Sandia National Laboratories
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Sandia’s work in power electronics and controls supports grid modernization by developing ways to increase resiliency, performance, and efficiency.
Sandia has an established history of applying engineering principles to achieve complete systems-view solutions. Our research objective is to look beyond proprietary systems and instead pursue integration at a national scale, among multiple vendors, by helping to architect congruent communication, controls, and interconnection. The lab’s extensive history in physical and cyber security provides unique perspectives for designing secure scalable architectures as well as identifying vulnerabilities, risks, and mitigation strategies for existing systems.
Sandia’s three-layer secure scalable microgrid grand challenge control architecture, and its Virtual Power Plant developed under lab-directed research and development, provides preliminary solutions to integrating multiple distributed energy resources in a closed loop control fashion through common communication links. Through this unique research, a laboratory development of a microgrid operating with 100% penetration of stochastic sources and loads was demonstrated while maintaining critical stability and specified performance requirements.