Grid System Planning for Wind: Wind Generator Modeling

Wind generation continues to dominate the interconnection queues and the need for generic, standard, and validated publicly available models for variable generation technologies continues as transmission planners are required to study these technologies’ impact on the grid. Sandia is continuing its efforts to fully develop, validate, and disseminate wind-turbine generator (WTG) models for use in […]

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Rotor Aerodynamic Design

Aerodynamic Design Overview
Induced velocity in the rotor wake 0.1-3 diameters downstream of the rotor plane of the NREL 5MW wind turbine reference model, as predicted by a free-wake vortex method. Velocity vectors are projected in the planes shown.
The aerodynamic design of a wind turbine rotor is performed using a combination of […]

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Simulating Turbine–Turbine Interaction

Instantaneous contours of stream-wise velocity from a LES of the SWiFT test site using the University of Minnesota VWS.

The Department of Energy’s Scaled Wind Farm Technology (SWiFT) facility was commissioned in 2013 in order to provide an experimental site with research-scale wind turbines for studying wind-turbine wakes and turbine–turbine interactions at […]

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Sandia Has Signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Case Western Reserve University

The memorandum of understanding (MOU) initiates a relationship between our institutions to better leverage our inherently complementary energy research strengths—focusing on R&D activity in utility-scale power and includes energy storage (batteries, capacitors), grid integration of renewable-energy resources, real-time residential and industrial energy management and control, lifetime degradation and science and various forms of advanced energy […]

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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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Wind & Water Power Newsletter

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SMART Rotor Video

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SWiFT Facility & Testing

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Offshore Wind RD&D: Large Offshore Rotor Development

Sandia National Laboratories Wind Energy Technologies Department, creates and evaluates innovative large blade concepts for horizontal axis wind turbines to promote designs that are more efficient aerodynamically, structurally, and economically. Recent work has focused on the development of a 100-meter blade for a 13.2 MW horizontal axis wind turbine, a blade which is significantly […]

By |November 7th, 2011|Comments Off on Offshore Wind RD&D: Large Offshore Rotor Development