jjohnson-award_cropSandia solar researcher Jay Johnson (in Sandia’s Photovoltaics and Distributed Systems Dept.) attended the SunSpec Alliance Annual Member’s Meeting in San Francisco last Spring and received the 2015 SunSpec McCulloch-Pitts Award in recognition of “innovation, collaboration, and general technical excellence in the area of distributed energy resource control automation.”

The award acknowledged Johnson’s collaborative research as part of a cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA) with the SunSpec Alliance. Under the CRADA, Sandia and the SunSpec Alliance are teamed to create a graphical user interface System Validation Platform to verify the functionality of distributed energy resources (DERs) equipped with advanced grid functionality and utility communication capabilities.

The work follows on Sandia’s publication of testing protocols for advanced grid inverters as a precursor to an international or updated Underwriters Laboratories 1741 certification standard. The objective is to address certification of DERs for advanced interoperability grid functionality defined in the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) Technical Report 61850-90-7.

SunSpec Alliance logoThe SunSpec Alliance is a trade alliance of solar and storage distributed energy industry participants. The organization pursues standards related to operational aspects of solar photovoltaic installations and energy storage.