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April 02, 2014

Sandia Labs to Support the 100 Resilient Cities Centennial Challenge

The Energy Department's Sandia National Laboratories announced on April 1 that it signed a new agreement to support the 100 Resilient Cities Centennial Challenge. Under the five-year pact, Sandia will bring problem-solving with practical engineering and modeling complex systems—including grid resiliency—to participating cities around the world.

The Challenge seeks to make communities more resilient by being better prepared to withstand natural or manmade disasters, recover more quickly and emerge stronger. Sandia's electrical grid experts are already using the labs’ Energy Surety Design Methodology, which has a successful track record at military facilities, for two projects in New Jersey funded by the Energy Department. Sandia is working with the city of Hoboken, New Jersey, to assess and develop designs for improving the resiliency of the city’s electrical grid after the storm. And the labs' experts are also working on a study with New Jersey’s Transit Corporation to provide a resilient energy supply system that will keep trains running between New York and New Jersey during power disruptions. See the Sandia news release.