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Wind & Water Power Newsletter

By |November 19th, 2012|Comments Off on Wind & Water Power Newsletter

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

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

Two Sandia Engineers named as Influencers and Innovators of Wind Power

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — April 28, 2011 — Sandia engineers Jose Zayas and Dale Berg were honored by Windpower Engineering magazine as two of the nation's innovators and influencers in wind energy. [singlepic id=653 w=320 h=240 float=right]Zayas, senior manager of the Renewable Energy Technologies group at Sandia National Laboratories, was named an influencer on wind energy. [...]

By |May 26th, 2011|Energy, News, Renewable Energy, Wind Energy|Comments Off on Two Sandia Engineers named as Influencers and Innovators of Wind Power

Wind Energy Workshops

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By |April 21st, 2011|Comments Off on Wind Energy Workshops

Numerical Manufacturing And Design Tool (NuMAD)

NuMAD (Numerical Manufacturing And Design) is an open-source software tool written in Matlab which simplifies the process of creating a three-dimensional model of a wind turbine blade. The graphical, user-friendly tool manages all blade information including airfoils, materials, and material placement. NuMAD uses the blade information to generate input files for other tools: The [...]

By |April 5th, 2011|Comments Off on Numerical Manufacturing And Design Tool (NuMAD)

Wind Energy Staff

By |March 24th, 2011|Comments Off on Wind Energy Staff

Wind Energy

Advancing rotor technology such that they capture more energy, more reliably, with relatively lower system loads—all at a lower end cost. Improving the performance and reducing the cost of wind energy by addressing complex system issues associated with wind plants. Improving wind-turbine blade manufacturing quality and determining the [...]

By |November 10th, 2010|Comments Off on Wind Energy

Stationary Power

Stationary Power Our work in stationary power includes the deployment of clean electricity, which requires integration with a modernized grid infrastructure, and enhancements in energy efficiency as a direct influence on energy productivity and economic competitiveness. Energy Conversion Efficiency High-efficiency conversion of low and  zero-carbon energy sources to electricity [...]

By |November 4th, 2010|Comments Off on Stationary Power