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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 | 2013-03-07T12:51:23+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

Photovoltaic (PV) Regional Test Center (RTC) Website Goes Live

ECIS has developed a new external website to facilitate the functions of the five DOE RTCs—both interacting with each other to fulfill the overall DOE objectives and with partners in the U.S. PV industry. The site houses project updates, news, and events as well as controlled access for project file sharing. The DOE has commissioned [...]

By | 2016-12-02T18:49:04+00:00 February 26th, 2013|Energy, National Solar Thermal Test Facility, News, News & Events, Partnership, Photovoltaic, Photovoltaic Regional Testing Center (PV RTC), Renewable Energy, Solar, Solar Newsletter, SunShot|Comments Off on Photovoltaic (PV) Regional Test Center (RTC) Website Goes Live

Cool Earth Solar and Sandia Team Up in First-Ever Public-Private Partnership on Livermore Valley Open Campus

Cool Earth Solar CEO Rob Lamkin, left, and the former vice president of Sandia's California site, Rick Stulen, stand in front of one of the company’s inflated, concentrated photovoltaic units located at the Livermore Valley Open Campus (LVOC). A new research agreement between the two organizations aims to make solar energy more affordable and [...]

By | 2016-12-02T18:49:05+00:00 February 26th, 2013|Concentrating Solar Power, Energy, Livermore Valley Open Campus (LVOC), News, News & Events, Partnership, Photovoltaic, Renewable Energy, Solar, Solar Newsletter|Comments Off on Cool Earth Solar and Sandia Team Up in First-Ever Public-Private Partnership on Livermore Valley Open Campus

Pratt Whitney Rocketdyne Testing

On November 24, 2012 the National Solar Thermal Test Facility (NSTTF) began testing of the Pratt Whitney Rocketdyne (PWR) solar receiver shroud.  Fifteen days of solar testing are scheduled for this testing.  The flux levels on the shroud range between 100 and 500 suns.  The work is sponsored by PWR in cooperation with the Department [...]

By | 2019-11-20T21:35:27+00:00 December 19th, 2012|Concentrating Solar Power, EC, Energy, Facilities, National Solar Thermal Test Facility, News, News & Events, Partnership, Renewable Energy, Solar, Solar Newsletter|Comments Off on Pratt Whitney Rocketdyne Testing

Excellence Award in the 2012 Facilities Environmental, Safety and Health Go Green Initiative

A team from Sandia National Laboratories’ (SNL) National Solar Thermal Test Facility (NSTTF) recently won a first place Excellence Award in the 2012 Facilities Environmental, Safety and Health Go Green Initiative of the Lockheed Martin Electronics Systems Business Area. The award was given for an innovative means of disposing of 5000 mirrored glass facets that [...]

By | 2019-11-20T21:35:27+00:00 December 19th, 2012|Concentrating Solar Power, Energy, Events, Facilities, National Solar Thermal Test Facility, News, News & Events, Renewable Energy, Solar, Solar Newsletter|Comments Off on Excellence Award in the 2012 Facilities Environmental, Safety and Health Go Green Initiative