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New Sandia report looks at reducing power outages

by Dan Ware For many people, there’s nothing more annoying than when the power goes out. Sometimes the outage is mercifully brief, but other times, depending on the cause, they can last for hours or even days. A new report from Sandia highlights advances in technology developed to improve the stability of large power systems, [...]

By | 2019-09-30T17:31:50+00:00 September 30th, 2019|Energy, Grid Integration, News, News & Events, Partnership, Publications|Comments Off on New Sandia report looks at reducing power outages

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

DTOcean Version 2.0 Software Overview and Demonstration

Join Sandia National Laboratories researchers on August 29, 2019 from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM EDT for a tour of the world’s only open source, fully parametric, ocean energy array design tool that considers the entire lifecycle. The software—known as DTOcean—finds optimal array designs that identify cost drivers and minimize the levelized cost of energy [...]

By | 2019-08-21T17:01:24+00:00 August 16th, 2019|News, News & Events, Partnership, Renewable Energy, Water Power|Comments Off on DTOcean Version 2.0 Software Overview and Demonstration

PSEL wraps up testing on non-reflective solar panels for arrays in glare-sensitive locations

Sandia National Laboratories’ Photovoltaic Systems Evaluation Laboratory (PSEL) is in the final phase of a collaborative research project with Nishati, a veteran-run manufacturer of light-weight, portable photovoltaic panels. The collaboration will shift to the PV Proving Grounds project at the end of the fiscal year. In 2016, Nishati sought Sandia assistance through the U.S. Department [...]

By | 2019-08-08T16:34:18+00:00 August 6th, 2019|News, News & Events, Photovoltaic Systems Evaluation Laboratory (PSEL), Renewable Energy|Comments Off on PSEL wraps up testing on non-reflective solar panels for arrays in glare-sensitive locations

Sandia participates in Cordova Energy Storage project

Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski and energy leaders cut the ribbon to commemorate the new battery energy storage system in Cordova, Alaska. Joining Sen. Murkowski are Imre Gyuk, right, program director for the DOE’s Office of Electricity Delivery & Energy Reliability Stationary Energy Storage Program, and Clay Koplin, CEO of Cordova Electric Cooperative. (Photo provided [...]

By | 2019-07-17T16:06:30+00:00 July 17th, 2019|Energy, Energy Storage, Energy Storage Systems, Grid Integration, News, News & Events, Partnership, Research & Capabilities|Comments Off on Sandia participates in Cordova Energy Storage project

New advances in power distribution grid modeling focus of Sandia research

By Dan Ware To better understand the impact of increasing amounts of privately-owned renewable energy and energy storage on the electric grid, major advances in developing more accurate electricity distribution grid models have been created by researchers at Sandia, in conjunction with researchers at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) in Palo Alto, California. These [...]

By | 2019-07-15T13:45:59+00:00 July 15th, 2019|Distribution Grid Integration, Energy Storage, Energy Storage Systems, Grid Integration, News, News & Events, Research & Capabilities, Solar|Comments Off on New advances in power distribution grid modeling focus of Sandia research

Early stage technologies hit the road for 2019 Innovation Summit

From July 8th-10th, Sandia National Laboratories staff and researchers will be available at the 2019 ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit in Denver, Colorado to discuss new and innovative energy-related technologies as well as technologies that have potential commercialization opportunities. The event assembles experts from diverse technical disciplines and professional communities, aimed at moving transformational energy technologies [...]

By | 2019-07-03T21:43:16+00:00 July 3rd, 2019|News, News & Events, Partnership|Comments Off on Early stage technologies hit the road for 2019 Innovation Summit

Rooftop solar panels get boost from Sandia tool that previews a year on grid in minutes

By Kristen Meub | Photo by Randy Montoya Homeowners and businesses may now have an easier time getting solar panels on rooftops thanks to software developed at Sandia. The new software can run a detailed, second-by-second simulation, known as quasi-static time series analysis, that shows utility companies how rooftop solar panels at a specific house [...]

By | 2019-07-03T14:56:56+00:00 July 3rd, 2019|Energy, News, News & Events, Partnership, Renewable Energy, Solar|Comments Off on Rooftop solar panels get boost from Sandia tool that previews a year on grid in minutes

Don’t set it and forget it — scan it and fix it with tech that detects wind blade damage

by Kristen Meub, photo by Randy Montoya Sandia’s crawling robots, drones detect damage to save wind blades Drones and crawling robots outfitted with special scanning technology could help wind blades stay in service longer, which may help lower the cost of wind energy at a time when blades are getting bigger, pricier and harder to [...]

By | 2019-07-01T18:05:57+00:00 July 1st, 2019|News, News & Events, Partnership, Renewable Energy, Wind Energy|Comments Off on Don’t set it and forget it — scan it and fix it with tech that detects wind blade damage

Sandia publishes roadmap for enhanced microgrid protection

By Dan Ware Sandia, in conjunction with experts from around the country, has published a roadmap for the research and development of microgrid protection in a recent report titled Microgrid Protection: Advancing the State of the Art. The new Sandia report takes a deep dive into the complexities of protection for microgrids, which are [...]

By | 2019-06-07T17:03:27+00:00 June 7th, 2019|Distribution Grid Integration, Energy, Grid Integration, Infrastructure Security, Microgrid, News, News & Events, Transmission Grid Integration|Comments Off on Sandia publishes roadmap for enhanced microgrid protection