Sandia’s world-class technologies, experience, software, and facilities provide support to military customers to address and solve national security energy needs.

Working with the DoD and DOE to Enhance National Energy Security

A view of Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan from the Air Traffic Control Tower's catwalk after a recent rainstorm. (photo by Staff Sgt. Craig Seals)

Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan

Sandia combines custom modeling, simulation, analysis, and optimization capabilities and tools to provide a unique value to U.S. defense agencies through world-class capabilities, innovative technologies, and proven experience. We focus on energy security challenges for military installations as well as equipment modernization, decision support analytics, and energy security analytics for the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and each of the military services: Army, Marine Corp, Navy, and Airforce. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), invests, collaborates, and leverages many of the analytic capabilities to address analogous energy security and resiliency challenges for other federal agencies as well as the commercial and civilian sectors.

The DoD and DOE recognize the importance and critical role of energy as a mission enabler for their operations at home and abroad. Informed decisions that will guide research and development (R&D) investments for enhancing energy security and resiliency are the key to our future national security. Sandia has the technology expertise and complex analytics to inform key decisions needed to achieve the greatest benefit for our nation’s energy security and resiliency. Sandia is focused on providing DOE and DoD collaborative R&D to accelerate energy technology transition and commercialization, with the DoD and military services as early adopters for some of their highest priority needs, including cyber-secure resilient microgrids, energy harvesting, and thermal management.

Installation Energy Security

Sandia has the capabilities to address defense energy security challenges throughout the technology life cycle, beginning with research, development, and prototyping through the transition to industry and government:

  • Distributed Energy Technologies Laboratory (DETL): Conducts research with industry and academic partners to integrate emerging energy technologies into new and existing electricity infrastructures.
  • Photovoltaic Systems Engineering Laboratory (PSEL): A multi-user, multi-sponsor facility that conducts research in PV cells, modules, and arrays and performs detailed, comprehensive analysis in PV systems design, optimization, and characterization in real-world scenarios. PSEL conducts research on behalf of DOE, DoD, and other customers, often in collaboration with industry/academic partners.
  • Supervisory Control & Data Acquisition (SCADA) Test Bed: Combines state-of-the-art operational system testing facilities with research, development, and training to discover and address critical security vulnerabilities and threats to the energy sector.
  • Scaled Wind Farm Technology (SWiFT) Facility: A unique facility that gives the U.S. an opportunity to address wind farm under performance, much of which can be attributed to turbine-to-turbine interaction.
  • Combustion Research Facility (CRF): An internationally recognized DOE SC-sponsored collaborative research facility. CRF scientists, engineers, and technologists conduct basic and applied research aimed at improving our nation’s ability to use and control combustion processes.