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New research finds power in techno-economic comparison of bifacial and tracking PV systems combinations

Two photovoltaic cell sides are better than one, especially when trailing the sun, according to a recent Joule journal article published by an international group of scientists, including Sandian Joshua S. Stein. The researchers’ techno-economic comparison of combinations of bifacial and tracking PV systems found that double-sided (bifacial) solar panels -- and single-axis tracking technology [...]

By | 2020-06-10T16:15:51+00:00 June 10th, 2020|News, News & Events, Photovoltaic, Renewable Energy, Solar, Solar Newsletter|Comments Off on New research finds power in techno-economic comparison of bifacial and tracking PV systems combinations

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 [...]

Modeling Tools, Control Strategies, and Improved Weather Forecasting Enable More Renewables on the Grid

Transitioning to a renewables-intensive future, a goal supported by many US states, presents numerous technical challenges. Distributed energy resources (DER), such as solar and wind, have variable power outputs that can impact grid performance and complicate utility operations. To enable greater deployment of DER requires an assembly of technical approaches and solutions, ranging from new [...]

By | 2017-07-24T19:57:40+00:00 June 28th, 2017|Distribution Grid Integration, Energy, Grid Integration, Infrastructure Security, News, Photovoltaic, Renewable Energy, Solar Newsletter|Comments Off on Modeling Tools, Control Strategies, and Improved Weather Forecasting Enable More Renewables on the Grid

Join the team: Concentrating Solar Technologies Manager

We are looking for a dynamic individual with a passion for solar energy R&D to lead our Department and Programs. The National Solar Thermal Test Facility in Albuquerque, NM is the only facility of its kind in the U.S., with research and test capabilities to evaluate CSP technologies. Work is focused on enabling today’s CSP [...]

By | 2016-12-02T18:47:42+00:00 November 9th, 2016|National Solar Thermal Test Facility, News, News & Events, Solar, Solar Newsletter|Comments Off on Join the team: Concentrating Solar Technologies Manager

Register for the PV Performance Modeling and Monitoring Workshop, October 24-25, 2016

Expert Workshop in Freiburg: Modeling and Monitoring of PV Systems The Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE is acting as host for this year’s “PV Performance Modeling and Monitoring Workshop”. Photovoltaics experts from around the world will meet in Freiburg’s Historisches Kaufhaus  (Historic Merchants’ Hall) for the event from October 24 to 25, 2016. [...]

By | 2017-02-02T20:01:14+00:00 September 29th, 2016|News, News & Events, Photovoltaic, Solar, Solar Newsletter|Comments Off on Register for the PV Performance Modeling and Monitoring Workshop, October 24-25, 2016

Sandia Labs Contributes to Solar Industry Innovation: A Partnership Story

Hearing of a current-voltage (IV) sweep (or tracing) product made by a small start-up company, Sandia contacted Stratasense to discuss its compact product that had three features for studying photovoltaic (PV) performance: (1) it was rated for mounting outdoors at the PV module, (2) it was self-powered, and (3) it wirelessly reported the IV sweep [...]

By | 2016-07-11T20:17:50+00:00 July 8th, 2016|Customers & Partners, News, Partnership, Photovoltaic, Renewable Energy, Solar, Solar Newsletter|Comments Off on Sandia Labs Contributes to Solar Industry Innovation: A Partnership Story

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