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Sandia’s NSTTF to test new particle receiver technology

September 16th, 2020|

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Technology Transitions has awarded $750,000 to Sandia National Laboratories to help test German Aerospace Center’s (DLR) Centrifugal Receiver (The CentRec). Image of The CentRec setup at the [...]

Sandia’s NSTTF facilitates ground-breaking experiments this summer

July 16th, 2020|

World’s first particle-to-supercritical CO2 heat-exchanger system and on-sun falling particle receiver connected to a supercritical CO2 loop testing to take place Heat exchanger installed in particle receiver assembly Sandia National Laboratories’ National Solar [...]

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

June 10th, 2020|

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 [...]

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

February 3rd, 2020|

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 [...]

Albuquerque to host 2020 SolarPACES Conference

October 9th, 2019|

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 [...]

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

September 23rd, 2019|

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. [...]

PSEL wraps up testing on non-reflective solar panels for arrays in glare-sensitive locations

August 6th, 2019|

Sandia 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. The collaboration will shift to the PV [...]

New advances in power distribution grid modeling focus of Sandia research

July 15th, 2019|

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 [...]

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

July 3rd, 2019|

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, [...]

Sandia technology may substantially reduce thermoelectric power water usage

June 6th, 2019|

Thanks to technology created by Sandia researchers, cooling power plants using significantly less water may someday be a reality. The technology uses a thermodynamic cycle for a cooling loop that makes it easier to transfer [...]

2019 PV Systems Symposium begins May 14th

May 13th, 2019|

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 [...]

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

May 7th, 2019|

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 [...]

MOU launches collaboration to study photovoltaic performance and reliability worldwide

May 2nd, 2019|

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 [...]

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

October 29th, 2018|

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, [...]

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

May 16th, 2018|

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 [...]

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

April 2nd, 2018|

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 [...]

Sandia’s Kenneth Armijo Featured in UNM Alumni Spring Magazine

March 23rd, 2018|

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 [...]

Sandia Joins Senator Martin Heinrich in Launching the Solar Toolkit

March 6th, 2018|

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 [...]

Tower Illuminance Model Investigates Glare and Avian-Flux Hazards at CSP Towers

February 27th, 2018|

Solar glare reflections and avian solar-flux hazards are an important concern for concentrating solar installations. Reflected sunlight from “standby” heliostats has been noted by pilots as potentially hazardous, and reports of birds being singed by [...]

PV Reliability Workshop Convenes Solar Technology Experts

January 29th, 2018|

The ninth annual PV Reliability Workshop will be held February 27 to March 1 in Lakewood Colorado, near the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) campus. The event, hosted by NREL in partnership with Sandia and [...]

Apply by February 19th for Indian Energy Summer Internship Program

January 25th, 2018|

The Department of Energy Office of Indian Energy is now accepting applications for a 12-week summer internship at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Participants receive hands-on experience with tribal renewable energy projects and [...]

Tour Sandia During the DuraMAT 2017 Fall Workshop

October 19th, 2017|

Sandia National Laboratories will host the two-day workshop, "Parallels in Materials Reliability and Predictive Simulation" November 7-8 at the Sheraton Uptown in Albuquerque, New Mexico. This workshop will focus on materials reliability, predictive simulation, and advanced [...]

Visit with Sandia at Solar Power International Sept 10-13

September 8th, 2017|

Sandia will be exhibiting at the largest solar trade show in North America, Solar Power International, in Las Vegas, NV Sept 10-13. Stop by booth #1457 to learn more about Sandia's solar power R&D capabilities in photovoltaics [...]

Sandia’s Solar Tower Welcomes the Eclipse!

August 21st, 2017|

Sandia solar energy researcher Josh Christian and his colleagues will investigate the effects of the eclipse on the ongoing research performed at the National Solar Thermal Test Facility Today, August 21st, the National [...]

Sandia National Laboratories to host a Tour of the Vermont Regional Test Center as part of the Catalyst of the Climate Economy Summit September 8, 2017

August 18th, 2017|

Catalysts of the Climate Economy is a 3-day national innovation summit, September 6-8 in Burlington, Vermont to bring together entrepreneurs, investors, and thought leaders who are accelerating economic development by solving the unprecedented challenges presented [...]

DOE SunShot Photo Contest: Earn Cash Prizes for Solar Energy Photos

July 26th, 2017|

The Energy Department’s SunShot Initiative is hosting the “Hit Me with Your SunShot” photo contest with up to $2,500 in cash prizes, including a $500 grand prize. This new photo contest wants to see how [...]

Webinar July 20: Using Machine Learning and Data Analysis to Improve Customer Acquisition and Marketing in Residential Solar

July 20th, 2017|

A free webinar on Thursday, July 20, 2017, from 1–2 p.m. ET, will share exciting new research by Sandia National Laboratories, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), and Vanderbilt University on how data analytics, machine learning, [...]

Regional Test Centers Validate the Performance of Solar PV Technologies in Multiple Climates, Annual Report Now Available

July 13th, 2017|

Sandia National Laboratories has published the first annual report detailing the progress of the US Department of Energy’s Regional Test Center (RTC) program, which is now working with 20 industry partners and has installed 549kW [...]

Modeling Tools, Control Strategies, and Improved Weather Forecasting Enable More Renewables on the Grid

June 28th, 2017|

Transitioning to a renewables-intensive future, a goal supported by many US states, presents numerous technical challenges. Distributed energy resources (DER), such as solar and wind, have variable power outputs that can impact grid performance and [...]

Register Now for the Sandia/NREL/SunSpec PV O&M Collaborative In-Person Workgroup Meeting

March 27th, 2017|

Sandia National Laboratories, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), The SunSpec Alliance, and Solarplaza invite you to attend an in-person workgroup meeting for a review of industry best practices and a sneak peek into the O&M [...]

Upcoming Webinar: Comparing the Abilities of Energy Storage, PV, and Other Distributed Energy Resources to Provide Grid Services, Monday, March 13, 3:00pm-4:30pm ET

March 3rd, 2017|

The grid is undergoing a transformation leading to greater utilization of Distributed Energy Resources (DER). DER devices include batteries, PV, and even aggregated hot water heaters or building lighting systems. At the core of this [...]

PV Tracking Technology call for papers

December 16th, 2016|

ASME Journal of Solar Energy Engineering Special Issue: Photovoltaic Tracking Technology Photovoltaic (PV) energy systems are becoming a larger share of electricity production, with over 230 GW installed worldwide. Much of this growth is being driven [...]

New consortium to reduce cost of solar modules

November 10th, 2016|

In order to accelerate solar module materials discovery and development, the DOE SunShot program awarded $30 million, over five years, to a national laboratory-led Energy Materials Network (EMN) Consortium focused on durable module materials, DuraMat. Module [...]

Join the team: Concentrating Solar Technologies Manager

November 9th, 2016|

We are looking for a dynamic individual with a passion for solar energy R&D to lead our Department and Programs. The National Solar Thermal Test Facility in Albuquerque, NM is the only facility of its [...]

Register for the PV Performance Modeling and Monitoring Workshop, October 24-25, 2016

September 29th, 2016|

Expert Workshop in Freiburg: Modeling and Monitoring of PV Systems The Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE is acting as host for this year’s “PV Performance Modeling and Monitoring Workshop”. Photovoltaics experts from around [...]

Sandia Labs Contributes to Solar Industry Innovation: A Partnership Story

July 8th, 2016|

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 [...]

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

July 7th, 2016|

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 [...]

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

July 7th, 2016|

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 [...]

Sandia Labs Engineer Recognized by IEEE

July 7th, 2016|

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 [...]

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

July 7th, 2016|

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 [...]

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

May 27th, 2016|

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 [...]

High-Temperature Falling Particle Receiver Reaches New Limits

May 27th, 2016|

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 [...]

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

May 27th, 2016|

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 [...]

Sandia Labs and EPRI Hosted the 2016 PV Systems Symposium

May 27th, 2016|

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 [...]

Sandia uses a few spectral measurements to enhance PV performance models

March 31st, 2016|

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: [...]

Fault Detection Tool Project: Automatic Discovery of Faults using Machine Learning

March 31st, 2016|

Advanced monitoring of photovoltaic (PV) systems can ensure efficient operations, but extensive monitoring of large quantities of data can be cumbersome for the individual analyst. To address this challenge, Sandia National Laboratories' Fault Detection Tool project [...]

Preliminary Results of Bifacial Project Released on the PVPMC

March 31st, 2016|

As reported on the PV Performance Modeling Collaborative (PVPMC), Sandia Labs is leading a three-year research project to study bifacial photovoltaic technology and performance. The project is sponsored by SunShot, a U.S. Department of Energy program. [...]

Sandia Labs and NREL Hosted Successful 2016 PV Reliability Workshop

March 31st, 2016|

Sandia National Laboratories and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) jointly organized the annual Photovoltaic Module Reliability Workshop. The February 2016 event attracted nearly 300 photovoltaics (PV) experts from national laboratories, industry, and academia to discuss advances in photovoltaic system [...]

PREDICTS 1: Results of Module-Level Power Electronics Accelerated Testing

March 31st, 2016|

A project team led by Sandia National Labs, with partners at Arizona State and TUV Rheinland, has applied a suite of accelerated life tests to module-level power electronics (MLPE) devices to predict their reliability and durability in [...]

DOE selects two companies to work with Sandia solar energy programs

March 31st, 2016|

Assistant Secretary of Energy David Danielson announced the first-round awardees in DOE/EERE's Small Business Vouchers Pilot (SBV) that selects national laboratories to provide technical assistance to eligible small businesses. Sandia Labs’ solar energy programs are paired with two small businesses. Renewable Power [...]

Sandia Labs and EPRI to Host PV Symposium in May 2016

March 31st, 2016|

Sandia National Laboratories and the Electric Power Research Institute are pleased to host the 3rd PV Systems Symposium, May 9-11, 2016, on the technical challenges and opportunities related to solar photovoltaic (PV) systems and technologies. [...]

Sandia Labs high-flux solar simulator with one-of-a-kind capability

February 8th, 2016|

The High-Flux Solar Simulator with automated sample handling and exposure system (ASHES) is a one-of-a-kind capability which can be used 24/7 with metal-halide lamps.  ASHES provides accelerated lifetime aging tests for materials under high-temperature/high-flux conditions.  A [...]

Sandia and EPRI to host PV symposium in May 2016

February 6th, 2016|

Sandia National Laboratories and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) are pleased to host the third PV Systems Symposium, May 9-12, 2016, at the Biltmore Hotel in Santa Clara, CA, on technical issues related to [...]

NREL and Sandia host PV Module Reliability Workshop, Feb. 23-25, 2016

February 6th, 2016|

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Sandia National Laboratories are jointly organizing the annual PV Module Reliability Workshop. This year’s event, to be held February 23-25, 2016, in Lakewood, CO, will bring together photovoltaics (PV) experts [...]

Sandia defines solar variability zones

February 6th, 2016|

Sandia Labs has defined solar variability zones by modeling solar variability across the country using a combination of ground measured and satellite derived solar irradiance measurements. The zones represent the magnitude of high-frequency (sub-minute) solar [...]

Sandia Labs releases wavelet variability model (WVM)

February 6th, 2016|

When a single solar photovoltaic (PV) module is in full sunlight, then is shaded by a cloud, and is back in full sunlight in a matter of seconds, a sharp dip then increase in power [...]

Sandia Labs Releases New Version of PVLib Toolbox

February 6th, 2016|

Sandia has released version 1.3 of PVLib, its widely used Matlab toolbox for modeling photovoltaic (PV) power systems.  The version 1.3 release includes the following added functions: functions to estimate parameters for popular PV module [...]

Largest Reduction of Solar Energy in 24 Years Recorded at PSEL Linked to El Niño

February 6th, 2016|

Since before 1990, Sandia’s Photovoltaic (PV) System Evaluation Lab (PSEL) has been comprehensively recording solar irradiance data to accompany its outdoor PV testing. The unusual dip in 2015 solar energy at the facility prompted us [...]

GridPV Toolbox Version 2 Now Available

February 6th, 2016|

The GridPV toolbox, co-developed by Georgia Institute of Technology and Sandia National Laboratories, models and simulates the integration of the distributed, or local, power generation into the electric power system. Simulations with this tool can [...]

Sandia’s Continuously Recirculating Falling-Particle Receiver Placed Atop the Solar Tower

February 6th, 2016|

Sandia began first-of-its-kind testing using its continuously recirculating falling-particle receiver atop the National Solar Thermal Test Facility (NSTTF). The falling-particle receiver drops sand-like ceramic particles through NSTTF’s concentrated sunlight beam, capturing and storing the heated [...]

Sandia Labs conducts PV research as part of ARPA-e MOSAIC program

February 5th, 2016|

Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Sandia National Laboratories have initiated a collaboration on Wafer-Level Integrated Concentrating Photovoltaics that reduces the complexity of tracking needs. The team’s innovative approach uses wafer-level micro-concentrators to significantly enhance sunlight [...]

Sandia’s Distributed Energy Lab Marks FY15 Accomplishments, Adds New Capabilities

February 5th, 2016|

Sandia Labs completed a number of enhancements to its Distributed Energy Technologies Laboratory (DETL) facility in 2015. Many of the updates extend cyber-security capabilities at DETL, such as Sandia’s ability to configure isolated networks for [...]

Sandia Publishes New Guide to Assist Homebuilders

January 6th, 2016|

Sandia National Laboratories led a working group on behalf of the DOE SunShot Initiative to develop a guide for communicating the financial benefits of including PV on new homes. The “Solar Basics for Homebuilders: Reducing [...]

New report offers best practice for transparent contract language of PV O&M agreements

December 7th, 2015|

With technical assistance from the PV industry, Sandia National Laboratories has identified both best-practice elements and gaps that must be addressed to improve communication of equipment operational states and failure modes for the benefit of [...]

Sandia Develops Stochastic Production Cost Model Simulator for Electric Power Systems

November 13th, 2015|

Sandia has developed a software toolkit that uses stochastic programming to perform power system production cost model simulations. Named PRESCIENT, the software produces probabilistic forecasts automatically from deterministic historical forecasts for load, solar, and/or wind [...]

4th PV Performance Modeling and Monitoring Workshop in Cologne, Germany, October 22-23, 2015

November 10th, 2015|

Approximately 220 solar energy experts from over 30 countries and four continents gathered for two days at the headquarters of TÜV Rheinland in Cologne Germany to discuss and share results related to predicting the performance [...]

Jeff Koplow Awarded SunShot Innovation Fellowship

October 23rd, 2015|

Jeff Koplow has been selected as the inaugural recipient of the Innovator in Residence Fellowship by the SunShot Initiative, a Department of Energy (DOE) enterprise to make solar energy fully cost-competitive with traditional energy sources [...]

University of Wisconsin–Sandia Team Awarded SunShot CSP: APOLLO Funding

October 21st, 2015|

With recently awarded funding from the US Department of Energy SunShot Initiative’s CSP: APOLLO Program (Concentrating Solar Power: Advanced Projects Offering Low LCOE Opportunities), Sandia is working with a team led by the University of [...]

Sandia Participates in Preparation of New Mexico Renewable Energy Storage Report

October 21st, 2015|

New Mexico Governor Martinez and Energy, Minerals, & Natural Resources Department Secretary Martin released the New Mexico Energy Policy and Implementation Plan in mid-September. New Mexico is one of the most energy-rich and energy-diverse states [...]

Sandia Research Aims to Enhance Understanding of Radiometric Instruments

September 23rd, 2015|

Sandia and Photovoltaic Performance Labs, Inc. have partnered on the PVSENSOR project to measure, characterize, and understand modern radiometric instrument intricacies. Such instruments are used to measure the amount of sunlight impinging on a plane [...]

Sandia’s Supercritical Carbon-Dioxide/Brayton-Cycle Laboratory Signs Important MOU with Industry Partners

September 23rd, 2015|

Sandia and eight other companies and research organizations* will collaborate to advance a distributed power system that can produce cleaner, more efficient electricity. The memorandum of understanding (MOU) focuses on developing an energy-conversion system based [...]

Stion Commissions PV System at Sandia Regional Test Center

September 23rd, 2015|

Stion PV system installed and the Sandia RTC site. Thin-film solar module manufacturer Stion has commissioned a 12 kW fixed latitude ground-mounted photovoltaic (PV) system at the DOE’s New Mexico Regional Test Center [...]

New Small Business Voucher Pilot Opens

September 23rd, 2015|

The highly anticipated Department of Energy (DOE) Small Business Vouchers (SBV) pilot opens for business today. Through the pilot, small businesses can apply to access the Department’s world-class facilities and an enterprise of more than 10,000 [...]

Sandia Rooftop PV Structural Report Webinar

September 18th, 2015|

A roof structure is made stronger by the system elements working together—much stronger than its main load-bearing element, the rafter, is alone. Current engineering analysis methods do not take this composite action into account [...]

Sandia to Discuss Energy-Storage Test Protocols at the European PV Solar Energy Conference

August 26th, 2015|

A residential distributed energy-storage unit being installed (top) and inspected (bottom). Researchers from Sandia will give a plenary talk on energy storage test protocols at the European PV Solar Energy Conference (EU PVSEC), [...]

Two Sandians Honored in 2015 Hispanic Engineer of the Year Awards

August 26th, 2015|

Sandia’s Abraham Ellis, manager of the Photovoltaic and Distributed Systems Dept., was awarded the 2015 Hispanic Engineer of the Year Award for “Outstanding Technical Achievement.” On Friday, August 7th, Great Minds in STEM™ [...]

Sandian Contributes to Western Electricity Coordinating Council Photovoltaic Power Plant Model Validation Guideline

August 21st, 2015|

Utility-scale PV systems connected to the transmission network must comply with NERC modeling, data, and analysis standards. WECC’s new “Central Station Photovoltaic Power Plant Model Validation Guideline” helps them with this requirement. (Photo credit: [...]

Sandia Research on Rooftop Structural Strength Gains Attention

July 29th, 2015|

A roof structure is made stronger by the system elements working together—much stronger than its main load-bearing element, the rafter, is alone. Current engineering analysis methods do not take this composite action into account [...]

Sandia Pilot Program to Assist Small Clean-Energy Companies

July 23rd, 2015|

The National Solar Thermal Test Facility at Sandia could be used for collaborative research through the Small Business Voucher Pilot. (Photo by Randy Montoya) The DOE chose Sandia as one of five leads [...]

Navy/Marine Engineering Command Visits Sandia

July 15th, 2015|

Our nation relies upon a network of radars across the country to support the missions of homeland defense/ security, flight safety, and weather forecasting. The air-surveillance environment contains within it clutter, both stationary and [...]

Australian Renewable-Energy Official Visits Sandia

July 15th, 2015|

Louise Vickery, General Manager, Renewable Futures at the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA). At the end of June, Louise Vickery, General Manager, Renewable Futures at the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) visited Sandia. [...]

Sandia Researcher Recognized at SunSpec Alliance Annual Meeting

July 15th, 2015|

Sandia solar researcher Jay Johnson (in Sandia’s Photovoltaics and Distributed Systems Dept.) attended the SunSpec Alliance Annual Member’s Meeting in San Francisco last Spring and received the 2015 SunSpec McCulloch-Pitts Award in recognition of “innovation, [...]

Sandia’s Continuously Recirculating Falling-Particle Receiver Emplaced at Top of Solar Tower

July 14th, 2015|

Sandia researchers are working to lower the cost of solar energy systems and improve efficiencies in a big way, thanks to a system of small particles. Technologists John Kelton and Daniel Ray (both in [...]

DOE-EERE Deputy Assistant Secretary Hollett Visits Sandia

July 9th, 2015|

DOE-EERE Deputy Assistant Secretary for Renewable Power, Douglas Hollett. (DOE photo) In his role as Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Deputy Assistant Secretary for Renewable Power, Douglas [...]

Energy Council Executive Committee Visits Sandia

July 9th, 2015|

The Energy Council pauses in their tour of the NSTTF. Energy Council legislators oversee energy and related environmental regulation in North American states/provinces where energy is important to the employment base and fiscal [...]

DOE EERE Technologist in Residence Pilot

June 1st, 2015|

The EERE Technologist in Residence pilot program is intended to catalyze strong national laboratory–industry relationships that result in significant growth in high-impact collaborative R&D. This pilot program’s goals are to increase collaborative R&D between national [...]

Sandians Win ‘Best Paper’ Award at Photovoltaic Conference in Japan

March 4th, 2015|

A research team that included Sandians Clifford Hansen and Joshua Stein (in Sandia’s Photovoltaic & Distributed Systems Integration Dept.) and Katherine Klise (in Sandia’s Geotechnology and Engineering Dept.) received a Best Paper Award for their [...]

Sandia Research on PV Arc-Fault Detection Submitted for US Patent

March 4th, 2015|

Different types of parallel arc-faults on the DC side of a PV array. Sandia National Laboratories/Tigo Energy researchers recently submitted an application for a US patent related to research on arc-fault detection and [...]

PV Plant Performance Technical Briefing Published in PV Power Tech

March 4th, 2015|

The state of the art in PV system monitoring is relatively simplistic, relying either on comparisons of outputs between various parts of the system (e.g., inverters) or on an evaluation of a performance metric that normalizes [...]

SolarReserve Is Testing Prototype Heliostats at NSTTF

March 3rd, 2015|

SolarReserve is testing engineering units at the National Solar Thermal Test Facility (NSTTF) operated by Sandia. The company says it decided to test its prototype heliostats at NSTTF because of Sandia’s, “knowledge and reputation in [...]

Price Premiums for Solar Home Sales

February 25th, 2015|

A Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) -led multi-institutional research team, with Sandia (Geoffrey Klise, in Sandia’s Earth Systems Analysis Dept., contributing the Sandia-developed PV Value whole-system appraisal tool, among other things), universities, and appraisers found [...]

Sandian Presents on PV Failure Analysis at European PV Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition (EU PVSC)

December 15th, 2014|

PV fault detection/monitoring system using machine-learning algorithms. A learning algorithm is trained to estimate power production based on meteorological data (irradiance, temperature, wind speed, etc.). This predic-tion is then compared to the actual power [...]

Sandian Recognized as a Top Professional in Energy

December 15th, 2014|

Sandia’s Kenneth Armijo (in the Photovoltaic & Distributed Systems Integration Dept.) was recognized in Hispanic Engineer and Information Technology magazine’s Fall 2014 issue as a “top professional in energy” in their article, “Where Does the [...]

Sandian Selected for Outstanding Engineer Award

December 10th, 2014|

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Region 6: Southwest Area (encompassing New Mexico, Arizona, California, and Nevada) has selected Dr. Jose Luis Cruz-Campa (in Sandia’s MEMS* Technologies Dept.) as the recipient of their [...]

PV Performance Modeling Collaborative’s New and Improved Website Is Launched

December 10th, 2014|

The PV Performance Modeling Collaborative (PVPMC) is excited to announce the launch of our newly redesigned Web site located at the new address: The new site’s homepage welcomes visitors with a clean uncluttered design, [...]

Combining ‘Tinkertoy’ Materials with Solar Cells for Increased Photovoltaic Efficiency

December 4th, 2014|

Sandia researchers have received a $1.2M award from the DOE’s SunShot Initiative to develop a technique that they believe will significantly improve photovoltaic (PV) materials efficiency and help make solar electricity cost-competitive with other energy sources. [...]

Video Available of MEPV Talk at September 6th TEDxABQ Event

December 4th, 2014|

During the TEDxABQ event, Sandia’s Vipin Gupta (in the Material, Devices, and Energy Technology Dept.) shared his team’s notable Microsystems-Enabled Photovoltaics (MEPV) Grand Challenge work before a packed house at UNM’s Popejoy hall. (View the [...]

Solar Regional Test Center in Vermont Achieves Milestone Installation

September 23rd, 2014|

Dr. Danielson and Sen. Sanders attend ribbon-cutting ceremony to commemorate the newly installed PV arrays at the Williston, Vermont, RTC site. The solar industry is now more than 60% of the way toward [...]

Sandia Report Presents Analysis of Glare Impacts of Ivanpah Solar Power Site

August 7th, 2014|

Photo of observed glare at ISEGS during aerial survey, April 24, 2014, 9:15–10:30 a.m. PDT. The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System (ISEGS) consists of three 459-ft-tall power towers and over 170,000 reflective heliostats [...]

Sandia Wins Award for Best Poster at 40th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialist Conference (PVSC)

August 7th, 2014|

  Texas A&M’s Zhan Wang (left) and Sandia’s Jay Johnson (right) receive their Best Poster award at PVSC. Sandia researcher Jay Johnson (in Sandia’s Photovoltaic & Distributed Systems Integration Dept.) and a collaborating [...]

Sandia Student Wins Best Paper Award at IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference

July 31st, 2014|

Matt Reno, a Georgia Tech student in Sandia’s Photovoltaic and Distributed Systems Dept. Matthew Reno, a Sandian and an electrical engineering PhD candidate at the Georgia Institute of Technology, was given a Best [...]

Mesa del Sol Project Is Finalist for International Smart Grid Action Network 2014 Award of Excellence

July 31st, 2014|

The microgrid powers Mesa del Sol’s Aperture Center, a 78,000-square-foot mixed-use commercial building at the center of Forest City’s Mesa del Sol model sustainable community. It is the heart of a planned community with [...]

High-Efficiency Solar Thermochemical Reactor for Hydrogen Production

July 9th, 2014|

On June 16th, the Department of Energy Fuel Cell Technology Office (FCTO) announced $20 million for 10 R&D projects to advance technologies that can economically produce and deliver hydrogen to power fuel cells from diverse, [...]

Novel Nanoparticle Production Method Could Lead to Better Lights, Lenses, Solar Cells

July 1st, 2014|

Sandia researchers Dale Huber (left) and Todd Monson have come up with an inexpensive way to synthesize TiO2 nanoparticles, which could be used in everything from solar cells to light-emitting diodes. (Photo by Randy [...]

Planting the “SEEDS” of Solar Technology in the Home

June 12th, 2014|

Sandia researcher Kiran Lakkaraju leads a modeling project that supports the goals of the DOE’s SunShot Initiative. The work aims to create a model that predicts household solar energy system purchases based on such [...]

Sandia Researchers Win CSP:ELEMENTS Funding Award

June 4th, 2014|

On May 21st, the Department of Energy SunShot Initiative announced $10M for six new R&D projects that will advance innovative concentrating solar power (CSP) technologies. The Concentrating Solar Power: Efficiently Leveraging Equilibrium Mechanisms for Engineering [...]

Sandian Selected for Outstanding Young Engineer Award

June 4th, 2014|

The Albuquerque Section of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has selected Dr. Jose Luis Cruz-Campa as the recipient of the 2014 Outstanding Young Engineer Award for his outstanding con­tributions to the electrical [...]

Materials Science and Engineering Support for Microsystems-Enabled Photovoltaic Grand Challenge Laboratory-Directed Research and Development Project

May 22nd, 2014|

Sandia’s Coatings and Surface Engineering, Packaging and Polymer Processing, and Organic Materials Science departments in the Materials Engineering Group have provided extensive support for the microsys­tems-enabled photovoltaic (MEPV) grand challenge laboratory-directed research and development (LDRD) [...]

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

May 21st, 2014|

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 [...]

Second Annual Electric Power Research Institute/Sandia Photovoltaic Systems Symposium

April 15th, 2014|

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: [...]

PV Value® Tool Featured at Washington D.C. Roundtable

April 1st, 2014|

Sandia researcher Geoff Klise worked with Solar Power Electric to develop a tool that can be used to appraise photovoltaic installations on homes and businesses. (Photo by Randy Montoya) Geoff Klise (in Sandia’s [...]

Solar Glare Hazard Analysis Tool Available for Download

March 13th, 2014|

Sandia developed the Solar Glare Hazard Analysis Tool (SGHAT), a web-based tool that predicts energy production and the potential for solar glare and ocular impacts from an array of photovoltaic (PV) panels. Glare viewed [...]

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

March 4th, 2014|

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 [...]

Sandia-Electric Power Research Institute Partnership Publishes Photovoltaic Reliability Report

January 21st, 2014|

Total Maintenance Actions per Component. This “button” chart shows the total number of maintenance actions across all system components per month. Color coding is used to differentiate each component. [Note: CTRLBRD = Inverter Control [...]

Sandia PV Team Publishes Book Chapter

January 21st, 2014|

The book, Solar Energy Forecasting and Resource Assessment, provides an authoritative voice on the accuracy of long-term resource projections and addresses grid operators’ concerns about variable short-term power generation, incorporating contributions from an internationally recognized [...]

Sandia R&D Funded under New DOE SunShot Program

November 27th, 2013|

On October 22, the Department of Energy announced $60M in new awards to drive affordable, efficient so­lar power. The SunShot Physics of Reliability: Evaluating Design Insights for Component Technologies in Solar (PREDICTS) program is taking [...]

Launch of Solar Testing Site in Vermont

November 27th, 2013|

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 to host PV Bankability workshop at Solar Power International (SPI) 2013

September 24th, 2013|

Sandia will host PV Bankability workshop at Solar Power International (SPI) 2013.  On October 21, Sandia’s Joshua Stein, Melissa Sisneros, and Bruce King (6112) will host a workshop on demonstrating strategies for defining the bankability [...]

Sandia Labs Harnesses the Sun’s Energy with Tiny Particles

September 20th, 2013|

Joshua Mark Christian (Concentrating Solar Technologies Dept.) working with the falling particle receiver, which more efficiently converts the sun’s energy to electricity in large-scale, concentrating solar power plants. (Photo by Randy Montoya) Engineers [...]

Sandia Will Host PV Bankability Workshop at Solar Power International (SPI) 2013

September 19th, 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, [...]

HelioVolt Modules Installed at RTC Sites

August 14th, 2013|

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 [...]

Sandia Participation in the 39th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists (PVSC) Conference

August 14th, 2013|

Matthew Reno presented a new method to streamline the interconnection study process by simplifying the complex system to an equivalent representation of the feeder with fewer buses while maintaining feeder topology as well as [...]

Sandia Wins Three R&D100 Awards

July 24th, 2013|

Glare viewed from the air traffic control tower at Manchester/Boston Regional Airport. (April 27, 2012, at 8:15 a.m.) Sandia researchers—competing in an international pool of uni­versities, corporations, and government labs—captured three R&D100 Awards [...]

Sandia Solar Energy Test System Cited in National Engineering Competition

May 16th, 2013|

The Molten Salt Test Loop at Sandia's National Solar Thermal Test Facility. Bridgers & Paxton Consulting Engineers, Inc., of Albuquerque, N.M., earned a National Recognition Award for exemplary engineering achievement in the American [...]

PV Paper Published in IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy

May 1st, 2013|

Matthew Lave is a Ph.D. student at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Matthew’s research focuses on variability analysis of solar radiation and solar power. His Ph.D. thesis is exploring upscaling and downscaling [...]

Sandia Workers Received Entrepreneurial Spirit Awards

April 3rd, 2013|

Jim Pacheco built a reputation in concentrating solar power and was recruited by several companies when the technology took off in the marketplace. (Photo by Randy Montoya) Jim Pacheco (now in the Active [...]

Sandians Joshua Stein and Bruce King Published in Photovoltaics International

April 3rd, 2013|

Standard steps in modeling PV plant performance (from the PV Performance Modeling Collaborative). The wide variety of PV system technologies and designs, site conditions, and operations strategies means that complex PV system performance [...]

Sandia and EMCORE: Solar Photovoltaics, Fiber Optics, MODE, and Energy Efficiency

March 29th, 2013|

The EMCORE headquarters building in the Sandia Science and Technology Park. MODE (MicroOptical Devices) was an Albuquerque-based start-up company founded by a group of Sandians who left Sandia under a special entrepreneurial program. [...]

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

March 21st, 2013|

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, [...]

ECIS-Princeton Power Systems, Inc.: Demand Response Inverter

March 19th, 2013|

Solar energy is both predictable—the sun rises and sets everyday—and intermittent—a passing cloud can reduce a 1 MW photovoltaic (PV) array from 100% of its power generating capacity to 10% in a matter of seconds. [...]

Release of Version 1.1 of the PV_LIB Toolbox for Matlab

March 7th, 2013|

The PV Performance Modeling Collaborative (PVPMC) recently released version 1.1 of the PV_LIB Toolbox for Matlab. The new version includes important bug fixes and many new and useful functions, including support for the single diode [...]

Sandia Offers Approach to Help Utilities Understand Effects of PV Variability on the Grid

March 7th, 2013|

The Distributed Energy Technologies Laboratory (DETL) at Sandia National Laboratories. A report released recently by Sandia National Laboratories, the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), and the Georgia Institute of Technology provides a unique [...]

ESTAP Webinar: Briefing on Sandia’s Maui Energy Storage Study

March 6th, 2013|

March 6, 2013 14:00 — 15:00 Eastern The Energy Storage Technology Advancement Partnership project of the Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA) and the Department of Energy is presenting a webinar featuring a case study conducted [...]

Sandia Report Offers Reliable Way to Evaluate Unintentional Islanding Risk

February 28th, 2013|

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. [...]

Improved Method to Measure Glare and Reflected Solar Irradiance

February 27th, 2013|

Sandia has developed a significantly cheaper, more efficient, and more accurate method of measuring the irradiance from solar reflections using a digital camera. Measurements of reflected solar irradiance is of great importance to industry, military, [...]

Photovoltaic (PV) Regional Test Center (RTC) Website Goes Live

February 26th, 2013|

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 [...]

Cool Earth Solar and Sandia Team Up in First-Ever Public-Private Partnership on Livermore Valley Open Campus

February 26th, 2013|

Cool Earth Solar CEO Rob Lamkin, left, and the former vice president of Sandia's California site, Rick Stulen, stand in front of one of the company’s inflated, concentrated photovoltaic units located at the Livermore [...]

Sandia Expertise Guides New Photovoltaic Requirements

January 8th, 2013|

Sandia’s Photovoltaic (PV) Arc-Fault Detec­tion and Mitigation team has gained worldwide renown as a leader in the science of PV arc faults. As a driver of groundbreaking experimental and numerical simulations in this area, codes [...]

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

January 8th, 2013|

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 [...]

Pratt Whitney Rocketdyne Testing

December 19th, 2012|

On November 24, 2012 the National Solar Thermal Test Facility (NSTTF) began testing of the Pratt Whitney Rocketdyne (PWR) solar receiver shroud.  Fifteen days of solar testing are scheduled for this testing.  The flux levels [...]

Excellence Award in the 2012 Facilities Environmental, Safety and Health Go Green Initiative

December 19th, 2012|

A team from Sandia National Laboratories’ (SNL) National Solar Thermal Test Facility (NSTTF) recently won a first place Excellence Award in the 2012 Facilities Environmental, Safety and Health Go Green Initiative of the Lockheed Martin [...]

Solar Energy Research Institute for India and the United States Kick-Off

November 27th, 2012|

A view of the solar tower/heliostat field at the National Solar Thermal Test Facility at Sandia National Laboratories. The purpose of the Solar Energy Research Institute for India and the United States (SERIIUS) [...]

Sandia to Co-Host International Workshop on Photovoltaics (PV) Penetration

November 13th, 2012|

Sandia National Laboratories, the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and European Distributed Energies Research Laboratories (DERlab) have organized a workshop on utility operating experience with high solar PV penetration levels. The workshop, “Utility Experience with [...]

Sandia Labs to Share Expertise with Navajo Nation

November 7th, 2012|

Sandia National Laboratories and the Navajo Nation announced an agreement in late October for the federal lab to provide technical assistance to the tribe as it develops energy resources on the sprawling reservation. The Navajo [...]

National Solar Thermal Testing Facility Beam Profiling

November 2nd, 2012|

On Thursday, June 7, we began beam profiling the NSTTF field heliostat beam.  Using the “Hot 80” heliostats aimed at a single aimpoint on a vertical target, the peak flux was 192 W/cm2.  Using the [...]

Molten Nitrate Salt Initial Flow Testing is a Tremendous Success

November 2nd, 2012|

  Molten Salt Test Loop North View The Molten Salt Test Loop (MSTL ) system at Sandia National Laboratories’ National Solar Thermal Test Facility (NSTTF) completed initial flow testing this week with great success.  [...]

Air Force Research Laboratory Testing

November 2nd, 2012|

Recently, personnel from the Air Force Research Laboratory in Albuquerque utilized the site at the National Solar Thermal Test Facility to evaluate seismic and optical activity from explosives set off at locations east and west [...]

Sandia to Study the Little Things

October 11th, 2012|

The Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies at Sandia recently received a $900,000 grant to investigate the tiniest parts of solar materials. The new grant, announced by the U.S. Department of Energy in late August, will fund development of [...]

Molten Salt Test Loop Melted Salt

October 10th, 2012|

The Molten Salt Test Loop (MSTL) team at Sandia National Laboratories melted 38 tonnes (84,000 pounds) of salt and filled the furnace of the MSTL system this week.  The salt melting was the culmination of [...]

Molten Salt Test Loop Commissioning

October 10th, 2012|

The Molten Salt Test Loop (MSTL) at Sandia National Laboratories’ National Solar Thermal Test Facility (NSTTF) has successfully completed commissioning and demonstrated outstanding performance and control throughout the full range of operating parameters. The commissioning [...]

Areva Solar and Sandia Labs Join Forces for CLFR Molten-Salt Storage

September 17th, 2012|

Areva Solar is collaborating with Sandia National Laboratories on a new concentrated solar power (CSP) installation with thermal energy storage. The CSP storage project combines Areva’s modular Compact Linear Fresnel Reflector (CLFR) solar design [...]

Dr. David Danielson Visit to NSTTF

September 10th, 2012|

   Dr. David Danielson visited Sandia National Laboratories and toured the National Solar Thermal Test Facility (NSTTF) on Wednesday, March 14. Dr. Danielson is the Assistant Secretary of the DOE EERE (Energy Efficiency and Renewable [...]

CSP Mid-Year FY12 AOP Review

September 10th, 2012|

 Sandia held its mid-year FY12 Annual Operating Plan (AOP) review for representatives from DOE HQ’s EERE Concentrating Solar Power Program, May 10-11, 2012 at Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM. The review covered seven agreement areas: [...]

Solar Power International (SPI) Workshop

September 10th, 2012|

Achieving High Penetrations of PV: Streamlining Interconnection and Managing Variability in a Utility Distribution System Friday, Sept 14, 2012, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Orange County Convention Center, West Concourse ‐ Room 306A This week [...]

Thermal Pulses for Boeing Test Article

September 6th, 2012|

On June 26 and 27, a series of exposures were made to multiple Boeing test articles using the heliostat field and the high speed shutter located at the test bay 140 above ground in the [...]

Molten Salt Test Loop Pump Installed

August 30th, 2012|

  The pump was delivered and installed in the Molten Salt Test Loop (MSTL) system at Sandia National Laboratories’ National Solar Thermal Test Facility (NSTTF). MSTL is designed to allow customers and internal researchers to [...]

NASA’s Solar Tower Test of the 1-Meter Aeroshell

August 23rd, 2012|

This test is part of a series in support of NASA’s In-Space Propulsion Technologies (ISPT) program. An aeroshell allows a spacecraft to use friction from a planet’s or moon’s atmosphere as a braking force—allowing the [...]

Air Force Research Laboratory Testing

August 17th, 2012|

Recently, personnel from the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) in Albuquerque utilized the site at the National Solar Thermal Test Facility (NSTTF) to evaluate seismic and optical activity from explosives set off at locations east [...]

Sandia Wins Funding for High-Temperature Falling-Particle Solar-Energy Receiver

August 8th, 2012|

Sandia, with partners Georgia Tech, Bucknell University, King Saud University, and DLR (the Institute of Solar Research of the German Aerospace Center), was awarded funding to develop a concentrating solar power falling-particle receiver [...]

Concentrating Solar Power Technical Management Position

July 12th, 2012|

This job opening is now closed An excellent opportunity exists for a technical manager who will help build our nation's renewable energy industry. The successful candidate will provide strategic and tactical direction for the Concentrating [...]

MEPV Wins 2012 R&D100 Award

June 20th, 2012|

Sandia’s microsystems enabled photovoltaics, also known as “solar glitter,” captured a prestigious R&D 100 Award in this year’s contest. Microsystems enabled photovoltaics combine mature technology and tools currently used in microsystem production with groundbreaking advances [...]

SunShot Grand Challenge: Regional Test Centers

June 18th, 2012|

Joshua Stein speaks about the benefits of the Regional Test Centers (RTCs) and how they will further advance the DOE SunShot goals.

Lab Breakthrough: Microelectronic Photovoltaics

June 13th, 2012|

Sandia National Laboratories semiconductor engineer Gregory Nielson and postdoctoral appointee Jose Luis Cruz-Campa recently took some time to discuss their breakthrough in photovoltaic (PV) technology. Their small, flexible photovoltaics are highly efficient and cost effective—the [...]

SunShot Grand Challenge Summit and Technology Forum

June 1st, 2012|

Sandia will be a participant in the upcoming SunShot Grand Challenge Summit and Technology Forum. The SunShot Initiative is leading the first in a series of Energy Department Grand Challenges that address the scientific, technological, [...]

Mesa del Sol Unveils First Smart Grid in the Nation

June 1st, 2012|

Mesa del Sol, Albuquerque’s visionary mixed-use, master planned community in the southern part of the city, once again made history when it unveiled its new Smart Grid System—the first of its kind in [...]

A Model for the Nation: Promoting Education and Innovation in Vermont’s Electricity Sector

May 8th, 2012|

We are pleased to announce the publication of "A Model for the Nation: Promoting Education and Innovation in Vermont's Electricity Sector," a 70-page report summarizing the activities and outcomes of our Vermont-Sandia partnership's initial year. [...]

Sandia Participates in the ARPA-E 2012 Energy Innovation Summit

February 29th, 2012|

Sandia has more than a dozen scientists and managers attending and participating in the ARPA-E summit's sessions and events. A recent highlight was the on-stage discussion between Energy Secretary Stephen Chu and Bill [...]

Sandia Tool Determines Value of Solar Photovoltaic Power Systems

February 6th, 2012|

Consistent appraisals of homes and businesses outfitted with photovoltaic (PV) installations are a real challenge for the nation’s real estate industry, but a new tool developed by Sandia National Laboratories and Solar Power [...]

Greg Nielson Featured in Innovation Magazine

October 31st, 2011|

Sandia researcher Greg Nielson, team leader on the Microsystems-Enabled Photovoltaic cell project, was featured in the October/November 2011 issue of Innovation Magazine.

Glitter-Sized Photovoltaic Cells in Utility-Scale Solar Power Systems

October 17th, 2011|

Sandia National Laboratories will begin researching how to use glitter-sized photovoltaic cells in utility-scale solar power systems, which eventually could cut the costs of solar panels in half and nearly double their efficiency. [...]