the webinar will examine the challenges and existing guidance for selecting structural materials for hydrogen service. During the webinar, speakers from DOE's Sandia National Laboratories will review the "Technical Reference for Hydrogen Compatibility of Materials," an important tool for identifying promising materials for hydrogen service and summarizing hydrogen compatibility data, as well as discovering gaps in available materials data and standards for qualifying materials for hydrogen service. Register to attend the webinar.



  • PV_LIB Toolbox Webinar
    August 13, 2013 to August 13, 2013,

    Interested in a PV modeling tool that is customizable, flexible, and powerful?
    Sandia National Laboratories has developed the PV_LIB Toolbox of PV modeling functions (currently in Mathworks’ MATLAB®), and is providing the library at no cost to PV Performance Modeling Collaborative (PVPMC) members (http://pvpmc.org). PV_LIB functions are open to viewing and provide a great way to deeply explore irradiance translation models, PV performance models (I-V curve generation), inverter performance models, and many other models. Each model is referenced to its source material, where possible.
    To learn more about the PV_LIB toolbox, please join us for an introduction and tutorial via webinar on August 13, 2013 from 11:00-12:00 MDT (13:00-14:00 EDT).



  • New Solar Rules at the FAA and Sandia’s Glare Analysis Tool
    August 29, 2013 to August 29, 2013,

    The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is updating its rules about siting solar project at or near airport facilities. One key aspect of the new rules is guidelines about siting to avoid instances of glare, potentially dangerous reflections off of solar equipment.

    Bill Petrak from the FAA will brief attendees on the new rules all developers should be aware of when siting a project near or on airport property.

    Cliff Ho from Sandia National Labs has developed an online tool to help developers avoid glare issues while maximizing electrical output. Dr. Ho will demonstrate this Solar Glare Hazard Analysis Tool and provide tips for developers to better site their projects. Register today!



  • Transformational Solutions for Water in the West Workshop
    September 5, 2013 to September 5, 2013, University of New Mexico Student Union Building

    This workshop, hosted by the Atlantic Council and Sandia National Laboratories, will explore transformational ideas for mitigating water scarcity in the Western US.


    Map to University of New Mexico Student Union Building
  • PV Bankability workshop at Solar Power International (SPI) 2013
    October 21, 2013 to October 21, 2013, McCormick Place Chicago, Illinois USA


  • Northeast Ohio Energy Summit
    December 9, 2013 to December 9, 2013, NASA Glenn Research Center

    Map to NASA Glenn Research Center
  • 2014 MIT Energy Conference
    February 21, 2014 to February 22, 2014, MIT Campus

    Sandia is a Silver sponsor for the 2014 MIT Energy Conference -Defining Challenges, Advancing Solutions, February 21-22, 2014.
    The MIT Energy Conference draws over 700 attendees to engage in critical discussion about key challenges defining the energy sector. The goals are to provide a venue for fact-based discussion and idea exchange, to enhance connections amongst key stakeholders in the energy sector, and to lay the foundations for ideas and conversations that may develop into visionary solutions.

    Sandia will also participate in the Saturday Night Energy Showcase at the MIT Campus, Cambridge. The Showcase exhibits the most innovative technology and business in the energy space while fostering connections between attendees and presenters.


    Map to MIT Campus
  • 2011 Sandia National Laboratories Wind Turbine Reliability Workshop
    August 2, 2011 to August 3, 2011, Sandia New Mexico

    This is the fourth in a series of Wind Turbine Reliability Workshops. Experts from throughout the industry will address the major issues for reliable wind turbine performance and operations, maintenance, data reporting, and reliability performance analysis.


    Map to Sandia New Mexico
  • Sandia Summer Institute
    August 7, 2011 to August 12, 2011, Sandia California

    Sandia’s Summer Institute: Technology and Policy Tools for Energy in an Uncertain World is a new cross-discipline week-long research program for top graduate students from the nation’s premier universities. Twenty select graduate students will collaborate in small teams, working side-by-side with leading scientists from Sandia. Participants will develop new career skills by solving challenging problems in a fast-paced, collegial work environment.


    Map to Sandia California
  • SEGIS PV Powered Technology Demonstration & Conference
    September 20, 2011 to September 20, 2011, Embass Suites Hotel

    This is a FREE event


    Map to Embass Suites Hotel
  • ARPA-E 2012 Technology Showcase
    February 27, 2012 to February 29, 2012, Washington, D.C.

    ARPA-E is pleased to host the 2012 Technology Showcase, highlighting the recent ARPA-E award winners, finalists, and other exciting transformational technologies. Come meet with the companies and research organizations poised to transform our energy economy.


    Map to Washington, D.C.
  • Regulatory Information Conference (RIC)
    March 13, 2012 to March 15, 2012, Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center

    Regulatory Information Conference 2012

    Welcome to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission's (USNRC's) Regulatory Information Conference (RIC) web page. This page is intended to provide planning information and updates about the upcoming conference, as well as information on previous RIC events.

    The 24th Annual Regulatory Information Conference will be held March 13–15, 2012, at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, located just off Route 355 (Rockville Pike) at 5701 Marinelli Road, North Bethesda, Maryland 20852.


    Map to Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center
  • 2012 Wind Turbine Blade Workshop
    May 30, 2012 to June 1, 2012, Albuquerque, NM

    The 2012 Wind Turbine Blade Workshop will be held
    May 30-June 1, 2012 at the Embassy Suites Albuquerque, Albuquerque, NM USA.
    • Wednesday, May 30, 8:00am-5:00pm
    • Thursday, May 31, 8:00am-5:00pm
    • Friday, June 1, 8:00am-noon
    Early workshop check-in will be available on Tuesday, May 29 6:00pm-8:00pm, as well as at 7:00am each morning (all times subject to change).


    Map to Albuquerque, NM
  • SunShot Grand Challenge Summit and Technology Forum
    June 13, 2012 to June 14, 2012, Hyatt Regency, Denver, CO

    The SunShot Initiative is leading the first in a series of Energy Department Grand Challenges that address the scientific, technological, and market barriers to achieving breakthroughs in national energy challenges. The SunShot Summit and Technology Forum will convene the best and brightest minds in government, industry, and academia to strengthen U.S. leadership in global clean energy.


    Map to Hyatt Regency, Denver, CO
  • Sandia Scaled Wind Farm Technology Facility (SWIFT) Groundbreaking
    July 17, 2012 to July 17, 2012, Texas Tech University

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and Sandia National Laboratories (Sandia) are developing the Scaled WInd Farm Technology (SWIFT) facility, hosted at Texas Tech University, to enable rapid, cost-efficient testing and development of transformative wind energy technology.



  • Advanced Computing for Energy Innovation Grand Challenge Workshop
    July 31, 2012 to August 2, 2012, Washington, D.C.

    The introduction to a May 8, 2012 Forbes magazine interview with Secretary Chu reads, “The Nobel Prize-winning scientist is betting that these super machines will play a key role in designing new products and solving longstanding energy challenges: from better engines to advanced nuclear reactors. He’s backing his bet with significant resources, offering some of the Department’s world leading supercomputers for use by industry leaders.”

    The purpose of this workshop is to turn the Secretary’s word into actions.


    Map to Washington, D.C.
  • 2013 ARPA-e Energy Innovation Summit
    February 25, 2013 to February 27, 2013, Washington, D.C.

    The U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) has hosted the Energy Innovation Summit for the past three years. It brings together the nation’s most innovative minds to team together on potential breakthroughs in energy technologies.


    Map to Washington, D.C.
  • 2013 MIT Energy Summit
    March 1, 2013 to March 2, 2013, MIT Campus

    The MIT Energy Conference is an annual two-day conference that brings together leaders in industry, academia, government, and finance to deliver critical knowledge and independent analysis on emerging trends in energy technologies, policies, and markets.


    Map to MIT Campus
  • ESTAP Webinar: Briefing on Sandia's Maui Energy Storage Study
    March 6, 2013 to March 6, 2013,


  • Scaled Wind Farm Technology (SWiFT) Facility Commissioning
    July 9, 2013 to July 9, 2013,

    On Tuesday, July 9, 2013 the U.S. Department of Energy, Sandia National Laboratories, and Texas Tech University will host the commissioning of the Scaled Wind Farm Technology (SWiFT) Facility at the Reese Technology Center in Lubbock, Texas. The SWiFT Facility is designed and built to enable rapid, cost-efficient testing and development of transformative wind energy technology with specific emphasis on improving wind plant performance.


    Map to Scaled Wind Farm Technology (SWiFT) Facility Commissioning
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  • 10th Annual Conference on Carbon Capture & Sequestration
    May 2, 2011 to May 5, 2011, Pittsburgh, PA

    The 2011 Conference follows in the footsteps of the past nine events,
    maintaining the objectives to:
    — Focus on carbon capture, separation and sequestration technologies that
    are being or could be deployed in the U.S. and North America;
    — Provide a forum for the exchange of experience among U.S. and
    international scientific and engineering communities working on such
    technologies and systems;
    — Facilitate the necessary dialogue between technology
    developers/purveyors, industry and the public on the development and
    deployment of viable technologies; and
    — Share experience on developing the necessary capacity within the
    public and private sector to move the technology base forward.


    Map to Pittsburgh, PA
  • Energy Frontier Research Centers Summit & Forum
    May 25, 2011 to May 27, 2011, Washington, D.C.

    "Science for Our Nation’s Energy Future" will explore the challenges and opportunities in applying America’s extraordinary scientific and technical resources to critical energy needs. It will highlight early successes of the Department of Energy's Office of Science Energy Frontier Research Centers and promote collaboration across the national energy enterprise.


    Map to Washington, D.C.
  • NETL CO2 Capture Technology Meeting
    August 22, 2011 to August 26, 2011, Pittsburgh, PA

    The 2011 CO2 Capture Technology Meeting will provide a public forum to present carbon dioxide (CO2) capture technology development status and accomplishments made under NETL’s Innovations for Existing Plants, Carbon Sequestration and Demonstration Programs (CCPI -Clean Coal Power Initiative and ICCS -Industrial Carbon Capture and Sequestration). In addition, DOE’s ARPA-E will also highlight their CO2 capture portfolio. This year’s meeting will cover post-combustion, oxy-combustion, and precombustion carbon capture. Chemical Looping and CO2 compression technologies will also be included. The meeting will have open registration so that in addition to researchers, participants may include employees of other government agencies, electric utilities, research organizations, and state regulatory agencies.


    Map to Pittsburgh, PA
  • 12th National Conference on Science, Policy and the Environment: Environment and Security
    January 18, 2012 to January 20, 2012, Washington, D.C.

    The National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE) will present its 12th National Conference on Science, Policy and the Environment: Environment and Security, January 18-20, 2012 in Washington, DC. The event will take place at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center.


    Map to Washington, D.C.
  • TedxABQ 2012: Engage Your Passion
    September 8, 2012 to September 8, 2012, Albuquerque, NM

    Mark Boslough will be giving a presentation at the TedxABQ 2012: Engage Your Passion called, “Betting on Global Warming.”


    Map to Albuquerque, NM
  • ECIS Climate Change and National Security Speaker Series
    May 1, 2013 to May 1, 2013,

    Dr. Richard Alley is the Evan Pugh Professor at the Department of Geosciences, and Earth and Environmental Systems Institute, at the Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Alley has traveled from Antarctica to Greenland to help learn the history of Earth's climate and whether the great ice sheets will fall in the ocean and flood our coasts. With over 225 scientific publications, he has been asked to provide advice to the highest levels of government, and been recognized with numerous awards including election to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. He hosted the recent PBS miniseries “Earth: The Operators' Manual,” and has been compared to a cross between Woody Allen and Carl Sagan for his enthusiastic efforts to communicate the excitement and importance of the science to everyone.



  • PV Performance Modeling Workshop
    May 1, 2013 to May 2, 2013, Biltmore Hotel

    This symposium co-hosted by Sandia National Laboratories and the Electric Power Research Institute includes three separate workshops organized over one week.


    Map to Biltmore Hotel
  • Transformational Solutions for Water in the West Workshop
    September 5, 2013 to September 5, 2013, University of New Mexico Student Union Building

    This workshop, hosted by the Atlantic Council and Sandia National Laboratories, will explore transformational ideas for mitigating water scarcity in the Western US.


    Map to University of New Mexico Student Union Building
  • EESAT 2011
    October 16, 2011 to October 19, 2011, San Diego Marriott Hotel & Marina

    The Electrical Energy Storage Applications and Technologies or EESAT Conference is the premier forum for dissemination, review, and presentation of research and development, demonstration, and studies conducted around the globe on specific electrical energy storage applications and technologies, especially as they relate to the electricity grid.


    Map to San Diego Marriott Hotel & Marina
  • Control System Design using Energy Storage to Improve Dynamic Performance in Large-Scale Electric Power Grids
    September 25, 2012 to September 25, 2012, Dreese Laboratories

    David A. Schoenwald
    Energy Storage & Transmission Analysis Department
    Sandia National Laboratories

    Abstract: This talk will present results on two applications of energy storage for the improvement of power system dynamic performance that will become necessary as more intermittent renewable energy sources are incorporated into the electric power grid. The first application is the design and implementation of a battery-based control system to reduce the variability of photovoltaic (PV) power output at the generation site. The control system is challenged with the task of reducing short-term PV output variability while avoiding the overworking of the battery, both in terms of capacity and amp capability. A full-scale implementation was deployed in a demonstration project, in partnership with an electric utility and a battery manufacturer. Both simulation and experimental results will be presented. The second application is the analysis and design of a decentralized control system to increase the damping associated with inter-area oscillation modes. These modes arise from the swinging of many generators in one part of the power grid against generators in another part of the grid. Analysis and simulation results for the control system design will be presented for both a reduced-order model of the WECC (Western Electricity Coordinating Council) and a full-scale PSLF (Positive Sequence Load Flow) model of the WECC.


    Map to Dreese Laboratories
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