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Sandia Participates in Preparation of New Mexico Renewable Energy Storage Report

New Mexico Governor Martinez and Energy, Minerals, & Natural Resources Department Secretary Martin released the New Mexico Energy Policy and Implementation Plan in mid-September. New Mexico is one of the most energy-rich and energy-diverse states in the nation. Southeast and northwest New Mexico produce large amounts of oil and natural gas. These industries provide much [...]

Energy Secretary Moniz Highlights Sandia Efforts during Recent Houston Press Conference

As he spoke to oil and gas executives at the IHS Energy CERAWeek conference, Secretary Moniz’s focus was on the nation’s aging energy infrastructure—and everything that should be done to modernize it amid a do­mestic energy revolution, climate change, and evolving business models. Moniz spoke to the assembled executives about the just-released QER and the [...]

Recent Sandia Secure, Scalable Microgrid Advanced Controls Research Accomplishments

A recently completed Grand Challenge Laboratory-Directed Research and Development project resulted in a secure, scalable microgrid (SSM) research facility that is actively engaged in developing technologies to solve many of the nation’s most complex challenges in satisfying its electric energy needs. Initial focus has been on enabling resilient and reliable performance when incorporating high penetration [...]

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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 | 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

Mesa del Sol Project Is Finalist for International Smart Grid Action Network 2014 Award of Excellence

The microgrid powers Mesa del Sol’s Aperture Center, a 78,000-square-foot mixed-use commercial building at the center of Forest City’s Mesa del Sol model sustainable community. It is the heart of a planned community with 18 million square feet of office, retail, and industrial space and 4,400 acres for residential development. The Mesa del [...]

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Wind Generator Modeling

This modular block diagram represents the major components of the generic dynamic wind turbine generator models. Model blocks and parameters are used to represent the different wind turbine types. Efforts are ongoing to develop increased functionality of the plant controller to represent actual operations. Sandia finalized and submitted the updated “WECC Wind Power [...]

Renewables, Other Energy Issues To Be Focus of Enhanced Sandia-SINTEF Collaboration

Under an expanded agreement, a decades-long partnership between Sandia and the Norwegian research organization SINTEF (Stiftelsen for industriell og teknisk forskning) will now tackle energy challenges such as renewable-energy integration, grid modernization, gas technologies, and algae-based biofuels. SINTEF is the largest independent research organization in Scandinavia, with expertise in the natural sciences and technology, the [...]

Portable Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Unit to Provide Green, Sustainable Power to Honolulu Port

Sandia researcher Joe Pratt stands near the Port of Oakland, one of the west coast ports he studied to learn whether hydrogen fuel cells are a viable power source for docked ships. (Photo by Steffan Schulz) Clean hy­drogen power that’s expected to lower emissions and reduce energy consumption will be coming to the [...]

By | March 13th, 2014|Center for Infrastructure Research and Innovation (CIRI), Energy, Energy Surety, Facilities, Infrastructure Security, News, News & Events, Partnership, Systems Analysis, Systems Engineering, Transportation Energy|Comments Off on Portable Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Unit to Provide Green, Sustainable Power to Honolulu Port

DOE International Energy Storage Database Has Logged 420 Energy Storage Projects Worldwide with 123 GW of Installed Capacity

Berkeley, California, USA, (October 21, 2013) — /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The following was released by Strategen Consulting: The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced that its international energy storage database has surpassed 420 documented energy storage projects from around the world. The database, the first of its kind, provides free, up-to-date information on grid-connected energy [...]

By | October 22nd, 2013|Energy, Energy Assurance, Energy Assurance, Energy Storage, Energy Storage Systems, Energy Surety, Grid Integration, Infrastructure Security, News, News & Events, SMART Grid|Comments Off on DOE International Energy Storage Database Has Logged 420 Energy Storage Projects Worldwide with 123 GW of Installed Capacity

New Jersey Transit FutureGrid MOU Signing

In late August, DOE Secretary Moniz and New Jersey Governor Christie signed an memorandum of understanding (MOU) over grid modernization, which establishes a relationship between the U.S. Department of Energy, New Jersey Transit Corporation, and the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) to explore the design, possible construction, and future implementation of an advanced [...]

By | October 4th, 2013|Analysis, Energy Surety, Infrastructure Security, Microgrid, Modeling, Modeling & Analysis, News, News & Events, Partnership, SMART Grid|Comments Off on New Jersey Transit FutureGrid MOU Signing