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Sandia Pilot Program to Assist Small Clean-Energy Companies

The National Solar Thermal Test Facility at Sandia could be used for collaborative research through the Small Business Voucher Pilot. (Photo by Randy Montoya) The DOE chose Sandia as one of five leads in a pilot that will give small, clean-energy companies access to national laboratory expertise and resources. Sandia will receive $2.75M [...]

Navy/Marine Engineering Command Visits Sandia

Our nation relies upon a network of radars across the country to support the missions of homeland defense/ security, flight safety, and weather forecasting. The air-surveillance environment contains within it clutter, both stationary and moving. Wind turbines present a unique problem in that they can be both stationary and moving clutter and operate with [...]

Partnership Opportunities

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 [...]

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 [...]

By |May 21st, 2013|Comments Off on About the Facility

A Model for the Nation: Promoting Education and Innovation in Vermont’s Electricity Sector

We are pleased to announce the publication of "A Model for the Nation: Promoting Education and Innovation in Vermont's Electricity Sector," a 70-page report summarizing the activities and outcomes of our Vermont-Sandia partnership's initial year. This document speaks to the broad collaborative effort involved, to the strong and enduring partnership, now formally known as the [...]

By |May 8th, 2012|Climate, Customers & Partners, Energy, Energy Surety, Infrastructure Security, News, Partnership, Photovoltaic, Publications, Renewable Energy, Solar, Wind Energy|Comments Off on A Model for the Nation: Promoting Education and Innovation in Vermont’s Electricity Sector

Research and Innovation in U.S. Wind Won’t Die with Expiration of Federal Production Tax Credit

While one might be tempted by headlines to assume that wind-energy-related activity in the U.S. will come to a screeching halt at the end of the year, with the seemingly almost certain expiration of the federal production tax credit, that temptation would lead you astray. At least, that was the suggestion that grew [...]

By |April 3rd, 2012|Energy, News, News & Events, Renewable Energy, Wind Energy|Comments Off on Research and Innovation in U.S. Wind Won’t Die with Expiration of Federal Production Tax Credit

SWiFT Facility & Testing

Operations It is well known that large amounts of wind energy are not effectively harvested in large wind farms because the turbines “shadow” each other and reduce the output of the turbines located in their wake. The wakes also produce increased turbulence and uneven loading on the shadowed turbines, increasing fatigue [...]

By |January 17th, 2012|Comments Off on SWiFT Facility & Testing

Wind Energy Manufacturing Lab Helps Engineers Improve Wind Power

Researchers at the Wind Energy Manufacturing Laboratory—a joint effort of researchers from TPI Composites, a Scottsdale, Arizona-based company that operates a turbine blade factory in Newton, and Sandia National Laboratories, and located at Iowa State University—used laser readings to calculate how dozens of the layers would fit and flow over the curves of [...]

By |November 15th, 2011|Energy, News, Partnership, Renewable Energy, Wind Energy|0 Comments

Offshore Wind RD&D: Large Offshore Rotor Development

Overview 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 [...]

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

Continuous Reliability Enhancement for Wind (CREW) Database and Analysis Program

2013 CREW Benchmark: These wind turbines actively generate power 83% of the time and are available to generate 97.6% of the time. To characterize wind turbine and wind plant reliability performance issues and identify opportunities for improving reliability and availability performance within the wind industry, the Continuous Reliability Enhancements for Wind (CREW) Database [...]

By |October 31st, 2011|Comments Off on Continuous Reliability Enhancement for Wind (CREW) Database and Analysis Program