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Tour Sandia During the DuraMAT 2017 Fall Workshop

Sandia National Laboratories will host the two-day workshop, "Parallels in Materials Reliability and Predictive Simulation" November 7-8 at the Sheraton Uptown in Albuquerque, New Mexico. This workshop will focus on materials reliability, predictive simulation, and advanced characterization and will include presentations on research funded by the consortium as well as invited presentations by industry members. Sandia will [...]

By | 2017-10-19T20:07:53+00:00 October 19th, 2017|Materials Science, News, Photovoltaic, Photovoltaic Systems Evaluation Laboratory (PSEL), Workshops|Comments Off on Tour Sandia During the DuraMAT 2017 Fall Workshop

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 PV module characterization capabilities at PSEL and upgrade the outdoor laboratory. A new Atonometrics Light Soaking Chamber joins PSEL’s existing [...]

By | 2016-12-02T18:47:44+00:00 July 7th, 2016|News, Photovoltaic, Photovoltaic Systems Evaluation Laboratory (PSEL), Renewable Energy, Solar, Solar Newsletter, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Sandia Labs’ Photovoltaic Systems Evaluation Lab (PSEL) Marks Accomplishments & Adds Capabilities

Sandia uses a few spectral measurements to enhance PV performance models

The power generated by a PV cell depends on both the intensity and spectrum of the light incident on the cell. Silicon solar cells, for example, respond to both visible and near-infrared light, but differently: red light has more impact on PV power output than blue light. Accurately predicting power output requires accounting for the [...]

By | 2016-04-07T14:13:16+00:00 March 31st, 2016|Energy, Photovoltaic, Photovoltaic Systems Evaluation Laboratory (PSEL), Renewable Energy, Solar|Comments Off on Sandia uses a few spectral measurements to enhance PV performance models

Preliminary Results of Bifacial Project Released on the PVPMC

As reported on the PV Performance Modeling Collaborative (PVPMC), Sandia Labs is leading a three-year research project to study bifacial photovoltaic technology and performance. The project is sponsored by SunShot, a U.S. Department of Energy program. Conventional PV cells convert light hitting the front side of the cell to electricity. With a few extra processing steps, [...]

By | 2016-04-07T14:13:07+00:00 March 31st, 2016|Customers & Partners, Energy, Partnership, Photovoltaic, Photovoltaic Systems Evaluation Laboratory (PSEL), Renewable Energy, Research & Capabilities, Solar, SunShot|Comments Off on Preliminary Results of Bifacial Project Released on the PVPMC

Sandia Labs and NREL Hosted Successful 2016 PV Reliability Workshop

Sandia National Laboratories and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) jointly organized the annual Photovoltaic Module Reliability Workshop. The February 2016 event attracted nearly 300 photovoltaics (PV) experts from national laboratories, industry, and academia to discuss advances in photovoltaic system reliability and lifetime. Sandia’s Olga Lavrova gave the keynote presentation, “Overview of PV Systems Reliability”; Geoff Klise spoke on “PV [...]

By | 2016-09-26T17:12:31+00:00 March 31st, 2016|Photovoltaic Systems Evaluation Laboratory (PSEL), Renewable Energy, Seminars & Conferences, Solar|Comments Off on Sandia Labs and NREL Hosted Successful 2016 PV Reliability Workshop

DOE selects two companies to work with Sandia solar energy programs

Assistant Secretary of Energy David Danielson announced the first-round awardees in DOE/EERE's Small Business Vouchers Pilot (SBV) that selects national laboratories to provide technical assistance to eligible small businesses. Sandia Labs’ solar energy programs are paired with two small businesses. Renewable Power Conversion, Inc. (RPC) was awarded a voucher for its project “Advanced Functionality Testing of RPC PV Inverter." Sandia will work with RPC [...]

By | 2016-12-02T18:47:48+00:00 March 31st, 2016|Energy, Partnership, Photovoltaic, Photovoltaic Systems Evaluation Laboratory (PSEL), Renewable Energy, Solar|Comments Off on DOE selects two companies to work with Sandia solar energy programs

Largest Reduction of Solar Energy in 24 Years Recorded at PSEL Linked to El Niño

Since before 1990, Sandia’s Photovoltaic (PV) System Evaluation Lab (PSEL) has been comprehensively recording solar irradiance data to accompany its outdoor PV testing. The unusual dip in 2015 solar energy at the facility prompted us to notice that other historic dips in the sun’s insolation, or the amount of sunlight shining on the earth, have [...]

By | 2016-02-10T18:55:12+00:00 February 6th, 2016|News, Photovoltaic Systems Evaluation Laboratory (PSEL), Solar|0 Comments

Sandia Research Aims to Enhance Understanding of Radiometric Instruments

Sandia and Photovoltaic Performance Labs, Inc. have partnered on the PVSENSOR project to measure, characterize, and understand modern radiometric instrument intricacies. Such instruments are used to measure the amount of sunlight impinging on a plane and are primarily used as reference devices for PV systems. Two identical sets of 21 radiometers are mounted on the [...]

New Small Business Voucher Pilot Opens

The highly anticipated Department of Energy (DOE) Small Business Vouchers (SBV) pilot opens for business today. Through the pilot, small businesses can apply to access the Department’s world-class facilities and an enterprise of more than 10,000 leading scientists and engineers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Lawrence Berkeley, Oak Ridge, Pacific Northwest, and Sandia national laboratories. [...]

DOE-EERE Deputy Assistant Secretary Hollett Visits Sandia

DOE-EERE Deputy Assistant Secretary for Renewable Power, Douglas Hollett. (DOE photo) In his role as Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Deputy Assistant Secretary for Renewable Power, Douglas Hollett oversees research, development, and demonstration of a diverse clean-energy portfolio that includes power generation from wind, solar, geothermal, conventional [...]