Distribution Grid Integration

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Tutorial on PV System Modeling

Modeling PV system performance involves a number of steps that are shown in the figure below. A more detailed explanation of each step is presented below the figure.

Irradiance and Weather – This step involves choosing a source for defining the site’s expected irradiance and weather conditions. Typical sources include: typical meteorological years (TMY), satellite-derived data, […]

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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 developed PV […]

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PV Value®

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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 […]

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PV Publications

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Microsystems Enabled Photovoltaics (MEPV)

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Advanced Research & Development

Today’s energy world requires dynamic, innovative thinking and the flexibility to rapidly accommodate changing market demands.  The solar photovoltaics (PV) industry has advanced significantly in recent years, yet the PV world of tomorrow has only been imagined.  Sandia National Laboratories contributes to the advancement of PV technology through research in advanced PV technologies, such as […]

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PV Modeling & Analysis

Sandia’s PV Modeling and Analysis team develops methods and tools to simulate PV system and component performance while exposed to different weather and environmental conditions. We leverage field and laboratory capabilities to characterize performance of modules, inverters, and other balance of system components to develop calibrated system models.


PV Performance Modeling Collaborative
Workshops and Conferences

2014 PV Performance Modeling […]

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