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Sandia Labs Contributes to Solar Industry Innovation: A Partnership Story

Hearing of a current-voltage (IV) sweep (or tracing) product made by a small start-up company, Sandia contacted Stratasense to discuss its compact product that had three features for studying photovoltaic (PV) performance: (1) it was rated for mounting outdoors at the PV module, (2) it was self-powered, and (3) it wirelessly reported the IV sweep [...]

By | 2016-07-11T20:17:50+00:00 July 8th, 2016|Customers & Partners, News, Partnership, Photovoltaic, Renewable Energy, Solar, Solar Newsletter|Comments Off on Sandia Labs Contributes to Solar Industry Innovation: A Partnership Story

Sandia Labs’ Photovoltaic Systems Evaluation Lab (PSEL) Marks Accomplishments & Adds Capabilities

Bruce King, PSEL technical lead, in front of newly installed light soaking chamber. SandiaNational Laboratories completed a number of enhancements and expansions to its Photovoltaic Systems Evaluation Laboratory (PSEL) facility to expand indoor PV module characterization capabilities at PSEL and upgrade the outdoor laboratory. A new Atonometrics Light Soaking Chamber joins PSEL’s existing [...]

By | 2016-12-02T18:47:44+00:00 July 7th, 2016|News, Photovoltaic, Photovoltaic Systems Evaluation Laboratory (PSEL), Renewable Energy, Solar, Solar Newsletter, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Sandia Labs’ Photovoltaic Systems Evaluation Lab (PSEL) Marks Accomplishments & Adds Capabilities

Sandia Labs Participated in CEM7 as Part of a Smart Grid Research Network

Sandia National Laboratories participates in the Smart Grid International Research Facility Network (SIRFN), a coordinated network of smart grid research and test facilities working on selected projects around the globe. SIRFN’s collaborative test and evaluation capabilities can be leveraged internationally to improve the design and implementation of smart grids. Interoperability test protocols are used to [...]

By | 2016-07-11T20:19:55+00:00 July 7th, 2016|Conferences, Events, News, News & Events, SMART Grid, Solar, Solar Newsletter|Comments Off on Sandia Labs Participated in CEM7 as Part of a Smart Grid Research Network

Sandia Labs Engineer Recognized by IEEE

Sandia Labs' Jay Johnson recently won the 2016 IEEE Albuquerque Section's "Outstanding Young Engineer" Award for his work in photovoltaic (PV) codes and standards. Jay was recognized for his involvement with several standards development organizations tasked with updating the Nation’s interconnection and interoperability standards for distributed energy resources (DER), including UL 1741 Supplement A, IEEE [...]

By | 2016-07-07T23:43:11+00:00 July 7th, 2016|News, Photovoltaic, Renewable Energy, Solar, Solar Newsletter|Comments Off on Sandia Labs Engineer Recognized by IEEE

Sandia Co-Organizing 6th PV Performance & Monitoring Workshop, Freiburg, Germany

The 6th PV Performance and Monitoring Workshop, October 24-25, 2016, hosted by Fraunhofer ISE, the IEA PVPS Task 13, and Sandia Labs, will include presentations in the following main topic areas: Solar Resource Data and Uncertainty Forecasting for PV Grid Integration PV Modeling Applications: Modeling Tool Updates & Moderated Panel Discussion Soiling and Effects on [...]

By | 2017-01-31T15:16:24+00:00 July 7th, 2016|Events, News, News & Events, Photovoltaic, Renewable Energy, Solar, Solar Newsletter, Workshops|Comments Off on Sandia Co-Organizing 6th PV Performance & Monitoring Workshop, Freiburg, Germany

Sandia National Laboratories Experts Co-Author DOE Reports on Grid Integration and Concentrating Solar Power

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently released On the Path to SunShot, a series of eight reports that takes stock of progress made halfway into the ten-year SunShot Initiative and highlights remaining opportunities for and barriers to achieving cost reductions by 2020. DOE originally launched the SunShot Initiative in 2011 to drive down the [...]

By | 2016-12-02T18:47:47+00:00 May 27th, 2016|Concentrating Solar Power, Energy, News, Photovoltaic, Publications, Renewable Energy, Solar, SunShot|Comments Off on Sandia National Laboratories Experts Co-Author DOE Reports on Grid Integration and Concentrating Solar Power

High-Temperature Falling Particle Receiver Reaches New Limits

At its National Solar Thermal Test Facility, Sandia National Laboratories recently completed a 3½-year project funded by DOE’s SunShot Initiative to develop a high-temperature falling particle receiver, in which sand-like ceramic particles are heated as they fall through a beam of highly concentrated sunlight focused by an array of mirrors.  The falling-particle receiver enables concentrated [...]

By | 2016-06-02T17:08:49+00:00 May 27th, 2016|Concentrating Solar Power, Energy, National Solar Thermal Test Facility, News, Renewable Energy, Solar, SunShot|Comments Off on High-Temperature Falling Particle Receiver Reaches New Limits

Sandia Labs Presents Grid Integration Research at IEEE PES T&D

Sandia photovoltaics researchers Robert Broderick (right) and Matthew Reno (left) presented their grid integration research at the IEEE PES T&D Conference & Exposition in early May in Dallas, TX. The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers convenes the Power Energy Society to address big ideas shaping innovation in energy transmission and distribution (T&D), and provide opportunities [...]

By | 2016-05-27T22:54:33+00:00 May 27th, 2016|Conferences, Energy, Grid Integration, News, Photovoltaic, Renewable Energy, Research & Capabilities, Solar|Comments Off on Sandia Labs Presents Grid Integration Research at IEEE PES T&D

Sandia Labs and EPRI Hosted the 2016 PV Systems Symposium

Hosted by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and Sandia National Laboratories, this 3-day event in Santa Clara, CA, drew over 200 participants to learn about and discuss relevant issues surrounding PV performance, reliability, and grid integration. The first day was devoted to the 5th PV Performance Modeling Workshop, covering several topics including solar resource [...]

By | 2016-05-27T22:47:46+00:00 May 27th, 2016|Energy, News, News & Events, Partnership, Photovoltaic, Renewable Energy, Seminars & Conferences, Solar|Comments Off on Sandia Labs and EPRI Hosted the 2016 PV Systems Symposium

Sandia uses a few spectral measurements to enhance PV performance models

The power generated by a PV cell depends on both the intensity and spectrum of the light incident on the cell. Silicon solar cells, for example, respond to both visible and near-infrared light, but differently: red light has more impact on PV power output than blue light. Accurately predicting power output requires accounting for the [...]

By | 2016-04-07T14:13:16+00:00 March 31st, 2016|Energy, Photovoltaic, Photovoltaic Systems Evaluation Laboratory (PSEL), Renewable Energy, Solar|Comments Off on Sandia uses a few spectral measurements to enhance PV performance models