Sandia Energy > Programs > Arctic Science & Security > Arctic Energy & Infrastructure > Arctic Grid & Renewable Energy Technologies Access to affordable and resilient electricity is a challenge for many Alaska communities, and that harsh environment provides a useful proving ground for new energy technologies, such as advanced power electronics and resilient systems, that could eventually be applied to the rest of the grid. What We Do Sandia collaborates with other national laboratories, local utilities, academic institutions and industry to understand how renewable energy systems and grid-integration technologies perform in the Arctic. Harsh weather, rugged conditions, as well as natural and man-made disasters can affect the power supply, impacting remote communities’ critical lifelines. Sandia’s Renewable and Distributed Systems Integration R&D Program draws upon world-class expertise in grid analysis, cybersecurity, complex systems, optimization, controls, power electronics, as well as enabling technologies such as energy storage and microgrids. Related Grid and Energy Technology R&D Facilities Control and Optimization of Networked Energy Technologies Laboratory (CONET)Battery Abuse Testing Laboratory (BATLab)Photovoltaic Systems Evaluation Laboratory (PSEL)Distributed Energy Technologies Laboratory (DETL)Scaled Wind Farm Technology Facility (SWiFT)National Solar Thermal Test Facility (NSTTF)Sandia Wave Energy Power Take-Off (SWEPT) LabSCO2 -Brayton Cycle Laboratory Related Projects The Impact of Snow on PV Performance We work with other government agencies, industry, and academic institutions to accomplish our national security missions. Learn more about working with Sandia.