Energy and Climate


Grid System Planning for Wind: Wind Generator Modeling

On June 11, 2014, in

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 […]

Rotor Aerodynamic Design

On June 10, 2014, in

Aerodynamic Design Overview The aerodynamic design of a wind turbine rotor is performed using a combination of experimental data and a variety of different design and analysis tools.  Blade element momentum theory (BEMT) has been a staple of rotor design.  It is still used heavily for rotor design work, but is now commonly utilized with […]

Simulating Turbine–Turbine Interaction

On June 10, 2014, in

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 a realistic scale. The SWiFT site is managed and operated by Sandia National Laboratories for the DOE Wind Program. In a separate, […]

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 […]

Partnership Opportunities

On May 21, 2013, in

Resources: 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 […]

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