PV News

  • Materials developed at Sandia help extinguish solar panel fires before they igniteAs solar panels become popular and their voltages increase, there is a need to have built-in capabilities to extinguish fires caused by arc-faults, which are high-power discharges of electricity that can create explosions or flash events due to damaged wires. Sandia National Laboratories researcher Kenny Armijo has spent 10 years working alongside other researchers at… … Read more
  • Sandia secures six regional technology transfer awardsFor responding with innovative solutions during the pandemic, developing solar cell and hydrogen research technology, and creatively working with companies, Sandia National Laboratories won six prestigious regional 2020 Federal Laboratory Consortium awards. The awards for the Mid-Continent and Far West regions put a spotlight on Sandia successes in transferring technology, partnerships and licensing. In addition,… … Read more
  • PSEL wraps up testing on non-reflective solar panels for arrays in glare-sensitive locationsSandia National Laboratories’ Photovoltaic Systems Evaluation Laboratory (PSEL) is in the final phase of a collaborative research project with Nishati, a veteran-run manufacturer of light-weight, portable photovoltaic panels. In 2016, Nishati sought Sandia assistance through the U.S. Department of Energy Small Business Vouchers (SBV) program to scale up its portable PV system into utility-grade equipment…. … Read more
  • New research finds power in techno-economic comparison of bifacial and tracking PV systems combinationsTwo 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… … Read more
  • SunPower and Sandia partnership leads to demonstration of innovative new module technologyRepresentatives 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… … Read more