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

Sandia National Laboratories Experts Co-Author DOE Reports on Grid Integration and Concentrating Solar Power

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently released On the Path to SunShot, a series of eight reports that takes stock of progress made halfway into the ten-year SunShot Initiative and highlights remaining opportunities for [...]

High-Temperature Falling Particle Receiver Reaches New Limits

At its National Solar Thermal Test Facility, Sandia National Laboratories recently completed a 3½-year project funded by DOE’s SunShot Initiative to develop a high-temperature falling particle receiver, in which sand-like ceramic particles are heated as [...]

Sandia Labs Presents Grid Integration Research at IEEE PES T&D

Sandia photovoltaics researchers Robert Broderick (right) and Matthew Reno (left) presented their grid integration research at the IEEE PES T&D Conference & Exposition in early May in Dallas, TX. The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers [...]

Sandia Labs and EPRI Hosted the 2016 PV Systems Symposium

Hosted by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and Sandia National Laboratories, this 3-day event in Santa Clara, CA, drew over 200 participants to learn about and discuss relevant issues surrounding PV performance, reliability, and [...]