Energy and Climate


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 Glare Hazard Analysis Tool Available for Download

Sandia developed the Solar Glare Hazard Analysis Tool (SGHAT), a web-based tool that predicts energy production and the potential for solar glare and ocular impacts from an array of photovoltaic (PV) panels. SGHAT uses an interactive Google Maps interface together with a few user-specified parameters such as orientation and tilt of the PV panels to […]

Sandia-Electric Power Research Institute Partnership Publishes Photovoltaic Reliability Report

Sandia and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) are jointly engaged in a multiple-year research effort to examine photovoltaic (PV) plant reliability performance obtained through documented field data. Findings and analyses, derived from the PV Reliability Operations Maintenance (PVROM) database, are intended to inform industry best practices around the optimal operations and maintenance (O&M) of […]

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, […]

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 […]

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