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

Register for the PV Performance Modeling and Monitoring Workshop, October 24-25, 2016

Expert Workshop in Freiburg: Modeling and Monitoring of PV Systems The Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE is acting as host for this year’s “PV Performance Modeling and Monitoring Workshop”. Photovoltaics experts from around [...]

Sandia Labs Contributes to Solar Industry Innovation: A Partnership Story

Hearing of a current-voltage (IV) sweep (or tracing) product made by a small start-up company, Sandia contacted Stratasense to discuss its compact product that had three features for studying photovoltaic (PV) performance: (1) it was [...]

Sandia Labs’ Photovoltaic Systems Evaluation Lab (PSEL) Marks Accomplishments & Adds Capabilities

Bruce King, PSEL technical lead, in front of newly installed light soaking chamber. SandiaNational Laboratories completed a number of enhancements and expansions to its Photovoltaic Systems Evaluation Laboratory (PSEL) facility to expand indoor [...]

Sandia Labs Participated in CEM7 as Part of a Smart Grid Research Network

Sandia National Laboratories participates in the Smart Grid International Research Facility Network (SIRFN), a coordinated network of smart grid research and test facilities working on selected projects around the globe. SIRFN’s collaborative test and evaluation [...]