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Sandia’s Test Technology Enables Development of Novel Multi-Rotor Wind Turbine

When Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas Wind Systems A/S decided to build a multi-rotor wind turbine, it used a hardware emulation system developed by Sandia National Laboratories to create, configure, and test the controls system. Instead of relying on ever larger turbines to increase energy production and reduce the cost of energy, Vestas designed an [...]

By | November 7th, 2016|Customers & Partners, EC, News, Renewable Energy, Wind Energy, Wind News|Comments Off on Sandia’s Test Technology Enables Development of Novel Multi-Rotor Wind Turbine

First Wake Data Captured During Wake Steering Experiment at the SWiFT Facility

Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have met a major project milestone as part of the Department of Energy Atmosphere to Electrons (A2e) Wake Steering Experiment being conducted at the Scaled Wind Farm Technology (SWiFT) Facility. The team successfully installed the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) Wind Energy Department’s [...]

By | July 14th, 2016|News, Renewable Energy, SWIFT, Wind Energy, Wind News|Comments Off on First Wake Data Captured During Wake Steering Experiment at the SWiFT Facility

Sandia highlighted at the 2016 American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) Conference, May 23-26th

3-D Printed Blade Mold on Display at the Department of Energy Booth at American Wind Energy Association (AWEA)  WindPower Conference Stop by AWEA booth #4847 to see a revolutionary 3-D-printed blade mold designed to reduce costs and time associated with manufacturing, experiment with new capabilities, and improve design flexibility. The Wind Program, Advanced Manufacturing Office, [...]

By | May 23rd, 2016|News, News & Events, Wind Energy|Comments Off on Sandia highlighted at the 2016 American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) Conference, May 23-26th

Wind Team Briefs NNSA Administrator Lieutenant General Frank Klotz

A team from Sandia’s Wind Energy Technologies department recently briefed Lieutenant General Frank Klotz, the DOE Under Secretary for Nuclear Security and Administrator for the NNSA (National Nuclear Security Administration).  The briefing covered Sandia’s offshore wind research and development, the leveraging of Sandia’s nuclear weapons capabilities to address wind energy challenges, and a summary of [...]

By | May 13th, 2016|Customers & Partners, News, Renewable Energy, Wind Energy, Wind News|Comments Off on Wind Team Briefs NNSA Administrator Lieutenant General Frank Klotz

Sandia National Laboratories’ blade design to be showcased at AWEA

In the first phase of the DOE-funded additive manufactured blade mold demonstration project, Sandia National Laboratories has designed the wind blade that will be built with the new molds. One of the 3D-printed molds will be showcased at the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) 2016 Windpower Conference and Exhibition, May 23-26 in New Orleans, LA. [...]

By | May 13th, 2016|Design, News, News & Events, Partnership, Research & Capabilities, SWIFT, Wind Energy, Wind News|Comments Off on Sandia National Laboratories’ blade design to be showcased at AWEA

First Power for SWiFT Turbine Achieved during Recommissioning

The Department of Energy's Scaled Wind Farm Technology (SWiFT) Facility reached an exciting milestone with the return to power production of the WTGa1 turbine (aka DOE/SNL #1) as part of a final series of commissioning tests. WTGa1 will complete all commissioning before the end of May 2016 after satisfactorily operating in high wind conditions. Turbines [...]

By | May 13th, 2016|Facilities, News, Renewable Energy, SWIFT, Wind Energy, Wind News|Comments Off on First Power for SWiFT Turbine Achieved during Recommissioning

Virtual LIDAR model helps researchers plan for the Wake Steering Experiment at SWiFT

A team of researchers at Sandia National Laboratories and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are planning a critical experiment at Sandia’s Scaled Wind Farm Technology (SWiFT) Facility to investigate the use of wind turbine yaw control to direct wakes, a promising approach to increase power production in wind plants. During the multi-month field campaign, [...]

By | May 13th, 2016|Modeling & Analysis, News, Renewable Energy, Research & Capabilities, SWIFT, Videos, Wind Energy, Wind News|Comments Off on Virtual LIDAR model helps researchers plan for the Wake Steering Experiment at SWiFT

Virtual LIDAR Model Helps Researchers Plan for Wake Steering Experiment at SWiFT

A team of researchers at Sandia National Laboratories and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are planning a critical experiment at Sandia’s Scaled Wind Farm Technology (SWiFT) Facility to investigate the use of wind turbine yaw control to direct wakes, a promising approach to increase power production in wind plants. During the multi-month field campaign, [...]

By | May 5th, 2016|Facilities, Modeling, Modeling, Modeling & Analysis, Modeling & Analysis, Renewable Energy, Research & Capabilities, Wind Energy, Wind News|Comments Off on Virtual LIDAR Model Helps Researchers Plan for Wake Steering Experiment at SWiFT

SWiFT Site Atmospheric Characterization

Site atmospheric conditions have been analyzed by members of Sandia’s Wind Energy Technologies Department to characterize the magnitude and frequency of atmospheric conditions at SWiFT, the experimental wind farm in Lubbock, TX. The analysis will inform experimental campaign planning at SWiFT, aid in determining common conditions for model simulation inputs. The site conditions at the [...]

By | March 24th, 2016|Analysis, Energy, Renewable Energy, SWIFT, Wind Energy, Wind News|Comments Off on SWiFT Site Atmospheric Characterization

New report highlights key composite testing trends for more reliable and lower cost wind blade designs

Sandia National Laboratories recently published "Analysis of SNL/MSU/DOE Fatigue Database Trends for Wind Turbine Blade Materials, 2010-2015" by researchers at Montana State University (MSU), a long-time academic research partner. Since 1989, Sandia has collaborated with MSU to test and report key data and trends related to fiber-reinforced polymers (composites) and other materials used to construct wind turbine [...]