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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

Sandia Workers Received Entrepreneurial Spirit Awards

Jim Pacheco built a reputation in concentrating solar power and was recruited by several companies when the technology took off in the marketplace. (Photo by Randy Montoya) Jim Pacheco (now in the Active Response and Denial Dept.) received an Entrepreneurial Spirit Award for his participation in Sandia's Entrepreneurial Separation to Transfer Technology (ESTT) [...]

By | 2016-12-02T18:49:01+00:00 April 3rd, 2013|Concentrating Solar Power, Energy, Facilities, National Solar Thermal Test Facility, News, News & Events, Renewable Energy, Solar, Solar Newsletter|Comments Off on Sandia Workers Received Entrepreneurial Spirit Awards

Sandians Joshua Stein and Bruce King Published in Photovoltaics International

Standard steps in modeling PV plant performance (from the PV Performance Modeling Collaborative). The wide variety of PV system technologies and designs, site conditions, and operations strategies means that complex PV system performance models are needed to represent PV plant performance. While PV component and system costs are rapidly falling, the upfront costs [...]

By | 2017-01-03T17:48:06+00:00 April 3rd, 2013|Energy, Facilities, News, News & Events, Photovoltaic, Photovoltaic Systems Evaluation Laboratory (PSEL), Renewable Energy, Solar, Solar Newsletter, Systems Analysis|Comments Off on Sandians Joshua Stein and Bruce King Published in Photovoltaics International

Release of Version 1.1 of the PV_LIB Toolbox for Matlab

The PV Performance Modeling Collaborative (PVPMC) recently released version 1.1 of the PV_LIB Toolbox for Matlab. The new version includes important bug fixes and many new and useful functions, including support for the single diode module model, clear sky irradiance models, incident angle modifier models and more! Sandia facilitates the PVPMC, a group of over [...]

By | 2019-12-18T23:22:06+00:00 March 7th, 2013|Energy, Facilities, News, News & Events, Photovoltaic, Photovoltaic Systems Evaluation Laboratory (PSEL), Renewable Energy, Solar, Solar Newsletter, Systems Analysis|Comments Off on Release of Version 1.1 of the PV_LIB Toolbox for Matlab

Sandia Offers Approach to Help Utilities Understand Effects of PV Variability on the Grid

The Distributed Energy Technologies Laboratory (DETL) at Sandia National Laboratories. A report released recently by Sandia National Laboratories, the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), and the Georgia Institute of Technology provides a unique approach to help utilities assess the potential effects of high levels of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems on the grid. “Time [...]

By | 2016-12-02T18:49:03+00:00 March 7th, 2013|DETL, Distribution Grid Integration, Energy, Energy Surety, Facilities, Grid Integration, Infrastructure Security, Microgrid, News, News & Events, Photovoltaic, Renewable Energy, SMART Grid, Solar Newsletter, Systems Analysis, Systems Engineering|Comments Off on Sandia Offers Approach to Help Utilities Understand Effects of PV Variability on the Grid

Sandia Report Offers Reliable Way to Evaluate Unintentional Islanding Risk

A recently released Sandia National Laboratories report, "Suggested Guidelines for Assessment of DG Unintentional Islanding Risk," outlines a procedure to help utility distribution engineers determine the risk of unintentional islanding in distributed energy generation installations. By providing a quick and reliable way to identify situations in which such risk is negligible, Sandia’s approach can help [...]

By | 2015-07-11T03:01:51+00:00 February 28th, 2013|DETL, Distribution Grid Integration, Energy, Energy Assurance, Energy Surety, Events, Grid Integration, Infrastructure Security, Microgrid, News & Events, Photovoltaic, Renewable Energy, Research & Capabilities, Solar, Solar Newsletter, SunShot|Comments Off on Sandia Report Offers Reliable Way to Evaluate Unintentional Islanding Risk

Improved Method to Measure Glare and Reflected Solar Irradiance

Sandia has developed a significantly cheaper, more efficient, and more accurate method of measuring the irradiance from solar reflections using a digital camera. Measurements of reflected solar irradiance is of great importance to industry, military, and government agencies to assess potential impacts of glint and glare from growing numbers of solar power installations around the [...]

By | 2016-12-02T18:49:04+00:00 February 27th, 2013|Concentrating Solar Power, Energy, Facilities, National Solar Thermal Test Facility, News, News & Events, Photovoltaic, Renewable Energy, Research & Capabilities, Solar, Solar Newsletter|Comments Off on Improved Method to Measure Glare and Reflected Solar Irradiance