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Sandia Co-Organizing 6th PV Performance & Monitoring Workshop, Freiburg, Germany

The 6th PV Performance and Monitoring Workshop, October 24-25, 2016, hosted by Fraunhofer ISE, the IEA PVPS Task 13, and Sandia Labs, will include presentations in the following main topic areas: Solar Resource Data and Uncertainty Forecasting for PV Grid Integration PV Modeling Applications: Modeling Tool Updates & Moderated Panel Discussion Soiling and Effects on [...]

By | 2017-01-31T15:16:24+00:00 July 7th, 2016|Events, News, News & Events, Photovoltaic, Renewable Energy, Solar, Solar Newsletter, Workshops|Comments Off on Sandia Co-Organizing 6th PV Performance & Monitoring Workshop, Freiburg, Germany

Webinar Recording Available: Advanced Wave Energy Converters (WEC) Dynamics and Controls

On June 6, 2016, Sandia National Laboratories hosted a webinar on advanced controls and the impact on increasing energy absorption from wave energy devices. Transitioning these control approaches into full-scale devices is pivotal to creating economically competitive devices and deploying them in the water. Researchers from Sandia presented their research on control systems design and testing for wave energy converters. Discussions on past, ongoing, and future [...]

By | 2016-12-02T18:47:47+00:00 June 9th, 2016|Events, News, Renewable Energy, Water Power|Comments Off on Webinar Recording Available: Advanced Wave Energy Converters (WEC) Dynamics and Controls

Sandia National Laboratories Experts Co-Author DOE Reports on Grid Integration and Concentrating Solar Power

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently released On the Path to SunShot, a series of eight reports that takes stock of progress made halfway into the ten-year SunShot Initiative and highlights remaining opportunities for and barriers to achieving cost reductions by 2020. DOE originally launched the SunShot Initiative in 2011 to drive down the [...]

By | 2016-12-02T18:47:47+00:00 May 27th, 2016|Concentrating Solar Power, Energy, News, Photovoltaic, Publications, Renewable Energy, Solar, SunShot|Comments Off on Sandia National Laboratories Experts Co-Author DOE Reports on Grid Integration and Concentrating Solar Power

High-Temperature Falling Particle Receiver Reaches New Limits

At its National Solar Thermal Test Facility, Sandia National Laboratories recently completed a 3½-year project funded by DOE’s SunShot Initiative to develop a high-temperature falling particle receiver, in which sand-like ceramic particles are heated as they fall through a beam of highly concentrated sunlight focused by an array of mirrors.  The falling-particle receiver enables concentrated [...]

By | 2016-06-02T17:08:49+00:00 May 27th, 2016|Concentrating Solar Power, Energy, National Solar Thermal Test Facility, News, Renewable Energy, Solar, SunShot|Comments Off on High-Temperature Falling Particle Receiver Reaches New Limits

Sandia Labs Presents Grid Integration Research at IEEE PES T&D

Sandia photovoltaics researchers Robert Broderick (right) and Matthew Reno (left) presented their grid integration research at the IEEE PES T&D Conference & Exposition in early May in Dallas, TX. The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers convenes the Power Energy Society to address big ideas shaping innovation in energy transmission and distribution (T&D), and provide opportunities [...]

By | 2016-05-27T22:54:33+00:00 May 27th, 2016|Conferences, Energy, Grid Integration, News, Photovoltaic, Renewable Energy, Research & Capabilities, Solar|Comments Off on Sandia Labs Presents Grid Integration Research at IEEE PES T&D

Sandia Labs and EPRI Hosted the 2016 PV Systems Symposium

Hosted by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and Sandia National Laboratories, this 3-day event in Santa Clara, CA, drew over 200 participants to learn about and discuss relevant issues surrounding PV performance, reliability, and grid integration. The first day was devoted to the 5th PV Performance Modeling Workshop, covering several topics including solar resource [...]

By | 2016-05-27T22:47:46+00:00 May 27th, 2016|Energy, News, News & Events, Partnership, Photovoltaic, Renewable Energy, Seminars & Conferences, Solar|Comments Off on Sandia Labs and EPRI Hosted the 2016 PV Systems Symposium

Wind Team Briefs NNSA Administrator Lieutenant General Frank Klotz

A team from Sandia’s Wind Energy Technologies department recently briefed Lieutenant General Frank Klotz, the DOE Under Secretary for Nuclear Security and Administrator for the NNSA (National Nuclear Security Administration).  The briefing covered Sandia’s offshore wind research and development, the leveraging of Sandia’s nuclear weapons capabilities to address wind energy challenges, and a summary of [...]

By | 2016-05-13T22:37:28+00:00 May 13th, 2016|Customers & Partners, News, Renewable Energy, Wind Energy, Wind News|Comments Off on Wind Team Briefs NNSA Administrator Lieutenant General Frank Klotz

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 the 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 | 2016-12-02T18:47:47+00:00 May 13th, 2016|Modeling & Analysis, News, Renewable Energy, Research & Capabilities, SWIFT, Videos, Wind Energy, Wind News|Comments Off on Virtual LIDAR model helps researchers plan for the Wake Steering Experiment at SWiFT

Sandia Labs participates in DOE’s annual Waterpower Week

During the last week of April, Sandia National Laboratories participated in the National Hydropower Association Waterpower Week in Washington, D.C., hosted by the Department of Energy (DOE). Five Sandia water power engineers presented posters at METS, the Marine Energy Technology Symposium, and generated interest from both academia and industry in Sandia’s research and development efforts. Sandia Labs researchers presented a [...]

By | 2016-05-13T22:19:45+00:00 May 13th, 2016|News, News & Events, Renewable Energy, Uncategorized, Water Power|Comments Off on Sandia Labs participates in DOE’s annual Waterpower Week