Energy and Climate


Sandia Research on PV Arc-Fault Detection Submitted for US Patent

Sandia National Laboratories/Tigo Energy researchers recently submitted an application for a US patent related to research on arc-fault detection and circuit interruption in solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. Sandia’s patent-pending methods, filed as Identifying an Arc-Fault Type in Photovoltaic Arrays, allow AFCIs to distinguish between series and parallel faults. The 2011 National Electrical Code® requires PV […]

PV Plant Performance Technical Briefing Published in PV Power Tech

The state of the art in PV system monitoring is relatively simplistic, relying either on comparisons of outputs between various parts of the system (e.g., inverters) or on an evaluation of a performance metric that normalizes output to available irradiance and other environmental conditions. However, neither of these methods is very effective in discovering the source […]

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 […]

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