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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 [...]

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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, [...]

Sandian Contributes to Western Electricity Coordinating Council Photovoltaic Power Plant Model Validation Guideline

Utility-scale PV systems connected to the transmission network must comply with NERC modeling, data, and analysis standards. WECC’s new “Central Station Photovoltaic Power Plant Model Validation Guideline” helps them with this requirement. (Photo credit: Ceinturion, Creative Commons 3.0) As part of the Western Electricity Coordinating Council’s (WECC’s) Modeling and Validation Work Group, Sandia [...]

DOE-EERE Deputy Assistant Secretary Hollett Visits Sandia

DOE-EERE Deputy Assistant Secretary for Renewable Power, Douglas Hollett. (DOE photo) In his role as Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Deputy Assistant Secretary for Renewable Power, Douglas Hollett oversees research, development, and demonstration of a diverse clean-energy portfolio that includes power generation from wind, solar, geothermal, conventional [...]

Energy Council Executive Committee Visits Sandia

The Energy Council pauses in their tour of the NSTTF. Energy Council legislators oversee energy and related environmental regulation in North American states/provinces where energy is important to the employment base and fiscal well-being. The Energy Council provides a larger context in which each jurisdiction may consider its particular concerns. The Council’s interests [...]

Small Electric Voltage Alters Conductivity in Key Materials

Using only a 9-volt battery at room temperature, a team led by Sandia researcher Jon Ihlefeld (in Sandia’s Electronic, Optical, & Nano Materials Dept.) has altered the thermal conductivity of the widely used material PZT (lead zirconate titanate) by as much as 11% at subsecond time scales. They did it without resorting to expensive surgeries [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Sandia Contributes to International Electrotechnical Commission IEC 61400-26 Availability Standard

Information model for IEC technical specification 61400-26-2: Production-Based Availability for Wind Turbines. The U.S. Department of Energy Wind Program and Sandia have been working with the International Elec­trotechnical Commission (IEC) Committee on Wind Turbine Availability to develop three specifications for IEC-61400-26―the standard that addresses wind turbine and wind-plant availability. The first specification is [...]

By | June 12th, 2014|Analysis, Distribution Grid Integration, Energy, Grid Integration, Infrastructure Security, News, News & Events, Partnership, Renewable Energy, SMART Grid, Systems Analysis, Transmission Grid Integration, Wind Energy|Comments Off on Sandia Contributes to International Electrotechnical Commission IEC 61400-26 Availability Standard

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 [...]