Partnership to showcase and demonstrate “smart” energy technologies in U.S.


Michael Daly,
Mesa del Sol
Albuquerque, NM, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — December 9, 2008 – An agreement has been concluded between Sandia National Laboratories and Mesa del Sol to partner and work on several technical projects supporting the research, development and demonstration of energy technologies in the real life environment at Mesa del Sol.

Among the new technologies and methodologies that Sandia intends to demonstrate are the smart grid and microgrid, energy monitoring and storage, concentrating solar technologies as well as energy control and security. An envisioned technology display and visitors center will also serve as a science discovery venue for students and the community.

As part of the agreement Sandia personnel will occupy space at Mesa del Sol’s soon to open Aperture Center. Sandia’s presence will also help to facilitate collaborative research and development activities between the Laboratories and the University of New Mexico.  

Mesa del Sol is a new 5,200 ha futuristic mixed-use residential and business development based on sustainability principles south of Albuquerque. A key element of the project is the development of a “perfect power” system based on the smart grid and other “smart” technologies.

“This is perhaps one of the most pioneering and innovative projects in New Mexico and the nation,” said Michael Daly, president of Mesa del Sol. “We share a common vision that Mesa del Sol provides a unique opportunity for demonstrating the impact of renewable energy resources in creating a precedent setting, sustainable community.”

Daly said Sandia, as one of the nation’s leading energy research and development laboratories, and Mesa del Sol will be able to advance technical work already underway and provide a foundation for new work and job creation in the energy and sustainability fields.

The partnership will also help Sandia meet Congressional and Department of Energy priorities for advancing alternative and renewable energy initiatives with the added benefit of public/private partnering. While many of the projects will take place at Mesa del Sol, projects are also scheduled for military residential communities Forest City Covington is remodeling and upgrading in Honolulu, HI. Forest City, together with its partners, is leading the development of Mesa del Sol. Sandia activities in Hawaii will include recommendations on technical aspects of power, tax credits and performance assessment of systems for heating and other uses, advisement on placement and installation of photovoltaic systems, and evaluation of new foam insulation effectiveness on several of the model homes.  

“The Sandia collaboration with Mesa del Sol supports a broader strategic partnership with the company that is leading Mesa del Sol’s development, Forest City,” said Les Shephard, Sandia National Laboratories vice president for Energy, Security, and Defense Technologies. “Forest City’s community developments, like Mesa del Sol, provide real world physical domains for data collection and technology demonstrations to advance the state of the art in renewable energy and sustainable communities.”

In addition to Forest City Covington, partners in the development of Mesa del Sol include the New Mexico State Land Office, the University of New Mexico, with the support of the City of Albuquerque, Bernalillo County and the State of New Mexico.

Sandia is a multiprogram laboratory operated by Sandia Corporation, a Lockheed Martin company, for the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration, with major R&D responsibilities in national security, energy and environmental technologies, and economic competitiveness.