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SunPower and Sandia partnership leads to demonstration of innovative new module technology

Representatives from SunPower Corporation, a leading US solar manufacturer and global competitor, recently visited Sandia National Laboratories to inspect the manufacturer’s experimental photovoltaic (PV) system at the New Mexico Regional Test Center (RTC), co-located with Sandia’s Photovoltaic Systems Evaluation Laboratory, or PSEL. Dr. Laurie Burnham, Scientist and Lead Investigator for the RTC project, organized the [...]

By | 2020-04-09T15:39:11+00:00 February 3rd, 2020|Facilities, News, News & Events, Photovoltaic, Photovoltaic Regional Testing Center (PV RTC), Photovoltaic Systems Evaluation Laboratory (PSEL), Renewable Energy, Research & Capabilities, Solar, Solar Newsletter|Comments Off on SunPower and Sandia partnership leads to demonstration of innovative new module technology

Nevada Regional Test Center touts facility’s benefits to state, solicits transition input from guests

On Aug. 28, 2019, an influential group pf policymakers, administrators and researchers toured the Nevada Regional Test Center (RTC) in Henderson, Nevada—currently one of several sites managed by Sandia National Laboratories (Sandia) for the U.S. Department of Energy—whose mission is to drive technical innovation in the solar sector as part of a broader national effort [...]

By | 2020-04-09T16:33:57+00:00 September 23rd, 2019|Energy, Energy Assurance, Energy Assurance, Facilities, News, News & Events, Partnership, Photovoltaic, Photovoltaic Regional Testing Center (PV RTC), Photovoltaic Systems Evaluation Laboratory (PSEL), Renewable Energy, Research & Capabilities, Solar, Solar Newsletter|Comments Off on Nevada Regional Test Center touts facility’s benefits to state, solicits transition input from guests

PSEL wraps up testing on non-reflective solar panels for arrays in glare-sensitive locations

Sandia National Laboratories’ Photovoltaic Systems Evaluation Laboratory (PSEL) is in the final phase of a collaborative research project with Nishati, a veteran-run manufacturer of light-weight, portable photovoltaic panels. The collaboration will shift to the PV Proving Grounds project at the end of the fiscal year. In 2016, Nishati sought Sandia assistance through the U.S. Department [...]

By | 2020-04-09T16:22:56+00:00 August 6th, 2019|News, News & Events, Photovoltaic, Photovoltaic Systems Evaluation Laboratory (PSEL), Renewable Energy, Solar Newsletter|Comments Off on PSEL wraps up testing on non-reflective solar panels for arrays in glare-sensitive locations

2019 PV Systems Symposium begins May 14th

The 2019 PV Systems Symposium will take place Tuesday, May 14, 2019 through Thursday, May 16, 2019, at the Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town in Albuquerque, NM. The three-day workshop will explore the technical challenges and opportunities related to PV Systems and their Grid Integration, and is co-sponsored by Sandia National Laboratories, CFV Solar Test [...]

Tour Sandia During the DuraMAT 2017 Fall Workshop

Sandia National Laboratories will host the two-day workshop, "Parallels in Materials Reliability and Predictive Simulation" November 7-8 at the Sheraton Uptown in Albuquerque, New Mexico. This workshop will focus on materials reliability, predictive simulation, and advanced characterization and will include presentations on research funded by the consortium as well as invited presentations by industry members. Sandia will [...]

By | 2017-10-19T20:07:53+00:00 October 19th, 2017|Materials Science, News, Photovoltaic, Photovoltaic Systems Evaluation Laboratory (PSEL), Workshops|Comments Off on Tour Sandia During the DuraMAT 2017 Fall Workshop

Sandia Labs’ Photovoltaic Systems Evaluation Lab (PSEL) Marks Accomplishments & Adds Capabilities

Bruce King, PSEL technical lead, in front of newly installed light soaking chamber. SandiaNational Laboratories completed a number of enhancements and expansions to its Photovoltaic Systems Evaluation Laboratory (PSEL) facility to expand indoor PV module characterization capabilities at PSEL and upgrade the outdoor laboratory. A new Atonometrics Light Soaking Chamber joins PSEL’s existing [...]

By | 2016-12-02T18:47:44+00:00 July 7th, 2016|News, Photovoltaic, Photovoltaic Systems Evaluation Laboratory (PSEL), Renewable Energy, Solar, Solar Newsletter, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Sandia Labs’ Photovoltaic Systems Evaluation Lab (PSEL) Marks Accomplishments & Adds Capabilities

Sandia uses a few spectral measurements to enhance PV performance models

The power generated by a PV cell depends on both the intensity and spectrum of the light incident on the cell. Silicon solar cells, for example, respond to both visible and near-infrared light, but differently: red light has more impact on PV power output than blue light. Accurately predicting power output requires accounting for the [...]

By | 2016-04-07T14:13:16+00:00 March 31st, 2016|Energy, Photovoltaic, Photovoltaic Systems Evaluation Laboratory (PSEL), Renewable Energy, Solar|Comments Off on Sandia uses a few spectral measurements to enhance PV performance models

Preliminary Results of Bifacial Project Released on the PVPMC

As reported on the PV Performance Modeling Collaborative (PVPMC), Sandia Labs is leading a three-year research project to study bifacial photovoltaic technology and performance. The project is sponsored by SunShot, a U.S. Department of Energy program. Conventional PV cells convert light hitting the front side of the cell to electricity. With a few extra processing steps, [...]

By | 2016-04-07T14:13:07+00:00 March 31st, 2016|Customers & Partners, Energy, Partnership, Photovoltaic, Photovoltaic Systems Evaluation Laboratory (PSEL), Renewable Energy, Research & Capabilities, Solar, SunShot|Comments Off on Preliminary Results of Bifacial Project Released on the PVPMC

Sandia Labs and NREL Hosted Successful 2016 PV Reliability Workshop

Sandia National Laboratories and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) jointly organized the annual Photovoltaic Module Reliability Workshop. The February 2016 event attracted nearly 300 photovoltaics (PV) experts from national laboratories, industry, and academia to discuss advances in photovoltaic system reliability and lifetime. Sandia’s Olga Lavrova gave the keynote presentation, “Overview of PV Systems Reliability”; Geoff Klise spoke on “PV [...]

By | 2016-09-26T17:12:31+00:00 March 31st, 2016|Photovoltaic Systems Evaluation Laboratory (PSEL), Renewable Energy, Seminars & Conferences, Solar|Comments Off on Sandia Labs and NREL Hosted Successful 2016 PV Reliability Workshop

DOE selects two companies to work with Sandia solar energy programs

Assistant Secretary of Energy David Danielson announced the first-round awardees in DOE/EERE's Small Business Vouchers Pilot (SBV) that selects national laboratories to provide technical assistance to eligible small businesses. Sandia Labs’ solar energy programs are paired with two small businesses. Renewable Power Conversion, Inc. (RPC) was awarded a voucher for its project “Advanced Functionality Testing of RPC PV Inverter." Sandia will work with RPC [...]

By | 2016-12-02T18:47:48+00:00 March 31st, 2016|Energy, Partnership, Photovoltaic, Photovoltaic Systems Evaluation Laboratory (PSEL), Renewable Energy, Solar|Comments Off on DOE selects two companies to work with Sandia solar energy programs