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Sandia Expertise Guides New Photovoltaic Requirements

Sandia’s Photovoltaic (PV) Arc-Fault Detec­tion and Mitigation team has gained worldwide renown as a leader in the science of PV arc faults. As a driver of groundbreaking experimental and numerical simulations in this area, codes and standards bodies have called on Sandia to improve requirements for arc-fault cir­cuit interrupters. Sandia has advised the National Electrical [...]

By | 2016-12-02T18:49:06+00:00 January 8th, 2013|Energy, News, News & Events, Photovoltaic, Renewable Energy, Solar, Systems Analysis|Comments Off on Sandia Expertise Guides New Photovoltaic Requirements

MEPV Wins 2012 R&D100 Award

Sandia’s microsystems enabled photovoltaics, also known as “solar glitter,” captured a prestigious R&D 100 Award in this year’s contest. Microsystems enabled photovoltaics combine mature technology and tools currently used in microsystem production with groundbreaking advances in photovoltaic cell design. The cells are created using mature microdesign and microfabrication techniques, said Sandia researcher Vipin Gupta. The [...]

By | 2016-12-02T18:49:14+00:00 June 20th, 2012|Energy, News, Photovoltaic, Renewable Energy, Solar|Comments Off on MEPV Wins 2012 R&D100 Award

SunShot Grand Challenge: Regional Test Centers

Joshua Stein speaks about the benefits of the Regional Test Centers (RTCs) and how they will further advance the DOE SunShot goals.

By | 2016-12-09T18:02:27+00:00 June 18th, 2012|Energy, Events, News, News & Events, Photovoltaic, Renewable Energy, Solar, SunShot, Videos|Comments Off on SunShot Grand Challenge: Regional Test Centers

Sandia Tool Determines Value of Solar Photovoltaic Power Systems

Consistent appraisals of homes and businesses outfitted with photovoltaic (PV) installations are a real challenge for the nation’s real estate industry, but a new tool developed by Sandia National Laboratories and Solar Power Electric™ and licensed by Sandia addresses that issue. Sandia scientists, in partnership with Jamie Johnson of Solar Power Electric™, have [...]

By | 2016-05-09T14:04:04+00:00 February 6th, 2012|Energy, News, News & Events, Partnership, Photovoltaic, Renewable Energy, Solar|Comments Off on Sandia Tool Determines Value of Solar Photovoltaic Power Systems

PV Value®

The PV Value® tool is now being developed and maintained by Energy Sense Finance, LLC, with funding provided by the DOE SunShot Small Business Innovative Research program. The tool is still free, though improved with a design to support multiple web browsers and mobile devices, including tablets and smartphones. The spreadsheet version of PV Value® [...]

By | 2017-09-20T19:01:21+00:00 January 24th, 2012|Comments Off on PV Value®

Greg Nielson Featured in Innovation Magazine

Sandia researcher Greg Nielson, team leader on the Microsystems-Enabled Photovoltaic cell project, was featured in the October/November 2011 issue of Innovation Magazine.

By | 2016-12-02T18:49:20+00:00 October 31st, 2011|Energy, News, Photovoltaic, Renewable Energy, Solar|Comments Off on Greg Nielson Featured in Innovation Magazine

Glitter-Sized Photovoltaic Cells in Utility-Scale Solar Power Systems

Sandia National Laboratories will begin researching how to use glitter-sized photovoltaic cells in utility-scale solar power systems, which eventually could cut the costs of solar panels in half and nearly double their efficiency. Sandia’s work with industry, other labs and universities to improve the design, materials and manufacturing processes of the Microsystems-Enabled Photovoltaic [...]

By | 2016-12-02T18:49:20+00:00 October 17th, 2011|Energy, News, Photovoltaic, Renewable Energy, Solar|Comments Off on Glitter-Sized Photovoltaic Cells in Utility-Scale Solar Power Systems

PV Reliability & Performance Model

This Web Demo model is a simplified “player” version of the Photovoltaic Reliability Performance Model (PV-RPM) currently in development at Sandia National Laboratories (SNL). The PV-RPM is built using the GoldSim™ Probabilistic Simulation Environment. The PV-RPM allows the user to define a PV system (inverters, modules, tracking, etc.) and select or input weather data, and [...]

By | 2017-08-14T17:33:13+00:00 October 10th, 2011|Comments Off on PV Reliability & Performance Model

PV Publications

Recent Publications, Listed by Date. Click on publication title to view, right click to download. All files are in PDF format (download Adobe Reader). 2017 Papers and Publications C. Lai, N. Jacobs, S. Hossain-McKenzie, C. Carter, P. Cordeiro, I. Onunkwo, J. Johnson (2017) Cyber Security Primer for DER Vendors, Aggregators, and Grid Operators, SAND2017-13113 Jay Johnson (2017), Roadmap for Photovoltaic Cyber [...]

By | 2018-01-18T18:42:54+00:00 April 22nd, 2011|Comments Off on PV Publications

Photovoltaics

Photovoltaics Focused on developing cost-effective, reliable photovoltaic energy systems and accelerating the integration of PV technology in the United States and globally. Research Areas PV Performance and Reliability Grid Integration Materials & Fabrication Balance of Systems and Soft Costs R&D Facilities Photovoltaic Systems Evaluation Lab [...]

By | 2018-05-21T19:44:35+00:00 April 20th, 2011|Comments Off on Photovoltaics