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Sandia’s Distributed Energy Lab Marks FY15 Accomplishments, Adds New Capabilities

Sandia Labs completed a number of enhancements to its Distributed Energy Technologies Laboratory (DETL) facility in 2015. Many of the updates extend cyber-security capabilities at DETL, such as Sandia’s ability to configure isolated networks for intrusion detection experiments. The communications-enabled control overlay allows for comprehensive evaluation of cyber vulnerabilities of distributed energy devices (DER) and [...]

By | 2016-02-10T18:57:04+00:00 February 5th, 2016|DETL, News, Solar|0 Comments

Sandia Develops Stochastic Production Cost Model Simulator for Electric Power Systems

Sandia has developed a software toolkit that uses stochastic programming to perform power system production cost model simulations. Named PRESCIENT, the software produces probabilistic forecasts automatically from deterministic historical forecasts for load, solar, and/or wind power production and their respective actuals, using a technology known as epi-splines. An example of a probablistic solar forecast [...]

New Small Business Voucher Pilot Opens

The highly anticipated Department of Energy (DOE) Small Business Vouchers (SBV) pilot opens for business today. Through the pilot, small businesses can apply to access the Department’s world-class facilities and an enterprise of more than 10,000 leading scientists and engineers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Lawrence Berkeley, Oak Ridge, Pacific Northwest, and Sandia national laboratories. [...]

Sandia to Discuss Energy-Storage Test Protocols at the European PV Solar Energy Conference

A residential distributed energy-storage unit being installed (top) and inspected (bottom). Researchers from Sandia will give a plenary talk on energy storage test protocols at the European PV Solar Energy Conference (EU PVSEC), to be held in September in Hamburg, Germany. Plenary presentations are given to the entire conference and reserved for outstanding [...]

Two Sandians Honored in 2015 Hispanic Engineer of the Year Awards

Sandia’s Abraham Ellis, manager of the Photovoltaic and Distributed Systems Dept., was awarded the 2015 Hispanic Engineer of the Year Award for “Outstanding Technical Achievement.” On Friday, August 7th, Great Minds in STEM™ announced the 2015 class of Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Conference (HENAAC) award winners. These phenomenal role models in science, [...]

Sandia Researcher Recognized at SunSpec Alliance Annual Meeting

Sandia solar researcher Jay Johnson (in Sandia’s Photovoltaics and Distributed Systems Dept.) attended the SunSpec Alliance Annual Member’s Meeting in San Francisco last Spring and received the 2015 SunSpec McCulloch-Pitts Award in recognition of “innovation, collaboration, and general technical excellence in the area of distributed energy resource control automation.” The award acknowledged Johnson’s collaborative research [...]

Sandia Wins Award for Best Poster at 40th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialist Conference (PVSC)

  Texas A&M’s Zhan Wang (left) and Sandia’s Jay Johnson (right) receive their Best Poster award at PVSC. Sandia researcher Jay Johnson (in Sandia’s Photovoltaic & Distributed Systems Integration Dept.) and a collaborating team from Texas A&M University were recognized at the 40th Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) PVSC held in [...]

By | 2016-12-02T18:48:28+00:00 August 7th, 2014|Capabilities, DETL, Energy, Facilities, Materials Science, News, News & Events, Photovoltaic, Renewable Energy, Research & Capabilities, Solar, Solar Newsletter, Systems Analysis|Comments Off on Sandia Wins Award for Best Poster at 40th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialist Conference (PVSC)

Sandia Student Wins Best Paper Award at IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference

Matt Reno, a Georgia Tech student in Sandia’s Photovoltaic and Distributed Systems Dept. Matthew Reno, a Sandian and an electrical engineering PhD candidate at the Georgia Institute of Technology, was given a Best Student Paper award for research reported in, “Impact of PV Variability and Ramping Events on Distribution Voltage Regulation Equipment” at [...]

By | 2016-12-02T18:48:30+00:00 July 31st, 2014|DETL, Distribution Grid Integration, Energy, Energy Surety, Facilities, Grid Integration, Infrastructure Security, News, News & Events, Photovoltaic, Renewable Energy, Solar, Solar Newsletter, Systems Engineering|Comments Off on Sandia Student Wins Best Paper Award at IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference

Sandia Participation in the 39th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists (PVSC) Conference

Matthew Reno presented a new method to streamline the interconnection study process by simplifying the complex system to an equivalent representation of the feeder with fewer buses while maintaining feeder topology as well as the accuracy of key buses of interest. He demonstrated the method with distributed rooftop PV on a 1262-bus feeder with [...]

By | 2016-12-02T18:48:53+00:00 August 14th, 2013|DETL, Distribution Grid Integration, Energy, Facilities, Grid Integration, News, News & Events, Photovoltaic, Photovoltaic Regional Testing Center (PV RTC), Renewable Energy, SMART Grid, Solar|Comments Off on Sandia Participation in the 39th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists (PVSC) Conference

PV Paper Published in IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy

Matthew Lave is a Ph.D. student at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Matthew’s research focuses on variability analysis of solar radiation and solar power. His Ph.D. thesis is exploring upscaling and downscaling solar radiation time series using wavelets. Sandians Mathew Lave and Joshua Stein ( both in the Photovoltaics and Distributed [...]

By | 2016-12-02T18:48:59+00:00 May 1st, 2013|DETL, Energy, Facilities, News, News & Events, Photovoltaic, Photovoltaic Systems Evaluation Laboratory (PSEL), Renewable Energy, Solar, Solar Newsletter, Systems Analysis|Comments Off on PV Paper Published in IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy