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Solar Regional Test Center in Vermont Achieves Milestone InstallationThe solar industry is now more than 60% of the way toward achieving the DOE SunShot Initiative affordability goal of $0.06 per kilowatt-hour for solar electricity. Meeting the last 40% without compromising quality will be challenging. To help US industry demonstrate and validate that new PV technologies can consistently perform over time, the DOE —in […]
Sandia Report Presents Analysis of Glare Impacts of Ivanpah Solar Power SiteThe Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System (ISEGS) consists of three 459-ft-tall power towers and over 170,000 reflective heliostats with a rated capacity of 390 MW. The California Energy Commission (CEC) has received numerous pilot and air traffic controller glare-impact reports. The situation is serious because pilots report that they cannot “scan the sky in that direction […]
Sandia Wins Award for Best Poster at 40th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialist Conference (PVSC)  Sandia researcher Jay Johnson (in Sandia’s Photovoltaic & Distributed Systems Integration Dept.) and a collaborating team from Texas A&M University were recognized at the 40th Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) PVSC held in Denver, Colorado, on June 8–13, 2014, winning the event’s Best Poster award for “Evaluation Method for Arc Fault Detection […]
Sandia Student Wins Best Paper Award at IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists ConferenceMatthew Reno, a Sandian and an electrical engineering PhD candidate at the Georgia Institute of Technology, was given a Best Student Paper award for research reported in, “Impact of PV Variability and Ramping Events on Distribution Voltage Regulation Equipment” at the 40th Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Photovoltaic Specialists Conference (PVSC) held in […]
Mesa del Sol Project Is Finalist for International Smart Grid Action Network 2014 Award of ExcellenceThe Mesa del Sol microgrid project was selected as one of eight finalists among many entries worldwide to receive the 2014 International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN) Award of Excellence. ISGAN will recognize all finalist projects on their website and in future ISGAN publications. The ISGAN Award of Excellence competition showcases the innovative and effective […]
High-Efficiency Solar Thermochemical Reactor for Hydrogen ProductionOn June 16th, the Department of Energy Fuel Cell Technology Office (FCTO) announced $20 million for 10 R&D projects to advance technologies that can economically produce and deliver hydrogen to power fuel cells from diverse, domestic, and renewable resources thereby enabling substantial reductions in energy use and carbon emissions. Advancing these technologies is critical to […]
Novel Nanoparticle Production Method Could Lead to Better Lights, Lenses, Solar CellsTitanium-dioxide (TiO2) nanoparticles show great promise as fillers to tune the refractive index of anti-reflective coatings on signs and optical encapsulants (protective coverings or coatings) for light-emitting di­odes (LEDs), solar cells and other optical devices. Industry has shunned TiO2 nanoparticles because they have been difficult and expensive to make, and current methods produce particles that are too […]
Planting the “SEEDS” of Solar Technology in the HomeTo better understand what persuades people to buy photovoltaic (PV) systems for their homes, Sandia re­searchers are gathering data on consumer motivations that can feed sophisticated computer models and thus lead to greater use of solar energy. A primary project goal is to help increase the nation’s share of solar energy in the electricity market […]
Sandia Researchers Win CSP:ELEMENTS Funding AwardOn May 21st, the Department of Energy SunShot Initiative announced $10M for six new R&D projects that will advance innovative concentrating solar power (CSP) technologies. The Concentrating Solar Power: Efficiently Leveraging Equilibrium Mechanisms for Engineering New Thermochemical Storage (CSP:ELEMENTS) funding program supports developing thermochemical energy storage (TCES) systems that can validate a cost of ≤ $15/kWhth […]
Sandian Selected for Outstanding Young Engineer AwardThe Albuquerque Section of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has selected Dr. Jose Luis Cruz-Campa as the recipient of the 2014 Outstanding Young Engineer Award for his outstanding con­tributions to the electrical engineering profession. A key aspect of Jose Luis’ research program is the use of microfabrication techniques, more commonly used in […]

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