Stationary Power

Our work in stationary power includes the deployment of clean electricity, which requires integration with a modernized grid infrastructure, and enhancements in energy efficiency as a direct influence on energy productivity and economic competitiveness.

Energy Conversion Efficiency

High-efficiency conversion of low and  zero-carbon energy sources to electricity

Grid Modernization

Safety, security, and resilience of energy infrastructure and assets

Nuclear Fuel Cycle

A dynamic, multifaceted approach to systems-based research and development of nuclear energy and fuel cycle technologies

Energy Conversion Efficiency

Increasing the amount of electricity produced from a given thermal energy input.
This is a major objective for multiple RE sources (e.g., geothermal, photovoltaics [PV], concentrating solar power [CSP], wind). Major advances in energy conversion efficiency also have the potential for significant impact in traditional thermal energy source (e.g., nuclear, natural gas, coal) conversion to electricity.

Grid Modernization

Enabling a Resilient and Secure Electric Grid
The Resilient Electric Infrastructures program seeks to develop the technologies to maintain electric-grid function in the face of disruptive threats—both natural and manufactured.

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The Cyber Security for the Electric Infrastructure works with industry to take full advantage of the potential that this connectivity represents while also safeguarding these tools against exploitation by adversaries.

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Sandia and our partners are aiming toward a sustainable energy future that also meets demand predictably and consistently, so as not to damage increasingly sensitive electronic equipment.

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Sandia supports the research infrastructure to provide a systems-engineering perspective of the challenges facing the industry; undertakes high-risk, high-reward R&D; and then places these new technologies on a path to commercialization.

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Sandia works to reduce the nation’s dependence on fossil fuels both by integrating renewable energy generation into the electricity transmission/distribution grid and enabling widespread electrification of the nation’s transportation fleet by improving energy storage performance, economics, and safety.

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Nuclear Fuel Cycle

Enabling Energy Security through the Nuclear Enterprise
Sandia supports the safe, secure, reliable, and sustainable use of nuclear power worldwide through strengths in repository science, nonproliferation, safety and security, transportation, modeling, and system demonstrations

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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Sandia Labs participates in DOE’s annual Waterpower Week

During the last week of April, Sandia National Laboratories participated in the National Hydropower Association Waterpower Week in Washington, D.C., hosted by the Department of Energy (DOE). Five Sandia water power engineers presented posters at METS, the Marine Energy [...]

Industry outreach: DOE and Wave Energy Scotland co-sponsored WEC technology workshop

The U.S. Department of Energy and Wave Energy Scotland (WES) jointly co-sponsored a one-day workshop on wave energy converter (WEC) technology requirement specification and performance metrics following the International Conference on Ocean Energy in Edinburgh, [...]