PV Facilities

PSEL Fact Sheet
Sandia’s Photovoltaic Systems Evaluation Laboratory, or PSEL, provides expertise and test support within several facilities and outdoor sites for evaluating PV and other distributed energy technologies. It includes the following capabilities:

  • PV systems evaluations and optimization
  • field testing of arrays and systems in collaboration with system integrators
  • performance testing for modules, arrays, power inverters, charge controllers, and batteries
  • diagnosis of module reliability issues with manufacturing consultation
  • complete performance characterization of PV cells and photo sensors
  • calibration of PV reference cells, reference modules, and solar instruments
  • performance measurements on multiple, interacting distributed energy sources
  • on-site education and training on the attributes and limitations of photovoltaic and other distributed energy systems

DETL Fact Sheet
The Distributed Energy Technologies Laboratory (DETL) provides power electronics testing capabilities including island and campus grids, remote operations, and scaled portions of utility feeders and the transmission infrastructure. DETL includes a 480V, 3-phase microgrid, with interconnections to the utility grid and to various distributed energy resources including PV inverters, microturbines, fuel cells, reciprocating engine-generators, and electrical energy storage systems. DETL provides expertise and test support to perform the following functions:

  • Grid-connected performance evaluations (e.g., efficiency, distortion, power factor, response to abnormal grid conditions)
  • Off-grid (stand-alone) performance evaluations (e.g., transient response, compatibility with various load types, voltage and frequency regulations)
  • Specialized tests (e.g., radio-frequency emissions, “non-islanding inverter,” interactions of multiple sources on a common microgrid, surge tolerance)

DETL Fact Sheet
In support of Sandia’s mission to ensure the safety and security of the U.S. nuclear arsenal, the lab has a significant role in advancing the state-of-the-art in microsystems research and development. Microsystems incorporate radiation-hardened microelectronics as well as other advanced components such as micromachines, optoelectronics, and photonic systems. The MESA Complex is designed to integrate the numerous scientific disciplines necessary to produce functional, robust, integrated microsystems and represents the center of Sandia’s investment in microsystems research, development, and prototyping activities. This suite of facilities encompasses approximately 400,000 square feet and includes cleanroom facilities, laboratories and offices.

Partnering with Designated Capabilities

Sandia offers a range of partnership capabilities through which industry and academic partners can access the lab’s research expertise and facilities. Sandia collaborates to help its partners conduct innovative research, develop new ideas and expertise, and bring new technologies to market. A range of partnership opportunities exist at Sandia, including:

Sandia’s is also the lead laboratory for solar technology research under the U.S. Department of Energy’s Small Business Voucher Pilot (SBV) program. Through SBV, EERE is providing up to $20 million in vouchers so that small businesses can request technical assistance from national laboratories to help bring the next generation of clean technologies to market.

Photovoltaics and Distributed Systems Integration Program Manager
Abraham Ellis, Ph: 505.844.7717

PV Testing and Evaluation
Bruce King, Ph: 505.284.6571

PV Systems Reliability, Manufacturing, and Diagnostics
Olga Lavrova, Ph: 505-845-3166

Modeling and Analysis
Joshua Stein, Ph: 505.845.0936

Arc-Fault Detection and Mitigation
Jay Johnson, Ph: 505.284.9586

Distributed Energy Technologies Laboratory
Sigifredo Gonzalez, Ph: 505.845.8942

PV Systems Evaluation Laboratory
Bruce King, Ph: 505.284.6571

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