Sandians Win ‘Best Paper’ Award at Photovoltaic Conference in Japan

A research team that included Sandians Clifford Hansen and Joshua Stein (in Sandia’s Photovoltaic & Distributed Systems Integration Dept.) and Katherine Klise (in Sandia’s Geotechnology and Engineering Dept.) received a Best Paper Award for their work “Photovoltaic System Model Calibration Using Monitored System Data,” presented at the 6th World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion (WCPEC) […]

Sandia Research on PV Arc-Fault Detection Submitted for US Patent

Sandia National Laboratories/Tigo Energy researchers recently submitted an application for a US patent related to research on arc-fault detection and circuit interruption in solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. Sandia’s patent-pending methods, filed as Identifying an Arc-Fault Type in Photovoltaic Arrays, allow AFCIs to distinguish between series and parallel faults.

The 2011 National Electrical Code® requires PV DC […]

PV Plant Performance Technical Briefing Published in PV Power Tech

The state of the art in PV system monitoring is relatively simplistic, relying either on comparisons of outputs between various parts of the system (e.g., inverters) or on an evaluation of a performance metric that normalizes output to available irradiance and other environmental conditions. However, neither of these methods is very effective in discovering the source […]

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Sandian Presents on PV Failure Analysis at European PV Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition (EU PVSC)

Sandia researcher Joshua Stein (in Sandia’s Photovoltaic & Distributed Systems Integration Dept.) highlighted novel PV array monitoring strategies at a PV Performance Analysis and Module Reliability workshop held at the European PV Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The talk was coauthored by Mike Green from MG Lightning Electrical Engineering in Israel.

Under the […]

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Sandian Recognized as a Top Professional in Energy

Sandia’s Kenneth Armijo (in the Photovoltaic & Distributed Systems Integration Dept.) was recognized in Hispanic Engineer and Information Technology magazine’s Fall 2014 issue as a “top professional in energy” in their article, “Where Does the Energy Sector Find Its Next-Gen Stars?”

Dr. Armijo is a research scientist who holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the […]

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Solar Regional Test Center in Vermont Achieves Milestone Installation

The 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 partnership […]

Planting the “SEEDS” of Solar Technology in the Home

To 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 […]

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Sandia-AREVA Commission Solar Thermal/Molten Salt Energy-Storage Demonstration

AREVA 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 molten-salt […]

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Second Annual Electric Power Research Institute/Sandia Photovoltaic Systems Symposium

Sandia 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 Joshua Stein (Photovoltaic & […]

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Federal Electric Regulatory Commission Revised Its Small Generator Interconnection Procedure and Small Generator Interconnection Agreement

After 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 […]

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