Developing cost-effective, reliable PV energy systems and accelerating the integration of PV technology

Photovoltaic (PV) research at Sandia focuses on developing and improving PV technologies and applications by lowering cost and increasing performance and reliability of PV components and systems. Sandia specializes in performance modeling, characterization, and transmission and distribution grid integration. Sandia researchers support the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative and partner with industry, utilities, academia, and other laboratories to make PV power systems more cost-competitive and to remove barriers to large-scale deployment on the grid.

PV Programs

Contacts

Photovoltaics and Distributed Systems Integration Manager
Abraham Ellis, Ph: 505.844.7717

PV Systems Reliability, Manufacturing, and Diagnostics
Olga Lavrova, Ph: 505-845-3166

Smart Grid Integration
Jay Johnson, Ph: 505.284.9586

Power Electronics and Controls
Jason Neely, Ph: 505.845.7677

Manufacturing and Materials
Anthony Martino, Ph: 505.844.0652

PV Systems Evaluation Laboratory
Bruce King, Ph: 505.284.6571

PV Testing and Evaluation
Bruce King, Ph: 505.284.6571

Modeling and Analysis
Joshua Stein, 505.845.0936

Utility Distribution Systems Analysis
Robert Broderick, Ph: 505.366.1120

Balance of Systems and Soft Costs
Geoff Klise, Ph: 505.284.2500

Distributed Energy Technologies Laboratory
Sigifredo Gonzalez, Ph: 505.845.8942

News

Upcoming Webinar: Comparing the Abilities of Energy Storage, PV, and Other Distributed Energy Resources to Provide Grid Services, Monday, March 13, 3:00pm-4:30pm ET

The grid is undergoing a transformation leading to greater utilization of Distributed Energy Resources (DER). DER devices include batteries, PV, and even aggregated hot water heaters or building lighting systems. At the core of this [...]

PV Tracking Technology call for papers

ASME Journal of Solar Energy Engineering Special Issue: Photovoltaic Tracking Technology Photovoltaic (PV) energy systems are becoming a larger share of electricity production, with over 230 GW installed worldwide. Much of this growth is being driven [...]

New consortium to reduce cost of solar modules

In order to accelerate solar module materials discovery and development, the DOE SunShot program awarded $30 million, over five years, to a national laboratory-led Energy Materials Network (EMN) Consortium focused on durable module materials, DuraMat. Module [...]

Join the team: Concentrating Solar Technologies Manager

We are looking for a dynamic individual with a passion for solar energy R&D to lead our Department and Programs. The National Solar Thermal Test Facility in Albuquerque, NM is the only facility of its [...]