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Energy Secretary Moniz Highlights Sandia Efforts during Recent Houston Press Conference

As he spoke to oil and gas executives at the IHS Energy CERAWeek conference, Secretary Moniz’s focus was on the nation’s aging energy infrastructure—and everything that should be done to modernize it amid a do­mestic energy revolution, climate change, and evolving business models. Moniz spoke to the assembled executives about the just-released QER and the [...]

Wind Generator Modeling

This modular block diagram represents the major components of the generic dynamic wind turbine generator models. Model blocks and parameters are used to represent the different wind turbine types. Efforts are ongoing to develop increased functionality of the plant controller to represent actual operations. Sandia finalized and submitted the updated “WECC Wind Power [...]

Sandia Contributes to International Electrotechnical Commission IEC 61400-26 Availability Standard

Information model for IEC technical specification 61400-26-2: Production-Based Availability for Wind Turbines. The U.S. Department of Energy Wind Program and Sandia have been working with the International Elec­trotechnical Commission (IEC) Committee on Wind Turbine Availability to develop three specifications for IEC-61400-26―the standard that addresses wind turbine and wind-plant availability. The first specification is [...]

By | 2016-12-02T18:48:34+00:00 June 12th, 2014|Analysis, Distribution Grid Integration, Energy, Grid Integration, Infrastructure Security, News, News & Events, Partnership, Renewable Energy, SMART Grid, Systems Analysis, Transmission Grid Integration, Wind Energy|Comments Off on Sandia Contributes to International Electrotechnical Commission IEC 61400-26 Availability Standard

Renewables, Other Energy Issues To Be Focus of Enhanced Sandia-SINTEF Collaboration

Under an expanded agreement, a decades-long partnership between Sandia and the Norwegian research organization SINTEF (Stiftelsen for industriell og teknisk forskning) will now tackle energy challenges such as renewable-energy integration, grid modernization, gas technologies, and algae-based biofuels. SINTEF is the largest independent research organization in Scandinavia, with expertise in the natural sciences and technology, the [...]

DOE Office of Electricity Delivery & Energy Reliability (OE) Energy Storage Safety Workshop

The Utilities Panel presentation during the Energy Storage Safety Workshop. On February 17–18, 2014, Sandia National Laboratories and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory co-hosted the DOE OE Energy Storage Safety Workshop in Albuquerque, NM. This workshop’s goal was to address the need for validated energy-storage safety as identified in the DOE strategic plan for [...]

By | 2016-12-02T18:48:38+00:00 April 7th, 2014|Capabilities, CINT, Distribution Grid Integration, Energy, Energy Storage, Energy Storage Systems, Facilities, Grid Integration, Infrastructure Security, Materials Science, News, News & Events, Research & Capabilities, SMART Grid, Transmission Grid Integration|Comments Off on DOE Office of Electricity Delivery & Energy Reliability (OE) Energy Storage Safety Workshop

Sandia, DOE Energy Storage Program, GeneSiC Semiconductor, U.S. Army ARDEC: Ultra-High-Voltage Silicon Carbide Thyristors

Increasing consumer power demand creates numerous challenges for ensuring reliable, stable power for all customers. Many energy generation technologies, particularly renewables, generate direct-current power that must be converted to alternating current before use. High-frequency silicon carbide thyristors are expected to revolutionize grid infrastructure. Power switches, known as thyristors, perform this conversion and are [...]

By | 2016-12-02T18:49:01+00:00 March 29th, 2013|Capabilities, Distribution Grid Integration, Energy, Energy Efficiency, Energy Storage Systems, Global Climate & Energy, Grid Integration, Infrastructure Security, Materials Science, Partnership, Research & Capabilities, SMART Grid, Systems Engineering, Transmission Grid Integration|Comments Off on Sandia, DOE Energy Storage Program, GeneSiC Semiconductor, U.S. Army ARDEC: Ultra-High-Voltage Silicon Carbide Thyristors

Sandia, Los Alamos, Superconducting Technologies Inc., & Superpower: Solution Deposition Planarization

The nation’s electricity grid relies on power transmission from the production source—be it a coal-fired plant, solar array, or wind farm—to the consumer. Long-distance transmission results in sizeable energy losses due to resistance in the conducting material. Superconducting wires offer the potential for zero power dissipation and higher maximum current densities when contrasted with traditional [...]

By | 2016-12-02T18:49:02+00:00 March 20th, 2013|CINT, Facilities, Grid Integration, Infrastructure Security, Materials Science, Partnership, Research & Capabilities, Transmission Grid Integration|Comments Off on Sandia, Los Alamos, Superconducting Technologies Inc., & Superpower: Solution Deposition Planarization

Energy Supply Transformation Needed

A lot that needs to be done to enable the transition towards larger shares of renewables in the power mix. The 5th International Conference on Integration of Renewable Energy and Distributed Energy Resources [4–6 December 2012, Berlin, Germany] brought together global participants from the energy sector to discuss the transformation of the power system, the challenges [...]

North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) Report Posted

The Integration of Variable Generation Task Force (IVGTF) Task 1–3 report, “Interconnection Requirements for Variable Generation” was posted to NERC’s website in mid-October. Many of NERC’s existing interconnection standards and procedures have been based on technical characteristics and physical capabilities of traditional power generation resources that employ synchronous generators. With the global trend toward renewable [...]

By | 2012-11-13T11:47:14+00:00 November 13th, 2012|Energy Assurance, Grid Integration, Infrastructure Security, News, News & Events, Transmission Grid Integration|Comments Off on North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) Report Posted