Renewable Energy

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 MOU, […]

More Efficient Fuel Cells under Development by Engineers

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. […]

Sandia and Atlas-Copco Secoroc Advance to Phase 2 in Their Geothermal Energy Project

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 […]

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Partnership Opportunities


Steps to Commercialization
Sandia’s Technology Partnership website
Partnerships for Business, Industry and Nonprofits
Download the Partnerships Brochure

 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.
Advanced technology
Active load control or […]

By |May 21st, 2013|Comments Off on Partnership Opportunities

About the Facility

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 […]

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Sandia, Endicott Interconnect Technologies, EMCORE, International Micro Industries, NREL, Universal Instruments: Solar Glitter

Sandia scientists have developed glitter-sized photovoltaic (PV) cells that have the potential to achieve the cost breakthrough necessary to move solar energy into widespread, portable use.

Miniaturized solar cells are produced using Sandia’s microsystems-enabled photovoltaics (MEPV) technology, which employs microdesign and microfabrication techniques common to the semiconductor, liquid-crystal display, and microsystems industries. The PV cells are […]

By |March 21st, 2013|Capabilities, Energy, Partnership, Photovoltaic, Renewable Energy, Research & Capabilities, Solar, SunShot|Comments Off on Sandia, Endicott Interconnect Technologies, EMCORE, International Micro Industries, NREL, Universal Instruments: Solar Glitter

Energy Supply Transformation Needed

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 […]

Pratt Whitney Rocketdyne Testing

On November 24, 2012 the National Solar Thermal Test Facility (NSTTF) began testing of the Pratt Whitney Rocketdyne (PWR) solar receiver shroud.  Fifteen days of solar testing are scheduled for this testing.  The flux levels on the shroud range between 100 and 500 suns.  The work is sponsored by PWR in cooperation with the Department […]

By |December 19th, 2012|Concentrating Solar Power, EC, Energy, Facilities, National Solar Thermal Test Facility, News, News & Events, Partnership, Renewable Energy, Solar, Solar Newsletter|Comments Off on Pratt Whitney Rocketdyne Testing

Goal 1: Degradation Study of Components and Subsystems

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 […]

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Inverter Reliability Program

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 […]

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