Energy and Climate

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 […]
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-AREVA Commission Solar Thermal/Molten Salt Energy-Storage DemonstrationAREVA and Sandia began operations of their molten salt energy-storage demonstration plant designed specifically for use with AREVA’s compact linear Fresnel reflector (CLFR) technology. Funded partially by DOE, this full-scale project is being carried out at Sandia’s National Solar Thermal Test Facility (NSTTF) in Albuquerque. Thanks to their significant collaboration, AREVA’s solar team and Sandia’s […]
Second Annual Electric Power Research Institute/Sandia Photovoltaic Systems SymposiumSandia and Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) are delighted to host the second joint symposium on technical issues related to photovoltaic (PV) systems and related technologies. This year, the symposium will cover three areas: PV performance modeling; screening methods, distribution PV host­ing capacity, and advanced inverter modeling; and PV system reliability and maintenance strategies. Sandians […]
Federal Electric Regulatory Commission Revised Its Small Generator Interconnection Procedure and Small Generator Interconnection AgreementAfter two years of industry consultation, the Federal Electric Regulatory Commission (FERC) has issued a final ruling on the much anticipated modification of the FERC Small Generator Interconnection Procedure (SGIP) which governs the interconnection of small generators (smaller than 20 MW) that sell wholesale electricity. The SGIP also serves as a template for state rules that […]
Launch of Solar Testing Site in VermontU.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) joined representatives of Sandia, IBM, and the DOE in early November to announce the launch of the Vermont Photovoltaic Regional Test Center (RTC). The RTC will enable research on integrating solar panels into the statewide smart grid and help reduce the cost of solar power. The Vermont RTC is one […]
Sandia Will Host PV Bankability Workshop at Solar Power International (SPI) 2013On October 21, Sandia’s Joshua Stein, Melissa Sisneros, and Bruce King (all in the Photovoltaic & Distributed Systems Integration Dept.) will host a workshop on demonstrating strategies for defining the bankability of new PV products, “Driving the Commercialization of New Solar Technologies: What You Can Learn with the U.S. DOE Regional Test Centers toward Demonstrating […]
HelioVolt Modules Installed at RTC SitesHelioVolt, Sandia National Laboratories, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and the Florida Solar Energy Center are pleased to announce the successful grid connection of the first half of six arrays to be deployed at the U.S. Department of Energy
Regional Test Centers (RTCs). HelioVolt is installing two 5 kW arrays at each of the following three […]
Sandia, Endicott Interconnect Technologies, EMCORE, International Micro Industries, NREL, Universal Instruments: Solar GlitterSandia scientists have developed glitter-sized photovoltaic (PV) cells that have the potential to achieve the cost breakthrough necessary to move solar energy into widespread, portable use. Miniaturized solar cells are produced using Sandia’s microsystems-enabled photovoltaics (MEPV) technology, which employs microdesign and microfabrication techniques common to the semiconductor, liquid-crystal display, and microsystems industries. The PV cells […]
Sandia Report Offers Reliable Way to Evaluate Unintentional Islanding RiskA recently released Sandia National Laboratories report, “Suggested Guidelines for Assessment of DG Unintentional Islanding Risk,” outlines a procedure to help utility distribution engineers determine the risk of unintentional islanding in distributed energy generation installations. By providing a quick and reliable way to identify situations in which such risk is negligible, Sandia’s approach can help […]
Photovoltaic (PV) Regional Test Center (RTC) Website Goes LiveECIS has developed a new external website to facilitate the functions of the five DOE RTCs—both interacting with each other to fulfill the overall DOE objectives and with partners in the U.S. PV industry. The site houses project updates, news, and events as well as controlled access for project file sharing. The DOE has commissioned […]
Solar Test Facility Upgrades Complete, Leading to Better Sandia Capabilities to Support Power IndustryA recent overhaul of the DOE’s National Solar Thermal Test Facility (NSTTF), operated by Sandia, is dramatically improving researchers’ ability to understand and use concentrating solar power (CSP). The $17.8M upgrade to the NSTTF adds state-of-the-art test capabilities, and the resulting research is expected to lead to more solar power use on the electric grid. […]
Solar Energy Research Institute for India and the United States Kick-OffThe purpose of the Solar Energy Research Institute for India and the United States (SERIIUS) is to establish a Joint Clean Energy R&D Center (JCERDC)—to create an environment for cooperation and innovation “without borders” in order to develop and improve emerging revolutionary solar electricity technologies and contribute to the long-term success of India’s Jawaharlal Nehru […]
Sandia to Study the Little ThingsThe Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies at Sandia recently received a $900,000 grant to investigate the tiniest parts of solar materials. The new grant, announced by the U.S. Department of Energy in late August, will fund development of new microscopy tools to help understand the chemical and electronic structure of thin-film photovoltaic, or solar, materials and how microscopic […]
Sandia Wins Funding for High-Temperature Falling-Particle Solar-Energy ReceiverSandia, with partners Georgia Tech, Bucknell University, King Saud University, and DLR (the Institute of Solar Research of the German Aerospace Center), was awarded funding to develop a concentrating solar power falling-particle receiver and heat-exchanger system under the DOE SunShot Initiative. Conventional central receiver technologies are limited to temperatures of ~600 °C with power-cycle efficiencies ~40%. […]
SunShot Grand Challenge: Regional Test CentersJoshua Stein speaks about the benefits of the Regional Test Centers (RTCs) and how they will further advance the DOE SunShot goals.
SunShot Grand Challenge Summit and Technology ForumSandia will be a participant in the upcoming SunShot Grand Challenge Summit and Technology Forum. The SunShot Initiative is leading the first in a series of Energy Department Grand Challenges that address the scientific, technological, and market barriers to achieving breakthroughs in national energy challenges. The SunShot Grand Challenge Summit and Technology Forum will convene the […]

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