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Sandia researcher part of international team challenging scientists to reach Wind Energy potential

A new journal article published in Science, “Grand challenges in the science of wind energy,” invites researchers to confront certain challenges in hopes of driving innovation that will make wind energy the world’s primary source of low-cost electricity generation. Sandia National Laboratories’ Wind researcher Josh Paquette is part of the international team of scientists led by [...]

By | 2019-10-15T16:08:59+00:00 October 11th, 2019|Energy, Energy Efficiency, Global, News, Renewable Energy, Wind Energy, Wind News, Workshops|Comments Off on Sandia researcher part of international team challenging scientists to reach Wind Energy potential

Albuquerque to host 2020 SolarPACES Conference

The U.S. Department of Energy recently announced the 2020 SolarPACES conference will take place in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Conference-goers will have the opportunity to visit Sandia National Laboratories’ National Solar Thermal Test Facility and the Solana Concentrating Power Plant in Gila Bend, AZ. Under the International Energy Agency (IEA) Technology Collaboration Programme, SolarPACES coordinates and [...]

By | 2019-10-17T15:38:08+00:00 October 9th, 2019|Conferences, Energy, Events, National Solar Thermal Test Facility, News, News & Events, Renewable Energy, Solar, Videos|Comments Off on Albuquerque to host 2020 SolarPACES Conference

Wind program patent breathes new life into turbine siting

Sandia National Laboratories researchers Christopher Kelley, David Maniaci and former Sandian Brian R. Resor were recently issued a patent for their work, “Wind Turbine Blades, Wind Turbines and Wind Farms Having Increased Power Output.” Kelley, Maniaci, and Resor developed a wind turbine blade design that would allow for the closer placement of turbines, thanks to [...]

By | 2019-10-01T15:24:48+00:00 October 1st, 2019|Energy, Energy Assurance, Modeling & Analysis, News, Renewable Energy, Research & Capabilities, Wind Energy, Wind News|Comments Off on Wind program patent breathes new life into turbine siting

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

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 technology may substantially reduce thermoelectric power water usage

Thanks to technology created by Sandia researchers, cooling power plants using significantly less water may someday be a reality. The technology uses a thermodynamic cycle for a cooling loop that makes it easier to transfer heat into the air. Basically, this means matching the temperature of the working fluid to that of the air receiving [...]

By | 2019-06-06T14:15:59+00:00 June 6th, 2019|Concentrating Solar Power, Energy, News, Nuclear Energy, Renewable Energy, Staff|Comments Off on Sandia technology may substantially reduce thermoelectric power water usage

CFD Code Increases Accuracy of Turbine Wake Simulation

Computer modeling of interactions between wind turbine, wind turbulence, and wake behind the turbine hold potential for future wind plant simulations Wind turbine velocities modeled with Nalu-Wind. Photo credit: Matt Barone, Stefan Domino, and Chris Bruner (Sandia National Laboratories). Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories (Sandia) and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are using [...]

By | 2019-05-20T15:55:38+00:00 May 20th, 2019|Energy, News, Renewable Energy, Wind News|Comments Off on CFD Code Increases Accuracy of Turbine Wake Simulation