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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

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

SWiFT Site Atmospheric Characterization

Site atmospheric conditions have been analyzed by members of Sandia’s Wind Energy Technologies Department to characterize the magnitude and frequency of atmospheric conditions at SWiFT, the experimental wind farm in Lubbock, TX. The analysis will inform experimental campaign planning at SWiFT, aid in determining common conditions for model simulation inputs. The site conditions at the [...]

By | 2016-12-02T18:47:48+00:00 March 24th, 2016|Analysis, Energy, Renewable Energy, SWIFT, Wind Energy, Wind News|Comments Off on SWiFT Site Atmospheric Characterization

New report highlights key composite testing trends for more reliable and lower cost wind blade designs

Sandia National Laboratories recently published "Analysis of SNL/MSU/DOE Fatigue Database Trends for Wind Turbine Blade Materials, 2010-2015" by researchers at Montana State University (MSU), a long-time academic research partner. Since 1989, Sandia has collaborated with MSU to test and report key data and trends related to fiber-reinforced polymers (composites) and other materials used to construct wind turbine [...]

National Rotor Testbed aerodynamic design complete

The aerodynamic design of the National Rotor Testbed (NRT) blade has been completed (see example, above). The goal of the NRT rotor is to replicate the wake characteristics of a utility-scale rotor at the Scaled Wind Farm Technology (SWiFT) test site. This will allow researchers at Sandia and other labs to collect high-fidelity wake measurements and validate and calibrate wind turbine [...]

Wind Energy Technologies Department hosts Wakebench annual meeting

The Sandia National Laboratories Wind Energy Technologies Department is hosting the next Wakebench annual meeting (IEA Wind Task 31) at the Hotel Andaluz in downtown Albuquerque, NM, March 16-17, 2016. The meeting will include a review of wind plant and turbine model validation and verification activities in Europe and the U.S., a discussion about how to unify these [...]

By | 2016-04-04T21:49:36+00:00 March 9th, 2016|Events, News & Events, Wind Energy, Wind News, Workshops|0 Comments

A new day: SWiFT reaches rotor mounting milestone

Sandia National Laboratories has reached a major milestone by successfully re-mounting a rotor on one of its SWiFT wind turbines, a heavily modified Vestas V27, at the SWiFT facility on January 20, 2016. Wind engineers at SWiFT have been preparing for this event since 2014 when one of the turbines over sped and failed. Since [...]

By | 2016-02-10T23:50:21+00:00 February 10th, 2016|News, SWIFT, Wind Energy|0 Comments

2015 Wind Turbine Blade Manufacture Conference–Dusseldorf, Germany

The 2015 Wind Turbine Blade Manufacture Conference was held in Dusseldorf, Germany, during the first week of December 2015 with 280 participants meeting in a single-session arrangement. Papers focused on the optimization of wind blade designs, the use of advanced materials, long-term performance, and innovations to improve production processes. Most presenters stressed the importance of [...]

By | 2016-12-02T18:47:50+00:00 December 22nd, 2015|Conferences, Wind Energy, Wind News|0 Comments

Leading Edge Erosion Phase II Wind Tunnel Test Begins

Wind tunnel testing is commencing for the second phase of the leading edge erosion project, which is a collaboration between Texas A&M, UC Davis, and Sandia. During the 2012 fiscal year, Sandia, through its Blade Reliability Collaborative, partnered with a wind turbine operator and associated wind turbine manufacturer to study the effects of blade erosion [...]

By | 2015-12-23T19:05:01+00:00 December 22nd, 2015|Wind Energy, Wind News|0 Comments