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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

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

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 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

Sandia’s Test Technology Enables Development of Novel Multi-Rotor Wind Turbine

When Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas Wind Systems A/S decided to build a multi-rotor wind turbine, it used a hardware emulation system developed by Sandia National Laboratories to create, configure, and test the controls system. Instead of relying on ever larger turbines to increase energy production and reduce the cost of energy, Vestas designed an [...]

By | 2016-12-02T18:47:43+00:00 November 7th, 2016|Customers & Partners, EC, News, Renewable Energy, Wind Energy, Wind News|Comments Off on Sandia’s Test Technology Enables Development of Novel Multi-Rotor Wind Turbine

First Wake Data Captured During Wake Steering Experiment at the SWiFT Facility

Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have met a major project milestone as part of the Department of Energy Atmosphere to Electrons (A2e) Wake Steering Experiment being conducted at the Scaled Wind Farm Technology (SWiFT) Facility. The team successfully installed the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) Wind Energy Department’s [...]

By | 2016-12-02T18:47:44+00:00 July 14th, 2016|News, Renewable Energy, SWIFT, Wind Energy, Wind News|Comments Off on First Wake Data Captured During Wake Steering Experiment at the SWiFT Facility

Sandia highlighted at the 2016 American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) Conference, May 23-26th

3-D Printed Blade Mold on Display at the Department of Energy Booth at American Wind Energy Association (AWEA)  WindPower Conference Stop by AWEA booth #4847 to see a revolutionary 3-D-printed blade mold designed to reduce costs and time associated with manufacturing, experiment with new capabilities, and improve design flexibility. The Wind Program, Advanced Manufacturing Office, [...]

By | 2016-12-02T18:47:47+00:00 May 23rd, 2016|News, News & Events, Wind Energy|Comments Off on Sandia highlighted at the 2016 American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) Conference, May 23-26th

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

Sandia National Laboratories’ blade design to be showcased at AWEA

In the first phase of the DOE-funded additive manufactured blade mold demonstration project, Sandia National Laboratories has designed the wind blade that will be built with the new molds. One of the 3D-printed molds will be showcased at the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) 2016 Windpower Conference and Exhibition, May 23-26 in New Orleans, LA. [...]

By | 2016-05-13T22:35:56+00:00 May 13th, 2016|Design, News, News & Events, Partnership, Research & Capabilities, SWIFT, Wind Energy, Wind News|Comments Off on Sandia National Laboratories’ blade design to be showcased at AWEA