Cool Earth Solar CEO Rob Lamkin, left, and the former vice president of Sandia’s California site, Rick Stulen, stand in front of one of the company’s inflated, concentrated photovoltaic units located at the Livermore Valley Open Campus (LVOC). A new research agreement between the two organizations aims to make solar energy more affordable and accessible and demonstrates how the LVOC can foster new lab collaborations. (Photo by Randy Wong.)
In a public-private partnership that takes full advantage of the Livermore Valley Open Campus (LVOC) for the first time, Sandia National Laboratories and Cool Earth Solar (CES) have signed a cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA) that could make solar energy more affordable and accessible.
In this video, representatives from Sandia, CES, and leaders in California government all discuss the unique partnership and its expected impact.
This Sandia fact sheet describes some of the elements and goals/objectives of the Sandia–CES partnership.
The Sandia-CES CRADA goals include
- Addressing technical issues to facilitate large-scale manufacturing
- Optimizing essential system elements to bring this new, low-cost PV solution to market
- Helping CES meet U.S. low-cost and high-manufacturability goals embodied in the DOE SunShot Initiative
Sandia will employ solar/PV and engineering experience to help CES
- Characterize component and system performance
- Validate and verify their operational and predictive models regarding
- Power generating performance
- Overall system lifetime costs
Read the February 26, 2013, EC news post about the CRADA announcement.