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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

Sandia Will Host PV Bankability Workshop at Solar Power International (SPI) 2013

On October 21, Sandia’s Joshua Stein, Melissa Sisneros, and Bruce King (all in the Photovoltaic & Distributed Systems Integration Dept.) will host a workshop on demonstrating strategies for defining the bankability of new PV products, “Driving the Commercialization of New Solar Technologies: What You Can Learn with the U.S. DOE Regional Test Centers toward Demonstrating [...]

HelioVolt Modules Installed at RTC Sites

The HelioVolt PV array installed at the Sandia RTC site. (Photo credit: Charles Robinson) HelioVolt, Sandia National Laboratories, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and the Florida Solar Energy Center are pleased to announce the successful grid connection of the first half of six arrays to be deployed at the U.S. Department of Energy
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By | 2016-12-02T18:48:53+00:00 August 14th, 2013|Energy, News, News & Events, Partnership, Photovoltaic, Photovoltaic Regional Testing Center (PV RTC), Renewable Energy, Solar, Solar Newsletter, SunShot|Comments Off on HelioVolt Modules Installed at RTC Sites

Sandia Wins Three R&D100 Awards

Glare viewed from the air traffic control tower at Manchester/Boston Regional Airport. (April 27, 2012, at 8:15 a.m.) Sandia researchers—competing in an international pool of uni­versities, corporations, and government labs—captured three R&D100 Awards in this year’s con­test. R&D Magazine presents the awards each year to researchers whom its editors and independ­ent judging panels [...]

By | 2016-12-02T18:48:55+00:00 July 24th, 2013|Concentrating Solar Power, Energy, Facilities, National Solar Thermal Test Facility, News, News & Events, Photovoltaic, Renewable Energy, Solar, Solar Newsletter|Comments Off on Sandia Wins Three R&D100 Awards

PV Paper Published in IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy

Matthew Lave is a Ph.D. student at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Matthew’s research focuses on variability analysis of solar radiation and solar power. His Ph.D. thesis is exploring upscaling and downscaling solar radiation time series using wavelets. Sandians Mathew Lave and Joshua Stein ( both in the Photovoltaics and Distributed [...]

By | 2016-12-02T18:48:59+00:00 May 1st, 2013|DETL, Energy, Facilities, News, News & Events, Photovoltaic, Photovoltaic Systems Evaluation Laboratory (PSEL), Renewable Energy, Solar, Solar Newsletter, Systems Analysis|Comments Off on PV Paper Published in IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy