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Ribbon cutting for Sandia/Emera DC microgrid

At a ribbon cutting held on Sept. 6, officials from Sandia, Kirtland Air Force Base (KAFB), and Emera Technologies were joined by representatives from the city of Albuquerque and the New Mexico congressional delegation to unveil the first phase of a resilient Direct Current (DC) microgrid project. Modernizing energy delivery The DC microgrid serves a [...]

By | 2019-11-12T17:19:40+00:00 November 12th, 2019|DETL, Energy, Facilities, Grid Integration, News, News & Events, Partnership, Renewable Energy|Comments Off on Ribbon cutting for Sandia/Emera DC microgrid

Nevada Regional Test Center touts facility’s benefits to state, solicits transition input from guests

On Aug. 28, 2019, an influential group pf policymakers, administrators and researchers toured the Nevada Regional Test Center (RTC) in Henderson, Nevada—currently one of several sites managed by Sandia National Laboratories (Sandia) for the U.S. Department of Energy—whose mission is to drive technical innovation in the solar sector as part of a broader national effort [...]

By | 2019-09-23T17:43:36+00:00 September 23rd, 2019|Energy, Facilities, News, News & Events, Partnership, Photovoltaic, Photovoltaic Regional Testing Center (PV RTC), Renewable Energy, Research & Capabilities, Solar|Comments Off on Nevada Regional Test Center touts facility’s benefits to state, solicits transition input from guests

New Lab Offers Mobile, Specialized Testing for Wave Energy Converter Power Take-Off Systems

A new facility at Sandia National Labs offers mobile, specialized testing for systems that produce power from wave energy. The Sandia Wave Energy Power Take-Off (SWEPT) Lab tests wave energy converter (WEC) power take-off (PTO) systems. WECs are unique because they convert the oscillatory mechanical energy from ocean waves to generate electricity. This makes them [...]

By | 2019-02-13T16:49:08+00:00 February 13th, 2019|Facilities, National Solar Thermal Test Facility, News, News & Events, Water Power|Comments Off on New Lab Offers Mobile, Specialized Testing for Wave Energy Converter Power Take-Off Systems

Sandia’s Combustion Research Facility announces 2018 Awards

By Michael Padilla The Combustion Research Facility recognized six researchers with three of its highest honors at the 2018 CRF Award Ceremony on Tuesday, Dec. 6. Hope Michelsen and Paul Schrader received the O.W. Adams Award. Rainer Dahms, Lyle Pickett, and Scott Skeen were the recipients of the E. K. Bastress Award. Brian Patterson received [...]

By | 2019-02-06T20:47:57+00:00 December 17th, 2018|Facilities, News, News & Events|Comments Off on Sandia’s Combustion Research Facility announces 2018 Awards

Sandia’s Solar Tower Welcomes the Eclipse!

Sandia solar energy researcher Josh Christian and his colleagues will investigate the effects of the eclipse on the ongoing research performed at the National Solar Thermal Test Facility Today, August 21st, the National Solar Thermal Test Facility (NSTTF) will experience a partial eclipse, which will result in a sickle shape of the sun [...]

By | 2017-08-22T15:28:35+00:00 August 21st, 2017|Facilities, National Solar Thermal Test Facility, News, Solar|Comments Off on Sandia’s Solar Tower Welcomes the Eclipse!

First Power for SWiFT Turbine Achieved during Recommissioning

The Department of Energy's Scaled Wind Farm Technology (SWiFT) Facility reached an exciting milestone with the return to power production of the WTGa1 turbine (aka DOE/SNL #1) as part of a final series of commissioning tests. WTGa1 will complete all commissioning before the end of May 2016 after satisfactorily operating in high wind conditions. Turbines [...]

By | 2016-05-13T22:23:37+00:00 May 13th, 2016|Facilities, News, Renewable Energy, SWIFT, Wind Energy, Wind News|Comments Off on First Power for SWiFT Turbine Achieved during Recommissioning

Virtual LIDAR Model Helps Researchers Plan for Wake Steering Experiment at SWiFT

A team of researchers at Sandia National Laboratories and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are planning a critical experiment at Sandia’s Scaled Wind Farm Technology (SWiFT) Facility to investigate the use of wind turbine yaw control to direct wakes, a promising approach to increase power production in wind plants. During the multi-month field campaign, [...]

By | 2016-12-02T18:47:48+00:00 May 5th, 2016|Facilities, Modeling, Modeling, Modeling & Analysis, Modeling & Analysis, Renewable Energy, Research & Capabilities, Wind Energy, Wind News|Comments Off on Virtual LIDAR Model Helps Researchers Plan for Wake Steering Experiment at SWiFT

Sandia Develops Stochastic Production Cost Model Simulator for Electric Power Systems

Sandia has developed a software toolkit that uses stochastic programming to perform power system production cost model simulations. Named PRESCIENT, the software produces probabilistic forecasts automatically from deterministic historical forecasts for load, solar, and/or wind power production and their respective actuals, using a technology known as epi-splines. An example of a probablistic solar forecast [...]

Aerodynamic Wind-Turbine Blade Design for the National Rotor Testbed

The NRT blade shape as viewed from the tip and at an elevation angle of 30° above the suction surface. Sandia has designed a new wind-turbine blade for the National Rotor Testbed (NRT) project and for future experiments at the Scaled Wind Farm Technology (SWiFT) facility with a specific focus on scaled wakes. [...]

Sandia Research to Be Featured on Upcoming Cover of Journal of Physical Chemistry B

Several Sandia Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) researchers, in collaboration with others in Kentucky and India, have published, “Theoretical insights into the role of water in the dissolution of cellulose using IL/water mixed solvent systems,” which the editors selected for Journal of Physical Chemistry B’s Nov. 12th issue cover. The continued reliance of the global transportation energy [...]