Sandia National Laboratories
Exceptional service in the national interest
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. Sandia’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 control architecture, and our Virtual Power Plant provides preliminary solutions to integrating multiple distributed energy resources in a closed loop control fashion through common communication links. Through this unique research, Sandia demonstrated a laboratory-based microgrid operating with 100% penetration of stochastic sources and loads while maintaining critical stability and specified performance requirements.