Energy and Climate

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). […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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