Sandia National Laboratories’ Wind Grid Integration Program seeks to remove barriers to wind energy grid integration and accelerate deployment to enable a higher penetration of the nation’s electricity to come from wind. As more wind power plants interconnect with the electric power system, it becomes increasingly important that they are properly modeled in power system simulations. Sandia’s grid integration research focuses on the development and validation of these planning models for wind power plants. Generic, standard and publicly available models have not been readily available to the regional reliability organizations and grid operators who are responsible for maintaining the grid.
The effort to develop and maintain standard public dynamic simulation models for the purpose of power system analysis has a wide industry reach. From the transmission planners who need the models for their mission to the wind manufacturers that own detailed proprietary models to the power system simulation software modelers who implement the models, this work requires significant collaboration among many entities.
Sandia continues to be a leader and contributor in several industry-wide efforts aiming to fulfill the need for generic, standard, publicly available renewable generation models for planning studies, most notebaly the Renewable Energy Modeling Task Force of the Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC) and IEC TC 88 WG27 wind generation modeling working group.
The Wind Grid Integration program also draws from Sandia’s expertise in related disciplines such as photovoltaic, energy storage, advanced controls, and electric power systems research, and is an integral part of Sandia’s larger portfolio of renewable energy technology programs (Wind, Concentrating Solar Power, Geothermal, and Energy Systems Analysis).