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New advances in power distribution grid modeling focus of Sandia research

By Dan Ware To better understand the impact of increasing amounts of privately-owned renewable energy and energy storage on the electric grid, major advances in developing more accurate electricity distribution grid models have been created by researchers at Sandia, in conjunction with researchers at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) in Palo Alto, California. These [...]

By | 2019-07-15T13:45:59+00:00 July 15th, 2019|Distribution Grid Integration, Energy Storage, Energy Storage Systems, Grid Integration, News, News & Events, Research & Capabilities, Solar|Comments Off on New advances in power distribution grid modeling focus of Sandia research

Rooftop solar panels get boost from Sandia tool that previews a year on grid in minutes

By Kristen Meub | Photo by Randy Montoya Homeowners and businesses may now have an easier time getting solar panels on rooftops thanks to software developed at Sandia. The new software can run a detailed, second-by-second simulation, known as quasi-static time series analysis, that shows utility companies how rooftop solar panels at a specific house [...]

By | 2019-07-03T14:56:56+00:00 July 3rd, 2019|Energy, News, News & Events, Partnership, Renewable Energy, Solar|Comments Off on Rooftop solar panels get boost from Sandia tool that previews a year on grid in minutes

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 [...]

By | 2019-05-13T20:37:37+00:00 May 13th, 2019|Conferences, Photovoltaic, Renewable Energy, Solar, Workshops|Comments Off on 2019 PV Systems Symposium begins May 14th

It’s official: pvlib-python designated a NumFOCUS affiliated project

pvlib-python is officially a NumFOCUS affiliated project. The non-profit organization NumFOCUS promotes sustainable, high-quality, open source code for reproducible scientific research. NumFOCUS recently bestowed the mark of quality on pvlib-python, placing the software in heady company with SciPy and Statsmodels, both go-to libraries for python code for scientific and statistical computation. Originally developed at Sandia [...]

By | 2019-05-07T15:10:44+00:00 May 7th, 2019|Energy, News, Partnership, Photovoltaic, Renewable Energy, Solar|Comments Off on It’s official: pvlib-python designated a NumFOCUS affiliated project

MOU launches collaboration to study photovoltaic performance and reliability worldwide

By Kelly Sullivan An international community of research institutions, led by Sandia National Laboratories and committed to sharing high-fidelity data to advance photovoltaic (PV) research and expand solar markets, will celebrate the signing of its Memorandum of Understanding at a face-to-face meeting in Munich, Germany, on May 14th. Called the Photo-Voltaic Collaborative to Advance Multiclimate [...]

By | 2019-05-06T20:44:14+00:00 May 2nd, 2019|Energy, Global Climate & Energy, Global Climate & Energy, News, News & Events, Partnership, Photovoltaic, Renewable Energy, Solar|Comments Off on MOU launches collaboration to study photovoltaic performance and reliability worldwide

Advanced CSP Collector Testing to take place at National Solar Thermal Test Facility

Also known as collectors, heliostats are large arrays of mirrors which collect and focus sunlight. In a concentrating solar power plant, the collectors focus sunlight on a centralized receiver. The receiver captures the heat, where it can be stored and used to produce power on demand. The unique capabilities and testing expertise of [...]

By | 2018-10-29T22:11:34+00:00 October 29th, 2018|News, Partnership, Renewable Energy, Solar|Comments Off on Advanced CSP Collector Testing to take place at National Solar Thermal Test Facility

Sandia’s High-Temperature Falling-Particle Receiver Among Next Generation Concentrating Solar Power Technologies

The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office has awarded $72 million to projects advancing high-temperature concentrating solar power systems, including the falling-particle receiver system developed collaboratively at Sandia. Sandia’s continuously recirculating high-temperature falling-particle receiver is one of three concentrating solar power projects funded to advance high-temperature concentrating solar power (CSP) systems through the [...]

By | 2018-05-16T22:19:03+00:00 May 16th, 2018|News & Events, Partnership, Renewable Energy, Solar|Comments Off on Sandia’s High-Temperature Falling-Particle Receiver Among Next Generation Concentrating Solar Power Technologies

Sandia’s Energy Programs Organize Three Symposia at Spring MRS Symposium, April 2-6

Researchers from Sandia’s energy programs have organized three symposia for the 2018 MRS Spring Meeting in Phoenix, AZ. The symposia sessions will discuss topics that include flow batteries for grid energy storage, harvesting natural and human-made energy sources, and solid-state super ion conductors: Symposium EN09: Materials and Systems for Grid Energy Storage—Redox Flow Batteries Phoenix [...]

By | 2018-04-02T16:47:48+00:00 April 2nd, 2018|Conferences, Distribution Grid Integration, Energy Storage, Energy Storage Systems, News, News & Events, Solar|Comments Off on Sandia’s Energy Programs Organize Three Symposia at Spring MRS Symposium, April 2-6

Sandia’s Kenneth Armijo Featured in UNM Alumni Spring Magazine

Photo courtesy of UNM Alumni Association: Kenneth Armijo at Sandia's National Solar Thermal Test Facility. Kenneth Armijo, a senior member of technical staff in Sandia’s Concentrating Solar Technologies department, was recently featured in the Spring issue of the University of New Mexico Alumni Association’s Magazine, Mirage. In the article, Kenneth recounts how his [...]

By | 2018-03-23T17:06:53+00:00 March 23rd, 2018|Concentrating Solar Power, National Solar Thermal Test Facility, News, Solar, Staff|Comments Off on Sandia’s Kenneth Armijo Featured in UNM Alumni Spring Magazine

Sandia Joins Senator Martin Heinrich in Launching the Solar Toolkit

Sandra Begay speaking at the Solar Toolkit launch held by Senator Martin Heinrich at the CNM Workforce Training Center. Sandia’s Indian Energy program lead Sandra Begay and Renewable Energy Technologies senior manager Amy Halloran joined U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich and others in celebrating the release of Heinrich’s Solar Toolkit, created to connect New [...]

By | 2018-03-06T19:22:43+00:00 March 6th, 2018|News, Solar|Comments Off on Sandia Joins Senator Martin Heinrich in Launching the Solar Toolkit