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New research finds power in techno-economic comparison of bifacial and tracking PV systems combinations

Two photovoltaic cell sides are better than one, especially when trailing the sun, according to a recent Joule journal article published by an international group of scientists, including Sandian Joshua S. Stein. The researchers’ techno-economic comparison of combinations of bifacial and tracking PV systems found that double-sided (bifacial) solar panels -- and single-axis tracking technology [...]

By | 2020-06-10T16:15:51+00:00 June 10th, 2020|News, News & Events, Photovoltaic, Renewable Energy, Solar, Solar Newsletter|Comments Off on New research finds power in techno-economic comparison of bifacial and tracking PV systems combinations

SunPower and Sandia partnership leads to demonstration of innovative new module technology

Representatives from SunPower Corporation, a leading US solar manufacturer and global competitor, recently visited Sandia National Laboratories to inspect the manufacturer’s experimental photovoltaic (PV) system at the New Mexico Regional Test Center (RTC), co-located with Sandia’s Photovoltaic Systems Evaluation Laboratory, or PSEL. Dr. Laurie Burnham, Scientist and Lead Investigator for the RTC project, organized the [...]

By | 2020-04-09T15:39:11+00:00 February 3rd, 2020|Facilities, News, News & Events, Photovoltaic, Photovoltaic Regional Testing Center (PV RTC), Photovoltaic Systems Evaluation Laboratory (PSEL), Renewable Energy, Research & Capabilities, Solar, Solar Newsletter|Comments Off on SunPower and Sandia partnership leads to demonstration of innovative new module technology

Albuquerque to host 2020 SolarPACES Conference

The U.S. Department of Energy recently announced the 2020 SolarPACES conference will take place in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Conference-goers will have the opportunity to visit Sandia National Laboratories’ National Solar Thermal Test Facility and the Solana Concentrating Power Plant in Gila Bend, AZ. Under the International Energy Agency (IEA) Technology Collaboration Programme, SolarPACES coordinates and [...]

By | 2019-10-17T15:38:08+00:00 October 9th, 2019|Conferences, Energy, Events, National Solar Thermal Test Facility, News, News & Events, Renewable Energy, Solar, Videos|Comments Off on Albuquerque to host 2020 SolarPACES Conference

Nevada Regional Test Center touts facility’s benefits to state, solicits transition input from guests

On Aug. 28, 2019, an influential group pf policymakers, administrators and researchers toured the Nevada Regional Test Center (RTC) in Henderson, Nevada—currently one of several sites managed by Sandia National Laboratories (Sandia) for the U.S. Department of Energy—whose mission is to drive technical innovation in the solar sector as part of a broader national effort [...]

By | 2020-04-09T16:33:57+00:00 September 23rd, 2019|Energy, Energy Assurance, Energy Assurance, Facilities, News, News & Events, Partnership, Photovoltaic, Photovoltaic Regional Testing Center (PV RTC), Photovoltaic Systems Evaluation Laboratory (PSEL), Renewable Energy, Research & Capabilities, Solar, Solar Newsletter|Comments Off on Nevada Regional Test Center touts facility’s benefits to state, solicits transition input from guests

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 [...]

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 | 2019-11-20T21:47:47+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