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Power plants get watered down

By Melissae Fellet Electricity production is one of the industries that uses the most water in the country each day. Researchers at Sandia are helping the largest power plant in the United States identify the most efficient and cost-effective strategies to reduce water use. They have developed a first-of-its-kind comprehensive system dynamics analysis that can [...]

By | 2020-01-06T18:01:05+00:00 January 6th, 2020|Energy Surety, Energy-Water Nexus, News, News & Events, Partnership, Research & Capabilities, Water Security|Comments Off on Power plants get watered down

High-speed fire footage reveals key insights for power plant safety

by Melissae Fellet High energy arcing faults are high-power electrical discharges between two or more conductors that can release tens of thousands of amps of current. They can result in explosions that reach about 35,000 degrees Celsius — about the temperature of lightning strikes — and vaporize steel and spew hot metal particles into the [...]

By | 2019-12-23T15:47:22+00:00 December 23rd, 2019|Capabilities, Energy Assurance, Energy Surety, Modeling & Analysis, Nuclear Energy, Research & Capabilities|Comments Off on High-speed fire footage reveals key insights for power plant safety

Sandia helps Puerto Rico grid resilience

The days and weeks following a natural disaster are a critical time for residents, emergency response teams, and government entities to recover and rebuild infrastructure. Example of a substation to be used in a Puerto Rico microgrid. (Photo by Robert Broderick) Recovery can be time-consuming, and rebuilding after disaster presents a critical juncture [...]

By | 2019-10-17T14:57:42+00:00 October 15th, 2019|Distribution Grid Integration, Energy Surety, Grid Integration, News, News & Events, Partnership|Comments Off on Sandia helps Puerto Rico grid resilience

Sandia Participates in Preparation of New Mexico Renewable Energy Storage Report

New Mexico Governor Martinez and Energy, Minerals, & Natural Resources Department Secretary Martin released the New Mexico Energy Policy and Implementation Plan in mid-September. New Mexico is one of the most energy-rich and energy-diverse states in the nation. Southeast and northwest New Mexico produce large amounts of oil and natural gas. These industries provide much [...]

Energy Secretary Moniz Highlights Sandia Efforts during Recent Houston Press Conference

As he spoke to oil and gas executives at the IHS Energy CERAWeek conference, Secretary Moniz’s focus was on the nation’s aging energy infrastructure—and everything that should be done to modernize it amid a do­mestic energy revolution, climate change, and evolving business models. Moniz spoke to the assembled executives about the just-released QER and the [...]

Recent Sandia Secure, Scalable Microgrid Advanced Controls Research Accomplishments

A recently completed Grand Challenge Laboratory-Directed Research and Development project resulted in a secure, scalable microgrid (SSM) research facility that is actively engaged in developing technologies to solve many of the nation’s most complex challenges in satisfying its electric energy needs. Initial focus has been on enabling resilient and reliable performance when incorporating high penetration [...]

By | 2016-12-02T18:48:16+00:00 March 3rd, 2015|Capabilities, Distribution Grid Integration, Energy, Energy Storage, Energy Storage Systems, Energy Surety, Grid Integration, Infrastructure Security, Microgrid, Modeling & Analysis, News, News & Events, Renewable Energy, Research & Capabilities, SMART Grid, Systems Engineering|Comments Off on Recent Sandia Secure, Scalable Microgrid Advanced Controls Research Accomplishments

Sandia Student Wins Best Paper Award at IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference

Matt Reno, a Georgia Tech student in Sandia’s Photovoltaic and Distributed Systems Dept. Matthew Reno, a Sandian and an electrical engineering PhD candidate at the Georgia Institute of Technology, was given a Best Student Paper award for research reported in, “Impact of PV Variability and Ramping Events on Distribution Voltage Regulation Equipment” at [...]

By | 2016-12-02T18:48:30+00:00 July 31st, 2014|DETL, Distribution Grid Integration, Energy, Energy Surety, Facilities, Grid Integration, Infrastructure Security, News, News & Events, Photovoltaic, Renewable Energy, Solar, Solar Newsletter, Systems Engineering|Comments Off on Sandia Student Wins Best Paper Award at IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference

Mesa del Sol Project Is Finalist for International Smart Grid Action Network 2014 Award of Excellence

The microgrid powers Mesa del Sol’s Aperture Center, a 78,000-square-foot mixed-use commercial building at the center of Forest City’s Mesa del Sol model sustainable community. It is the heart of a planned community with 18 million square feet of office, retail, and industrial space and 4,400 acres for residential development. The Mesa del [...]

By | 2016-12-02T18:48:30+00:00 July 31st, 2014|Distribution Grid Integration, Energy, Energy Assurance, Energy Assurance, Energy Storage, Energy Storage Systems, Energy Surety, Facilities, Grid Integration, Infrastructure Security, Mesa del Sol, Microgrid, News, News & Events, Partnership, Photovoltaic, Renewable Energy, SMART Grid, Solar, Systems Analysis, Systems Engineering|Comments Off on Mesa del Sol Project Is Finalist for International Smart Grid Action Network 2014 Award of Excellence

Wind Generator Modeling

This modular block diagram represents the major components of the generic dynamic wind turbine generator models. Model blocks and parameters are used to represent the different wind turbine types. Efforts are ongoing to develop increased functionality of the plant controller to represent actual operations. Sandia finalized and submitted the updated “WECC Wind Power [...]

Renewables, Other Energy Issues To Be Focus of Enhanced Sandia-SINTEF Collaboration

Under an expanded agreement, a decades-long partnership between Sandia and the Norwegian research organization SINTEF (Stiftelsen for industriell og teknisk forskning) will now tackle energy challenges such as renewable-energy integration, grid modernization, gas technologies, and algae-based biofuels. SINTEF is the largest independent research organization in Scandinavia, with expertise in the natural sciences and technology, the [...]