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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

Sandia researcher to present at 2019 AWEA WINDPOWER Conference

Do you plan on attending the 2019 AWEA WINDPOWER Conference May 20-23, in Houston, Texas? Then don’t miss Sandia National Laboratories researcher Josh Paquette when he presents, “The DOE Big Adaptive Rotor Project,” during The Future with Larger Blades and Turbines, Tuesday, May 21, 2019, at the Tech Innovation Station from 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM. [...]

By | 2019-05-14T21:21:49+00:00 May 14th, 2019|News & Events, Renewable Energy, Seminars & Conferences, Wind Energy, Wind News, Workshops|Comments Off on Sandia researcher to present at 2019 AWEA WINDPOWER Conference

2019 PV Systems Symposium begins May 14th

The 2019 PV Systems Symposium will take place Tuesday, May 14, 2019 through Thursday, May 16, 2019, at the Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town in Albuquerque, NM. The three-day workshop will explore the technical challenges and opportunities related to PV Systems and their Grid Integration, and is co-sponsored by Sandia National Laboratories, CFV Solar Test [...]

By | 2019-05-13T20:37:37+00:00 May 13th, 2019|Conferences, Photovoltaic, Renewable Energy, Solar, Workshops|Comments Off on 2019 PV Systems Symposium begins May 14th

Sandia leader recognized for STEM mentoring

By Luke Frank Amy Halloran, senior manager in renewable energy, was recently honored with the annual Women in Technology award by the New Mexico Technology Council. The council gives the award annually to outstanding women making a difference in science, technology, engineering and math fields in the state. Amy, who has a master’s in civil [...]

By | 2019-05-08T16:53:49+00:00 May 8th, 2019|Energy, News, News & Events, Partnership, Renewable Energy|Comments Off on Sandia leader recognized for STEM mentoring

It’s official: pvlib-python designated a NumFOCUS affiliated project

pvlib-python is officially a NumFOCUS affiliated project. The non-profit organization NumFOCUS promotes sustainable, high-quality, open source code for reproducible scientific research. NumFOCUS recently bestowed the mark of quality on pvlib-python, placing the software in heady company with SciPy and Statsmodels, both go-to libraries for python code for scientific and statistical computation. Originally developed at Sandia [...]

By | 2019-05-07T15:10:44+00:00 May 7th, 2019|Energy, News, Partnership, Photovoltaic, Renewable Energy, Solar|Comments Off on It’s official: pvlib-python designated a NumFOCUS affiliated project