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  1. How Three Retail Buyers Source Large-Scale Solar Electricity

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Large-scale, non-utility solar power purchase agreements (PPAs) are still a rarity despite the growing popularity of PPAs across the country. In this webinar, participants will learn more about how...

  2. Barriers to commercialization of large-scale solar electricity: Lessions learned from the LUZ experience

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    Lotker, M. [Lotker (Michael), Westlake Village, CA (United States)

    1991-11-01

    This report discusses the economic and policy factors leading to the initial successful introduction of Luz International Limited`s Solar Electric Generating Systems (SEGS). It then addresses the wide range of barriers to continued SEGS commercialization, including state and federal tax policy, avoided cost energy pricing, artificial size limitations under the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA), the loss of effectiveness of PURPA itself, the lack of incentives available to utilities as owners of solar electric plants, and the limited ways in which the environmental benefits of this technology have been recognized. The way in which each of these barriers contributed to the suspension of new LUZ projects is highlighted. In addition, mitigation approaches to each of these barriers are suggested.

  3. High-Efficiency Solar Cells for Large-Scale Electricity Generation

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    Kurtz, S.; Olson, J.; Geisz, J.; Friedman, D.; McMahon, W.; Ptak, A.; Wanlass, M.; Kibbler, A.; Kramer, C.; Bertness, K.; Ward, S.; Duda, A.; Young, M.; Carapella, J.; Steiner, M.

    2008-09-26

    One strategy for helping the solar industry to grow faster is to use very high efficiency cells under concentrating optics. By using lenses or mirrors to concentrate the light, very small solar cells can be used, reducing the amount of semiconductor material and allowing use of higher efficiency cells, which are now >40% efficient.

  4. Roseville Electric- Solar Rebate Program

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Roseville Electric has implemented solar rebate programs in order to meet the three statewide goals in Senate Bill 1: to install 3,000 megawatts (MW) of distributed solar PV by the end of 2016, to...

  5. Tampa Electric- Solar Rebate Program

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Tampa Electric provides financial incentives to customers who install solar-energy systems on their homes and businesses. Customers who install eligible solar water heating systems may receive a ...

  6. The potential of large germanium detector arrays for solar-axion searches utilizing the axio-electric effect for detection

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    F. T. Avignone III

    2009-02-02

    The sensitivities of large arrays of low-background germanium detectors for solar axion searches are investigated in the context of three coupling scenarios. A search was made for the 14.4-keV axion branch from the M1-transition in the thermally excited 57Fe in the solar core in 80 kgd of data from the IGEX Dark Matter experiment published earlier. In one scenario, the direct couplings of axions to hadrons and to electrons were assumed to be in the range of Peccei-Quinn (PQ) scale, 3x105 GeV < fPQ < 7x105 GeV. This scenario is excluded by the IGEX data. In a second case, at the same PQ scale, coupling to photons and to electrons are suppressed. The IGEX data partially excludes this scenario depending on the degree of suppression. In the third case, the PQ-scale for all couplings is assumed to be in the range: 3x106 GeV< fPQ <7x106 GeV. Detection rates in Ge for all three scenarios are presented.

  7. Photovoltaics and Artificial Photosynthesis = Solar Electricity and Solar Fuel

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Saffman, Mark

    .4 TW US Electricity Consumption Electricity from the Sun is an ideal source of energy (fullyPhotovoltaics and Artificial Photosynthesis = Solar Electricity and Solar Fuel F.J. Himpsel, University of Wisconsin Madison #12;100100 km2 of solar cells could produce all the electricity for the US. 0

  8. High-Efficiency Solar Cells for Large-Scale Electricity Generation & Design Considerations for the Related Optics (Presentation)

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    Kurtz, S.; Olson, J.; Geisz, J.; Friedman, D.; McMahon, W.; Ptak, A.; Wanlass, M.k; Kibbler, A.; Kramer, C.; Ward, S.; Duda, A.; Young, M.; Carapella, J.

    2007-09-17

    The photovoltaic industry has been growing exponentially at an average rate of about 35%/year since 1979. Recently, multijunction concentrator cell efficiencies have surpassed 40%. Combined with concentrating optics, these can be used for electricity generation.

  9. Photoferroelectric solar to electrical conversion

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Milos Knezevic; Mark Warner

    2013-01-30

    We propose a charge pump which converts solar energy into DC electricity. It is based on cyclic changes in the spontaneous electric polarization of a photoferroelectric material, which allows a transfer of charge from a low to a high voltage. To estimate the power efficiency we use a photoferroelectric liquid crystal as the working substance. For a specific choice of material, an efficiency of $2\\%$ is obtained.

  10. Small Solar Electric Systems | Department of Energy

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    Solar Electric Systems Small Solar Electric Systems July 15, 2012 - 4:11pm Addthis An error occurred. Try watching this video on www.youtube.com, or enable JavaScript if it is...

  11. SOLAR ENERGY AND OUR ELECTRICITY FUTURE

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    SOLAR ENERGY AND OUR ELECTRICITY FUTURE Sandia is a multiprogram laboratory operated by Sandia Solar Power (CSP) #12;Solar Energy Fun Facts More energy from sunlight strikes the Earth in one hour Solar energy is the only long-term option capable of meeting the energy (electricity and transportation

  12. Lakeland Electric- Solar Water Heating Program

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)

    Lakeland Electric, a municipal utility in Florida, is the nation's first utility to offer solar-heated domestic hot water on a "pay-for-energy" basis. The utility has contracted with a solar...

  13. Solar-Electric Dish Stirling System Development

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    Mancini, T.R.

    1997-12-31

    Electrical power generated with the heat from the sun, called solar thermal power, is produced with three types of concentrating solar systems - trough or line-focus systems; power towers in which a centrally-located thermal receiver is illuminated with a large field of sun-tracking heliostats; and dish/engine systems. A special case of the third type of system, a dish/Stirling system, is the subject of this paper. A dish/Stirling system comprises a parabolic dish concentrator, a thermal receiver, and a Stirling engine/generator located at the focus of the dish. Several different dish/Stirling systems have been built and operated during the past 15 years. One system claims the world record for net conversion of solar energy to electric power of 29.4%; and two different company`s systems have accumulated thousands of hours of on-sun operation. Due to de-regulation and intense competition in global energy markets as well as the immaturity of the technology, dish/Stirling systems have not yet found their way into the marketplace. This situation is changing as solar technologies become more mature and manufacturers identify high-value niche markets for their products. In this paper, I review the history of dish/Stirling system development with an emphasis on technical and other issues that directly impact the Stirling engine. I also try to provide some insight to the opportunities and barriers confronting the application of dish/Stirling in power generation markets.

  14. The DOE Solar Thermal Electric Program

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    Mancini, T.R.

    1994-06-01

    The Department of Energy`s Solar Thermal Electric Program is managed by the Solar thermal and biomass Power division which is part of the Office of utility Technologies. The focus of the Program is to commercialize solar electric technologies. In this regard, three major projects are currently being pursued in trough, central receiver, and dish/Stirling electric power generation. This paper describes these three projects and the activities at the National laboratories that support them.

  15. Valley Electric Association- Solar Water Heating Program

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)

    Valley Electric Association (VEA), a nonprofit member owned cooperative, developed the domestic solar water heating program to encourage energy efficiency at the request of the membership. VEA...

  16. Planning a Home Solar Electric System

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Should you install a solar electric system? Whether a home solar electric system will work for you depends on the available sun (resource), available space for the system size you need, the economics of the investment, and the local permits required.

  17. The Economics of Solar Electricity

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    Fowlie, Meredith

    increases in solar capacity, holding the rest of the power sys- tem fixed. Solar's variability adds value-run analyses consider the implications of nonincremental changes in solar capacity. The cost of each installation may fall through experience effects, but the cost of grid integration increases when solar

  18. NREL + SolarCity: Maximizing Solar Power on Electrical Grids

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    Hannegan, Bryan; Hanley, Ryan; Symko-Davies, Martha

    2015-06-03

    Learn how NREL is partnering with SolarCity to study how to better integrate rooftop solar onto the grid. The work includes collaboration with the Hawaiian Electric Companies (HECO) to analyze high-penetration solar scenarios using advanced modeling and inverter testing at the Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF) on NREL’s campus. Results to date have been so promising that HECO has more than doubled the amount of rooftop solar it allows on its grid, showing utilities across the country that distributed solar is not a liability for reliability—and can even be an asset.

  19. Northeast regional assessment study for solar electric options in the period 1980-2000

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    None

    1981-04-01

    Opportunities for demonstration and large scale deployment of solar electric facilities are identified and assessed. Technical, economic, and institutional factors that can contribute to an accelerated use of solar energy for electric power generation are defined. The following topics are covered: a description of the Northeast Region and its solar resources, central station applications, a dispersed user analysis, user viewpoints and institutional factors, and market potential for dispersed solar electric systems. (MHR)

  20. Chicopee Electric Light- Residential Solar Rebate Program

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Chicopee Electric Light offers rebates to residential customers who install solar photovoltaic (PV) systems on their homes. Customer rebates are $0.50 per watt for a maximum of $2,500 per...

  1. Thermoelectrics Combined with Solar Concentration for Electrical and Thermal Cogeneration

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Jackson, Philip Robert

    2012-01-01

    hours, since electricity storage is rather inefficient.efficient than electricity storage, solar thermal becomes ato generate electricity. Since heat storage is more

  2. Thermoelectrics Combined with Solar Concentration for Electrical and Thermal Cogeneration

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Jackson, Philip Robert

    2012-01-01

    and Electrical Cogeneration ……………………. …………… 16 2.4.OptimalELECTRICAL AND THERMAL COGENERATION A thesis submitted inFOR ELECTRICAL AND THERMAL COGENERATION A solar tracker and

  3. Exploratory Research for New Solar Electric Technologies

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    McConnell, R.; Matson, R.

    2005-01-01

    We will review highlights of exploratory research for new PV technologies funded by the DOE Solar Energy Technologies Program through NREL and its Photovoltaic Exploratory Research Project. The goal for this effort is highlighted in the beginning of the Solar Program Multi-Year Technical Plan by Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham's challenge to leapfrog the status quo by pursuing research having the potential to create breakthroughs. The ultimate goal is to create solar electric technologies for achieving electricity costs below 5 cents/kWh. Exploratory research includes work on advanced photovoltaic technologies (organic and ultra-high efficiency solar cells for solar concentrators) as well as innovative approaches to emerging and mature technologies (e.g., crystalline silicon).

  4. A solar module fabrication process for HALE solar electric UAVs

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    Carey, P.G.; Aceves, R.C.; Colella, N.J.; Williams, K.A.; Sinton, R.A.; Glenn, G.S.

    1994-12-12

    We describe a fabrication process used to manufacture high power-to-weight-ratio flexible solar array modules for use on high-altitude-long-endurance (HALE) solar-electric unmanned air vehicles (UAVs). These modules have achieved power-to-weight ratios of 315 and 396 W/kg for 150{mu}m-thick monofacial and 110{mu}m-thick bifacial silicon solar cells, respectively. These calculations reflect average module efficiencies of 15.3% (150{mu}m) and 14.7% (110{mu}m) obtained from electrical tests performed by Spectrolab, Inc. under AMO global conditions at 25{degrees}C, and include weight contributions from all module components (solar cells, lamination material, bypass diodes, interconnect wires, and adhesive tape used to attach the modules to the wing). The fabrication, testing, and performance of 32 m{sup 2} of these modules will be described.

  5. Sandia Energy - Solar Electric Propulsion

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    AFDC Printable Version Share this resource Send a link to EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page to someone by E-mail Share EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Facebook Tweet about EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Twitter Bookmark EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Homesum_a_epg0_fpd_mmcf_m.xls" ,"Available from WebQuantity ofkandz-cm11 Outreach Home RoomPreservation of Fe(II)GeothermalFuel Magnetization and Laser(TSPEAR &Solar HomeSolar

  6. Solar Electric Grid Integration - Advanced Concepts (SEGIS-AC...

    Broader source: Energy.gov (indexed) [DOE]

    Solar Electric Grid Integration - Advanced Concepts (SEGIS-AC) program, DOE is funding solar projects that are targeting ways to develop power electronics and build smarter, more...

  7. Homeowners Guide to Leasing a Solar Electric System (Brochure)

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    Not Available

    2014-07-01

    This updated fact sheet provides an introduction to solar leases for homeowners who are considering installing a solar electric system on their home.

  8. Thermoelectrics Combined with Solar Concentration for Electrical and Thermal Cogeneration

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Jackson, Philip Robert

    2012-01-01

    significant challenge for solar thermal energy generation issolar thermal, cogeneration of electrical and thermal energy, andfor efficient energy production. Solar thermal plants, such

  9. Thermoelectrics Combined with Solar Concentration for Electrical and Thermal Cogeneration

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Jackson, Philip Robert

    2012-01-01

    significant challenge for solar thermal energy generation issolar thermal, cogeneration of electrical and thermal energy,for efficient energy production. Solar thermal plants, such

  10. A DESIGN AND ANALYSIS TOOL FOR SOLAR ELECTRIC SYSTEMS

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Delaware, University of

    PV PLANNER A DESIGN AND ANALYSIS TOOL FOR SOLAR ELECTRIC SYSTEMS Updated User Manual May 2011 at the master's and doctoral levels. #12;PV PLANNER A DESIGN AND ANALYSIS TOOL FOR SOLAR ELECTRIC SYSTEMS

  11. The Market Value and Cost of Solar Photovoltaic Electricity Production

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Borenstein, Severin

    2008-01-01

    behind table 2 if one is evaluating solar PV production overthan one to two percentage points in solar PV valuation. Areplaced by one unit of electricity from on-site solar PV is

  12. Thermoelectrics Combined with Solar Concentration for Electrical and Thermal Cogeneration

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Jackson, Philip Robert

    2012-01-01

    12 2.2.1. Solar Potential ………………. …………………………… 13 2.2.2.to an electrical generator. 2.2.1. Solar Potential To fullyunderstand the energy potential of solar power, it is useful

  13. November 21, 2000 PV Lesson Plan 2 Solar Electric Arrays

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    Oregon, University of

    . (Solar irradiance is electromagnetic energy from the sun. Electromagnetic energy from other sources such as lamps can also be used by solar cells to generate electricity if the energy of the photons is highNovember 21, 2000 PV Lesson Plan 2 ­ Solar Electric Arrays Prepared for the Oregon Million Solar

  14. Implementation of optimum solar electricity generating system

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    Singh, Balbir Singh Mahinder Karim, Samsul Ariffin A.; Sivapalan, Subarna; Najib, Nurul Syafiqah Mohd; Menon, Pradeep

    2014-10-24

    Under the 10{sup th} Malaysian Plan, the government is expecting the renewable energy to contribute approximately 5.5% to the total electricity generation by the year 2015, which amounts to 98MW. One of the initiatives to ensure that the target is achievable was to establish the Sustainable Energy Development Authority of Malaysia. SEDA is given the authority to administer and manage the implementation of the feed-in tariff (FiT) mechanism which is mandated under the Renewable Energy Act 2011. The move to establish SEDA is commendable and the FiT seems to be attractive but there is a need to create awareness on the implementation of the solar electricity generating system (SEGS). In Malaysia, harnessing technologies related to solar energy resources have great potential for implementation. However, the main issue that plagues the implementation of SEGS is the intermittent nature of this source of energy. The availability of sunlight is during the day time, and there is a need for electrical energy storage system, so that there is electricity available during the night time as well. The meteorological condition such as clouds, haze and pollution affects the SEGS as well. The PV based SEGS is seems to be promising electricity generating system that can contribute towards achieving the 5.5% target and will be able to minimize the negative effects of utilizing fossil fuels for electricity generation on the environment. Malaysia is committed to Kyoto Protocol, which emphasizes on fighting global warming by achieving stabilization of greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system. In this paper, the technical aspects of the implementation of optimum SEGS is discussed, especially pertaining to the positioning of the PV panels.

  15. First Solar Electric LLC formerly DT Solar | Open Energy Information

    Open Energy Info (EERE)

    AFDC Printable Version Share this resource Send a link to EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page to someone by E-mail Share EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Facebook Tweet about EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Twitter Bookmark EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Google Bookmark EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on QA:QA J-E-1 SECTION J APPENDIX E LIST OFAMERICA'SHeavy ElectricalsFTL Solar Jump to:FenglilaiRenewables Jump

  16. innovati nNREL Confirms Large Potential for Grid Integration of Wind, Solar Power

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    innovati nNREL Confirms Large Potential for Grid Integration of Wind, Solar Power To fully harvest, examining the east and west sections of the U.S. power grid. The studies show that it is technically the nation's bountiful wind and solar resources, it is critical to know how much electrical power from

  17. HAPPENING THIS WEEK SOLAR ELECTRIC CELEBRATION

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    Lawrence, Rick L.

    HAPPENING THIS WEEK SOLAR ELECTRIC CELEBRATION -TUESDAY SEPT. 23RD- 5:30 PM- 7:00 PM- THE EMERSON CRAwfORd, A LONg TImE SuppORTER Of ThE EmERSON, ANd A LOCAL LEAdER IN RENEwABLE ENERgy, SpEARhEAdEd A pTEmBER 30th #12;SAVE THE DATE OPPORTUNITIES SUSTAINABILITY IN THE NEWS mSu fOOTBALL gAmE BOBCAT BIkE Ch

  18. The Market Value and Cost of Solar Photovoltaic Electricity Production

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Borenstein, Severin

    2008-01-01

    the premium value of solar PV power to 0%-20% again. Whilepower to that location. While few dispute that the direct cost of electricity from the currently available solar

  19. Water Impacts of High Solar PV Electricity Penetration

    Broader source: All U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office Webpages (Extended Search)

    Water Impacts of High Solar PV Electricity Penetration Jordan Macknick and Stuart Cohen National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Technical Report NRELTP-6A20-63011 September...

  20. Installing and Maintaining a Home Solar Electric System | Department...

    Broader source: All U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office Webpages (Extended Search)

    | Photo courtesy of Dennis Schroeder, NREL. Making sure your home solar electric or photovoltaic (PV) system is sized, sited, installed, and maintained correctly is essential...

  1. Installing and Maintaining a Home Solar Electric System | Department...

    Energy Savers [EERE]

    Making sure your home solar electric or photovoltaic (PV) system is sized, sited, installed, and maintained correctly is essential for maximizing its energy performance. When...

  2. EIS-0416: Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in San Bernardino...

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    System (07-AFC-5) Project, Proposal to Construct a 400-m Megawatt Concentrated Solar Power Tower, Thermal-Electric Power Plant, San Bernardino County, California July 1,...

  3. An Intelligent Solar Powered Battery Buffered EV Charging Station with Solar Electricity Forecasting and EV Charging Load Projection Functions

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    Zhao, Hengbing; Burke, Andrew

    2014-01-01

    power source from inherent intermittent solar PV power.B. Solar PV Electricity Forecasting Fig. 1. Charging stationForecasting Power Output of Solar Photovoltaic System Using

  4. High-Power Solar PanelHigh-Power Solar Panel Gives your mission electricity.

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    Waliser, Duane E.

    Medium-Power Solar Panel 15 25 Gives your mission electricity. 8 POWER LIMIT 15 PROS: Low cost, medium mass. LastsHigh-Power Solar PanelHigh-Power Solar Panel 25 Gives your mission electricity. 9 POWER LIMIT 20 40 PROS: Medium cost, medium mass. Lasts a few years. CONS: Must have sunlight. Only works during daylight

  5. LARGE-SCALE CORONAL PROPAGATING FRONTS IN SOLAR ERUPTIONS AS...

    Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI)

    LARGE-SCALE CORONAL PROPAGATING FRONTS IN SOLAR ERUPTIONS AS OBSERVED BY THE ATMOSPHERIC IMAGING ASSEMBLY ON BOARD THE SOLAR DYNAMICS OBSERVATORY-AN ENSEMBLE STUDY Re-direct...

  6. 19.4% -EFFICIENT LARGE AREA REAR-PASSIVATED SCREEN-PRINTED SILICON SOLAR CELLS T. Dullweber*1

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    -printed cells by 0.2% [6,7]. The electrical and optical losses of the full- area Al-BSF at the rear side can19.4% -EFFICIENT LARGE AREA REAR-PASSIVATED SCREEN-PRINTED SILICON SOLAR CELLS T. Dullweber*1 , S implemented a baseline solar cell process based on today's standard industrially manufactured silicon solar

  7. Low-cost distributed solar-thermal-electric power generation

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    Sanders, Seth

    -piston Stirling engine devices incorporating integrated electric generation. We target concentrator- collector design issues, and a specific design for an appropriately dimensioned free-piston Stirling engine. Only: Solar Thermal Collectors, Solar Thermal Electricity, Stirling Engine 1. INTRODUCTION In this paper, we

  8. Implementations of electric vehicle system based on solar energy in Singapore : assessment of solar photovoltaic systems

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    Sun, Li

    2009-01-01

    To evaluate the feasibility of solar energy based Electric Vehicle Transportation System in Singapore, the state of the art Photovoltaic Systems have been reviewed in this report with a focus on solar cell technologies. ...

  9. 17th Sede Boqer Symposium on Solar Electricity Production

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    Prigozhin, Leonid

    efficiency solar cells Ronen Gurtman1,3 , Anna Osherov2,3 Yuval Golan2,3 and Iris Visoly-Fisher1,3 1 Dept to solar panel parameter extraction based on the manufacturer's datasheet Moshe Averbukh1 , S. Lineykin2 17th Sede Boqer Symposium on Solar Electricity Production October 24-26, 2011 George Evens Family

  10. Department of Electrical Engineering Spring 2011 Glass Block Solar Collector

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    Demirel, Melik C.

    PENNSTATE Department of Electrical Engineering Spring 2011 Glass Block Solar Collector Overview of the team to incorporate solar collectors into glass blocks and provide an application for the collected energy. Objectives The team's objective was to deliver a working glass block solar collector

  11. Analysis of International Policies In The Solar Electricity Sector: Lessons for India

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    Deshmukh, Ranjit

    2011-01-01

    Policies In The Solar Electricity Sector: Lessons for Indiaissues in the energy and electricity sectors. Activitiesand improve access to electricity where the electric grid is

  12. Solar Works! In Seattle: Introduction to Solar Electric (PV)

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)

    Presentation slides from residential PV workshop. Also covers general solar resource assessment, siting and financial incentives.

  13. Spectral Hardening of Large Solar Flares

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    Paolo C. Grigis; Arnold O. Benz

    2008-05-01

    RHESSI observations are used to quantitatively study the hard X-ray evolution in 5 large solar flares selected for spectral hardening in the course of the event. The X-ray bremsstrahlung emission from non-thermal electrons is characterized by two spectroscopically distinct phases: impulsive and gradual. The impulsive phase usually consists of several emission spikes following a soft-hard-soft spectral pattern, whereas the gradual stage manifests itself as spectral hardening while the flux slowly decreases. Both the soft-hard-soft (impulsive) phase and the hardening (gradual) phase are well described by piecewise linear dependence of the photon spectral index on the logarithm of the hard X-ray flux. The different linear parts of this relation correspond to different rise and decay phases of emission spikes. The temporal evolution of the spectra is compared with the configuration and motion of the hard X-ray sources in RHESSI images. These observations reveal that the two stages of electron acceleration causing these two different behaviors are closely related in space and time. The transition between the impulsive and gradual phase is found to be smooth and progressive rather than abrupt. This suggests that they arise because of a slow change in a common accelerator rather than being caused by two independent and distinct acceleration processes. We propose that the hardening during the decay phase is caused by continuing particle acceleration with longer trapping in the accelerator before escape.

  14. Solar Power and the Electric Grid, Energy Analysis (Fact Sheet)

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    Not Available

    2010-03-01

    In today's electricity generation system, different resources make different contributions to the electricity grid. This fact sheet illustrates the roles of distributed and centralized renewable energy technologies, particularly solar power, and how they will contribute to the future electricity system. The advantages of a diversified mix of power generation systems are highlighted.

  15. Author's personal copy Solar modulation in surface atmospheric electricity

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    Usoskin, Ilya G.

    Author's personal copy Solar modulation in surface atmospheric electricity R. Giles Harrison a is the major source of air's electrical conductivity over the oceans and well above the continents atmospheric electrical circuit, including the local vertical current density and the related surface potential

  16. Own Your Power! A Consumer Guide to Solar Electricity for the Home (Brochure)

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)

    A consumer guide about solar electricity for the home. Includes information about types of solar electric systems, how to choose a system, financing, and costs.

  17. Promise of Solar Energy is Boundless: A Smarter Electric Grid Delivers on that Promise

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    Not Available

    2008-10-01

    This brochure summarizes the benefits of a smart electric grid, the Solar Program's Solar Energy Grid Intergration Systems efforts, and the Office of Electricity's "The Smart Grid" booklet.

  18. Own Your Power! A Consumer Guide to Solar Electricity for the Home

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    NREL

    2009-01-01

    A consumer guide about solar electricity for the home. It includes information about types of solar electric systems, how to choose a system, financing, and costs.

  19. Own Your Power! A Consumer Guide to Solar Electricity for the Home (Brochure)

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    Not Available

    2009-01-01

    A consumer guide about solar electricity for the home. Includes information about types of solar electric systems, how to choose a system, financing, and costs.

  20. Design of Nanostructured Solar Cells Using Coupled Optical and Electrical Modeling

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Deceglie, Michael G

    2014-01-01

    novel route toward optical solar cell design, in which lightDesign of Nanostructured Solar Cells Using Coupled Opticaland electrical design of light trapping in solar cells is

  1. Southeast Regional Assessment Study: an assessment of the opportunities of solar electric power generation in the Southeastern United States

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    None

    1980-07-01

    The objective of this study was to identify and assess opportunities for demonstration and large scale deployment of solar electric facilities in the southeast region and to define the technical, economic, and institutional factors that can contribute to an accelerated use of solar energy for electric power generation. Graphs and tables are presented indicating the solar resource potential, siting opportunities, energy generation and use, and socioeconomic factors of the region by state. Solar electric technologies considered include both central station and dispersed solar electric generating facilities. Central stations studied include solar thermal electric, wind, photovoltaic, ocean thermal gradient, and biomass; dispersed facilities include solar thermal total energy systems, wind, and photovoltaic. The value of solar electric facilities is determined in terms of the value of conventional facilities and the use of conventional fuels which the solar facilities can replace. Suitable cost and risk sharing mechanisms to accelerate the commercialization of solar electric technologies in the Southeast are identified. The major regulatory and legal factors which could impact on the commercialization of solar facilities are reviewed. The most important factors which affect market penetration are reviewed, ways to accelerate the implementation of these technologies are identified, and market entry paths are identified. Conclusions and recommendations are presented. (WHK)

  2. 2015MIT SOLAR ELECTRICVEHICLETEAM The MIT Solar Electric Vehicle Team (SEVT)

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    Williams, Brian C.

    2015MIT SOLAR ELECTRICVEHICLETEAM #12;The MIT Solar Electric Vehicle Team (SEVT) is a student was founded in 1985 and since 1993 has worked under the auspices of MIT's Edgerton Center. We build each the 2014 American Solar Challenge in the United States. We are currently constructing our newest race

  3. New, Cost-Competitive Solar Plants for Electric Utilities

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Magazine's R&D 100 award for silicon solar cell performance with record conversion efficiency. Around the same time, Amonix also developed the large MegaModule platform...

  4. Two earth sheltered passive solar residences with photovoltaic electricity

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    Strong, S.J.; Osten, R.J. Jr.

    1980-01-01

    The design and construction of two earth sheltered passive solar residence with photovoltaic electricity are described. The sizing and design of the P.V. system as well as the module fabrication and array integration are also discussed.

  5. Hybrid Wind and Solar Electric Systems | Department of Energy

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    the grid in remote locations. | Photo courtesy of Dave Parsons. Off-Grid or Stand-Alone Renewable Energy Systems Whether a home solar electric system will work for you depends on...

  6. Role of Large Balancing Areas In Integrating Solar Generation: Solar Integration Series. 3 of 3 (Brochure)

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    Not Available

    2011-05-01

    The third out of a series of three fact sheets describing the role of large balancing areas in integrating solar generation.

  7. Approaches To Integrating A HIgh Penertration Of Solar PV and CPV Onto The Electrical Grid

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    Hill, Steven Craig

    2013-01-01

    FERC) and the National Electrical Regulatory Corporation (Of Solar PV and CPV Onto The Electrical Grid By Steven Craig24  Electrical, Controls & 

  8. Small Solar Electric Systems | Department of Energy

    Broader source: All U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office Webpages (Extended Search)

    most efficiently in the southwestern United States, which receives the greatest amount of solar energy. Because of their modularity, PV systems can be designed to meet any...

  9. Empire District Electric- Solar PV Rebates

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Note: Effective May 16, 2015, Empire began offering this solar rebate to retail customers who installed eligible systems after December 31, 2009, and meet all other program requirements.

  10. Solar wind drivers of large geomagnetically induced currents during the solar cycle 23

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    Bergen, Universitetet i

    amplitudes. The best correlation with the GIC amplitudes was found with the solar wind electric field geomagnetically induced currents during the solar cycle 23, Space Weather, 6, S10002, doi:10.1029/2007SW000374. 1) in tech- nological conductor systems such as power grids or pipelines [e.g., Boteler, 2003; Pirjola, 2000

  11. Madison Gas & Electric- Clean Power Partner Solar Buyback Program

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)

    Annual green energy purchases must be at least as large as the AC output of the PV system. This arrangement requires that the customer have two electricity meters: one to measure electricity...

  12. Clay Electric Cooperative, Inc- Solar Thermal Loans

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Clay Electric Cooperative (CEC), a Touchstone Energy Cooperative, covers 14 counties in northern Florida, including Gainesville, Keystone Heights, Lake City, Orange Park, Palatka, and Salt Springs....

  13. Implementations of electric vehicle system based on solar energy in Singapore assessment of solar thermal technologies

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    Liu, Xiaogang, M. Eng. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    2009-01-01

    To build an electric car plus renewable energy system for Singapore, solar thermal technologies were investigated in this report in the hope to find a suitable "green" energy source for this small island country. Among all ...

  14. Approaches To Integrating A HIgh Penertration Of Solar PV and CPV Onto The Electrical Grid

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Hill, Steven Craig

    2013-01-01

    Second, a solar cell's efficiency increases underproduce large-area, high-efficiency solar cells than it issystems [58]. Solar cell efficiencies can be dramatically

  15. Bear Valley Electric Service- Solar Initiative Program

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)

    Bear Valley Electric Service is providing an incentive for their residential customers to install photovoltaic (PV) systems. Systems must be sized to provide no more than 90% of the calculated or...

  16. Analysis of International Policies In The Solar Electricity Sector: Lessons for India

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Deshmukh, Ranjit

    2011-01-01

    solar resource to maximize input energy and generate electricityenergy technologies including solar, while individual state electricitysolar energy from 2005-2009. 64 Taiwan Taiwan’s electricity

  17. Motional Spin Relaxation in Large Electric Fields

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    Riccardo Schmid; B. Plaster; B. W. Filippone

    2008-07-02

    We discuss the precession of spin-polarized Ultra Cold Neutrons (UCN) and $^{3}$He atoms in uniform and static magnetic and electric fields and calculate the spin relaxation effects from motional $v\\times E$ magnetic fields. Particle motion in an electric field creates a motional $v\\times E$ magnetic field, which when combined with collisions, produces variations of the total magnetic field and results in spin relaxation of neutron and $^{3}$He samples. The spin relaxation times $T_{1}$ (longitudinal) and $T_{2}$ (transverse) of spin-polarized UCN and $^{3}$He atoms are important considerations in a new search for the neutron Electric Dipole Moment at the SNS \\emph{nEDM} experiment. We use a Monte Carlo approach to simulate the relaxation of spins due to the motional $v\\times E$ field for UCN and for $^{3}$He atoms at temperatures below $600,\\mathrm{mK}$. We find the relaxation times for the neutron due to the $v\\times E$ effect to be long compared to the neutron lifetime, while the $^{3}$He relaxation times may be important for the \\emph{nEDM} experiment.

  18. Geospatial Optimization of Siting Large-Scale Solar Projects

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    Macknick, J.; Quinby, T.; Caulfield, E.; Gerritsen, M.; Diffendorfer, J.; Haines, S.

    2014-03-01

    Recent policy and economic conditions have encouraged a renewed interest in developing large-scale solar projects in the U.S. Southwest. However, siting large-scale solar projects is complex. In addition to the quality of the solar resource, solar developers must take into consideration many environmental, social, and economic factors when evaluating a potential site. This report describes a proof-of-concept, Web-based Geographical Information Systems (GIS) tool that evaluates multiple user-defined criteria in an optimization algorithm to inform discussions and decisions regarding the locations of utility-scale solar projects. Existing siting recommendations for large-scale solar projects from governmental and non-governmental organizations are not consistent with each other, are often not transparent in methods, and do not take into consideration the differing priorities of stakeholders. The siting assistance GIS tool we have developed improves upon the existing siting guidelines by being user-driven, transparent, interactive, capable of incorporating multiple criteria, and flexible. This work provides the foundation for a dynamic siting assistance tool that can greatly facilitate siting decisions among multiple stakeholders.

  19. Long-term middle atmospheric influence of very large solar proton events

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    Jackman, Charles H.

    011415. 1. Introduction [2] Large solar eruptions can cause huge fluxes of high- energy solar protonsLong-term middle atmospheric influence of very large solar proton events Charles H. Jackman,1-term (more than a few months) effects of solar proton events (SPEs). Extremely large solar proton events

  20. Solar Power in the Desert: Are the current large-scale solar developments really improving California’s environment?

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    Allen, Michael F.; McHughen, Alan

    2011-01-01

    D EVELOPMENT I SSUES Solar Power in the Desert: Are the2 Most of the large-scale solar power projects utilize largethat will be affected by solar power facilities. There are

  1. The Challenge Domestic solar panels produce electricity

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    Crowther, Paul

    of lower electricity costs and reduced dependence on fossil fuels. The Collaboration Brooks Devlin University of Sheffield `Building for the Future' Innovation Awards, designed to give SMEs the opportunity to access research expertise and facilities. Projects were aimed at developing innovative products

  2. Solar Neutron Event in Association with a Large Solar Flare on November 24, 2000

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    K. Watanabe; Y. Muraki; Y. Matsubara; K. Murakami; T. Sako; H. Tsuchiya; S. Masuda; M. Yoshimori; N. Ohmori; P. Miranda; N. Martinic; R. Ticona; A. Velarde; F. Kakimoto; S. Ogio; Y. Tsunesada; H. Tokuno; Y. Shirasaki

    2003-04-03

    Solar neutrons have been detected using the neutron monitor located at Mt. Chacaltaya, Bolivia, in association with a large solar flare on November 24, 2000. This is the first detection of solar neutrons by the neutron monitor that have been reported so far in solar cycle 23. The statistical significance of the detection is 5.5 sigma. In this flare, the intense emission of hard X-rays and gamma-rays has been observed by the Yohkoh Hard X-ray Telescope (HXT) and Gamma Ray Spectrometer (GRS), respectively. The production time of solar neutrons is better correlated with those of hard X-rays and gamma-rays than with the production time of soft X-rays. The observations of the solar neutrons on the ground have been limited to solar flares with soft X-ray class greater than X8 in former solar cycles. In this cycle, however, neutrons were detected associated with an X2.3 solar flare on November 24, 2000. This is the first report of the detection of solar neutrons on the ground associated with a solar flare with its X-ray class smaller than X8.

  3. Minnesota Power- Solar-Electric (PV) Rebate Program

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)

    Minnesota Power offers a rebate of $1,000 per kilowatt (kW) DC for grid-connected solar-electric (PV) systems, with a maximum award of $20,000 per customer or 60% installed costs per customer. This...

  4. The Center for Interface Science: Solar Electric Materials

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    Ziurys, Lucy M.

    The Center for Interface Science: Solar Electric Materials Chemistry and Biochemistry alumni materials sent to CBC alumni and friends. The CBC@UA icon conveys two messag- es as we build on our at UA! Second, because of advances in electronic technology and information systems, our CBC alumni

  5. American Solar Electric Inc | Open Energy Information

    Open Energy Info (EERE)

    AFDC Printable Version Share this resource Send a link to EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page to someone by E-mail Share EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Facebook Tweet about EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Twitter Bookmark EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Google Bookmark EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on QA:QA J-E-1 SECTION JEnvironmental Jump to:EAand DaltonSolarOpen5AllEnergyAmeriPower LLCAmerican

  6. Solar Real-Time Pricing: Is Real-Time Electricity Pricing Beneficial...

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    the validity of the following statement: "the coincidence of high electric energy prices and peak solar electric photovoltaic (PV) output can improve the economics of PV...

  7. Water Impacts of High Solar PV Electricity Penetration

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    Macknick, Jordan; Cohen, Stuart

    2015-09-01

    This analysis provides a detailed national and regional description of the water-related impacts and constraints of high solar electricity penetration scenarios in the U.S. in 2030 and 2050. A modified version of the Regional Energy Deployment System (ReEDS) model that incorporates water resource availability and costs as a constraint in each of its 134 Balancing Area (BA) regions was utilized to explore national and regional differences in water use impacts and solar deployment locations under different solar energy cost and water availability scenarios (Macknick et al. 2015). Water resource availability and cost data are from recently completed research at Sandia National Laboratories (Tidwell et al. 2013a). Scenarios analyzed include two business-as-usual solar energy cost cases, one with and one without considering available water resources, and four solar energy cost cases that meet the SunShot cost goals (i.e., $1/watt for utility-scale PV systems), with varying levels of water availability restrictions. This analysis provides insight into the role solar energy technologies have in the broader electricity sector under scenarios of water constraints.

  8. Solar Electric Incentive Program | Department of Energy

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    AFDC Printable Version Share this resource Send a link to EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page to someone by E-mail Share EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Facebook Tweet about EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Twitter Bookmark EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Google Bookmark EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Delicious RankADVANCED MANUFACTURINGEnergy BillsNo.Hydrogen4Energy Smooth BromeBuildingsDesignSavingsElectric

  9. Vacuum gaps with small tunnel currents at large electric field...

    Broader source: All U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office Webpages (Extended Search)

    Vacuum gaps with small tunnel currents at large electric field and its potential applications for energy storage, charge storage and power supplies. Friday, May 27, 2011 - 4:00pm...

  10. Kelvin Probe Force Microscopy for in situ Electrical Characterization of Organic Solar Cells

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    Fisher, Frank

    Kelvin Probe Force Microscopy for in situ Electrical Characterization of Organic Solar Cells., University of Pittsburgh The most efficient organic solar cell today is made from blending conjugated donors and acceptors in bulk heterojunction organic solar cells. Most microscopic characterization

  11. Thermal design requirements of a 50-kW zinc/redox flow battery for solar electrical energy storage

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    Selman, J.R.; Wu, H.; Hollandsworth, R.P.

    1985-01-01

    The conceptual engineering design of a large-scale zinc/redox battery for solar electrical energy storage involves the management of considerable heat flows. This is due to the large heat-of-crystallization of sodium ferrocyanide decahydrate produced during discharge, as well as the usual reversible and irreversible cell-reaction heat effects. A discussion of practical design implications is presented.

  12. Thermal design requirements of a 50-kW zinc/redox flow battery for solar electrical energy storage

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    Selman, J.R.; Wu, H.; Hollandsworth, R.P.

    1984-09-01

    The conceptual engineering design of a large-scale zinc/redox battery for solar electrical energy storage involves the management of considerable heat flows. This is due to the large heat-of-crystallization of sodium ferrocyanide decahydrate produced during discharge as well as the usual reversible and irreversible cell-reaction heat effects. A discussion of practical design implications is presented.

  13. Energy Policy 32 (2004) 289297 The potential of solar electric power for meeting future US energy

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    Delaware, University of

    2004-01-01

    Energy Policy 32 (2004) 289­297 The potential of solar electric power for meeting future US energy needs: a comparison of projections of solar electric energy generation and Arctic National Wildlife of solar electric power in the form of photovoltaics to meet future US energy demand with the projected

  14. SMALL AND LARGE-SCALE MAGNETIC FIELDS INVOLVED WITH SOLAR FLARES

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    ABSTRACT SMALL AND LARGE-SCALE MAGNETIC FIELDS INVOLVED WITH SOLAR FLARES by Chang Liu Solar flares of an EUV sigmoid. #12;SMALL AND LARGE-SCALE MAGNETIC FIELDS INVOLVED WITH SOLAR FLARES by Chang Liu RESERVED #12;APPROVAL PAGE SMALL AND LARGE-SCALE MAGNETIC FIELDS INVOLVED WITH SOLAR FLARES Chang Liu Dr

  15. Homeowners Guide to Financing a Grid-Connected Solar Electric System (Brochure), Solar Energy Technologies Program (SETP)

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    This guide provides an overview of the financing options that may be available to homeowners who are considering installing a solar electric system on their house.

  16. The Role of Electricity Markets and Market Design in Integrating Solar Generation: Solar Integration Series. 2 of 3 (Brochure)

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    Solar Energy Technologies Program

    2011-05-03

    The second out of a series of three fact sheets describing the role of electricity markets and market design in integrating solar generation.

  17. The Influence of Residential Solar Water Heating on Electric Utility Demand 

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    Vliet, G. C.; Askey, J. L.

    1984-01-01

    Similar sets of residences in Austin, Texas with electric water heaters and solar water heaters with electric back-up were monitored during 1982 to determine their instantaneous electric demands, the purpose being to ...

  18. Large Scale Wind and Solar Integration in Germany

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    Ernst, Bernhard; Schreirer, Uwe; Berster, Frank; Pease, John; Scholz, Cristian; Erbring, Hans-Peter; Schlunke, Stephan; Makarov, Yuri V.

    2010-02-28

    This report provides key information concerning the German experience with integrating of 25 gigawatts of wind and 7 gigawatts of solar power capacity and mitigating its impacts on the electric power system. The report has been prepared based on information provided by the Amprion GmbH and 50Hertz Transmission GmbH managers and engineers to the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory representatives during their visit to Germany in October 2009. The trip and this report have been sponsored by the BPA Technology Innovation office. Learning from the German experience could help the Bonneville Power Administration engineers to compare and evaluate potential new solutions for managing higher penetrations of wind energy resources in their control area. A broader dissemination of this experience will benefit wind and solar resource integration efforts in the United States.

  19. The Long Wavelength Array (LWA): A Large HF/VHF Array for Solar Physics, Ionospheric Science, and Solar Radar

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    Ellingson, Steven W.

    be an excellent receiver for solar radar, potentially demonstrating accurate geomagnetic storm prediction fromThe Long Wavelength Array (LWA): A Large HF/VHF Array for Solar Physics, Ionospheric Science, and Solar Radar A Ground-Based Instrument Paper for the 2010 NRC Decadal Survey of Solar and Space

  20. Conversion Tower for Dispatchable Solar Power: High-Efficiency Solar-Electric Conversion Power Tower

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    2012-01-11

    HEATS Project: Abengoa Solar is developing a high-efficiency solar-electric conversion tower to enable low-cost, fully dispatchable solar energy generation. Abengoa’s conversion tower utilizes new system architecture and a two-phase thermal energy storage media with an efficient supercritical carbon dioxide (CO2) power cycle. The company is using a high-temperature heat-transfer fluid with a phase change in between its hot and cold operating temperature. The fluid serves as a heat storage material and is cheaper and more efficient than conventional heat-storage materials, like molten salt. It also allows the use of a high heat flux solar receiver, advanced high thermal energy density storage, and more efficient power cycles.

  1. The Market Value and Cost of Solar Photovoltaic Electricity Production

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    Borenstein, Severin

    2008-01-01

    Production of Solar Photovoltaic Cells”, Center for theconcerns is solar photovoltaic cells (PVs), which captureProduction of Solar Photovoltaic Cells Solar PV cells

  2. PATHWAYS OF LARGE-SCALE MAGNETIC COUPLINGS BETWEEN SOLAR CORONAL...

    Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI)

    the connections from the solar surface into the heliosphere to properly model the solar wind, its perturbations, and the generation and propagation of solar energetic particles....

  3. Analysis of International Policies In The Solar Electricity Sector: Lessons for India

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    Deshmukh, Ranjit

    2011-01-01

    developing countries like India with large populations without access to electricity,developing countries like India with large populations without access to electricity,

  4. 2010MIT SOLAR ELECTRIC VEHICLE TEAM A MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

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    2010MIT SOLAR ELECTRIC VEHICLE TEAM #12;A MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT President Hockfield poses with SEVT members at an outreach event ONE #12;The MIT Solar Electric Vehicle Team (SEVT) is a student of innovators. Team Goals: Facilitate continuous innovation and development in all fields related to solar

  5. Coupled optical and electrical modeling of solar cell based on conical pore silicon photonic crystals

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    John, Sajeev

    of the photovoltaics market. Currently, the best efficiency of commercial silicon solar modules is around 17Coupled optical and electrical modeling of solar cell based on conical pore silicon photonic://jap.aip.org/authors #12;Coupled optical and electrical modeling of solar cell based on conical pore silicon photonic

  6. Front contact solar cell with formed electrically conducting layers on the front side and backside

    DOE Patents [OSTI]

    Cousins, Peter John

    2012-06-26

    A bipolar solar cell includes a backside junction formed by a silicon substrate and a first doped layer of a first dopant type on the backside of the solar cell. A second doped layer of a second dopant type makes an electrical connection to the substrate from the front side of the solar cell. A first metal contact of a first electrical polarity electrically connects to the first doped layer on the backside of the solar cell, and a second metal contact of a second electrical polarity electrically connects to the second doped layer on the front side of the solar cell. An external electrical circuit may be electrically connected to the first and second metal contacts to be powered by the solar cell.

  7. S/EV 91: Solar and electric vehicle symposium, car and trade show. Proceedings

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    Not Available

    1991-12-31

    These proceedings cover the fundamentals of electric vehicles. Papers on the design, testing and performance of the power supplies, drive trains, and bodies of solar and non-solar powered electric vehicles are presented. Results from demonstrations and races are described. Public policy on the economics and environmental impacts of using electric powered vehicles is also presented.

  8. Progress in Large Period Multilayer Coatings for High Harmonic and Solar Applications

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    Aquila, Andrew

    2008-01-01

    large period multilayer coatings for high harmonic and solarBerkeley, CA 94720 Multilayer coatings for normal incidence

  9. Analysis of International Policies In The Solar Electricity Sector: Lessons for India

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    Deshmukh, Ranjit

    2011-01-01

    biomass, compared to solar power to meet their objectives ofmake it diffi cult for solar power to compete in the marketswhich would enable solar power to penetrate a large part of

  10. Microwave Mapping As a Possible New Diagnostic Tool for LargeScale Solar Magnetic Fields

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    Petrovay, Kristóf

    Microwave Mapping As a Possible New Diagnostic Tool for Large­Scale Solar Magnetic Fields M of microwave maps in the study of weak large­scale solar magnetic fields is discussed. Our knowledge of the large­scale solar background magnetic fields is limited by the circumstance that magnetograph

  11. The Role of Large Balancing Areas In Integrating Solar Generation: Solar Integration Series. 3 of 3 (Brochure)

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    Solar Energy Technologies Program

    2011-05-03

    The third out of a series of three fact sheets describing the role of large balancing areas in integrating solar generation.

  12. The Long Wavelength Array (LWA): A Large HF/VHF Array for Solar Physics, Ionospheric Science, and Solar Radar

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Ellingson, Steven W.

    construction in New Mexico, and discuss the scientific goals of the project in the areas of solar, ionosphericThe Long Wavelength Array (LWA): A Large HF/VHF Array for Solar Physics, Ionospheric Science, and Solar Radar Namir E. Kassim Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, DC 20375 Stephen M. White AFRL

  13. Homeowners Guide to Financing a Grid-Connected Solar Electric System

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    Solar Energy Technologies Program

    2010-10-11

    This guide provides an overview of the financing options that may be available to homeowners who are considering installing a solar electric system on their house.

  14. Homeowners Guide to Financing a Grid-Connected Solar Electric System (Brochure)

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    Not Available

    2010-10-01

    This guide provides an overview of the financing options that may be available to homeowners who are considering installing a solar electric system on their house.

  15. Getting More Electricity out of Solar Cells | U.S. DOE Office...

    Office of Science (SC) Website

    Getting More Electricity out of Solar Cells Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRCs) EFRCs Home Centers Research Science Highlights News & Events EFRC News EFRC Events DOE...

  16. San Diego Solar Panels Generate Clean Electricity Along with Clean Water

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)

    Thanks to San Diego's ambitious solar energy program, the Otay Water Treatment Plant may soon be able to do that with net zero electricity consumption.

  17. The Market Value and Cost of Solar Photovoltaic Electricity Production

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    Borenstein, Severin

    2008-01-01

    char- acteristics. Solar power is generated during daylightcontext of wind power than solar power, because spatiallythe average valuation of the solar power if the value is the

  18. The Market Value and Cost of Solar Photovoltaic Electricity Production

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    Borenstein, Severin

    2008-01-01

    current solar PV technology with the potential environmentalsilicon solar PV, Margolis (2003) recognizes the potentialsite by solar PV panels, it does not account for potential

  19. DISTRIBUTION OF ELECTRIC CURRENTS IN SOLAR ACTIVE REGIONS

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    Török, T.; Titov, V. S.; Miki?, Z.; Leake, J. E.; Archontis, V.; Linton, M. G.; Dalmasse, K.; Aulanier, G.; Kliem, B.

    2014-02-10

    There has been a long-standing debate on the question of whether or not electric currents in solar active regions are neutralized. That is, whether or not the main (or direct) coronal currents connecting the active region polarities are surrounded by shielding (or return) currents of equal total value and opposite direction. Both theory and observations are not yet fully conclusive regarding this question, and numerical simulations have, surprisingly, barely been used to address it. Here we quantify the evolution of electric currents during the formation of a bipolar active region by considering a three-dimensional magnetohydrodynamic simulation of the emergence of a sub-photospheric, current-neutralized magnetic flux rope into the solar atmosphere. We find that a strong deviation from current neutralization develops simultaneously with the onset of significant flux emergence into the corona, accompanied by the development of substantial magnetic shear along the active region's polarity inversion line. After the region has formed and flux emergence has ceased, the strong magnetic fields in the region's center are connected solely by direct currents, and the total direct current is several times larger than the total return current. These results suggest that active regions, the main sources of coronal mass ejections and flares, are born with substantial net currents, in agreement with recent observations. Furthermore, they support eruption models that employ pre-eruption magnetic fields containing such currents.

  20. Solar-Assisted Electric Vehicle Charging Station Interim Report

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    Lapsa, Melissa Voss; Durfee, Norman; Maxey, L Curt; Overbey, Randall M

    2011-09-01

    Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has been awarded $6.8 million in the Department of Energy (DOE) American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds as part of an overall $114.8 million ECOtality grant with matching funds from regional partners to install 125 solar-assisted Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations across Knoxville, Nashville, Chattanooga, and Memphis. Significant progress has been made toward completing the scope with the installation of 25 solar-assisted charging stations at ORNL; six stations at Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI); and 27 stations at Nissan's Smyrna and Franklin sites, with three more stations under construction at Nissan's new lithium-ion battery plant. Additionally, the procurement process for contracting the installation of 34 stations at Knoxville, the University of Tennessee Knoxville (UTK), and Nashville sites is underway with completion of installation scheduled for early 2012. Progress is also being made on finalizing sites and beginning installations of 30 stations in Nashville, Chattanooga, and Memphis by EPRI and Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). The solar-assisted EV charging station project has made great strides in fiscal year 2011. A total of 58 solar-assisted EV parking spaces have been commissioned in East and Middle Tennessee, and progress on installing the remaining 67 spaces is well underway. The contract for the 34 stations planned for Knoxville, UTK, and Nashville should be underway in October with completion scheduled for the end of March 2012; the remaining three Nissan stations are under construction and scheduled to be complete in November; and the EPRI/TVA stations for Chattanooga, Vanderbilt, and Memphis are underway and should be complete by the end of March 2012. As additional Nissan LEAFs are being delivered, usage of the charging stations has increased substantially. The project is on course to complete all 125 solar-assisted EV charging stations in time to collect meaningful data by the end of government fiscal year 2012. Lessons learned from the sites completed thus far are being incorporated and are proving to be invaluable in completion of the remaining sites.

  1. Large-scale structure of the fast solar wind

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    Bisi, M. M.; Fallows, R. A.; Breen, A. R.; Habbal, S. Rifai; Jones, R. A.

    2007-01-01

    Scintillation measurements of Solar Wind velocity, in press,K. Sakurai (1992), The Ulysses solar wind plasma experiment,Telescope for the SOHO Mission, Solar Physics, 162, 291–312.

  2. Large-scale structure of the fast solar wind

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    Bisi, M. M.; Fallows, R. A.; Breen, A. R.; Habbal, S. Rifai; Jones, R. A.

    2007-01-01

    measurements of Solar Wind velocity, in press, Journal of1992), The Ulysses solar wind plasma experiment, AstronomyA. Hewish (1967), The solar wind outside the plane of the

  3. The Market Value and Cost of Solar Photovoltaic Electricity Production

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Borenstein, Severin

    2008-01-01

    Solar PV Among analyses of solar PV costs, there is perhapsin the decline of solar PV costs over the last 30 years.declining trend in solar PV costs is critical to formulating

  4. Thermoelectrics Combined with Solar Concentration for Electrical and Thermal Cogeneration

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    Jackson, Philip Robert

    2012-01-01

    13 2.2.2. Solar Thermal Versus Photovoltaic ..…………..…………doi:10.1038/nmat2090. 17. Solar Thermal Technology on anFigure 2.5: An eSolar solar thermal system in Burbank,

  5. 2D MHD MODELS OF THE LARGE SCALE SOLAR Eirik Endeve

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    California at Berkeley, University of

    by the ideal gas law, P 2nkT. In order to study the acceleration of high- and low- speed solar wind one must2D MHD MODELS OF THE LARGE SCALE SOLAR CORONA Eirik Endeve£ , Thomas E. Holzer and Egil Leer to determine the structure of the large scale solar corona. When our numerical calculations are initiated

  6. A review of the solar city concept and methods to assess rooftop solar electric potential, with an illustrative application to the city of Seoul

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    Delaware, University of

    A review of the solar city concept and methods to assess rooftop solar electric potential potential Solar rooftop potential a b s t r a c t Energy economy restructuring at the city level the solar electric potential of an often neglected but vital city resource in energy matters ­ its rooftop

  7. Extremely Large EUV Late Phase of Solar Flares

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    Liu, Kai; Zhang, Jie; Cheng, Xin; Liu, Rui; Shen, Chenglong

    2015-01-01

    The second peak in the Fe XVI 33.5 nm line irradiance observed during solar flares by Extreme ultraviolet Variability Experiment (EVE) is known as Extreme UltraViolet (EUV) late phase. Our previous paper (Liu et al. 2013) found that the main emissions in the late phase are originated from large-scale loop arcades that are closely connected to but different from the post flare loops (PFLs), and we also proposed that a long cooling process without additional heating could explain the late phase. In this paper, we define the extremely large late phase because it not only has a bigger peak in the warm 33.5 irradiance profile, but also releases more EUV radiative energy than the main phase. Through detailedly inspecting the EUV images from three point-of-view, it is found that, besides the later phase loop arcades, the more contribution of the extremely large late phase is from a hot structure that fails to erupt. This hot structure is identified as a flux rope, which is quickly energized by the flare reconnection...

  8. The origin of net electric currents in solar active regions

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    Dalmasse, K; Démoulin, P; Kliem, B; Török, T; Pariat, E

    2015-01-01

    There is a recurring question in solar physics about whether or not electric currents are neutralized in active regions (ARs). This question was recently revisited using three-dimensional (3D) magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) numerical simulations of magnetic flux emergence into the solar atmosphere. Such simulations showed that flux emergence can generate a substantial net current in ARs. Another source of AR currents are photospheric horizontal flows. Our aim is to determine the conditions for the occurrence of net vs. neutralized currents with this second mechanism. Using 3D MHD simulations, we systematically impose line-tied, quasi-static, photospheric twisting and shearing motions to a bipolar potential magnetic field. We find that such flows: (1) produce both {\\it direct} and {\\it return} currents, (2) induce very weak compression currents - not observed in 2.5D - in the ambient field present in the close vicinity of the current-carrying field, and (3) can generate force-free magnetic fields with a net current...

  9. Performance Enhancement of a Graphene-Zinc Phosphide Solar Cell Using the Electric Field-Effect

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    Javey, Ali

    Performance Enhancement of a Graphene-Zinc Phosphide Solar Cell Using the Electric Field for photovoltaics. We present a field-effect solar cell using graphene to form a tunable junction barrier of photovoltaic devices incorporating graphene. KEYWORDS: Graphene, zinc phosphide, field effect solar cell

  10. Optimized optical mode position in plasmonic organic solar cells using the coupled optical and electrical

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    Park, Namkyoo

    - Optimized optical mode position in plasmonic organic solar cells using the coupled of organic solar cells: Influence of light trapping by photonic crystal and ZnO spacer on electrical Solar Cells", Nano Lett. 12 (1), 440­445 (2012) 2. M. Esfandyarpour et. al, "Metamaterial mirrors

  11. Solar Storm Risks for Maine and the New England Electric Grid,

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    Schrijver, Karel

    Solar Storm Risks for Maine and the New England Electric Grid, and Potential Protective Measures.resilientsocieties.org #12;1 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY A severe solar storm--a historical example being the Carrington Event of 1859 of the eastern United States. Severe solar storms--of the intensity of the 1921 New York Central Storm

  12. Department of Electrical Engineering Spring 2011 Automated Solar Tracking Photovoltaic Array

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    Demirel, Melik C.

    to manufacture a portable, lightweight solar panel which will maximize efficiency for outdoor enthusiasts system to align a solar panel toward the sun throughout the day while capable of charging USB devicesPENNSTATE Department of Electrical Engineering Spring 2011 Automated Solar Tracking Photovoltaic

  13. Photonic light trapping and electrical transport in thin-film silicon solar cells

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    Photonic light trapping and electrical transport in thin-film silicon solar cells Lucio Claudio Keywords: Thin-film solar cells Light trapping Photonic structures Carrier collection Electro-optical simulations Surface recombination a b s t r a c t Efficient solar cells require both strong absorption

  14. The Market Value and Cost of Solar Photovoltaic Electricity Production

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    Borenstein, Severin

    2008-01-01

    the current solar PV technology, even after adjusting forde?cit of the current solar PV technology with the potentialcost of installing solar PV technology today far exceeds the

  15. The Market Value and Cost of Solar Photovoltaic Electricity Production

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    Borenstein, Severin

    2008-01-01

    that by turning the solar panels more towards the west,peak production from the solar panels can be more closelyproduction from these solar panels over the two- year period

  16. The Market Value and Cost of Solar Photovoltaic Electricity Production

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    Borenstein, Severin

    2008-01-01

    a more complete market valuation of solar PV. I incorporateto analyze the market value of solar PV. The market bene?tsI evaluate the market economics of solar PV. While accurate

  17. The Market Value and Cost of Solar Photovoltaic Electricity Production

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    Borenstein, Severin

    2008-01-01

    Renew- ables”, The Electricity Journal, Volume 14 (2001),from Real-Time Retail Electricity Pricing: Bill VolatilityReal- Time Retail Electricity Pricing,” Energy Journal,28(

  18. Large-scale structure of the fast solar wind

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    Bisi, M. M.; Fallows, R. A.; Breen, A. R.; Habbal, S. Rifai; Jones, R. A.

    2007-01-01

    to detect small variations in the fast solar wind struc-small-scale (?100 km) density variations in the solar wind.small step in density seen in the Ulysses data indicated the presence of two modes of fast wind,

  19. The Market Value and Cost of Solar Photovoltaic Electricity Production

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    Borenstein, Severin

    2008-01-01

    analyses of solar PV costs, there is perhaps surprisinglypresentation of changing PV costs over time. this requiresin the decline of solar PV costs over the last 30 years.

  20. Update to Large Power Transformers and the U.S. Electric Grid...

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    Update to Large Power Transformers and the U.S. Electric Grid Report Now Available Update to Large Power Transformers and the U.S. Electric Grid Report Now Available April 25, 2014...

  1. Large Power Transformers and the U.S. Electric Grid Report Update...

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Large Power Transformers and the U.S. Electric Grid Report Update (April 2014) Large Power Transformers and the U.S. Electric Grid Report Update (April 2014) The Office of...

  2. Large amplitude oscillatory motion along a solar filament

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    B. Vrsnak; A. M. Veronig; J. K. Thalmann; T. Zic

    2007-07-12

    Large amplitude oscillations of solar filaments is a phenomenon known for more than half a century. Recently, a new mode of oscillations, characterized by periodical plasma motions along the filament axis, was discovered. We analyze such an event, recorded on 23 January 2002 in Big Bear Solar Observatory H$\\alpha$ filtergrams, in order to infer the triggering mechanism and the nature of the restoring force. Motion along the filament axis of a distinct buldge-like feature was traced, to quantify the kinematics of the oscillatory motion. The data were fitted by a damped sine function, to estimate the basic parameters of the oscillations. In order to identify the triggering mechanism, morphological changes in the vicinity of the filament were analyzed. The observed oscillations of the plasma along the filament was characterized by an initial displacement of 24 Mm, initial velocity amplitude of 51 km/s, period of 50 min, and damping time of 115 min. We interpret the trigger in terms of poloidal magnetic flux injection by magnetic reconnection at one of the filament legs. The restoring force is caused by the magnetic pressure gradient along the filament axis. The period of oscillations, derived from the linearized equation of motion (harmonic oscillator) can be expressed as $P=\\pi\\sqrt{2}L/v_{A\\phi}\\approx4.4L/v_{A\\phi}$, where $v_{A\\phi} =B_{\\phi0}/\\sqrt{\\mu_0\\rho}$ represents the Alfv\\'en speed based on the equilibrium poloidal field $B_{\\phi0}$. Combination of our measurements with some previous observations of the same kind of oscillations shows a good agreement with the proposed interpretation.

  3. Room-temperature stationary sodium-ion batteries for large-scale electric energy storage

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    Wang, Wei Hua

    Room-temperature stationary sodium-ion batteries for large-scale electric energy storage Huilin Pan attention particularly in large- scale electric energy storage applications for renewable energy and smart, such as the wind and the sun, large-scale electric energy storage systems are becoming extremely important

  4. An assessment of the economic, regulatory and technical implications of large-scale solar power deployment

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    Merrick, James Hubert

    2010-01-01

    Electricity from solar energy has many favorable attributes. Despite its current high cost relative to other technology options, a combination of cost reductions and policy support measures could lead to increasing deployment ...

  5. Imprinted large-scale high density polymer nanopillars for organic solar cells

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    Gao, Jinming

    Imprinted large-scale high density polymer nanopillars for organic solar cells Mukti Aryal used to make bulk heterojunction solar cells by depositing PCBM on top of the pillars. Imprinting provides a way to precisely control the interdigitized heterojunction morphology, leading to improved solar

  6. Simulation of Large-Area Silicon Solar Cells1 Gernot Heiser2

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    New South Wales, University of

    Simulation of Large-Area Silicon Solar Cells1 Gernot Heiser2 Pietro P. Altermatt3 The University of high-efficiency silicon solar cells. In the past, however, such modelling could only be applied to produce an accurate model of a full-sized high-efficiency solar cell. We demon- strate the power

  7. LAYER TRANSFER OF LARGE AREA MACROPOROUS SILICON FOR MONOCRYSTALLINE THIN-FILM SOLAR CELLS

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    LAYER TRANSFER OF LARGE AREA MACROPOROUS SILICON FOR MONOCRYSTALLINE THIN-FILM SOLAR CELLS Marco-based solar cells is approximately 200 µm with a kerf loss of about 100 µm caused by wire sawing. However, lower wafer thicknesses are sufficient for achieving high solar cell efficiencies exceeding 20 % [1

  8. The effects of solar-geomagnetically induced currents on electrical systems in nuclear power stations

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    Subudhi, M. [Brookhaven National Lab., Upton, NY (United States)] [Brookhaven National Lab., Upton, NY (United States); Carroll, D.P. [Florida Univ., Gainesville, FL (United States)] [Florida Univ., Gainesville, FL (United States); Kasturi, S. [MOS, Inc., Melville, NY (United States)] [MOS, Inc., Melville, NY (United States)

    1994-01-01

    This report presents the results of a study to evaluate the potential effects of geomagnetically induced currents (GICs) caused by the solar disturbances on the in-plant electrical distribution system and equipment in nuclear power stations. The plant-specific electrical distribution system for a typical nuclear plant is modeled using the ElectroMagnetic Transient Program (EMTP). The computer model simulates online equipment and loads from the station transformer in the switchyard of the power station to the safety-buses at 120 volts to which all electronic devices are connected for plant monitoring. The analytical model of the plant`s electrical distribution system is studied to identify the transient effects caused by the half-cycle saturation of the station transformers due to GIC. This study provides results of the voltage harmonics levels that have been noted at various electrical buses inside the plant. The emergency circuits appear to be more susceptible to high harmonics due to the normally light load conditions. In addition to steady-state analysis, this model was further analyzed simulating various plant transient conditions (e.g., loss of load or large motor start-up) occurring during GIC events. Detail models of the plant`s protective relaying system employed in bus transfer application were included in this model to study the effects of the harmonic distortion of the voltage input. Potential harmonic effects on the uniterruptable power system (UPS) are qualitatively discussed as well.

  9. A nuclear wind/solar oil-shale system for variable electricity and liquid fuels production

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    Forsberg, C.

    2012-07-01

    The recoverable reserves of oil shale in the United States exceed the total quantity of oil produced to date worldwide. Oil shale contains no oil, rather it contains kerogen which when heated decomposes into oil, gases, and a carbon char. The energy required to heat the kerogen-containing rock to produce the oil is about a quarter of the energy value of the recovered products. If fossil fuels are burned to supply this energy, the greenhouse gas releases are large relative to producing gasoline and diesel from crude oil. The oil shale can be heated underground with steam from nuclear reactors leaving the carbon char underground - a form of carbon sequestration. Because the thermal conductivity of the oil shale is low, the heating process takes months to years. This process characteristic in a system where the reactor dominates the capital costs creates the option to operate the nuclear reactor at base load while providing variable electricity to meet peak electricity demand and heat for the shale oil at times of low electricity demand. This, in turn, may enable the large scale use of renewables such as wind and solar for electricity production because the base-load nuclear plants can provide lower-cost variable backup electricity. Nuclear shale oil may reduce the greenhouse gas releases from using gasoline and diesel in half relative to gasoline and diesel produced from conventional oil. The variable electricity replaces electricity that would have been produced by fossil plants. The carbon credits from replacing fossil fuels for variable electricity production, if assigned to shale oil production, results in a carbon footprint from burning gasoline or diesel from shale oil that may half that of conventional crude oil. The U.S. imports about 10 million barrels of oil per day at a cost of a billion dollars per day. It would require about 200 GW of high-temperature nuclear heat to recover this quantity of shale oil - about two-thirds the thermal output of existing nuclear reactors in the United States. With the added variable electricity production to enable renewables, additional nuclear capacity would be required. (authors)

  10. Large-Distributed Solar and Wind Grant Program

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    The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) is offering grants for community-scale solar and wind projects located in Illinois.

  11. Spectrum of Magnetic Dissipation and Horizontal Electric Currents in the Solar Photosphere

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    Valentyna Abramenko

    2008-06-09

    A proxy for horizontal electric currents in the solar photosphere was suggested. For a set of evolving active regions (ARs) observed with {\\it Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO)} Michelson Doppler Imager (MDI) in the high resolution mode, the dissipation spectrum, $k^2E(k)$, and the spatial structure of dissipation, i.e., the Stokes dissipation function $\\epsilon(x,y)$, were calculated from the observed $B_z$ component of the magnetic field. These functions allowed us to calculate (a part of) the horizontal electric current density in the photosphere. It was shown that as an active region emerges, large-scale horizontal electric currents are gradually generated and determine a bulk of dissipation. When an active region decays, the large-scale horizontal currents decay faster than the small-scale ones. The density of horizontal currents in active regions is in the range of $ \\sim (0.008 - 0.028)$ A/m$^2$, that is compatible with the density of vertical currents in active regions. We suggest two possible mechanisms for generation of such horizontal currents in the photosphere. One of them is the drift motions of charged particles in the medium of varying plasma pressure gradient in a horizontal plane at the periphery of a sunspot. Such a drift can produce quasi-circular closed horizontal currents around sunspots. Another possibility could be an existence of horizontal axial current inside a highly twisted horizontal magnetic structure laying in the photosphere along the magnetic neutral line. The horizontal currents may contribute significantly to the dynamics of the photosphere/corona coupling, as well as the estimation of non-potentiality of ARs.

  12. The role of hydroelectric generation in electric power systems with large scale wind generation

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    Hagerty, John Michael

    2012-01-01

    An increasing awareness of the operational challenges created by intermittent generation of electricity from policy-mandated renewable resources, such as wind and solar, has led to increased scrutiny of the public policies ...

  13. Evaluation of glare at the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System

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    Ho, C. K.; Sims, C. A.; Christian, J. M.

    2015-06-05

    The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System (ISEGS), located on I-15 about 40 miles (60 km) south of Las Vegas, NV, consists of three power towers 459 ft (140 m) tall and over 170,000 reflective heliostats with a rated capacity of 390 MW. In addition, reports of glare from the plant have been submitted by pilots and air traffic controllers and recorded by the Aviation Safety Reporting System and the California Energy Commission since 2013. Aerial and ground-based surveys of the glare were conducted in April, 2014, to identify the cause and to quantify the irradiance and potential ocular impacts of the glare. Results showed that the intense glare viewed from the airspace above ISEGS was caused by heliostats in standby mode that were aimed to the side of the receiver. Evaluation of the glare showed that the retinal irradiance and subtended source angle of the glare from the heliostats in standby were sufficient to cause significant ocular impact (potential for after-image) up to a distance of ~6 miles (10 km), but the values were below the threshold for permanent eye damage. Glare from the receivers had a low potential for after-image at all ground-based monitoring locations outside of the site boundaries. A Letter to Airmen has been issued by the Federal Aviation Administration to notify pilots of the potential glare hazards. Additional measures to mitigate the potential impacts of glare from ISGES are also presented and discussed.

  14. Evaluation of glare at the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System

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    Ho, C. K.; Sims, C. A.; Christian, J. M.

    2015-06-05

    The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System (ISEGS), located on I-15 about 40 miles (60 km) south of Las Vegas, NV, consists of three power towers 459 ft (140 m) tall and over 170,000 reflective heliostats with a rated capacity of 390 MW. In addition, reports of glare from the plant have been submitted by pilots and air traffic controllers and recorded by the Aviation Safety Reporting System and the California Energy Commission since 2013. Aerial and ground-based surveys of the glare were conducted in April, 2014, to identify the cause and to quantify the irradiance and potential ocular impacts ofmore »the glare. Results showed that the intense glare viewed from the airspace above ISEGS was caused by heliostats in standby mode that were aimed to the side of the receiver. Evaluation of the glare showed that the retinal irradiance and subtended source angle of the glare from the heliostats in standby were sufficient to cause significant ocular impact (potential for after-image) up to a distance of ~6 miles (10 km), but the values were below the threshold for permanent eye damage. Glare from the receivers had a low potential for after-image at all ground-based monitoring locations outside of the site boundaries. A Letter to Airmen has been issued by the Federal Aviation Administration to notify pilots of the potential glare hazards. Additional measures to mitigate the potential impacts of glare from ISGES are also presented and discussed.« less

  15. Optimal electricity system planning in a large hydro jurisdiction: Will British Columbia soon become a major importer of electricity?

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    Pedersen, Tom

    or part of 14 western states in the USA and a small portion of North Mexico. Electricity trade withinOptimal electricity system planning in a large hydro jurisdiction: Will British Columbia soon become a major importer of electricity? Behdad Kiani a,b,n , Andrew Rowe a , Peter Wild a , Lawrence Pitt

  16. The Market Value and Cost of Solar Photovoltaic Electricity Production

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    Borenstein, Severin

    2008-01-01

    a wholesale electricity market in which capacity costs arecapacity would have helped to undermine market power during the California electricityCapacity shortages and the exercise of market power that occurred during the 2000-2001 California electricity

  17. Extended decimeter radio emission after large solar flares A.O. Benz a,*, H. Perret a

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    California at Berkeley, University of

    by extremely intense radio emissions at decimeter wave- lengths. The radio emission continued long afterExtended decimeter radio emission after large solar flares A.O. Benz a,*, H. Perret a , P. Saint; accepted 19 September 2005 Abstract The large solar flares of October and November 2003 were accompanied

  18. S/EV 92 (Solar and Electric Vehicles): Proceedings. Volume 1

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    Not Available

    1992-12-01

    Volume I of these proceedings presents current research on solar and electric powered vehicles. Both fundamental and advanced concepts concerning electric vehicles are presented. The use of photovoltaic cells in electric vehicles and in a broader sense as a means of power generation are discussed. Information on electric powered fleets and races is included. And policy and regulations, especially pertaining to air quality and air pollution abatement are presented.

  19. The Market Value and Cost of Solar Photovoltaic Electricity Production

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    Borenstein, Severin

    2008-01-01

    dissipation during electricity transmission and distributionelectricity, and also ignores the potential savings in transmissionin an electricity grid re?ect the incremental transmission

  20. Denton Municipal Electric- GreenSense Solar Rebate Program

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     At the moment, the solar rebates have been depleted and the program is suspended until funds can be secured.

  1. Clay Electric Cooperative, Inc- Energy Smart Solar Water Heater Rebate Program

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)

    Clay Electric Cooperative (CEC) provides a rebate of $0.01 per BTU output to its residential members when they purchase qualified solar water heaters. This rebate is capped at 60,000 BTUs per...

  2. COMMENTS OF THE LARGE-SCALE SOLAR ASSOCIATION TO DEPARTMENT

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    of Understanding (MOU) entered into by nine Federal agencies in 2009 to expedite electric transmission construction. We also applaud the federal and state agencies that...

  3. Impact of dopant compensation on the electrical properties of silicon for solar cell applications

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    Impact of dopant compensation on the electrical properties of silicon for solar cell applications and ideas and for enriching my knowledge with his brilliant insights into the fundamentals of silicon solar cells. I would like to show my gratitude to Dr. Keith McIntosh, also a member of my supervisory panel

  4. Effects of Highly Non-uniform Illumination Distribution on Electrical Performance of Solar Cells

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    Effects of Highly Non-uniform Illumination Distribution on Electrical Performance of Solar Cells E and prediction of performance for a cell under concentrated illumination is to assume that the flux distribution of resistance within a conventional front-illuminated solar cell are the metal grid, the finger/emitter contacts

  5. EIS-0416: Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System, San Bernardino County, California

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    This EIS analyzes DOE's decision to support a proposal from Solar Partners I, II, IV, and VIII, limited liability corporations formed by BrightSource Energy (BrightSource), to construct and operate a solar thermal electric generating facility in San Bernardino County, California on BLM Land.

  6. Optical, electrical, and solar energy-conversion properties of gallium arsenide nanowire-array

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    Zhou, Chongwu

    Optical, electrical, and solar energy-conversion properties of gallium arsenide nanowire, and will aid in the design and optimization of nanowire-based systems for solar energy-conversion applications, and the photoelectrochemical energy-conversion properties of GaAs nanowire arrays were evaluated in contact with one

  7. Solar energy for heat and electricity: the potential for mitigating climate change

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    the efficien- cy of solar conversion towards the thermodynamic efficiency limit of 86.8%. Currently. On the domestic scale, the quantity of electricity that PV panels can provide depends upon their efficiency, size and local level of solar illumination. PV panels suitable for use on roofs are now manufactured

  8. Comparison of costs for solar electric sources with diesel generators in remote locations

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    Boyer, Edmond

    energy development and deployment. Egypt, Kuwait, and other Arab countries as well as numerous African in solar energy especially in third world countries. Traditionally, since the European countries once369 Comparison of costs for solar electric sources with diesel generators in remote locations F. K

  9. Large Power Transformers and the U.S. Electric Grid Report Update...

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    The Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability has released an update to its 2012 Large Power Transformers and the U.S. Electric Grid report. The new report includes...

  10. Solar Power in the Desert: Are the current large-scale solar developments really improving California’s environment?

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    Allen, Michael F.; McHughen, Alan

    2011-01-01

    solar energy: Photovoltaic vs Solar Thermal. In: Planetaryexpectancy of a thermal solar energy development? A common

  11. Solar Power in the Desert: Are the current large-scale solar developments really improving California’s environment?

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    Allen, Michael F.; McHughen, Alan

    2011-01-01

    expectancy of a thermal solar energy development? A commontowards solar energy: Photovoltaic vs Solar Thermal. In:

  12. PROPERTIES OF FAST SUBMILLIMETER TIME STRUCTURES DURING A LARGE SOLAR FLARE Jean-Pierre Raulin, Pierre Kaufmann,1

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    Giménez de Castro, Guillermo Carlos

    et al. 1994). It has long been recognized that microwave solar bursts are composed of variationsPROPERTIES OF FAST SUBMILLIMETER TIME STRUCTURES DURING A LARGE SOLAR FLARE Jean-Pierre Raulin of the strongest solar radio flares of solar cycle 23. Emission was obtained by the Solar Submillimeter

  13. VLF wave activity in the solar wind and the photoelectron effect in electric field measurements: Ulysses observations

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    California at Berkeley, University of

    solar wind streams, Ulysses observed nearly continuous electric wave activity with peak power belowVLF wave activity in the solar wind and the photoelectron effect in electric field measurements present observations of very low frequency (VLF) waves (0.2 to 448 Hz) made by Ulysses during the solar

  14. Distributed Solar PV for Electricity System Resiliency: Policy and Regulatory Considerations (Brochure)

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    Not Available

    2014-11-01

    Distributed Solar PV systems have the potential of increasing the grid's resiliency to unforeseen events, such as extreme weather events and attacks. This paper presents the role that distributed PV can play in electric grid resiliency, introduces basic system design requirements and options, and discusses the regulatory and policy options for supporting the use of distributed PV for the purpose of increased electricity resiliency.

  15. Large Power Transformers and the U.S. Electric Grid

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Transmission Company North American Electrical Reliability Corporation Ontario Power Generation Scott, Daniel U.S. Department of Commerce U.S. Department of Homeland Security U.S....

  16. SENSIBLE HEAT STORAGE FOR A SOLAR THERMAL POWER PLANT

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    Baldwin, Thomas F.

    2011-01-01

    annual electric energy generation and cost. A large increaseon electric energy generation and cost, The proposed solar~Exchange Power~Generation Subsystem Costs Prestressed Cast

  17. Large Scale Deployment of Renewables for Electricity Generation

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    Neuhoff, Karsten

    2006-03-14

    is the most difficult to predict, but still has capacity factors in the 30 – 40% range. Geothermal is typically available 95% of the time over the productive life of the reservoir, usually 20 – 30 years. Wind, solar and wave intermittency can... conventional uranium reserves and resources of only about 20 million tonnes (this includes estimated resources at extraction costs up to $260/kg). 10 Initially, the production of solar PV cells was rather energy intensive. However, by 1999, rooftop-installed...

  18. Advanced Methods for Incorporating Solar Energy Technologies into Electric Sector Capacity-Expansion Models: Literature Review and Analysis

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    Sullivan, P.; Eurek, K.; Margolis, R.

    2014-07-01

    Because solar power is a rapidly growing component of the electricity system, robust representations of solar technologies should be included in capacity-expansion models. This is a challenge because modeling the electricity system--and, in particular, modeling solar integration within that system--is a complex endeavor. This report highlights the major challenges of incorporating solar technologies into capacity-expansion models and shows examples of how specific models address those challenges. These challenges include modeling non-dispatchable technologies, determining which solar technologies to model, choosing a spatial resolution, incorporating a solar resource assessment, and accounting for solar generation variability and uncertainty.

  19. Solar energy teaching lab with large scale working model

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    Pearson, J.; Cook, T.

    1980-01-01

    An active solar energy retrofit has been added to an engineering building at John Brown University. A new system dependent evaluation procedure incorporating the f-chart method was used for panel selection. The system is designed and instrumented in order to provide various laboratory experiences and data collection capability. Data collection and system control are provided by a microcomputer. 7 refs.

  20. One-point statistics and intermittency of induced electric field in the solar wind

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    Luca Sorriso-Valvo; Vincenzo Carbone; Roberto Bruno

    2004-05-26

    The interplanetary induced electric field e=vxb is studied, using solar wind time series. The probability distribution functions (PDFs) of the electric field components are measured from the data and their non-gaussianity is discussed. Moreover, for the first time we show that the electric field turbulence is characterized by intermittency. This point is addressed by studying, as usual, the scaling of the PDFs of field increments, which allows a quantitative characterization of intermittency.

  1. Distributed Solar Photovoltaics for Electric Vehicle Charging: Regulatory and Policy Considerations (Brochure)

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    Not Available

    2014-09-01

    Increasing demand for electric vehicle (EV) charging provides an opportunity for market expansion of distributed solar technology. A major barrier to the current deployment of solar technology for EV charging is a lack of clear information for policy makers, utilities and potential adopters. This paper introduces the pros and cons of EV charging during the day versus at night, summarizes the benefits and grid implications of combining solar and EV charging technologies, and offers some regulatory and policy options available to policy makers and regulators wanting to incentivize solar EV charging.

  2. Nuclear EMP simulation for large-scale urban environments. FDTD for electrically large problems.

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    Smith, William S.; Bull, Jeffrey S.; Wilcox, Trevor; Bos, Randall J.; Shao, Xuan-Min; Goorley, John T.; Costigan, Keeley R.

    2012-08-13

    In case of a terrorist nuclear attack in a metropolitan area, EMP measurement could provide: (1) a prompt confirmation of the nature of the explosion (chemical or nuclear) for emergency response; and (2) and characterization parameters of the device (reaction history, yield) for technical forensics. However, urban environment could affect the fidelity of the prompt EMP measurement (as well as all other types of prompt measurement): (1) Nuclear EMP wavefront would no longer be coherent, due to incoherent production, attenuation, and propagation of gamma and electrons; and (2) EMP propagation from source region outward would undergo complicated transmission, reflection, and diffraction processes. EMP simulation for electrically-large urban environment: (1) Coupled MCNP/FDTD (Finite-difference time domain Maxwell solver) approach; and (2) FDTD tends to be limited to problems that are not 'too' large compared to the wavelengths of interest because of numerical dispersion and anisotropy. We use a higher-order low-dispersion, isotropic FDTD algorithm for EMP propagation.

  3. Treatment of Solar Generation in Electric Utility Resource Planning

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    Sterling, J.; McLaren, J.; Taylor, M.; Cory, K.

    2013-10-01

    Today's utility planners have a different market and economic context than their predecessors, including planning for the growth of renewable energy. State and federal support policies, solar photovoltaic (PV) price declines, and the introduction of new business models for solar PV 'ownership' are leading to increasing interest in solar technologies (especially PV); however, solar introduces myriad new variables into the utility resource planning decision. Most, but not all, utility planners have less experience analyzing solar than conventional generation as part of capacity planning, portfolio evaluation, and resource procurement decisions. To begin to build this knowledge, utility staff expressed interest in one effort: utility exchanges regarding data, methods, challenges, and solutions for incorporating solar in the planning process. Through interviews and a questionnaire, this report aims to begin this exchange of information and capture utility-provided information about: 1) how various utilities approach long-range resource planning; 2) methods and tools utilities use to conduct resource planning; and, 3) how solar technologies are considered in the resource planning process.

  4. Planning for PV: The Value and Cost of Solar Electricity

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    2008-01-01

    This is a brochure developed specifically for residential home builders. It provides information on basic financial factors and additional resources to consider when incorporating solar technologies into building plans.

  5. The Market Value and Cost of Solar Photovoltaic Electricity Production

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    Borenstein, Severin

    2008-01-01

    2007 Figure 4: Installed Solar PV Capacity and Annual Valuesolar PV is hardly ever installed in a manner that targets speci?c capacitysolar PV in- stallations in the CEC dataset (a total installed capacity

  6. Identification of Market Power in Large-Scale Electric Energy Markets Bernard C. Lesieutre

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    Identification of Market Power in Large-Scale Electric Energy Markets Bernard C. Lesieutre Hyung and competitive operation of centrally- dispatched electricity markets. Traditional measures for market power demand and reserve requirements, a centrally-dispatched electricity market provides a transparent

  7. Large-scale solar cycle features of solar photospheric magnetic field

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    W. B. Song

    2007-05-14

    It is well accepted that the solar cycle originates from a magnetohydrodynamics dynamo deep inside the Sun. Many dynamo models have long been proposed based on a lot of observational constraints. In this paper, using 342 NSO/Kitt Peak solar synoptic charts we study the solar cycle phases in different solar latitudinal zones to set further constraints. Our results can be summarized as follows. (1) The variability of solar polar regions' area has a correlation with total unsigned magnetic flux in advance of 5 years. (2) The high-latitude region mainly appears unipolar in the whole solar cycle and its flux peak time lags sunspot cycle for 3 years. (3) For the activity belt, it is not surprised that its phase be the same as sunspot's. (4) The flux peak time of the low-latitude region shifts forward with an average gradient of 32.2 $day/deg$. These typical characteristics may provide some hints for constructing an actual solar dynamo.

  8. Proceedings of the 12th Sede Boker Symposium on Solar Electricity Production 3 February 23-24, 2004

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    Prigozhin, Leonid

    Electricity Production February 23-24, 2004 2. Solar operated organic Rankine cycle units for 0.2 to 10 MWe

  9. Solar Trough Organic Rankine Electricity System (STORES) Stage 1: Power Plant Optimization and Economics; November 2000 -- May 2005

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    Prabhu, E.

    2006-03-01

    Report regarding a Stage 1 Study to further develop the concept of the Solar Trough Organic Rankine Cycle Electricity Systems (STORES).

  10. Missing Money--Will the Current Electricity Market Structure Support High (~50%) Wind/Solar?; NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

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    Milligan, Michael

    2015-05-15

    This presentation summarizes the missing money problem and whether the current electricity market structure will support high penetration levels of wind and solar.

  11. Analysis of Large- Capacity Water Heaters in Electric Thermal Storage Programs

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    Cooke, Alan L.; Anderson, David M.; Winiarski, David W.; Carmichael, Robert T.; Mayhorn, Ebony T.; Fisher, Andrew R.

    2015-03-17

    This report documents a national impact analysis of large tank heat pump water heaters (HPWH) in electric thermal storage (ETS) programs and conveys the findings related to concerns raised by utilities regarding the ability of large-tank heat pump water heaters to provide electric thermal storage services.

  12. The Market Value and Cost of Solar Photovoltaic Electricity Production

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    Borenstein, Severin

    2008-01-01

    Large Grid- Connected Photovoltaic Systems in California andEconomics of Commercial Photovoltaic Systems in California,”

  13. Treatment of Solar Generation in Electric Utility Resource Planning (Presentation)

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    Cory, K.; Sterling, J.; Taylor, M.; McLaren, J.

    2014-01-01

    Today's utility planners have a different market and economic context than their predecessors, including planning for the growth of renewable energy. Through interviews and a questionnaire, the authors gathered information on utility supply planning and how solar is represented. Utilities were asked to provide their resource planning process details, key assumptions (e.g. whether DG is represented as supply or negative load), modeling methodology (e.g. type of risk analytics and candidate portfolio development), capacity expansion and production simulation model software, and solar project representation (project size, capacity value and integration cost adder). This presentation aims to begin the exchange of information between utilities, regulators and other stakeholders by capturing utility-provided information about: 1) how various utilities approach long-range resource planning; 2) methods and tools utilities use to conduct resource planning; and, 3) how solar technologies are considered in the resource planning process.

  14. Thermoelectrics Combined with Solar Concentration for Electrical and Thermal Cogeneration

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    Jackson, Philip Robert

    2012-01-01

    of electrical and thermal energy, and the software used forincident 384 watts of thermal energy from the sun via thethe system can extract thermal energy from the receiver, but

  15. New Hampshire Electric Co-Op- Solar Photovoltaic Incentive Program

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)

    New Hampshire Electric Co-op (NHEC) is offering rebates for residential and commercial, grid-tied photovoltaic (PV) systems up to one megawatt (MW) in capacity. The rebate is equal to $0.25 per DC...

  16. Solar Two is a concentrating solar power plant that can supply electric power "on demand"

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    Laughlin, Robert B.

    achievement. The design is based on lessons learned at Solar One, this country's first power tower. Solar One. Project engineers calculated the power tower would operate more efficiently if it used a working fluid it is stored in a "hot" tank. When power production is needed, hot salt is pumped from the hot tank to generate

  17. Mars as a comet: Solar wind interaction on a large scale

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    Holmstrom, Mats

    2015-01-01

    Looking at the Mars-solar wind interaction on a larger spatial scale than the near Mars region, the planet can be seen as an ion source interacting with the solar wind, in many ways like a comet, but with a smaller ion source region. Here we study the interaction between Mars and the solar wind using a hybrid model (particle ions and fluid electrons). We find that the solar wind is disturbed by Mars out to 100 Mars radii downstream of the planet, and beyond. On this large scale it is clear that the escaping ions can be classified into two different populations. A polar plume of ions picked-up by the solar wind, and a more fluid outflow of ions behind the planet. The outflow increases linear with the production up to levels of observed outflow rates, then the escape levels off for higher production rates.

  18. The Value of Distributed Solar Electric Generation to San Antonio

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    Jones, Nic; Norris, Ben; Meyer, Lisa

    2013-02-14

    This report presents an analysis of value provided by grid-connected, distributed PV in San Antonio from a utility perspective. The study quantified six value components, summarized in Table ES- 1. These components represent the benefits that accrue to the utility, CPS Energy, in accepting solar onto the grid. This analysis does not treat the compensation of value, policy objectives, or cost-effectiveness from the retail consumer perspective.

  19. Overview and Challenges of Thin Film Solar Electric Technologies

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    Ullal, H. S.

    2008-12-01

    In this paper, we report on the significant progress made worldwide by thin-film solar cells, namely, amorphous silicon (a-Si), cadmium telluride (CdTe), and copper indium gallium diselenide (CIGS). Thin-film photovoltaic (PV) technology status is also discussed in detail. In addition, R&D and technology challenges in all three areas are elucidated. The worldwide estimated projection for thin-film PV technology production capacity announcements are estimated at more than 5000 MW by 2010.

  20. QER - Comment of Solar Electric Power Association | Department of Energy

    Energy Savers [EERE]

    AFDC Printable Version Share this resource Send a link to EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page to someone by E-mail Share EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Facebook Tweet about EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Twitter Bookmark EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Google Bookmark EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on DeliciousMathematicsEnergyInterested PartiesBuildingBudget || DepartmentPutting Solar PanelsEnergy 1 QERSolar

  1. LARGE-AMPLITUDE LONGITUDINAL OSCILLATIONS IN A SOLAR FILAMENT

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    Luna, M.

    2012-05-01

    We have developed the first self-consistent model for the observed large-amplitude oscillations along filament axes that explains the restoring force and damping mechanism. We have investigated the oscillations of multiple threads formed in long, dipped flux tubes through the thermal nonequilibrium process, and found that the oscillation properties predicted by our simulations agree with the observed behavior. We then constructed a model for the large-amplitude longitudinal oscillations that demonstrates that the restoring force is the projected gravity in the tube where the threads oscillate. Although the period is independent of the tube length and the constantly growing mass, the motions are strongly damped by the steady accretion of mass onto the threads by thermal nonequilibrium. The observations and our model suggest that a nearby impulsive event drives the existing prominence threads along their supporting tubes, away from the heating deposition site, without destroying them. The subsequent oscillations occur because the displaced threads reside in magnetic concavities with large radii of curvature. Our model yields a powerful seismological method for constraining the coronal magnetic field and radius of curvature of dips. Furthermore, these results indicate that the magnetic structure is most consistent with the sheared-arcade model for filament channels.

  2. Solar storm Risk to the north American electric grid

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    Schrijver, Karel

    Internal Heating 12 6.5 Damage Criteria and Outage 13 6.6 Outage Scenarios 13 7 AWARENESS AND PREPARATION and we become more and more dependent on electricity, the risk of a catastrophic outage increases of the potential for long-term, widespread power outage, the hazard posed by geomagnetic storms is one of the most

  3. Your Community With Solar

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    contractors and partners · Conducting community outreach and education · Pricing and financing projects. Also for utility-scale solar electricity to roughly 6 cents per kilowatt hour without subsidies will result in rapid, large- scale adoption of solar electricity across the United States. Reaching this goal will re

  4. Stirling Engines for Low-Temperature Solar-Thermal-Electric Power Generation

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    Sanders, Seth

    Stirling Engines for Low-Temperature Solar-Thermal- Electric Power Generation Artin Der Minassians Energy Institute (UCEI) and National Science Foundation (NSF) #12;Stirling Engines for Low: Chair Date Date Date Date University of California, Berkeley Fall 2007 #12;Stirling Engines for Low

  5. Clean Energy State Program Guide: Mainstreaming Solar Electricity Strategies for States to Build Local Markets

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)

    A PV mapping tool visually represents a specific site and calculates PV system size and projected electricity production. This report identifies the commercially available solar mapping tools and thoroughly summarizes the source data type and resolution, the visualization software program being used, user inputs, calculation methodology and algorithms, map outputs, and development costs for each map.

  6. An Improved MPPT Interleaved Boost Converter for Solar Electric Vehicle Application

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    Boyer, Edmond

    . The converter is connected between the photovoltaic power generation and dc bus in a multisource energy storage dc-dc converter; Solar electric vehicle; MPPT; Energy storage system. I. INTRODUCTION Photovoltaic energy storage system of a SEV Furthermore, for high-power applications, interleaved converters have been

  7. Salem Electric - Solar Water Heater Rebate | Department of Energy

    Broader source: Energy.gov (indexed) [DOE]

    AFDC Printable Version Share this resource Send a link to EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page to someone by E-mail Share EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Facebook Tweet about EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Twitter Bookmark EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Homesum_a_epg0_fpd_mmcf_m.xls" ,"Available from WebQuantity of Natural GasAdjustmentsShirleyEnergyTher i nAandSummaryDIST OFMEAG, Dalton2 Supplement AnalysisSAFETYProgramSolar Water

  8. Advanced Solar Electric Inc ASE | Open Energy Information

    Open Energy Info (EERE)

    AFDC Printable Version Share this resource Send a link to EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page to someone by E-mail Share EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Facebook Tweet about EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Twitter Bookmark EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Google Bookmark EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on QA:QA J-E-1 SECTION JEnvironmental Jump to:EAand DaltonSolar Energy LLCAdema TechnologiesRenewableEnergy

  9. List of Solar Thermal Electric Incentives | Open Energy Information

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    AFDC Printable Version Share this resource Send a link to EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page to someone by E-mail Share EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Facebook Tweet about EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Twitter Bookmark EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Google Bookmark EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on QA:QA J-E-1 SECTION J APPENDIXsource History ViewInformationWindsCompressedList of RefuelingRoomList of SolarList

  10. The Large Scale Roll-Out of Electric Vehicles

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    Talaei, Alireza; Begg, Katherine; Jamasb, Tooraj

    2012-10-26

    , biomass power plant, nuclear, imported electricity, coal steam turbine, heavy fuel oil steam turbine and natural gas combined cycle (Vuorinen, 2007). In 2007, nuclear and renewable were the main sources which were used to generate up to 17 GW and 20 GW... factor from such a plant is between 350 and 450 g/kWh. Our calculations (for 2010) are in line with the CO2 emission factor of a typical gas turbine power plant operating in the UK in 2010. 0.15 0.2 0.25 0.3 0.35 0.4 0.45 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12...

  11. Microscopic Measurements of Electrical Potential in Hydrogenated Nanocrystalline Silicon Solar Cells: Preprint

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    Jiang, C. S.; Moutinho, H. R.; Reedy, R. C.; Al-Jassim, M. M.; Yan, B.; Yue, G.; Sivec, L.; Yang, J.; Guha, S.; Tong, X.

    2012-04-01

    We report on a direct measurement of electrical potential and field profiles across the n-i-p junction of hydrogenated nanocrystalline silicon (nc-Si:H) solar cells, using the nanometer-resolution potential imaging technique of scanning Kelvin probe force microscopy (SKPFM). It was observed that the electric field is nonuniform across the i layer. It is much higher in the p/i region than in the middle and the n/i region, illustrating that the i layer is actually slightly n-type. A measurement on a nc-Si:H cell with a higher oxygen impurity concentration shows that the nonuniformity of the electric field is much more pronounced than in samples having a lower O impurity, indicating that O is an electron donor in nc-Si:H materials. This nonuniform distribution of electric field implies a mixture of diffusion and drift of carrier transport in the nc-Si:H solar cells. The composition and structure of these nc-Si:H cells were further investigated by using secondary-ion mass spectrometry and Raman spectroscopy, respectively. The effects of impurity and structural properties on the electrical potential distribution and solar cell performance are discussed.

  12. NREL Confirms Large Potential for Grid Integration of Wind, Solar Power (Fact Sheet)

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    Not Available

    2011-10-01

    To fully harvest the nation's bountiful wind and solar resources, it is critical to know how much electrical power from these renewable resources could be integrated reliably into the grid. To inform the discussion about the potential of such variable sources, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) launched two key regional studies, examining the east and west sections of the U.S. power grid. The studies show that it is technically possible for U.S. power systems to integrate 20%-35% renewable electricity if infrastructure and operational improvements can be made.

  13. Solar Power in the Desert: Are the current large-scale solar developments really improving California’s environment?

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    Allen, Michael F.; McHughen, Alan

    2011-01-01

    habitat loss from solar and thermal power expansions (Photovoltaic vs Solar Thermal. In: Planetary Stewardship.of the vegetation for thermal solar power units. The net C

  14. Solar Power in the Desert: Are the current large-scale solar developments really improving California’s environment?

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    Allen, Michael F.; McHughen, Alan

    2011-01-01

    Jenerette. 2010. Box 11: Two paths towards solar energy:Photovoltaic vs Solar Thermal. In: Planetary Stewardship.government betting on the wrong solar horse. Natural Gas &

  15. Variability of Power from Large-Scale Solar Photovoltaic Scenarios in the State of Gujarat (Presentation)

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    Parsons, B.; Hummon, M.; Cochran, J.; Stoltenberg, B.; Batra, P.; Mehta, B.; Patel, D.

    2014-04-01

    India has ambitious goals for high utilization of variable renewable power from wind and solar, and deployment has been proceeding at a rapid pace. The western state of Gujarat currently has the largest amount of solar generation of any Indian state, with over 855 Megawatts direct current (MWDC). Combined with over 3,240 MW of wind, variable generation renewables comprise nearly 18% of the electric-generating capacity in the state. A new historic 10-kilometer (km) gridded solar radiation data set capturing hourly insolation values for 2002-2011 is available for India. We apply an established method for downscaling hourly irradiance data to one-minute irradiance data at potential PV power production locations for one year, 2006. The objective of this report is to characterize the intra-hour variability of existing and planned photovoltaic solar power generation in the state of Gujarat (a total of 1.9 gigawatts direct current (GWDC)), and of five possible expansion scenarios of solar generation that reflect a range of geographic diversity (each scenario totals 500-1,000 MW of additional solar capacity). The report statistically analyzes one year's worth of power variability data, applied to both the baseline and expansion scenarios, to evaluate diurnal and seasonal power fluctuations, different timescales of variability (e.g., from one to 15 minutes), the magnitude of variability (both total megawatts and relative to installed solar capacity), and the extent to which the variability can be anticipated in advance. The paper also examines how Gujarat Energy Transmission Corporation (GETCO) and the Gujarat State Load Dispatch Centre (SLDC) could make use of the solar variability profiles in grid operations and planning.

  16. Variability of Power from Large-Scale Solar Photovoltaic Scenarios in the State of Gujarat: Preprint

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    Parsons, B.; Hummon, M.; Cochran, J.; Stoltenberg, B.; Batra, P.; Mehta, B.; Patel, D.

    2014-04-01

    India has ambitious goals for high utilization of variable renewable power from wind and solar, and deployment has been proceeding at a rapid pace. The western state of Gujarat currently has the largest amount of solar generation of any Indian state, with over 855 Megawatts direct current (MWDC). Combined with over 3,240 MW of wind, variable generation renewables comprise nearly 18% of the electric-generating capacity in the state. A new historic 10-kilometer (km) gridded solar radiation data set capturing hourly insolation values for 2002-2011 is available for India. We apply an established method for downscaling hourly irradiance data to one-minute irradiance data at potential PV power production locations for one year, 2006. The objective of this report is to characterize the intra-hour variability of existing and planned photovoltaic solar power generation in the state of Gujarat (a total of 1.9 gigawatts direct current (GWDC)), and of five possible expansion scenarios of solar generation that reflect a range of geographic diversity (each scenario totals 500-1,000 MW of additional solar capacity). The report statistically analyzes one year's worth of power variability data, applied to both the baseline and expansion scenarios, to evaluate diurnal and seasonal power fluctuations, different timescales of variability (e.g., from one to 15 minutes), the magnitude of variability (both total megawatts and relative to installed solar capacity), and the extent to which the variability can be anticipated in advance. The paper also examines how Gujarat Energy Transmission Corporation (GETCO) and the Gujarat State Load Dispatch Centre (SLDC) could make use of the solar variability profiles in grid operations and planning.

  17. ELEG620: Solar Electric Systems University of Delaware, ECE Spring 2008 C. Honsberg Solar Radiation

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    Honsberg, Christiana

    at high photon energies. · Water vapor, CO2, absorb in infra-red. ­ Clouds, other local variation its spectral irradiance ­ Calculate properties of black body radiation: Max temperature, total power · Outline ­ Properties of radiation: Summary of equations, terms, concepts ­ Solar Spectrum ­ Terrestrial

  18. Penetration and air-emission-reduction benefits of solar technologies in the electric utilities

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    Sutherland, R.J.

    1981-01-01

    The results of a study of four solar energy technologies and the electric utility industry are reported. The purpose of the study was to estimate the penetration by federal region of four solar technologies - wind, biomass, phtovoltaics, and solar thermal - in terms of installed capacity and power generated. The penetration by these technologies occurs at the expense of coal and nuclear power. The displacement of coal plants implies a displacement of their air emissions, such as sulfur dioxide, oxides of nitrogen, and particulate matter. The main conclusion of this study is that solar thermal, photovoltaics, and biomass fail to penetrate significantly by the end of this century in any federal region. Wind energy penetrates the electric utility industry in several regions during the 1990s. Displaced coal and nuclear generation are also estimated by region, as are the corresponding reductions in air emissions. The small-scale penetration by the solar technologies necessarily limits the amount of conventional fuels displaced and the reduction in air emissions. A moderate displacement of sulfur dioxide and the oxides of nitrogen is estimated to occur by the end of this century, and significant lowering of these emissions should occur in the early part of the next century.

  19. Large Solar Flares and their Ionospheric D-region Enhancements Neil R. Thomson and Craig J. Rodger

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    Otago, University of

    1 Large Solar Flares and their Ionospheric D-region Enhancements Neil R. Thomson and Craig J Division, British Antarctic Survey, Cambridge, UK On 4 November 2003, the largest solar flare ever recorded solar flares the X-ray flux received at the Earth increases dramatically, often within a few minutes

  20. Analysis of the Potential for a Heat Island Effect in Large Solar Vasilis Fthenakis1,2

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    . INTRODUCTION Solar farms in the capacity range of 50MW to 500 MW are being proliferating in North America impacts from the installation and operation phases of large solar farms deserve comprehensive research widespread installation of solar panels and found this to be small compared to benefits from the reduction

  1. Large Customers (DR Sellers)

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    Kiliccot, Sila

    2011-10-25

    State of the large customers for demand response integration of solar and wind into electric grid; openADR; CAISO; DR as a pseudo generation; commercial and industrial DR strategies; California regulations

  2. Fluctuations in the interplanetary electric potential and energy coupling between the solar-wind and the magnetosphere

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    Badruddin,

    2013-01-01

    We utilize solar rotation average geomagnetic index ap and various solar wind plasma and field parameters for four solar cycles 20-23. We perform analysis to search for a best possible coupling function at 27-day time resolution. Regression analysis using these data at different phases of solar activity (increasing including maximum/decreasing including minimum) led us to suggest that the time variation of interplanetary electric potential is a better coupling function for solar wind-magnetosphere coupling. We suspect that a faster rate of change in interplanetary electric potential at the magnetopause might enhance the reconnection rate and energy transfer from the solar wind into the magnetosphere. The possible mechanism that involves the interplanetary potential fluctuations in influencing the solar wind-magnetosphere coupling is being investigated.

  3. Small Solar Wind Transients and Their Connection to the Large-Scale Coronal Structure

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    2009-01-01

    AT SOLAR MINIMUM Small Solar Wind Transients and Theirinclude closed loops, Small Solar Wind Transients and Theirthe transient on Small Solar Wind Transients and Their

  4. Proposed guidelines for reporting performance of a solar dish/Stirling electric generation system

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    Stine, W.B.; Powell, M.A.

    1992-12-31

    Experimental performance data from dish/Stirling system testing can be analyzed to generate a system performance model. An approach to developing an experimentally based performance model of a dish/Stirling system is given. Two methods for analyzing the experimental data are described. To provide information that will permit comparison of dish/Stirling systems, it is necessary to define many of the details involved in calculating system performance data such as the net system output and system solar-to-electric efficiency. This paper describes a set of guidelines for these calculations, based on past experience, especially with the Vanguard dish/Stirling system. Also presented are a set of rating conditions at which a maximum value for system efficiency can be calculated. Comparison between systems of their rated peak solar-to-electric efficiency is made possible when these rating conditions are in common use by manufacturers and testing agencies.

  5. Characterization of solar thermal concepts for electricity generation: Volume 1, Analyses and evaluation

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    Williams, T.A.; Dirks, J.A.; Brown, D.R.; Drost, M.K.; Antoniac, Z.A.; Ross, B.A.

    1987-03-01

    This study is aimed at providing a relative comparison of the thermodynamic and economic performance in electric applications of several concepts that have been studied and developed in the DOE solar thermal program. Since the completion of earlier systems comparison studies in the late 1970's, there have been a number of years of progress in solar thermal technology. This progress has included development of new solar components, improvements in component and system design detail, construction of working systems, and collection of operating data on the systems. This study provides an updating of the expected performance and cost of the major components and the overall system energy cost for the concepts evaluated. The projections in this study are for the late 1990's time frame, based on the capabilities of the technologies that could be expected to be achieved with further technology development.

  6. Global Solar Free Magnetic Energy and Electric Current Density Distribution of Carrington Rotation 2124

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    Tadesse, Tilaye; Alexei, Pevtsov A; Macneice, P; Gosain, S

    2013-01-01

    Solar eruptive phenomena, like flares and coronal mass ejections(CMEs) are governed by magnetic fields. To describe the structure of these phenomena one needs information on the magnetic flux density and the electric current density vector components in three dimensions throughout the atmosphere. However, current spectro-polarimetric measurements typically limit the determination of the vector magnetic field only to the photosphere. Therefore, there is considerable interest in accurate modeling of the solar coronal magnetic field using photospheric vector magnetograms as boundary data. In this work, we model the coronal magnetic field for global solar atmosphere using a nonlinear force-free field(NLFFF) extrapolation codes implemented to a synoptic maps of photospheric vector magnetic field synthesized from Vector Spectromagnetograph (VSM) on Synoptic Optical Long-term Investigations of the Sun (SOLIS) as boundary condition. Using the resulting three dimensional magnetic field, we calculate the three dimensio...

  7. Frank Vignola Solar Radiation Monitoring Laboratory

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    Oregon, University of

    (independent power producer) electric generating facility (e.g., gas turbines, etc.). In the mid-1980s, solar prompted utilities to either build their own solar generating facilities or, more often, enter into firm there was a hiatus in building large solar thermal electric facilities. Ten years ago, photovoltaic (PV) systems

  8. Sub-metering to Electricity Use in Large-scale Commercial Buildings 

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    Yuan, W.

    2006-01-01

    -metering and statistics ???? Method to actualize sub-metering ???? Practice??Project example ???? Use of data??Analysis Software Sub-metering and statistics to electricity use in commercial buildings 3 Situation?? 4 types of large-scale commercial building Shopping mall... in commercial buildings ???? Significanceof sub-metering and statistics ???? Method to actualize sub-metering ???? Practice??Project example ???? Use of data??Analysis Software Sub-metering and statistics to electricity use in commercial buildings 8 Method...

  9. Features of a fully renewable US electricity system: Optimized mixes of wind and solar PV and transmission grid extensions

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    Jacobson, Mark

    in FERC (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission)-level LCOE (Levelized Costs Of Electricity) for wind and solar PV due to differing weather conditions. Regional LCOE vary by up to 29%, and LCOE-optimal mixes

  10. SunShot Vision Study: A Comprehensive Analysis of the Potential for U.S. Solar Electricity Generation (Fact Sheet)

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    Not Available

    2012-06-01

    The SunShot Vision Study provides the most comprehensive assessment to date of the potential for solar technologies to meet a significant share of electricity demand in the United States during the next several decades.

  11. Public attitudes regarding large-scale solar energy development in the U.S.

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    Carlisle, Juliet E.; Kane, Stephanie L.; Solan, David; Bowman, Madelaine; Joe, Jeffrey C.

    2015-08-01

    Using data collected from both a National sample as well as an oversample in U.S. Southwest, we examine public attitudes toward the construction of utility-scale solar facilities in the U.S. as well as development in one’s own county. Our multivariate analyses assess demographic and sociopsychological factors as well as context in terms of proximity of proposed project by considering the effect of predictors for respondents living in the Southwest versus those from a National sample.We find that the predictors, and impact of the predictors, related to support and opposition to solar development vary in terms of psychological and physical distance.more »Overall, for respondents living in the U.S. Southwest we find that environmentalism, belief that developers receive too many incentives, and trust in project developers to be significantly related to support and opposition to solar development, in general. When Southwest respondents consider large-scale solar development in their county, the influence of these variables changes so that property value, race, and age only yield influence. Differential effects occur for respondents of our National sample.We believe our findings to be relevant for those outside the U.S. due to the considerable growth PV solar has experienced in the last decade, especially in China, Japan, Germany, and the U.S.« less

  12. Public attitudes regarding large-scale solar energy development in the U.S.

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    Carlisle, Juliet E.; Kane, Stephanie L.; Solan, David; Bowman, Madelaine; Joe, Jeffrey C.

    2015-08-01

    Using data collected from both a National sample as well as an oversample in U.S. Southwest, we examine public attitudes toward the construction of utility-scale solar facilities in the U.S. as well as development in one’s own county. Our multivariate analyses assess demographic and sociopsychological factors as well as context in terms of proximity of proposed project by considering the effect of predictors for respondents living in the Southwest versus those from a National sample.We find that the predictors, and impact of the predictors, related to support and opposition to solar development vary in terms of psychological and physical distance. Overall, for respondents living in the U.S. Southwest we find that environmentalism, belief that developers receive too many incentives, and trust in project developers to be significantly related to support and opposition to solar development, in general. When Southwest respondents consider large-scale solar development in their county, the influence of these variables changes so that property value, race, and age only yield influence. Differential effects occur for respondents of our National sample.We believe our findings to be relevant for those outside the U.S. due to the considerable growth PV solar has experienced in the last decade, especially in China, Japan, Germany, and the U.S.

  13. INTERACTION BETWEEN TWO CORONAL MASS EJECTIONS IN THE 2013 MAY 22 LARGE SOLAR ENERGETIC PARTICLE EVENT

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    Ding, Liu-Guan; Xu, Fei; Gu, Bin; Zhang, Ya-Nan [School of Physics and Optoelectronic Engineering, Institute of Space Weather, Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology, Nanjing 210044 (China); Li, Gang [Department of Space Science and CSPAR, University of Alabama in Huntsville, Huntsville, AL 35899 (United States); Jiang, Yong [College of Math and Statistics, Institute of Space Weather, Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology, Nanjing 210044 (China); Le, Gui-Ming [National Center for Space Weather, China Meteorological Administration, Beijing 100081 (China); Shen, Cheng-Long; Wang, Yu-Ming [CAS Key Laboratory of Geospace Environment, Department of Geophysics and Planetary Sciences, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui 230026 (China); Chen, Yao, E-mail: gang.li@uah.edu [Institute of Space Sciences and School of Space Science and Physics, Shandong University, Weihai, Shandong 264209 (China)

    2014-10-01

    We investigate the eruption and interaction of two coronal mass ejections (CMEs) during the large 2013 May 22 solar energetic particle event using multiple spacecraft observations. Two CMEs, having similar propagation directions, were found to erupt from two nearby active regions (ARs), AR11748 and AR11745, at ?08:48 UT and ?13:25 UT, respectively. The second CME was faster than the first CME. Using the graduated cylindrical shell model, we reconstructed the propagation of these two CMEs and found that the leading edge of the second CME caught up with the trailing edge of the first CME at a height of ?6 solar radii. After about two hours, the leading edges of the two CMEs merged at a height of ?20 solar radii. Type II solar radio bursts showed strong enhancement during this two hour period. Using the velocity dispersion method, we obtained the solar particle release (SPR) time and the path length for energetic electrons. Further assuming that energetic protons propagated along the same interplanetary magnetic field, we also obtained the SPR time for energetic protons, which were close to that of electrons. These release times agreed with the time when the second CME caught up with the trailing edge of the first CME, indicating that the CME-CME interaction (and shock-CME interaction) plays an important role in the process of particle acceleration in this event.

  14. 2008 Solar Technologies Market Report

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    Price, S.

    2010-01-01

    which uses solar energy to generate electricity." Like otherwhich uses solar energy to generate electricity” qualifiesenergy technologies, solar PV creates the most jobs per unit of electricity

  15. Highly-Efficient Thermoelectronic Conversion of Solar Energy and Heat into Electric Power

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    Meir, S; Geballe, T H; Mannhart, J

    2013-01-01

    Electric power may, in principle, be generated in a highly efficient manner from heat created by focused solar irradiation, chemical combustion, or nuclear decay by means of thermionic energy conversion. As the conversion efficiency of the thermionic process tends to be degraded by electron space charges, the efficiencies of thermionic generators have amounted to only a fraction of those fundamentally possible. We show that this space-charge problem can be resolved by shaping the electric potential distribution of the converter such that the static electron space-charge clouds are transformed into an output current. Although the technical development of practical generators will require further substantial efforts, we conclude that a highly efficient transformation of heat to electric power may well be achieved.

  16. Did geomagnetic activity challenge electric power reliability during solar cycle 23? Evidence from the PJM regional transmission

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    Schrijver, Karel

    geomagnetic storm on 13 March 1989 contributed to the collapse of the Hydro-Quebec power system in CanadaDid geomagnetic activity challenge electric power reliability during solar cycle 23? Evidence from addresses whether geomagnetic activity challenged power system reliability during Solar Cycle 23. Operations

  17. Influence of CdTe thickness on structural and electrical properties of CdTe/CdS solar cells

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    Romeo, Alessandro

    Influence of CdTe thickness on structural and electrical properties of CdTe/CdS solar cells A a b s t r a c ta r t i c l e i n f o Available online xxxx Keywords: Solar cells CdCl2 CdTe Thin absorbers Due to its high scalability and low production cost, CdTe solar cells have shown a very strong

  18. The value of electricity storage under large-scale penetration of renewable energy : a hybrid modeling approach

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    Octaviano Villasana, Claudia Alejandra

    2015-01-01

    Due to the physics of electricity, and the current high costs of storage technologies, electricity generation and demand need to be instantaneously balanced at all times. The large-scale deployment of intermittent renewables ...

  19. PATHWAYS OF LARGE-SCALE MAGNETIC COUPLINGS BETWEEN SOLAR CORONAL EVENTS

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    Schrijver, Carolus J.; Title, Alan M.; DeRosa, Marc L.; Yeates, Anthony R.

    2013-08-20

    The high-cadence, comprehensive view of the solar corona by SDO/AIA shows many events that are widely separated in space while occurring close together in time. In some cases, sets of coronal events are evidently causally related, while in many other instances indirect evidence can be found. We present case studies to highlight a variety of coupling processes involved in coronal events. We find that physical linkages between events do occur, but concur with earlier studies that these couplings appear to be crucial to understanding the initiation of major eruptive or explosive phenomena relatively infrequently. We note that the post-eruption reconfiguration timescale of the large-scale corona, estimated from the extreme-ultraviolet afterglow, is on average longer than the mean time between coronal mass ejections (CMEs), so that many CMEs originate from a corona that is still adjusting from a previous event. We argue that the coronal field is intrinsically global: current systems build up over days to months, the relaxation after eruptions continues over many hours, and evolving connections easily span much of a hemisphere. This needs to be reflected in our modeling of the connections from the solar surface into the heliosphere to properly model the solar wind, its perturbations, and the generation and propagation of solar energetic particles. However, the large-scale field cannot be constructed reliably by currently available observational resources. We assess the potential of high-quality observations from beyond Earth's perspective and advanced global modeling to understand the couplings between coronal events in the context of CMEs and solar energetic particle events.

  20. New Opportunities for Outer Solar System Science using Radioisotope Electric Propulsion

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    Noble, Robert J.; Amini, Rashied; Beauchamp, Patricia M.; Bennett, Gary L.; Brophy, John R.; Buratti, Bonnie J.; Ervin, Joan; Fernandez, Yan R.; Grundy, Will; Khan, Mohammed Omair; King, David Q.; Lang, Jared; Meech, Karen J.; Newhouse, Alan; Oleson, Steven R.; Schmidt, George R.; Spilker, Thomas; West, John L.; ,

    2010-05-26

    Today, our questions and hypotheses about the Solar System's origin have surpassed our ability to deliver scientific instruments to deep space. The moons of the outer planets, the Trojan and Centaur minor planets, the trans-Neptunian objects (TNO), and distant Kuiper Belt objects (KBO) hold a wealth of information about the primordial conditions that led to the formation of our Solar System. Robotic missions to these objects are needed to make the discoveries, but the lack of deep-space propulsion is impeding this science. Radioisotope electric propulsion (REP) will revolutionize the way we do deep-space planetary science with robotic vehicles, giving them unprecedented mobility. Radioisotope electric generators and lightweight ion thrusters are being developed today which will make possible REP systems with specific power in the range of 5 to 10 W/kg. Studies have shown that this specific power range is sufficient to perform fast rendezvous missions from Earth to the outer Solar System and fast sample return missions. This whitepaper discusses how mobility provided by REP opens up entirely new science opportunities for robotic missions to distant primitive bodies. We also give an overview of REP technology developments and the required next steps to realize REP.

  1. Features of a fully renewable US electricity system: Optimized mixes of wind and solar PV and transmission grid extensions

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    Jacobson, Mark

    . To quantify general features of such a weather dependent electricity supply in the contiguous US, windFeatures of a fully renewable US electricity system: Optimized mixes of wind and solar PV and transmission grid extensions Sarah Becker a, b, * , Bethany A. Frew b , Gorm B. Andresen d, b , Timo Zeyer c

  2. An Intelligent Solar Powered Battery Buffered EV Charging Station with Solar Electricity Forecasting and EV Charging Load Projection Functions

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    Zhao, Hengbing; Burke, Andrew

    2014-01-01

    fast charging, and solar power availability pose a challengeevent to a fixed SOC from solar power and/or the grid in athem without considering solar power availability and the

  3. Solar and Wind Easements & Rights Laws & Local Option Solar Rights...

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    Schools State Government Federal Government Agricultural Institutional Savings Category Solar - Passive Solar Water Heat Solar Space Heat Solar Thermal Electric Solar Thermal...

  4. Dish/Stirling systems: Overview of an emerging commercial solar thermal electric technology

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    Strachan, J.W.; Diver, R.B.; Estrada, C.

    1995-11-01

    Dish/Stirling is a solar thermal electric technology which couples parabolic, point-focusing solar collectors and heat engines which employ the Stirling thermodynamic cycle. Since the late 1970s, the development of Dish/Stirling systems intended for commercial use has been in progress in Germany, Japan, and the US. In the next several years it is expected that one or more commercial systems will enter the market place. This paper provides a general overview of this emerging technology, including: a description of the fundamental principles of operation of Dish/Stirling systems; a presentation of the major components of the systems (concentrator, receiver, engine/alternator, and controls); an overview of the actual systems under development around the world, with a discussion of some of the technical issues and challenges facing the Dish/Stirling developers. A brief discussion is also presented of potential applications for small Dish/Stirling systems in northern Mexico.

  5. 1Electricity from Sunlight: The Van Allen Probes Solar Panels NASA's twin Van Allen Probes spacecraft will be launched in 2012. The

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    1Electricity from Sunlight: The Van Allen Probes Solar Panels NASA's twin Van Allen Probes of the surrounding four solar panel `wings' that provide power to the spacecraft instruments. The small blue rectangles within each of the four solar panels show the location of the solar cells used to power

  6. Profiling the Built-In Electrical Potential in III-V Multijunction Solar Cells (Poster)

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    Jiang, C.-S.; Friedman, D. J.; Moutinho, H. R.; Al-Jassim, M. M.

    2006-05-01

    We have observed three electrical potentials at the top, tunneling, and bottom junctions of GnInP{sub 2}/GaAs tandem-junction solar cells, by performing the UHV-SKPM measurement. The effect of laser illumination was avoided by using GaAs laser with photon energy of 1.4 eV for the AFM operation. We also observed higher potentials at the atomic steps than on the terraces for both p-type GaInP{sub 2} epitaxial layer and p-type GaAs substrate, and found that the potential at steps of GaAs substrate depends on the step directions.

  7. Materials Science and Materials Chemistry for Large Scale Electrochemical Energy Storage: From Transportation to Electrical Grid

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    Liu, Jun; Zhang, Jiguang; Yang, Zhenguo; Lemmon, John P.; Imhoff, Carl H.; Graff, Gordon L.; Li, Liyu; Hu, Jian Z.; Wang, Chong M.; Xiao, Jie; Xia, Guanguang; Viswanathan, Vilayanur V.; Baskaran, Suresh; Sprenkle, Vincent L.; Li, Xiaolin; Shao, Yuyan; Schwenzer, Birgit

    2013-02-15

    Large-scale electrical energy storage has become more important than ever for reducing fossil energy consumption in transportation and for the widespread deployment of intermittent renewable energy in electric grid. However, significant challenges exist for its applications. Here, the status and challenges are reviewed from the perspective of materials science and materials chemistry in electrochemical energy storage technologies, such as Li-ion batteries, sodium (sulfur and metal halide) batteries, Pb-acid battery, redox flow batteries, and supercapacitors. Perspectives and approaches are introduced for emerging battery designs and new chemistry combinations to reduce the cost of energy storage devices.

  8. LARGE-SCALE MAGNETIC HELICITY FLUXES ESTIMATED FROM MDI MAGNETIC SYNOPTIC CHARTS OVER THE SOLAR CYCLE 23

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    Yang Shangbin; Zhang Hongqi

    2012-10-10

    To investigate the characteristics of large-scale and long-term evolution of magnetic helicity with solar cycles, we use the method of Local Correlation Tracking to estimate the magnetic helicity evolution over solar cycle 23 from 1996 to 2009 using 795 MDI magnetic synoptic charts. The main results are as follows: the hemispheric helicity rule still holds in general, i.e., the large-scale negative (positive) magnetic helicity dominates the northern (southern) hemisphere. However, the large-scale magnetic helicity fluxes show the same sign in both hemispheres around 2001 and 2005. The global, large-scale magnetic helicity flux over the solar disk changes from a negative value at the beginning of solar cycle 23 to a positive value at the end of the cycle, while the net accumulated magnetic helicity is negative in the period between 1996 and 2009.

  9. Solar Easements & Rights Laws | Department of Energy

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    Agricultural Institutional Savings Category Solar - Passive Solar Water Heat Solar Space Heat Solar Thermal Electric Solar Thermal Process Heat Solar Photovoltaics Program Info...

  10. Quarks in an External Electric Field in Finite Temperature Large N Gauge Theory

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    Tameem Albash; Veselin Filev; Clifford V. Johnson; Arnab Kundu

    2008-09-21

    We use a ten dimensional dual string background to aspects of the physics large N four dimensional SU(N) gauge theory, where its fundamental quarks are charged under a background electric field. The theory is N=2 supersymmetric for vanishing temperature and electric field. At zero temperature, we observe that the electric field induces a phase transition associated with the dissociation of the mesons into their constituent quarks. This is an analogue of an insulator-metal transition, since the system goes from being an insulator with zero current (in the applied field) to a conductor with free charge carriers (the quarks). At finite temperature this phenomenon persists, with the dissociation transition become subsumed into the more familiar meson melting transition. Here, the dissociation phenomenon reduces the critical melting temperature.

  11. California's future `Smart Grid' system will integrate solar, wind, and other renewable electricity generation with energy storage to meet our electricity demands and to support electric transportation. The Sustainable Integrated Grid

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    California at Riverside, University of

    California's future `Smart Grid' system will integrate solar, wind, and other renewable electricity. The Sustainable Integrated Grid Initiative at UCR combines these elements so that researchers, utility personnel and wind are intermittent in nature and may not be available when needed. Electrical energy stored

  12. Survey and analysis of selected jointly owned large-scale electric utility storage projects

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    Not Available

    1982-05-01

    The objective of this study was to examine and document the issues surrounding the curtailment in commercialization of large-scale electric storage projects. It was sensed that if these issues could be uncovered, then efforts might be directed toward clearing away these barriers and allowing these technologies to penetrate the market to their maximum potential. Joint-ownership of these projects was seen as a possible solution to overcoming the major barriers, particularly economic barriers, of commercializaton. Therefore, discussions with partners involved in four pumped storage projects took place to identify the difficulties and advantages of joint-ownership agreements. The four plants surveyed included Yards Creek (Public Service Electric and Gas and Jersey Central Power and Light); Seneca (Pennsylvania Electric and Cleveland Electric Illuminating Company); Ludington (Consumers Power and Detroit Edison, and Bath County (Virginia Electric Power Company and Allegheny Power System, Inc.). Also investigated were several pumped storage projects which were never completed. These included Blue Ridge (American Electric Power); Cornwall (Consolidated Edison); Davis (Allegheny Power System, Inc.) and Kttatiny Mountain (General Public Utilities). Institutional, regulatory, technical, environmental, economic, and special issues at each project were investgated, and the conclusions relative to each issue are presented. The major barriers preventing the growth of energy storage are the high cost of these systems in times of extremely high cost of capital, diminishing load growth and regulatory influences which will not allow the building of large-scale storage systems due to environmental objections or other reasons. However, the future for energy storage looks viable despite difficult economic times for the utility industry. Joint-ownership can ease some of the economic hardships for utilites which demonstrate a need for energy storage.

  13. Analysis of International Policies In The Solar Electricity Sector: Lessons for India

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    Deshmukh, Ranjit

    2011-01-01

    of new grid connected solar power projects”, available atare dropping rapidly, solar power is still more expensivepolitical support for solar power makes it diffi cult for

  14. Approaches To Integrating A HIgh Penertration Of Solar PV and CPV Onto The Electrical Grid

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    Hill, Steven Craig

    2013-01-01

    distribution of resources. Solar cost reductions, increasingrenewable resources [140]. Solar cost reductions, increasinghasten the day when solar is cost-effective for participants

  15. Design of Nanostructured Solar Cells Using Coupled Optical and Electrical Modeling

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    Deceglie, Michael G

    2014-01-01

    J.   K. ;   Schropp,   R.   E.   I.   Solar  Energy  Materials  and  Solar  Cells   39.   Spinelli,  P. ;  J. ;  Vanecek,  M.   Solar  Energy   2004,  77,  (6),  

  16. EVALUATION OF A SULFUR OXIDE CHEMICAL HEAT STORAGE PROCESS FOR A STEAM SOLAR ELECTRIC PLANT

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    Dayan, J.

    2011-01-01

    Economical energy storage is essential if solar power plantsof energy storage system into a solar power plant. Completeof the energy storage required for a solar power plant, not

  17. Analysis of International Policies In The Solar Electricity Sector: Lessons for India

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    Deshmukh, Ranjit

    2011-01-01

    Research (2010), “U.S. Solar Market Insight: 2010 Year inof Energy (2010), “2008 Solar Technologies Market Report”.Energy (2010), “2008 Solar Technologies Market Report”. 43

  18. EVALUATION OF A SULFUR OXIDE CHEMICAL HEAT STORAGE PROCESS FOR A STEAM SOLAR ELECTRIC PLANT

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    Dayan, J.

    2011-01-01

    between alternative solar storage system designs; almost allThe behavior of the storage solar receiver-reactor is baseddaytime (charging) storage process Boeing solar receiver [5J

  19. Approaches To Integrating A HIgh Penertration Of Solar PV and CPV Onto The Electrical Grid

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    Hill, Steven Craig

    2013-01-01

    million acres of ideal solar potential, mostly west of thethe potential issues facing rooftop solar installations.investigate the potential conflicts of floating solar PV on

  20. Development of Performance Acceptance Test Guidelines for Large Commercial Parabolic Trough Solar Fields: Preprint

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    Kearney, D.; Mehos, M.

    2010-12-01

    Prior to commercial operation, large solar systems in utility-size power plants need to pass a performance acceptance test conducted by the EPC contractor or owners. In lieu of the present absence of engineering code developed for this purpose, NREL has undertaken the development of interim guidelines to provide recommendations for test procedures that can yield results of a high level of accuracy consistent with good engineering knowledge and practice. The fundamental differences between acceptance of a solar power plant and a conventional fossil-fired plant are the transient nature of the energy source and the necessity to utilize an analytical performance model in the acceptance process. These factors bring into play the need to establish methods to measure steady state performance, potential impacts of transient processes, comparison to performance model results, and the possible requirement to test, or model, multi-day performance within the scope of the acceptance test procedure. The power block and BOP are not within the boundaries of this guideline. The current guideline is restricted to the solar thermal performance of parabolic trough systems and has been critiqued by a broad range of stakeholders in CSP development and technology.

  1. Method of manufacturing large dish reflectors for a solar concentrator apparatus

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    Angel, Roger P (Tucson, AZ); Olbert, Blain H (Tucson, AZ)

    2011-12-27

    A method of manufacturing monolithic glass reflectors for concentrating sunlight in a solar energy system is disclosed. The method of manufacturing allows large monolithic glass reflectors to be made from float glass in order to realize significant cost savings on the total system cost for a solar energy system. The method of manufacture includes steps of heating a sheet of float glass positioned over a concave mold until the sheet of glass sags and stretches to conform to the shape of the mold. The edges of the dish-shaped glass are rolled for structural stiffening around the periphery. The dish-shaped glass is then silvered to create a dish-shaped mirror that reflects solar radiation to a focus. The surface of the mold that contacts the float glass preferably has a grooved surface profile comprising a plurality of cusps and concave valleys. This grooved profile minimizes the contact area and marring of the specular glass surface, reduces parasitic heat transfer into the mold and increases mold lifetime. The disclosed method of manufacture is capable of high production rates sufficiently fast to accommodate the output of a conventional float glass production line so that monolithic glass reflectors can be produced as quickly as a float glass production can make sheets of float glass to be used in the process.

  2. Features of a fully renewable US electricity system: Optimized mixes of wind and solar PV and transmission grid extensions

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    Becker, Sarah; Andresen, Gorm B; Zeyer, Timo; Schramm, Stefan; Greiner, Martin; Jacobson, Mark Z

    2014-01-01

    Wind and solar PV generation data for the entire contiguous US are calculated, on the basis of 32 years of weather data with temporal resolution of one hour and spatial resolution of 40x40km$^2$, assuming site-suitability-based as well as stochastic wind and solar PV capacity distributions throughout the country. These data are used to investigate a fully renewable electricity system, resting primarily upon wind and solar PV power. We find that the seasonal optimal mix of wind and solar PV comes at around 80% solar PV share, owing to the US summer load peak. By picking this mix, long-term storage requirements can be more than halved compared to a wind only mix. The daily optimal mix lies at about 80% wind share due to the nightly gap in solar PV production. Picking this mix instead of solar only reduces backup energy needs by about 50%. Furthermore, we calculate shifts in FERC (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission)-level LCOE (Levelized Costs Of Electricity) for wind and solar PV due to their differing resour...

  3. Analysis of International Policies In The Solar Electricity Sector: Lessons for India

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    Deshmukh, Ranjit

    2011-01-01

    more cost-effective renewable alternative than solar. TaiwanSolar PV Solar CSP Note: Renewable Energy tariffs are as perexpand its renewable energy portfolio including solar due to

  4. A Statistical Study of Distant Consequences of Large Solar Energetic Events

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    Schrijver, Carolus J

    2015-01-01

    Large solar flares and eruptions may influence remote regions through perturbations in the outer-atmospheric magnetic field, leading to causally related events outside of the primary or triggering eruptions that are referred to as "sympathetic events." We quantify the occurrence of sympathetic events using the full-disk observations by the Atmospheric Imaging Assembly onboard the Solar Dynamics Observatory associated with all flares of GOES class M5 or larger from 01 May 2010 through 31 December 2014. Using a superposed-epoch analysis, we find an increase in the rate of flares, filament eruptions, and substantial sprays and surges more than 20 degrees away from the primary flares within the first four hours at a significance of 1.8 standard deviations. We also find that the rate of distant events drops by two standard deviations, or a factor of 1.2, when comparing intervals between 4 hours and 24 hours before and after the start times of the primary large flares. We discuss the evidence for the concluding hyp...

  5. Small Solar Wind Transients and Their Connection to the Large-Scale Coronal Structure

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    2009-01-01

    I.G. : 2006, In situ solar wind and magnetic ?eld signaturesE. : 2008, The IMPACT Solar Wind Electron Analyzer (SWEA).Heliospheric images of the solar wind at Earth. Astrophys.

  6. Large bearings with incorporated gears, high stiffness and precision for the Swedish Solar Telescope (SST) on La Palma

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    Rutten, Rob

    1 Large bearings with incorporated gears, high stiffness and precision for the Swedish Solar the meshing teeth of the large gear wheel and the pinion. High preload forces to achieve line contact of the combination of bearing and gear teeth. An additional problem was the relatively thin section of the bearings

  7. Pool boiler reflux solar receiver for Stirling dish-electric systems

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    Andraka, C.E.; Moreno, J.B.

    1989-01-01

    The feasibility of competitive, modular bulk electric power from the sun may be greatly enhanced by the use of a reflux heat pipe receiver to combine a heat engine such as Stirling with a paraboloidal dish concentrator. This combination represents a potential improvement over previous successful demonstrations of dish-electric technology in terms of enhanced performance, lower cost, longer life, and greater flexibility in engine design. There are, however, important issues and unknowns which must be addressed to determine engineering feasibility of these devices. In the pool boiler reflux receiver, concentrated solar radiation causes liquid metal (sodium or potassium) to boil. The vapor flows to the engine heater heads, where it condenses and releases the latent heat. The condensate is returned to the receiver absorber pool by gravity (refluxing). This is essentially an adaptation of heat pipe technology to the peculiar requirements of concentrated solar flux, and provides many advantages over conventional heated tube receiver technology. Boiling theory indicates that long-term stable boiling of liquid metal may be difficult to achieve. Laboratory scale experiments have been performed. Initial tests confirmed that boiling is unstable in a baseline boiler. Boiling stability was established after the addition of ''artificial cavities'' to the heated surface, and successful boiling of sodium was demonstrated for 100 hours. Other stabilizing influences may have been present, and will be discussed. The flux and geometry closely simulated a real receiver. The results of these tests are presented, along with the design of a full scale receiver for on-sun testing and considerations for long term operation. 15 refs., 10 figs.

  8. SDO/AIA OBSERVATIONS OF LARGE-AMPLITUDE LONGITUDINAL OSCILLATIONS IN A SOLAR FILAMENT

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    Li Ting; Zhang Jun E-mail: zjun@nao.cas.cn

    2012-11-20

    We present the first Solar Dynamics Observatory/Atmospheric Imaging Assembly observations of the large-amplitude longitudinal (LAL) oscillations in the south and north parts (SP and NP) of a solar filament on 2012 April 7. Both oscillations are triggered by flare activities close to the filament. The period varies with filamentary threads, ranging from 44 to 67 minutes. The oscillations of different threads are out of phase, and their velocity amplitudes vary from 30 to 60 km s{sup -1}, with a maximum displacement of about 25 Mm. The oscillations of the SP repeat for about four cycles without any significant damping and then a nearby C2.4 flare causes the transition from the LAL oscillations of the filament to its later eruption. The filament eruption is also associated with a coronal mass ejection and a B6.8 flare. However, the oscillations of the NP damp with time and die out at last. Our observations show that the activated part of the SP repeatedly shows a helical motion. This indicates that the magnetic structure of the filament is possibly modified during this process. We suggest that the restoring force is the coupling of the magnetic tension and gravity.

  9. Impact of dispersed solar and wind systems on electric distribution planning and operation

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    Boardman, R.W.; Patton, R.; Curtice, D.H.

    1981-02-01

    Small-scale dispersed solar photovoltaic and wind generation (DSW) will affect the generation, transmission, and distribution systems of an electric utility. This study examines the technical and economic impacts of dispersing DSW devices within the distribution system. Dispersed intermittent generation is included. Effects of DSW devices on capital investments, reliability, operating and maintenance costs, protection requirements, and communication and control requirements are examined. A DSW operation model is developed to help determine the dependable capacity of fluctuating solar photovoltaic and wind generation as part of the distribution planning process. Specific case studies using distribution system data and renewable resource data for Southern California Edison Company and Consumers Power Company are analyzed to gain insights into the effects of interconnecting DSW devices. The DSW devices were found to offer some distribution investment savings, depending on their availability during peak loads. For a summer-peaking utility, for example, dispersing photovoltaic systems is more likely to defer distribution capital investments than dispersing wind systems. Dispersing storage devices to increase DSW's dependable capacity for distribution systems needs is not economically attractive. Substation placement of DSW and storage devices is found to be more cost effective than feeder or customer placement. Examination of the effects of DSW on distribution system operation showed that small customer-owned DSW devices are not likely to disrupt present time-current distribution protection coordination. Present maintenance work procedures, are adequate to ensure workmen's safety. Regulating voltages within appropriate limits will become more complex with intermittent generation along the distribution feeders.

  10. Observations and implications of large-amplitude longitudinal oscillations in a solar filament

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    Luna, M.; Knizhnik, K.; Muglach, K.; Karpen, J.; Gilbert, H.; Kucera, T. A.; Uritsky, V.

    2014-04-10

    On 2010 August 20, an energetic disturbance triggered large-amplitude longitudinal oscillations in a nearby filament. The triggering mechanism appears to be episodic jets connecting the energetic event with the filament threads. In the present work, we analyze this periodic motion in a large fraction of the filament to characterize the underlying physics of the oscillation as well as the filament properties. The results support our previous theoretical conclusions that the restoring force of large-amplitude longitudinal oscillations is solar gravity, and the damping mechanism is the ongoing accumulation of mass onto the oscillating threads. Based on our previous work, we used the fitted parameters to determine the magnitude and radius of curvature of the dipped magnetic field along the filament, as well as the mass accretion rate onto the filament threads. These derived properties are nearly uniform along the filament, indicating a remarkable degree of cohesiveness throughout the filament channel. Moreover, the estimated mass accretion rate implies that the footpoint heating responsible for the thread formation, according to the thermal nonequilibrium model, agrees with previous coronal heating estimates. We estimate the magnitude of the energy released in the nearby event by studying the dynamic response of the filament threads, and discuss the implications of our study for filament structure and heating.

  11. Light trapping and electrical transport in thin-film solar cells with randomly rough Piotr Kowalczewski, Angelo Bozzola, Marco Liscidini, and Lucio Claudio Andreani

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    Light trapping and electrical transport in thin-film solar cells with randomly rough textures Piotr solar cells J. Appl. Phys. 105, 094511 (2009); 10.1063/1.3108689 Local versus global absorption in thin-film in thin-film solar cells with randomly rough textures Piotr Kowalczewski,a) Angelo Bozzola, Marco

  12. Numerical power balance and free energy loss analysis for solar cells including optical, thermodynamic, and electrical aspects

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    Greulich, Johannes Höffler, Hannes; Würfel, Uli; Rein, Stefan

    2013-11-28

    A method for analyzing the power losses of solar cells is presented, supplying a complete balance of the incident power, the optical, thermodynamic, and electrical power losses and the electrical output power. The involved quantities have the dimension of a power density (units: W/m{sup 2}), which permits their direct comparison. In order to avoid the over-representation of losses arising from the ultraviolet part of the solar spectrum, a method for the analysis of the electrical free energy losses is extended to include optical losses. This extended analysis does not focus on the incident solar power of, e.g., 1000?W/m{sup 2} and does not explicitly include the thermalization losses and losses due to the generation of entropy. Instead, the usable power, i.e., the free energy or electro-chemical potential of the electron-hole pairs is set as reference value, thereby, overcoming the ambiguities of the power balance. Both methods, the power balance and the free energy loss analysis, are carried out exemplarily for a monocrystalline p-type silicon metal wrap through solar cell with passivated emitter and rear (MWT-PERC) based on optical and electrical measurements and numerical modeling. The methods give interesting insights in photovoltaic (PV) energy conversion, provide quantitative analyses of all loss mechanisms, and supply the basis for the systematic technological improvement of the device.

  13. Proceedings of the 13th Sede Boqer Symposium on Solar Electricity Production 1 October 31-November 1, 2005

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    Heinemann, Detlev

    and a continuous increase of the installed capacity can be observed. As could be expected, the systems are subject with an installed capacity below 5 - 10kW. For small and medium size systems a scheme working with Irradiance dataProceedings of the 13th Sede Boqer Symposium on Solar Electricity Production 1 October 31-November

  14. Analysis of International Policies In The Solar Electricity Sector: Lessons for India

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    Deshmukh, Ranjit

    2011-01-01

    achieving others. Solar PV being one of the most expensivea. In barely one decade (1999-2010), solar PV capacity grewAccording to one estimate, there were 170,000 solar-sector

  15. EVALUATION OF A SULFUR OXIDE CHEMICAL HEAT STORAGE PROCESS FOR A STEAM SOLAR ELECTRIC PLANT

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    Dayan, J.

    2011-01-01

    storage is essential if solar power plants are ever tostorage system into a solar power plant. Complete materialdaytime-only steam-cycle solar power plant, then about two-

  16. Analysis of International Policies In The Solar Electricity Sector: Lessons for India

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    Deshmukh, Ranjit

    2011-01-01

    for Policy Makers Although solar costs are dropping rapidly,marketing. Effect on solar cost reduction Most countriesfor a steady decline in solar costs. Economies-of-scale or

  17. Approaches To Integrating A HIgh Penertration Of Solar PV and CPV Onto The Electrical Grid

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    Hill, Steven Craig

    2013-01-01

    doi: 10.1063/1.4753843 Solar Cells Design For Low and Mediumfloating water-borne solar PV design is discussed to assistFresnel Lenses Design and Performance of Solar Concentrators

  18. EVALUATION OF A SULFUR OXIDE CHEMICAL HEAT STORAGE PROCESS FOR A STEAM SOLAR ELECTRIC PLANT

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    Dayan, J.

    2011-01-01

    is essential if solar power plants are ever to supply astorage required for a solar power plant, not just the long-S03 for a number of solar power plants may be feasible.

  19. Approaches To Integrating A HIgh Penertration Of Solar PV and CPV Onto The Electrical Grid

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    Hill, Steven Craig

    2013-01-01

    significant growth in the solar market beyond the 2,300 MWthe concentrated solar PV market. The proven flat panels leading market success in the installation of solar PV

  20. Analysis of International Policies In The Solar Electricity Sector: Lessons for India

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    Deshmukh, Ranjit

    2011-01-01

    recently. The total installed solar capacity by the end ofits meteoric rise in installed solar PV capacity spurred byhas the third largest installed solar PV capacity of 3.6 GW.

  1. Analysis of International Policies In The Solar Electricity Sector: Lessons for India

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    Deshmukh, Ranjit

    2011-01-01

    until 2015”. 39 Solar Energy Industries Association and GTM2010 Year in Review”. 40 Solar Energy Industries AssociationResearch (2010), “U.S. solar energy trade assessment 2010:

  2. Design of Nanostructured Solar Cells Using Coupled Optical and Electrical Modeling

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    Deceglie, Michael G

    2014-01-01

    Using Coupled Optical and Electrical Modeling Michael G.We use coupled optical and electrical modeling to guideto optimize both the electrical device physics and the

  3. Valuing the Time-Varying Electricity Production of Solar Photovoltaic Cells

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    Borenstein, Severin

    2005-01-01

    Production of Solar Photovoltaic Cells Severin BorensteinProduction of Solar Photovoltaic Cells Severin Borenstein 1concerns is so- lar photovoltaic cells (PVs), which capture

  4. Analysis of International Policies In The Solar Electricity Sector: Lessons for India

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    Deshmukh, Ranjit

    2011-01-01

    The largest solar energy product export was polysilicon andby subsidizing exports of clean energy equipment. Variousby subsidizing exports of clean energy equipment like solar

  5. Analysis of International Policies In The Solar Electricity Sector: Lessons for India

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    Deshmukh, Ranjit

    2011-01-01

    power policy. Solar power has tremendous potential in termslarge potential for cost reduction, especially in high solarlarge potential for cost reduction, especially in high solar

  6. 36 IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON INDUSTRY APPLICATIONS, VOL. 35, NO. 1, JANUARY/FEBRUARY 1999 Multilevel Converters for Large Electric Drives

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    Tolbert, Leon M.

    . Multilevel converters: 1) can generate near- sinusoidal voltages with only fundamental frequency switching; 2 Converters for Large Electric Drives Leon M. Tolbert, Senior Member, IEEE, Fang Zheng Peng, Senior Member multilevel con- verters as an application for high-power and/or high-voltage electric motor drives

  7. PowerGrid - A Computation Engine for Large-Scale Electric Networks

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    Chika Nwankpa

    2011-01-31

    This Final Report discusses work on an approach for analog emulation of large scale power systems using Analog Behavioral Models (ABMs) and analog devices in PSpice design environment. ABMs are models based on sets of mathematical equations or transfer functions describing the behavior of a circuit element or an analog building block. The ABM concept provides an efficient strategy for feasibility analysis, quick insight of developing top-down design methodology of large systems and model verification prior to full structural design and implementation. Analog emulation in this report uses an electric circuit equivalent of mathematical equations and scaled relationships that describe the states and behavior of a real power system to create its solution trajectory. The speed of analog solutions is as quick as the responses of the circuit itself. Emulation therefore is the representation of desired physical characteristics of a real life object using an electric circuit equivalent. The circuit equivalent has within it, the model of a real system as well as the method of solution. This report presents a methodology of the core computation through development of ABMs for generators, transmission lines and loads. Results of ABMs used for the case of 3, 6, and 14 bus power systems are presented and compared with industrial grade numerical simulators for validation.

  8. A large stellar evolution database for population synthesis studies. I. Scaled solar models and isochrones

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    A. Pietrinferni; S. Cassisi; M. Salaris; F. Castelli

    2004-05-11

    We present a large and updated stellar evolution database for low-, intermediate- and high-mass stars in a wide metallicity range, suitable for studying Galactic and extragalactic simple and composite stellar populations using population synthesis techniques. The stellar mass range is between \\sim0.5Mo and 10Mo with a fine mass spacing. The metallicity [Fe/H] comprises 10 values ranging from -2.27 to 0.40, with a scaled solar metal distribution. The initial He mass fraction ranges from Y=0.245, for the more metal-poor composition, up to 0.303 for the more metal-rich one, with Delta Y/Delta Z\\sim 1.4. For each adopted chemical composition, the evolutionary models have been computed without and with overshooting from the Schwarzschild boundary of the convective cores during the central H-burning phase. The whole set of evolutionary models can be used to compute isochrones in a wide age range, from \\sim30 Myr to \\sim15Gyr. Both evolutionary tracks and isochrones are available in several observational planes, employing updated set of bolometric corrections and color-Te relations computed for this project. The number of points along the models and the resulting isochrones is selected in such a way that interpolation for intermediate metallicities not contained in the grid is straightforward. We compare our isochrones with results from different stellar evolution databases and perform some empirical tests for the reliability of our models. Since this work is devoted to scaled solar compositions, we focus our attention on the Galactic disk populations, employing multicolor photometry of unevolved field MS stars with precise Hipparcos parallaxes, well-studied open clusters and one eclipsing binary system with precise measurements of masses, radii and [Fe/H] of both components.

  9. 2007 IEEE Canada Electrical Power Conference Solar Photovoltaic Array's Shadow Evaluation

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    Lehman, Brad

    to predict the shadow effects on the solar PV arrays for long term assumed linearly proportional to solar Modeling and performance prediction of solar photovoltaic factor because shadows change their shape prediction of the illumination may be the shadows from: clouds, trees, booms, maximum output power of solar

  10. Approaches To Integrating A HIgh Penertration Of Solar PV and CPV Onto The Electrical Grid

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    Hill, Steven Craig

    2013-01-01

    energy consumption by human activity [72]. Clearly, solarenergy by reducing consumption of generating plant fuel. Solar

  11. Solar forecasting review

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    Inman, Richard Headen

    2012-01-01

    the limits of solar photovoltaics (PV) in traditionalthe limits of solar photovoltaics (PV) in electric powertechnologies is that of solar photovoltaics due to the high

  12. Solar and Photovoltaic Data from the University of Oregon Solar Radiation Monitoring Laboratory (UO SRML)

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    The UO SRML is a regional solar radiation data center whose goal is to provide sound solar resource data for planning, design, deployment, and operation of solar electric facilities in the Pacific Northwest. The laboratory has been in operation since 1975. Solar data includes solar resource maps, cumulative summary data, daily totals, monthly averages, single element profile data, parsed TMY2 data, and select multifilter radiometer data. A data plotting program and other software tools are also provided. Shade analysis information and contour plots showing the effect of tilt and orientation on annual solar electric system perfomance make up a large part of the photovoltaics data.(Specialized Interface)

  13. An Intelligent Solar Powered Battery Buffered EV Charging Station with Solar Electricity Forecasting and EV Charging Load Projection Functions

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    Zhao, Hengbing; Burke, Andrew

    2014-01-01

    eliminate the charging station peak power demand for EVcan lower the station’s peak power demand and reduce thefor a workplace charging station, solar PV power cannot be

  14. LARGE-SCALE CORONAL PROPAGATING FRONTS IN SOLAR ERUPTIONS AS OBSERVED BY THE ATMOSPHERIC IMAGING ASSEMBLY ON BOARD THE SOLAR DYNAMICS OBSERVATORY—AN ENSEMBLE STUDY

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    Nitta, Nariaki V.; Schrijver, Carolus J.; Title, Alan M.; Liu, Wei

    2013-10-10

    This paper presents a study of a large sample of global disturbances in the solar corona with characteristic propagating fronts as intensity enhancement, similar to the phenomena that have often been referred to as Extreme Ultraviolet Imaging Telescope (EIT) waves or extreme-ultraviolet (EUV) waves. Now EUV images obtained by the Atmospheric Imaging Assembly (AIA) on board the Solar Dynamics Observatory provide a significantly improved view of these large-scale coronal propagating fronts (LCPFs). Between 2010 April and 2013 January, a total of 171 LCPFs have been identified through visual inspection of AIA images in the 193 Å channel. Here we focus on the 138 LCPFs that are seen to propagate across the solar disk, first studying how they are associated with flares, coronal mass ejections (CMEs), and type II radio bursts. We measure the speed of the LCPF in various directions until it is clearly altered by active regions or coronal holes. The highest speed is extracted for each LCPF. It is often considerably higher than EIT waves. We do not find a pattern where faster LCPFs decelerate and slow LCPFs accelerate. Furthermore, the speeds are not strongly correlated with the flare intensity or CME magnitude, nor do they show an association with type II bursts. We do not find a good correlation either between the speeds of LCPFs and CMEs in a subset of 86 LCPFs observed by one or both of the Solar and Terrestrial Relations Observatory spacecraft as limb events.

  15. Solar energy is abundant and is a largely untapped resource in today's world due to the high cost of materials and high processing costs. While

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    Solar energy is abundant and is a largely untapped resource in today's world due to the high cost of materials and high processing costs. While mesoporous perovskite solar cells (PSCs), have rapidly emerged Optimization of Planar Solar Cells Christopher McDonald1, Eric Talbert2, Rizia Bardhan2 1Department of Physics

  16. Coronal and Chromospheric Signatures of Large-Scale Disturbances Associated with a Major Solar Eruption

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    Zong, Weiguo

    2015-01-01

    We present both coronal and chromospheric observations of large-scale disturbances associated with a major solar eruption on 2005 September 7. In GOES/SXI, arclike coronal brightenings are recorded propagating in the southern hemisphere. The SXI front shows an initially constant speed of 730 km s$^{-1}$ and decelerates later on, and its center is near the central position angle of the associated coronal mass ejection (CME) but away from flare site. Chromospheric signatures of the disturbances are observed in both MLSO/PICS H$\\alpha$ and MLSO/CHIP He I 10830 {\\AA}, and can be divided into two parts. The southern signatures occur in regions where the SXI front sweeps over, with the H$\\alpha$ bright front coincident with the SXI front while the He I dark front lagging the SXI front but showing a similar kinematics. Ahead of the path of the southern signatures, oscillations of a filament are observed. The northern signatures occur near the equator, with the H$\\alpha$ and He I fronts coincident with each other. Th...

  17. Solar ADEPT: Efficient Solar Energy Systems

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    2011-01-01

    Solar ADEPT Project: The 7 projects that make up ARPA-E's Solar ADEPT program, short for 'Solar Agile Delivery of Electrical Power Technology,' aim to improve the performance of photovoltaic (PV) solar energy systems, which convert the sun's rays into electricity. Solar ADEPT projects are integrating advanced electrical components into PV systems to make the process of converting solar energy to electricity more efficient.

  18. Profiling the Built-in Electrical Potential in III-V Multijunction Solar Cells: Preprint

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    Jiang, C.-S.; Friedman, D. J.; Moutinho, H. R.; Al-Jassim, M. M.

    2006-05-01

    We report on a direct measurement of the electrical potential on cross-sections of GaInP2/GaAs multiple-junction solar cells by using an ultrahigh-vacuum scanning Kelvin probe microscope (UHV-SKPM). The UHV-SKPM allows us to measure the potential without air molecules being adsorbed on the cross-sectional surface. Moreover, it uses a GaAs laser with photon energy of 1.4 eV for the atomic force microscope (AFM) operation. This eliminated the light-absorption-induced bottom-junction flattening and top-junction enhancement, which happened in our previous potential measurement using a 1.85-eV laser for the AFM operation. Three potentials were measured at the top, tunneling, and bottom junctions. Values of the potentials are smaller than the potentials in the bulk. This indicates that the Fermi level on the UHV-cleaved (110) surface was pinned, presumably due to defects upon cleaving. We also observed higher potentials at atomic steps than on the terraces for both GaInP2 epitaxial layer and GaAs substrate. Combining scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and SKPM measurements, we found that the potential height at steps of the GaAs substrate depends on the step direction, which is probably a direct result of unbalanced cations and anions at the steps.

  19. Profiling the Built-In Electrical Potential in III-V Multijunction Solar Cells

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    Jiang, C.-S.; Friedman, D. J.; Moutinho, H. R.; Al-Jassim, M. M.

    2006-01-01

    We report on a direct measurement of the electrical potential on cross-sections of GaInP{sub 2}/GaAs multiple-junction solar cells by using an ultrahigh-vacuum scanning Kelvin probe microscope (UHV-SKPM). The UHV-SKPM allows us to measure the potential without air molecules being adsorbed on the cross-sectional surface. Moreover, it uses a GaAs laser with photon energy of 1.4 eV for the atomic force microscope (AFM) operation. This eliminated the light-absorption-induced bottom-junction flattening and top-junction enhancement, which happened in our previous potential measurement using a 1.85-eV laser for the AFM operation. Three potentials were measured at the top, tunneling, and bottom junctions. Values of the potentials are smaller than the potentials in the bulk. This indicates that the Fermi level on the UHV-cleaved (110) surface was pinned, presumably due to defects upon cleaving. We also observed higher potentials at atomic steps than on the terraces for both GaInP2 epitaxial layer and GaAs substrate. Combining scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and SKPM measurements, we found that the potential height at steps of the GaAs substrate depends on the step direction, which is probably a direct result of unbalanced cations and anions at the steps.

  20. Approaches To Integrating A HIgh Penertration Of Solar PV and CPV Onto The Electrical Grid

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    Hill, Steven Craig

    2013-01-01

    Lipo, T. Wisconsin Electric Machines & Power Electronicsrevolutionary approach to electric machine analysis. Park’sElectric Utility company control centers are evolving from a human-centric operational model to a machine-

  1. Approaches To Integrating A HIgh Penertration Of Solar PV and CPV Onto The Electrical Grid

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    Hill, Steven Craig

    2013-01-01

    focused systems, multi-junction solar cells are needed whichSolar cells to be used in the CPV system can be single junction silicon cells, thin films or multi-

  2. Analysis of International Policies In The Solar Electricity Sector: Lessons for India

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    Deshmukh, Ranjit

    2011-01-01

    in solar photovoltaic (PV) installed capacity for most ofCapacities, Global Perspectives through 2012”, Bernreuter Research, Photovoltaicphotovoltaic industry cluster capable of sustaining the world’s third largest solar cell production capacity,

  3. Analysis of International Policies In The Solar Electricity Sector: Lessons for India

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    Deshmukh, Ranjit

    2011-01-01

    global objective of solar power cost reduction in order to realize its full potential.potential for cost reduction, especially in high solar resource countries. 108 International Energy Agency (2010), “Global

  4. Electric Market and Utility Operation Terminology (Fact Sheet), Solar Energy Technologies Program (SETP)

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    This fact sheet is a list of electric market and utility operation terminology for a series of three electricity fact sheets.

  5. NREL Webinar: Treatment of Solar Generation in Electric Utility Resource Planning

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    In this free webinar, you will hear how utilities are incorporating solar generation into their resource planning processes.

  6. A Tutorial on Detection and Characterization of Special Behavior in Large Electric Power Systems

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    Hauer, John F.; DeSteese, John G.

    2004-08-20

    The objective of this document is to report results in the detection and characterization of special behavior in large electric power systems. Such behavior is usually dynamic in nature, but not always. This is also true for the underlying sources of special behavior. At the device level, a source of special behavior might be an automatic control system, a dynamic load, or even a manual control system that is operated according to some sharply defined policy. Other possible sources include passive system conditions, such as the state of a switched device or the amount of power carried on some critical line. Detection and characterization are based upon “signature information” that is extracted from the behavior observed. Characterization elements include the signature information itself, the nature of the behavior and its likely causes, and the associated implications for the system or for the public at large. With sufficient data and processing, this characterization may directly identify a particular condition or device at a specific location. Such conclusive results cannot always be done from just one observation, however. Information environments that are very sparse may require multiple observations, comparative model studies, and even direct testing of the system.

  7. Focused ion beam specimen preparation for electron holography of electrically biased thin film solar cells

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    Dunin-Borkowski, Rafal E.

    solar cells M. Duchamp1 , M. den Hertog2 , R. Imlau1 , C. B. Boothroyd1 , A. Kovács1 , A. H. Tavabi1, biased TEM specimen, thin film solar cell, FIB Thin films of hydrogenated Si (Si:H) can be used as active absorber layers in solar cells deposited on low cost substrates using plasma-enhanced chemical vapour

  8. Solar Fair in San José Tomorrow

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    The fair will have the first outdoor demonstration site of large scale, cutting-edge solar, wind, electric vehicle and energy efficiency technologies that is open to the public.

  9. Valuing the Time-Varying Electricity Production of Solar Photovoltaic Cells

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    Borenstein, Severin

    2005-01-01

    photovoltaic cells remain a relatively expensive way to generate electricity, but with increasing natural gas prices

  10. Analysis of International Policies In The Solar Electricity Sector: Lessons for India

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    Deshmukh, Ranjit

    2011-01-01

    Electricity generation by technology in 2009 Figure 9: Application market share of cumulative installed PV capacity

  11. Solar powered desalination system

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    Mateo, Tiffany Alisa

    2011-01-01

    USA, Jacksonville, FL Jacksonville Solar Energy Generation Facility Constructed Systems that produce electricity

  12. Wealth Transfers Among Large Customers from Implementing Real-Time Retail Electricity Pricing

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    Borenstein, Severin

    2007-01-01

    for the electrical energy they consume would eliminate theconsume disproportionately at times when the retail price of the energy

  13. Presented at the 21st European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference, Dresden,Germany, 4-8 September 2006 ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS OF PV ELECTRICITY GENERATION -

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    Presented at the 21st European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference, Dresden,Germany, 4-8 September.dewild@ecn.nl, Phone +31 224 564736, Fax +31 224 568214 Energy research Centre of the Netherlands ECN, Unit Solar 2006 ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS OF PV ELECTRICITY GENERATION - A CRITICAL COMPARISON OF ENERGY SUPPLY

  14. Accepted for publication in Energy Policy Greenhouse-gas Emissions from Solar Electric-and Nuclear Power: A Life-cycle

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    Accepted for publication in Energy Policy Greenhouse-gas Emissions from Solar Electric- and Nuclear., 2002). However, all anthropogenic means of energy production, including solar and nuclear, generate Power: A Life-cycle Study Vasilis M. Fthenakis1,2, * and Hyung Chul Kim1 1 Energy Sciences

  15. Solar powered desalination system

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    Mateo, Tiffany Alisa

    2011-01-01

    are many solar photovoltaic power plants internationally andUSA, Blythe, CA Solar electric power plant, Blythe USA, SanTX Blue Wing solar electric power plant USA, Jacksonville,

  16. Seismology of a large solar coronal loop from EUVI/STEREO observations of its transverse oscillation

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    Verwichte, Erwin

    , Coventry CV4 7AL, UK 2 Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Center, Solar and Astrophysics Laboratory.g. Tomczyk et al. 1 Centre for Fusion, Space and Astrophysics, Department of Physics, University of Warwick

  17. ECOLOGICAL CONSIDERATIONS OF THE SOLAR ALTERNATIVE

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    Davidson, M.

    2010-01-01

    solar energy are: Included solar thermal conversion to electricity,solar energy) which has been omitted is decommissioning of facilities. Transmission lines are common to all centralized electricity

  18. Electricity Rate Structures and the Economics of Solar PV: Could Mandatory Time-of-Use Rates Undermine California’s Solar Photovoltaic Subsidies?

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    Borenstein, Severin

    2007-01-01

    paper presented at the American Solar Energy Society 2004and the Economics of Solar PV: Could Mandatory Time-of-Rates Undermine California’s Solar Photovoltaic Subsidies?

  19. Analysis of International Policies In The Solar Electricity Sector: Lessons for India

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    Deshmukh, Ranjit

    2011-01-01

    Solar Power Policy - 2009 and has signed Power Purchase Agreementssolar policies, with the state of Gujarat leading the way by signing approximately 1000 MW of power purchase agreements

  20. Approaches To Integrating A HIgh Penertration Of Solar PV and CPV Onto The Electrical Grid

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    Hill, Steven Craig

    2013-01-01

    7,8]. Nonimaging optics and solar energy go well togetherOptics Welford, W.T. ; Winston, R Pages: 192-195 Energy

  1. Analysis of International Policies In The Solar Electricity Sector: Lessons for India

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    Deshmukh, Ranjit

    2011-01-01

    concentrated mainly on off-grid solar PV deployment throughstands to benefit greatly from off-grid decentralized solarthrough decentralized and off-grid applications. A strategy

  2. Analysis of International Policies In The Solar Electricity Sector: Lessons for India

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    Deshmukh, Ranjit; Bharvirkar, Ranjit; Gambhir, Ashwin; Phadke, Amol

    2011-08-10

    Although solar costs are dropping rapidly, solar power is still more expensive than conventional and other renewable energy options. The solar sector still needs continuing government policy support. These policies are driven by objectives that go beyond the goal of achieving grid parity. The need to achieve multiple objectives and ensure sufficient political support for solar power makes it diffi cult for policy makers to design the optimal solar power policy. The dynamic and uncertain nature of the solar industry, combined with the constraints offered by broader economic, political and social conditions further complicates the task of policy making. This report presents an analysis of solar promotion policies in seven countries - Germany, Spain, the United States, Japan, China, Taiwan, and India - in terms of their outlook, objectives, policy mechanisms and outcomes. The report presents key insights, primarily in qualitative terms, and recommendations for two distinct audiences. The first audience consists of global policy makers who are exploring various mechanisms to increase the penetration of solar power in markets to mitigate climate change. The second audience consists of key Indian policy makers who are developing a long-term implementation plan under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission and various state initiatives.

  3. Sri M., Huld T., Dunlop E.D., Albuisson M., Lefvre M., Wald L., 2007. Uncertainties in photovoltaic electricity yield prediction from fluctuation of solar radiation. Proceedings of the 22nd

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    Boyer, Edmond

    in photovoltaic electricity yield prediction from fluctuation of solar radiation. Proceedings of the 22nd European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference, Milano, Italy 3-7.9.2007 (preprint). UNCERTAINTIES IN PHOTOVOLTAIC ELECTRICITY YIELD PREDICTION FROM FLUCTUATION OF SOLAR RADIATION Marcel Súri1 , Thomas Huld1 , Ewan D. Dunlop1

  4. Risk implications of the deployment of renewables for investments in electricity generation

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    Sisternes, Fernando J. de (Fernando José de Sisternes Jiménez)

    2014-01-01

    This thesis explores the potential risk implications that a large penetration of intermittent renewable electricity generation -such as wind and solar power- may have on the future electricity generation technology mix, ...

  5. Homeostatic control : economic integration of solar technologies into electric power operations and planning

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    Tabors, Richard D.

    1981-01-01

    The economic and technical interfaces between the electrical utility and the distributed, nondispatchable electric generation systems are only minimally understood at the present time. This paper will discuss the economic ...

  6. Analysis of International Policies In The Solar Electricity Sector: Lessons for India

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    Deshmukh, Ranjit

    2011-01-01

    other fossil fuel-based electricity generation due to localof various fuels to electricity generation for variouselectricity generation is thermal-based, and the nation relies almost completely on imports for its fossil fuel

  7. Importance of Flexible Electricity Supply: Solar Integration Series. 1 of 3 (Brochure)

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    Not Available

    2011-05-01

    The first out of a series of three fact sheets describing the importance of flexible electricity supply.

  8. SIMULTANEOUS OBSERVATIONS OF A LARGE-SCALE WAVE EVENT IN THE SOLAR ATMOSPHERE: FROM PHOTOSPHERE TO CORONA

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    Shen, Yuandeng; Liu, Yu

    2012-06-20

    For the first time, we report a large-scale wave that was observed simultaneously in the photosphere, chromosphere, transition region, and low corona layers of the solar atmosphere. Using the high temporal and high spatial resolution observations taken by the Solar Magnetic Activity Research Telescope at Hida Observatory and the Atmospheric Imaging Assembly (AIA) on board Solar Dynamic Observatory, we find that the wave evolved synchronously at different heights of the solar atmosphere, and it propagated at a speed of 605 km s{sup -1} and showed a significant deceleration (-424 m s{sup -2}) in the extreme-ultraviolet (EUV) observations. During the initial stage, the wave speed in the EUV observations was 1000 km s{sup -1}, similar to those measured from the AIA 1700 A (967 km s{sup -1}) and 1600 A (893 km s{sup -1}) observations. The wave was reflected by a remote region with open fields, and a slower wave-like feature at a speed of 220 km s{sup -1} was also identified following the primary fast wave. In addition, a type-II radio burst was observed to be associated with the wave. We conclude that this wave should be a fast magnetosonic shock wave, which was first driven by the associated coronal mass ejection and then propagated freely in the corona. As the shock wave propagated, its legs swept the solar surface and thereby resulted in the wave signatures observed in the lower layers of the solar atmosphere. The slower wave-like structure following the primary wave was probably caused by the reconfiguration of the low coronal magnetic fields, as predicted in the field-line stretching model.

  9. Emergent behaviour in large electrical D. P. Almond, C. J. Budd, and N. J. McCullen

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    Scheichl, Robert

    Emergent behaviour in large electrical networks D. P. Almond, C. J. Budd, and N. J. McCullen Bath Institute for Complex Systems, University of Bath, BA2 7AY, UK Summary. Many complex systems have emergent their individual properties. However, it is often unclear as to what this emergent bahaviour can be, or inded how

  10. INTEGRATION OF HELIOCLIM-1 DATABASE INTO PV-GIS TO ESTIMATE SOLAR ELECTRICITY POTENTIAL IN AFRICA

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    Paris-Sud XI, Université de

    images by the Heliosat-2 method and stored in the HelioClim-1 database. From this database, the long term a typical solar home system. Assuming a 100 Wp installation with a battery and battery charger, together method was developed to convert Meteosat satellite images into solar radiation data. By means

  11. Biomass Energy for Transport and Electricity: Large scale utilization under low CO2 concentration scenarios

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    Luckow, Patrick; Wise, Marshall A.; Dooley, James J.; Kim, Son H.

    2010-01-25

    This paper examines the potential role of large scale, dedicated commercial biomass energy systems under global climate policies designed to stabilize atmospheric concentrations of CO2 at 400ppm and 450ppm. We use an integrated assessment model of energy and agriculture systems to show that, given a climate policy in which terrestrial carbon is appropriately valued equally with carbon emitted from the energy system, biomass energy has the potential to be a major component of achieving these low concentration targets. The costs of processing and transporting biomass energy at much larger scales than current experience are also incorporated into the modeling. From the scenario results, 120-160 EJ/year of biomass energy is produced by midcentury and 200-250 EJ/year by the end of this century. In the first half of the century, much of this biomass is from agricultural and forest residues, but after 2050 dedicated cellulosic biomass crops become the dominant source. A key finding of this paper is the role that carbon dioxide capture and storage (CCS) technologies coupled with commercial biomass energy can play in meeting stringent emissions targets. Despite the higher technology costs of CCS, the resulting negative emissions used in combination with biomass are a very important tool in controlling the cost of meeting a target, offsetting the venting of CO2 from sectors of the energy system that may be more expensive to mitigate, such as oil use in transportation. The paper also discusses the role of cellulosic ethanol and Fischer-Tropsch biomass derived transportation fuels and shows that both technologies are important contributors to liquid fuels production, with unique costs and emissions characteristics. Through application of the GCAM integrated assessment model, it becomes clear that, given CCS availability, bioenergy will be used both in electricity and transportation.

  12. The Automatic Predictability of Super Geomagnetic Storm from Halo CMEs Associated with Large Solar Flares

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    control systems, damage of electric power grids, etc. A geomagnetic storm is initiated when the energy of the main objectives in space weather research is to predict the occurrence of geomagnetic storms based

  13. Real-Space Microscopic Electrical Imaging of n+-p Junction Beneath Front-Side Ag Contact of Multicrystalline Si Solar Cells

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    Jiang, C. S.; Li, Z. G.; Moutinho, H. R.; Liang, L.; Ionkin, A.; Al-Jassim, M. M.

    2012-04-15

    We investigated the quality of the n+-p diffused junction beneath the front-side Ag contact of multicrystalline Si solar cells by characterizing the uniformities of electrostatic potential and doping concentration across the junction using the atomic force microscopy-based electrical imaging techniques of scanning Kelvin probe force microscopy and scanning capacitance microscopy. We found that Ag screen-printing metallization fired at the over-fire temperature significantly degrades the junction uniformity beneath the Ag contact grid, whereas metallization at the optimal- and under-fire temperatures does not cause degradation. Ag crystallites with widely distributed sizes were found at the Ag-grid/emitter-Si interface of the over-fired cell, which is associated with the junction damage beneath the Ag grid. Large crystallites protrude into Si deeper than the junction depth. However, the junction was not broken down; instead, it was reformed on the entire front of the crystallite/Si interface. We propose a mechanism of junction-quality degradation, based on emitter Si melting at the temperature around the Ag-Si eutectic point during firing, and subsequent re-crystallization with incorporation of Ag and other impurities and with formation of crystallographic defects during quenching. The effect of this junction damage on solar cell performance is discussed.

  14. Final report for %22High performance computing for advanced national electric power grid modeling and integration of solar generation resources%22, LDRD Project No. 149016.

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    Reno, Matthew J.; Riehm, Andrew Charles; Hoekstra, Robert John; Munoz-Ramirez, Karina; Stamp, Jason Edwin; Phillips, Laurence R.; Adams, Brian M.; Russo, Thomas V.; Oldfield, Ron A.; McLendon, William Clarence, III; Nelson, Jeffrey Scott; Hansen, Clifford W.; Richardson, Bryan T.; Stein, Joshua S.; Schoenwald, David Alan; Wolfenbarger, Paul R.

    2011-02-01

    Design and operation of the electric power grid (EPG) relies heavily on computational models. High-fidelity, full-order models are used to study transient phenomena on only a small part of the network. Reduced-order dynamic and power flow models are used when analysis involving thousands of nodes are required due to the computational demands when simulating large numbers of nodes. The level of complexity of the future EPG will dramatically increase due to large-scale deployment of variable renewable generation, active load and distributed generation resources, adaptive protection and control systems, and price-responsive demand. High-fidelity modeling of this future grid will require significant advances in coupled, multi-scale tools and their use on high performance computing (HPC) platforms. This LDRD report demonstrates SNL's capability to apply HPC resources to these 3 tasks: (1) High-fidelity, large-scale modeling of power system dynamics; (2) Statistical assessment of grid security via Monte-Carlo simulations of cyber attacks; and (3) Development of models to predict variability of solar resources at locations where little or no ground-based measurements are available.

  15. Building America Top Innovations 2012: High-Performance with Solar Electric Reduced Peak Demand

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    none,

    2013-01-01

    This Building America Top Innovations profile describes Building America solar home research that has demonstrated the ability to reduce peak demand by 75%. Numerous field studies have monitored power production and system effectiveness.

  16. Getting More Electricity out of Solar Cells | U.S. DOE Office...

    Office of Science (SC) Website

    produces extra electrons-behavior that could significantly increase solar-cell efficiency. A team at a DOE Energy Frontier Research Center led by MIT has now identified the...

  17. Planning for PV: The Value and Cost of Solar Electricity (Fact Sheet)

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    Not Available

    2008-01-01

    This is a brochure developed specifically for residential home builders. It provides information on basic financial factors and additional resources to consider when incorporating solar technologies into building plans.

  18. Analysis of International Policies In The Solar Electricity Sector: Lessons for India

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    Deshmukh, Ranjit

    2011-01-01

    with crystalline Si PV, promises lower costs as a result ofand off-grid solar PV at a cost of approximately US$3caveats for the module costs: • The PV industry is dynamic

  19. Approaches To Integrating A HIgh Penertration Of Solar PV and CPV Onto The Electrical Grid

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    Hill, Steven Craig

    2013-01-01

    100] A Study of Dispersed PV Generation on the PSO Systempaper .pdf [148] Solar PV Carousel Trackers For BuildingBOS in an Optimized 3.5 MW PV installation Maon, J. et al.

  20. Analysis of International Policies In The Solar Electricity Sector: Lessons for India

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    Deshmukh, Ranjit

    2011-01-01

    2011. 94 Sharma, A. (2011), “India Solar Rules burn US”, Thelatter, countries such as India that have started providingSector: Lessons for India July 2011 Authors Ranjit Deshmukh

  1. Approaches To Integrating A HIgh Penertration Of Solar PV and CPV Onto The Electrical Grid

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    Hill, Steven Craig

    2013-01-01

    Workshop on Renewable Energy Costs for the 2012 Integrated renewable portfolio standards (RPS) and energy efficiency goals in a costcost of installing rooftop solar panels. While the renewable energy

  2. Approaches To Integrating A HIgh Penertration Of Solar PV and CPV Onto The Electrical Grid

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    Hill, Steven Craig

    2013-01-01

    Performance Evaluation of Sun Tracking Photovoltaic Systemsof the sun’s disk and achieved by continuous tracking. TheTracking Solar PV with Low Concentration ration Reflector Huang, B. ; Sun,

  3. Approaches To Integrating A HIgh Penertration Of Solar PV and CPV Onto The Electrical Grid

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Hill, Steven Craig

    2013-01-01

    part of the normal utility planning and operation process.of a group of electric utility planning engineers from thefor public utilities involved with transmission planning and

  4. Approaches To Integrating A HIgh Penertration Of Solar PV and CPV Onto The Electrical Grid

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    Hill, Steven Craig

    2013-01-01

    U.S. Energy Information Administration Today In Energy JulyU.S. Energy Information Administration Today In Energy Julyclean energy technology available today. The electric

  5. Analysis of International Policies In The Solar Electricity Sector: Lessons for India

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Deshmukh, Ranjit

    2011-01-01

    utility-scale renewable energy development central to theCentral Electricity Regulatory Commission sets indicative preferential FiTs for different grid-connected renewable energy

  6. A.W. Blakers, 'Solar and Wind Electricity in Australia', Australian Journal of Environmental Management, Vol 7, pp 223-236, 2000 SOLAR AND WIND ELECTRICITY IN AUSTRALIA

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    for Sustainable Energy Systems Australian National University, Canberra, 0200 ph 02 6249 5905; email andrew utilisation. Fossil fuels are the principal cause of the enhanced greenhouse effect and are subject. In addition to these three large sources of energy there is tidal and geothermal energy. These are available

  7. Hawaiian Electric Company Demand Response Roadmap Project

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    Levy, Roger

    2014-01-01

    for solar water heaters – Solar water heaters requireCD1)  Part  VII,  Solar  Water  Heater  System,  Section  with solar system backup electric resistance water heaters.

  8. The Dependence of Electrical Properties on Miscut Orientation in Direct Bonded III-V Solar Cell Layers

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    Seal, Mark K.

    2015-01-01

    fabrication cost of multijunction solar cells, GaAs and InPfabrication of multijunction solar cells. At the interfacestructures in multijunction solar cells. Future work on this

  9. Concentrating Solar Power (Fact Sheet)

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    Not Available

    2011-10-01

    Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) offers a utility-scale, firm, dispatchable renewable energy option that can help meet the nation's goal of making solar energy cost competitive with other energy sources by the end of the decade. The DOE SunShot Initiative is a collaborative national initiative to make solar energy technologies cost-competitive with other forms of energy by reducing the cost of solar energy systems by about 75% by the end of the decade. Reducing the total installed cost for utility-scale solar electricity to roughly 6 cents per kilowatt hour without subsidies will result in rapid, large-scale adoption of solar electricity across the United States. Reaching this goal will re-establish American technological leadership, improve the nation's energy security, and strengthen U.S. economic competitiveness in the global clean energy race. SunShot will work to bring down the full cost of solar - including the costs of solar cells and installation by focusing on four main pillars: (1) Technologies for solar cells and arrays that convert sunlight to energy; (2) Electronics that optimize the performance of the installation; (3) Improvements in the efficiency of solar manufacturing processes; and (4) Installation, design, and permitting for solar energy systems.

  10. Electricity Rate Structures and the Economics of Solar PV: Could Mandatory Time-of-Use Rates Undermine California’s Solar Photovoltaic Subsidies?

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    Borenstein, Severin

    2007-01-01

    into e?ect for solar-rebate recipients. By June, CaliforniaTOU mandate makes the solar rebate program less attractive ?of California’s solar rebate databases indicates that there

  11. Electricity Rate Structures and the Economics of Solar PV: Could Mandatory Time-of-Use Rates Undermine California’s Solar Photovoltaic Subsidies?

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    Borenstein, Severin

    2007-01-01

    distribution of possible solar PV costs, so for about halfbelow the range of solar PV costs. . e g a r e v a n o , r eare data on the cost of installing solar PV systems because

  12. Cosmic Solutions in the Einstein-Weinberg-Salam Theory and the Generation of Large Electric and Magnetic Fields

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    Yutaka Hosotani; Hiroki Emoto; Takahiro Kubota

    2002-09-11

    In the SU(2)_L x U(1)_Y standard electroweak theory coupled with the Einstein gravity, new topological configurations naturally emerge, if the spatial section of the universe is globally a three-sphere (S^3) with a small radius. The SU(2)_L gauge fields wrap the space nontrivially, producing homogeneous but anisotropic space. As the universe expands, large electric and magnetic fields are produced. The electromagnetic field configuration is characterized by the Hopf map.

  13. SENSIBLE HEAT STORAGE FOR A SOLAR THERMAL POWER PLANT

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    Baldwin, Thomas F.

    2011-01-01

    is circulated from the solar collector through the storageabsorbed by their solar collectors into usable electric

  14. Energy Department Loan Guarantee Would Support Large-Scale Rooftop Solar

    Broader source: Energy.gov (indexed) [DOE]

    AFDC Printable Version Share this resource Send a link to EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page to someone by E-mail Share EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Facebook Tweet about EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Twitter Bookmark EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Homesum_a_epg0_fpd_mmcf_m.xls" ,"Available from WebQuantity of Natural GasAdjustmentsShirleyEnergy A plug-inPPLfor Innovative Solar Power Plant |Projects |of EnergyEnergyPower

  15. SOLAR WIND ELECTRIC FIELDS IN THE ION CYCLOTRON FREQUENCY RANGE P. J. Kellogg,1

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    California at Berkeley, University of

    variation, but the in- strument used a digital transform for onboard frequency analyses whose leakage from are presented and corrected for the Lorentz transformation of magnetic fluctuations to give the electric fields

  16. New Hampshire Electric Co-Op- Residential Solar Photovoltaic Incentive Program

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    New Hampshire Electric Co-op (NHEC) is offering rebates for residential, grid-tied photovoltaic (PV) systems up to one megawatt (MW) in capacity. The rebate is equal to 20% of the installed cost of...

  17. Electrical transient stability and underfrequency load shedding analysis for a large pump station

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    Shilling, S.R. [Saudi Aramco, Dhahran (Saudi Arabia)

    1995-12-31

    Electrical transients from faults, loss of generation, and load swings can disrupt pump station operations. Isolated stations with no utility tie and those with weak utility ties are especially at risk. Relative to this problem, the following four main issues are addressed: (1) Analyze the methods that use high-speed underfrequency load shedding to maintain system stability and preserve station operations. (2) Analyze combustion gas turbine generator and diesel generator transient responses, as they pertain to the Electrical Engineer. (3) Discuss system component modeling and the use of low voltage circuit switching devices to shed loads. (4) Compare two computer analysis program outputs for underfrequency load shedding responses.

  18. Electrical transient stability and underfrequency load shedding analysis for a large pump station

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    Shilling, S.R. [Saudi Aramco, Dhahran (Saudi Arabia)] [Saudi Aramco, Dhahran (Saudi Arabia)

    1997-01-01

    Electrical transients from faults, loss of generation, and load swings can disrupt pump station operations. Isolated stations with no utility tie, and those with weak utility ties, are especially at risk. Relative to this problem, the following four main issues are addressed: (1) analyze the methods that use high-speed underfrequency load shedding to maintain system stability and preserve station operations; (2) analyze combustion gas turbine generator and diesel generator transient responses, as they pertain to the electrical engineer; (3) discuss system component modeling and the use of low voltage circuit switching devices to shed loads; (4) compare two computer analysis program outputs for underfrequency load shedding responses.

  19. Approaches To Integrating A HIgh Penertration Of Solar PV and CPV Onto The Electrical Grid

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    Hill, Steven Craig

    2013-01-01

    kWh/m 2 day Multijunction photovoltaic cells are used withMultijunction CPV solar cells are only the third-generation photovoltaic technology cellsPhotovoltaic Applications  . 121  A.4  Concentrator Cell Efficiency . 122  A.5  Geometrical Losses .. 124  A.6  Multijunction 

  20. Electrolytic etch for preventing electrical shorts in solar cells on polymer surfaces

    DOE Patents [OSTI]

    Weber, Michael F. (St. Paul, MN)

    1991-10-08

    A method for preventing shorts and shunts in solar cells having in order, an insulating substrate, a conductive metal layer on the substrate, an amorphous silicon layer and a transparent conductive layer. The method includes anodic etching of exposed portions of the metal layer after deposition of the amorphous silicon and prior to depositing the transparent conductive layer.

  1. GUT Model Predictions for Neutrino Oscillation Parameters Compatible with the Large Mixing Angle Solar Solution

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    Carl H. Albright; S. Geer

    2001-10-16

    Within the framework of an SO(10) GUT model that can accommodate both the atmospheric and the LMA solar neutrino mixing solutions, we present explicit predictions for the neutrino oscillation parameters \\sin^2 2\\theta_{13}, \\sin^2 2\\theta_{12}, \\sin^2 2\\theta_{23}, and \\Delta m^2_{21}. Precise measurements of \\sin^2 2\\theta_{12} and \\Delta m^2_{21} by KamLAND can be used to precisely determine the GUT model parameters. We find that the model can then be tested at Neutrino Superbeams and Neutrino Factories with precision neutrino oscillation measurements of \\sin^2 2\\theta_{23}, \\sin^2 2\\theta_{13}, and the leptonic CP phase \\delta_{CP}.

  2. Testing and evaluation of large-area heliostats for solar thermal applications

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    Strachan, J.W.; Houser, R.M.

    1993-02-01

    Two heliostats representing the state-of-the-art in glass-metal designs for central receiver (and photovoltaic tracking) applications were tested and evaluated at the National Solar Thermal Test Facility in Albuquerque, New Mexico from 1986 to 1992. These heliostats have collection areas of 148 and 200 m{sup 2} and represent low-cost designs for heliostats that employ glass-metal mirrors. The evaluation encompassed the performance and operational characteristics of the heliostats, and examined heliostat beam quality, the effect of elevated winds on beam quality, heliostat drives and controls, mirror module reflectance and durability, and the overall operational and maintenance characteristics of the two heliostats. A comprehensive presentation of the results of these and other tests is presented. The results are prefaced by a review of the development (in the United States) of heliostat technology.

  3. Vacuum gaps with small tunnel currents at large electric field and its

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  4. ELECTRIC

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    you nay give us will be greatly uppreckted. VPry truly your23, 9. IX. Sin0j3, Mtinager lclectronics and Nuclear Physics Dept. omh , WESTINGHOUSE-THE NAT KING IN ELECTRICITY...

  5. Supporting Solar Power in Renewables Portfolio Standards: Experience from the United States

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    Wiser, Ryan

    2010-01-01

    on solar energy deployment and retail electricity rates, (c)for solar energy projects in restructured electricitySolar Energy Technologies Program) and the Office of Electricity

  6. Monitoring and Characterization of Miscellaneous Electrical Loads in a Large Retail Environment

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    Gentile-Polese, L.; Frank, S.; Sheppy, M.; Lobato, C.; Rader, E.; Smith, J.; Long, N.

    2014-02-01

    Buildings account for 40% of primary energy consumption in the United States (residential 22%; commercial 18%). Most (70% residential and 79% commercial) is used as electricity. Thus, almost 30% of U.S. primary energy is used to provide electricity to buildings. Plug loads play an increasingly critical role in reducing energy use in new buildings (because of their increased efficiency requirements), and in existing buildings (as a significant energy savings opportunity). If all installed commercial building miscellaneous electrical loads (CMELs) were replaced with energy-efficient equipment, a potential annual energy saving of 175 TWh, or 35% of the 504 TWh annual energy use devoted to MELs, could be achieved. This energy saving is equivalent to the annual energy production of 14 average-sized nuclear power plants. To meet DOE's long-term goals of reducing commercial building energy use and carbon emissions, the energy efficiency community must better understand the components and drivers of CMEL energy use, and develop effective reduction strategies. These goals can be facilitated through improved data collection and monitoring methodologies, and evaluation of CMELs energy-saving techniques.

  7. Large

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  8. Performance Enhancement of a Graphene-Zinc Phosphide Solar Cell using the Electric Field-Effect

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    Zettl, Alex

    in step 1 (from step 2 to 8 we only show the Zn3P2 and we omit the GaAs substrate). Then an oxide layer). The oxide-1 layer prevents an electric short between the Au-C and Zn3P2. Then the gate oxide layer, labelled

  9. Optimized Designs and Materials for Nanostructure Based Solar Cells

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    Shao, Qinghui

    2009-01-01

    is equivalent to irradiance of one solar constant. All thedesigns of QDS solar cells including one, which combined thesunlight into electricity. One is solar thermal electricity

  10. Analysis of the California Solar Resource--Volume 3: Appendices

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    erdahl, P.

    2011-01-01

    an intermediate load solar power plant, the effective valuegrowth and/or maturity siting solar electric power plantsdesigning solar electric power plants predicting impact of

  11. Utilizing Electric Vehicles to Assist Integration of Large Penetrations of Distributed Photovoltaic Generation Capacity

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    Tuffner, Francis K.; Chassin, Forrest S.; Kintner-Meyer, Michael CW; Gowri, Krishnan

    2012-11-30

    Executive Summary Introduction and Motivation This analysis provides the first insights into the leveraging potential of distributed photovoltaic (PV) technologies on rooftop and electric vehicle (EV) charging. Either of the two technologies by themselves - at some high penetrations – may cause some voltage control challenges or overloading problems, respectively. But when combined, there – at least intuitively – could be synergistic effects, whereby one technology mitigates the negative impacts of the other. High penetration of EV charging may overload existing distribution system components, most prominently the secondary transformer. If PV technology is installed at residential premises or anywhere downstream of the secondary transformer, it will provide another electricity source thus, relieving the loading on the transformers. Another synergetic or mitigating effect could be envisioned when high PV penetration reverts the power flow upward in the distribution system (from the homes upstream into the distribution system). Protection schemes may then no longer work and voltage violation (exceeding the voltage upper limited of the ANSI voltage range) may occur. In this particular situation, EV charging could absorb the electricity from the PV, such that the reversal of power flow can be reduced or alleviated. Given these potential mutual synergistic behaviors of PV and EV technologies, this project attempted to quantify the benefits of combining the two technologies. Furthermore, of interest was how advanced EV control strategies may influence the outcome of the synergy between EV charging and distributed PV installations. Particularly, Californian utility companies with high penetration of the distributed PV technology, who have experienced voltage control problems, are interested how intelligent EV charging could support or affect the voltage control

  12. Perovskite Solar Cells with Near 100% Internal Quantum Efficiency Based on Large Single Crystalline Grains and Vertical Bulk Heterojunctions

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    Yang, Bin; Dyck, Ondrej; Poplawsky, Jonathan D; Keum, Jong Kahk; Puretzky, Alexander A; Sanjib, Das; Ivanov, Ilia N; Rouleau, Christopher; Duscher, Gerd; Geohegan, David B; Xiao, Kai

    2015-01-01

    Grain boundaries (GBs) as defects in the crystal lattice detrimentally impact the power conversion efficiency (PCE) of polycrystalline solar cells, particularly in recently emerging hybrid perovskites where non-radiative recombination processes lead to significant carrier losses. Here, the beneficial effects of activated vertical GBs are demonstrated by first growing large, vertically-oriented methylammonium lead tri-iodide (CH3NH3PbI3) single-crystalline grains. We show that infiltration of p-type doped 2 -7,7 -tetrakis(N,Ndi-p-methoxyphenylamine)-9,9-spirobifluorene (Spiro-OMeTAD) into CH3NH3PbI3 films along the GBs creates space charge regions to suppress non-radiative recombination and enhance carrier collection efficiency. Solar cells with such activated GBs yielded average PCE of 16.3 0.9%, which are among the best solution-processed perovskite devices. As an important alternative to growing ideal CH3NH3PbI3 single crystal films, which is difficult to achieve for such fast-crystallizing perovskites, activating GBs paves a way to design a new type of bulk heterojunction hybrid perovskite photovoltaics toward theoretical maximum PCE.

  13. Perovskite solar cells with near 100% internal quantum efficiency based on large single crystalline grains and vertical bulk heterojunctions

    DOE Public Access Gateway for Energy & Science Beta (PAGES Beta)

    Yang, Bin; Dyck, Ondrej; Poplawsky, Jonathan; Keum, Jong; Puretzky, Alexander; Das, Sanjib; Ivanov, Ilia; Rouleau, Christopher; Duscher, Gerd; Geohegan, David; et al

    2015-07-09

    Grain boundaries (GBs) as defects in the crystal lattice detrimentally impact the power conversion efficiency (PCE) of polycrystalline solar cells, particularly in recently emerging hybrid perovskites where non-radiative recombination processes lead to significant carrier losses. Here, the beneficial effects of activated vertical GBs are demonstrated by first growing large, vertically-oriented methylammonium lead tri-iodide (CH3NH3PbI3) single-crystalline grains. We show that infiltration of p-type doped 2 -7,7 -tetrakis(N,Ndi-p-methoxyphenylamine)-9,9-spirobifluorene (Spiro-OMeTAD) into CH3NH3PbI3 films along the GBs creates space charge regions to suppress non-radiative recombination and enhance carrier collection efficiency. Solar cells with such activated GBs yielded average PCE of 16.3 ± 0.9%, whichmore »are among the best solution-processed perovskite devices. As an important alternative to growing ideal CH3NH3PbI3 single crystal films, which is difficult to achieve for such fast-crystallizing perovskites, activating GBs paves a way to design a new type of bulk heterojunction hybrid perovskite photovoltaics toward theoretical maximum PCE.« less

  14. Structure and charging kinetics of electrical double layers at large electrode voltage

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    Cagle, Clint [Clemson University; Feng, Guang [Clemson University; Qiao, Rui [Clemson University; Huang, Jingsong [ORNL; Sumpter, Bobby G [ORNL; Meunier, Vincent [ORNL

    2009-01-01

    The structure and charging kinetics of electrical double layers (EDLs) at interfaces of NaCl solutions and planar electrodes are studied by molecular dynamics (MD) and Poisson Nernst Planck (PNP) simulations. Based on the MD results and prior experimental data, we show that counterion packing in planar EDLs does not reach the steric limit at electrode voltages below 1 V. In addition, we demonstrate that a PNP model, when complemented with a Stern model, can be effectively used to capture the overall charging kinetics. However, the PNP/Stern model can only give a qualitative description of the fine features of the EDL.

  15. Concentrating Solar Power (Fact Sheet), Electricity, Resources, & Building Systems Integration (ERBSI)

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  16. Solar Real-Time Pricing: Is Real-Time Electricity Pricing Beneficial to

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

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  17. Electricity Rate Structures and the Economics of Solar PV: Could Mandatory Time-of-Use Rates Undermine California’s Solar Photovoltaic Subsidies?

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    Borenstein, Severin

    2007-01-01

    CSEM WP 172 Electricity Rate Structures and the Economics of94720-5180 www.ucei.org Electricity Rate Structures and thefuture of California electricity rate levels and rate design

  18. The Dependence of Electrical Properties on Miscut Orientation in Direct Bonded III-V Solar Cell Layers

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    Seal, Mark K.

    2015-01-01

    GaInAs concentrator solar cells with 44.7% efficiency",wafer-bonded tandem solar cells”, 38 th IEEE Photovoltaicfor Wafer-Bonded Tandem Solar Cells”, ECS Trans. 50 99 (

  19. Electricity Rate Structures and the Economics of Solar PV: Could Mandatory Time-of-Use Rates Undermine California’s Solar Photovoltaic Subsidies?

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Borenstein, Severin

    2007-01-01

    of possible solar PV costs, so for about half of this samplebelow the range of solar PV costs. . e g a r e v a n o , r es cost of ?nancing. This cost of PV power should then be

  20. Electricity Rate Structures and the Economics of Solar PV: Could Mandatory Time-of-Use Rates Undermine California’s Solar Photovoltaic Subsidies?

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Borenstein, Severin

    2007-01-01

    Wohlgemuth, “E?ects of soiling on PV module and radiometerand the Economics of Solar PV: Could Mandatory Time-of-Useand the Economics of Solar PV: Could Mandatory Time-of-Use

  1. Solar Advisor Model User Guide for Version 2.0

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    Gilman, P.; Blair, N.; Mehos, M.; Christensen, C.; Janzou, S.; Cameron, C.

    2008-08-01

    The Solar Advisor Model (SAM) provides a consistent framework for analyzing and comparing power system costs and performance across the range of solar technologies and markets, from photovoltaic systems for residential and commercial markets to concentrating solar power and large photovoltaic systems for utility markets. This manual describes Version 2.0 of the software, which can model photovoltaic and concentrating solar power technologies for electric applications for several markets. The current version of the Solar Advisor Model does not model solar heating and lighting technologies.

  2. AC conductivity of nanoporous metal-oxide photoanodes for solar energy conversion

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Konezny, Steven J.

    AC conductivity of nanoporous metal-oxide photoanodes for solar energy conversion Steven J. Konezny% solar-to-electric energy conversion efficiency) exploited the large surface area of nanoporous thin for solar photoconversion is analyzed using a model based on fluctuation-induced tunneling conduction (FITC

  3. Solar Adoption and Energy Consumption in the Residential Sector

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    McAllister, Joseph Andrew

    2012-01-01

    Electric Solar Energy Industries Association Self Generationsolar-electric generation systems and its impacts on energyenergy consumption changes with the installation of a solar electric generation

  4. Characterization of solar thermal concepts for electricity generation: Volume 2, Appendices

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    Williams, T.A.; Dirks, J.A.; Brown, D.R.

    1987-03-01

    Volume 1 of this report documented the analyses and evaluation of the concepts. This volume contains appendices which provided additional information on the approach used in the analysis, and further detail of the study results. Appendix A describes tradeoffs involved in the orientation of trough collector fields. The methodology used in the calculation of levelized energy costs is described in Appendix B. Additional detail on the annual energy output for each of the technologies is provided in Appendix C. Appendix D provides a discussion on the method and assumptions used in developing optical performance models for central receiver systems, and gives a detailed description of the results obtained. Plant cost data is shown in Appendix E, and a method for first-order sensitivity analyses using the data is described. The calculational approach used to estimate the manufacturing cost of distributed solar components is described in Appendix F.

  5. Chapter 4: Advancing Clean Electric Power Technologies | Solar Power Technology Assessment

    Broader source: Energy.gov (indexed) [DOE]

    AFDC Printable Version Share this resource Send a link to EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page to someone by E-mail Share EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Facebook Tweet about EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Twitter Bookmark EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Homesum_a_epg0_fpd_mmcf_m.xls" ,"Available from WebQuantity of Natural GasAdjustmentsShirleyEnergyTher i n c i p a lCaribElectricSouthApplying caulk to 13.1Carbon

  6. Polar cap electric field dependence on solar wind and magnetotail parameters

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    Longenecker, D.; Roederer, J.G.

    1981-12-01

    A magnetic field model with a linearly superposed uniform external field is used to study the effects of the magnetotail field intensity B/sub T/ on the relationship between the convection pattern in the polar cap and the interplanetary magnetic field (IMF). It is found that as B/sub T/ increases, the polar cap size increases, overall electric field intensity decreases, and the dependence of the total ''open'' flux on the magnitude and direction of the IMF weakens. In addition, the tail field introduces significant differences between the convection patterns corresponding to ''toward'' and ''away'' IMF sectors, respectively: in the northern (southern) polar cap, features such as polar cap boundary displacements and electric field intensity gradients are more pronounced when the earth is in an ''away'' (''toward'') sector. On the other hand, in the case of a northward-tilted IMF, sunward convection in the north (south) polar cap is extended over a larger area for a ''toward'' (''away'') sector. Since dipole tilt was not taken into account in the model, these results should mainly apply to periods around equinox.

  7. Two-Dimensional Measurement of n+-p Asymmetrical Junctions in Multicrystalline Silicon Solar Cells using AFM-Based Electrical Techniques with Nanometer Resolution

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    Jiang, C. S.; Heath, J. T.; Moutinho, H. R.; Li, J. V.; Al-Jassim, M. M.

    2011-01-01

    Lateral inhomogeneities of modern solar cells demand direct electrical imaging with nanometer resolution. We show that atomic force microscopy (AFM)-based electrical techniques provide unique junction characterizations, giving a two-dimensional determination of junction locations. Two AFM-based techniques, scanning capacitance microscopy/spectroscopy (SCM/SCS) and scanning Kelvin probe force microscopy (SKPFM), were significantly improved and applied to the junction characterizations of multicrystalline silicon (mc-Si) cells. The SCS spectra were taken pixel by pixel by precisely controlling the tip positions in the junction area. The spectra reveal distinctive features that depend closely on the position relative to the electrical junction, which allows us to indentify the electrical junction location. In addition, SKPFM directly probes the built-in potential over the junction area modified by the surface band bending, which allows us to deduce the metallurgical junction location by identifying a peak of the electric field. Our results demonstrate resolutions of 10-40 nm, depending on the techniques (SCS or SKPFM). These direct electrical measurements with nanometer resolution and intrinsic two-dimensional capability are well suited for investigating the junction distribution of solar cells with lateral inhomogeneities.

  8. Two-Dimensional Measurement of n+-p Asymmetrical Junctions in Multicrystalline Silicon Solar Cells Using AFM-Based Electrical Techniques with Nanometer Resolution: Preprint

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    Jiang, C. S.; Moutinho, H. R.; Li, J. V.; Al-Jassim, M. M.; Heath, J. T.

    2011-07-01

    Lateral inhomogeneities of modern solar cells demand direct electrical imaging with nanometer resolution. We show that atomic force microscopy (AFM)-based electrical techniques provide unique junction characterizations, giving a two-dimensional determination of junction locations. Two AFM-based techniques, scanning capacitance microscopy/spectroscopy (SCM/SCS) and scanning Kelvin probe force microscopy (SKPFM), were significantly improved and applied to the junction characterizations of multicrystalline silicon (mc-Si) cells. The SCS spectra were taken pixel by pixel by precisely controlling the tip positions in the junction area. The spectra reveal distinctive features that depend closely on the position relative to the electrical junction, which allows us to indentify the electrical junction location. In addition, SKPFM directly probes the built-in potential over the junction area modified by the surface band bending, which allows us to deduce the metallurgical junction location by identifying a peak of the electric field. Our results demonstrate resolutions of 10-40 nm, depending on the techniques (SCS or SKPFM). These direct electrical measurements with nanometer resolution and intrinsic two-dimensional capability are well suited for investigating the junction distribution of solar cells with lateral inhomogeneities.

  9. Role of Energy Storage with Renewable Electricity Generation

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    Denholm, P.; Ela, E.; Kirby, B.; Milligan, M.

    2010-01-01

    Renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar, have vast potential to reduce dependence on fossil fuels and greenhouse gas emissions in the electric sector. Climate change concerns, state initiatives including renewable portfolio standards, and consumer efforts are resulting in increased deployments of both technologies. Both solar photovoltaics (PV) and wind energy have variable and uncertain (sometimes referred to as intermittent) output, which are unlike the dispatchable sources used for the majority of electricity generation in the United States. The variability of these sources has led to concerns regarding the reliability of an electric grid that derives a large fraction of its energy from these sources as well as the cost of reliably integrating large amounts of variable generation into the electric grid. In this report, we explore the role of energy storage in the electricity grid, focusing on the effects of large-scale deployment of variable renewable sources (primarily wind and solar energy).

  10. ELECTRIC

    Office of Legacy Management (LM)

    AFDC Printable Version Share this resource Send a link to EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page to someone by E-mail Share EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Facebook Tweet about EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Twitter Bookmark EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Homesum_a_epg0_fpd_mmcf_m.xls" ,"Available from WebQuantity of NaturalDukeWakefield Municipal Gas &SCE-SessionsSouth DakotaRobbins and Myers CoMadison -T: Designation ofSEPE.ELECTRIC

  11. Solar Innovator | Alta Devices

    ScienceCinema (OSTI)

    Mattos, Laila; Le, Minh

    2013-05-29

    Selected to participate in the Energy Department's SunShot Initiative, Alta Devices produces solar cells that convert sunlight into electricity at world record-breaking levels of efficiency. Through its innovative solar technology Alta is helping bring down the cost of solar. Learn more about the Energy Department's efforts to advance solar technology at energy.gov/solar .

  12. Solar Innovator | Alta Devices

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    Mattos, Laila; Le, Minh

    2012-01-01

    Selected to participate in the Energy Department's SunShot Initiative, Alta Devices produces solar cells that convert sunlight into electricity at world record-breaking levels of efficiency. Through its innovative solar technology Alta is helping bring down the cost of solar. Learn more about the Energy Department's efforts to advance solar technology at energy.gov/solar .

  13. Using RPS Policies to Grow the Solar Market in the United States

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Wiser, Ryan H

    2008-01-01

    nine also allow solar- thermal electric to qualify, threestrong competition from solar-thermal electric facilities in

  14. Conference Proceedings (Refereed Invited Reviews). 1. "Role of Large-Scale Magnetic Fields and Material Flows in the Formation of Solar Filaments

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Mackay, Duncan

    Conference Proceedings (Refereed Invited Reviews). 1. "Role of Large-Scale Magnetic Fields Scale Structures and their Role in Solar Activity, ASP Conference Proceedings Series, 346, 177. 2. "The-297. Conference Proceedings (Others). 1. "Basic Magnetic Field Configurations for Filament Channels and Filaments

  15. Structural and Electrical Functionality of NiO Interfacial Films in Bulk Heterojunction Organic Solar Cells

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    Irwin, M.D.; Servaites, J.D.; Buchholz, B.D.; Leever, B.J.; Liu, J.; Emery, J.D.; Zhang, M.; Song, J.H.; Durstock, M.F.; Freeman, Arthur J.; Bedzyk, M.J.; Hersam, Mark C.; Chang, R.P.H.; Ratner, Mark A.; Marks, Tobin J.

    2011-01-01

    The functionality of NiO interfacial layers in enhancing bulk heterojunction (BHJ) organic photovoltaic (OPV) cell performance is investigated by integrated characterization of the electrical properties, microstructure, electronic structure, and optical properties of thin NiO films grown on glass/ITO electrodes. These NiO layers are found to be advantageous in BHJ OPV applications due to favorable energy band levels, interface passivation, p-type character, crystallinity, smooth surfaces, and optical transparency. The NiO overlayers are fabricated via pulsed-laser deposition and found to have a work function of ?5.3 eV. They are investigated by both topographic and conductive atomic force microscopy and shown to passivate interfacial charge traps. The films also have an average optical transparency of >80% in the visible range, crucial for efficient OPV function, and have a near-stoichiometric Ni:O surface composition. By grazing-incidence X-ray diffraction, the NiO thin films are shown to grow preferentially in the (111) direction and to have the fcc NaCl crystal structure. Diodes of p?n structure and first-principles electronic structure calculations indicate that the NiO interlayer is preferentially conductive to holes, with a lower hole charge carrier effective mass versus that of electrons. Finally, the implications of these attributes in advancing efficiencies for state-of-the-art OPV systems—in particular, improving the open circuit voltage (V{sub OC})—are discussed.

  16. Lead selenide nanowire solar cells via LPNE and its new found derivatives

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Hujdic, Justin

    2012-01-01

    Photovoltaics: Advanced Solar Energy Conversion (Springer-the solar-to electric energy conversion efficiency. The

  17. The Role of Electricity Markets and Market Design in Integrating The Importance of Flexible Electricity Supply: Solar Integration Series. 1 of 3 (Brochure)

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    2011-05-03

    The first out of a series of three fact sheets describing the importance of flexible electricity supply.

  18. Thermal Management of Solar Cells

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Saadah, Mohammed Ahmed

    2013-01-01

    absorbed light energy into output electricity. Solar cellselectricity. The remaining 70% of absorbed energy is turned into heat inside the solar

  19. Energy 101: Concentrating Solar Power

    K-12 Energy Lesson Plans and Activities Web site (EERE)

    From towers to dishes to linear mirrors to troughs, concentrating solar power (CSP) technologies reflect and collect solar heat to generate electricity.

  20. Efficient solar cooling: first ever non-tracking solar collectors powering a double effect absorption chiller

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Poiry, Heather Marie

    2011-01-01

    2004) “Advances in solar thermal electricity technology”.1: Comparison of the pros and cons for various solar thermalof Three Concentrating Solar Thermal Units Designed with

  1. Analyzing and simulating the variability of solar irradiance and solar PV powerplants

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Lave, Matthew S.

    2012-01-01

    The intermittency of wind, solar, and renewable electricitySolar Variabiltiy and Interconnection Locations, World Renewableharnessing renewable energy sources such as wind and solar

  2. Chiral electric field in relativistic heavy-ion collisions at energies available at the BNL Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider and at the CERN Large Hadron Collider

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Yang Zhong; Chun-Bin Yang; Xu Cai; Sheng-Qin Feng

    2015-10-03

    It was proposed that the electric fields may lead to chiral separation in QGP, which is called the chiral electric separation effect. The strong electromagnetic field and the QCD vacuum can both completely be produced in the off-central nuclear-nuclear collision. We used the Wood-Saxon nucleon distribution to calculate the electric field distributions of the off-central collisions. The chiral electro field spatial distribution at Relativistic Heavy-Ion Collider (RHIC) and Large Hadron Collider (LHC) energy regions are systematically studied in this paper. Compared with magnetic field spatial distribution, electric field shows some different features in relativistic heavy-ion collisions. The dependence of the electric field produced by the thermal quark in the central position with different impact parameters on the proper time with different collision energies in the RHIC and LHC energy region are studied in this paper.

  3. Scattering Solar Thermal Concentrators

    Office of Environmental Management (EM)

    sunshot DOEGO-102012-3669 * September 2012 MOTIVATION All thermal concentrating solar power (CSP) systems use solar tracking, which involves moving large mirror surfaces...

  4. Solar powered desalination system

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Mateo, Tiffany Alisa

    2011-01-01

    from industries or solar collectors 1.2.2 Multi-stage FlashWilliams Large area solar collector Desalination Process

  5. Solar Two

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    Not Available

    1998-04-01

    Solar Two is a concentrating solar power plant that can supply electric power on demand to the local utility, Southern California Edison Company. It can do so because it operates not only during sunny parts of the day, but it can store enough thermal energy from the sun to operate during cloudy periods and after dark, for up to three hours, at its rated output of 10 megawatts (MW). For the first time ever, a utility scale solar power plant can supply electricity when the utility needs it most, to satisfy the energy requirements of its customers.

  6. A Better Steam Engine: Designing a Distributed Concentrating Solar Combined Heat and Power System

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Norwood, Zachary Mills

    2011-01-01

    compete or exceed solar photovoltaics (PV) – which is oftenfor solar-electric energy conversion: photovoltaics whichfor solar-electric energy conversion: photovoltaics which

  7. AN EVALUATION OF SOLAR VALUATION METHODS USED IN UTILITY PLANNING AND PROCUREMENT PROCESSES

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Mills, Andrew D.

    2014-01-01

    2012. “Diversity Benefit of Solar and Wind with IncreasingElectric Power Association. 2009. Utility Solar ProcurementStudy: Solar Electricity in the Utility Market. Washington

  8. A Better Steam Engine: Designing a Distributed Concentrating Solar Combined Heat and Power System

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Norwood, Zachary Mills

    2011-01-01

    12] Kalogirou, S. A. (2004). Solar thermal collectors andD. (2004). Advances in solar thermal electricity technology.December). Distributed solar-thermal/electric generation.

  9. Implementations of electric vehicle system based on solar energy in Singapore assessment of lithium ion batteries for automobiles

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Fu, Haitao

    2009-01-01

    In this thesis report, both quantitative and qualitative approaches are used to provide a comprehensive analysis of lithium ion (Li-ion) batteries for plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) and battery electric vehicle ...

  10. Solar Energy Generation in Three Dimensions

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Bernardi, Marco; Wan, Jin H; Villalon, Rachelle; Grossman, Jeffrey C

    2011-01-01

    Optimizing the conversion of solar energy to electricity is central to the World's future energy economy. Flat photovoltaic panels are commonly deployed in residential and commercial rooftop installations without sun tracking systems and using simple installation guidelines to optimize solar energy collection. Large-scale solar energy generation plants use bulky and expensive sun trackers to avoid cosine losses from photovoltaic panels or to concentrate sunlight with mirrors onto heating fluids.[1,2] However, none of these systems take advantage of the three-dimensional nature of our biosphere, so that solar energy collection largely occurs on flat structures in contrast with what is commonly observed in Nature.[3,4] Here we formulate, solve computationally and study experimentally the problem of collecting solar energy in three-dimensions.[5] We demonstrate that absorbers and reflectors can be combined in the absence of sun tracking to build three-dimensional photovoltaic (3DPV) structures that can generate ...

  11. Nanocrystal Solar Cells

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Gur, Ilan

    2006-01-01

    to create low-cost solar cells with performance andachieving stable and low-cost solar energy conversion.of large-scale solar power at low costs (1). The most

  12. Enhanced Light Trapping and Power Conversion Efficiency in Ultrathin Plasmonic Organic Solar Cells: A Coupled Optical-Electrical

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Park, Namkyoo

    much attention for the more efficient harvesting of solar energy. Notably, even as the thickness acceptor materials have been envisioned as a promising next generation energy harvesting device dueEnhanced Light Trapping and Power Conversion Efficiency in Ultrathin Plasmonic Organic Solar Cells

  13. Solar powered desalination system

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Mateo, Tiffany Alisa

    2011-01-01

    Solar Energy Center USA, Blythe, CA Solar electric power plant,Solar Wind Total Northwest Imports Southwest Imports Total Energy System Table 1.18: Largest PV Power PlantsPlants……………………………………………………32 Table 1.19: Solar Desalination Systems…………………………………………………34 Table 1.20: Energy

  14. Outdoor Solar Lighting | Department of Energy

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Outdoor Solar Lighting Outdoor Solar Lighting July 29, 2012 - 6:34pm Addthis Outdoor solar lights use solar cells, which convert sunlight into electricity, and are easy to install...

  15. Fermi Large Area Telescope observations of high-energy gamma-ray emission from behind-the-limb solar flares

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Pesce-Rollins, Melissa; Petrosian, Vahe'; Liu, Wei; da Costa, Fatima Rubio; Allafort, Alice

    2015-01-01

    Fermi-LAT >30 MeV observations have increased the number of detected solar flares by almost a factor of 10 with respect to previous space observations. These sample both the impulsive and long duration phases of GOES M and X class flares. Of particular interest is the recent detections of three solar flares whose position behind the limb was confirmed by the STEREO-B spacecraft. While gamma-ray emission up to tens of MeV resulting from proton interactions has been detected before from occulted solar flares, the significance of these particular events lies in the fact that these are the first detections of >100 MeV gamma-ray emission from footpoint-occulted flares. We will present the Fermi-LAT, RHESSI and STEREO observations of these flares and discuss the various emission scenarios for these sources and implications for the particle acceleration mechanisms.

  16. Large-area Silicon-Film{trademark} panels and solar cells. Final technical report, July 1995--March 1998

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    Rand, J.A.; Bai, Y.; Barnett, A.M.; Culik, J.S.; Ford, D.H.; Hall, R.B.; Kendall, C.L.

    1998-09-01

    This report will detail substantial improvements in each of the task areas. A number of new products were developed, including a 130 kW array built using a new panel design. Improvements in laboratory-scale solar cell processing resulted in a confirmed efficiency of 16.6%. A new Silicon-Film{trademark} production sheet machine was built which increased throughput by 70%. Three solar cell fabrication processes were converted from low throughout batch processes to high throughput, continuous, belt processes. These new processes are capable of processing sheet over 31 cm in width. Finally, a new Silicon-Film{trademark} sheet machine was built that demonstrated a sheet width of 38 cm. This tool enabled AstroPower to demonstrate a wide range of solar cell sizes, many of which have generated considerable market interest.

  17. Assessing Vehicle Electricity Demand Impacts on California Electricity Supply

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    McCarthy, Ryan W.

    2009-01-01

    solar generation can reduce costs and emissions associated with supplying vehicle electricity demand dramatically. Sensitivity Analysis of Long-term

  18. SENSIBLE HEAT STORAGE FOR A SOLAR THERMAL POWER PLANT

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Baldwin, Thomas F.

    2011-01-01

    to produce electricity by concentrating solar energy andcol- lected solar energy must be converted into electricitysolar power plant without energy storage for nighttime generation produces electricity

  19. The impact of large-scale solar photovoltaic adoption on prices and reliability in the New England power pool

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Martin, Katherine C

    2006-01-01

    The potential role of renewable energy in producing electricity in industrialized countries has been gaining attention as issues like climate change and high fossil fuel prices more frequently occupy the minds of the public ...

  20. A Better Steam Engine: Designing a Distributed Concentrating Solar Combined Heat and Power System

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Norwood, Zachary Mills

    2011-01-01

    to be more suited to solar thermal energy sources. Airrenewable energy technologies in solar thermal and PV, andunit of solar thermal and solar electric energy from a DCS-

  1. Environmental Assessment and Metrics for Solar: Case Study of SolFocus Solar Concentrator Systems

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Reich-Weiser, Corinne; Dornfeld, David; Horne, Steve

    2008-01-01

    of solar-thermal electricity gen- eration,” Solar Energy,electricity generation - a critical comparison of energy supply options,” in 21st European Photovoltaic Solarelectricity supply across the supply chain. (2) In many solar energy

  2. High-Rate Fabrication of a-Si-Based Thin-Film Solar Cells Using Large-Area VHF PECVD Processes

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    Deng, Xunming; Fan, Qi Hua

    2011-12-31

    The University of Toledo (UT), working in concert with it’s a-Si-based PV industry partner Xunlight Corporation (Xunlight), has conducted a comprehensive study to develop a large-area (3ft x 3ft) VHF PECVD system for high rate uniform fabrication of silicon absorber layers, and the large-area VHF PECVD processes to achieve high performance a-Si/a-SiGe or a-Si/nc-Si tandem junction solar cells during the period of July 1, 2008 to Dec. 31, 2011, under DOE Award No. DE-FG36-08GO18073. The project had two primary goals: (i) to develop and improve a large area (3 ft × 3 ft) VHF PECVD system for high rate fabrication of > = 8 Å/s a-Si and >= 20 Å/s nc-Si or 4 Å/s a-SiGe absorber layers with high uniformity in film thicknesses and in material structures. (ii) to develop and optimize the large-area VHF PECVD processes to achieve high-performance a-Si/nc-Si or a-Si/a-SiGe tandem-junction solar cells with >= 10% stable efficiency. Our work has met the goals and is summarized in “Accomplishments versus goals and objectives”.

  3. Solar Energy Materials & Solar Cells 90 (2006) 34073415 High-efficiency flexible CdTe solar cells

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Romeo, Alessandro

    2006-01-01

    Solar Energy Materials & Solar Cells 90 (2006) 3407­3415 High-efficiency flexible CdTe solar cells: Solar cells; Thin films; CdTe; Flexible solar cells; Space solar cells; Solar energy ARTICLE IN PRESS for Renewable Energy Systems and Technology), Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Loughborough

  4. Solar power tower

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    None, None

    2009-01-18

    The solar power tower section of the Renewable Energy Technology Characterizations describes the technical and economic status of this emerging renewable energy option for electricity supply.

  5. Solar parabolic trough

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    None, None

    2009-01-18

    The solar parabolic trough section of the Renewable Energy Technology Characterizations describes the technical and economic status of this emerging renewable energy option for electricity supply.

  6. Solar dish engine

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    None, None

    2009-01-18

    The solar power tower section of the Renewable Energy Technology Characterizations describes the technical and economic status of this emerging renewable energy option for electricity supply.

  7. Analysis of the California Solar Resource--Volume 3: Appendices

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    erdahl, P.

    2011-01-01

    systems of conventional solar design, the uncertainty inof conventional solar design. Two California climates werepower plants j) design of solar electric power plants The 14

  8. Role of Energy Storage with Renewable Electricity Generation (Report Summary) (Presentation)

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    Denholm, P.; Ela, E.; Kirby, B.; Milligan, M.

    2010-03-01

    Renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar, have vast potential to reduce dependence on fossil fuels and greenhouse gas emissions in the electric sector. Climate change concerns, state initiatives including renewable portfolio standards, and consumer efforts are resulting in increased deployments of both technologies. Both solar photovoltaics (PV) and wind energy have variable and uncertain (sometimes referred to as "intermittent") output, which are unlike the dispatchable sources used for the majority of electricity generation in the United States. The variability of these sources has led to concerns regarding the reliability of an electric grid that derives a large fraction of its energy from these sources as well as the cost of reliably integrating large amounts of variable generation into the electric grid. In this report, we explore the role of energy storage in the electricity grid, focusing on the effects of large-scale deployment of variable renewable sources (primarily wind and solar energy).

  9. Farmers Electric Cooperative (Kalona)- Renewable Energy Purchase Rate

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Farmers Electric Cooperative offers a production incentive to members that install qualifying wind and solar electricity generating systems. Qualifying grid-tied solar and wind energy systems are...

  10. Furnace Blower Electricity: National and Regional Savings Potential

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Franco, Victor; Florida Solar Energy Center

    2008-01-01

    Solar Energy Center ABSTRACT Currently, total electricityElectricity: National and Regional Savings Potential Victor Franco, James Lutz, Alex Lekov, and Lixing Gu (Florida Solar Energy

  11. Electricity Rate Structures and the Economics of Solar PV: Could Mandatory Time-of-Use Rates Undermine California’s Solar Photovoltaic Subsidies?

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Borenstein, Severin

    2007-01-01

    the Twenty- Sixth IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference,T. and R. Margolis. “Are Photovoltaic Systems Worth More toLarge Grid- Connected Photovoltaic Systems in California and

  12. NREL Explores Earth-Abundant Materials for Future Solar Cells (Fact Sheet)

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    Not Available

    2012-10-01

    Researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are using a theory-driven technique - sequential cation mutation - to understand the nature and limitations of promising solar cell materials that can replace today's technologies. Finding new materials that use Earth-abundant elements and are easily manufactured is important for large-scale solar electricity deployment.

  13. Stochastic Methods for Planning and Operating Power Systems with Large Amounts of Wind and Solar Power: Preprint

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    Milligan, M.; Donohoo, P.; O'Malley, M.

    2012-09-01

    Wind and solar generators differ in their generation characteristics than conventional generators. The variable output and imperfect predictability of these generators face a stochastic approach to plan and operate the power system without fundamentally changing the operation and planning problems. This paper overviews stochastic modeling challenges in operations, generation planning, and transmission planning, with references to current industry and academic work. Different stochastic problem formulations, including approximations, are also discussed.

  14. Distributed Generation Dispatch Optimization under Various Electricity Tariffs

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Firestone, Ryan; Marnay, Chris

    2007-01-01

    to solar insolation. Energy Prices Electricity prices weresolar insolation that are based on these data. Energy Loads Utility electricityenergy loads (non- cooling electric, electric, and heating), electricity prices, DG availability, and solar

  15. Optical Durability of Candidate Solar Reflectors for Concentrating Solar Power

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    Kennedy, C. E.; Terwilliger, K.

    2007-01-01

    Concentrating solar power (CSP) technologies use large mirrors to collect sunlight to convert thermal energy to electricity. The viability of CSP systems requires the development of advanced reflector materials that are low in cost and maintain high specular reflectance for extended lifetimes under severe outdoor environments. The long-standing goals for a solar reflector are specular reflectance above 90% into a 4 mrad half-cone angle for at least 10 years outdoors with a cost of less than $13.8/m{sup 2} (the 1992 $10.8/m{sup 2} goal corrected for inflation to 2002 dollars) when manufactured in large volumes. Durability testing of a variety of candidate solar reflector materials at outdoor test sites and in laboratory accelerated weathering chambers is the main activity within the Advanced Materials task of the CSP Program at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado. Test results to date for several candidate solar reflector materials will be presented. These include the optical durability of thin glass, thick glass, aluminized reflectors, front-surface mirrors, and silvered polymer mirrors. The development, performance, and durability of these materials will be discussed. Based on accelerated exposure testing the glass, silvered polymer, and front-surface mirrors may meet the 10 year lifetime goals, but at this time because of significant process changes none of the commercially available solar reflectors and advanced solar reflectors have demonstrated the 10 year or more aggressive 20 year lifetime goal.

  16. Solar collector array

    DOE Patents [OSTI]

    Hall, John Champlin; Martins, Guy Lawrence

    2015-09-06

    A method and apparatus for efficient manufacture, assembly and production of solar energy. In one aspect, the apparatus may include a number of modular solar receiver assemblies that may be separately manufactured, assembled and individually inserted into a solar collector array housing shaped to receive a plurality of solar receivers. The housing may include optical elements for focusing light onto the individual receivers, and a circuit for electrically connecting the solar receivers.

  17. Environmental Assessment and Metrics for Solar: Case Study of SolFocus Solar Concentrator Systems

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Reich-Weiser, Corinne; Dornfeld, David; Horne, Steve

    2008-01-01

    solar-thermal electricity gen- eration,” Solar Energy, vol.Energy pay- back time - a key number for the assessment of thermal solarSolar Thermal Wind Coal CC Gas Turbine Nuclear Reference Energy

  18. Microgrids: An emerging paradigm for meeting building electricity and heat requirements efficiently and with appropriate energy quality

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Marnay, Chris; Firestone, Ryan

    2007-01-01

    electric load thermal storage solar thermal storage chargingcombustion solar thermal CHP heat storage charging generateof solar thermal collectors, 1100 kWh of electrical storage,

  19. U.S. Solar Market Trends

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    Larry Sherwood

    2010-04-01

    Grid-connected photovoltaic installations grew by 40% in 2009 compared with installations in 2008. California and New Jersey have the largest markets. Growth occurred in the residential and utility markets, but non-residential customer-sited installations did not change compared with the installations in 2008. Two small solar thermal electric plants were connected to the grid in 2009 with a combined capacity of 7 MW. The future prospects for solar thermal electric plants look bright, although developers are not expected to complete any new large plants until at least 2011. Solar water heating and solar space heating annual installations grew by 40% in 2008 compared with 2007. Hawaii, California, Puerto Rico, and Florida dominate this market. Solar pool heating annual installation capacity fell by 1% in 2008 following a dramatic decline of 15% in solar pool heating capacity in 2007 compared with 2006. Florida and California are the largest markets for solar pool heating. The economic decline in the real estate markets in Florida and California likely led to the decrease in pool installations and thus the dramatic decline in capacity installed of solar pool systems in 2007.

  20. Planar photovoltaic solar concentrator module

    DOE Patents [OSTI]

    Chiang, C.J.

    1992-12-01

    A planar photovoltaic concentrator module for producing an electrical signal from incident solar radiation includes an electrically insulating housing having a front wall, an opposing back wall and a hollow interior. A solar cell having electrical terminals is positioned within the interior of the housing. A planar conductor is connected with a terminal of the solar cell of the same polarity. A lens forming the front wall of the housing is operable to direct solar radiation incident to the lens into the interior of the housing. A refractive optical element in contact with the solar cell and facing the lens receives the solar radiation directed into the interior of the housing by the lens and directs the solar radiation to the solar cell to cause the solar cell to generate an electrical signal. An electrically conductive planar member is positioned in the housing to rest on the housing back wall in supporting relation with the solar cell terminal of opposite polarity. The planar member is operable to dissipate heat radiated by the solar cell as the solar cell generates an electrical signal and further forms a solar cell conductor connected with the solar cell terminal to permit the electrical signal generated by the solar cell to be measured between the planar member and the conductor. 5 figs.

  1. Planar photovoltaic solar concentrator module

    DOE Patents [OSTI]

    Chiang, Clement J. (New Brunswick, NJ)

    1992-01-01

    A planar photovoltaic concentrator module for producing an electrical signal from incident solar radiation includes an electrically insulating housing having a front wall, an opposing back wall and a hollow interior. A solar cell having electrical terminals is positioned within the interior of the housing. A planar conductor is connected with a terminal of the solar cell of the same polarity. A lens forming the front wall of the housing is operable to direct solar radiation incident to the lens into the interior of the housing. A refractive optical element in contact with the solar cell and facing the lens receives the solar radiation directed into the interior of the housing by the lens and directs the solar radiation to the solar cell to cause the solar cell to generate an electrical signal. An electrically conductive planar member is positioned in the housing to rest on the housing back wall in supporting relation with the solar cell terminal of opposite polarity. The planar member is operable to dissipate heat radiated by the solar cell as the solar cell generates an electrical signal and further forms a solar cell conductor connected with the solar cell terminal to permit the electrical signal generated by the solar cell to be measured between the planar member and the conductor.

  2. Renewable Electricity Generation

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    2012-09-01

    This document highlights DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's advancements in renewable electricity generation technologies including solar, water, wind, and geothermal.

  3. The Influence of High-Energy Lithium Ion Irradiation on Electrical Characteristics of Silicon and GaAs Solar Cells

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    B. Jayashree; Ramani; M. C. Radhakrishna; Anil Agrawal; Saif Ahmad Khan; A. Meulenberg

    2006-10-22

    Space-grade Si and GaAs solar cells were irradiated with 15 & 40 MeV Li ions. Illuminated (AM0 condition) and unilluminated I-V curves reveal that the effect of high-energy Li ion irradiation has produced similar effects to that of proton irradiation. However, an additional, and different, defect mechanism is suggested to dominate in the heavier-ion results. Comparison is made with proton-irradiated solar-cell work and with non-ionizing energy-loss (NIEL) radiation-damage models.

  4. Mini-Optics Solar Energy Concentrator

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Mark Davidson; Mario Rabinowitz

    2003-09-12

    This invention deals with the broad general concept for focussing light. A mini-optics tracking and focussing system is presented for solar power conversion that ranges from an individual's portable system to solar conversion of electrical power that can be used in large scale power plants for environmentally clean energy. It can be rolled up, transported, and attached to existing man-made, or natural structures. It allows the solar energy conversion system to be low in capital cost and inexpensive to install as it can be attached to existing structures since it does not require the construction of a superstructure of its own. This novel system is uniquely distinct and different from other solar tracking and focussing processes allowing it to be more economical and practical. Furthermore, in its capacity as a power producer, it can be utilized with far greater safety, simplicity, economy, and efficiency in the conversion of solar energy.

  5. The Effect of Offcut Angle on Electrical Conductivity of Direct Wafer-Bonded n-GaAs/n-GaAs Structures for Wafer-Bonded Tandem Solar Cells

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Yeung, King Wah Sunny

    2012-01-01

    Efficient Inverted Triple- Junction Solar Cell with TwoCurrent-Matched Triple-Junction Solar Cell Reaching 41.1%

  6. Effects of the scatter in sunspot group tilt angles on the large-scale magnetic field at the solar surface

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    Jiang, J.; Cameron, R. H.; Schüssler, M.

    2014-08-10

    The tilt angles of sunspot groups represent the poloidal field source in Babcock-Leighton-type models of the solar dynamo and are crucial for the build-up and reversals of the polar fields in surface flux transport (SFT) simulations. The evolution of the polar field is a consequence of Hale's polarity rules, together with the tilt angle distribution which has a systematic component (Joy's law) and a random component (tilt-angle scatter). We determine the scatter using the observed tilt angle data and study the effects of this scatter on the evolution of the solar surface field using SFT simulations with flux input based upon the recorded sunspot groups. The tilt angle scatter is described in our simulations by a random component according to the observed distributions for different ranges of sunspot group size (total umbral area). By performing simulations with a number of different realizations of the scatter we study the effect of the tilt angle scatter on the global magnetic field, especially on the evolution of the axial dipole moment. The average axial dipole moment at the end of cycle 17 (a medium-amplitude cycle) from our simulations was 2.73 G. The tilt angle scatter leads to an uncertainty of 0.78 G (standard deviation). We also considered cycle 14 (a weak cycle) and cycle 19 (a strong cycle) and show that the standard deviation of the axial dipole moment is similar for all three cycles. The uncertainty mainly results from the big sunspot groups which emerge near the equator. In the framework of Babcock-Leighton dynamo models, the tilt angle scatter therefore constitutes a significant random factor in the cycle-to-cycle amplitude variability, which strongly limits the predictability of solar activity.

  7. Transmission Planning Process and Opportunities for Utility-Scale Solar Engagement within the Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC)

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    Hein, J.; Hurlbut, D.; Milligan, M.; Coles, L.; Green, B.

    2011-11-01

    This report is a primer for solar developers who wish to engage directly in expediting the regulatory process and removing market barriers related to policy and planning. Market barriers unrelated to technology often limit the expansion of utility-scale solar power, even in areas with exceptional resource potential. Many of these non-technical barriers have to do with policy, regulation, and planning, and hardly ever do they resolve themselves in a timely fashion. In most cases, pre-emptive intervention by interested stakeholders is the easiest way to remove/address such barriers, but it requires knowing how to navigate the institutional waters of the relevant agencies and boards. This report is a primer for solar developers who wish to engage directly in expediting the regulatory process and removing market barriers related to policy and planning. It focuses on the Western Interconnection (WI), primarily because the quality of solar resources in the Southwest makes utility-scale concentrating solar power (CSP) and photovoltaics (PV) economically feasible, and because the relevant institutions have evolved in a way that has opened up opportunities for removing non-technical market barriers. Developers will find in this report a high-level field manual to identify the venues for mitigating and possibly eliminating systemic market obstacles and ensuring that the economic playing field is reasonably level. Project-specific issues such as siting for transmission and generation resources are beyond the scope of this report. Instead, the aim is to examine issues that pervasively affect all utility-scale PV and CSP in the region regardless of where the project may be. While the focus is on the WI, many of the institutions described here also have their counterparts in the Eastern and the Texas interconnections. Specifically, this report suggests a number of critical engagement points relating to generation and transmission planning.

  8. Delaware Electric Cooperative- Green Energy Program Incentives

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)

    The Delaware Electric Cooperative (DEC) provides incentives for solar photovoltaic (PV), solar thermal, wind, fuel cells, and geothermal installed by DEC member-owners. Eligibility is limited to ...

  9. Overview of advanced Stirling and gas turbine engine development programs and implications for solar thermal electrical applications

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    Alger, D.

    1984-03-01

    The DOE automotive advanced engine development projects managed by the NASA Lewis Research Center were described. These included one Stirling cycle engine development and two air Brayton cycle development. Other engine research activities included: (1) an air Brayton engine development sponsored by the Gas Research Institute, and (2) plans for development of a Stirling cycle engine for space use. Current and potential use of these various engines with solar parabolic dishes were discussed.

  10. Solar Market Pathways Website

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    The Solar Market Pathways website distributes key insights from 15 SunShot Initiative projects that are advancing solar deployment across the United States. These projects take a variety of approaches to develop actionable strategic plans to expand solar electricity use for residential, community, and commercial properties.

  11. Molecular solution processing of metal chalcogenide thin film solar cells

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Yang, Wenbing

    2013-01-01

    future global energy production. Solar electricity represents a direction of great potential toward a renewable,

  12. Design of anti-ring back reflectors for thin-film solar cells based on three-dimensional optical and electrical modeling

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    Hsiao, Hui-Hsin; Wu, Yuh-Renn, E-mail: yrwu@ntu.edu.tw [Graduate Institute of Photonics and Optoelectronics, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan (China); Chang, Hung-Chun [Graduate Institute of Photonics and Optoelectronics, Graduate Institute of Communication Engineering, and Department of Electrical Engineering, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan (China)

    2014-08-11

    The optical and electrical properties of a photonic-plasmonic nanostructure on the back contact of thin-film solar cells were investigated numerically through the three-dimensional (3D) finite-difference time-domain method and the 3D Poisson and drift-diffusion solver. The focusing effect and the Fabry-Perot resonances are identified as the main mechanisms for the enhancement of the optical generation rate as well as the short circuit current density. However, the surface topography of certain nanopattern structures is found to reduce the internal electrostatic field of the device, thus limiting charge collection. The optimized conditions for both optics and electronics have been analyzed in this paper.

  13. Solar-Powered, Liquid-Desiccant Air Conditioner for Low-Electricity Humidity Control: Report and Summary Report

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    Dean, J.; Kozubal, E.; Herrmann, L.; Miller, J.; Lowenstein, A.; Barker, G.; Slayzak, S.

    2012-11-01

    The primary objective of this project was to demonstrate the capabilities of a new high-performance, liquid-desiccant dedicated outdoor air system (DOAS) to enhance cooling efficiency and comfort in humid climates while substantially reducing electric peak demand at Tyndall Air Force Base (AFB), which is 12 miles east of Panama City, Florida.

  14. Decreasing Soft Costs for Solar Photovoltaics by Improving the Interconnection Process. A Case Study of Pacific Gas and Electric

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    Ardani, Kristen; Margolis, Robert

    2015-09-01

    As of the end of 2014, Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) had connected over 130,000 DG PV systems in its service territory, more than any other utility in the U.S. In this case study, we examine how PG&E achieved a faster, more efficient interconnection approval process despite rising application volumes.

  15. A Continuous Solar Thermochemical Hydrogen Production Plant Design

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Luc, Wesley Wai

    to transform solar energy directly into electricity, solarSolar thermal energy is used to drive the overall process and required electricitysolar thermal energy captured from a heliostat array focused on a receiver and required electricity

  16. The parabolic trough power plants Andasol 1 to 3 The largest solar power plants in the world

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Laughlin, Robert B.

    only be achieved through the extensive use of renewable energy sources. Each year, the sun sends over for power generation and solar-thermal collectors for producing hot water. The solar- thermal principle i from the sun into electricity. This is done in large-scale power plants with a capacity of up to 250

  17. Solar thermal repowering

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    NONE

    1980-08-01

    Solar central receiver technology is developing steadily with a promise of becoming a real commercial alternative for energy generation in the late 1980s. Significant potential markets have been identified, research and development of important components is proceeding well, and the first full-system verification experiment at Barstow, California, is under construction. However, much work still lies ahead. A big step toward the realization of large-scale commercial use of solar energy was taken when the Department of Energy (DOE) issued a solicitation in March 1979 for utility repowering/industrial retrofit system conceptual design studies employing solar central receivers. Twenty-two responses were evaluated, and twelve were selected for funding. The results of the twelve studies, plus one study completed earlier and one privately funded, are sufficiently encouraging to warrant proceeding to the next stage of the program: cost-shared projects chosen through open competition. Eight of he fourteen studies are for electric utility repowering of existing oil or natural gas generating plants. The other six are the first site-specific studies of the use of solar central receiver systems for industrial process heat. The industrial processes include gypsum board drying, oil refining, enhanced oil recovery, uranium ore processing, natural gas processing, and ammonia production. Site descriptions, project summaries, conceptual designs, and functional descriptions are given for each of these 14 studies.

  18. Photovoltaic solar cell

    DOE Patents [OSTI]

    Nielson, Gregory N; Cruz-Campa, Jose Luis; Okandan, Murat; Resnick, Paul J

    2014-05-20

    A photovoltaic solar cell for generating electricity from sunlight is disclosed. The photovoltaic solar cell comprises a plurality of spaced-apart point contact junctions formed in a semiconductor body to receive the sunlight and generate the electricity therefrom, the plurality of spaced-apart point contact junctions having a first plurality of regions having a first doping type and a second plurality of regions having a second doping type. In addition, the photovoltaic solar cell comprises a first electrical contact electrically connected to each of the first plurality of regions and a second electrical contact electrically connected to each of the second plurality of regions, as well as a passivation layer covering major surfaces and sidewalls of the photovoltaic solar cell.

  19. High temperature solar thermal technology: The North Africa Market

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    Not Available

    1990-12-01

    High temperature solar thermal (HTST) technology offers an attractive option for both industrialized and non-industrialized countries to generate electricity and industrial process steam. The purpose of this report is to assess the potential market for solar thermal applications in the North African countries of Algeria, Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia. North Africa was selected because of its outstanding solar resource base and the variety of applications to be found there. Diminishing oil and gas resources, coupled with expanding energy needs, opens a large potential market for the US industry. The US high temperature solar trough industry has little competition globally and could build a large market in these areas. The US is already familiar with certain solar markets in North Africa due to the supplying of substantial quantities of US-manufactured flat plate collectors to this region.

  20. The Effect of Offcut Angle on Electrical Conductivity of Direct Wafer-Bonded n-GaAs/n-GaAs Structures for Wafer-Bonded Tandem Solar Cells

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Yeung, King Wah Sunny

    2012-01-01

    manufacturing of multijunction III-V solar cells by directMultijunction semiconductor heterostructures are the basis for the design of high efficiency solar cellscell efficiency is currently held by Solar Junction at 43.5% 1 for their multijunction

  1. Financing end-use solar technologies in a restructured electricity industry: Comparing the cost of public policies

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    Jones, E.; Eto, J.

    1997-09-01

    Renewable energy technologies are capital intensive. Successful public policies for promoting renewable energy must address the significant resources needed to finance them. Public policies to support financing for renewable energy technologies must pay special attention to interactions with federal, state, and local taxes. These interactions are important because they can dramatically increase or decrease the effectiveness of a policy, and they determine the total cost of a policy to society as a whole. This report describes a comparative analysis of the cost of public policies to support financing for two end-use solar technologies: residential solar domestic hot water heating (SDHW) and residential rooftop photovoltaic (PV) systems. The analysis focuses on the cost of the technologies under five different ownership and financing scenarios. Four scenarios involve leasing the technologies to homeowners in return for a payment that is determined by the financing requirements of each form of ownership. For each scenario, the authors examine nine public policies that might be used to lower the cost of these technologies: investment tax credits (federal and state), production tax credits (federal and state), production incentives, low-interest loans, grants (taxable and two types of nontaxable), direct customer payments, property and sales tax reductions, and accelerated depreciation.

  2. Homebuilder's Guide to Going Solar (Brochure)

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    Not Available

    2008-12-01

    This 8-page brochure describes the steps a builder would take to install solar electricity (photovoltaics or PV), solar water heating, or how to build a home solar ready.

  3. Solar Decathlon 2015 | Department of Energy

    Broader source: All U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office Webpages (Extended Search)

    Solar Decathlon 2015 Solar Decathlon 2015 Addthis 1 of 68 An electric car sits parked at Clemson University during public exhibit hours of U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon...

  4. Modeling of concentrating solar thermoelectric generators

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    Ren, Zhifeng

    The conversion of solar power into electricity is dominated by non-concentrating photovoltaics and concentrating solar thermal systems. Recently, it has been shown that solar thermoelectric generators (STEGs) are a viable ...

  5. ECOLOGICAL CONSIDERATIONS OF THE SOLAR ALTERNATIVE

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    Davidson, M.

    2010-01-01

    New York, 1966. 8. Solar Sea Thermal Energy, Ninety-ThirdJ. A. , and Beckman, W. A. , Solar Energy Thermal Processes,solar thermal conversion to electricity, photo-voltaic conversion, wind energy,

  6. Implementation of electric vehicle system based on solar energy in Singapore assessment of flow batteries for energy storage

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    Chen, Yaliang

    2009-01-01

    For large-scale energy storage application, flow battery has the advantages of decoupled power and energy management, extended life cycles and relatively low cost of unit energy output ($/kWh). In this thesis, an overview ...

  7. Solar for Mining Hugh Rudnick

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Catholic University of Chile (Universidad Católica de Chile)

    Solar for Mining Hugh Rudnick Professor Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile #12;Solar Energy in Mining · Solar energy is becoming affordable · Attractive potential use for mining purposes · Must solve the storage requirement to increase its participation worldwide #12;Solar Energy in Mining · Electrical Energy

  8. Solar cell with back side contacts

    DOE Patents [OSTI]

    Nielson, Gregory N; Okandan, Murat; Cruz-Campa, Jose Luis; Resnick, Paul J; Wanlass, Mark Woodbury; Clews, Peggy J

    2013-12-24

    A III-V solar cell is described herein that includes all back side contacts. Additionally, the positive and negative electrical contacts contact compoud semiconductor layers of the solar cell other than the absorbing layer of the solar cell. That is, the positive and negative electrical contacts contact passivating layers of the solar cell.

  9. Energy 101: Concentrating Solar Power

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    From towers to dishes to linear mirrors to troughs, concentrating solar power (CSP) technologies reflect and collect solar heat to generate electricity. A single CSP plant can generate enough power...

  10. Petrovay: Solar physics The solar cycle ACTIVE REGIONS

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Petrovay, Kristóf

    Petrovay: Solar physics The solar cycle ACTIVE REGIONS Large scale (up to 100 Mm) anomalies in the structure and radiation of the solar atmosphere. Photosphere : AR = cluster of strong magnetic flux tubes of facular points. Filamentary structure due to supergranulation. #12;Petrovay: Solar physics The solar cycle

  11. Solar Energy Materials & Solar Cells 91 (2007) 13881391 Bifacial configurations for CdTe solar cells

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    Romeo, Alessandro

    2007-01-01

    Solar Energy Materials & Solar Cells 91 (2007) 1388­1391 Bifacial configurations for CdTe solar Verona, Italy e Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Centre for Renewable Energy Systems We present a different back contact for CdTe solar cell by the application of only a transparent

  12. Estimating the Cost and Energy Efficiency of a Solar Water Heater...

    Broader source: Energy.gov (indexed) [DOE]

    Solar water heaters are more efficient the gas or electric heaters. | Chart credit ENERGY STAR Solar water heaters are more efficient the gas or electric heaters. | Chart credit...

  13. Implications of Wide-Area Geographic Diversity for Short- Term Variability of Solar Power

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    Mills, Andrew

    2010-01-01

    Solar Energy Technologies Program and O?ce of ElectricitySolar Energy Technologies Program) and by the O?ce of Electricity

  14. Nanopillar Photovoltaics: Photon Management and Junction Engineering for Next-Generation Solar Cells

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    Mariani, Giacomo

    2013-01-01

    conversion of solar energy to electricity. Colloidal quantumSolar energy has emerged as one of the most rapidly growing renewable sources of electricity

  15. Impact of Large Scale Energy Efficiency Programs On Consumer Tariffs and Utility Finances in India

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    Abhyankar, Nikit

    2011-01-01

    refrigerators, water heaters (solar, natural gas, LPG) andwith natural gas or solar heaters), space cooling (replacingof electric water heaters by solar water heaters (iv)

  16. Photovoltaic solar cell

    DOE Patents [OSTI]

    Nielson, Gregory N; Okandan, Murat; Cruz-Campa, Jose Luis; Resnick, Paul J

    2013-11-26

    A photovoltaic solar cell for generating electricity from sunlight is disclosed. The photovoltaic solar cell comprises a plurality of spaced-apart point contact junctions formed in a semiconductor body to receive the sunlight and generate the electicity therefrom, the plurality of spaced-apart point contact junctions having a first plurality of regions having a first doping type and a second plurality of regions having a second doping type. In addition, the photovoltaic solar cell comprises a first electrical contact electrically connected to each of the first plurality of regions and a second electrical contact electrically connected to each of the second plurality of regions, as well as a passivation layer covering major surfaces and sidewalls of the photovoltaic solar cell.

  17. NONLINEAR FORCE-FREE FIELD EXTRAPOLATION OF A CORONAL MAGNETIC FLUX ROPE SUPPORTING A LARGE-SCALE SOLAR FILAMENT FROM A PHOTOSPHERIC VECTOR MAGNETOGRAM

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    Jiang, Chaowei; Wu, S. T.; Hu, Qiang; Feng, Xueshang E-mail: wus@uah.edu E-mail: fengx@spaceweather.ac.cn

    2014-05-10

    Solar filaments are commonly thought to be supported in magnetic dips, in particular, in those of magnetic flux ropes (FRs). In this Letter, based on the observed photospheric vector magnetogram, we implement a nonlinear force-free field (NLFFF) extrapolation of a coronal magnetic FR that supports a large-scale intermediate filament between an active region and a weak polarity region. This result is a first, in the sense that current NLFFF extrapolations including the presence of FRs are limited to relatively small-scale filaments that are close to sunspots and along main polarity inversion lines (PILs) with strong transverse field and magnetic shear, and the existence of an FR is usually predictable. In contrast, the present filament lies along the weak-field region (photospheric field strength ? 100 G), where the PIL is very fragmented due to small parasitic polarities on both sides of the PIL and the transverse field has a low signal-to-noise ratio. Thus, extrapolating a large-scale FR in such a case represents a far more difficult challenge. We demonstrate that our CESE-MHD-NLFFF code is sufficient for the challenge. The numerically reproduced magnetic dips of the extrapolated FR match observations of the filament and its barbs very well, which strongly supports the FR-dip model for filaments. The filament is stably sustained because the FR is weakly twisted and strongly confined by the overlying closed arcades.

  18. Photovoltaic solar cell

    DOE Patents [OSTI]

    Nielson, Gregory N.; Gupta, Vipin P.; Okandan, Murat; Watts, Michael R.

    2015-09-08

    A photovoltaic solar concentrator is disclosed with one or more transverse-junction solar cells (also termed point contact solar cells) and a lens located above each solar cell to concentrate sunlight onto the solar cell to generate electricity. Piezoelectric actuators tilt or translate each lens to track the sun using a feedback-control circuit which senses the electricity generated by one or more of the solar cells. The piezoelectric actuators can be coupled through a displacement-multiplier linkage to provide an increased range of movement of each lens. Each lens in the solar concentrator can be supported on a frame (also termed a tilt plate) having three legs, with the movement of the legs being controlled by the piezoelectric actuators.

  19. Photovoltaic solar concentrator

    DOE Patents [OSTI]

    Nielson, Gregory N.; Okandan, Murat; Resnick, Paul J.; Cruz-Campa, Jose Luis

    2012-12-11

    A photovoltaic solar concentrator is disclosed with one or more transverse-junction solar cells (also termed point contact solar cells) and a lens located above each solar cell to concentrate sunlight onto the solar cell to generate electricity. Piezoelectric actuators tilt or translate each lens to track the sun using a feedback-control circuit which senses the electricity generated by one or more of the solar cells. The piezoelectric actuators can be coupled through a displacement-multiplier linkage to provide an increased range of movement of each lens. Each lens in the solar concentrator can be supported on a frame (also termed a tilt plate) having three legs, with the movement of the legs being controlled by the piezoelectric actuators.

  20. The Potential Impact of Increased Renewable Energy Penetrations on Electricity Bill Savings from Residential Photovoltaic Systems

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Barbose, Galen

    2013-01-01

    pricing, high solar penetrations in the market could lead tosolar power (CSP), and wind penetrations in the electricity market.in wholesale market electricity prices. Under high solar

  1. Overview of solar thermal technologies

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    None, None

    2009-01-18

    The solar-thermal overview section of the Renewable Energy Technology Characterizations describes the technical and economic status of this emerging renewable energy option for electricity supply.

  2. Monitoring SERC Technologies — Solar Photovoltaics

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    A webinar by National Renewable Energy Laboratory's Market Transformation Center electrical engineer Peter McNutt about Solar Photovoltaics and how to properly monitor its installation.

  3. Evaluation of numerical weather prediction for intra-day solar forecasting in the continental United States

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    Mathiesen, Patrick; Kleissl, Jan

    2011-01-01

    Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP), Solar Forecasting  1.   to more accurate prediction of solar  irradiance, given a to create daily solar electricity predictions accurate to 

  4. Supporting Solar Power in Renewables Portfolio Standards: Experience from the United States

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    Wiser, Ryan

    2010-01-01

    an expectation that solar electricity costs will decline,and tracking of solar RECs (SRECs), and cost containment andand tracking of solar RECs (SRECs), and cost containment and

  5. Thermal Conductivity Enhancement of High Temperature Phase Change Materials for Concentrating Solar Power Plant Applications

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    Roshandell, Melina

    2013-01-01

    materials (PCM) in solar thermal concentrating technologyeffective and efficient solar thermal electricity generatorbeen considered for solar thermal energy storages. These are

  6. SOLAR ENERGY PROGRAM. CHAPTER FROM THE ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT ANNUAL REPORT 1978

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    authors, Various

    2011-01-01

    through Solar, Geothermal, Electric, and Storage Systems (with either direct solar gain or mass storage wall elements.Economical energy storage is essential if solar power plants

  7. SOLAR ENERGY PROGRAM: CHAPTER FROM THE ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT ANNUAL REPORT 1979

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    Authors, Various

    2010-01-01

    Hunt . . . Sensible Heat Storage for a Solar Thermal Powerthrough Solar Geothermal, Electric, and Storage Systems (A. Foss, "Sensible heat storage for a solar thermal power

  8. Overview of Opportunities for Co-Location of Solar Energy Technologies and Vegetation

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    Macknick, J.; Beatty, B.; Hill, G.

    2013-12-01

    Large-scale solar facilities have the potential to contribute significantly to national electricity production. Many solar installations are large-scale or utility-scale, with a capacity over 1 MW and connected directly to the electric grid. Large-scale solar facilities offer an opportunity to achieve economies of scale in solar deployment, yet there have been concerns about the amount of land required for solar projects and the impact of solar projects on local habitat. During the site preparation phase for utility-scale solar facilities, developers often grade land and remove all vegetation to minimize installation and operational costs, prevent plants from shading panels, and minimize potential fire or wildlife risks. However, the common site preparation practice of removing vegetation can be avoided in certain circumstances, and there have been successful examples where solar facilities have been co-located with agricultural operations or have native vegetation growing beneath the panels. In this study we outline some of the impacts that large-scale solar facilities can have on the local environment, provide examples of installations where impacts have been minimized through co-location with vegetation, characterize the types of co-location, and give an overview of the potential benefits from co-location of solar energy projects and vegetation. The varieties of co-location can be replicated or modified for site-specific use at other solar energy installations around the world. We conclude with opportunities to improve upon our understanding of ways to reduce the environmental impacts of large-scale solar installations.

  9. SOLAR NANTENNA ELECTROMAGNETIC COLLECTORS

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    Steven D. Novack; Dale K. Kotter; Dennis Slafer; Patrick Pinhero

    2008-08-01

    This research explores a new efficient approach for producing electricity from the abundant energy of the sun. A nanoantenna electromagnetic collector (NEC) has been designed, prototyped, and tested. Proof of concept has been validated. The device targets mid-infrared wavelengths where conventional photovoltaic (PV) solar cells do not respond but is abundant in solar energy. The initial concept of designing NEC antennas was based on scaling of radio frequency antenna theory. This approach has proven unsuccessful by many due to not fully understanding and accounting for the optical behavior of materials in the THz region. Also until recent years the nanofabrication methods were not available to fabricate the optical antenna elements. We have addressed and overcome both technology barriers. Several factors were critical in successful implementation of NEC including: 1) frequency-dependent modeling of antenna elements, 2) selection of materials with proper THz properties and 3) novel manufacturing methods that enable economical large-scale manufacturing. The work represents an important step toward the ultimate realization of a low-cost device that will collect as well as convert this radiation into electricity, which will lead to a wide spectrum, high conversion efficiency, and low cost solution to complement conventional PVs.

  10. Analyzing and simulating the variability of solar irradiance and solar PV powerplants

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    Lave, Matthew S.

    2012-01-01

    the limits of solar photovoltaics (PV) in traditionalpenetrations of solar photovoltaics (PV) into an electricSolar Radiation Climatology in the Design of Photovoltaic Systems, Practical Handbook of Photovoltaics:

  11. Low-Cost Photovoltaics: Luminescent Solar Concentrators And Colloidal Quantum Dot Solar Cells

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    Leow, Shin Woei

    2014-01-01

    S. Lewis, “Toward Cost-Effective Solar Energy Use,” Science,D. S. Ginley, “Low-Cost Inorganic Solar Cells: From Ink Toto lowering the cost of solar electricity production with

  12. Environmental Assessment and Metrics for Solar: Case Study of SolFocus Solar Concentrator Systems

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    Reich-Weiser, Corinne; Dornfeld, David; Horne, Steve

    2008-01-01

    Greenhouse gas analysis of solar-thermal electricity gen-CdTe Concentrator PV Solar Thermal Wind Coal CC Gas Turbinefor the assessment of thermal solar systems,” Proceedings of

  13. Environmental Assessment and Metrics for Solar: Case Study of SolFocus Solar Concentrator Systems

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    Reich-Weiser, Corinne; Dornfeld, David; Horne, Steve

    2008-01-01

    Environmental Installation impacts of PV electricity generation - a critical comparison of energy supply options,” in 21st European Photovoltaic Solar

  14. Distributed Energy Resources On-Site Optimization for Commercial Buildings with Electric and Thermal Storage Technologies

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    Stadler, Michael

    2008-01-01

    photovoltaics and solar thermal collectors; electricalelectricity) solar thermal collector (kW) PV (kW) electricelectricity) solar thermal collector (kW) PV (kW) electric

  15. Distributed Energy Resources On-Site Optimization for Commercial Buildings with Electric and Thermal Storage Technologies

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    Stadler, Michael

    2008-01-01

    and solar thermal collectors; electrical storage, flowis disallowed; 5. a low storage, PV, and solar thermal priceand heat storage; heat exchangers for application of solar

  16. Renewable Electricity Generation (Fact Sheet)

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    Not Available

    2012-09-01

    This document highlights DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's advancements in renewable electricity generation technologies including solar, water, wind, and geothermal.

  17. Organo-sulfur molecules enable iron-based battery electrodes to meet the challenges of large-scale electrical energy storage

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    Yang, B; Malkhandi, S; Manohar, AK; Prakash, GKS; Narayanan, SR

    2014-07-03

    Rechargeable iron-air and nickel-iron batteries are attractive as sustainable and inexpensive solutions for large-scale electrical energy storage because of the global abundance and eco-friendliness of iron, and the robustness of iron-based batteries to extended cycling. Despite these advantages, the commercial use of iron-based batteries has been limited by their low charging efficiency. This limitation arises from the iron electrodes evolving hydrogen extensively during charging. The total suppression of hydrogen evolution has been a significant challenge. We have found that organo-sulfur compounds with various structural motifs (linear and cyclic thiols, dithiols, thioethers and aromatic thiols) when added in milli-molar concentration to the aqueous alkaline electrolyte, reduce the hydrogen evolution rate by 90%. These organo-sulfur compounds form strongly adsorbed layers on the iron electrode and block the electrochemical process of hydrogen evolution. The charge-transfer resistance and double-layer capacitance of the iron/electrolyte interface confirm that the extent of suppression of hydrogen evolution depends on the degree of surface coverage and the molecular structure of the organo-sulfur compound. An unanticipated electrochemical effect of the adsorption of organo-sulfur molecules is "de-passivation" that allows the iron electrode to be discharged at high current values. The strongly adsorbed organo-sulfur compounds were also found to resist electro-oxidation even at the positive electrode potentials at which oxygen evolution can occur. Through testing on practical rechargeable battery electrodes we have verified the substantial improvements to the efficiency during charging and the increased capability to discharge at high rates. We expect these performance advances to enable the design of efficient, inexpensive and eco-friendly iron-based batteries for large-scale electrical energy storage.

  18. Integrated Solar Power Converters: Wafer-Level Sub-Module Integrated DC/DC Converter

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    2012-02-09

    Solar ADEPT Project: CU-Boulder is developing advanced power conversion components that can be integrated into individual solar panels to improve energy yields. The solar energy that is absorbed and collected by a solar panel is converted into useable energy for the grid through an electronic component called an inverter. Many large, conventional solar energy systems use one, central inverter to convert energy. CU-Boulder is integrating smaller, microinverters into individual solar panels to improve the efficiency of energy collection. The University’s microinverters rely on electrical components that direct energy at high speeds and ensure that minimal energy is lost during the conversion process—improving the overall efficiency of the power conversion process. CU-Boulder is designing its power conversion devices for use on any type of solar panel.

  19. Energy 101: Solar PV

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    2011-01-01

    Solar photovoltaic (PV) systems can generate clean, cost-effective power anywhere the sun shines. This video shows how a PV panel converts the energy of the sun into renewable electricity to power homes and businesses.

  20. Energy 101: Solar PV

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    Solar photovoltaic (PV) systems can generate clean, cost-effective power anywhere the sun shines. This video shows how a PV panel converts the energy of the sun into renewable electricity to power...