Sandia’s smart grid and microgrid R&D program develops new devices, controls, methods, and analysis tools to design distribution systems and microgrids that enable large-scale deployment of distributed energy resources and renewable energy. Sandia also conducts laboratory validation and full-scale demonstrations showcasing disruptive solutions including advanced simulation tools, new power electronics concepts, adaptive control and protection systems, and new testing methodologies and standards.
- Mesa del Sol Microgrid
- Adaptive and Secure Microgrid Protection
Sandia develops and applies advanced modeling and simulation techniques to analyze the impact of large-scale deployment of distributed energy resources and renewable energy on the grid. Sandia develops and validates multi-domain models for grid analysis and advanced decision support tools to support research activities and partner with industry to incorporate these advances into next-generation operations and planning commercial software. Sandia pioneered computationally efficient and scalable quasi-static time series (QSTS) power flow and stochastic analysis techniques to analyze high-penetration of distributed energy resources in distribution feeders. Sandia also pioneered the development of dynamic models for wind and solar generation and advanced stochastic methods to optimize system panning and operations.
- Vermont Regional Partnership Enabling the Use of DER
- GridPV: A suite of advanced distribution analysis and visualization tools.
Sandia has a comprehensive power electronics and controls R&D program focusing on improving performance, efficiency, and reliability of next generation inverters and converters. These capabilities extend to expertise in wide bandgap device physics and fabrication and to the development of novel controls for distributed energy resources aggregation into microgrids or virtual power plants.
Sandia works with industry and utilities to validate and demonstrate new smart grid technologies using laboratory experiments and real-world demonstrations. Sandia applies automated testing platforms to evaluate cybersecurity, interoperability, grid compatibility, controls performance, reliability, and safety of renewable energy and distributed energy resources devices and systems. These activities involve control and power hardware-in-the-loop (c/p-HIL) capabilities. Some examples are Sandia’s SCEPTRE Emulytics, combining controls, cybersecurity, communications, and power systems domains; and the System Validation Platform (SVP), a c-HIL which accelerates the development, certification, and standardization of distributed energy resources technologies through rapid and fully automated laboratory evaluation. Sandia also conducts full-scale demonstrations involving customer and utility assets.
- Sandia and NJ Transit, Developing Resilient Power Grid
- System Validation Platform (SVP)
With major stakeholders, Sandia pursues standardization or implementation of best practices related to interconnection, interoperability, and safety of renewable energy and distributed energy resources. Sandia has been a major contributor to standards related to arc fault detection and mitigation, interoperability, disturbance tolerance, and grid support functionality. Sandia’s contributions span scientific basis, development of testing procedures, and harmonization across the industry. With national and international partners, Sandia leads working groups under the International Smart Grid Action Network Smart Grid (ISGAN) International Research Facility Network (SIRFN), IEEE 1547, Smart Inverter Working Group, UL 1741, Smart Grid Interoperable Panel (SGIP), and multiple other collaborations.
Sandia maintains integrated laboratory facilities that provide capabilities for real-world R&D of renewable and distributed energy resources technologies. These facilities, combined with technical expertise in power electronics, cybersecurity, high performance computing, visualization, controls, and reliability science, provide a test platform to support advanced R&D on a wide variety of civilian and military applications:
- Energy Storage Test Pad (ESTP) and Energy Storage Analysis Laboratory
- Secure and Scalable Microgrid (SSM) Testbed
- Control & Optimization of Networked Energy Technologies (CONET) Laboratory
- Emulytics and Threat Analysis Laboratory
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Modeling Tools, Control Strategies, and Improved Weather Forecasting Enable More Renewables on the Grid
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Abraham Ellis | Ph: 505.844.7717 | Renewable and Distributed Systems Integration Program Manager
Olga Lavrova | Ph: 505-845-3166 | Systems Reliability, Manufacturing, and Diagnostics
Jay Johnson | Ph: 505.284.9586 | Smart Grid Integration
Jason Neely | Ph: 505.845.7677 | Power Electronics and Controls
Robert Broderick | Ph: 505.366.1120 | Utility Distribution Systems Analysis
Sigifredo Gonzalez | Ph: 505.845.8942 | Distributed Energy Technologies Laboratory