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National Labs Partner with EPB to Energize Flow Battery in Support of Grid Modernization Efforts

In collaboration with Sandia National Laboratories, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, EPB has energized a 100kW/400kWh Vanadium Redox Flow Battery as part of a national research effort to explore the best use of cutting edge technologies that could be implemented across the United States to modernize the power grid. EPB will [...]

By | 2017-09-22T18:22:33+00:00 September 22nd, 2017|Distribution Grid Integration, Energy Storage, Energy Storage Systems, Grid Integration, Microgrid, News|Comments Off on National Labs Partner with EPB to Energize Flow Battery in Support of Grid Modernization Efforts

New GMLC Projects Aim to Make Distribution Systems More Resilient

Sandia has been awarded $1.5M over the next three years to lead the “Designing Resilient Communities” project and support two other projects awarded under the Department of Energy’s Grid Modernization Initiative Lab Call. The Resilient Distribution Systems Lab Call seeks to develop and validate innovative approaches to enhance the resilience of distribution systems, including microgrids, with [...]

By | 2017-12-13T18:14:59+00:00 September 15th, 2017|Distribution Grid Integration, Grid Integration, Infrastructure Security, Microgrid, News|Comments Off on New GMLC Projects Aim to Make Distribution Systems More Resilient

Modeling Tools, Control Strategies, and Improved Weather Forecasting Enable More Renewables on the Grid

Transitioning to a renewables-intensive future, a goal supported by many US states, presents numerous technical challenges. Distributed energy resources (DER), such as solar and wind, have variable power outputs that can impact grid performance and complicate utility operations. To enable greater deployment of DER requires an assembly of technical approaches and solutions, ranging from new [...]

By | 2017-07-24T19:57:40+00:00 June 28th, 2017|Distribution Grid Integration, Energy, Grid Integration, Infrastructure Security, News, Photovoltaic, Renewable Energy, Solar Newsletter|Comments Off on Modeling Tools, Control Strategies, and Improved Weather Forecasting Enable More Renewables on the Grid

Sandia Testifies in Cordova, Alaska Hearing about Microgrids

Abraham Ellis, manager of Sandia’s Photovoltaic and Distributed Systems Integration Department, testified last week on microgrid technologies before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee at a field hearing in Cordova, Alaska. During the hearing, Ellis provided a perspective on microgrids and hybrid systems. Alaska is home to many remote microgrids. For example, Sandia is [...]

By | 2017-07-25T21:14:06+00:00 June 14th, 2017|Distribution Grid Integration, Energy, Energy Storage, Energy Storage Systems, Grid Integration, Infrastructure Security, News|Comments Off on Sandia Testifies in Cordova, Alaska Hearing about Microgrids

New Sandia Grid Modernization Program Newsletter Now Available

Sandia’s newest quarterly newsletter features research highlights, event information, staff recognition, and recent publications and patents related to modernizing our nation’s electricity infrastructure. Topics focus on the primary research areas of Sandia’s Grid Modernization Program and include the following: Energy storage technologies for large-scale adaption Integration of renewable energy sources into the grid Transmission planning [...]

By | 2017-03-08T23:04:27+00:00 March 8th, 2017|Cyber, Distribution Grid Integration, Energy Assurance, Energy Storage, Energy Storage Systems, Grid Integration, Infrastructure Security, Microgrid, News, Renewable Energy, SMART Grid, Transmission Grid Integration|Comments Off on New Sandia Grid Modernization Program Newsletter Now Available

Upcoming Webinar: Comparing the Abilities of Energy Storage, PV, and Other Distributed Energy Resources to Provide Grid Services, Monday, March 13, 3:00pm-4:30pm ET

The grid is undergoing a transformation leading to greater utilization of Distributed Energy Resources (DER). DER devices include batteries, PV, and even aggregated hot water heaters or building lighting systems. At the core of this transformation are the services that these DER can provide to the grid. Presently each device type is siloed into its [...]

By | 2017-03-03T15:35:02+00:00 March 3rd, 2017|Distribution Grid Integration, Energy Storage, Events, Grid Integration, News, Photovoltaic, Solar, Workshops|Comments Off on Upcoming Webinar: Comparing the Abilities of Energy Storage, PV, and Other Distributed Energy Resources to Provide Grid Services, Monday, March 13, 3:00pm-4:30pm ET

Download Sandia’s Microgrid Design Toolkit (MDT)

Sandia National Laboratories developed the Microgrid Design Toolkit (MDT), decision support software for microgrid designers, is now publicly available for download. Intended for use in the early stages of the design process, MDT uses powerful search algorithms to identify and characterize alternative microgrid design decisions in terms of user-defined objectives such as cost, performance, and [...]

By | 2017-11-15T16:59:38+00:00 April 12th, 2016|Distribution Grid Integration, Grid Integration|Comments Off on Download Sandia’s Microgrid Design Toolkit (MDT)

GridPV Toolbox Version 2 Now Available

The GridPV toolbox, co-developed by Georgia Institute of Technology and Sandia National Laboratories, models and simulates the integration of the distributed, or local, power generation into the electric power system. Simulations with this tool can be used to evaluate the impact of solar energy on the distribution system. GridPV Toolbox is a fully-documented set of [...]

By | 2016-12-02T18:47:49+00:00 February 6th, 2016|Distribution Grid Integration, News, Photovoltaic|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 [...]

Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority Partners with Sandia to Install Aquion EES Demo

The Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority (NELHA) and Sandia have signed an MOU to implement electrical energy storage systems (ESSs) in renewable-energy projects at their Hawaii Ocean Science and Technology (HOST) Park. Aquion Energy battery module installed at NELHA. Hawaii’s innovative green economic development park plays a significant role in Hawaii’s growth [...]