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Sandia Wins Award for Best Poster at 40th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialist Conference (PVSC)

  Texas A&M’s Zhan Wang (left) and Sandia’s Jay Johnson (right) receive their Best Poster award at PVSC. Sandia researcher Jay Johnson (in Sandia’s Photovoltaic & Distributed Systems Integration Dept.) and a collaborating team from Texas A&M University were recognized at the 40th Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) PVSC held in [...]

By | 2016-12-02T18:48:28+00:00 August 7th, 2014|Capabilities, DETL, Energy, Facilities, Materials Science, News, News & Events, Photovoltaic, Renewable Energy, Research & Capabilities, Solar, Solar Newsletter, Systems Analysis|Comments Off on Sandia Wins Award for Best Poster at 40th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialist Conference (PVSC)

Sandia Student Wins Best Paper Award at IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference

Matt Reno, a Georgia Tech student in Sandia’s Photovoltaic and Distributed Systems Dept. Matthew Reno, a Sandian and an electrical engineering PhD candidate at the Georgia Institute of Technology, was given a Best Student Paper award for research reported in, “Impact of PV Variability and Ramping Events on Distribution Voltage Regulation Equipment” at [...]

By | 2016-12-02T18:48:30+00:00 July 31st, 2014|DETL, Distribution Grid Integration, Energy, Energy Surety, Facilities, Grid Integration, Infrastructure Security, News, News & Events, Photovoltaic, Renewable Energy, Solar, Solar Newsletter, Systems Engineering|Comments Off on Sandia Student Wins Best Paper Award at IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference

Planting the “SEEDS” of Solar Technology in the Home

Sandia researcher Kiran Lakkaraju leads a modeling project that supports the goals of the DOE’s SunShot Initiative. The work aims to create a model that predicts household solar energy system purchases based on such variables as price, energy savings, environ-mental concerns, and other factors. (Photo by Randy Montoya) To better understand what persuades [...]

By | 2016-12-02T18:48:34+00:00 June 12th, 2014|Energy, News, News & Events, Photovoltaic, Renewable Energy, Solar, Solar Newsletter, SunShot, Systems Analysis|Comments Off on Planting the “SEEDS” of Solar Technology in the Home

Sandia-AREVA Commission Solar Thermal/Molten Salt Energy-Storage Demonstration

AREVA and Sandia began operations of their molten salt energy-storage demonstration plant designed specifically for use with AREVA’s compact linear Fresnel reflector (CLFR) technology. Funded partially by DOE, this full-scale project is being carried out at Sandia’s National Solar Thermal Test Facility (NSTTF) in Albuquerque. The demonstration project at the National Solar Thermal Test [...]

By | 2019-11-20T21:35:30+00:00 May 21st, 2014|Capabilities, Concentrating Solar Power, Energy, Energy Storage, Facilities, National Solar Thermal Test Facility, News, News & Events, Partnership, Renewable Energy, Research & Capabilities, Solar, Solar Newsletter, SunShot, Systems Engineering|Comments Off on Sandia-AREVA Commission Solar Thermal/Molten Salt Energy-Storage Demonstration

Second Annual Electric Power Research Institute/Sandia Photovoltaic Systems Symposium

Sandia and Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) are delighted to host the second joint symposium on technical issues related to photovoltaic (PV) systems and related technologies. This year, the symposium will cover three areas: Sandia researcher Matt Lave uses pyranometers like these to measure the amount of irradiance, or available sunlight. This device employs [...]

By | 2016-12-02T18:48:38+00:00 April 15th, 2014|Concentrating Solar Power, Distribution Grid Integration, Energy, Facilities, Grid Integration, News, News & Events, Photovoltaic, Photovoltaic Systems Evaluation Laboratory (PSEL), Renewable Energy, Solar, Solar Newsletter, SunShot, Systems Analysis|Comments Off on Second Annual Electric Power Research Institute/Sandia Photovoltaic Systems Symposium

PV Value® Tool Featured at Washington D.C. Roundtable

Sandia researcher Geoff Klise worked with Solar Power Electric to develop a tool that can be used to appraise photovoltaic installations on homes and businesses. (Photo by Randy Montoya) Geoff Klise (in Sandia’s Earth Systems Analysis Dept.) attended the 2014 Green Mortgage Appraisal Roundtable, hosted by the Federal Housing Administration–Single Family Housing Office [...]

By | 2016-12-02T18:48:39+00:00 April 1st, 2014|Energy, News, News & Events, Partnership, Photovoltaic, Renewable Energy, Solar, Solar Newsletter, Systems Analysis|Comments Off on PV Value® Tool Featured at Washington D.C. Roundtable

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. Glare viewed from the air traffic control tower at Manchester/Boston Regional Airport. SGHAT uses an interactive Google Maps interface together with [...]

By | 2016-12-02T18:48:41+00:00 March 13th, 2014|Energy, News, News & Events, Photovoltaic, Renewable Energy, Solar, Solar Newsletter|Comments Off on Solar Glare Hazard Analysis Tool Available for Download

Sandia-Electric Power Research Institute Partnership Publishes Photovoltaic Reliability Report

Total Maintenance Actions per Component. This “button” chart shows the total number of maintenance actions across all system components per month. Color coding is used to differentiate each component. [Note: CTRLBRD = Inverter Control Board; CRTLSW = Inverter Control Software; CPS = Inverter Control Power Supply; CYL = hydraulic cylinder; DAS = Data Acquisition [...]

By | 2016-12-02T18:48:44+00:00 January 21st, 2014|Energy, Facilities, Grid Integration, Modeling & Analysis, News, News & Events, Photovoltaic, Photovoltaic Systems Evaluation Laboratory (PSEL), Renewable Energy, Solar, Solar Newsletter, Systems Analysis|Comments Off on Sandia-Electric Power Research Institute Partnership Publishes Photovoltaic Reliability Report

Launch of Solar Testing Site in Vermont

Sandia's Steve Rottler delivers his remarks at the groundbreaking ceremony for the DOE-funded photovoltaic Regional Test Center (RTC) on the IBM campus in Williston, 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). [...]

By | 2016-12-02T18:48:45+00:00 November 27th, 2013|Energy, Facilities, News, News & Events, Partnership, Photovoltaic, Photovoltaic Regional Testing Center (PV RTC), Renewable Energy, Solar, Solar Newsletter, SunShot|Comments Off on Launch of Solar Testing Site in Vermont

Sandia Labs Harnesses the Sun’s Energy with Tiny Particles

Joshua Mark Christian (Concentrating Solar Technologies Dept.) working with the falling particle receiver, which more efficiently converts the sun’s energy to electricity in large-scale, concentrating solar power plants. (Photo by Randy Montoya) Engineers at Sandia, along with part­ner institutions Georgia Tech, Bucknell University, King Saud University, and the German Aerospace Center (DLR), are [...]

By | 2019-11-20T21:35:28+00:00 September 20th, 2013|Concentrating Solar Power, Energy, Facilities, Materials Science, National Solar Thermal Test Facility, News, News & Events, Renewable Energy, Solar, Solar Newsletter, Systems Analysis, Systems Engineering|Comments Off on Sandia Labs Harnesses the Sun’s Energy with Tiny Particles