UT Energy Symposium: Grid Modernization and Energy Storage at Sandia National Laboratories

Talk Abstract 

Sandia National Laboratories develops energy-related R&D in support of our national security mission. We look at the threats our electric system is facing – from climate change and mal-intent to an aging infrastructure – and establish tools to assess vulnerabilities and impacts as well as investment options. We develop new technologies that facilitate the modernization of our grid to a secure, resilient, and sustainable infrastructure, and work with private sector partners to ensure that these new technologies can be brought to bear in the marketplace. 

In this talk, we will explore the priorities that Sandia has defined for its grid and storage-based research, leveraging core competencies in the development of a new, integrated electric system. We’ll discuss some high profile and high impact projects that support our vision of what a world with advanced grid features can do.

Speaker Bio

Mr. Hanley is Senior Manager of the Grid Modernization and Resilient Infrastructures Group at Sandia National Laboratories. His group conducts research on enhancing the resilience of our critical energy infrastructures, including grid-scale optimization, controls, and microgrids; energy storage technologies; renewable energy integration; power electronics; cyber security; and advanced analytics for complex systems. He joined Sandia in 1988 and has been working in Sandia's renewable energy and electric grid programs since 1994. From 2005 through 2014, Charlie managed Sandia's Photovoltaics and Distributed Systems Integration Program. Prior to that, he managed Sandia's international renewable energy programs, through which he oversaw the implementation of more than 400 photovoltaic and wind energy systems in Latin America. He received his B.S. in Engineering Science from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, and his M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, in Troy, New York.

UT Energy Symposium

A weekly guest lecture series that is both free and open to the public and available for course credit.

In an effort to provide a multi-disciplinary platform for UT faculty and students to interact on the most pressing energy issues facing our world, the Energy Institute sponsors the UT Energy Symposium (UTES), which will enter its 22nd semester in spring 2022. 

The UTES serves as a “convener” for the campus community, uniting students interested in energy issues with faculty and others working on sustainable energy security. Students who register for the symposium receive one credit hour for the 15-week seminar course, which is open to both undergraduate and graduate students.

Ongoing themes for UTES include climate change policy, innovation and diffusion of energy technologies, low-carbon technology options and status, and behavioral aspects of energy consumption.

Each UTES talk will be recorded and posted on this page and on the Energy Institute YouTube channel following the event.

Dial-In Information

This talk will be presented remotely via Zoom and on the Energy Institute's YouTube channel. If using Zoom, viewers must register for an account with Zoom and log in to Zoom using that registration in order to use the meeting link and participate. Faculty, students and staff of UT, please use your personal UT Zoom account. 

Zoom Link: https://utexas.zoom.us/j/96867307180

To view the talk on YouTube, there are two options: 

The Webinar will be listed as a video thumbnail with the word “LIVE NOW” in the window. Click on that thumbnail. 

Tuesday, January 25, 2022 at 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Virtual Event
Event Type

Academics, Business & Economy, Policy & Law, Science & Tech, Campus & Community, Sustainability

Target Audience

Students, General Public




Free and open to the public; no RSVP required



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