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Battling corrosion to keep solar panels humming

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — People think of corrosion as rust on cars or oxidation that blackens silver, but it also harms critical electronics and connections in solar panels, lowering the amount of electricity produced. “It’s challenging to predict and even more challenging to design ways to reduce it because it’s highly dependent on material and environmental […]

Sandia Labs tapped again to lead national solar evaluation centers

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Sandia National Laboratories won a three-year renewal of a Department of Energy contract to manage the U.S. Regional Test Centers (RTCs), a network of five sites across the country where industry can assess the performance, reliability and economic viability of solar photovoltaic (PV) technologies. The program currently has more than 12 industry […]

U.S. rooftops get a thumbs-up for solar after Sandia testing

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Most U.S. rooftops in good repair can take the weight of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. That’s the conclusion of a three-year study by a research team led by Sandia National Laboratories. “There is a misperception in the building industry that existing residential rooftops lack the strength to carry the weight load of […]

Clearing up cloudy understanding on solar power plant output

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Sandia National Laboratories engineers have been studying the most effective ways to use solar photovoltaic (PV) arrays — a clean, affordable and renewable way to keep the power on. Systems are relatively easy to install and have relatively small maintenance costs. They begin working immediately and can run unassisted for decades. But clouds could […]

Sandia helps DOE bring large-scale solar systems to market

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Sandia National Laboratories is advancing viable, low-carbon power through collaborating on five U.S. Regional Test Centers (RTCs) where industry can assess the performance, reliability and bankability of large-scale photovoltaic energy systems. “With the trend in the solar industry toward larger systems and greater capital investment – substantial amounts of money are going […]