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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

Sandia researchers identify commercial viability of carbon fiber composites for wind turbine blades

Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and Montana State University recently completed a two-year study demonstrating the commercial viability of cost-competitive carbon fiber composites selected for use in wind turbine blades. Sandia researcher Brandon Ennis will be among those presenting the final test results and project progress at the CompositesWorld 2019 Conference [...]

By | 2019-10-28T22:24:51+00:00 October 21st, 2019|Energy, Events, News, News & Events, Renewable Energy, Wind Energy, Wind News, Workshops|Comments Off on Sandia researchers identify commercial viability of carbon fiber composites for wind turbine blades

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