Modernizing our electrical grid is a tremendous undertaking, requiring the coordination and collaboration of a wide range of stakeholders spanning federal and local governments, the energy industry, electric utilities and—perhaps most importantly—the myriad of consumers. Sandia supports the DOE, DHS, and DOD efforts to modernize the electric grid by providing R&D of new transformational energy technologies; analyses of the technical, economic, and national security implications of the loss or disruption of critical civilian and military energy infrastructures; and assisting in the understanding and technology development of infrastructure protection and infrastructure disruption mitigation, response, and recovery options.

Areas of Expertise

Developing technologies to maintain electric-grid function in the face of disruptive threats—both natural and manufactured.

Working with industry to take full advantage of the potential that this connectivity represents while also safeguarding these tools against exploitation by adversaries.

Integrating renewable energy into the electric grid.

Our portfolio ranges from basic materials research to technology development and deployment to help the nation modernize its electric delivery system.

Enhancing grid services through the development of energy storage technologies.

Sandia, Purdue University Sign MOU to Establish Strategic Alliance

In April, Sandia and Purdue University signed an extensive, five-year memorandum of understanding (MOU) to establish a strategic alliance that seeks to solve science and technology problems of national importance. The MOU has three principal […]

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 […]

Crude Oil Properties Relevant to Handling and Fire Safety in Transport

The Department of Energy commissioned a technical team through Sandia National Laboratories to examine the properties of tight crude oils as they relate to potential combustion events in the rail transport environment. Key investigation objectives […]

Literature Survey of Crude Oil Properties Relevant to Handling and Fire Safety in Transport

The Department of Energy (DOE) is helping to develop an understanding of scientific questions associated with the production, treatment, and transportation of crude oils, including Bakken crude oil. To support this effort, the Department’s Sandia […]