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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

Industry outreach: DOE and Wave Energy Scotland co-sponsored WEC technology workshop

The U.S. Department of Energy and Wave Energy Scotland (WES) jointly co-sponsored a one-day workshop on wave energy converter (WEC) technology requirement specification and performance metrics following the International Conference on Ocean Energy in Edinburgh, UK.  Over 60 international participants representing the wider wave energy community–industry, research, funding and policy, and technology—contributed their input into [...]

By | 2016-12-02T18:47:48+00:00 May 13th, 2016|News, Partnership, Renewable Energy, Water Power, Workshops|Comments Off on Industry outreach: DOE and Wave Energy Scotland co-sponsored WEC technology workshop

WEC-Sim (Wave Energy Converter SIMulator) Code Development and Training Class

Sandia National Laboratories and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) jointly have been developing WEC-Sim, an open-source time-domain numerical model for simulating wave energy devices that are comprised of rigid bodies, power-take-off systems, and mooring systems. The WEC-Sim development team has continued to improve the code’s capabilities and recently held a workshop/training class with the [...]

By | 2016-05-13T21:55:49+00:00 May 13th, 2016|News, Partnership, Renewable Energy, Water Power|Comments Off on WEC-Sim (Wave Energy Converter SIMulator) Code Development and Training Class

Virtual LIDAR Model Helps Researchers Plan for 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 | 2016-12-02T18:47:48+00:00 May 5th, 2016|Facilities, Modeling, Modeling, Modeling & Analysis, Modeling & Analysis, Renewable Energy, Research & Capabilities, Wind Energy, Wind News|Comments Off on Virtual LIDAR Model Helps Researchers Plan for Wake Steering Experiment at SWiFT

Sandia uses a few spectral measurements to enhance PV performance models

The power generated by a PV cell depends on both the intensity and spectrum of the light incident on the cell. Silicon solar cells, for example, respond to both visible and near-infrared light, but differently: red light has more impact on PV power output than blue light. Accurately predicting power output requires accounting for the [...]

By | 2016-04-07T14:13:16+00:00 March 31st, 2016|Energy, Photovoltaic, Photovoltaic Systems Evaluation Laboratory (PSEL), Renewable Energy, Solar|Comments Off on Sandia uses a few spectral measurements to enhance PV performance models

Fault Detection Tool Project: Automatic Discovery of Faults using Machine Learning

Advanced monitoring of photovoltaic (PV) systems can ensure efficient operations, but extensive monitoring of large quantities of data can be cumbersome for the individual analyst. To address this challenge, Sandia National Laboratories' Fault Detection Tool project uses machine-learning algorithms embedded into data collection devices on-site or at a central server to detect performance issues and failures [...]

By | 2016-12-02T18:47:48+00:00 March 31st, 2016|Energy, Photovoltaic, Renewable Energy, Research & Capabilities, Solar|Comments Off on Fault Detection Tool Project: Automatic Discovery of Faults using Machine Learning