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Sandia’s Research in Ultrawide Bandgap Technology Could Help Improve the Grid

Sandia researchers are currently studying how ultrawide bandgap semiconductor materials could be used to create more compact and efficient power electronics, potentially leading to higher absolute voltages for distributing power grid energy. These materials, such as AIGaN, are expected to allow devices to operate at higher voltages, frequencies, and temperatures than wide bandgap materials, such [...]

By | January 12th, 2017|Energy Storage, Grid Integration, Infrastructure Assurance, Materials Science, News|Comments Off on Sandia’s Research in Ultrawide Bandgap Technology Could Help Improve the Grid

Power Electronics and Controls

Sandia’s work in power electronics and controls supports grid modernization by developing ways to increase resiliency, performance, and efficiency. An Integrated Approach The Secure Scalable Microgrid Test Bed can be configured to simulate complex power systems. Sandia has an established history of applying engineering principles to achieve complete systems-view solutions. Our research [...]

By | September 2nd, 2016|Comments Off on Power Electronics and Controls

Sandia, UNM Form Alliance to Promote Research, Recruiting

By signing the memorandum of understanding (MOU) for a Strategic Alliance, then Sandia President and Director Paul Hommert and University of New Mexico Provost Chaouki Abdallah expanded our institutions’ commitment to work together to help redefine the future of science and engineering for national security, partner on research, and jointly recruit top researchers. “With this [...]

Sandia, DOE Energy Storage Program, GeneSiC Semiconductor, U.S. Army ARDEC: Ultra-High-Voltage Silicon Carbide Thyristors

Increasing consumer power demand creates numerous challenges for ensuring reliable, stable power for all customers. Many energy generation technologies, particularly renewables, generate direct-current power that must be converted to alternating current before use. High-frequency silicon carbide thyristors are expected to revolutionize grid infrastructure. Power switches, known as thyristors, perform this conversion and are [...]

By | March 29th, 2013|Capabilities, Distribution Grid Integration, Energy, Energy Efficiency, Energy Storage Systems, Global Climate & Energy, Grid Integration, Infrastructure Security, Materials Science, Partnership, Research & Capabilities, SMART Grid, Systems Engineering, Transmission Grid Integration|Comments Off on Sandia, DOE Energy Storage Program, GeneSiC Semiconductor, U.S. Army ARDEC: Ultra-High-Voltage Silicon Carbide Thyristors

ECIS-Princeton Power Systems, Inc.: Demand Response Inverter

Solar energy is both predictable—the sun rises and sets everyday—and intermittent—a passing cloud can reduce a 1 MW photovoltaic (PV) array from 100% of its power generating capacity to 10% in a matter of seconds. This intermittency limits this renewable-energy (RE) source and how much of it is integrated into today’s electricity grid. A [...]

By | March 19th, 2013|DETL, Distribution Grid Integration, Energy, Energy Surety, Facilities, Grid Integration, Infrastructure Security, Microgrid, Partnership, Photovoltaic, Renewable Energy, Research & Capabilities, Solar|Comments Off on ECIS-Princeton Power Systems, Inc.: Demand Response Inverter