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Sandia-AREVA Commission Solar Thermal/Molten Salt Energy-Storage Demonstration

AREVA and Sandia began operations of their molten salt energy-storage demonstration plant designed specifically for use with AREVA’s compact linear Fresnel reflector (CLFR) technology. Funded partially by DOE, this full-scale project is being carried out at Sandia’s National Solar Thermal Test Facility (NSTTF) in Albuquerque. The demonstration project at the National Solar Thermal Test [...]

By | 2016-12-02T18:48:36+00:00 May 21st, 2014|Capabilities, Concentrating Solar Power, Energy, Energy Storage, Facilities, National Solar Thermal Test Facility, News, News & Events, Partnership, Renewable Energy, Research & Capabilities, Solar, Solar Newsletter, SunShot, Systems Engineering|Comments Off on Sandia-AREVA Commission Solar Thermal/Molten Salt Energy-Storage Demonstration

Second Annual Electric Power Research Institute/Sandia Photovoltaic Systems Symposium

Sandia and Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) are delighted to host the second joint symposium on technical issues related to photovoltaic (PV) systems and related technologies. This year, the symposium will cover three areas: Sandia researcher Matt Lave uses pyranometers like these to measure the amount of irradiance, or available sunlight. This device employs [...]

By | 2016-12-02T18:48:38+00:00 April 15th, 2014|Concentrating Solar Power, Distribution Grid Integration, Energy, Facilities, Grid Integration, News, News & Events, Photovoltaic, Photovoltaic Systems Evaluation Laboratory (PSEL), Renewable Energy, Solar, Solar Newsletter, SunShot, Systems Analysis|Comments Off on Second Annual Electric Power Research Institute/Sandia Photovoltaic Systems Symposium

Federal Electric Regulatory Commission Revised Its Small Generator Interconnection Procedure and Small Generator Interconnection Agreement

After two years of industry consultation, the Federal Electric Regulatory Commission (FERC) has issued a final ruling on the much anticipated modification of the FERC Small Generator Interconnection Procedure (SGIP) which governs the interconnection of small generators (smaller than 20 MW) that sell wholesale electricity. The SGIP also serves as a template for state rules that [...]

By | 2016-12-02T18:48:42+00:00 March 4th, 2014|Distribution Grid Integration, Energy, Grid Integration, Modeling & Analysis, News, News & Events, Partnership, Photovoltaic, Renewable Energy, SMART Grid, Solar, SunShot, Systems Analysis|Comments Off on Federal Electric Regulatory Commission Revised Its Small Generator Interconnection Procedure and Small Generator Interconnection Agreement

Launch of Solar Testing Site in Vermont

Sandia's Steve Rottler delivers his remarks at the groundbreaking ceremony for the DOE-funded photovoltaic Regional Test Center (RTC) on the IBM campus in Williston, Vermont. U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) joined representatives of Sandia, IBM, and the DOE in early November to announce the launch of the Vermont Photovoltaic Regional Test Center (RTC). [...]

By | 2016-12-02T18:48:45+00:00 November 27th, 2013|Energy, Facilities, News, News & Events, Partnership, Photovoltaic, Photovoltaic Regional Testing Center (PV RTC), Renewable Energy, Solar, Solar Newsletter, SunShot|Comments Off on Launch of Solar Testing Site in Vermont

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, Endicott Interconnect Technologies, EMCORE, International Micro Industries, NREL, Universal Instruments: Solar Glitter

Sandia scientists have developed glitter-sized photovoltaic (PV) cells that have the potential to achieve the cost breakthrough necessary to move solar energy into widespread, portable use. From left to right, Sandia researchers Murat OKandan, Greg Nielson, and Jose Luis Cruz-Campa, hold prototype samples containing arrays of microsolar cells. Together, the cells and microscale lens [...]

By | 2016-12-02T18:49:02+00:00 March 21st, 2013|Capabilities, Energy, Partnership, Photovoltaic, Renewable Energy, Research & Capabilities, Solar, SunShot|Comments Off on Sandia, Endicott Interconnect Technologies, EMCORE, International Micro Industries, NREL, Universal Instruments: Solar Glitter

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

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

Solar Test Facility Upgrades Complete, Leading to Better Sandia Capabilities to Support Power Industry

A recent overhaul of the DOE’s National Solar Thermal Test Facility (NSTTF), operated by Sandia, is dramatically improving researchers’ ability to understand and use concentrating solar power (CSP). The $17.8M upgrade to the NSTTF adds state-of-the-art test capabilities, and the resulting research is expected to lead to more solar power use on the electric grid. [...]

By | 2016-12-02T18:49:07+00:00 January 8th, 2013|Concentrating Solar Power, Energy, Energy Storage, Facilities, National Solar Thermal Test Facility, News, News & Events, Recovery Act, Renewable Energy, Solar, SunShot|Comments Off on Solar Test Facility Upgrades Complete, Leading to Better Sandia Capabilities to Support Power Industry