Grid Integration & Power Systems

Sandia leverages expertise and capabilities across the laboratory to investigate the integration, operation, and control of wind power into energy systems to increase system reliability and resilience. As wind power deployment increases, new research challenges and opportunities continue to arise in a range of topics including:

  • Wind plant controls to improve grid reliability and resilience
  • Hybrid power system design and operation
  • Distribution-level power systems including microgrids
  • Physical and cybersecurity risk mitigation

The Microgrids, Infrastructure, and Advanced Controls Launchpad (MIRACL) project is a four-year research effort funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Wind Energy Technologies Office, led by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory with partners at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Idaho National Laboratory and Sandia. The project aims to increase deployment of wind turbines in wind-hybrid distributed energy systems to provide flexibility, security, and resilience to distribution systems and microgrids.

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When conflicts and natural disasters unfold around the world and military or civil humanitarian response is needed, quick access to energy on location is critical to ensuring a successful mission or crisis response. The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Defense and Disaster Deployable Turbine (D3T) project is evaluating the market potential for rapidly deployable wind energy technologies, developing wind turbine design requirements for operational applications, and assessing commercially available wind technologies against operational design requirements to help identify technology gaps and research and development opportunities. The project team is led by Sandia in partnership with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Idaho National Laboratory.

Read more about D3T.