Solar power and other sources of renewable energy can help combat global warming but they have a drawback: they don’t produce energy as predictably as generating plants powered by oil, coal, or natural gas. Solar panels only produce electricity when the sun is shining, and wind turbines are only productive when the wind is brisk. […]
In 2012, the partnership between Sandia and Atlas-Copco Secoroc was awarded a $3.4M DOE grant to develop a down-the-hole (DTH) hammer capable of low-cost, high-production drilling in the extreme heat of deep geothermal wells. The overall DOE goal is to increase the feasibility of geothermal energy production by lowering the cost and financial risk associated […]
Steps to Commercialization
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A non-exhaustive list of test opportunities are:
Rotors and blades
New rotor blades/reference testing
Minimal time and cost is required to exchange rotor blades. Other SWiFT turbines can serve as reference turbines and/or provide upwind turbulence interaction for wind farm study.
Active load control or […]
Test-Bed Wind Turbines Allow Facility Flexibility While Providing Reliable Data in Many Regimes
SWiFT will initially consist of three research-scale wind turbines (modified Vestas V27s) with the first two turbines spaced three diameters apart, perpendicular to the oncoming wind, and the third turbine five diameters downwind. (The turbines form a 3-, 5-, and 6-rotor-diameter-length triangle.) The site […]
A lot that needs to be done to enable the transition towards larger shares of renewables in the power mix. The 5th International Conference on Integration of Renewable Energy and Distributed Energy Resources brought together global participants from the energy sector to discuss the transformation of the power system, the challenges […]
Thermal Management Subsystem
Thermal management of inverter systems and internal components is critical for ensuring lasting performance reliability. Research is currently being carried out to more accurately characterize inverter components and system topologies of varying scales. This work includes:
Thermal/fluid phenomena of internal inverter components, and their impact on electrical performance and reliability.
Finite Element Analysis (FEA)/Computational Fluid […]
As scientists and engineers improve the durability of photovoltaic (PV) modules, the inverter system, which converts the harvested energy into power usable by the grid, becomes the next emerging challenge in the reliability of the PV system. Addressing these issues represents a difficult task to both the PV and power systems communities for the following […]
Sandia has signed a pair of umbrella cooperative research and development agreements (CRADAs) with Northrop Grumman Information Systems and General Electric Global Research that will broadly add to the Labs’ research. “These strategic agreements envision long-term partnerships,” said Brooke Garcia, a Sandia business development specialist who helped negotiate the CRADAs.
The Northrop-Grumman CRADA includes research in […]