Sandia National Laboratories – Lake Facility

Capabilities include:

  • Component and power testing
  • Structural testing
  • Instrumentation testing
  • Computer modeling validation


Located near the SWEPT facility and the SNL WP offices, this small lake facility (oversized outdoor tank) can be used to perform shakedown tests of WEC systems including mooring systems. Otherwise known as the Water Impact Facility located at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the lake facility provides a controlled environment for high-velocity water impact testing, gravity-assisted drop testing and underwater testing. A 300-foot drop tower stands next to a 120-foot-wide by 188-foot-long by 50-foot-deep lake. A total depth of 80 feet for underwater testing can be obtained via a 6-foot-diameter, 30-foot-long steel pipe at the bottom of the lake.

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Tank dimensions:
Length 55m, Width: 36.5m, Height: 15.25m

Max depth: 24.25m

Point of Contact:
Giorgio Bacelli –