DOE SunShot Initiative

Combining ‘Tinkertoy’ Materials with Solar Cells for Increased Photovoltaic Efficiency

Sandia researchers have received a $1.2M award from the DOE’s SunShot Initiative to develop a technique that they believe will significantly improve photovoltaic (PV) materials efficiency and help make solar electricity cost-competitive with other energy sources.

The work builds on Sandia’s recent successes with metal-organic framework (MOF) materials by combining them with dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). DSSCs, […]

By |December 4th, 2014|Energy, Materials Science, News, News & Events, Photovoltaic, Renewable Energy, Research & Capabilities, Solar|Comments Off on Combining ‘Tinkertoy’ Materials with Solar Cells for Increased Photovoltaic Efficiency

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 […]

By |June 12th, 2014|Energy, News, News & Events, Photovoltaic, Renewable Energy, Solar, Solar Newsletter, SunShot, Systems Analysis|Comments Off on Planting the “SEEDS” of Solar Technology in the Home

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 […]

By |March 4th, 2014|Distribution Grid Integration, Energy, Grid Integration, Modeling & Analysis, News, News & Events, Partnership, Photovoltaic, Renewable Energy, SMART Grid, Solar, SunShot, Systems Analysis|Comments Off on Federal Electric Regulatory Commission Revised Its Small Generator Interconnection Procedure and Small Generator Interconnection Agreement

Sandia R&D Funded under New DOE SunShot Program

On October 22, the Department of Energy announced $60M in new awards to drive affordable, efficient so­lar power. The SunShot Physics of Reliability: Evaluating Design Insights for Component Technologies in Solar (PREDICTS) program is taking a physics- and chemistry-based approach to identifying solar product failure modes.
Module-level (~200 W) power electronics (MLPE), such as microinverters, microconverters, and […]

By |November 27th, 2013|Energy, News, News & Events, Partnership, Photovoltaic, Renewable Energy, Solar, Systems Analysis, Systems Engineering|Comments Off on Sandia R&D Funded under New DOE SunShot Program

Launch of Solar Testing Site in Vermont

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) joined representatives of Sandia, IBM, and the DOE in early November to announce the launch of the Vermont Photovoltaic Regional Test Center (RTC). The RTC will enable research on integrating solar panels into the statewide smart grid and help reduce the cost of solar power. The Vermont RTC is one […]

By |November 27th, 2013|Energy, Facilities, News, News & Events, Partnership, Photovoltaic, Photovoltaic Regional Testing Center (PV RTC), Renewable Energy, Solar, Solar Newsletter, SunShot|Comments Off on Launch of Solar Testing Site in Vermont

Sandia Report Offers Reliable Way to Evaluate Unintentional Islanding Risk

A recently released Sandia National Laboratories report, “Suggested Guidelines for Assessment of DG Unintentional Islanding Risk,” outlines a procedure to help utility distribution engineers determine the risk of unintentional islanding in distributed energy generation installations. By providing a quick and reliable way to identify situations in which such risk is negligible, Sandia’s approach can help […]

By |February 28th, 2013|DETL, Distribution Grid Integration, Energy, Energy Assurance, Energy Surety, Events, Grid Integration, Infrastructure Security, Microgrid, News & Events, Photovoltaic, Renewable Energy, Research & Capabilities, Solar, Solar Newsletter, SunShot|Comments Off on Sandia Report Offers Reliable Way to Evaluate Unintentional Islanding Risk

Solar Energy Research Institute for India and the United States Kick-Off

The purpose of the Solar Energy Research Institute for India and the United States (SERIIUS) is to establish a Joint Clean Energy R&D Center (JCERDC)—to create an environment for cooperation and innovation “without borders” in order to develop and improve emerging revolutionary solar electricity technologies and contribute to the long-term success of India’s Jawaharlal Nehru […]

By |November 27th, 2012|Concentrating Solar Power, Energy, National Solar Thermal Test Facility, News, News & Events, Partnership, Photovoltaic, Renewable Energy, Solar, SunShot|Comments Off on Solar Energy Research Institute for India and the United States Kick-Off

Sandia Wins Funding for High-Temperature Falling-Particle Solar-Energy Receiver

Sandia, with partners Georgia Tech, Bucknell University, King Saud University, and DLR (the Institute of Solar Research of the German Aerospace Center), was awarded funding to develop a concentrating solar power falling-particle receiver and heat-exchanger system under the DOE SunShot Initiative.

Conventional central receiver technologies are limited to temperatures of ~600 °C with power-cycle efficiencies ~40%. At […]

By |August 8th, 2012|Concentrating Solar Power, Energy, Facilities, National Solar Thermal Test Facility, News, News & Events, Renewable Energy, Solar, SunShot|Comments Off on Sandia Wins Funding for High-Temperature Falling-Particle Solar-Energy Receiver