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  1. Concentrating Solar Panels: Bringing the Highest Power and Lowest Cost to the Rooftop

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    Michael Deck; Rick Russell

    2010-01-05

    Soliant Energy is a venture-capital-backed startup focused on bringing advanced concentrating solar panels to market. Our fundamental innovation is that we are the first company to develop a racking solar concentrator specifically for commercial rooftop applications, resulting in the lowest LCOE for rooftop electricity generation. Today, the commercial rooftop segment is the largest and fastest-growing market in the solar industry. Our concentrating panels can make a major contribution to the SAI's objectives: reducing the cost of solar electricity and rapidly deploying capacity. Our commercialization focus was re-shaped in 2009, shifting from an emphasis solely on panel efficiency to LCOE. Since the inception of the SAI program, LCOE has become the de facto standard for comparing commercial photovoltaic systems. While estimation and prediction models still differ, the emergence of performance-based incentive (PBI) and feed-in tariff (FIT) systems, as well as power purchase agreement (PPA) financing structures make LCOE the natural metric for photovoltaic systems. Soliant Energy has designed and demonstrated lower-cost, higher-power solar panels that consists of 6 (500X) PV module assemblies utilizing multi-junction cells and an integrated two-axis tracker. In addition, we have designed and demonstrated a prototype 1000X panel assembly with 8. Cost reductions relative to conventional flat panel PV systems were realized by (1) reducing the amount of costly semiconductor material and (2) developing strategies and processes to reduce the manufacturing costs of the entire system. Performance gains against conventional benchmarks were realized with (1) two-axis tracking and (2) higher-efficiency multi-junction PV cells capable of operating at a solar concentration ratio of 1000X (1000 kW/m2). The program objectives are: (1) Develop a tracking/concentrating solar module that has the same geometric form factor as a conventional flat, roof mounted photovoltaic (PV) panel - the Soliant module will produce more power and cost less than conventional panels of the same size; (2) Target LCOE: $0.079/kWh in 2010; (3) Target efficiency - 26% in 2010 (22% for 2008 prototype, 24% for 2009 pilot); and (4) Target performance - equivalent to 650Wp in 2010 (490W for 2008 prototype, 540W for 2009 pilot).

  2. Rooftop Solar PV & Firefighter Safety

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)

    Solar photovoltaic (PV) installations have experienced significant growth in recent years. Due to technological innovations and cost reductions, solar energy is a viable option for an increasing number of residences and businesses across the United States. Rooftop solar is considered safe – to date there has been no documented case of death from the electric shock, chemical burn or conventional fire caused by a solar panel; however, as more buildings install rooftop solar systems, the likelihood increases that fires will occur on buildings with solar, making it critical for firefighters to receive comprehensive solar education and training. This SolarOPs fact sheet gives a brief overview of typical solar PV installations, addresses the major hazards and risks to firefighters, discusses fire safety in Germany (the country with the most installed solar PV per capita), and suggests recommendations and resources to ensure that first responders are prepared to fight fires on homes and buildings with rooftop solar PV.

  3. Structural Code Considerations for Solar Rooftop Installations.

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    Dwyer, Stephen F.; Dwyer, Brian P.; Sanchez, Alfred

    2014-12-01

    Residential rooftop solar panel installations are limited in part by the high cost of structural related code requirements for field installation. Permitting solar installations is difficult because there is a belief among residential permitting authorities that typical residential rooftops may be structurally inadequate to support the additional load associated with a photovoltaic (PV) solar installation. Typical engineering methods utilized to calculate stresses on a roof structure involve simplifying assumptions that render a complex non-linear structure to a basic determinate beam. This method of analysis neglects the composite action of the entire roof structure, yielding a conservative analysis based on a rafter or top chord of a truss. Consequently, the analysis can result in an overly conservative structural analysis. A literature review was conducted to gain a better understanding of the conservative nature of the regulations and codes governing residential construction and the associated structural system calculations.

  4. Department of Veterans Affairs, FONSI - Rooftop solar PV power...

    Energy Savers [EERE]

    Rooftop solar PV power at Calverton National Cemetery Department of Veterans Affairs, FONSI - Rooftop solar PV power at Calverton National Cemetery An Environmental Assessment (EA)...

  5. Connecticut Rooftop Solar PV Permitting Guide

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    The Connecticut Rooftop Solar PV Permitting Guide is a compilation of best practices and resources for solar PV permitting. The guide includes a summary of current codes and regulations affecting solar PV, best practices for streamlining the municipal permitting process, and tools to assist municipalities in creating a streamlined permit process for residential solar PV. Resources include a solar PV permit application, a structural review worksheet, an inspection checklist, and a model solar zoning ordinance.

  6. Washington: Putting More Solar on More Rooftops in Washington...

    Office of Environmental Management (EM)

    Putting More Solar on More Rooftops in Washington State Washington: Putting More Solar on More Rooftops in Washington State November 8, 2013 - 12:00am Addthis Mercer Island...

  7. Modeling and Analysis of Solar Radiation Potentials on Building Rooftops

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    Omitaomu, Olufemi A [ORNL; Kodysh, Jeffrey B [ORNL; Bhaduri, Budhendra L [ORNL

    2012-01-01

    The active application of photovoltaic for electricity generation could effectively transform neighborhoods and commercial districts into small, localized power plants. This application, however, relies heavily on an accurate estimation of the amount of solar radiation that is available on individual building rooftops. While many solar energy maps exist at higher spatial resolution for concentrated solar energy applications, the data from these maps are not suitable for roof-mounted photovoltaic for several reasons, including lack of data at the appropriate spatial resolution and lack of integration of building-specific characteristics into the models used to generate the maps. To address this problem, we have developed a modeling framework for estimating solar radiation potentials on individual building rooftops that is suitable for utility-scale applications as well as building-specific applications. The framework uses light detection and ranging (LIDAR) data at approximately 1-meter horizontal resolution and 0.3-meter vertical resolution as input for modeling a large number of buildings quickly. One of the strengths of this framework is the ability to parallelize its implementation. Furthermore, the framework accounts for building specific characteristics, such as roof slope, roof aspect, and shadowing effects, that are critical to roof-mounted photovoltaic systems. The resulting data has helped us to identify the so-called solar panel sweet spots on individual building rooftops and obtain accurate statistics of the variation in solar radiation as a function of time of year and geographical location.

  8. Rooftop Photovoltaic Panels at Premier Gardens

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)

    This photograph features an aerial view of rooftops in the Premier Gardens Zero Energy Home Community. As part of the DOE’s Zero Energy Homes Initiative, Premier Homes built 95 entry-level houses in Rancho Cordova near Sacramento, California, in 2004. Each is built with advanced energy-saving features and a 2.2-kilowatt (kW) photovoltaic system.

  9. Rooftop Solar Potential Distributed Solar Power in NW

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    1 Rooftop Solar Potential Distributed Solar Power in NW Massoud Jourabchi June 2013 1 Renewables;3 Regional Growth In Solar Energy Consumption Solar consumption both Thermal and PV h b t d i i lhas been on steady increase since early 1990s. From 2000-2010 Solar PV grow at annual rate of 13% and solar thermal

  10. Rooftop Solar Potential Distributed Solar Power in NW

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    6/19/2013 1 Rooftop Solar Potential Distributed Solar Power in NW Massoud Jourabchi June 2013 1 in 2012 4 #12;6/19/2013 3 Regional Growth In Solar Energy Consumption Solar consumption both Thermal and PV h b t d i i lhas been on steady increase since early 1990s. From 2000-2010 Solar PV grow

  11. Solar Congeneration for Commercial Rooftops 

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Gupta, A.

    2013-01-01

    Storable Tubular Extendible Members (STEMs) are often used for deploying spacecraft subsystems such as flexible solar cell blankets, like those used on Hubble Telescope. Systems using long flexible appendages such as the ...

  12. Solar access of residential rooftops in four California cities

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    Levinson, Ronnen; Akbari, Hashem; Pomerantz, Melvin

    2010-05-14

    Shadows cast by trees and buildings can limit the solar access of rooftop solar-energy systems, including photovoltaic panels and thermal collectors. This study characterizes residential rooftop shading in Sacramento, San Jose, Los Angeles and San Diego, CA. Our analysis can be used to better estimate power production and/or thermal collection by rooftop solar-energy equipment. It can also be considered when designing programs to plant shade trees. High-resolution orthophotos and LiDAR (Light Detection And Ranging) measurements of surface height were used to create a digital elevation model of all trees and buildings in a well-treed 2.5-4 km{sup 2} residential neighborhood. On-hour shading of roofing planes (the flat elements of roofs) was computed geometrically from the digital elevation model. Values in future years were determined by repeating these calculations after simulating tree growth. Parcel boundaries were used to determine the extent to which roofing planes were shaded by trees and buildings in neighboring parcels. For the subset of S+SW+W-facing planes on which solar equipment is commonly installed for maximum solar access, absolute light loss in spring, summer and fall peaked about two to four hours after sunrise and about two to four hours before sunset. The fraction of annual insolation lost to shading increased from 0.07-0.08 in the year of surface-height measurement to 0.11-0.14 after 30 years of tree growth. Only about 10% of this loss results from shading by trees and buildings in neighboring parcels.

  13. Solar access of residential rooftops in four California cities

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    Levinson, Ronnen; Akbari, Hashem; Pomerantz, Melvin [Heat Island Group, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (United States); Gupta, Smita [California Energy Commission, Sacramento, CA 95814 (United States)

    2009-12-15

    Shadows cast by trees and buildings can limit the solar access of rooftop solar-energy systems, including photovoltaic panels and thermal collectors. This study characterizes residential rooftop shading in Sacramento, San Jose, Los Angeles and San Diego, CA. Our analysis can be used to better estimate power production and/or thermal collection by rooftop solar-energy equipment. It can also be considered when designing programs to plant shade trees. High-resolution orthophotos and LiDAR (Light Detection And Ranging) measurements of surface height were used to create a digital elevation model of all trees and buildings in a well-treed 2.5-4 km{sup 2} residential neighborhood. On-hour shading of roofing planes (the flat elements of roofs) was computed geometrically from the digital elevation model. Values in future years were determined by repeating these calculations after simulating tree growth. Parcel boundaries were used to determine the extent to which roofing planes were shaded by trees and buildings in neighboring parcels. For the subset of S + SW + W-facing planes on which solar equipment is commonly installed for maximum solar access, absolute light loss in spring, summer and fall peaked about 2 to 4 h after sunrise and about 2 to 4 h before sunset. The fraction of annual insolation lost to shading increased from 0.07-0.08 in the year of surface-height measurement to 0.11-0.14 after 30 years of tree growth. Only about 10% of this loss resulted from shading by trees and buildings in neighboring parcels. (author)

  14. Solar access of residential rooftops in four California cities

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Levinson, Ronnen

    2010-01-01

    solar-energy systems, including photovoltaic panels and thermal collectors.solar-energy systems, including photovoltaic panels and thermal collectors.

  15. Rooftop Solar Challenge to Cut Solar's Red Tape

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Today Secretary Chu announced $12 million in funding for 22 regional teams competing in the Energy Department’s Rooftop Solar Challenge. The teams will implement step-by-step actions throughout the next year to standardize permit processes, update planning and zoning codes, improve standards for connecting solar power to the electric grid, and increase access to financing. "Through this competition, the Energy Department is helping to unleash America’s solar potential by investing in projects that will make it faster, easier, and cheaper to finance and deploy solar power in communities across the country."

  16. Page 1 of 15 Market Study for Residential Solar Panels

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Lavaei, Javad

    May 23rd 2014 Page 1 of 15 Market Study for Residential Solar Panels Columbia University ELEN E4511 for a homeowner. All that is left is solar energy. Building solar panels on rooftops is a great way to make use.......................................................................................................................... 3 2 Understanding Solar Cells

  17. Suburban New York home with Solar Panels When are Solar Panels

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Menke, William

    States, with approximately 16 GW of installed capacity that produced, in 2014, about one half of one, this percentage is increasing every year; furthermore, solar panels are being installed at a growing rate. Solar,700 kWh of electricity3 . A typical rooftop solar installation on a suburban house can produce about

  18. Solar access of residential rooftops in four California cities

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Levinson, Ronnen

    2010-01-01

    to the installation of a solar collector on the property ofabsorption area upon that solar collector surface on thesolar-energy systems, including photovoltaic panels and thermal collectors.

  19. Data-Driven Agent-Based Modeling, with Application to Rooftop Solar Adoption

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Vorobeychik, Eugene

    Data-Driven Agent-Based Modeling, with Application to Rooftop Solar Adoption Haifeng Zhang-driven agent-based modeling framework applied to forecasting individual and aggregate residential rooftop solar forecasts solar adoption trends and provides a meaningful quantifi- cation of uncertainty about its

  20. Estimating solar access of typical residential rooftops: A case study in San Jose, CA

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    Levinson, Ronnen M.; Gupta, Smita; Akbari, Hashem; Pomerantz, Melvin

    2008-03-03

    Shadows cast by trees and buildings can limit the solar access of rooftop solar-energy systems, including photovoltaic panels and thermal collectors. This study characterizes rooftop shading in a residential neighborhood of San Jose, CA, one of four regions analyzed in a wider study of the solar access of California homes.High-resolution orthophotos and LiDAR (Light Detection And Ranging) measurements of surface height were used to create a digital elevation model of all trees and buildings in a 4 km2 residential neighborhood. Hourly shading of roofing planes (the flat elements of roofs) was computed geometrically from the digital elevation model. Parcel boundaries were used to determine the extent to which roofing planes were shaded by trees and buildings in neighboring parcels.In the year in which surface heights were measured (2005), shadows from all sources ("total shading") reduced the insolation received by S-, SW-, and W-facing residential roofing planes in the study area by 13 - 16percent. Shadows cast by trees and buildings in neighboring parcels reduced insolation by no more than 2percent. After 30 years of simulated maximal tree growth, annual total shading increased to 19 - 22percent, and annual extraparcel shading increased to 3 - 4percent.

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

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    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

  2. for doubling solar panel

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    An outline for doubling solar panel efficiency C o l o ra do S c ho o l of M i ne s Ma g a z i ne Take a look at a solar panel on a sunny Colorado day and, if you're like most people, you won't see physics professor and solar energy researcher, who admits to checking out his panels and their energy

  3. Estimating solar access of typical residential rooftops: A case study in San Jose, CA

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Levinson, Ronnen M

    2008-01-01

    solar-energy systems, including photovoltaic panels and thermal collectors.solar-energy systems, including photovoltaic panels and thermal collectors.

  4. Solar reflection panels

    DOE Patents [OSTI]

    Diver, Jr., Richard B. (Albuquerque, NM); Grossman, James W. (Albuquerque, NM); Reshetnik, Michael (Boulder, CO)

    2006-07-18

    A solar collector comprising a glass mirror, and a composite panel, wherein the back of the mirror is affixed to a front surface of the composite panel. The composite panel comprises a front sheet affixed to a surface of a core material, preferably a core material comprising a honeycomb structure, and a back sheet affixed to an opposite surface of the core material. The invention may further comprise a sealing strip, preferably comprising EPDM, positioned between the glass mirror and the front surface of the composite panel. The invention also is of methods of making such solar collectors.

  5. Effects of solar photovoltaic panels on roof heat transfer

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Dominguez, Anthony; Kleissl, Jan; Luvall, Jeffrey C

    2011-01-01

    thermal model for photovoltaic systems, Solar Energy, Vol.  benefits of rooftop photovoltaic (PV) systems for building 

  6. Hexagon solar power panel

    DOE Patents [OSTI]

    Rubin, Irwin (Oxnard, CA)

    1978-01-01

    A solar energy panel comprises a support upon which silicon cells are arrayed. The cells are wafer thin and of two geometrical types, both of the same area and electrical rating, namely hexagon cells and hourglass cells. The hourglass cells are composites of half hexagons. A near perfect nesting relationship of the cells achieves a high density packing whereby optimum energy production per panel area is achieved.

  7. Market Transformation Pathways for Grid-Connected Rooftop Solar PV in Minnesota

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    Abbey, Ross; Ross, Brian

    2013-06-03

    This report presents the market and policy findings of the Minnesota Solar Challenge program. The report draws on information collected from state agencies, local government units, solar industry participants, rooftop photovoltaic (PV) adopters (sometimes called customer-generators), state and national experts, the Commerce distributed generation stakeholder process, and the numerous reports and data sets referenced herein.

  8. Solar Panel Cleanerbot Robert Gabriel

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Solar Panel Cleanerbot Robert Gabriel Inquiry Statement: The Solar Panel Cleanerbot is an electrical engineering junior and senior design project. The objective is to build a robot that can clean the solar panels on the roof of Holmes Hall in order to maintain optimal efficiency. While it will first

  9. Rooftop Solar Challenge: Empowering Innovators to Reach for the Sun |

    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 DeliciousMathematicsEnergyInterestedReplacement-2-A WholesaleRetrofitElectrical Equipment ToForewordRooftop

  10. Concentrating photovoltaic solar panel

    DOE Patents [OSTI]

    Cashion, Steven A; Bowser, Michael R; Farrelly, Mark B; Hines, Braden E; Holmes, Howard C; Johnson, Jr., Richard L; Russell, Richard J; Turk, Michael F

    2014-04-15

    The present invention relates to photovoltaic power systems, photovoltaic concentrator modules, and related methods. In particular, the present invention features concentrator modules having interior points of attachment for an articulating mechanism and/or an articulating mechanism that has a unique arrangement of chassis members so as to isolate bending, etc. from being transferred among the chassis members. The present invention also features adjustable solar panel mounting features and/or mounting features with two or more degrees of freedom. The present invention also features a mechanical fastener for secondary optics in a concentrator module.

  11. Estimating solar access of typical residential rooftops: A case study in San Jose, CA

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Levinson, Ronnen M

    2008-01-01

    to the installation of a solar collector on the property ofabsorption area upon that solar collector surface on thesolar-energy systems, including photovoltaic panels and thermal collectors.

  12. Texas Solar Collaboration DOE Rooftop Solar Challenge City of Houston Project Summary

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    Ronk, Jennifer

    2013-02-14

    The City of Houston is committed to achieving a sustainable solar infrastructure. In 2008, Houston was named a United States Department of Energy (DOE) Solar America City. As a Solar America City, Houston teamed with the Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC), Sandia National Laboratory (Sandia), industry, and academia, to implement the Solar Houston Initiative and prepare the Solar Houston Plan. The Solar Houston initiative was focused on identifying and overcoming barriers associated with establishing a solar infrastructure that is incorporated into the City of Houston’s overall energy plan. A broad group of Houston area stakeholders, facilitated by HARC, came together to develop a comprehensive solar plan that went beyond technology to address barriers and establish demonstrations, public outreach, education programs and other activities. The plan included proposed scopes of work in four program areas: policies, solar integration, public outreach, and education. Through the support of the DOE SunShot Rooftop Solar Challenge (RSC) grant to the Texas Collaboration (San Antonio, Austin, and Hosuton), Houston has been able to implement several of the recommendations of the Solar Houston Plan. Specific recommendations that this project was able to support include; Working with the other Texas Solar America Cities (San Antonio and Austin), to harmonize permitting and inspection processes to simplify for installers and lower soft costs of installation; Participating in state level solar policy groups such as the Texas Renewable Energy Industries Association (TRIEA); Continued coordination with the local transmission and distribution utility (CenterPoint) and retail electric providers (REP); Identification of opportunities to improve permitting and interconnection; Providing training on PV systems to City inspectors; Educating the public by continuing outreach, training, and workshops, particularly using the the Green Building Resources Center; Evaluating methods of addressing financial barriers to residential solar; Maintaining www.solarhoustontx.org; and Continuing meetings with stakeholders to get ongoing feedback from the solar community on their needs. The following sections provide a brief summary of the activities completed under each of the nine tasks specifically related to the RSC grant. Reports and other backup information are included in the appendices.

  13. Solar access of residential rooftops in four California cities

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Levinson, Ronnen

    2010-01-01

    solar-energy equipment. It can also be considered when designing programs to plantsolar-energy equipment. It can also be considered when designing programs to plant

  14. California Energy Commission "We have the largest rooftop solar

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    solar system in the nation!" Matt Muniz, P.E. Energy Program Manager Alameda County "With the Energy Commission's Energy Efficiency Financing Program we installed our 1.18 MW solar project at Santa Rita Jail on Back of Flyer June 2006 #12;DON'T MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY Need Project Funding? You already know

  15. Plane and parabolic solar panels

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Sales, J H O

    2009-01-01

    We present a plane and parabolic collector that absorbs radiant energy and transforms it in heat. Therefore we have a panel to heat water. We study how to increment this capture of solar beams onto the panel in order to increase its efficiency in heating water.

  16. Plane and parabolic solar panels

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    J. H. O. Sales; A. T. Suzuki

    2009-05-14

    We present a plane and parabolic collector that absorbs radiant energy and transforms it in heat. Therefore we have a panel to heat water. We study how to increment this capture of solar beams onto the panel in order to increase its efficiency in heating water.

  17. Methodology for Estimating Solar Potential on Multiple Building Rooftops for Photovoltaic Systems

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    Kodysh, Jeffrey B [ORNL; Omitaomu, Olufemi A [ORNL; Bhaduri, Budhendra L [ORNL; Neish, Bradley S [ORNL

    2013-01-01

    In this paper, a methodology for estimating solar potential on multiple building rooftops is presented. The objective of this methodology is to estimate the daily or monthly solar radiation potential on individual buildings in a city/region using Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) data and a geographic information system (GIS) approach. Conceptually, the methodology is based on the upward-looking hemispherical viewshed algorithm, but applied using an area-based modeling approach. The methodology considers input parameters, such as surface orientation, shadowing effect, elevation, and atmospheric conditions, that influence solar intensity on the earth s surface. The methodology has been implemented for some 212,000 buildings in Knox County, Tennessee, USA. Based on the results obtained, the methodology seems to be adequate for estimating solar radiation on multiple building rooftops. The use of LiDAR data improves the radiation potential estimates in terms of the model predictive error and the spatial pattern of the model outputs. This methodology could help cities/regions interested in sustainable projects to quickly identify buildings with higher potentials for roof-mounted photovoltaic systems.

  18. Ariz. Rooftops Key to Unlocking the Potential of Distributed Solar

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Nestled in the mountains of northern Arizona and just 75 miles from Grand Canyon National Park, the city of Flagstaff, Ariz. is an ideal city for the Arizona Public Service (APS) to pilot a high concentration of solar photovoltaic energy systems.

  19. Could Building Energy Codes Mandate Rooftop Solar in the Future?

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    Dillon, Heather E.; Antonopoulos, Chrissi A.; Solana, Amy E.; Russo, Bryan J.; Williams, Jeremiah

    2012-08-01

    This paper explores existing requirements and compliance options for both commercial and residential code structures. Common alternative compliance options are discussed including Renewable Energy Credits (RECs), green-power purchasing programs, shared solar programs and other community-based renewable energy investments. Compliance options are analyzed to consider building lifespan, cost-effectiveness, energy trade-offs, enforcement concerns and future code development. Existing onsite renewable energy codes are highlighted as case studies for the code development process.

  20. Inside the White House: Solar Panels

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Go inside the White House and learn about the installation of solar panels on the roof of the residence.

  1. Residential and Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Financing in California Rooftop Solar Challenge Areas

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    This version of the report updates the original report published in March 2013. It identifies and describes the current state of residential and commercial property assessed clean energy (PACE) financing programs in California. The report discusses the Improvement Act of 1911, the Mello-Roos Act of 1982, the different philosophies cities have adopted in implementing PACE financing, and various PACE program structures. It also discusses the first implementation of PACE by cities that used their charter authority to create programs under the Mello-Roos Act of 1982 before the enactment of AB 811 and SB 555.1. This report focuses on PACE as a mechanism to increase the amount of rooftop solar systems installed, but also recognizes that these programs provide an effective means to finance energy and water efficiency projects. The updated report provides new information on California’s Residential PACE Loss Reserve Program, the Federal Housing Finance Agency, program requirements, and program performance.

  2. Solar absorption surface panel

    DOE Patents [OSTI]

    Santala, Teuvo J. (Attleboro, MA)

    1978-01-01

    A composite metal of aluminum and nickel is used to form an economical solar absorption surface for a collector plate wherein an intermetallic compound of the aluminum and nickel provides a surface morphology with high absorptance and relatively low infrared emittance along with good durability.

  3. Bonded Bracket Assmebly for Frameless Solar Panels

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    Murray, Todd

    2013-01-30

    In February 2011 the US Department of Energy announced their new Sunshot Initiative. The Sunshot goal is to reduce the total cost of solar energy systems by about 75 percent before the end of the decade. The DOE estimated that a total installed cost of $1 per watt for photovoltaic systems would be equivalent to 6���¢/kilowatt hour (kWh) for energy available from the grid. The DOE also estimated that to meet the $1 per watt goal, PV module costs would need to be reduced to $.50 per watt, balance of systems costs would need to be reduced to $.40 per watt, and power electronic costs would need to reach $.10 per watt. To address the BOS balance of systems cost component of the $1 per watt goal, the DOE announced a funding opportunity called (BOS-X) Extreme Balance of System Hardware Cost Reductions. The DOE identified eight areas within the total BOS costs: 1) installation labor, 2) installation materials, 3) installation overhead and profit, 4) tracker, 5) permitting and commissioning, 6) site preparation, 7) land acquisition, 8) sales tax. The BOS-X funding announcement requested applications in four specific topics: Topic 1: Transformational Building Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV) Modules Topic 2: Roof and Ground Mount Innovations Topic 3: Transformational Photovoltaic System Designs Topic 4: Development of New Wind Load Codes for PV Systems The application submitted by ARaymond Tinnerman reflected the requirements listed in Topic #2, Roof and Ground Mount Innovations. The goal of topic #2 was to develop technologies that would result in the extreme reduction of material and labor costs associated with applications that require physical connections and attachments to roof and ground mount structures. The topics researched in this project included component cost reduction, labor reduction, weight reduction, wiring innovations, and alternative material utilization. The project objectives included: 1) The development of an innovative quick snap bracket assembly that would be bonded to frameless PV modules for commercial rooftop installations. 2) The development of a composite pultruded rail to replace traditional racking materials. 3) In partnership with a roofing company, pilot the certification of a commercial roof to be solar panel compliant, eliminating the need for structural analysis and government oversight resulting in significantly decreased permitting costs. 4) Reduce the sum of all cost impacts in topic #2 from a baseline total of $2.05/watt to $.34/watt.

  4. Solar Decathlon Technology Spotlight: Structural Insulated Panels...

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

    spotlights that introduces common technologies used in U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon team houses. Structural insulated panels (SIPs) are prefabricated...

  5. Solar panel truss mounting systems and methods

    DOE Patents [OSTI]

    Al-Haddad, Tristan Farris; Cavieres, Andres; Gentry, Russell; Goodman, Joseph; Nolan, Wade; Pitelka, Taylor; Rahimzadeh, Keyan; Brooks, Bradley; Lohr, Joshua; Crooks, Ryan; Porges, Jamie; Rubin, Daniel

    2015-10-20

    An exemplary embodiment of the present invention provides a solar panel truss mounting system comprising a base and a truss assembly coupled to the base. The truss assembly comprises a first panel rail mount, second panel rail mount parallel to the first panel rail mount, base rail mount parallel to the first and second panel rail mounts, and a plurality of support members. A first portion of the plurality of support members extends between the first and second panel rail mounts. A second portion of the plurality of support members extends between the first panel rail mount and the base rail mount. A third portion of the plurality of support members extends between the second panel rail mount and the base rail mount. The system can further comprise a plurality of connectors for coupling a plurality of photovoltaic solar panels to the truss assembly.

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

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    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

  7. Effects of solar photovoltaic panels on roof heat transfer

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Dominguez, Anthony; Kleissl, Jan; Luvall, Jeffrey C

    2011-01-01

    comes from both the solar panel and the sky weighted by the underside of the tilted solar panels and the surface of of a roof  underneath a solar panel compared to that of an 

  8. Effects of solar photovoltaic panels on roof heat transfer

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    Dominguez, Anthony; Kleissl, Jan; Luvall, Jeffrey C

    2011-01-01

    the underside of the tilted solar panels and the surface of the roof under the solar panel (Fig.  2).  An air temperature of the  solar panel is similar to the roof 

  9. Obama Administration Announces Plans to Install New Solar Panels...

    Energy Savers [EERE]

    Plans to Install New Solar Panels on the White House Residence Obama Administration Announces Plans to Install New Solar Panels on the White House Residence October 5, 2010 -...

  10. ADVANCED REFLECTIVE FILMS AND PANELS FOR NEXT GENERATION SOLAR...

    Office of Environmental Management (EM)

    ADVANCED REFLECTIVE FILMS AND PANELS FOR NEXT GENERATION SOLAR COLLECTORS ADVANCED REFLECTIVE FILMS AND PANELS FOR NEXT GENERATION SOLAR COLLECTORS This presentation was delivered...

  11. Energy Department Loan Guarantee Would Support Large-Scale Rooftop...

    Energy Savers [EERE]

    Loan Guarantee Would Support Large-Scale Rooftop Solar Power for U.S. Military Housing Energy Department Loan Guarantee Would Support Large-Scale Rooftop Solar Power for U.S....

  12. Test plan : reducing soft costs of rooftop solar installations attributed to structural considerations.

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    Dwyer, Stephen F.

    2013-05-01

    This test plan is a document that provides a systematic approach to the planned testing of rooftop structures to determine their actual load carrying capacity. This document identifies typical tests to be performed, the responsible parties for testing, the general feature of the tests, the testing approach, test deliverables, testing schedule, monitoring requirements, and environmental and safety compliance.

  13. Eternal Sunshine of the Solar Panel

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    Ginithan, Mackenzie; Lefevre, Daniel; Srinivasan, Sowmya; Urena, Barbara; Barley, Kamal; Vega, Jose; Yong, Kamuela E; Flores, Jose

    2014-01-01

    The social dynamics of residential solar panel use within a theoretical population are studied using a compartmental model. In this study we consider three solar power options commonly available to consumers: the community block, leasing, and buying. In particular we are interested in studying how social influence affects the dynamics within these compartments. As a result of this research a threshold value is determined, beyond which solar panels persist in the population. In addition, as is standard in this type of study, we perform equilibrium analysis, as well as uncertainty and sensitivity analyses on the threshold value. We also perform uncertainty analysis on the population levels of each compartment. The analysis shows that social influence plays an important role in the adoption of residential solar panels.

  14. New Ideas for Seeding Your Solar Marketplace Workshop Panel Presentati...

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

    Panel Presentations New Ideas for Seeding Your Solar Marketplace Workshop Panel Presentations Download the speaker presentations from the 2014 SunShot Grand Challenge Summit and...

  15. Chemical technology news from across RSC Publishing. Printing solar panels

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    Rogers, John A.

    Publishing Chemical technology news from across RSC Publishing. Printing solar panels 22 January size) silicon microcells that connect together to form flexible solar panels. By stamping hundreds solar panels 2/8/2010http://www.rsc.org/Publishing/ChemTech/Volume/2010/02/printing_solar.asp #12;Page 2

  16. Roof-top solar energy potential under performance-based building energy codes: The case of Spain

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    Izquierdo, Salvador; Montanes, Carlos; Dopazo, Cesar; Fueyo, Norberto [Fluid Mechanics Group, University of Zaragoza and LITEC (CSIC), Maria de Luna 3, 50018 Zaragoza (Spain)

    2011-01-15

    The quantification at regional level of the amount of energy (for thermal uses and for electricity) that can be generated by using solar systems in buildings is hindered by the availability of data for roof area estimation. In this note, we build on an existing geo-referenced method for determining available roof area for solar facilities in Spain to produce a quantitative picture of the likely limits of roof-top solar energy. The installation of solar hot water systems (SHWS) and photovoltaic systems (PV) is considered. After satisfying up to 70% (if possible) of the service hot water demand in every municipality, PV systems are installed in the remaining roof area. Results show that, applying this performance-based criterion, SHWS would contribute up to 1662 ktoe/y of primary energy (or 68.5% of the total thermal-energy demand for service hot water), while PV systems would provide 10 T W h/y of electricity (or 4.0% of the total electricity demand). (author)

  17. SunShot Prize: America's Most Affordable Rooftop Solar: A Competition To Spur Low-Cost Rooftop Solar Installations Across The Nation (Fact Sheet)

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    Not Available

    2012-06-01

    The SunShot Prize encourages novel public-private partnerships, original business models, and innovative approaches to installing clean, renewable solar energy. The sustainable business strategies developed by participants will provide transferable lessons that can be applied nationwide to hasten America's transition to affordable clean energy in a post-subsidy market.

  18. Effects of solar photovoltaic panels on roof heat transfer

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    Dominguez, Anthony; Kleissl, Jan; Luvall, Jeffrey C

    2011-01-01

    the energy performance of  photovoltaic roofs, ASHRAE Trans A thermal model for photovoltaic systems, Solar Energy, Effects of Solar Photovoltaic Panels on Roof Heat Transfer 

  19. Peer Effects in the Diffusion of Solar Photovoltaic Panels

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    Lee, Daeyeol

    Peer Effects in the Diffusion of Solar Photovoltaic Panels Bryan Bollinger NYU Stern School base of consumers in the reference group. We study the diffusion of solar photovoltaic panels of an environmentally beneficial technology, solar photovoltaic (PV) panels. Policymakers are particularly interested

  20. Aalborg Universitet Experimental testing of two solar panel simulations

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    Ritchie, Ewen

    Aalborg Universitet Experimental testing of two solar panel simulations Ritchie, Andrew Ewen; Leban): Ritchie, E., Leban, K. M., & Raducu, G-A. (2008). Experimental testing of two solar panel simulations from vbn.aau.dk on: juli 05, 2015 #12;EXPERIMENTAL TESTING OF TWO SOLAR PANEL SIMULATIONS Krisztina

  1. NO. REV. MO EASEP SOLAR PANEL OCCULTAT ION

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    Rathbun, Julie A.

    ., : :. I · ' NO. REV. MO· EATM-59 EASEP SOLAR PANEL OCCULTAT ION PAGE l OF 9 DATE 24 Feb 1969 ()i~ ~ .I /1'1 . ! I Prepared by:~ ~Wallack . 11 ''--'/ ~~~ #12;: : .. EASEP SOLAR PANEL OCCULTATION. EATM-59 PAGE 2 OF 9 DATE 24 Feb I969 #12;NO. RIV. NO. : : .~ EASEP Solar Panel Occultation EATM-59 PAGI

  2. Estimating solar access of typical residential rooftops: A case study in San Jose, CA

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    Levinson, Ronnen M

    2008-01-01

    Data Center (NREL MIDC) Solar Position and Intensity (J.A. and Beckman, W. A.. 2006. Solar Engineering of ThermalOF ROOFING PLANES (%) IN SOLAR ACCESS VIOLATION BY MONTH AND

  3. Prediction of Solar Radiation on Building Rooftops: A Data-Mining Approach

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    Omitaomu, Olufemi A; Bhaduri, Budhendra L; Kodysh, Jeffrey B

    2012-01-01

    Solar energy technologies offer a clean, renewable, and domestic energy source, and are essential components of a sustainable energy future. The accurate measurement of solar radiation data is essential for optimum site selection of future distributed solar power plants as well as sizing photovoltaic systems. However, solar radiation data are not readily available because measured sequences of radiation values are obtained for a few locations in a country. When the data are available, they are usually at different time periods and spatial scale. The availability of solar radiation data at hourly or daily time scale will enhance the integration of solar energy into electricity generation and promote a sustainable energy future. The ability to generate approximate solar radiation values is often the only practical way to obtain radiation data at hourly or daily time scale. As a result, several models have been developed for estimating solar radiation values based on analytical, numerical simulation, and statistical approaches. However, these models have inherent challenges. We will discuss some of those challenges in this paper. To enhance the prediction of solar radiation values, a novel approach is presented for estimating solar radiation values using support vector machine technique. The approach accounts for unique characteristics that influence solar radiation values. The preliminary results obtained offer useful insights for model enhancements.

  4. Solar panel manufacturing is greener in Europe than China, study...

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

    The chart shows the number of years that a solar panel must operate in order to generate enough electricity to "pay back" the energy used to make the panel. Because there are fewer...

  5. 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

  6. Solar panels can be used to provide heating and air conditioning | EurekAlert! Science News

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    ... Public Release: 21-Oct-2013 Solar panels can be used to ... s ability to accommodate solar collectors is a feature new to ... Solar panels can be used to ...

  7. Producing hydrogen using solar panels is expensive. Scientists at TU

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    Producing hydrogen using solar panels is expensive. Scientists at TU Delft have come up with a new membranes with integrated electrodes. Solar panels are becoming increasingly efficient. However, storing the electricity they generate is a problem. This can be prevented by converting the solar energy into a fuel

  8. SolarTile: A rooftop integrated photovoltaic system. Phase 1, final report

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    1998-03-26

    AstroPower, Royal Group Technologies, and Solar Design Associates are jointly developing an integrated photovoltaic roofing system for residential and light commercial building applications. This family of products will rely heavily on the technological development of a roofing tile made from recycled plastic and innovative module fabrication and encapsulation processes in conjunction with an advanced Silicon-Film{trademark} solar cell product. This solar power generating roofing product is presently being referred to as the SolarTile. A conceptual drawing of the solar roofing tile is shown. The SolarTile will be integrated with non-solar tiles in a single roof installation permitting ease of assembly and the ability to use conventional roofing techniques at ridges, valleys, and eaves. The Phase 1 effort included tasks aimed at the development of the proposed product concept; product manufacturing or fabrication, and installation cost estimates; business planning; and a market assessment of the proposed product, including target selling prices, target market sectors, size estimates for each market sector, and planned distribution mechanisms for market penetration. Technical goals as stated in the Phase 1 proposal and relevant progress are reported.

  9. "PBS NEWSHOUR" covers new technique that may make solar panel...

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

    Scientists have developed a more efficient method of creating the material that makes solar panels work, according to a report published this week, which researchers say could...

  10. Solar panels as cosmic-ray detectors

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    Stella, Carlo; Assis, Pedro; Brogueira, Pedro; Santo, Catarina Espirito; Goncalves, Patricia; Pimenta, Mario; De Angelis, Alessandro

    2014-01-01

    Due to fundamental limitations of accelerators, only cosmic rays can give access to centre-of- mass energies more than one order of magnitude above those reached at the LHC. In fact, extreme energy cosmic rays (1018 eV - 1020 eV) are the only possibility to explore the 100 TeV energy scale in the years to come. This leap by one order of magnitude gives a unique way to open new horizons: new families of particles, new physics scales, in-depth investigations of the Lorentz symmetries. However, the flux of cosmic rays decreases rapidly, being less than one particle per square kilometer per year above 1019 eV: one needs to sample large surfaces. A way to develop large-effective area, low cost, detectors, is to build a solar panel-based device which can be used in parallel for power generation and Cherenkov light detection. Using solar panels for Cherenkov light detection would combine power generation and a non-standard detection device.

  11. Dynamic instabilities imparted by CubeSat deployable solar panels

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    Peters, Eric David

    2014-01-01

    In this work, multibody dynamics simulation was used to investigate the effects of solar panel deployment on CubeSat attitude dynamics. Nominal and partial/asymmetric deployments were simulated for four different solar ...

  12. 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

  13. Solar panels are cost intensive, have limitations with respect to

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    Langendoen, Koen

    Solar panels are cost intensive, have limitations with respect to where they can be integrated of the window, integrated in the window frames, strip-shaped CIGS PV solar cells convert the light the CIGS PV solar cells in the form of strips at the edges of the window in the window frame. These solar

  14. City and County of Denver- Solar Panel Permitting

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)

    Denver provides same-day permit review for most solar panel projects. Electrical, Plumbing, and Zoning Permits* are required for photovoltaic (PV) systems installed in the city of Denver, althoug...

  15. Lunar Rover Solar Panel MountTeam Members: Tian Le, Tudor Boiangiu, Jeremy Chan, James Haensel To develop a mechanized mount for a solar panel to

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    Sun, Yu

    Lunar Rover Solar Panel MountTeam Members: Tian Le, Tudor Boiangiu, Jeremy Chan, James Haensel To develop a mechanized mount for a solar panel to be mounted on a lunar rover. Must be: · capable of orienting panel towards sun · reside on mast extending vertically from rover · capable of unfurling solar

  16. Integration of Photovoltaics into Building Energy Usage through Advanced Control of Rooftop Unit

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    Starke, Michael R; Nutaro, James J; Irminger, Philip; Ollis, Benjamin; Kuruganti, Phani Teja; Fugate, David L

    2014-01-01

    This paper presents a computational approach to forecast photovoltaic (PV) power in kW based on a neural network linkage of publicly available cloud cover data and on-site solar irradiance sensor data. We also describe a control approach to utilize rooftop air conditioning units (RTUs) to support renewable integration. The PV forecasting method is validated using data from a rooftop PV panel installed on the Distributed Energy, Communications, and Controls (DECC) laboratory at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The validation occurs in multiple phases to ensure that each component of the approach is the best representation of the actual expected output. The control of the RTU is based on model predictive methods.

  17. Project focus: Complete design of an interactive solar panel system to be situated on

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    Sun, Yu

    Project focus: · Complete design of an interactive solar panel system to be situated on top the effective area · Two types of solar cells: · 3 panel configurations: · Real-time power output data Si panels with 30.0o tilt c) 10 CdTe panels; 38.5o tilt · Solar insolation recorder, thermometer

  18. Phase-change materials to improve solar panel's performance Pascal Biwole1,2,*

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    -mail:phbiwole@unice.fr Abstract: High operating temperatures induce a loss of efficiency in solar photovoltaic and thermal panels. Introduction The efficiency of solar panels depends on three factors: the intensity of the solar radiation flux-change materials to improve solar panel's performance Pascal Biwole1,2,* , Pierre Eclache3 , Frederic Kuznik3 1

  19. Solar Water Heating System Maintenance and Repair | Department...

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

    Rooftop solar water heaters need regular maintenance to operate at peak efficiency. | Photo from iStockphoto.com Rooftop solar water heaters need regular maintenance to operate at...

  20. VISUAL-SOLAR

    Energy Science and Technology Software Center (OSTI)

    003661IBMPC00 Visual-SOLAR: Modeling and Visualization of Solar Radiation Potential on Individual Building Rooftops   

  1. Arkansas Students Get Their Hands Dirty in Solar Panel Project

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Wallie Shaw remembers where he got the idea to do a hands-on solar panel project for his Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) students, a school-to-work transition program focused on helping at-risk youth graduate from high school.

  2. Solar Panel and Induction Lighting Project

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    Gresek, Michael

    2014-01-21

    Installation of solar and energy saving lighting technologies at municipal facilities to: Produce and conserve electricity for these facilities; saving money and the environment; lead by example; educate the public on conservation and renewable technologies.

  3. Solar Panels Plus LLC | 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| Open Energy Information Serbia-Enhancing Capacity forSilicium deEnergy InformationDepotGreenPalenNation IncPanels

  4. 11-level Cascaded H-bridge Grid-tied Inverter Interface with Solar Panels

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    Tolbert, Leon M.

    11-level Cascaded H-bridge Grid-tied Inverter Interface with Solar Panels Faete Filho, Yue Cao multilevel DC-AC grid-tied inverter. Each inverter bridge is connected to a 200 W solar panel. OPAL-RT lab match. A novel SPWM scheme is proposed in this paper to be used with the solar panels that can account

  5. Big solar-panel maker First Solar and Colorado's Clean Energy...

    Open Energy Info (EERE)

    Buildings Login to post comments Dc's blog Latest blog posts Dc Printed decorative solar panels could become part of our homes and offices Posted: 10 Mar 2015 - 13:37 by Dc...

  6. Solar System Advisory Panel (SSAP) Developing the Roadmap for Solar System Science

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    Crowther, Paul

    Solar System Advisory Panel (SSAP) Developing the Roadmap for Solar System Science Note a science vision for the coming years. The science vision will be accompanied by a Roadmap, setting out of the opportunities to support its science in the coming years are known to it. As the Roadmap will extend for 10

  7. Solar panel driven air purging apparatus for motor vehicles

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    Bobier, J.A.; Brown, G.E.

    1992-02-18

    This patent describes improvement in a motor vehicle having an enclosable cabin an internal combustion engine, a battery, an ignition switch having an on position for enabling the internal combustion engine and an off position, an electric motor coupled in driving relationship with an air circulating fan for circulating air through the cabin. The improvement comprises: a solar panel mounted upon the vehicle having a panel output exhibiting variable voltage levels including a peak voltage level and substantially constant current; a power transfer regulator for transferring power form the panel to the motor when enabled, including: energy storage means connectable across the panel output and chargeable by the current to variable charge levels; solid-state switch means connected in energy transfer relationship with the energy storage means and actuable between conducting and non-conducting states when the power transfer regulator is enabled; inductor means connected with the solid-state switch means and connectable with the electric motor for conveying current thereto from the panel and the energy storage means when the solid-state switch means is in the conducting state.

  8. Community Shared Solar with Solarize

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)

    An overview of the concept behind The Solarize Guidebook, which offers neighborhoods a plan for getting volume discounts when making group purchases of rooftop solar energy systems.

  9. Economic Mass Producible Mirror Panels for Solar Concentrators G Johnston, G. Burgess, K. Lovegrove and A. Luzzi

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Economic Mass Producible Mirror Panels for Solar Concentrators G Johnston, G. Burgess, K. Lovegrove to the success of all solar concentrators of this nature are cost effective and durable mirror panel components World Solar Congress 743 #12;Economic Mass Producible Mirror Panels for Solar Concentrators Johnston

  10. Modeling the U.S. Rooftop Photovoltaics Market

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    Drury, E.; Denholm, P.; Margolis, R.

    2010-09-01

    Global rooftop PV markets are growing rapidly, fueled by a combination of declining PV prices and several policy-based incentives. The future growth, and size, of the rooftop market is highly dependent on continued PV cost reductions, financing options, net metering policy, carbon prices and future incentives. Several PV market penetration models, sharing a similar structure and methodology, have been developed over the last decade to quantify the impacts of these factors on market growth. This study uses a geospatially rich, bottom-up, PV market penetration model--the Solar Deployment Systems (SolarDS) model developed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory--to explore key market and policy-based drivers for residential and commercial rooftop PV markets. The identified drivers include a range of options from traditional incentives, to attractive customer financing options, to net metering and carbon policy.

  11. Propagating Uncertainty in Solar Panel Performance for Life Cycle Modeling in Early Stage Design

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    Yang, Maria

    Propagating Uncertainty in Solar Panel Performance for Life Cycle Modeling in Early Stage Design. This work is conducted in the context of an amorphous photovoltaic (PV) panel, using data gathered from the National Solar Radiation Database, as well as realistic data collected from an experimental hardware setup

  12. CERN News - A major contract has been signed for the supply of solar panels derived from CERN technology

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    CERN Video Productions; Marion Viguier

    2012-01-01

    CERN News - A major contract has been signed for the supply of solar panels derived from CERN technology

  13. Milk, Eggs and Solar: Grocery Co-Op Puts Photovoltaics to Work

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Grocery shoppers in Burlington, Vt., are picking up much more than food and household items these days. Strolling the aisles of community-owned City Market, the 3,000 daily customers also learn about the co-op's 136 rooftop photovoltaic panels and monthly "Solar Made Simple" seminars.

  14. Real Time Selective Harmonic Minimization for Multilevel Inverters Connected to Solar Panels Using Artificial Neural Network Angle Generation

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    Tolbert, Leon M.

    Real Time Selective Harmonic Minimization for Multilevel Inverters Connected to Solar Panels Using varying DC input sources. Five 195 W solar panels were used as the DC source for each full bridge cells or solar panels and will consequently bring a voltage unbalance depending on the system dynamics

  15. UBC Social Ecological Economic Development Studies (SEEDS) Student Report An Investigation Into Solar Panel Options For The New SUB

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    Into Solar Panel Options For The New SUB Henry Lo, Miguel Antonio University of British Columbia APSC261 the current status of the subject matter of a project/report". #12;i AN INVESTIGATION INTO SOLAR PANEL that has been done on solar panels as a renewable energy source and the feasibility of using it in the new

  16. 14.1.1Graphing Sine, Cosine and Tangent Functions To work properly, a solar panel must

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    energy to fall on a given square-meter of the solar panel. Slanted rays are less efficient, and deliver14.1.1Graphing Sine, Cosine and Tangent Functions To work properly, a solar panel must be placed so less energy to the solar panel, so the amount of electricity will be lower. The equation below accounts

  17. Rooftop Photovoltaics Market Penetration Scenarios

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    Paidipati, J.; Frantzis, L.; Sawyer, H.; Kurrasch, A.

    2008-02-01

    The goal of this study was to model the market penetration of rooftop photovoltaics (PV) in the United States under a variety of scenarios, on a state-by-state basis, from 2007 to 2015.

  18. Legal Protection of Solar Access under Japanese Law

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    Bennett Jr., Frank G.

    1986-01-01

    window than to a rooftop solar collector. See Osofsky, supralong before mod- em solar collectors had been developed. In

  19. SunShot Rooftop Challenge Awardees

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Awardees, partners, award amounts, estimated population, and project descriptions for the 2011 SunShot Rooftop Challenge.

  20. A new material for solar panels could make them cheaper, more...

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

    more efficient By Tona Kunz * December 11, 2013 Tweet EmailPrint ARGONNE, Ill. - A unique solar panel design made with a new ceramic material points the way to potentially...

  1. An investigation of preferences for product appearance : a case study of residential solar panels

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    Bao, Qifang

    2014-01-01

    The importance of the styling and appearance of consumer products is widely understood. This paper evaluates the appearance of a technology-oriented product, the residential solar panel, using a quantitative approach known ...

  2. DOE Awards $12 Million to Spur Rapid Adoption of Solar Energy...

    Energy Savers [EERE]

    DOE Awards 12 Million to Spur Rapid Adoption of Solar Energy with the Rooftop Solar Challenge DOE Awards 12 Million to Spur Rapid Adoption of Solar Energy with the Rooftop Solar...

  3. Webinar: Evaluating Roof Structures for Solar PV

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)

    This webinar provides an overview of Connecticut's Structural Review Worksheet for Residential Rooftop Solar PV Systems. The webinar explains how the worksheet should be used and common concerns with wind and dead loads for rooftop solar PV.

  4. In Solis Pacem Dialogue between modern technology and nature is developed through celebrating solar panels and a styl-

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Goodman, Robert M.

    with a discussion about technology and nature. A field of solar panels to produce economic revenue to consider technology and energy, a Solar Garden exists among the panels. In contrast, an Asian-inspired PondIn Solis Pacem Dialogue between modern technology and nature is developed through celebrating solar

  5. Seasonal control skylight glazing panel with passive solar energy switching

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    Miller, J.V.

    1983-10-25

    A substantially transparent one-piece glazing panel is provided for generally horizontal mounting in a skylight. The panel is comprised of an repeated pattern of two alternating and contiguous linear optical elements; a first optical element being an upstanding generally right-triangular linear prism, and the second optical element being an upward-facing plano-cylindrical lens in which the planar surface is reflectively opaque and is generally in the same plane as the base of the triangular prism.

  6. 16 BOSTONIA Summer 2014 Self-CleaningSolarPanels

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    , generated by the solar device itself--about 1/100th of what it produces daily. "There's nothing like, a global pioneer in the construction of CSP (concentrated solar power) and PV (photovoltaic) power plants. The company operates the Solana Generating Station in Gila Bend, Ariz., and the soon-to-open Mojave Solar

  7. 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

  8. Geostellar: Remote Solar Energy Assessments Personalized

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    2015-10-01

    Geostellar has produced an online tool that generates a unique solar profile for homeowners to learn about the financial benefits to installing rooftop solar panels on their home. The website incorporates the physical building characteristics of the home, including shading, slope, and orientation of the roof, and applies electricity costs and incentives to determine the best solar energy estimated energy production values against actual installed rooftop photovoltaic systems. The validation conducted by NREL concluded that over three-quarters of Geostellar's potential size estimates are at least as large as the actual installed systems, indicating a correct assessment of roof availability. In addition, 87% of Geostellar's 25-year production estimates are within 90% of the actual PV Watts results.

  9. Demonstrations of Integrated Advanced Rooftop Unit Controls and...

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

    Demonstrations of Integrated Advanced Rooftop Unit Controls and Automated Fault Detection and Diagnostics - 2014 BTO Peer Review Demonstrations of Integrated Advanced Rooftop Unit...

  10. Estimating Rooftop Suitability for PV: A Review of Methods, Patents...

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

    For researchers looking to understand the market potential of rooftop-installed photovoltaics (PV) in particular, understanding the amount and characteristics of rooftop space...

  11. ADVANCED REFLECTIVE FILMS AND PANELS FOR NEXT GENERATION SOLAR COLLECTORS

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)

    This presentation was delivered at the SunShot Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) Program Review 2013, held April 23–25, 2013 near Phoenix, Arizona.

  12. Solar Water Heating System Maintenance and Repair | Department...

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

    Solar Water Heating System Maintenance and Repair Solar Water Heating System Maintenance and Repair May 30, 2012 - 2:35pm Addthis Rooftop solar water heaters need regular...

  13. Department of Energy responses to panel recommendations from the open workshop on solar technologies

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    Not Available

    1980-07-01

    This document is a companion to the Proceedings of the Open Workshop on Solar Technologies, 23 and 24 October 1979, Washington, DC. That document reported the findings and conclusions of six panels on the policies of the Department of Energy (DOE) on solar energy and its relationships to cities and employment. The present document provides DOE responses to each panel's recommendations. Sixty individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds agreed to take part in the deliberations of the six panels. There were three panels on solar energy in the cities and three on solar energy and employment. A significant portion of the participants represented public interest groups; lesser numbers were from government and industry. Interested persons were publicly invited to observe. About 120 additional persons responded, bringing the total to 180 participants. Appendices include: (1) a selected guide to federal energy and education assistance; (2) resources for community energy programs and community energy assistance, by state; and (3) summary and data on federal energy education, extension, and information activities. (WHK)

  14. Effects of solar photovoltaic panels on roof heat transfer

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    Dominguez, Anthony; Kleissl, Jan; Luvall, Jeffrey C

    2011-01-01

    performance of  photovoltaic roofs, ASHRAE Trans 107 (absorption of solar radiation.   roof cooling load [Wm ] a) exposed roof PV covered roof b) GHI [W m ] Time [PST

  15. New Ideas for Seeding Your Solar Marketplace Workshop Panel Presentations

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Download the speaker presentations from the 2014 SunShot Grand Challenge Summit and Peer Review Workshop, "New Ideas for Seeding Your Solar Marketplace: Program Pilots and Embedded Experiments."

  16. Printed decorative solar panels could become part of our homes...

    Open Energy Info (EERE)

    homes and offices Posted: 10 Mar 2015 - 13:37 by Dc Dc Lightweight 'solar cloth' photovoltaics have flexible future Posted: 13 Jan 2015 - 11:03 by Dc 1 of 5 Groups Menu...

  17. Solar Panels to Help Iowa Students Learn About Renewable Energy |

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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 Delicious Rank EERE:Financing Tool FitsProjectDataSecretaryDepartment ofLocalDepartment of Energy Panels to Help

  18. Rooftop Diagnostician - Energy Innovation Portal

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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 WebQuantityBonneville Power AdministrationRobust, High-Throughput Analysis of Protein Structures PrintRooftop Diagnostician Pacific

  19. Shared Solar Projects Powering Households Throughout America...

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

    Shared solar projects allow consumers to take advantage of solar energys myriad benefits, even though the system is not located on the consumers own rooftop. | Photo...

  20. You Don't Need to Raise the Roof: Cutting Solar Permitting Costs...

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

    You Don't Need to Raise the Roof: Cutting Solar Permitting Costs for Wooden Rooftops You Don't Need to Raise the Roof: Cutting Solar Permitting Costs for Wooden Rooftops June 17,...

  1. Supply Chain Integration, Product Modularity, and Market Valuation: Evidence from the Solar Energy Industry

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    Davies, Jane; Joglekar, Nitin

    2013-07-17

    of the solar modules that are ultimately installed as panels on rooftops to Page 15 convert solar energy to electricity. The supply chain for the production of thin-film cells involves a subset of these processes: the production of solar cells... provided by investment analysts’ reports or is estimated based on the known production capacity for the firm compared to the size of the solar PV market. Given the lack of a readily available representation of the solar PV supply chain network, we...

  2. Net Zero Residential Test Facility Gaithersburg, MD Solar Photovoltaic Panels

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    Oak Ridge National Laboratory

    2 Project Specifics Type: Single-Family Stories: 2 Bedrooms: 4 Baths: 3 Floor Area: 2,709 sq occupancy will be simulated Showers Appliances Heat Load Associated with People (Sensible and Latent) #12 Heating System Preheat - Solar thermal 80-gal tank, electric auxiliary heating Active, indirect forced

  3. EECBG Success Story: Police Station Triples Solar Power - and...

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

    the North Community Police Substation in Henderson, Nevada installed new, roof-top photovoltaic panels that provide almost 40% of the station's electricity, up from 12.5%....

  4. Solar Energy Generation in Three Dimensions

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    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 ...

  5. "Increasing Solar Panel Efficiency And Reliability By Evaporative

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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 RoomPreservationBio-Inspired SolarAboutXuRod Hunt (208) 386-52542 120"Geek

  6. The costs of solar photovoltaic (PV) panels and system

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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 RoomPreservationBio-Inspired Solar FuelTechnologyTel: Name:Department ofTheTheforThe

  7. Divya Energy Solar Panel Savings Calculator | 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 LISTStar2-0057-EA Jump to: navigation,DepartmentCalculator JumpDitecDivya Energy Solar

  8. Solar Panels Hit Energy Milestone For Potawatomi and Milwaukee | Department

    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 SmoothEquipment CertificationSolarSoft CostsPVof

  9. Approaches for identifying consumer preferences for the design of technology products : a case study of residential solar panels

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    Chen, Heidi Qianyi

    2012-01-01

    This thesis investigates ways to obtain consumer preferences for technology products to help designers identify the key attributes that contribute to a product's market success. A case study of residential solar PV panels ...

  10. Solar panels as air Cherenkov detectors for extremely high energy cosmic rays

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    Cecchini, S; Esposti, L D; Giacomelli, G; Guerra, M; Lax, I; Mandrioli, G; Parretta, A; Sarno, A; Schioppo, R; Sorel, M; Spurio, M

    2000-01-01

    Increasing interest towards the observation of the highest energy cosmic rayshas motivated the development of new detection techniques. The properties ofthe Cherenkov photon pulse emitted in the atmosphere by these very rareparticles indicate low-cost semiconductor detectors as good candidates fortheir optical read-out. The aim of this paper is to evaluate the viability of solar panels for thispurpose. The experimental framework resulting from measurements performed withsuitably-designed solar cells and large conventional photovoltaic areas ispresented. A discussion on the obtained and achievable sensitivities follows.

  11. Solar panels as air Cherenkov detectors for extremely high energy cosmic rays

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    S. Cecchini; I. D'Antone; L. Degli Esposti; G. Giacomelli; M. Guerra; I. Lax; G. Mandrioli; A. Parretta; A. Sarno; R. Schioppo; M. Sorel; M. Spurio

    2000-02-07

    Increasing interest towards the observation of the highest energy cosmic rays has motivated the development of new detection techniques. The properties of the Cherenkov photon pulse emitted in the atmosphere by these very rare particles indicate low-cost semiconductor detectors as good candidates for their optical read-out. The aim of this paper is to evaluate the viability of solar panels for this purpose. The experimental framework resulting from measurements performed with suitably-designed solar cells and large conventional photovoltaic areas is presented. A discussion on the obtained and achievable sensitivities follows.

  12. Protecting Solar Rights in California Through an Exploration of the California Water Doctrine

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    Fedman, Anna

    2011-01-01

    Issue  While both water and solar energy share many similar to make rooftop solar energy capture a substantial Nevertheless water and solar energy share many similar 

  13. DOE Awards $12 Million to Spur Rapid Adoption of Solar Energy...

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

    rooftop solar systems. This project is part of the Department's larger effort to make solar energy more accessible and affordable, increase domestic solar deployment, and...

  14. SUBSIDIZING SOLAR ENERGY: THE ROLE OF TAX CREDITS, LOANS, AND WARRANTIES

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    Berman, S. M.

    2011-01-01

    the form of rooftop solar collectors for the generation ofinstallation of solar collectors? alternatives. sources, Inare aware of, built with solar collectors? 3/ In California

  15. 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

  16. Building-Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV) in the Residential Sector: An Analysis of Installed Rooftop System Prices

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    James, T.; Goodrich, A.; Woodhouse, M.; Margolis, R.; Ong, S.

    2011-11-01

    For more than 30 years, there have been strong efforts to accelerate the deployment of solar-electric systems by developing photovoltaic (PV) products that are fully integrated with building materials. This report examines the status of building-integrated PV (BIPV), with a focus on the cost drivers of residential rooftop systems, and explores key opportunities and challenges in the marketplace.

  17. Assessment of Rooftop Area in Austin Energy's Service Territory Suitable for PV Development

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)

    As part of the Solar America Cities program, Austin Energy proposed to perform an assessment of the rooftop area available for PV development within its service area. Austin Energy contracted with Clean Energy Associates (CEA) to perform the analysis. This report summarizes the project objectives, data sources and methodological approach employed, and results.

  18. Science news doi:10.1038/nindia.2012.185; Published online 17 December 2012 Stacked panels boost solar energy production

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    Harinarayana, T.

    increase in efficiency as compared to a single layer solar panel," Pragya Sharma and Tirumalachetty station.1 They say that stacking up photovoltaic (PV) panels makes for more efficient generation of power by a small distance could work wonders. Our results of two-layer solar panels have shown about 75 per cent

  19. Estimating Rooftop Suitability for PV: A Review of Methods, Patents, and Validation Techniques

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    Melius, J.; Margolis, R.; Ong, S.

    2013-12-01

    A number of methods have been developed using remote sensing data to estimate rooftop area suitable for the installation of photovoltaics (PV) at various geospatial resolutions. This report reviews the literature and patents on methods for estimating rooftop-area appropriate for PV, including constant-value methods, manual selection methods, and GIS-based methods. This report also presents NREL's proposed method for estimating suitable rooftop area for PV using Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) data in conjunction with a GIS model to predict areas with appropriate slope, orientation, and sunlight. NREL's method is validated against solar installation data from New Jersey, Colorado, and California to compare modeled results to actual on-the-ground measurements.

  20. Driving in Force: The Influence of Workplace Peers on Commuting Decisions on U.S. Military Bases1

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Lin, C.-Y. Cynthia

    such as vehicle purchases (Grinblatt et al., 2008) or the adoption of rooftop solar panels (Graziano

  1. An Update on White House Solar Panels and Our Solar Program ...

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

    Ramamoorthy Ramesh Former Director, SunShot Initiative & Solar Energy Technologies Program We cannot win the future without winning the clean energy race, which is why President...

  2. Smart Solar Rooftops - Energy Innovation Portal

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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 WebQuantityBonneville Power AdministrationRobust,Field-effect Photovoltaics -7541 *Impact NeutronSmallGrid EVDepartment ofSmartSmart

  3. Sunshot Rooftop Solar Challenge | Department of Energy

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  4. Rooftop Solar Challenge | 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 Rank EERE: Alternative Fuels Data CenterFinancialInvesting inServicesRecoveryRhode IslandSoft Costs »

  5. Technical evaluation of a solar heating system having conventional hydronic solar collectors and a radiant panel slab. Final report

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    Starr, R.J.

    1984-04-01

    A simple innovative solar heating design (Solar Option One) using conventional hydronic solar collectors and a radiant panel slab was constructed. An objective of hybrid solar design is to combine the relative advantages of active and passive design approaches while minimizing their respective disadvantages. A test house using the Solar Option One heating system was experimentally monitored to determine its energy based performance during the 1982-83 heating season. The test residence is located in Lyndonville, Vermont, an area which has a characteristically cold and cloudy climate. The two story residence has a floor area of about 1400 square feet and is constructed on a 720 square foot 5.5 inch thick floor slab. A 24 inch packed gravel bed is located beneath the slab and the slab-gravel bed is insulated by two inches of polystyrene insulation. The test building is of frame construction and uses insulation levels which have become commonplace throughout the country. The structure would not fall into the superinsulated category but was tightly constructed so as to have a low infiltration level. The building is sun-tempered in that windows were concentrated somewhat on the South side and all but avoided on the North. A solar greenhouse on the South side of the building was closed off from the structure permanently throughout the testing so as to better observe the solar heating invention without confounding variables. The monitoring equipment generated an internal gain of about 17,000 BTUs per day, roughly the equivalent of occupancy by two persons. A full description of the experimental testing program is given. System efficiency and performance are reported.

  6. Better Buildings Alliance, Advanced Rooftop Unit Campaign: Rooftop Unit Measurement and Verification (Fact Sheet)

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    Not Available

    2014-09-01

    This document provides facility managers and building owners an introduction to measurement and verification (M&V) methods to estimate energy and cost savings of rooftop units replacement or retrofit projects to estimate paybacks or to justify future projects.

  7. Promising Technology: High-Efficiency Rooftop Units

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    High-efficiency rooftop air conditioning units (RTUs) can significantly reduce heating, cooling, and ventilation energy consumption. High efficiency RTUs incorporate variable speed controls to minimize fan and compressor energy while capturing and reusing heat, cold, and humidity from a building’s exhaust air.

  8. Commercial Buildings High Performance Rooftop Unit Challenge

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    2011-12-16

    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the Commercial Building Energy Alliances (CBEAs) are releasing a new design specification for high performance rooftop air conditioning units (RTUs). Manufacturers who develop RTUs based on this new specification will find strong interest from the commercial sector due to the energy and financial savings.

  9. Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments Go Solar Ready – Solar Map

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    The Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments Go Solar Ready Map provides general information about the estimated annual solar energy potential on building rooftops in the OKI region. The intention of this tool is to provide the user a general understanding of the solar energy available on rooftops in the OKI tristate region.

  10. CUTTING SOLAR RED TAPECUTTING SOLAR RED TAPE Evergreen State Solar PartnershipEvergreen State Solar Partnership

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    READY BUILDINGS Solar access, easements, rights now and future Technical design ­ rCUTTING SOLAR RED TAPECUTTING SOLAR RED TAPE Evergreen State Solar PartnershipEvergreen State Solar Partnership Rooftop Solar Challenge 1 Sunshot #12;WASHINGTON PV CONTEXTWASHINGTON PV CONTEXT 285 cities, 39

  11. SELECTIVE ABSORBER COATED FOILS FOR SOLAR COLLECTORS

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    Lampert, Carl M.

    2013-01-01

    fabrication of solar collector panels. adhesives and bondingdirectly to solar collector panels. the solar selectivefabrication of solar collector panels. However, the finish

  12. Sensitivity of Rooftop PV Projections in the SunShot Vision Study to Market Assumptions

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    Drury, E.; Denholm, P.; Margolis, R.

    2013-01-01

    The SunShot Vision Study explored the potential growth of solar markets if solar prices decreased by about 75% from 2010 to 2020. The SolarDS model was used to simulate rooftop PV demand for this study, based on several PV market assumptions--future electricity rates, customer access to financing, and others--in addition to the SunShot PV price projections. This paper finds that modeled PV demand is highly sensitive to several non-price market assumptions, particularly PV financing parameters.

  13. Making Strides to Boost the Use of Solar Energy | Department...

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

    12, 2012 - 11:04am Addthis This photograph features the 6-kilowatt (kw) rooftop photovoltaic system that Mercury Solar Systems installed in the Lower Kensington neighborhood of...

  14. Control and Diagnostics for Rooftop Units - 2014 BTO Peer Review...

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

    This project aims to develop and validate cost-effective methods for rooftop air conditioning unit (RTU) coordination and diagnostics in small commercial buildings. To this...

  15. Rooftop Unit Suite: RTU Challenge, RTU Advanced Controls and...

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

    Controls and RTU Smart Monitoring and Diagnostic System - 2013 BTO Peer Review Rooftop Unit Suite: RTU Challenge, RTU Advanced Controls and RTU Smart Monitoring and Diagnostic...

  16. ENERGY - Rooftop A/C retrofit ... | ornl.gov

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    ... Through some nifty system coordination that limits the number of commercial rooftop air conditioning units that run simultaneously, a technique developed by Oak Ridge National...

  17. Concentrating Solar Power �¢���� Central Receiver Panel Component Fabrication and Testing FINAL REPORT

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    McDowell, Michael W; Miner, Kris

    2013-03-30

    The objective of this project is to complete a design of an advanced concentrated solar panel and demonstrate the manufacturability of key components. Then confirm the operation of the key components under prototypic solar flux conditions. This work is an important step in reducing the levelized cost of energy (LCOE) from a central receiver solar power plant. The key technical risk to building larger power towers is building the larger receiver systems. Therefore, this proposed technology project includes the design of an advanced molten salt prototypic sub-scale receiver panel that can be utilized into a large receiver system. Then complete the fabrication and testing of key components of the receive design that will be used to validate the design. This project shall have a significant impact on solar thermal power plant design. Receiver panels of suitable size for utility scale plants are a key element to a solar power tower plant. Many subtle and complex manufacturing processes are involved in producing a reliable, robust receiver panel. Given the substantial size difference between receiver panels manufactured in the past and those needed for large plant designs, the manufacture and demonstration on prototype receiver panel components with representative features of a full-sized panel will be important to improving the build process for commercial success. Given the thermal flux limitations of the test facility, the panel components cannot be rendered full size. Significance changes occurred in the projects technical strategies from project initiation to the accomplishments described herein. The initial strategy was to define cost improvements for the receiver, design and build a scale prototype receiver and test, on sun, with a molten salt heat transport system. DOE had committed to constructing a molten salt heat transport loop to support receiver testing at the top of the NSTTF tower. Because of funding constraints this did not happen. A subsequent plan to test scale prototype receiver, off sun but at temperature, at a molten salt loop at ground level adjacent to the tower also had to be abandoned. Thus, no test facility existed for a molten salt receiver test. As a result, PWR completed the prototype receiver design and then fabricated key components for testing instead of fabricating the complete prototype receiver. A number of innovative design ideas have been developed. Key features of the receiver panel have been identified. This evaluation includes input from Solar 2, personal experience of people working on these programs and meetings with Sandia. Key components of the receiver design and key processes used to fabricate a receiver have been selected for further evaluation. The Test Plan, Concentrated Solar Power Receiver In Cooperation with the Department of Energy and Sandia National Laboratory was written to define the scope of the testing to be completed as well as to provide details related to the hardware, instrumentation, and data acquisition. The document contains a list of test objectives, a test matrix, and an associated test box showing the operating points to be tested. Test Objectives: 1. Demonstrate low-cost manufacturability 2. Demonstrate robustness of two different tube base materials 3. Collect temperature data during on sun operation 4. Demonstrate long term repeated daily operation of heat shields 5. Complete pinhole tube weld repairs 6. Anchor thermal models This report discusses the tests performed, the results, and implications for design improvements and LCOE reduction.

  18. Design & Engineering Services SPEAKMAN HYBRID ROOFTOP UNIT PERFORMANCE

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    California at Davis, University of

    Design & Engineering Services SPEAKMAN HYBRID ROOFTOP UNIT PERFORMANCE: WESTERN COOLING CHALLENGE, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) conducted the physical laboratory tests at their facility for their contribution of the Air20 Quattro HCRS2500 hybrid rooftop unit used for evaluation, and is grateful to the US

  19. Design & Engineering Services AIRMAX HYBRID ROOFTOP UNIT PERFORMANCE: WESTERN

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    California at Davis, University of

    Design & Engineering Services AIRMAX HYBRID ROOFTOP UNIT PERFORMANCE: WESTERN COOLING CHALLENGE. and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) conducted the physical laboratory tests at their facility for their contribution of the Air20 Quattro HCRS2500 hybrid rooftop unit used for evaluation, and is grateful to the US

  20. Copper and Transparent-Conductor Reflectarray Elements on Thin-Film Solar Cell Panels

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    Dreyer, Philippe; Nicolay, Sylvain; Ballif, Christophe; Perruisseau-Carrier, Julien

    2013-01-01

    This work addresses the integration of reflectarray antennas (RA) on thin film Solar Cell (SC) panels, as a mean to save real estate, weight, or cost in platforms such as satellites or transportable autonomous antenna systems. Our goal is to design a good RA unit cell in terms of phase response and bandwidth, while simultaneously achieving high optical transparency and low microwave loss, to preserve good SC and RA energy efficiencies, respectively. Since there is a trade-off between the optical transparency and microwave surface conductivity of a conductor, here both standard copper and transparent conductors are considered. The results obtained at the unit cell level demonstrates the feasibility of integrating RA on a thin-film SC, preserving for the first time good performance in terms of both SC and RA efficiency. For instance, measurement at X-band demonstrate families of cells providing a phase range larger than 270{\\deg} with average microwave loss of -2.45dB (resp. -0.25dB) and average optical transpa...

  1. Status of the direct absorption receiver panel research experiment: Salt flow and solar test requirements and plans

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    Tyner, C.E.

    1989-03-01

    The Panel Research Experiment (PRE) is the first large-scale solar test of the molten nitrate salt direct absorption receiver (DAR) concept. The purpose of the PRE is to demonstrate the engineering feasibility and practicality of the DAR. We will conduct the test at the Central Receiver Test Facility in Albuquerque in two phases: salt flow testing and solar testing. This is a working document to define PRE test objectives and requirements, document the test hardware design, and define test plans. 13 refs., 12 figs., 1 tab.

  2. Rooftop Unit Comparison Calculator User Manual

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    Miller, James D.

    2015-04-30

    This document serves as a user manual for the Packaged rooftop air conditioners and heat pump units comparison calculator (RTUCC) and is an aggregation of the calculator’s website documentation. Content ranges from new-user guide material like the “Quick Start” to the more technical/algorithmic descriptions of the “Methods Pages.” There is also a section listing all the context-help topics that support the features on the “Controls” page. The appendix has a discussion of the EnergyPlus runs that supported the development of the building-response models.

  3. Solar Industry Scorches Records | Department of Energy

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

    Records Solar Industry Scorches Records March 6, 2014 - 5:24pm Addthis Workers install a solar energy system on the rooftop of a home in Golden, Colorado. More than 4,751...

  4. You Don't Need to Raise the Roof: Cutting Solar Permitting Costs...

    Energy Savers [EERE]

    officials, installers, and engineers the information they need to support safe and cost-effective solar rooftop installations. Learn more about the study by visiting...

  5. Reconfigurable three dimensional photovoltaic panel architecture for solar-powered time extension

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    Pedram, Massoud

    % with the same-size PV panel [5]. However, the cost of tracking facilities is often much more expensive than that of the PV panel. The cost of com California, Los Angeles, CA, USA ({yanzhiwa, pedram}@usc.edu) Abstract--Photovoltaic (PV) power generation

  6. CREATING A SOLAR CITY Determining the Potential of Solar Rooftop

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    Delaware, University of

    FINAL REPORT A Renewable Energy Applications for Delaware Yearly (READY) Project Center for Energy and development, environmental justice, conservation and renewable energy options, integrated resource planning comparative energy and environmental policy, sustainable development, political economy of energy, environment

  7. Large-area Silicon-Film{trademark} panels and solar cells. Final technical report, July 1995--March 1998

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    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.

  8. Analyzing and simulating the variability of solar irradiance and solar PV powerplants

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    Lave, Matthew S.

    2012-01-01

    annual azimuth for a solar panel, and can be combined withtracking solar panel. 44and azimuth angles for solar panels were calculated for a

  9. Analyzing and simulating the variability of solar irradiance and solar PV powerplants

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    Lave, Matthew S.

    2012-01-01

    tracking solar panel. 44and azimuth angles for solar panels were calculated for aannual azimuth for a solar panel, and can be combined with

  10. Optimal Solar PV Arrays Integration for Distributed Generation

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    Omitaomu, Olufemi A; Li, Xueping

    2012-01-01

    Solar photovoltaic (PV) systems hold great potential for distributed energy generation by installing PV panels on rooftops of residential and commercial buildings. Yet challenges arise along with the variability and non-dispatchability of the PV systems that affect the stability of the grid and the economics of the PV system. This paper investigates the integration of PV arrays for distributed generation applications by identifying a combination of buildings that will maximize solar energy output and minimize system variability. Particularly, we propose mean-variance optimization models to choose suitable rooftops for PV integration based on Markowitz mean-variance portfolio selection model. We further introduce quantity and cardinality constraints to result in a mixed integer quadratic programming problem. Case studies based on real data are presented. An efficient frontier is obtained for sample data that allows decision makers to choose a desired solar energy generation level with a comfortable variability tolerance level. Sensitivity analysis is conducted to show the tradeoffs between solar PV energy generation potential and variability.

  11. Geographic Variation in Potential of Rooftop Residential Photovoltaic Electric Power Production in the United States

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    This paper describes a geographic evaluation of Zero Energy Home (ZEH) potential, specifically an assessment of residential roof-top solar electric photovoltaic (PV) performance around the United States and how energy produced would match up with very-efficient and super-efficient home designs. We performed annual simulations for 236 TMY2 data locations throughout the United States on two highly-efficient one-story 3-bedroom homes with a generic grid-tied solar electric 2kW PV system. These annual simulations show how potential annual solar electric power generation (kWh) and potential energy savings from PV power vary geographically around the U.S. giving the user in a specific region an indication of their expected PV system performance.

  12. Protecting Solar Rights in California Through an Exploration of the California Water Doctrine

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Fedman, Anna

    2011-01-01

    installing  residential solar panels and commercial solar of photovoltaic (PV) solar panels, grows increasingly more Currently there are  solar panels on one percent of 

  13. High Penetration Solar Distributed Generation Study on Oahu ...

    Office of Environmental Management (EM)

    on Oahu High Penetration Solar Distributed Generation Study on Oahu The rooftop solar PV on Hawai'i's Mauna Lani Bay Hotel generates 75 kW of electricity. Photo from...

  14. Solar Water Heating System Maintenance and Repair | Department...

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

    Water Heating System Maintenance and Repair Solar Water Heating System Maintenance and Repair May 30, 2012 - 2:35pm Addthis Rooftop solar water heaters need regular maintenance to...

  15. On the threshold of the political: The sonic performativity of rooftop chanting in Iran

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    Kheshti, R

    2015-01-01

    of Rooftop Chanting in Iran Roshanak Kheshti Inja kojast? TPoem for the Rooftops of Iran: ‘Where Is This Place’,”Poema para las azoteas de Irán — 19 de junio de 2009,”

  16. DEVELOPMENT OF A HYDRONIC ROOFTOP UNIT -- HYPAK

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    Eric Lee; Dick Bourne; Mark Berman

    2004-03-25

    The majority of US commercial floor space is cooled by rooftop HVAC units (RTU's). RTU popularity derives chiefly from their low initial cost and relative ease of service access without disturbing building occupants. Unfortunately, current RTU's are inherently inefficient due to a combination of characteristics that unnecessarily increase cooling loads and energy use. Existing RTU's in the U.S. consume an estimated 2.4 quads annually. Inefficient RTU's create an estimated 3.5% of U.S. CO{sub 2} emissions, thus contributing significantly to global warming. Also, RTU's often fail to maintain adequate ventilation air and air filtration. This project was developed to evaluate the feasibility of a radically new ''HyPak'' RTU design that significantly and cost-effectively increases RTU performance and delivered air quality. The objective of the HyPak Project was to design, develop and test a hydronic RTU that provides a quantum improvement over conventional RTU performance. Our proposal targeted 60% and 50% reduction in electrical energy use by the HyPak RTU for dry and humid climates, respectively, when compared with a conventional unit.

  17. 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.

  18. Optimization on Solar Panels: Finding the Optimal Output Brian Y. Lu

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Lavaei, Javad

    fails to function normally. This could be caused by weather conditions or electronic failures weather uncertainties. From a circuit perspective, a solar cell can be modeled as is shown in Figure 1 in the solar cell emitter to the front grid. RSh is the shunt resistance associated with the semiconductor. k

  19. 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.

  20. An Overview of Solar Cell Technology Mike McGehee

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    McGehee, Michael

    An Overview of Solar Cell Technology Mike McGehee Materials Science and Engineering Global Climate;Primary Photovoltaic (PV) Markets Residential Rooftop Commercial Rooftop Ground mounted (Usually 2 utility scale) #12;How cheap does PV need to be to compete w/ coal? June 2008 #12;Installed System Price

  1. Photovoltaic array with minimally penetrating rooftop support system

    DOE Patents [OSTI]

    Lenox, Carl J.S.

    2012-10-23

    A photovoltaic array including a plurality of photovoltaic assemblies and a plurality of mounting units. The mounting units each include an elongate rail and a plurality of leg assemblies. The rail is sized and configured to maintain a portion of at least two of the photovoltaic assemblies, with the leg assemblies extending from the rail in a spaced-apart fashion and terminating in a foot for placement against a rooftop structure for minimally penetration installation. Further, at least one of the leg assemblies can include a retractable leg. When the photovoltaic array is installed to a rooftop structure including a membrane intermittently secured to a rooftop deck, the retractable leg accommodates upward billowing of the membrane under windy conditions.

  2. Large-area silicon-film{sup {trademark}} panels and solar cells. Phase I annual technical report, July 1, 1995--December 31, 1995

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    Rand, J.A.; Barnett, A.M.; Checchi, J.C.; Culik, J.S.

    1996-06-01

    AstroPower is establishing a low cost manufacturing process for Silicon-Film{trademark} solar cells and panels by taking advantage of the continuous nature of the Silicon-Film{trademark} technology. Under this effort, each step used in Silicon-Film{trademark} panel fabrication is being developed into a continuous/in-line manufacturing process. The following benefits are expected: an accelerated reduction of PV manufacturing cost for installed systems; a foundation for significantly increased production capacity; and a reduction in handling and waste streams. The process development will be based on a new 31-cm wide continuous Silicon-Film{trademark} sheet. Long-term goals include the development of a 24W, 30 cm x 60 cm Silicon-Film{trademark} solar cell and a manufacturing capability for a 384W, 4 inches x 8 inches Silicon-Film{trademark} panel for deployment in utility-scale applications.

  3. Sandia Energy - Evaluating Rooftop Strength for PV

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

    for PVcwdd2015-09-30T16:55:16+00:00 Confirming the Strength of Residential Roof Structures for Solar Installations Test Setup Photo Test Setup The solar photovoltaic (PV)...

  4. Real Time Selective Harmonic Minimization for Multilevel Inverters Connected to Solar Panels Using Artificial Neural Network Angle Generation

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    Tolbert, Leon M; Ozpineci, Burak; Filho, Faete; Cao, Yue

    2011-01-01

    This work approximates the selective harmonic elimination problem using artificial neural networks (ANNs) to generate the switching angles in an 11-level full-bridge cascade inverter powered by five varying dc input sources. Each of the five full bridges of the cascade inverter was connected to a separate 195-W solar panel. The angles were chosen such that the fundamental was kept constant and the low-order harmonics were minimized or eliminated. A nondeterministic method is used to solve the system for the angles and to obtain the data set for the ANN training. The method also provides a set of acceptable solutions in the space where solutions do not exist by analytical methods. The trained ANN is a suitable tool that brings a small generalization effect on the angles' precision and is able to perform in real time (50-/60-Hz time window).

  5. Carousel Trackers with 1-Sun or 3-Sun Modules for Commercial Building Rooftops

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    Gehl, Anthony C; Maxey, L Curt; Fraas, Dr. Lewis; Avery, James E.; Minkin, Leonid M; Huang, H,

    2008-01-01

    The goal is lower cost solar electricity. Herein, two evolutional steps are described toward achieving this goal. The first step is to follow the sun with a solar tracker. Herein, a carousel tracker is described for mounting on commercial building flat rooftops in order to produce more kWh per kW relative to fixed PV modules. The second evolutionary improvement is to produce lower cost 3-sun CPV modules where two thirds of the expensive single crystal silicon material is replaced by less expensive mirror material. This paper describes the performance and durability of two prototype installations demonstrating these evolutionary innovations. In the first case, the installation and operation of 2 carousels equipped with traditional flat plate modules is described. In the second case, the operation of a carousel equipped with new 3-sun CPV modules is described. Both systems have been operating as expected for several months through the winter of 2007.

  6. Efficient Solar Concentrators: Affordable Energy from Water and Sunlight

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    2010-01-01

    Broad Funding Opportunity Announcement Project: Teledyne is developing a liquid prism panel that tracks the position of the sun to help efficiently concentrate its light onto a solar cell to produce power. Typically, solar tracking devices have bulky and expensive mechanical moving parts that require a lot of power and are often unreliable. Teledyne’s liquid prism panel has no bulky and heavy supporting parts—instead it relies on electrowetting. Electrowetting is a process where an electric field is applied to the liquid to control the angle at which it meets the sunlight above and to control the angle of the sunlight to the focusing lensthe more direct the angle to the focusing lens, the more efficiently the light can be concentrated to solar panels and converted into electricity. This allows the prism to be tuned like a radio to track the sun across the sky and steer sunlight into the solar cell without any moving mechanical parts. This process uses very little power and requires no expensive supporting hardware or moving parts, enabling efficient and quiet rooftop operation for integration into buildings.

  7. Bridging the Efficiency Gap: Commercial Packaged Rooftop Air Conditioners

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    . Figure 1 illustrates a typical rooftop (NREL Pix 06451) installation. Building Industry Trends - 10 performance of this equipment has remained relatively constant, close to the minimum standard over this period. An evaluation of data on currently available models from theAirConditioning andRefrigerationInstitute (ARI2000

  8. Solar collection

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    Cole, S.L.

    1984-08-01

    This report contains summaries and pictures of projects funded by the Appropriate Technology Small Grants Program which include the following solar technologies: solar dish; photovoltaics; passive solar building and solar hot water system; Trombe wall; hot air panel; hybrid solar heating system; solar grain dryer; solar greenhouse; solar hot water workshops; and solar workshops.

  9. The Reality of Solar Panels at 50% Cost | 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 RankADVANCEDInstallers/ContractorsPhotovoltaicsState of Pennsylvania U.S.The6,Category 2The Reality of Solar

  10. Absorptivity of semiconductors used in the production of solar cell panels

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    Kosyachenko, L. A. Grushko, E. V.; Mikityuk, T. I.

    2012-04-15

    The dependence of the absorptivity of semiconductors on the thickness of the absorbing layer is studied for crystalline silicon (c-Si), amorphous silicon (a-Si), cadmium telluride (CdTe), copper indium diselenide (CuInSe{sub 2}, CIS), and copper gallium diselenide (CuGaSe{sub 2}, CGS). The calculations are performed with consideration for the spectral distribution of AM1.5 standard solar radiation and the absorption coefficients of the materials. It is shown that, in the region of wavelengths {lambda} = {lambda}{sub g} = hc/E{sub g}, almost total absorption of the photons in AM1.5 solar radiation is attained in c-Si at the thickness d = 7-8 mm, in a-Si at d = 30-60 {mu}m, in CdTe at d = 20-30 {mu}m, and in CIS and CGS at d = 3-4 {mu}m. The results differ from previously reported data for these materials (especially for c-Si). In previous publications, the thickness needed for the semiconductor to absorb solar radiation completely was identified with the effective light penetration depth at a certain wavelength in the region of fundamental absorption for the semiconductor.

  11. Panel results of the solar thermal program research requirement assessment review. Final report

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    1983-11-01

    The objectives of the assessment were to identify: research needs by topic and activity, relative priority of research needs, options for performing needed research, potential performers, costs and duration of R and D activities, gaps and duplications within the R and D program, and activities underway that appear to be of low priority. To achieve these objectives, research programs of the Division of Solar Thermal Technologies within the Office of Renewable Energy and Conservation and the Materials and Advanced Energy Programs of the Office of Basic Energy Sciences were reviewed. Several recent assessments of solar thermal research needs made within the past two years by various groups were also reviewed, and the key research issues and needs were extracted. The primary results from the assessment are a set of prioritized activities to meet the most important research needs for solar thermal technologies. These activities belong to four disciplines: materials science, thermal science, thermochemistry, and engineering. Further, priorities associated with the needs for research result from the various activities allow the recommended activities to be grouped into two categories; a core group which should be at the heart of any future program developed by the department, and a set of important needs that should, at least, find their way into a program at some time during its existence. The recommended research program is outlined, and the complete set of ranked research needs is listed.

  12. The Bright Lights in New York Could Be Solar | Department of...

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

    a solar potential of 5,800 megawatts peak output-more that 40 percent of the city's electrical demand at peak times if all the rooftops were fully outfitted with solar. About...

  13. Utility-Scale Wind & Solar Power in the U.S.: Where it stands...

    Energy Savers [EERE]

    solar market has been dominated in recent years by Feed-in-Tariffs (FiT) in Western Europe * At year-end 2013, just over 70 GW of utility-scale and rooftop solar PV was...

  14. Investigation of the Role of Trap States in Solar Cell Reliability using Photothermal Deflection Spectroscopy

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    Bezryadina, Anna Sergeyevna

    2012-01-01

    earth desert areas with solar panels would provide enoughthe amount of sunlight solar panels receive varies greatlyif moderate efficiency (10%) solar panels were used just for

  15. Protecting Solar Rights in California Through an Exploration of the California Water Doctrine

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Fedman, Anna

    2011-01-01

    of photovoltaic (PV) solar panels, grows increasingly more Currently there are  solar panels on one percent of technology.   The number of solar panel installations maybe 

  16. AEROSPACE TECHNOLOGY REVIEW FOR LBL WINDOW/PASSIVE SOLAR PROGRAM FINAL REPORT

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Viswanathan, R.

    2011-01-01

    F. Uno, "High Efficiency Solar Panel (HESP)! ', N78 10572,High Efficiency, Long Life Terrestrial Solar Panel", 7 8Ncapabilities, the efficiency of the solar panels, co-

  17. Two-layer Solar Panels to Save Space, Cut Cost By Express News Service, Published: 17th March 2015 06:00 AM , Last Updated: 17th March 2015 03:50 A

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    Harinarayana, T.

    Two-layer Solar Panels to Save Space, Cut Cost By Express News Service, Published: 17th March 2015 and also cost. Acharya Nagarjuna University principal P Siddaiah said it takes `84,000 to instal one solar 06:00 AM , Last Updated: 17th March 2015 03:50 A Visitors examine solar equipment at a stall during

  18. MAGNETOHYDRODYNAMICS OF THE SOLAR TACHOCLINE

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    ACEVEDO-ARREGUIN, LUIS ANTONIO

    2012-01-01

    in the solar surface (right lower panel). The magnetic ?eldin the solar surface (right lower panel). The magnetic ?eldlower panel), and the ratio of angular velocity in the solar

  19. Project Profile: Deployable Commercial Rooftop Solar Electric System

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Individual PV modules are mechanically interconnected using flexible hinges that allow a string of modules to be folded for transportation and storage into a compact form and then unfolded for...

  20. Phoenix American Rooftop Solar Technologies | 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:QAsource History ViewMayo, Maryland:NPIProtectio1975) | Open EnergyPhoenicia, New York: Energy Resources Jump

  1. Department of Energy Commits Support for Landmark Rooftop Solar Project |

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  2. Unleashing Rooftop Solar Energy through More Efficient Government |

    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 QA:QA J-E-1 SECTION J APPENDIX E LIST OF APPLICABLEStatutoryin theNuclear Energy ResearchKansasDepartment of Energy

  3. Washington: Putting More Solar on More Rooftops in Washington State |

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  4. Rooftop Solar Challenge Award Winners | Department of Energy

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  5. Rooftop Solar Challenge Round 1 | Department of Energy

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  6. Planning and Implementing a Solarize Initiative: A Guide for State Program Managers

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Solarize is a PV group purchasing program that aims to lower acquisition costs for rooftop solar installations. This Solarize guide features detailed case studies of two particularly well-developed and successful Solarize programs from New England— Solarize Connecticut and Solarize Mass —to help program managers in states across the country develop Solarize programs.

  7. Using Maps to Predict Solar Futures | Department of Energy

    Office of Environmental Management (EM)

    data, and real-time bids from installers to assist customers in how to best incorporate solar energy into their lives. If you want to get a basic idea of whether your rooftop is...

  8. Rooftop unit embedded diagnostics: Automated fault detection and diagnostics (AFDD) development, field testing and validation

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    Katipamula, Srinivas; Kim, Woohyun; Lutes, Robert G.; Underhill, Ronald M.

    2015-09-30

    This report documents the development, testing and field validation of the integrated AFDD and advanced rooftop unit (RTU) controls using a single controller in buildings.

  9. Mortgage default and student outcomes, the solar home price premium, and the magnitude of housing price declines

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    Dastrup, Samuel R.

    2011-01-01

    consumer adoption of solar panels in San Diego,” Unpublishedlog sales price on solar panels 94 Table 2.5: Predictedestimates of log price on solar panels with neighborhood

  10. An Interview with Professor Alexandra von Meier on an Efficient Electric Grid: Improving Visibility and Integrating Renewable Sources

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    Chowdhary, Harshika; Gill, Manraj; McGuinness, Philippa; Miller, Daniel; Patel, Saavan

    2015-01-01

    DC (direct current) solar panel and AC (alternating current)have a lot of rooftop solar panels installed and the poweraround Berkeley. By code, solar panels are required to be

  11. Dust Detection by the Wave Instrument on STEREO: Nanoparticles Picked up by the Solar Wind?

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    2009-01-01

    including the large solar panels which contribute to amaterial, kap- ton, solar panel mylar, and a few metallic

  12. CX-001319: Categorical Exclusion Determination | Department of...

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

    Hall project including new demand-based building controls (variable-frequency drives), boiler replacement, solar water heating, rooftop solar photovoltaic panels, regenerative...

  13. Measurement of the Equivalent Thermal Resistance of Rooftop Lawns in a Hot-Climate Wind Tunnel 

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    Meng, Q.; Zhang, Y.; Zhang, L.

    2006-01-01

    rooftop lawn. A hot-climate wind tunnel experiment was carried out in order to obtain and analyze the heat and moisture transport in the rooftop lawn. Furthermore, a calculation with the energy conservation equation was carried out using the results...

  14. The Access Almanac: Solar Parking Requirements

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    Shoup, Donald

    2012-01-01

    spaces be covered with solar panels to meet the increasedone parking space with solar panels will produce about 2who prefer not to install solar panels on their parking lots

  15. Property:PotentialRooftopPVCapacity | 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:QAsource History ViewMayo,AltFuelVehicle2FlatDemandMonth3PotentialOnshoreWindArea Jump to:PotentialRooftopPVCapacity

  16. Soiling losses for solar photovoltaic systems in California

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    Mejia, Felipe A; Kleissl, Jan

    2013-01-01

    accumulation of dust on solar panels that causes a decreasenecessity of cleaning solar panels in California. In Sectionand tilt angle of the solar panels. 2.2 Solar Conversion

  17. Soiling losses for solar photovoltaic systems in California

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Mejia, Felipe A; Kleissl, Jan

    2013-01-01

    of the solar panels. 2.2 Solar Conversion Efficiency The 15solar panels was calculated, controlling for the effects of temperature and inverter efficiencysolar panels that causes a decrease in the solar photovoltaic (PV) system’s efficiency.

  18. Fuel-producing Geobacter receives support from new research May 3rd, 2010 in Technology / Energy

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    Lovley, Derek

    efficiency than traditional photosynthesis. This efficiency is partly due to the fact that solar panels can generated from solar panels to produce fuels and other useful products. The researchers are currently growing the bacteria on the surface of graphite electrodes located on a rooftop. A rooftop solar panel

  19. Low Capital Photovoltaic Panel Electrical Output-Booster System

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

    solar applications. Spectrum adjustable LED light will be distributed via fiber-optics cables and focused via tiny mirror reflector onto Solar PV panels. Problem to be...

  20. Advanced Rooftop Control (ARC) Retrofit: Field-Test Results

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    Wang, Weimin; Katipamula, Srinivas; Ngo, Hung; Underhill, Ronald M.; Taasevigen, Danny J.; Lutes, Robert G.

    2013-07-31

    The multi-year research study was initiated to find solutions to improve packaged equipment operating efficiency in the field. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Building Technologies Office (BTO) and Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) conducted this research, development and demonstration (RD&D) study. Packaged equipment with constant speed supply fans is designed to provide ventilation at the design rate at all times when the fan is operating as required by building code. Although there are a number of hours during the day when a building may not be fully occupied or the need for ventilation is lower than designed, the ventilation rate cannot be adjusted easily with a constant speed fan. Therefore, modulating the supply fan in conjunction with demand controlled ventilation (DCV) will not only reduce the coil energy but also reduce the fan energy. The objective of this multi-year research, development and demonstration project was to determine the magnitude of energy savings achievable by retrofitting existing packaged rooftop air conditioners with advanced control strategies not ordinarily used for packaged units. First, through detailed simulation analysis, it was shown that significant energy (between 24% and 35%) and cost savings (38%) from fan, cooling and heating energy consumption could be realized when packaged air conditioning units with gas furnaces are retrofitted with advanced control packages (combining multi-speed fan control, integrated economizer controls and DCV). The simulation analysis also showed significant savings for heat pumps (between 20% and 60%). The simulation analysis was followed by an extensive field test of a retrofittable advanced rooftop unit (RTU) controller.

  1. Building-Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV) in the Residential Section: An Analysis of Installed Rooftop Prices (Presentation)

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    James, T.; Goodrich, A.; Woodhouse, M.; Margolis, R.; Ong, S.

    2012-06-01

    This powerpoint presentation to be presented at the World Renewable Energy Forum on May 17, 2012, in Denver, CO, discusses building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) in the residential section and includes an analysis of installed rooftop prices.

  2. Testing and Economic Evaluation of a High Efficiency 10-ton Rooftop Air Conditioner 

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    O'Neal, D. L.; Davis, M. A.

    2006-11-09

    In 1993, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency initiated a project to design, build and demonstrate a high efficiency commercial rooftop air conditioning unit. The unit was designed by Hibberd Consulting of Westminster, Colorado, and was built...

  3. Rooftop Membrane Temperature Reductions with Green Roof Technology in South-Central Texas 

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    Dvorak, B.

    2010-01-01

    Early green roof cooling and energy reduction research in North America took place in Canada and the northern latitudes of the United States, where green roofs reduced rooftop temperatures by 70% to 90%. Less is known about green roof technology...

  4. Retrofitting Inefficient Rooftop Air-Conditioning Units Reduces U.S. Navy Energy Use (Fact Sheet)

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    Not Available

    2014-04-01

    As part of the U.S. Navy's overall energy strategy, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) partnered with the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) to demonstrate market-ready energy efficiency measures, renewable energy generation, and energy systems integration. One such technology - retrofitting rooftop air-conditioning units with an advanced rooftop control system - was identified as a promising source for reducing energy use and costs, and can contribute to increasing energy security.

  5. The Access Almanac: Solar Parking Requirements

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Shoup, Donald

    2012-01-01

    the city. In California, one solar-covered parking space canway. (Covering one parking space with solar panels will

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

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    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

  7. Solar-Powered Smart Wireless Camera Network for Outdoor Monitoring

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    Abas, Kevin Mathys

    2015-01-01

    film and crystalline-silicon solar panels, May 2012. http://Section 4. e) Larger solar panel and smart battery chargerSlugCam to use smaller size solar panel and battery, and yet

  8. Solar Means Business: Top U.S. Corporate Solar Users

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)

    Solar energy makes financial sense. That's why business leaders in America's brightest, most competitive companies are increasingly choosing to install solar energy systems at their facilities. For the third year in a row, not only are more businesses choosing solar, but those that have used solar in the past are doing so again and again on rooftops across America. Walmart, Kohl's, Costco, Apple, IKEA, and more have all embraced solar energy. Collectively, the 25 companies with the most solar capacity in the U.S. now have 1,110 systems totaling 569 MW, generating enough electricity to power more than 115,000 homes. And these companies are installing even more.

  9. Integrated shipping and installation racking

    DOE Patents [OSTI]

    Johnson, Jr., Richard L; Russell, Richard J; Turk, Michael F

    2015-03-17

    The present invention relates to an adjustable racking system for transporting and mounting one or more solar panels to, for example, a rooftop.

  10. EECBG Success Story: After 105 Years, Historic City Hall in West...

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

    the installation of four geothermal heating wells, a rooftop covered with vegetation, solar panels and permeable pavers to allow stormwater through to the soil below. Learn...

  11. Office of Educational Programs Solar Energy Lab

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Homes, Christopher C.

    more efficient. #12;Solar Panel Efficiency Students use color filters over the solar panels to isolate) Center for Functional Nanomaterials Scientists and engineers research methods to make solar panels actual versus theoretical power output of solar panels, as well as optimum grid integration

  12. Development of a Hydronic Rooftop Unit-HyPak-MA

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    Eric Lee; Mark Berman

    2009-11-14

    The majority of U.S. commercial floor space is cooled by rooftop HVAC units (RTUs). RTU popularity derives chiefly from their low initial cost and relative ease of service access without disturbing building occupants. Unfortunately, current RTUs are inherently inefficient due to a combination of characteristics that unnecessarily increase cooling loads and energy use. 36% percent of annual U.S. energy, and two-thirds of electricity, is consumed in and by buildings. Commercial buildings consume approximately 4.2 quads of energy each year at a cost of $230 billion per year, with HVAC equipment consuming 1.2 quads of electricity. More than half of all U.S. commercial floor space is cooled by packaged HVAC units, most of which are rooftop units (RTUs). Inefficient RTUs create an estimated 3.5% of U.S. CO{sub 2} emissions, thus contributing significantly to global warming5. Also, RTUs often fail to maintain adequate ventilation air and air filtration, reducing indoor air quality. This is the second HyPak project to be supported by DOE through NETL. The prior project, referred to as HyPak-1 in this report, had two rounds of prototype fabrication and testing as well as computer modeling and market research. The HyPak-1 prototypes demonstrated the high performance capabilities of the HyPak concept, but made it clear that further development was required to reduce heat exchanger cost and improve system reliability before HyPak commercialization can commence. The HyPak-1 prototypes were limited to about 25% ventilation air fraction, limiting performance and marketability. The current project is intended to develop a 'mixed-air' product that is capable of full 0-100% modulation in ventilation air fraction, hence it was referred to as HyPak-MA in the proposal. (For simplicity, the -MA has been dropped when referencing the current project.) The objective of the HyPak Project is to design, develop and test a hydronic RTU that provides a quantum improvement over conventional RTU performance. Our proposal targeted 60% and 50% reduction in electrical energy use by the HyPak RTU for dry and humid climates, respectively, when compared with a conventional unit, and reduction in peak energy consumption of 50% and 33% respectively. In addition to performance targets, our goal is to develop a production-ready design with durability, reliability and maintainability similar to air-cooled packaged equipment, and that can be commercialized immediately following the conclusion of this project.

  13. Venice Sustainability Advisory Panel

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    2009-01-01

    Venice Sustainability Advisory PanelFINAL REPORT Venice Sustainability Advisory Panel FinalInvestigator The Venice Sustainability Advisory Panel (

  14. Solar Applications to Multiple County Buildings Feasibility Study

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    This study was requested by Salt Lake County in an effort to obtain a cursory overview of solar electric and solar thermal application possibilities on the rooftops of existing county buildings. The subject buildings represent various County Divisions: Aging Services, Community Services, County Health, County Library, Parks & Recreation, Public Works, County Sheriff and Youth Services. There are fifty two buildings included in the study.

  15. Soiling losses for solar photovoltaic systems in California

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Mejia, Felipe A; Kleissl, Jan

    2013-01-01

    solar panels. 2.2 Solar Conversion Efficiency The 15 minuterelative) DC solar conversion efficiency ( ) for the solarin relative solar conversion efficiency versus time between

  16. UBC Social Ecological Economic Development Studies (SEEDS) Student Report An Investigation into New SUB Rooftop Garden Irrigations Systems

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    of which needs to be pumped through the irrigation system to supply the entire crop water needs" (Whiffen SUB Rooftop Garden Irrigations Systems Seungmin Lee Alexandra Nan Meredith Kealty Kevin Pan University INVESTIGATION OF ROOFTOP GARDEN IRRIGATION SYSTEMS APSC 262 Instructor: Ms. Carla Paterson University of British

  17. Integration of Rooftop Photovoltaic Systems in St. Paul Ford Site's Redevelopment Plans

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    Olis, D.; Mosey, G.

    2015-03-01

    The purpose of this analysis is to estimate how much electricity the redeveloped Ford Motor Company assembly plant site in St. Paul, Minnesota, might consume under different development scenarios and how much rooftop photovoltaic (PV) generation might be possible at the site. Because the current development scenarios are high-level, preliminary sketches that describe mixes of residential, retail, commercial, and industrial spaces, electricity consumption and available rooftop area for PV under each scenario can only be grossly estimated. These results are only indicative and should be used for estimating purposes only and to help inform development goals and requirements moving forward.

  18. Name _____________________ Lab 10. Solar and Wind Power

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Perfect, Ed

    be "daisy-chained" by connecting them together to create a solar panel to produce more electricity. For example solar panels can be put on the roofs of buildings or they can be arranged in larger arrays in open that we can produce using solar panels obviously depends on the amount of sunlight that strikes the panels

  19. AEROSPACE TECHNOLOGY REVIEW FOR LBL WINDOW/PASSIVE SOLAR PROGRAM FINAL REPORT

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Viswanathan, R.

    2011-01-01

    and D. F. Frazine, "Mirror Panel Solar Absorptance Test", ADLong Life Terrestrial Solar Panel", 7 8N 24649, DOE/ JPLUno, "High Efficiency Solar Panel (HESP)! ', N78 10572, AD A

  20. Optimum fixed orientations and benefits of tracking for capturing solar radiation in the continental United States

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Lave, Matthew; Kleissl, Jan

    2011-01-01

    a two-axis tracking solar panel. Figure 5b: Map of theannual azimuth for a solar panel, and can be combined withand azimuth angles for solar panels were calculated for a

  1. Solar Power as a Source of Noise-free Power for Research

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Dutta, Akshita; Chorescu, Irinel

    2011-01-01

    its com- position. The solar panels employed in this studyof three industrial solar panels (by SHARP, model NU-U235FI)when batteries are used, these solar panels will be used in

  2. AEROSPACE TECHNOLOGY REVIEW FOR LBL WINDOW/PASSIVE SOLAR PROGRAM FINAL REPORT

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Viswanathan, R.

    2011-01-01

    Long Life Terrestrial Solar Panel", 7 8N 24649, DOE/ JPLUno, "High Efficiency Solar Panel (HESP)! ', N78 10572, AD AOptically table for Flat Solar Panels", N78 17477 (1977). J.

  3. Optimum fixed orientations and benefits of tracking for capturing solar radiation in the continental United States

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Lave, Matthew; Kleissl, Jan

    2011-01-01

    a two-axis tracking solar panel. Figure 5b: Map of theand azimuth angles for solar panels were calculated for aannual azimuth for a solar panel, and can be combined with

  4. Interconnection Panel

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Presentation—given at at the Fall 2012 Federal Utility Partnership Working Group (FUPWG) meeting—discusses the interconnection panel, including an overview of the generation interconnection process (GIP), and interconnection agreements and their terms.

  5. SunShot Rooftop Challenge Awardees | Department of Energy

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

    enable multiple financing options for community solar programs. City University of New York City University of New York, NYC Department of Buildings, Procemx, CUNY Ventures, IBM,...

  6. Maximizing Efficiency of Solar-Powered Systems by Load Matching

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Shinozuka, Masanobu

    energy. However, solar powered sys- tems must also consider the output level of the solar panel for power be counterproductive. Another problem that is of particular importance to solar pan- els is load matching. Solar panels is around 0.7­1.2, solar panels have a much larger Ri value as a function of the solar output and current

  7. Reflective Optics CPV Panels Enabling Large Scale, Reliable Generation of Solar Energy Cost Competitive with Fossil Fuels: 15 November 2007 - 30 June 2009

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    Horne, S.; McDonald, M.; Hartsoch, N.; Desy, K.

    2009-12-01

    SolFocus developed a CPV panel with conversion efficiency >22% and manufacturing run-rate capacity far exceeding 3 MW.

  8. Green Roofs: Optimizing the Water Quality of Rooftop Runoff Brett Long1

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Clark, Shirley E.

    Green Roofs: Optimizing the Water Quality of Rooftop Runoff Brett Long1 , Shirley E. Clark1 roofing is an accepted stormwater control technology, little is known about the quality of the roof runoff. In Phase I of this research, several green roof media (formed from commonly-used expanded minerals

  9. A 20-SUN HYBRID PV-THERMAL LINEAR MICRO-CONCENTRATOR SYSTEM FOR URBAN ROOFTOP APPLICATIONS

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    conditioning (HVAC), and process heat. The system can be modularly configured for hybrid concentrating PVA 20-SUN HYBRID PV-THERMAL LINEAR MICRO-CONCENTRATOR SYSTEM FOR URBAN ROOFTOP APPLICATIONS D Walter of America ABSTRACT A unique, linear, low-concentration, hybrid `micro- concentrator' (MCT) system concept

  10. Solar Power as a Source of Noise-free Power for Research

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Dutta, Akshita; Chorescu, Irinel

    2011-01-01

    and an ammeter. We tested one solar panel, since all threepower (P sun ): One of the three solar panels is connected

  11. Development of the Supply Chain Optimization and Planning for the Environment (SCOPE) Tool - Applied to Solar Energy

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Reich-Weiser, Corinne; Fletcher, Tristan; Dornfeld, David; Horne, Steve

    2008-01-01

    of choices for producing a solar panel - the double outlineFigure 3 illustrates this for a solar panel, where eachcomponent of the solar panel can be obtained from 2 or 3 di?

  12. ROBOTIC DEVICE FOR CLEANING PHOTOVOLTAIC PANEL ARRAYS

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Mavroidis, Constantinos

    1 ROBOTIC DEVICE FOR CLEANING PHOTOVOLTAIC PANEL ARRAYS MARK ANDERSON, ASHTON GRANDY, JEREMY HASTIE. The main method for harnessing solar power is with arrays made up of photovoltaic (PV) panels. Accumulation-based cleaning methods for photovoltaic arrays are costly in time, water and energy usage and lack automation

  13. Solar energy at Forest Research Solar Power at Alice Holt

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    - crystalline solar photovoltaic panels (175 watt panels with a total peak DC rating of 32.375 kilowatts). SolarSolar energy at Forest Research Solar Power at Alice Holt research station provides a renewable per annum. As part of a programme to improve energy efficiency and meet government targets on carbon

  14. Solar Power Systems Find A Professional Solar Energy Installer For Any

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Lovley, Derek

    .CleanEnergyAuthority.com Install Solar Panels Enter Your Zip Code & Connect To Pre-Screened Solar Panel Installers www Power 4 Homes Save Thousands on Bills. Build your own Solar Panel for under $50! boxsolarpannle and uses solar energy more efficiently than plants. In fact, it provides a solution to one of the major

  15. Energy Department Finalizes Loan Guarantee for Transformational Rooftop

    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 | Department of EnergyEnergySolar

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

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    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

  17. Empirically Derived Strength of Residential Roof Structures for Solar Installations.

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    Dwyer, Stephen F.; Sanchez, Alfred; Campos, Ivan A.; Gerstle, Walter H.

    2014-12-01

    Engineering certification for the installation of solar photovoltaic (PV) modules on wood roofs is often denied because existing wood roofs do not meet structural design codes. This work is intended to show that many roofs are actually sufficiently strong given the conservatism in codes, documented allowable strengths, roof structure system effects, and beam composite action produced by joist-sheathing interaction. This report provides results from a testing program to provide actual load carrying capacity of residential rooftops. The results reveal that the actual load carrying capacity of structural members and systems tested are significantly stronger than allowable loads provided by the International Residential Code (IRC 2009) and the national structural code found in Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures (ASCE 7-10). Engineering analysis of residential rooftops typically ignores the system affects and beam composite action in determining rooftop stresses given a potential PV installation. This extreme conservatism combined with conservatism in codes and published allowable stress values for roof building materials (NDS 2012) lead to the perception that well built homes may not have adequate load bearing capacity to enable a rooftop PV installation. However, based on the test results presented in this report of residential rooftop structural systems, the actual load bearing capacity is several times higher than published values (NDS 2012).

  18. Rooftop Unit Network Project - 2013 BTO Peer Review | 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. 195 -Rob Roberts About Us Rob Roberts -Ronald E. MoultonRooftop

  19. Design, Installation, and Field Verification of Integrated Active Desiccant Hybrid Rooftop Systems Combined with a Natural Gas Driven Cogeneration Package, 2008

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Report summary of a research/demonstration project involving a custom 230 kW cogeneration package with four integrated active desiccant rooftop (IADR) systems

  20. As of October 17, 2012 Solar System Exploration @50

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    :45 ­ 11:45 am Panel #1: Politics and Policy in the Conduct of Solar System Exploration Panel Chair: Marcia, and Solar System Exploration Panel Chair: Heidi Hammel (Association of Universities for Research And Mars: The Soviet Planetary Exploration Enterprise 9:30 ­ 11:30 am Panel 4: Exploring the Outer Solar

  1. Solar PV and Glare Factsheet

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    A common misconception about solar photovoltaic (PV) panels is that they inherently cause or create "too much" glare, posing a nuisance to neighbors and a safety risk for pilots. While solar PV systems can produce glare, light absorption - rather than reflection - is central to the function of solar PV panels. This fact sheet describes the basic issues surrounding glare from solar PV panels, the new Federal Aviation Administration guidance, and the implications for local governments.

  2. Lead selenide nanowire solar cells via LPNE and its new found derivatives

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Hujdic, Justin

    2012-01-01

    solar panels require solar trackers which change the incident angle of light throughout the day to maintain operating efficiency

  3. With growing numbers of solar energy...

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

    Pending SOLAR GLARE HAZARD ANALYSIS TOOL (SGHAT) TECHNOLOGY SUMMARY Figure 1. Glare from solar panels viewed from an air traffic control tower. Figure 2. Screen image of glare...

  4. UBC Social Ecological Economic Development Studies (SEEDS) Student Report An Investigation into Waste Heat Recovery for Usage by a Rooftop Greenhouse

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    into Waste Heat Recovery for Usage by a Rooftop Greenhouse Rohit Singla, Jeremy Lord, Jorden Hetherington Investigation into Waste Heat Recovery for Usage by a Rooftop Greenhouse April 4, 2013 Dr. Naoko Ellis APSC 262 of this waste heat recovery method. Constraints that are taken into this investigation include various factors

  5. Integrated solar collector

    DOE Patents [OSTI]

    Tchernev, Dimiter I. (9 Woodman Rd., Chestnut Hill, MA 02167)

    1985-01-01

    A solar collector having a copper panel in a contiguous space relationship with a condenser-evaporator heat exchanger located under the panel, the panel having a honeycomb-like structure on its interior defining individual cells which are filled with zeolite loaded, in its adsorbed condition, with 18 to 20% by weight of water. The interior of the panel and heat exchanger are maintained at subatmospheric pressure of about 0.1 to 1 psia. The panel and heat exchanger are insulated on their lateral sides and bottoms and on the top of the heat exchange. The panel has a black coating on its top which is exposed to and absorbs solar energy. Surrounding the insulation (which supports the panel) is an extruded aluminum framework which supports a pair of spaced-apart glass panels above the solar panel. Water in conduits from a system for heating or cooling or both is connected to flow into an inlet and discharge from outlet of a finned coil received within the heat exchanger. The collector panel provides heat during the day through desorption and condensing of water vapor from the heated solar panel in the heat exchanger and cools at night by the re-adsorption of the water vapor from the heat exchanger which lowers the absolute pressure within the system and cools the heat exchange coils by evaporation.

  6. Proposal Study Panels

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

    Proposal Study Panels Proposal Study Panels Print Two Proposal Study Panels (PSPs) exist at the ALS: one for the general sciences and one for structural biology. The role of the...

  7. Department of Energy Announces $188 Million for Small Business...

    Energy Savers [EERE]

    distributed energy systems-such as roof-top solar panels, a plug-in electric vehicle, and demand response devices in the home. (DOE award: 999,655) Advanced Solar Technologies -...

  8. Development of a High Latent Effectiveness Energy Recovery Ventilator with Integration into Rooftop Package Equipment

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    Gregory M. Dobbs; Norberto O. Lemcoff; Frederick J. Cogswell; Jeffrey T. Benolt

    2006-03-01

    This Final Report covers the Cooperative Program carried out to design and optimize an enhanced flat-plate energy recovery ventilator and integrate it into a packaged unitary (rooftop) air conditioning unit. The project objective was to optimize the design of a flat plate energy recovery ventilator (ERV) core that compares favorably to flat plate air-to-air heat exchanger cores on the market and to cost wise to small enthalpy wheel devices. The benefits of an integrated unit incorporating an enhanced ERV core and a downsized heating/cooling unit were characterized and the design of an integrated unit considering performance and cost was optimized. Phase I was to develop and optimize the design of a membrane based heat exchanger core. Phase II was the creation and observation of a system integrated demonstrator unit consisting of the Enhanced Energy Recovery Ventilator (EERV) developed in Phase I coupled to a standard Carrier 50HJ rooftop packaged unitary air conditioning unit. Phase III was the optimization of the system prior to commercialization based on the knowledge gained in Phase II. To assure that the designs chosen have the possibility of meeting cost objectives, a preliminary manufacturability and production cost study was performed by the Center for Automation Technologies at RPI. Phase I also included a preliminary design for the integrated unit to be further developed in Phase II. This was to assure that the physical design of the heat exchanger designed in Phase I would be acceptable for use in Phase II. An extensive modeling program was performed by the Center for Building Performance & Diagnostics of CMU. Using EnergyPlus as the software, a typical office building with multiple system configurations in multiple climatic zones in the US was simulated. The performance of energy recovery technologies in packaged rooftop HVAC equipment was evaluated. The experimental program carried out in Phases II and III consisted of fabricating and testing a demonstrator unit using Carrier Comfort Network (CCN) based controls. Augmenting the control signals, CCN was also used to monitor and record additional performance data that supported modeling and conceptual understanding. The result of the testing showed that the EERV core developed in Phase I recovered energy in the demonstrator unit at the expected levels based on projections. In fact, at near-ARI conditions the core recovered about one ton of cooling enthalpy when operating with a three-ton rooftop packaged unit.

  9. Rooftop Unit Suite: RTU Challenge, RTU Advanced Controls and RTU Smart Monitoring and Diagnostic System

    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. 195 -Rob Roberts About Us Rob Roberts -Ronald E. MoultonRooftopRTU

  10. Estimating solar access of typical residential rooftops: A case study in San Jose, CA

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Levinson, Ronnen M

    2008-01-01

    days: March 21, the spring equinox; June 21, the summerSeptember 21, the autumn equinox; and December 21, the

  11. Literature review : reducing soft costs of rooftop solar installations attributed to structural considerations.

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    Dwyer, Stephen F.

    2013-03-01

    Typical engineering methods utilized to calculate stresses on a roof structure involve simplifying assumptions that render a complex non-linear structure a simple and basic determinate beam. That is, instead of considering the composite action of the entire roof structure, the engineer evaluates only a single beam that is deemed conservatively to represent an affected rafter or top chord of a truss. This simplification based on assumptions of a complex problem is where significant conservatism can be introduced. Empirical data will be developed to evaluate this issue. Simple wood beams will be tested to failure. More complex and complete sections of roof structures that include composite action will also be tested to failure. The results can then be compared. An initial step in this process involves a literature review of any work that has been performed on roof structure composite action. The following section summarizes the literature review that was completed.

  12. Department of Veterans Affairs, FONSI - Rooftop solar PV power at Calverton

    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 Rank EERE:FinancingPetroleum Based| Department8, 20153Danielthrough theK APolicyon December|EMPLOYEEpower

  13. Solar Industry At Work: Streamlining Home Solar Installation

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    As Director of Operations at Sunrun, Tillie Peterson works to get solar panels up and running for homeowners as quickly and efficiently as possible.

  14. Energy Office Grant Helps the Virgin Islands Environmental Resource Station Install Solar Panels, Improve Efficiency, and Cut Monthly Energy Use Nearly 30% (Fact Sheet)

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    Not Available

    2012-03-01

    This fact sheet highlights the energy challenges faced by the Virgin Islands Environmental Resource Station (VIERS), the renewable energy and energy efficiency solutions implemented, the resulting energy efficiency savings, and other project benefits. In 2011, VIERS installed a 9.4 kW solar system funded by a $50,000 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) grant, which was administered by VIEO. To identify additional energy-saving opportunities, VIERS performed an energy audit of appliances, which resulted in the removal of two water coolers and the installation of a water meter to monitor water use and how it relates to electric pump use. VIERS also added an educational component to the project, developing a solar classroom near the original solar system. By building on previous energy conservation measures and making additional investments in renewable energy technology, VIERS has lowered its average monthly energy consumption nearly 30%, even with an increase in guests. The VIERS efforts are not limited to the technology installations, however. They also serve to impact the youth of the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) by educating young people about energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies and their energy and environmental impacts. VIERS solar system is connected to the Web via a live feed that posts solar output data in real time, increasing the VIERS solar classroom's potential educational impact exponentially.

  15. AEROSPACE TECHNOLOGY REVIEW FOR LBL WINDOW/PASSIVE SOLAR PROGRAM FINAL REPORT

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Viswanathan, R.

    2011-01-01

    Panel " , SPIE 68, Solar Energy Utilization, (1975) p. 169.for Selective Absorption of Solar Energy and the Method ofwith Application to Solar Energy System Design" ,N77 19708 (

  16. SOLAR ROOF POWERS THE NJIT CAMPUS CENTER

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Haimovich, Alexander

    SOLAR ROOF POWERS THE NJIT CAMPUS CENTER THE SKY'S THE LIMIT: BERNADETTE MOKE SITS ON THE ROOF, ARE 160 SOLAR PANELS, SOME OF WHICH AUTOMATICALLY FOLLOW THE PATH OF THE SUN. 10 NJITMAGAZINE COVER STORY'S THE LIMIT: SOLAR ROOF POWERS THE NJIT CAMPUS CENTER "The solar panels even move a little at night," says

  17. Assessment of Wind/Solar Co-Located Generation in Texas

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    As part of the Solar America Cities program, Austin Energy proposed to perform an assessment of the rooftop area available for PV development within its service area. Austin Energy contracted with Clean Energy Associates (CEA) to perform the analysis. This report summarizes the project objectives, data sources and methodological approach employed, and results.

  18. Solar Market Analytics, Roadmapping, and Tracking NY (SMART NY) Final Report

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    Case, Tria; Reilly, Laurie; Kling, Alison

    2014-05-15

    This is the final report, including links to Working Group reports and an attached Working Group report for SunShot Initiative Rooftop Solar Challenge I, from Sustainable CUNY of the City University of New York, on behalf of New York City

  19. Advisory Panels

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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 Room News Publications Traditional Knowledge KiosksAboutHelpUnderstanding solarAdvisory

  20. Advisory Panels

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

    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 Room News Publications Traditional Knowledge KiosksAboutHelpUnderstanding solarAdvisoryAdvisory

  1. Automatic generation and analysis of solar cell IV curves

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    Kraft, Steven M.; Jones, Jason C.

    2014-06-03

    A photovoltaic system includes multiple strings of solar panels and a device presenting a DC load to the strings of solar panels. Output currents of the strings of solar panels may be sensed and provided to a computer that generates current-voltage (IV) curves of the strings of solar panels. Output voltages of the string of solar panels may be sensed at the string or at the device presenting the DC load. The DC load may be varied. Output currents of the strings of solar panels responsive to the variation of the DC load are sensed to generate IV curves of the strings of solar panels. IV curves may be compared and analyzed to evaluate performance of and detect problems with a string of solar panels.

  2. EECBG Success Story: Historic Virginia Market Powered by Solar...

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

    Solar panels at the Community Market Building in Danville, Va., have generated 36.4 MWh of energy since March. | Photo Courtesy of Danville Solar panels at the Community Market...

  3. Affordable Solar Energy Solar Powder is a solar-energy company that has developed an innovative technology that will set a new

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Jawitz, James W.

    and distribute high-efficiency, high yield, low cost solar panels. The company is making green energy more and selenium. CIGS was chosen because of its high cell efficiency, high energy yield, and now with Solar Powder-powder that is mixed with a secret Solar Powder solvent to allow for liquid application. Solar Powder solar panels can

  4. MUNI Ways and Structures Building Integrated Solar Membrane Project

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    Smith, Randall

    2014-07-03

    The initial goal of the MUNI Ways and Structures Building Integrated Solar Membrane Installation Project was for the City and County of San Francisco (CCSF) to gain experience using the integrated higher efficiency solar photovoltaic (PV) single-ply membrane product, as it differs from the conventional, low efficiency, thin-film PV products, to determine the feasibility of success of larger deployment. As several of CCSF’s municipal rooftops are constrained with respect to weight restrictions, staff of the Energy Generation Group of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) proposed to install a solar PV system using single-ply membrane The installation of the 100 kW (DC-STC) lightweight photo voltaic (PV) system at the MUNI Ways and Structures Center (700 Pennsylvania Ave., San Francisco) is a continuation of the commitment of the City and County of San Francisco (CCSF) to increase the pace of municipal solar development, and serve its municipal facilities with clean renewable energy. The fourteen (14) solar photovoltaic systems that have already been installed at CCSF municipal facilities are assisting in the reduction of fossil-fuel use, and reduction of greenhouse gases from fossil combustion. The MUNI Ways & Structures Center roof has a relatively low weight-bearing capacity (3.25 pounds per square foot) and use of traditional crystalline panels was therefore rejected. Consequently it was decided to use the best available highest efficiency Building-Integrated PV (BIPV) technology, with consideration for reliability and experience of the manufacturer which can meet the low weight-bearing capacity criteria. The original goal of the project was to provide an opportunity to monitor the results of the BIPV technology and compare these results to other City and County of San Francisco installed PV systems. The MUNI Ways and Structures Center was acquired from the Cookson Doors Company, which had run the Center for many decades. The building was renovated in 1998, but the existing roof had not been designed to carry a large load. Due to this fact, a complete roofing and structural analysis had to be performed to match the available roof loading to the existing and/or new solar PV technology, and BIPV was considered an excellent solution for this structure with the roof weight limitations. The solar BIPV system on the large roof area was estimated to provide about 25% of the total facility load with an average of 52,560 kWh per month. In order to accomplish the goals of the project, the following steps were performed: 1. SFPUC and consultants evaluated the structural capability of the facility roof, with recommendations for improvements necessary to accommodate the solar PV system and determine the suitable size of the system in kilowatts. The electrical room and switchgear were evaluated for any improvements necessary and to identify any constraints that might impede the installation of necessary inverters, transformers or meters. 2. Development of a design-build Request for Proposal (RFP) to identify the specifications for the solar PV system, and to include SFPUC technical specifications, equipment warranties and performance warranties. Due to potential labor issues in the local solar industry, SFPUC adjusted the terms of the RFP to more clearly define scope of work between electricians, roofers and laborers. 3. Design phase of project included electrical design drawings, calculations and other construction documents to support three submittals: 50% (preliminary design), 90% (detailed design) and 100% (Department of Building Inspection permit approved). 4. Installation of solar photovoltaic panels, completion of conduit and wiring work, connection of inverters, isolation switches, meters and Data Acquisition System by Contractor (Department of Public Works). 5. Commissioning of system, including all necessary tests to make the PV system fully functional and operational at its rated capacity of 100 kW (DC-STC). Following completion of these steps, the solar PV system was installed and fully integrated by la

  5. Scattering Solar Thermal Concentrators

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    Giebink, Noel C.

    2015-01-31

    This program set out to explore a scattering-based approach to concentrate sunlight with the aim of improving collector field reliability and of eliminating wind loading and gross mechanical movement through the use of a stationary collection optic. The approach is based on scattering sunlight from the focal point of a fixed collection optic into the confined modes of a sliding planar waveguide, where it is transported to stationary tubular heat transfer elements located at the edges. Optical design for the first stage of solar concentration, which entails focusing sunlight within a plane over a wide range of incidence angles (>120 degree full field of view) at fixed tilt, led to the development of a new, folded-path collection optic that dramatically out-performs the current state-of-the-art in scattering concentration. Rigorous optical simulation and experimental testing of this collection optic have validated its performance. In the course of this work, we also identified an opportunity for concentrating photovoltaics involving the use of high efficiency microcells made in collaboration with partners at the University of Illinois. This opportunity exploited the same collection optic design as used for the scattering solar thermal concentrator and was therefore pursued in parallel. This system was experimentally demonstrated to achieve >200x optical concentration with >70% optical efficiency over a full day by tracking with <1 cm of lateral movement at fixed latitude tilt. The entire scattering concentrator waveguide optical system has been simulated, tested, and assembled at small scale to verify ray tracing models. These models were subsequently used to predict the full system optical performance at larger, deployment scale ranging up to >1 meter aperture width. Simulations at an aperture widths less than approximately 0.5 m with geometric gains ~100x predict an overall optical efficiency in the range 60-70% for angles up to 50 degrees from normal. However, the concentrator optical efficiency was found to decrease significantly with increasing aperture width beyond 0.5 m due to parasitic waveguide out-coupling loss and low-level absorption that become dominant at larger scale. A heat transfer model was subsequently implemented to predict collector fluid heat gain and outlet temperature as a function of flow rate using the optical model as a flux input. It was found that the aperture width size limitation imposed by the optical efficiency characteristics of the waveguide limits the absolute optical power delivered to the heat transfer element per unit length. As compared to state-of-the-art parabolic trough CPV system aperture widths approaching 5 m, this limitation leads to an approximate factor of order of magnitude increase in heat transfer tube length to achieve the same heat transfer fluid outlet temperature. The conclusion of this work is that scattering solar thermal concentration cannot be implemented at the scale and efficiency required to compete with the performance of current parabolic trough CSP systems. Applied within the alternate context of CPV, however, the results of this work have likely opened up a transformative new path that enables quasi-static, high efficiency CPV to be implemented on rooftops in the form factor of traditional fixed-panel photovoltaics.

  6. SELECTIVE ABSORBER COATED FOILS FOR SOLAR COLLECTORS

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Lampert, Carl M.

    2013-01-01

    p. 1080. AES Second Coatings for Solar Collectors Symp. , 11solar collector panels. Here the major consideration is whether the coatingcoating concept is to use heavy starting stock which might be suitable for direct fabrication of solar collector

  7. EECBG Success Story: Solar Projects Provide Energy to County...

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

    Solar Projects Provide Energy to County Fairgrounds September 23, 2010 - 1:01pm Addthis Solar panels have been installed at a shelter facility near Ulster County Fairgrounds. |...

  8. An investigation of the air flow structure over a rooftop in the turbulent atmospheric boundary layer

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    Hayes, William Joseph

    2010-01-01

    DEMROES data for Wind Direction (left) and Solar Radiation (for wind speed and solar radiation (Figure 15: StandardDirection (left) and Solar Radiation (right).Figure 15).

  9. An investigation of the air flow structure over a rooftop in the turbulent atmospheric boundary layer

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Hayes, William Joseph

    2010-01-01

    DEMROES data for Wind Direction (left) and Solar Radiation (DEMROES data for Wind Direction (left) and Solar Radiation (DEMROES data for Wind Direction (left) and Solar Radiation (

  10. FMEA for Solar Cell Array DATE 23 Jan, 1969

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    Rathbun, Julie A.

    " .- Astronaut Handle Central Station ·~ Solar Panel Deployment Linkage Eas~ ALSEPAXES z Carrying Handle Antenna Positioning Mechanism Antenna Mast _ Outboard Solar Panel "B" PSEP Deployed Configuration N'"CJtx w Pl >!'...t. 3 15 PAGE OF DATE 23 Jan. 1969 The solar panels are assembled by bonding a thin sheet of G-1 0 glass

  11. Developing Market Opportunities for Flexible Rooftop Applications of PV Using Flexible CIGS Technology: Market Considerations

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    Sabnani, L.; Skumanich, A.; Ryabova, E.; Noufi, R.

    2011-01-01

    There has been a recent upsurge in developments for building-integrated phototovoltaics (BiPV) roof top materials based on CIGS. Several new companies have increased their presence and are looking to bring products to market for this application in 2011. For roof-top application, there are significant key requirements beyond just having good conversion efficiency. Other attributes include lightweight, as well as moisture-proof, and fully functionally reliable. The companies bringing these new BIPV/BAPV products need to ensure functionality with a rigorous series of tests, and have an extensive set of 'torture' tests to validate the capability. There is a convergence of form, aesthetics, and physics to ensure that the CIGS BiPV deliver on their promises. This article will cover the developments in this segment of the BiPV market and delve into the specific tests and measurements needed to characterize the products. The potential market sizes are evaluated and the technical considerations developed.

  12. 3Solar Energy and the Distance to Juno from the Sun As the Juno spacecraft travels to Jupiter,

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    spacecraft? Problem 2 ­ If the amount of solar energy falling on the Juno solar panels is determined by the inverse-square law, and the amount of solar energy generated by the solar panels at r = 1.0 AU is exactly 12,690 watts, what is the formula for the solar panel power at any distance defined by the function P

  13. 510 IEEE ANTENNAS AND WIRELESS PROPAGATION LETTERS, VOL. 10, 2011 A Scalable Solar Antenna for Autonomous Integrated

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    Tentzeris, Manos

    that can be integrated underneath a solar panel is presented. The topology alleviates the effect of solar--3-D RF modules, autonomous modules, omni- directional antenna, solar antenna, solar panel, wireless consumption of every individual node [11]. Currently, solar panels harvest the largest reported amount

  14. Mortgage default and student outcomes, the solar home price premium, and the magnitude of housing price declines

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    Dastrup, Samuel R.

    2011-01-01

    the residential solar home market continues to grow, thereaddition to a home's market value from solar panels variesS. , “The market value and cost of solar photovoltaic

  15. Information tracking and sharing in organic photovoltaic panel manufacturing

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    Gong, Ming, M. Eng. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    2011-01-01

    The MIT MEng team of four worked with Konarka Technologies, a world leading organic solar panel manufacturer, on production tracking and analysis as well as various operational improvement projects. MIT's collaborative ...

  16. Panel Organization 1. Panel on Structural Geology & Geoengineering

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    Appendix A Panel Organization 1. Panel on Structural Geology & Geoengineering Chair: Dr. Clarence R Technical Exchange (open) Panel on Structural Geology & Geoengineering Denver, Colorado Topic: DOE & Performance Analysis and the Panel on Structural Geology & Geoengineering Denver, Colorado Topic: Repository

  17. Panel Organization 1. Panel on Structural Geology & Geoengineering

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Appendix A Panel Organization 1. Panel on Structural Geology & Geoengineering Chair: Dr. Clarence R) Panel on Structural Geology & Geoengineering Denver, Colorado Topic: DOE presentation on the exploratory and the Panel on Structural Geology & Geoengineering Denver, Colorado Topic: Repository system design

  18. GIS Ethics Panel Preparation Panel Session

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    Wright, Dawn Jeannine

    GIS Ethics Panel Preparation Panel Session: 3236 Geographic Information Ethics and GIScience II State University Geney Terry - GISCI Session Description: Ethical engagements with the multitude of GIS, the variety of applications of GIS&T has led the U.S. Department of Labor to highlight "geographic technology

  19. Energy efficient building structure and panel therefor

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    Carroll, Th.J.; Paisley, J.K.

    1984-08-28

    A building structure is constructed from a plurality of sheathed, foam cored structural panels which are adapted to receive solar energy conversion or heat storage devices and are adapted to be connected in an air flow loop to provide integral heating and/or cooling systems for the building structure.

  20. Energy 101: Solar PV

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    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.

  1. Energy 101: Solar PV

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)

    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...

  2. Energy 101: Solar PV

    ScienceCinema (OSTI)

    None

    2013-05-29

    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.

  3. RM12-2703 Advanced Rooftop Unit Control Retrofit Kit Field Demonstration: Hawaii and Guam Energy Improvement Technology Demonstration Project

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    Doebber, I.; Dean, J.; Dominick, J.; Holland, G.

    2014-03-01

    As part of its overall strategy to meet its energy goals, the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) partnered with U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to rapidly demonstrate and deploy cost-effective renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. This was one of several demonstrations of new and underutilized commercial energy efficiency technologies. The consistent year-round demand for air conditioning and dehumidification in Hawaii provides an advantageous demonstration location for advanced rooftop control (ARC) retrofit kits to packaged rooftop units (RTUs). This report summarizes the field demonstration of ARCs installed on nine RTUs serving a 70,000-ft2 exchange store (large retail) and two RTUs, each serving small office buildings located on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH).

  4. Desiccant-Based Combined Systems: Integrated Active Desiccant Rooftop Hybrid System Development and Testing Final Report- Phase 4

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    Fischer, J

    2005-05-06

    This report summarizes the results of a research and development (R&D) program to design and optimize an active desiccant-vapor compression hybrid rooftop system. The primary objective was to combine the strengths of both technologies to produce a compact, high-performing, energy-efficient system that could accommodate any percentage of outdoor air and deliver essentially any required combination of temperature and humidity, or sensible heat ratio (SHR). In doing so, such a product would address the significant challenges imposed on the performance capabilities of conventional packaged rooftop equipment by standards 62 and 90.1 of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers. The body of work completed as part of this program built upon previous R&D efforts supported by the U.S. Department of Energy and summarized by the Phase 3b report ''Active Desiccant Dehumidification Module Integration with Rooftop Packaged HVAC Units'' (Fischer and Sand 2002), in addition to Fischer, Hallstrom, and Sand 2000; Fischer 2000; and Fischer and Sand 2004. All initial design objectives established for this development program were successfully achieved. The performance flexibility desired was accomplished by a down-sized active desiccant wheel that processes only a portion of the supply airflow, which is pre-conditioned by a novel vapor compression cycle. Variable-speed compressors are used to deliver the capacity control required by a system handling a high percentage of outdoor air. An integrated direct digital control system allows for control capabilities not generally offered by conventional packaged rooftop systems. A 3000-cfm prototype system was constructed and tested in the SEMCO engineering test laboratory in Columbia, MO, and was found to operate in an energy-efficient fashion relative to more conventional systems. Most important, the system offered the capability to independently control the supply air temperature and humidity content to provide individual sensible and latent loads required by an occupied space without over-cooling and reheating air. The product was developed using a housing construction similar to that of a conventional packaged rooftop unit. The resulting integrated active desiccant rooftop (IADR) is similar in size to a currently available conventional rooftop unit sized to provide an equivalent total cooling capacity. Unlike a conventional rooftop unit, the IADR can be operated as a dedicated outdoor air system processing 100% outdoor air, as well as a total conditioning system capable of handling any ratio of return air to outdoor air. As part of this R&D program, a detailed investigation compared the first cost and operating cost of the IADR with costs for a conventional packaged approach for an office building located in Jefferson City, MO. The results of this comparison suggest that the IADR approach, once commercialized, could be cost-competitive with existing technology--exhibiting a one-year to two-year payback period--while simultaneously offering improved humidity control, indoor air quality, and energy efficiency.

  5. Investigation of the Role of Trap States in Solar Cell Reliability using Photothermal Deflection Spectroscopy

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    Bezryadina, Anna Sergeyevna

    2012-01-01

    if moderate efficiency (10%) solar panels were used just forsolar cells and panels. A chart of the record efficienciessolar panel technology today is single crystal silicon (c-Si), since it can achieve relatively high device efficiencies,

  6. Solar Powered Classroom

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    none

    2013-06-27

    A group of fourth graders in Durham, North Carolina, are showing America the way to a clean energy future. They are installing solar panels on their classroom roof for a project that goes above and beyond a normal day in school. From researching solar panel installation, to generating funds for the project via Kickstarter, these are students who put their plans into action. Their accomplishments go beyond the classroom and stress the importance of getting people of all ages involved in renewable energy.

  7. Solar Powered Classroom

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    2013-06-13

    A group of fourth graders in Durham, North Carolina, are showing America the way to a clean energy future. They are installing solar panels on their classroom roof for a project that goes above and beyond a normal day in school. From researching solar panel installation, to generating funds for the project via Kickstarter, these are students who put their plans into action. Their accomplishments go beyond the classroom and stress the importance of getting people of all ages involved in renewable energy.

  8. Streamline, Organizational, Legislative and Administrative Response to Permitting, PV Market Share, and Solar Energy Costs (Broward Go SOLAR)

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    Halsey, Jeffery D.

    2013-08-28

    Broward County and its partners (the Go SOLAR Team), operating under a Department of Energy Rooftop Solar Challenge Agreement, designed, developed and implemented an online permitting system for rooftop solar PV systems. This is a single web based system with a single permit fee that will issue a permit, with a set of design plans preapproved by partner building officials, within one hour. The system is currently available at gosolar.broward.org for use within any of the partner Authorities Having [permitting] Jurisdiction (AHJ). Additionally, the Go SOLAR Team researched, developed and to the extent feasible, implemented three best management practices to make a fertile environment for the new online permit system. These included Net Metering and Interconnection Standards, Solar-Friendly Financing, and Planning and Zoning Ordinances. Finally, the team implemented a substantial outreach effort to advocate for the development of solar in Broward County, with an emphasis on Solar Rights, concluding with a Go SOLAR Fest day and a half conference with over 1,200 attendees and 50 exhibitors. The Go SOLAR project was completed on time, under DOE’s budgeted amount, and all project objectives were met or exceeded.

  9. Hydrogen Safety Panel

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

    or otherwise restricted information. Project ID: scs07weiner PNNL-SA-65397 2 IEA HIA Task 19 Working Group Hydrogen Safety Training Props Hydrogen Safety Panel Incident...

  10. Investigation of the Role of Trap States in Solar Cell Reliability using Photothermal Deflection Spectroscopy

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    Bezryadina, Anna Sergeyevna

    2012-01-01

    Photovoltaic solar panels which generate electricity directly currently cost around $0.24 per kWh in Central

  11. Western Wind and Solar Integration Study (Fact Sheet)

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    Not Available

    2012-09-01

    Initiated in 2007 to examine the operational impact of up to 35% penetration of wind, photovoltaic (PV), and concentrating solar power (CSP) energy on the electric power system, the Western Wind and Solar Integration Study (WWSIS) is one of the largest regional wind and solar integration studies to date. The goal is to understand the effects of variability and uncertainty of wind, PV, and CSP on the grid. In the Western Wind and Solar Integration Study Phase 1, solar penetration was limited to 5%. Utility-scale PV was not included because of limited capability to model sub-hourly, utility-scale PV output . New techniques allow the Western Wind and Solar Integration Study Phase 2 to include high penetrations of solar - not only CSP and rooftop PV but also utility-scale PV plants.

  12. A Better Steam Engine: Designing a Distributed Concentrating Solar Combined Heat and Power System

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    Norwood, Zachary Mills

    2011-01-01

    solar-electric system (typical for thin-film panels currently) plus a 58% efficient solar-thermal system (flat-plate efficiency

  13. *ASHRAE is a national organization focused on building energy and the built environment that provides baseline energy efficiency guidelines for use in building design and construction.

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    Gunawardena, Jeremy

    : · An 80kW rooftop solar photovoltaic installation uses 320 AC modules to produce electricity for use solar capacity on campus). ENERGY EFFICIENCY: · A 37-foot-tall double-skin glass wall uses two vented each solar panel ­ a technology that allows HBS to maximize the output of each panel

  14. Outdoor Solar Lighting | Department of Energy

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

    on Outdoor Lighting Solar panels are a great way to produce clean energy at home | Photo courtesy of Stefano Paltera, U.S. Department of Energy. Harnessing Solar Energy at Home...

  15. Solar Success Stories | Department of Energy

    Energy Savers [EERE]

    panels, thanks in part to former SunShot awardee TetraSun. Solar industry leader First Solar, which operates the world's largest PV power plant in California, acquired TetraSun...

  16. SELECTIVE ABSORBER COATED FOILS FOR SOLAR COLLECTORS

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    Lampert, Carl M.

    2013-01-01

    p. 1080. AES Second Coatings for Solar Collectors Symp. , 11coating concept is to use heavy starting stock which might be suitable for direct fabrication of solar collectorsolar collector panels. Here the major consideration is whether the coating

  17. Austin Energy- Commercial Solar PV Incentive Program

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    In order to qualify for this program, PV modules must be new and be listed on the California Energy Commission's Go Solar web site. In addition, all solar panels must have a 20-year manufacturer ...

  18. Presented July 16, 2015 12:45 PM Solar Breakout Session

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    Branoff, Theodore J.

    panels ought to be able to invest in, and reap the rewards of, solar panels someplace else. Sounds simplePresented July 16, 2015 12:45 PM Solar Breakout Session Exploring Community Solar Shannon Fulton StraightUp Solar #12;Exploring Community Solar Shannon Fulton Director, Illinois Business Development

  19. 36.258 UE -Woods calibrates instru-ment on NASA's new solar observa-

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    Christian, Eric

    /2 The solar X-ray image from EVE is shown in the left panel. An X-ray image only shows the active regions on the sun. The top right panel shows a small part of the solar EUV spectrum. The bottom right panel shows36.258 UE - Woods calibrates instru- ment on NASA's new solar observa- tory. Photosby

  20. New proposal for photovoltaic-thermal solar energy utilization method

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    Takashima, Takumi; Tanaka, Tadayoshi; Doi, Takuya ); Kamoshida, Junji ); Tani, Tatsuo ); Horigome, Takashi )

    1994-03-01

    One of the most effective methods of utilizing solar energy is to use the sunlight and solar thermal energy such as a photovoltaic-thermal panel (PV/T panel) simultaneously. From such a viewpoint, systems using various kinds of PV panels were constructed in the world. In these panels, solar cells are set up at an absorber collecting solar thermal energy. Therefore, temperature of solar cell increases up to the prescribed temperature of thermal energy use, although it is lower than the cell temperature when using only solar cell panel. For maintaining cell conversion efficiency at the standard conditions, it is necessary to keep the cell at lower temperature. In this paper, electric and thermal energy obtained form a PV/T panel is evaluated in terms of energy. BAsed on this evaluation, the method of not to decrease cell conversion efficiency with collecting solar thermal energy was proposed.

  1. LANGMUIR WAVE ACTIVITY: COMPARING THE ULYSSES SOLAR MINIMUM AND SOLAR MAXIMUM ORBITS

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    California at Berkeley, University of

    ). The top three panels correspond to the southern segment of the solar minimum orbit; repeated passesLANGMUIR WAVE ACTIVITY: COMPARING THE ULYSSES SOLAR MINIMUM AND SOLAR MAXIMUM ORBITS R. J at the electron plasma frequency) during the solar minimum and solar maximum orbits of Ulysses. At high latitudes

  2. From Forest to Solar Farm: An Evaluation of Habitat Availability on a Solar

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    Homes, Christopher C.

    : Crystalline solar photovoltaic modules Land use: ~200 acres Over 164,000 Panels #12;Sustainability Forest wildlife friendly solar habitats Show wildlife use will not impact solar efficiency Recommend bestFrom Forest to Solar Farm: An Evaluation of Habitat Availability on a Solar Farm

  3. Nationwide: Slashing Red Tape To Speed Solar Deployment for Homes...

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

    panels, inverters and other hardware are more affordable than ever before (the average cost of solar PV panels has dropped by more than 60% since 2010), the "soft," non-hardware...

  4. SOLAR PANELS ON HUDSON COUNTY FACILITIES

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    BARRY, KEVIN

    2014-06-06

    This project involved the installation of an 83 kW grid-connected photovoltaic system tied into the energy management system of Hudson County's new 60,000 square foot Emergency Operations and Command Center and staff offices. Other renewable energy features of the building include a 15 kW wind turbine, geothermal heating and cooling, natural daylighting, natural ventilation, gray water plumbing system and a green roof. The County intends to seek Silver LEED certification for the facility.

  5. 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

  6. Solar Reflection Panels - Energy Innovation Portal

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

    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 WebQuantityBonneville Power AdministrationRobust,Field-effect Photovoltaics -7541 *ImpactScience(TechnicalFor Milwaukee, BySoft

  7. Solar Decathlon Technology Spotlight: Structural Insulated Panels |

    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 GasAdjustmentsShirley Ann JacksonDepartment ofOffice|inWestMayBuilding K-25 cleanup atDepartmentCompetition on

  8. Gas filled panel insulation

    DOE Patents [OSTI]

    Griffith, B.T.; Arasteh, D.K.; Selkowitz, S.E.

    1993-12-14

    A structural or flexible highly insulative panel which may be translucent, is formed from multi-layer polymeric material in the form of an envelope surrounding a baffle. The baffle is designed so as to minimize heat transfer across the panel, by using material which forms substantially closed spaces to suppress convection of the low conductivity gas fill. At least a portion of the baffle carries a low emissivity surface for suppression of infrared radiation. 18 figures.

  9. Gas filled panel insulation

    DOE Patents [OSTI]

    Griffith, Brent T. (Berkeley, CA); Arasteh, Dariush K. (Oakland, CA); Selkowitz, Stephen E. (Piedmont, CA)

    1993-01-01

    A structural or flexible highly insulative panel which may be translucent, is formed from multi-layer polymeric material in the form of an envelope surrounding a baffle. The baffle is designed so as to minimize heat transfer across the panel, by using material which forms substantially closed spaces to suppress convection of the low conductivity gas fill. At least a portion of the baffle carries a low emissivity surface for suppression of infrared radiation.

  10. Structural considerations for solar installers : an approach for small, simplified solar installations or retrofits.

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    Richards, Elizabeth H.; Schindel, Kay; Bosiljevac, Tom; Dwyer, Stephen F.; Lindau, William; Harper, Alan

    2011-12-01

    Structural Considerations for Solar Installers provides a comprehensive outline of structural considerations associated with simplified solar installations and recommends a set of best practices installers can follow when assessing such considerations. Information in the manual comes from engineering and solar experts as well as case studies. The objectives of the manual are to ensure safety and structural durability for rooftop solar installations and to potentially accelerate the permitting process by identifying and remedying structural issues prior to installation. The purpose of this document is to provide tools and guidelines for installers to help ensure that residential photovoltaic (PV) power systems are properly specified and installed with respect to the continuing structural integrity of the building.

  11. Magnetic reconnection configurations and particle acceleration in solar flares

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    Chen, P. F.

    types of solar flares. Upper panel: two-ribbon flares; Lower panel: compact flares. The color showsMagnetic reconnection configurations and particle acceleration in solar flares P. F. Chen, W. J space under different magnetic configurations. Key words: solar flares, magnetic reconnection, particle

  12. pg. 1 UW Clean Energy Institute Solar Car Derby Activity

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    Hochberg, Michael

    ? (connect both sides of the motor to different leads from the solar panel.) #12;pg. 3 UW Clean Energy will run the other direction) Where do so solar panels usually go? ( on the roof of buildings or in flatpg. 1 UW Clean Energy Institute Solar Car Derby Activity Overview Raycatcher and SunZoom Lite Model

  13. Solar Power Systems Web Monitoring

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    Kumar, Bimal Aklesh

    2011-01-01

    All over the world the peak demand load is increasing and the load factor is decreasing year-by-year. The fossil fuel is considered insufficient thus solar energy systems are becoming more and more useful, not only in terms of installation but monitoring of these systems is very crucial. Monitoring becomes very important when there are a large number of solar panels. Monitoring would allow early detection if the output falls below required level or one of the solar panel out of 1000 goes down. In this study the target is to monitor and control a developed solar panel by using available internet foundation. This web-enabled software will provide more flexibility over the system such as transmitting data from panel to the host computer and disseminating information to relevant stake holders barring any geographical barrier. The software would be built around web server with dynamic HTML and JAVA, this paper presents the preliminary design of the proposed system.

  14. Solar Trailer Group EGDSN 297 D

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    Demirel, Melik C.

    Solar Trailer Group EGDSN 297 D Project Recap The objective of the Solar Trailer team was to design and implement a solar PV system for the ToolMaster Trailer HAZ-16 that is used by the Center for Sustainability was constructed. Finally in an all night effort to complete the project the racking and solar panels were

  15. Mortgage default and student outcomes, the solar home price premium, and the magnitude of housing price declines

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    Dastrup, Samuel R.

    2011-01-01

    The market value and cost of solar photovoltaic electricityfour different measures of costs of solar panels. The first$35,967; ($9.02/watt) cost of solar for solar sales Average

  16. Subsidizing Solar: The Case for an Environmental Goods and Services Carve-out from the Global Subsidies Regime

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    Simmons, Zachary Scott

    2014-01-01

    clean energy technologies such as solar, wind, hydro andenergy technologies (including solar panels and gas and windtechnology-based industries (such as solar) or is available across the renewable energy sector (solar, wind,

  17. Green Roofs: Optimizing the Water Quality of Rooftop Runoff Brett Long, Dr. Shirley E. Clark, Dr. Katherine Baker, Dr. Robert Berghage

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Clark, Shirley E.

    Green Roofs: Optimizing the Water Quality of Rooftop Runoff Brett Long, Dr. Shirley E. Clark, Dr, Middletown, PA 17057 and Center for Green Roof Research at University Park, PA 16802 Introduction Green roofs (vegetative roof covers) are a relatively-new stormwater management practice for urban areas where land

  18. AASC Panel---FASR Summary Report 02/13/99 Summary of FASR Page 1

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    White, Stephen

    AASC Panel---FASR Summary Report 02/13/99 Summary of FASR Page 1 Summary of the Frequency­Agile Solar Radiotelescope (FASR) Project Science Goals The Frequency­Agile Solar Radiotelescope is a multi in frequency. In so doing, it will produce a continuous, three­dimensional record of the solar atmosphere from

  19. Tax Credits Give Thin-Film Solar a Big Boost

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)

    California company will expand its capacity to make its thin-film solar panels by more than ten times, thanks to two Recovery Act tax credits.

  20. Silicon Ink Technology Offers Path to Higher Efficiency Solar...

    Office of Environmental Management (EM)

    analysis. Partnering with National Labs Brings Cutting Edge Technology to Market Thin film solar panels produced by General Electric's PrimeStar in Arvada, Colorado | Image...

  1. Solar-Powered Smart Wireless Camera Network for Outdoor Monitoring

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    Abas, Kevin Mathys

    2015-01-01

    solar charger module and periodic monitoring of node energy consumptionsolar panel and smart battery charger for battery charging and system energy consumption

  2. EECBG Success Story: Alabama Justice Center Expands its Solar...

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

    reduce costs and help the environment by installing renewable energy projects, including solar panels on the center's roof and on poles around the property, thanks to funding from...

  3. Structure of All-Polymer Solar Cells Impedes Efficiency

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

    device technology that will help realize the intrinsic potential of these materials. Solar Panels To Go Photovoltaic cells are a key component of most visions of a...

  4. Solar Power Generates Big Savings in Salinas, California

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    A new solar panel array at Monterey County's Laurel Yard Complex is expected to save the county thousands of dollars a year in energy costs.

  5. Solar Field Gives Tennessee Economy a Boost | Department of Energy

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

    Efficient Energy of Tennessee installs panels at a 1-MW solar farm outside Knoxville in July. | Photo by Harvey Abouelata and courtesy of Efficient Energy of Tennessee Efficient...

  6. Pioneering the New Grid: Pole-mounted Solar

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Innovative new systems not only generate energy through a solar panel that feeds into the grid, but they are also equipped with communications capabilities.

  7. Identification, Characterization, and Implications of Shadow Degradation in Thin Film Solar Cells

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    Alam, Muhammad A.

    cells [4]. The problem of shadowing of solar panels has been studied for quite some time; however of a solar cell, showing the dark and light current components. (b) The series connection in a solar panelIdentification, Characterization, and Implications of Shadow Degradation in Thin Film Solar Cells

  8. Oven wall panel construction

    DOE Patents [OSTI]

    Ellison, Kenneth (20 Avondale Cres., Markham, CA); Whike, Alan S. (R.R. #1, Caledon East, both of Ontario, CA)

    1980-04-22

    An oven roof or wall is formed from modular panels, each of which comprises an inner fabric and an outer fabric. Each such fabric is formed with an angle iron framework and somewhat resilient tie-bars or welded at their ends to flanges of the angle irons to maintain the inner and outer frameworks in spaced disposition while minimizing heat transfer by conduction and permitting some degree of relative movement on expansion and contraction of the module components. Suitable thermal insulation is provided within the module. Panels or skins are secured to the fabric frameworks and each such skin is secured to a framework and projects laterally so as slidingly to overlie the adjacent frame member of an adjacent panel in turn to permit relative movement during expansion and contraction.

  9. Open workshop on solar technologies. Proceedings

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    Not Available

    1980-07-01

    The deliberations, conclusions, and recommendations of six panels asked to provide advice to the Department of Energy on the subject of solar energy are detailed. Approximately 60 invited panelists and 120 observers met in three panels devoted to Solar Energy and Cities and three panels on Solar Energy and Employment. The day-and-one-half meeting occurred at the Department of Energy's Forrestal Building headquarters in Washington, DC, on 23 and 24 October 1979. Introductory speeches by seven experts, excerpts from the succeeding two half-days of discussion, the final reports for the panel chairpersons, and subsequent discussion and questioning are included. Approximately 125 findings and recommendations were developed by the six panels covering a wide variety of topics. Major recurring themes were recommendations for increased funding, federal program improvement, conservation, outreach programs, small business funding, and solar training programs. Detailed responses from the Department of Energy have been prepared for all recommendations and are contained in a companion volume.

  10. SOLAR BATTERY CHARGERS FOR NIMH BATTERIES1 Abstract -This paper proposes new solar battery

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    Lehman, Brad

    SOLAR BATTERY CHARGERS FOR NIMH BATTERIES1 Abstract - This paper proposes new solar battery chargers for NiMH batteries. Used with portable solar panels, existing charge control methods are shown of consumer portable solar arrays. These new arrays are lightweight, durable, and flexible and have been

  11. Bexar County Parking Garage Photovoltaic Panels

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    Golda Weir

    2012-01-23

    The main objective of the Bexar County Parking Garage Photovoltaic (PV) Panel project is to install a PV System that will promote the use of renewable energy. This project will also help sustain Bexar County ongoing greenhouse gas emissions reduction and energy efficiency goals. The scope of this project includes the installation of a 100-kW system on the top level of a new 236,285 square feet parking garage. The PV system consists of 420 solar panels that covers 7,200 square feet and is tied into the electric-grid. It provides electricity to the office area located within the garage. The estimated annual electricity production of the PV system is 147,000 kWh per year.

  12. Industry Partners Panel

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Industry Panel presenters include: Michael G. Andrew, Director - Academic and Technical Programs, Advanced Products and Materials, Johnson Controls Power Solutions Michael A. Fetcenko, Vice President and Managing Director, BASF Battery Materials – Ovonic, BASF Corporation Adam Kahn, Founder and CEO, AKHAN Technologies, Inc. Stephen E. Zimmer, Executive Director, United States Council for Automotive Research (USCAR)

  13. Supplement to: Evidence of a possible turning point in solar UV-B over

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    Meskhidze, Nicholas

    Supplement to: Evidence of a possible turning point in solar UV-B over Canada, Europe and Japan C to ground-based AOD changes at 320nm at Thessaloniki (upper panel) and Lindenberg (lower panel). #12;Figure at 320nm over Thessaloniki (upper panel) and Lindenberg (lower panel). Differences in trends between

  14. Ultrahigh Efficiency Multiband Solar Cells Final Report for Director's Innovation Initiative Project DII-2005-1221

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    Ager III, Joel W.; Walukiewicz, W.; Yu, Kin Man

    2006-01-01

    Igari, and W. Warta, “Solar Cell Efficiency Tables (VersionGreen et al. , “Solar cell efficiency tables (version 25),”this design are used in high-efficiency solar panels used on

  15. Protecting Solar Rights in California Through an Exploration of the California Water Doctrine

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    Fedman, Anna

    2011-01-01

    Currently there are  solar panels on one percent of California has one of the most comprehensive solar access an individual’s right to solar.    One solution could be 

  16. A Multispacecraft Analysis of a Small-Scale Transient Entrained by Solar Wind Streams

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    2009-01-01

    panels show IMPACT observations of solar wind proton speed (Entrained by Solar Wind Streams Figure 8 PLASTIC and IMPACTIMPACT package, are used in the present study. Near-Earth solar wind

  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

    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

  18. Techniques for Maximizing Efficiency of Solar Energy Harvesting Systems (Invited Paper)

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    Shinozuka, Masanobu

    Techniques for Maximizing Efficiency of Solar Energy Harvesting Systems (Invited Paper) Pai H requiring battery replacement. This paper ex- amines technical issues with solar energy harvesting. First power point tracking, energy harvest- ing, solar panel, photovoltaic cell, supercapacitor, ultracapac

  19. Join the Energy Department for a #SolarChat on May 7 | Department...

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

    May 7, at 2 p.m. ET, for a live SolarChat -- the largest online live chat for the solar community. During the discussion I'll join a panel of experts across the solar...

  20. Astronomy Advisory Panel Richard Bower, Michael Brown, Anthony

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    Crowther, Paul

    over 10 years Many UK science areas: dark energy/matter, galactic structure, transients, solar systemAstronomy Advisory Panel Richard Bower, Michael Brown, Anthony Challinor, Chris Evans, Paul O;High priority - maintain innovation Provide science for VLT, ALMA, E-ELT, SKA, GAIA, JWST, Euclid

  1. For the Meyer Fund for Sustainable Development and the University of Oregon Department of Physics and the Solar Radiation Monitoring Laboratory

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    Oregon, University of

    and the Solar Radiation Monitoring LaboratoryH:PVKitComponents© TableH.1:ContentsofPVKitandpartsrequiredforcomponents Quantity Item Quantity Item 1 Solar panel 1

  2. Panel 1, Enbridge Overview

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

    * More than 1800 MW of wind and solar * Includes geothermal power, run of river hydro, heat to power * Investments in multiple energy storage technologies 3 Flexibility of...

  3. Panel 3, Giner Overview

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

    ? * Coordinating partners to develop 10+ MW H 2 GenStore Site from Renewables (Wind Solar) to be coupled with Mobility users * Infrastructure to speed Renewable Energy...

  4. Optimized Designs and Materials for Nanostructure Based Solar Cells

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    Shao, Qinghui

    2009-01-01

    efficiency of solar panels and power to weight ratio insolar cells, there exist two basic processes to convert sunlight power topower to a load connected when charged by Sun. The typical output voltage of a silicon based solar

  5. June 2009 UWMREPORT 15 solar cells turn Bolton roof

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    Saldin, Dilano

    June 2009 · UWMREPORT · 15 solar cells turn Bolton roof into an energy lab By Laura L. Hunt hanks are behind the acquisition of 74 solar panels that were recently installed on the second-floor roof of Bolton

  6. NREL: News Feature - Assuring Solar Modules Will Last for Decades

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

    advancing huge sums of money to two solar projects that had eleventh-hour problems with solar panel reliability. The bank assembled a team to set rules for fixing the problems...

  7. A Solar Re-Skin at FedEx Field

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    If solar power could score a touchdown, then this week’s news would definitely count. The Washington Redskins are working with NRG Energy, one of America’s largest energy companies, to install 8,000 translucent solar panels.

  8. Loan Guarantees for Three California PV Solar Plants Expected...

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

    Tempe, Arizona, is sponsoring all three projects and will supply them with Cd-Te thin film solar PV modules -- also known as solar panels -- from a new Mesa, Arizona,...

  9. Winning the Future: Grand Ronde Solar Projects Reduce Pollution...

    Office of Environmental Management (EM)

    Grand Ronde Solar Projects Reduce Pollution, Cut Costs Winning the Future: Grand Ronde Solar Projects Reduce Pollution, Cut Costs October 20, 2014 - 5:00pm Addthis PV panels...

  10. Green Systems Solar Hot Water

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    Schladow, S. Geoffrey

    Green Systems Solar Hot Water Heating the Building Co-generation: Heat Recovery System: Solar Thermal Panels (Trex enclosure) Hot Water Storage Tank (TS-5; basement) Hot Water Heaters (HW-1,2; basement) Pre-heats water so water heaters don't need to use as much energy Gas-powered, high efficiency

  11. Roadmap for Solar System Research November 2012

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    Crowther, Paul

    Roadmap for Solar System Research November 2012 Prepared by the Solar System Advisory Panel) and Stephen Lowry (Kent) #12;Roadmap for Solar System Science November 6, 2012 2 Executive Summary 1 2012, at which the content and structure of the SSAP Roadmap (this document) was discussed. The SSAP

  12. Union Training Future Electricians in Solar Power

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Electricians in Indiana believe solar power is the future, and they are preparing for it. The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 725 (IBEW 725) in Terre Haute, Ind., purchased 60 solar panels and plans to train its members in solar installation.

  13. 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

  14. Photovoltaic panel clamp

    DOE Patents [OSTI]

    Mittan, Margaret Birmingham (Oakland, CA); Miros, Robert H. J. (Fairfax, CA); Brown, Malcolm P. (San Francisco, CA); Stancel, Robert (Loss Altos Hills, CA)

    2012-06-05

    A photovoltaic panel clamp includes an upper and lower section. The interface between the assembled clamp halves and the module edge is filled by a flexible gasket material, such as EPDM rubber. The gasket preferably has small, finger like protrusions that allow for easy insertion onto the module edge while being reversed makes it more difficult to remove them from the module once installed. The clamp includes mounting posts or an integral axle to engage a bracket. The clamp also may include a locking tongue to secure the clamp to a bracket.

  15. Photovoltaic panel clamp

    DOE Patents [OSTI]

    Brown, Malcolm P.; Mittan, Margaret Birmingham; Miros, Robert H. J.; Stancel, Robert

    2013-03-19

    A photovoltaic panel clamp includes an upper and lower section. The interface between the assembled clamp halves and the module edge is filled by a flexible gasket material, such as EPDM rubber. The gasket preferably has small, finger like protrusions that allow for easy insertion onto the module edge while being reversed makes it more difficult to remove them from the module once installed. The clamp includes mounting posts or an integral axle to engage a bracket. The clamp also may include a locking tongue to secure the clamp to a bracket.

  16. Proposal Study Panels

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

    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 WebQuantityBonneville Power Administration wouldMass mapSpeedingProgramExemptions |(Conference)Project TourVehiclesProposal Study Panels

  17. Baltimore Vet Cuts Energy Bills With Solar

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Baltimore resident and disabled veteran Paul Bennett shares his experience utilizing state and federal grants and tax credits to install solar panels on his historic row home and cut energy costs.

  18. Development of the Supply Chain Optimization and Planning for the Environment (SCOPE) Tool - Applied to Solar Energy

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    Reich-Weiser, Corinne; Fletcher, Tristan; Dornfeld, David; Horne, Steve

    2008-01-01

    concentrator solar technology in 2005 [14], one of only aa solar panel - the double outline boxes indicate oneis one of the most com- mon metrics used to describe solar

  19. SGIP Smart Grid Interoperabilty Panel

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

    SGIP Smart Grid Interoperability Panel Building2Grid Integration Dave Hardin David Holmberg The SGIP was explicitly established to support NIST in fulfilling its...

  20. New Frontiers in Solar Physics: Broadband Imaging Spectroscopy with the

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    , the solar panel of the AASC recommended an integrated suite of instrumentation designed to meetNew Frontiers in Solar Physics: Broadband Imaging Spectroscopy with the Frequency Agile Solar and other astrophysical objects and processes. Outstanding problems in solar physics include the magnetic

  1. Solar air heating system for combined DHW and space heating

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    Solar air heating system for combined DHW and space heating solar air collector PV-panel fannon-return valve DHW tank mantle cold waterhot water roof Solar Energy Centre Denmark Danish Technological Institute SEC-R-29 #12;Solar air heating system for combined DHW and space heating Søren Østergaard Jensen

  2. Optical design and efficiency improvement for organic luminescent solar concentrators

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    Hirst, Linda

    in a standard flat-plate PV panel3 . Nonimaging Optics: Efficient Design for Illumination and SolarOptical design and efficiency improvement for organic luminescent solar concentrators Chunhua Wanga and efficiency improvement method. Keywords: Organic luminescent solar concentrators, Photovoltaic, solar energy

  3. Keywords: Photovoltaic System, fault-tolerance, recon-figurable PV panel

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    Pedram, Massoud

    1 Keywords: Photovoltaic System, fault-tolerance, recon- figurable PV panel Photovoltaic (PV and the advancement of PV device technologies. PV systems have been widely deployed in electric vehicles, homes, power plants, and satellites. The output power of a PV cell (also called solar cell) is dependent on the solar

  4. Modern Solar Facilities --Advanced Solar Science, 317--320 F. Kneer, K. G. Puschmann, A. D. Wittmann (eds.)

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    Berdyugina, Svetlana

    field). In the two right panels the magnetic field is perpendicular to the solar surface and to the lineModern Solar Facilities -- Advanced Solar Science, 317--320 F. Kneer, K. G. Puschmann, A. D@astro.phys.ethz.ch Abstract. The second solar spectrum resulting from coherent scattering is a main tool for diagnostics

  5. Boston, Massachusetts: Solar in Action (Brochure)

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    Not Available

    2011-10-01

    This brochure provides an overview of the challenges and successes of Boston, MA, a 2007 Solar America City awardee, on the path toward becoming a solar-powered community. Accomplishments, case studies, key lessons learned, and local resource information are given. The City of Boston and its Solar America Cities program, Solar Boston, are helping to debunk the myth that solar energy is only feasible in the southern latitudes. Boston has some of the highest energy prices in the country and will likely be one of the first locations where solar power achieves grid parity with conventional energy technologies. Solar Boston is facilitating the rapid development of solar energy projects and infrastructure in the short-term, and is preparing for the rapid market growth that is expected with the imminent arrival of grid parity over the long-term. Solar Boston developed the strategy for achieving Mayor Menino's goal of installing 25 MW of solar energy throughout Boston by 2015. Through Solar Boston, the city has developed a strategy for the installation of solar technology throughout Boston, including mapping feasible locations, preparing a permitting guide, and planning the citywide bulk purchase, financing, and installation of solar technology. The city has also worked with local organizations to maximize Boston's participation in state incentive programs and innovative financing initiatives. The resulting accomplishments include the following: (1) Created an online map of current local renewable energy projects with a tool to allow building owners to calculate their rooftop solar potential. The map is currently live at http://gis.cityofboston.gov/solarboston/. (2) Supported the city's Green Affordable Housing Program (GAHP), in partnership with the Department of Neighborhood Development (DND). Under GAHP, the city is installing more than 150 kW of PV on 200 units of affordable housing. DND requires that all new city-funded affordable housing be LEED silver certified and built solar-ready. (3) Defined solar's role in emergency preparedness with the Boston Mayor's Office of Emergency Preparedness. (4) Worked with local organizations to maximize Boston's participation in state incentive programs and innovative financing mechanisms. Solar Boston partners include DOE, MTC, local utilities and unions, an anonymous foundation, and a broad range of local, regional, and national clean-energy stakeholders. Solar Boston kicked off its partner program on January 10, 2008, sponsoring a workshop on 'Thinking BIG about Boston's Solar Energy Future,' to discuss how state, utility, and municipal programs can work together. Presentations were given by Solar Boston, Keyspan/National Grid, NSTAR, and MTC.

  6. Energy, cost, and CO2 emission comparison between radiant wall panel1 systems and radiator systems2

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    Boyer, Edmond

    distribution57 58 1. Introduction59 In Serbia, the concept of the radiant panel heating system (wall and floor the performance of a forced-air and a radiant floor residential heating system connected to71 solar collectors results of operations of 410 space heating systems: the low-temperature radiant panel system without any

  7. Vision/Innovative Directions Workshop Summary The panel consisted of Yasushi Ono, John Slough and Michael Schaffer. Slough and

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    Washington at Seattle, University of

    Vision/Innovative Directions Workshop Summary The panel consisted of Yasushi Ono, John Slough and current drive limitations. Even though CTs have valuable connections with solar, space and magnetospheric vessel might be needed for long-lived, high-energy

  8. Winners for NREL's 25th Solar and Lithium Ion Car Races | Awards...

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

    The batteries used in the competition are supplied by DOE, and teams purchase authorized solar panels, then design and build the rest of their cars themselves. The competition...

  9. Sundance, Skiing and Solar: Park City to Install New PV System...

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

    Content Specialist, Office of Public Affairs What does this project do? 80-panel solar energy system to be installed at Park City's Marsac Building. Recovery Act-funded...

  10. Abstract-This paper proposes a neural network based approach to estimating the maximum possible output power of a solar photovoltaic

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Lehman, Brad

    on a shaded solar panel at different hours of a day for several days. After training the neural network, its, building-integrated photovoltaic panels, and portable solar tents, it is common for a solar PV to become output power of a solar photovoltaic array under the non-uniform shadow conditions at a given geographic

  11. ALDS 1980 panel review

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    Hall, D. L. [ed.] [ed.

    1981-11-01

    The overall goal of PNL (Pacific Northwest Laboratory) Applied Mathematical Sciences Research is development of a DOE (Department of Energy) capability for Analysis of Large Data Sets (ALDS) and transfer of this capability to other DOE laboratories and contractors. This capability is needed to satisfy DOE's increasing requirements for handling and analyzing large volumes of diverse energy and environmental data. The integrated statistics and computer science research includes the development of improved methodologies in data definition, data management, data analysis, and visual display. The purpose of this document is three-fold. First, the document is the permanent record of the ALDS 1979 panel review. Second, the document provides the PNL staff with a benchmark of where we were at the end of the second year of ALDS. Third, the document is available to laboratories, universities, and DOE headquarters as detailed description of the ALDS project, as well as an example of the new direction of AMS-funded research.

  12. Online short-term solar power forecasting

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    Bacher, Peder; Madsen, Henrik [Informatics and Mathematical Modelling, Richard Pedersens Plads, Technical University of Denmark, Building 321, DK-2800 Lyngby (Denmark); Nielsen, Henrik Aalborg [ENFOR A/S, Lyngsoe Alle 3, DK-2970 Hoersholm (Denmark)

    2009-10-15

    This paper describes a new approach to online forecasting of power production from PV systems. The method is suited to online forecasting in many applications and in this paper it is used to predict hourly values of solar power for horizons of up to 36 h. The data used is 15-min observations of solar power from 21 PV systems located on rooftops in a small village in Denmark. The suggested method is a two-stage method where first a statistical normalization of the solar power is obtained using a clear sky model. The clear sky model is found using statistical smoothing techniques. Then forecasts of the normalized solar power are calculated using adaptive linear time series models. Both autoregressive (AR) and AR with exogenous input (ARX) models are evaluated, where the latter takes numerical weather predictions (NWPs) as input. The results indicate that for forecasts up to 2 h ahead the most important input is the available observations of solar power, while for longer horizons NWPs are the most important input. A root mean square error improvement of around 35% is achieved by the ARX model compared to a proposed reference model. (author)

  13. Final project report - CRADA with United Solar Technologies and Pacific Northwest Laboratory (PNL-021): Thin film materials for low-cost high performance solar concentrators

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    Martin, P.M.; Affinito, J.D.; Gross, M.E.; Bennett, W.D.

    1995-03-01

    The objectives of this project were as follows: To develop and evaluate promising low-cost dielectric and polymer-protected thin-film reflective metal coatings to be applied to preformed continuously-curved solar reflector panels to enhance their solar reflectance, and to demonstrate protected solar reflective coatings on preformed solar concentrator panels. The opportunity for this project arose from a search by United Solar Technologies (UST) for organizations and facilities capable of applying reflective coatings to large preformed panels. PNL was identified as being uniquely qualified to participate in this collaborative project.

  14. Solar Deployment System (SolarDS) Model: Documentation and Sample Results

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    Denholm, P.; Drury, E.; Margolis, R.

    2009-09-01

    The Solar Deployment System (SolarDS) model is a bottom-up, market penetration model that simulates the potential adoption of photovoltaics (PV) on residential and commercial rooftops in the continental United States through 2030. NREL developed SolarDS to examine the market competitiveness of PV based on regional solar resources, capital costs, electricity prices, utility rate structures, and federal and local incentives. The model uses the projected financial performance of PV systems to simulate PV adoption for building types and regions then aggregates adoption to state and national levels. The main components of SolarDS include a PV performance simulator, a PV annual revenue calculator, a PV financial performance calculator, a PV market share calculator, and a regional aggregator. The model simulates a variety of installed PV capacity for a range of user-specified input parameters. PV market penetration levels from 15 to 193 GW by 2030 were simulated in preliminary model runs. SolarDS results are primarily driven by three model assumptions: (1) future PV cost reductions, (2) the maximum PV market share assumed for systems with given financial performance, and (3) PV financing parameters and policy-driven assumptions, such as the possible future cost of carbon emissions.

  15. Solar energy collection system

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    Hummel, R.L.

    1982-04-06

    A solar energy collection system for a building is described. A solar energy collector is disposed at the exterior surface of the building and includes a solar energy absorbent body having a surface which is exposed to sunlight and from which solar energy can be transmitted as sensible heat. A panel which is transparent to sunlight is spaced from the said surface of the absorbent body so as to define therewith a passageway in which air contacts at least a substantial area of said surface so that air in said passageway absorbs heat transmitted from said surface when the collector is in use. The passageway has an inlet and an outlet and the absorbent body and panel are arranged with the outlet higher than the inlet so that heated air in the passageway tends to rise by convection towards the outlet. The building is provided with heating means including a circulation circuit for a heating fluid. Heat exchange means are coupled to said air passageway outlet of the solar energy collector for passage of heated air therethrough. The heat exchange means are also coupled to the circulation circuit of the building heating means and are arranged to permit heat transfer between said heated air and the heating fluid. A return air flow conduit is coupled between the heat exchange means and the inlet of the air passageway of the solar energy collector for returning heated air from the heat exchange means to the air passageway for recirculation.

  16. Solar Power for Tanzania

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    Chen, Christine; Gerace, Jay; Mehner, Nicole; Mohamed, Sharif; Reiss, Kelly

    1999-12-06

    Condensed list of products and activities: 8 educational posters and 1 informational brochure (all original illustrations and text); a business plan with micro-agreements; corporation created called Tanzanian Power, LLC; business feasibility study developed with the University of Albany; Hampshire College collaborated in project development; research conducted seeking similar projects in underdeveloped countries; Citibank proposal submitted (but rejected); cleaned and sent PV panels to Tanzania; community center built in Tanzania; research and list provided to Robinson for educational TV videos and product catalogs; networked with Chase Manhattan Bank for new solar panels; maintained flow of information among many people (stateside and Tanzania); wrote and sent press releases and other outreach information. Several families purchased panels.

  17. Energy Department Finalizes Loan Guarantee for Transformational...

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

    for Transformational Rooftop Solar Project Energy Department Finalizes Loan Guarantee for Transformational Rooftop Solar Project September 30, 2011 - 3:37pm Addthis Washington D.C....

  18. The 2005 Solar D House 

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    Garrison, M.

    2006-01-01

    Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) are an innovative green-engineered material system used to construct the UT SolarD House. SIPs replace conventional stud or "stick frame" construction. They were made in a factory and shipped to our job site where..., and operated a totally solar-powered home with a home office and their transportation needs using a solar-charged vehicle. Organized by the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Renewable energy Laboratory, the Solar Decathlon competition challenges...

  19. Exascale Workshop Panel Report Meeting

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    Khaleel, Mohammad A.

    2010-07-01

    The Exascale Review Panel consists of 12 scientists and engineers with experience in various aspects of high-performance computing and its application, development, and management. The Panel hear presentations by several representatives of the workshops and town meetings convened over the past few years to examine the need for exascale computation capability and the justification for a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) program to develop such capability. This report summarizes information provided by the presenters and substantial written reports to the Panel in advance of the meeting in Washington D.C. on January 19-20, 2010. The report also summarizes the Panel's conclusions with regard to the justification of a DOE-led exascale initiative.

  20. Blue Ribbon Panel Recommendations Report

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    The Department of Energy's Geothermal Technologies Office (formerly Geothermal Technologies Program) assembled a geothermal Blue Ribbon Panel on March 22-23, 2011 in Albuquerque, New Mexico for a...

  1. Presented July 16, 2015 2:00 PM Geothermal & Solar Breakout Session

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    Branoff, Theodore J.

    Renewable Energy Conference July 16, 2015 www.gaoi.org #12;Geothermal heating/cooling system was installed as a byproduct of its operation. #12;5 kw solar array to be installed A 20 panel solar PV system

  2. Low-cost selective deposition of wax onto textured solar cells

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    Páez, Daýan

    2008-01-01

    The active regions of a solar cell must be inoculated with wax, while leaving the metal fingers and bus bars bare, in preparation for the electroplating step of a new solar panel manufacturing process. Different methods ...

  3. SEP Success Story: Harvesting the Sun at the West Tennessee Solar...

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    Big Changes to Boost Clean Energy Economy The roof of the justice center where a solar panel array will be installed to power a solar thermal water-heating system | Photo courtesy...

  4. Particle Astrophysics Advisory Panel Terms of Reference

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    . The remit of the panel includes Technology Development, Theory, High Performance Computing and Data Curation

  5. Solar Buildings Research Network A brief overview

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    Wu, Bin

    enough solar energy over a year that exceeds by far its total energy consumption! Photovoltaic (PV) panels mounted on the roof and façade typically convert 6-18% of the sun's energy into electricity, 50 with semitransparent systems. Combined solar energy utilization efficiencies of up to about 80% can be achieved

  6. Roadmap for Solar System Research October 2012

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    Crowther, Paul

    Roadmap for Solar System Research October 2012 DRAFT Prepared by the Solar System Advisory Panel the content and structure of the SSAP Roadmap (this document) was discussed. The SSAP drafted the Roadmap as a guide and a template for this Roadmap. 3. Three overarching themes were identified which encompass

  7. DOE Awards $12 Million to Spur Rapid Adoption of Solar Energy with the

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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 of Natural GasAdjustmentsShirleyEnergy A plug-in electric vehicle10 DOE ASSESSMENTathasBestI) April 2012 1 I.Rooftop Solar

  8. Design, construction, and testing of the direct absorption receiver panel research experiment

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    Chavez, J.M.; Rush, E.E.; Matthews, C.W.; Stomp, J.M.; Imboden, J.; Dunkin, S.

    1990-01-01

    A panel research experiment (PRE) was designed, built, and tested as a scaled-down model of a direct absorption receiver (DAR). The PRE is a 3-MW{sub t}DAR experiment that will allow flow testing with molten nitrate salt and provide a test bed for DAR testing with actual solar heating. In a solar central receiver system DAR, the heat absorbing fluid (a blackened molten nitrate salt) flows in a thin film down a vertical panel (rather than through tubes as in conventional receiver designs) and absorbs the concentrated solar flux directly. The ability of the flowing salt film to absorb flux directly. The ability of the flowing salt film to absorb the incident solar flux depends on the panel design, hydraulic and thermal fluid flow characteristics, and fluid blackener properties. Testing of the PRE is being conducted to demonstrate the engineering feasibility of the DAR concept. The DAR concept is being investigated because it offers numerous potential performance and economic advantages for production of electricity when compared to other solar receiver designs. The PRE utilized a 1-m wide by 6-m long absorber panel. The salt flow tests are being used to investigate component performance, panel deformations, and fluid stability. Salt flow testing has demonstrated that all the DAR components work as designed and that there are fluid stability issues that need to be addressed. Future solar testing will include steady-state and transient experiments, thermal loss measurements, responses to severe flux and temperature gradients and determination of peak flux capability, and optimized operation. In this paper, we describe the design, construction, and some preliminary flow test results of the Panel Research Experiment. 11 refs., 8 figs., 2 tabs.

  9. Analysis of 3-panel and 4-panel microscale ionization sources

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    Natarajan, Srividya; Parker, Charles B.; Glass, Jeffrey T. [Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina 27708 (United States); Piascik, Jeffrey R.; Gilchrist, Kristin H. [Center for Materials and Electronic Technologies, RTI International, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina 27709 (United States); Stoner, Brian R. [Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina 27708 (United States); Center for Materials and Electronic Technologies, RTI International, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina 27709 (United States)

    2010-06-15

    Two designs of a microscale electron ionization (EI) source are analyzed herein: a 3-panel design and a 4-panel design. Devices were fabricated using microelectromechanical systems technology. Field emission from carbon nanotube provided the electrons for the EI source. Ion currents were measured for helium, nitrogen, and xenon at pressures ranging from 10{sup -4} to 0.1 Torr. A comparison of the performance of both designs is presented. The 4-panel microion source showed a 10x improvement in performance compared to the 3-panel device. An analysis of the various factors affecting the performance of the microion sources is also presented. SIMION, an electron and ion optics software, was coupled with experimental measurements to analyze the ion current results. The electron current contributing to ionization and the ion collection efficiency are believed to be the primary factors responsible for the higher efficiency of the 4-panel microion source. Other improvements in device design that could lead to higher ion source efficiency in the future are also discussed. These microscale ion sources are expected to find application as stand alone ion sources as well as in miniature mass spectrometers.

  10. PS10 Solar Power Tower Xi Jing, Fang

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    Prevedouros, Panos D.

    area equivalent of 17 American Football Tower Solar receiver 4 vertical panels 18ft*39ft Steam turbine the solar energy to the grid in 2007 Operating cash flow 1.4 millions in 2007.Operating cash flow 1PS10 Solar Power Tower Xi Jing, Fang #12;Overview Magnitudes , Cost & TechnologiesMagnitudes , Cost

  11. Questions I will answer What is a solar cell?

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    McGehee, Michael

    grid 4 #12;5 #12;Solar panels on the Interna9onal Space Sta9on 6 #12;Area power plants #12;National Renewable Energy Laboratory Innovation for Our Energy Future Original#12;Questions I will answer · What is a solar cell? · How are solar cells

  12. Fast Photovoltaic Array Reconfiguration for Partial Solar Powered Vehicles

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Pedram, Massoud

    ,pedram}@usc.edu ABSTRACT This paper demonstrates that a partially solar powered EV can sig- nificantly save battery energy powered EV is equipped with PV cells on the vehicle panels that has the smallest solar incidence angleFast Photovoltaic Array Reconfiguration for Partial Solar Powered Vehicles Jaemin Kim1 , Yanzhi

  13. The imaging capabilities of the Frequency Agile Solar Radiotelescope

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    White, Stephen

    models based on EUV data. Keywords: Radio telescopes, Solar radio astronomy 1. INTRODUCTION The Frequency drivers of space weather. FASR has been highlighted by a number of NRC panels as an important resource community: it will serve a large user base comprising solar, solar-terrestrial, and space physicists. All

  14. The imaging capabilities of the Frequency Agile Solar Radiotelescope

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    White, Stephen

    from the Sun's atmosphere using models based on EUV data. Keywords: Radio telescopes, Solar radio, and identify and track drivers of space weather. FASR has been highlighted by a number of NRC panels astronomy community: it will serve a large user base comprising solar, solar­terrestrial, and space

  15. A STARMA MODEL FOR SOLAR RADIATION Chris Glasbey & Dave Allcroft

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Glasbey, Chris

    Scotland #12;QUESTION: If the Pentland Hills were covered with solar panels how would energy output varyA STARMA MODEL FOR SOLAR RADIATION Chris Glasbey & Dave Allcroft Biomathematics & Statistics? Solar radiation was measured at 10 sites every 10 minutes for a month 2 #12;3 #12;PLAN 1. Transformation

  16. 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

  17. Utility Scale Solar PV Cost Steven SimmonsSteven Simmons

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    to 2020 (DOE) Energy Department Announces $12 million to Accelerate Record Breaking Solar Cell Efficiency Nuclear Generating Station. 4 #12;6/19/2013 3 EVEN MORE SUNNY HEADLINES New solar panels glisten6/19/2013 1 Utility Scale Solar PV Cost Steven SimmonsSteven Simmons Northwest Power

  18. European Panel FederationEuropean Panel Federation viewpoint on wood energy policiesviewpoint on wood energy policies

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    European Panel FederationEuropean Panel Federation viewpoint on wood energy policiesviewpoint on wood energy policies Eva JanssensEva Janssens (Economic Adviser)(Economic Adviser) #12;European PanelSupporting sustainable forest managementsustainable forest management ·· Continuously improving recycling rates

  19. 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim (1 of 8) 1501152wileyonlinelibrary.com A Hybridized Power Panel to Simultaneously Generate

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    Wang, Zhong L.

    energy harvesting with a lower produc- tion cost per watt. With the solar panels quickly spreading across at a speed of 2.7 m s-1, which is an innovative energy compensa- tion to the common solar cells, especially devoted to developing the renewable and green energy technologies.[8,9] Among them, solar energy

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

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    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

  1. Wood panel earth shelter construction

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    Berg, J.R.; Loveless, J.G.; Senkow, W.

    1986-05-27

    An earth sheltered building is described including an arch structure, the structure including footings, a floor extending between the footings and arch means extending between the footings and having a base having lower ends on the footings for defining an enclosure which is covered with earth and open at opposite ends. The arch structure consists of: joined, curved wooden panel sections arranged in tandem in adjacent rows with more than two panel sections in a row, each of the sections including circumferentially extending wooden side members; wooden sheathing sections overlying the top skins of panel sections, the sheathing including a plurality of plywood sheets lapped over the joints between the panel sections and treated with a preservative; an adhesive joining the panel sections together within each row and to adjacent rows; waterproofing means on the sheathing for waterproofing the exterior surface of the arch means; connecting means engaging the base of the arch means at the footings and within the floor for tying the base together at its lower ends; and end walls and fastener means for joining the end walls to lateral edges of the arch means, the end walls dimensioned to extend above the arch means to retain earth placed on the arch means.

  2. Integrated Solar Power Converters: Wafer-Level Sub-Module Integrated DC/DC Converter

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    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.

  3. Internal absorber solar collector

    DOE Patents [OSTI]

    Sletten, Carlyle J. (106 Nagog Hill Rd., Acton, MA 01720); Herskovitz, Sheldon B. (88 Hammond St., Acton, MA 01720); Holt, F. S. (46 Emerson Rd., Winchester, MA 01890); Sletten, E. J. (Chestnut Hill Rd. R.F.D. Rte. #4, Amherst, NH 03031)

    1981-01-01

    Thin solar collecting panels are described made from arrays of small rod collectors consisting of a refracting dielectric rod lens with an absorber imbedded within it and a reflecting mirror coated on the back side of the dielectric rod. Non-tracking collector panels on vertical walls or roof tops receive approximately 90% of solar radiation within an acceptance zone 60.degree. in elevation angle by 120.degree. or more in the azimuth sectors with a collector concentration ratio of approximately 3.0. Miniaturized construction of the circular dielectric rods with internal absorbers reduces the weight per area of glass, plastic and metal used in the collector panels. No external parts or insulation are needed as heat losses are low due to partial vacuum or low conductivity gas surrounding heated portions of the collector. The miniature internal absorbers are generally made of solid copper with black selective surface and the collected solar heat is extracted at the collector ends by thermal conductivity along the absorber rods. Heat is removed from end fittings by use of liquid circulants. Several alternate constructions are provided for simplifying collector panel fabrication and for preventing the thermal expansion and contraction of the heated absorber or circulant tubes from damaging vacuum seals. In a modified version of the internal absorber collector, oil with temperature dependent viscosity is pumped through a segmented absorber which is now composed of closely spaced insulated metal tubes. In this way the circulant is automatically diverted through heated portions of the absorber giving higher collector concentration ratios than theoretically possible for an unsegmented absorber.

  4. Structure of All-Polymer Solar Cells Impedes Efficiency

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

    that will help realize the intrinsic potential of these materials. Solar Panels To Go Photovoltaic cells are a key component of most visions of a clean-energy future. However,...

  5. Texas Gas Service- Residential Solar Water Heating Rebate Program

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)

    Only active systems with panels (or collectors) that are certified OG-100 by the Solar Rating Certification Corporation (SRCC) qualify for this rebate. Work must be completed by a licensed contra...

  6. Smoothing the Flow of Renewable Solar Energy in California's...

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

    Energy in California's Central Valley May 23, 2014 - 3:21pm Addthis This EnerVault flow battery stores power from the solar panels and releases it as needed. | Photo courtesy of...

  7. From MSU News Service Leaking cisterns, inoperable solar

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    Maxwell, Bruce D.

    From MSU News Service Leaking cisterns, inoperable solar panels and a local populace that didn development skeleton littering the landscape of Kenya." Seven members of the MSU student chapter of Engineers

  8. Efficient light trapping structure in thin film silicon solar cells

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    Sheng, Xing

    Thin film silicon solar cells are believed to be promising candidates for continuing cost reduction in photovoltaic panels because silicon usage could be greatly reduced. Since silicon is an indirect bandgap semiconductor, ...

  9. Peak power tracking for a solar buck charger

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    Cohen, Jeremy Michael, M. Eng. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    2010-01-01

    This thesis discusses the design, implementation, and testing of a buck converter with peak power tracking. The peak power tracker uses a perturb and observe algorithm to actively track the solar panel's peak power point ...

  10. Structure of All-Polymer Solar Cells Impedes Efficiency

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

    are not sharp enough. This insight will lead to new approaches to all-polymer device technology that will help realize the intrinsic potential of these materials. Solar Panels To...

  11. EPIC-RoofNet: An Experimental Testbed for Solar-powered Wireless Sensor Networks

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    Nasipuri, Asis

    experiments on solar-powered sensor nodes. Due to constraints in cost and size, the solar panelsEPIC-RoofNet: An Experimental Testbed for Solar-powered Wireless Sensor Networks Amitangshu Pal that periodically sample environmental parameters such as solar irradiance and temperature and transmit them

  12. Nanocrystals for Solar Energy MaRIE--A Facility in the Making

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    's efforts to minimize environmental impacts. The new Center for Advanced Solar Photophysics, led by Victor solar photovoltaics (solar panels) that are both cheaper and more efficient and therefore an affordableNanocrystals for Solar Energy MaRIE--A Facility in the Making At the Chemical Movies 1663 LOS

  13. SIMULATION OF GEOMETRY AND SHADOW EFFECTS IN 3D ORGANIC POLYMER SOLAR CELLS

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    Kassegne, Samuel Kinde

    levels of Solar panels and new production capacity is driving solar PV prices lower and thereby, bringingSIMULATION OF GEOMETRY AND SHADOW EFFECTS IN 3D ORGANIC POLYMER SOLAR CELLS OF THE THESIS Simulation of Geometry and Shadow Effects in 3D Organic Polymer Solar Cells by Mihir Prakashbhai

  14. Tracking Solar Energy Conersion Unit Adapted For Field Assembly

    DOE Patents [OSTI]

    Kaminar, Neil R. (Boulder Creek, CA); Ross, III, James G. (Bothell, WA); Carrie, Peter J. (Toronto, CA)

    2000-02-01

    A modular solar energy collector having elongated V-shaped side walls formed by a pair of coplanar panels for each side wall. The upper panels, occupying most of the wall area are diffusely reflective, but the lower panels are specularly reflective. A Fresnel lens, having a snap fit relation to the side walls focuses some light on the lower specularly reflective panels which direct light to the solar cells at the base of the V-shaped walls. A heat sink provides support for the two panels with two opposed, upwardly extending wings terminating in opposed linear clips located near the lengthwise seam of the coplanar panels, each clip holding two coplanar panels in parallel alignment. The clips not only provide support for the panels, but also transfer heat to the remainder of the heat sink. The clips are shaped so that edges of the panels engage each clip by a snap fit, outside of the clip in one embodiment and inside of the clip in another embodiment. End caps are also formed with structures which snap to the wall panels. Since all junctions of components snap together, the collector of the present invention is easily assembled without specialized tools. Using side walls which are only partly specularly reflective permits a large angle of acceptance, yet provides an economical wall design because the entire wall need not be specularly reflective.

  15. Building America Best Practices Series, Volume 6: High-Performance Home Technologies: Solar Thermal & Photovoltaic Systems

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    Baechler, Michael C.; Gilbride, Theresa L.; Ruiz, Kathleen A.; Steward, Heidi E.; Love, Pat M.

    2007-06-04

    This guide is was written by PNNL for the US Department of Energy's Building America program to provide information for residential production builders interested in building near zero energy homes. The guide provides indepth descriptions of various roof-top photovoltaic power generating systems for homes. The guide also provides extensive information on various designs of solar thermal water heating systems for homes. The guide also provides construction company owners and managers with an understanding of how solar technologies can be added to their homes in a way that is cost effective, practical, and marketable. Twelve case studies provide examples of production builders across the United States who are building energy-efficient homes with photovoltaic or solar water heating systems.

  16. Advanced Rooftop Unit Control

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

    Utility Resources News & Events Expand News & Events Skip navigation links Smart Grid Demand Response Energy Efficiency Emerging Technologies Current Research Portfolio...

  17. Rooftop Unit Network Project

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

    Network Project RTU Network Project Michael Brambley, Ph.D. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Michael.Brambley@pnnl.gov (509) 375-6875 April 4, 2013 2 | Building Technologies...

  18. Hydronic rooftop cooling systems

    DOE Patents [OSTI]

    Bourne, Richard C. (Davis, CA); Lee, Brian Eric (Monterey, CA); Berman, Mark J. (Davis, CA)

    2008-01-29

    A roof top cooling unit has an evaporative cooling section that includes at least one evaporative module that pre-cools ventilation air and water; a condenser; a water reservoir and pump that captures and re-circulates water within the evaporative modules; a fan that exhausts air from the building and the evaporative modules and systems that refill and drain the water reservoir. The cooling unit also has a refrigerant section that includes a compressor, an expansion device, evaporator and condenser heat exchangers, and connecting refrigerant piping. Supply air components include a blower, an air filter, a cooling and/or heating coil to condition air for supply to the building, and optional dampers that, in designs that supply less than 100% outdoor air to the building, control the mixture of return and ventilation air.

  19. Rooftop package unit diagnostician

    DOE Patents [OSTI]

    Chassin, David P [Pasco, WA; Pratt, Robert G [Kennewick, WA; Reid, Larry Dean [Benton City, WA

    2004-08-17

    A diagnostic system for an HVAC system includes a number of sensors used to measure the operation of the HVAC system. Sensor readings are measured by timing the delay between when a strobe signal is sent to a sensor and when an interrupt signal from the sensor is received. A device driver used to measure the sensor readings stores the sensor readings in pseudo-character device files, which are universally accessible by different subsystems of the diagnostic system. Based on the readings from these sensors, this diagnostic system is able to determine the operational status of the HVAC system and if an economizer in the HVAC system is operating properly.

  20. Advanced Rooftop Unit Control

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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 OutreachProductswsicloudwsicloudden DocumentationAccommodationsRegisterLithium-basedNuclear ReactorServices

  1. Rooftop Unit Campaign

    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. 195 -Rob Roberts About Us Rob Roberts -Ronald E. Moulton

  2. Next Generation Rooftop Unit

    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 Bills and Reduce Carbon PollutionZealand JoinsJune

  3. MINUTES FROM SEISMIC LESSONS-LEARNED PANEL

    Office of Environmental Management (EM)

    11, 2010 Background The Chief of Nuclear Safety (CNS) hosted the sixth meeting of the seismic lessons- learned panel at the DOE Forrestal Building on May 11, 2010. This panel was...

  4. Panel Data Econometric Models: Theory and Application 

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    Gao, Yichen

    2013-05-20

    This dissertation contains two essays studying panel data econometric models. First, we consider the problem of estimating a nonparametric panel data models with fixed effects. We propose using the profile least squares method to concentrate out...

  5. Geothermal Technologies Program Blue Ribbon Panel Recommendations

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    This report describes the recommendations of the Geothermal Blue Ribbon Panel, a panel of geothermal experts assembled in March 2011 for a discussion on the future of geothermal energy in the U.S.

  6. Peg supported thermal insulation panel

    DOE Patents [OSTI]

    Nowobilski, J.J.; Owens, W.J.

    1985-04-30

    A thermal insulation panel which is lightweight, load bearing, accommodates thermal stress, and has excellent high temperature insulation capability comprises high performance insulation between thin metal walls supported by high density, high strength glass pegs made in compliance with specified conditions of time, temperature and pressure. 2 figs.

  7. 2005 the North American Solar Challenge

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    Dan Eberle

    2008-12-22

    In July 2005 the North American Solar Challenge (NASC) featured university built solar powered cars ran across the United States into Canada. The competition began in Austin, Texas with stops in Weatherford, Texas; Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; Topeka, Kansas; Omaha, Nebraska; Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Fargo, North Dakota; Winnipeg, Manitoba; Brandon, Manitoba; Regina, Saskatchewan; Medicine Hat, Alberta; mainly following U.S. Highway 75 and Canadian Highway 1 to the finish line in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, for a total distance of 2,500 miles. NASC major sponsors include the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Natural Resources Canada and DOEs National Renewable Energy Laboratory. The event is designed to inspire young people to pursue careers in science and engineering. NASCs predecessors, the American Solar Challenge and Sunrayce, generally have been held every two years since 1990. With each race, the solar cars travel faster and further with greater reliability. The NASC promotes: -Renewable energy technologies (specifically photovoltaic or solar cells) -Educational excellence in science, engineering and mathematics -Creative integration of technical and scientific expertise across a wide-range of disciplines -Hands-on experience for students and engineers to develop and demonstrate their technical and creative abilities. Safety is the first priority for the NASC. Each team put its car through grueling qualifying and technical inspections. Teams that failed to meet the requirements were not allowed participate. During the race, each team was escorted by lead and chase vehicles sporting rooftop hazard flashers. An official observer accompanied each solar car team to keep it alert to any safety issues.

  8. Total System Performance Assessment Peer Review Panel

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Total System Performance Assessment (TSPA) Peer Review Panel for predicting the performance of a repository at Yucca Mountain.

  9. Solar Pumped Laser Microthruster

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    Rubenchik, A. M.; Beach, R.; Dawson, J.; Siders, C. W.

    2010-10-08

    The development of microsatellites requires the development of engines to modify their orbit. It is natural to use solar energy to drive such engines. For an unlimited energy source the optimal thruster must use a minimal amount of expendable material to minimize launch costs. This requires the ejected material to have the maximal velocity and, hence, the ejected atoms must be as light as possible and be ejected by as high an energy density source as possible. Such a propulsion can be induced by pulses from an ultra-short laser. The ultra-short laser provides the high-energy concentration and high-ejected velocity. We suggest a microthruster system comprised of an inflatable solar concentrator, a solar panel, and a diode-pumped fiber laser. We will describe the system design and give weight estimates.

  10. Immersible solar heater for fluids

    DOE Patents [OSTI]

    Kronberg, James W. (Aiken, SC)

    1995-01-01

    An immersible solar heater comprising a light-absorbing panel attached to a frame for absorbing heat energy from the light and transferring the absorbed heat energy directly to the fluid in which the heater is immersed. The heater can be used to heat a swimming pool, for example, and is held in position and at a preselected angle by a system of floats, weights and tethers so that the panel can operate efficiently. A skid can be used in one embodiment to prevent lateral movement of the heater along the bottom of the pool. Alternative embodiments include different arrangements of the weights, floats and tethers and methods for making the heater.

  11. Toward integrated PV panels and power electronics using printing technologies

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    Ababei, Cristinel; Yuvarajan, Subbaraya; Schulz, Douglas L.

    2010-07-15

    In this paper, we review the latest developments in the area of printing technologies with an emphasis on the fabrication of control-embedded photovoltaics (PV) with on-board active and passive devices. We also review the use of power converters and maximum power point tracking (MPPT) circuits with PV panels. Our focus is on the investigation of the simplest implementations of such circuits in view of their integration with solar cells using printing technologies. We see this concept as potentially enabling toward further cost reduction. Besides a discussion as to feasibility, we shall also present some projections and guidelines toward possible integration. (author)

  12. Main Panel J Professor Dame Hazel Genn University College London

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    Abrahams, I. David

    Main Panel J Chair Professor Dame Hazel Genn University College London Members Professor Peter Cane of Manchester Mrs Jean Grier University of Edinburgh 52 RAE 03/2007 PanelPanel J #12;Sub-panel 38 ­ Law Chair/2007 53 Panel J #12;Sub-panel 39 ­ Politics and International Studies Chair Professor Anthony Payne

  13. Roof aperture system for selective collection and control of solar energy for building heating, cooling and daylighting

    DOE Patents [OSTI]

    Sanders, William J. (Kansas City, KS); Snyder, Marvin K. (Overland Park, KS); Harter, James W. (Independence, MO)

    1983-01-01

    The amount of building heating, cooling and daylighting is controlled by at least one pair of solar energy passing panels, with each panel of the pair of panels being exposed to a separate direction of sun incidence. A shutter-shade combination is associated with each pair of panels and the shutter is connected to the shade so that rectilinear movement of the shutter causes pivotal movement of the shade.

  14. Roof aperture system for selective collection and control of solar energy for building heating, cooling and daylighting

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    Sanders, W.J.; Harter, J.W.; Snyder, M.K.

    1983-12-06

    The amount of building heating, cooling and daylighting is controlled by at least one pair of solar energy passing panels, with each panel of the pair of panels being exposed to a separate direction of sun incidence. A shutter-shade combination is associated with each pair of panels and the shutter is connected to the shade so that rectilinear movement of the shutter causes pivotal movement of the shade.

  15. 932 The Leading Edge August 2009 SPECIAL SECTION: G e o p h y s i c s o f t h e n o r t h e r n f r o n t i e r sG e o p h y s i c s o f t h e n o r t h e r n f r o n t i e r s

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    Kristoffersen, Yngve

    the science battery bank that is charged by a rooftop solar panel. There JOHN K. HALL, Geological Survey- ters of fuel for its water-cooled Deutz 440-hp diesel engine. About 40% of the power is used heaters provide warmth and cooking surfaces when dr

  16. 2644 IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON INDUSTRIAL ELECTRONICS, VOL. 55, NO. 7, JULY 2008 An Adaptive Solar Photovoltaic Array Using

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    Lehman, Brad

    the effect of shadows on solar panels. A switching matrix connects a solar adaptive bank to a fixed part2644 IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON INDUSTRIAL ELECTRONICS, VOL. 55, NO. 7, JULY 2008 An Adaptive Solar of a solar photovoltaic (PV) array, according to a model-based control al- gorithm that increases the power

  17. Arizona: Solar Panels Replace Inefficient Fossil Fuel-Powered...

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

    Energy Program project results in annual estimated cost savings of 313,000 for reduced consumption of gasoline, diesel, propane, and electricity. Location Arizona Partners State...

  18. Two-axis tracker for solar panels and the like

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    Liao, Henry H.

    2013-04-16

    A tracker including an outer post having elongated bore and a lower end mounted on a sub-structure, an inner pole rotatably received in the elongated bore, a lower bearing in the bore adjacent a lower end of the outer post and attached thereto to be constrained from lateral movement and mounted on the sub-structure such that a lower end of the inner pole rests on and is supported by the lower bearing, an upper bearing near an upper end of the outer post, a circumferential drive supported on the outer post for rotating the inner pole relative to the outer post, such that substantially a full weight of a load on the inner pole is directly transmitted to the sub-structure and lateral force and torque leverage are placed on a full length of the outer post by way of the upper and lower bearing.

  19. Arizona: Solar Panels Replace Inefficient Fossil Fuel-Powered...

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

    saving over 30,000 gallons of gasoline, 37,242 gallons of diesel, 9,820 gallons of propane, and producing 217,350 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity each year. The...

  20. Permits and Variances for Solar Panels, Calculation of Impervious Cover |

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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 of Natural GasAdjustmentsShirleyEnergyTher i nAandSummary Areas ofEnergy On OctoberPennsylvania7

  1. The costs of solar photovoltaic (PV) panels and system

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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 WebQuantityBonneville Power AdministrationRobust,Field-effectWorking With U.S.Week DayDr. Jeffrey publication of the Group Members

  2. Glass Coating Makes Solar Panels More Efficient | Department of Energy

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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 of Natural GasAdjustmentsShirley Ann JacksonDepartment of Energy Facilities ByDepartmentOfficeThe new technology repels water

  3. Putting Solar Panels to the Test | 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 Rank EERE: Alternative Fuels Data CenterFinancialInvesting inServices »AboutEnergyPublic ServicesPutting

  4. Arizona: Solar Panels Replace Inefficient Fossil Fuel-Powered 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 Rank EERE: Alternative Fuels DataEnergy Webinar:I Due DateOpportunity | Department ofAprilEventsLab

  5. Thermally Induced Vibrations of a Solar Wing with Bowed STEM 

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    Hagler, Shawn 1983-

    2010-11-30

    Thin Film Solar Array (HPSA) which could provide 130kW of power to a spacecraft. The deployed structure relies on bowed STEMs and a tether system to keep the solar panels taut and in alignment with the sun. The system is predicted to minimize...

  6. Geothermal Technologies Program Blue Ribbon Panel Recommendations

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    none,

    2011-06-17

    The Geothermal Technologies Program assembled a geothermal Blue Ribbon Panel on March 22-23, 2011 in Albuquerque, New Mexico for a guided discussion on the future of geothermal energy in the United States and the role of the DOE Program. The Geothermal Blue Ribbon Panel Report captures the discussions and recommendations of the experts. An addendum is available here: http://www.eere.energy.gov/geothermal/pdfs/gtp_blue_ribbon_panel_report_addendum10-2011.pdf

  7. Federal Technical Capability Panel Conference Call Minutes -...

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

    Technical Capability Panel Conference Call Minutes May 20, 2015 Karen Boardman, Chair, opened the meeting and welcomed everyone. Karen recaptured the F2F Meeting and highlighted...

  8. Presentation to the NSF Review Panel

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    Introduction to Current & Prior Studies of the DOE Laboratories Mark Taylor Susannah Howieson Julian Zhu July 18, 2014 Current Studies * Congressional Advisory Panel on the...

  9. Former Construction Worker Finds New Career in Solar

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    After Eco Technologies, Inc., received a contract to install solar panels at Hillsborough County, Fla.'s judicial center, company president Andrew Tanner realized a larger staff was needed to complete the project. So Tanner hired 11 additional crew members and trained them in basic solar-panel installation. The new crew members have been working at the judicial center since early July to install a196 kW photovoltaic solar energy system that is projected to generate 40 percent of the building's power and save Hillsborough County $60,000 on annual electricity costs.

  10. FESAC Planning Panel Report to UFA: November 12, 2007 FESAC Planning Panel Final Report

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    FESAC Planning Panel Report to UFA: November 12, 2007 FESAC Planning Panel Final Report Presented by Martin Greenwald UFA Meeting Orlando, 11/12/2007 #12;FESAC Planning Panel Report to UFA: November 12, 2007 "To assist planning for the ITER era, it is critical that FESAC identify the issues arising

  11. Rigid Deployable Solar Array A.M. Watt and S. Pellegrino

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    Pellegrino, Sergio

    with the design of low-cost rigid-panel deployable solar arrays with self- locking tape-spring hinges. The reportRigid Deployable Solar Array A.M. Watt and S. Pellegrino CUED/D-STRUCT/TR214 Department on the deployment of a solar array wing are evaluated experimentally. #12;#12;Contents 1 Introduction 1 1.1 Layout

  12. Maximum Power Transfer Tracking in a Solar USB Charger for Smartphones

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    Pedram, Massoud

    Maximum Power Transfer Tracking in a Solar USB Charger for Smartphones Abstract--Battery life of commercial chargers using solar power have been developed. They focus on correct functionality, but system chargers do not perform the maximum power point tracking [2], [3] of the solar panel. We exclude

  13. Solar Power To Help Convert Carbon Dioxide Into Fuel : Renewable Energy News

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    Lovley, Derek

    Solar Power To Help Convert Carbon Dioxide Into Fuel : Renewable Energy News TUESDAY 25 MAY, 2010 | | Solar Power To Help Convert Carbon Dioxide Into Fuel by Energy Matters Microbiologist Derek Lovley of energy, the solar panels, can also harvest energy 100 times more effectively than plants. Other

  14. Subsurface and Atmospheric Influences on Solar Activity ASP Conference Series, Vol. 383, c 2008

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    Lin, Yong

    hemisphere with the Swedish 1-m Solar Telescope on 26 August 2003. The upper panel shows the filament spineSubsurface and Atmospheric Influences on Solar Activity ASP Conference Series, Vol. 383, c 2008 R and their Interrelation Y. Lin,1 S. F. Martin,2 and O. Engvold1 Abstract. The main structural components of solar

  15. Toward a Low-CarMunicipal Financing for Energy Efficiency and Solar Power

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    Kammen, Daniel M.

    Toward a Low-CarMunicipal Financing for Energy Efficiency and Solar Power By Merrian C. Fuller of the Inter- governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Thus far much of the effort has been focused, such as improving energy efficiency and add- ing solar photovoltaics (PV) and solar thermal systems to buildings

  16. Evaluation of Circular-Shaped Features on the Surface of Solar Cells from the

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    to earth, while the other one was jettisoned. Two solar panel assemblies of the retrieved wing wereEvaluation of Circular-Shaped Features on the Surface of Solar Cells from the Hubble Space by the manufacturer of the CMX coverglass of the HST solar cells, circular shaped features of unknown origin were

  17. Computational Modeling of Plasmon-Enhanced Light Absorption in a Multicomponent Dye Sensitized Solar Cell

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    commercially available solar cell panels are made of monocrystalline silicon doped with toxic heavy metals Solar Cell Hanning Chen, Martin G. Blaber, Stacey D. Standridge, Erica J. DeMarco, Joseph T. Hupp, Mark A. Ratner, and George C. Schatz* Argonne-Northwestern Solar Energy Research Center Department

  18. National Aeronautics and Space Administration A Journey to the Beginning of the Solar System

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    impossible--with a more conventional propulsion system. Two large solar panels, stretching approximately 19National Aeronautics and Space Administration Dawn A Journey to the Beginning of the Solar System of our Solar System. How is this "time travel" possible? Many thousands of small bodies orbit the Sun

  19. Tarn Yates, Senior Thesis, Physics Department UCSC Summer 2003 Solar Cells in Concentrating Systems

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    Drop in Crystalline Silicon Solar Cells. 20 iii. Temperature Dependence of the Spectral and Efficiency. This is because the cost of solar panels compared to the amount of power they produce makes their purchaseTarn Yates, Senior Thesis, Physics Department UCSC Summer 2003 Solar Cells in Concentrating Systems

  20. 1. INTRODUCTION Polycrystalline CdTe thin films solar cells have shown long

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    Romeo, Alessandro

    to the solar panel that can be adapted to any kind of shape and is easy to deploy in space. We have developed ~12% efficiency (AM1.5) CdTe solar cells on glass substrates with a vacuum deposition process [3 in the "superstrate" or "substrate" configuration (see figure 1). High efficiency CdTe solar cells are generally grown

  1. Gas pump with movable gas pumping panels

    DOE Patents [OSTI]

    Osher, John E. (Alamo, CA)

    1984-01-01

    Apparatus for pumping gas continuously a plurality of articulated panels of getter material, each of which absorbs gases on one side while another of its sides is simultaneously reactivated in a zone isolated by the panels themselves from a working space being pumped.

  2. May 2015 Seismic Lessons-Learned Panel Meeting Agenda | Department...

    Office of Environmental Management (EM)

    May 2015 Seismic Lessons-Learned Panel Meeting Agenda May 2015 Seismic Lessons-Learned Panel Meeting Agenda Agenda for the May 2015 Seismic Lessons-Learned Panel Meeting held at...

  3. Thin film photovoltaic panel and method

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    Ackerman, Bruce (El Paso, TX); Albright, Scot P. (El Paso, TX); Jordan, John F. (El Paso, TX)

    1991-06-11

    A thin film photovoltaic panel includes a backcap for protecting the active components of the photovoltaic cells from adverse environmental elements. A spacing between the backcap and a top electrode layer is preferably filled with a desiccant to further reduce water vapor contamination of the environment surrounding the photovoltaic cells. The contamination of the spacing between the backcap and the cells may be further reduced by passing a selected gas through the spacing subsequent to sealing the backcap to the base of the photovoltaic panels, and once purged this spacing may be filled with an inert gas. The techniques of the present invention are preferably applied to thin film photovoltaic panels each formed from a plurality of photovoltaic cells arranged on a vitreous substrate. The stability of photovoltaic conversion efficiency remains relatively high during the life of the photovoltaic panel, and the cost of manufacturing highly efficient panels with such improved stability is significantly reduced.

  4. AQUEOUS HOMOGENEOUS REACTORTECHNICAL PANEL REPORT

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    Diamond, D.J.; Bajorek, S.; Bakel, A.; Flanagan, G.; Mubayi, V.; Skarda, R.; Staudenmeier, J.; Taiwo, T.; Tonoike, K.; Tripp, C.; Wei, T.; Yarsky, P.

    2010-12-03

    Considerable interest has been expressed for developing a stable U.S. production capacity for medical isotopes and particularly for molybdenum- 99 (99Mo). This is motivated by recent re-ductions in production and supply worldwide. Consistent with U.S. nonproliferation objectives, any new production capability should not use highly enriched uranium fuel or targets. Conse-quently, Aqueous Homogeneous Reactors (AHRs) are under consideration for potential 99Mo production using low-enriched uranium. Although the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has guidance to facilitate the licensing process for non-power reactors, that guidance is focused on reactors with fixed, solid fuel and hence, not applicable to an AHR. A panel was convened to study the technical issues associated with normal operation and potential transients and accidents of an AHR that might be designed for isotope production. The panel has produced the requisite AHR licensing guidance for three chapters that exist now for non-power reactor licensing: Reac-tor Description, Reactor Coolant Systems, and Accident Analysis. The guidance is in two parts for each chapter: 1) standard format and content a licensee would use and 2) the standard review plan the NRC staff would use. This guidance takes into account the unique features of an AHR such as the fuel being in solution; the fission product barriers being the vessel and attached systems; the production and release of radiolytic and fission product gases and their impact on operations and their control by a gas management system; and the movement of fuel into and out of the reactor vessel.

  5. DOE Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Activities Panel Discussion: 2010...

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

    Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Activities Panel Discussion: 2010 SAE World Congress DOE Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Activities Panel Discussion: 2010 SAE World Congress Presentation by Sunita...

  6. Electrohydraulic Forming of Near Net Shape Automotive Panels

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

    Electrohydraulic Forming of Near Net Shape Automotive Panels The Development of Advancing Automotive Panel Manufacturing for Increased Energy and Material Savings The U.S....

  7. Solar Thermal Powered Evaporators

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    Moe, Christian Robert

    2015-01-01

    Solar Thermal Collectors .is solar energy. Solar thermal collector arrays can be usedon integrating solar thermal collectors with desalination

  8. Structural Analysis of Sandwich Foam Panels

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    Kosny, Jan [ORNL; Huo, X. Sharon [Tennessee Technological University

    2010-04-01

    The Sandwich Panel Technologies including Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) can be used to replace the conventional wooden-frame construction method. The main purpose of this Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) between UT-Battelle, LLC and SGI Venture, Inc. was to design a novel high R-value type of metal sandwich panelized technology. This CRADA project report presents design concept discussion and numerical analysis results from thermal performance study of this new building envelope system. The main objective of this work was to develop a basic concept of a new generation of wall panel technologies which will have R-value over R-20 will use thermal mass to improve energy performance in cooling dominated climates and will be 100% termite resistant. The main advantages of using sandwich panels are as follows: (1) better energy saving structural panels with high and uniform overall wall R-value across the elevation that could not be achieved in traditional walls; and (2) reducing the use of raw materials or need for virgin lumber. For better utilization of these Sandwich panels, engineers need to have a thorough understanding of the actual performance of the panels and system. Detailed analysis and study on the capacities and deformation of individual panels and its assembly have to be performed to achieve that goal. The major project activity was to conduct structural analysis of the stresses, strains, load capacities, and deformations of individual sandwich components under various load cases. The analysis simulated the actual loading conditions of the regular residential building and used actual material properties of the steel facings and foam.

  9. Flat or curved thin optical display panel

    DOE Patents [OSTI]

    Veligdan, J.T.

    1995-01-10

    An optical panel includes a plurality of waveguides stacked together, with each waveguide having a first end and an opposite second end. The first ends collectively define a first face, and the second ends collectively define a second face of the panel. The second face is disposed at an acute face angle relative to the waveguides to provide a panel which is relatively thin compared to the height of the second face. In an exemplary embodiment for use in a projection TV, the first face is substantially smaller in height than the second face and receives a TV image, with the second face defining a screen for viewing the image enlarged. 7 figures.

  10. Solar energy research and development: federal and private sector roles

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    Not Available

    1982-09-01

    The Energy Research Advisory Board convened a Solar R and D Panel to determine the status of the solar industry and solar R and D in the United States and to recommend to DOE appropriate roles for the Federal and private sectors. The Panel's report acknowledges the new Administration policy reorienting the Federal role in energy development to long-term, high-risk, high-payoff R and D, and leaving commercialization to the private sector. The Panel's recommendations are further predicated on an assumption of continued, substantially reduced funding in the near-term. The Panel found that solar energy technologies have progressed significantly in the past 10 years and represent a group of highly promising energy options for the United States. However, it also found the solar industry to be in a precarious condition, fluctuating energy demand and prices, and uncertain Federal tax and regulatory policies. The Business Energy and Residential Tax Credits are essential to the near-term health of the solar industry. Commercialization has already begun for some solar technologies; for others, decreases in Federal funding will result in a slowdown or termination. The primary Federal roles in solar R and D should be in support of basic and applied research, high-risk, high-payoff technology development and other necessary research for which there are insufficient market incentives. The Federal Government should also move strongly to transfer technology to the private sector for near-commerical technologies. Large demonstration and commercialization projects cannot be justified for Federal funding under current economic conditions. These should be pursued by the private sector. The Panel examined seven technology areas and made specific findings and recommendations for each.

  11. CALIFORNIA SOLAR DATA MANUAL

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    Berdahl, P.

    2010-01-01

    Estimating Unmeasured Solar Radiation Quantities . . . . . .Solar Data a. SOLAR RADIATION Solar radiation data provide aAppendix C - Appendix 0 - Solar Radiation Glossary. Convers

  12. MODIFICATIONS TO THE WIPP PANEL CLOSURE

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    panel closure design. FLAC3D implements the Callahan and DeVries (1991) crushed salt creep constitutive model. This model is based on Sjaardema and Krieg (1987) and was...

  13. Neutron shielding panels for reactor pressure vessels

    DOE Patents [OSTI]

    Singleton, Norman R. (Murrysville, PA)

    2011-11-22

    In a nuclear reactor neutron panels varying in thickness in the circumferential direction are disposed at spaced circumferential locations around the reactor core so that the greatest radial thickness is at the point of highest fluence with lesser thicknesses at adjacent locations where the fluence level is lower. The neutron panels are disposed between the core barrel and the interior of the reactor vessel to maintain radiation exposure to the vessel within acceptable limits.

  14. Flat panel ferroelectric electron emission display system

    DOE Patents [OSTI]

    Sampayan, S.E.; Orvis, W.J.; Caporaso, G.J.; Wieskamp, T.F.

    1996-04-16

    A device is disclosed which can produce a bright, raster scanned or non-raster scanned image from a flat panel. Unlike many flat panel technologies, this device does not require ambient light or auxiliary illumination for viewing the image. Rather, this device relies on electrons emitted from a ferroelectric emitter impinging on a phosphor. This device takes advantage of a new electron emitter technology which emits electrons with significant kinetic energy and beam current density. 6 figs.

  15. Flat panel ferroelectric electron emission display system

    DOE Patents [OSTI]

    Sampayan, Stephen E. (Manteca, CA); Orvis, William J. (Livermore, CA); Caporaso, George J. (Livermore, CA); Wieskamp, Ted F. (Livermore, CA)

    1996-01-01

    A device which can produce a bright, raster scanned or non-raster scanned image from a flat panel. Unlike many flat panel technologies, this device does not require ambient light or auxiliary illumination for viewing the image. Rather, this device relies on electrons emitted from a ferroelectric emitter impinging on a phosphor. This device takes advantage of a new electron emitter technology which emits electrons with significant kinetic energy and beam current density.

  16. Part 500, Chapter 25 SCIENTIFIC MISCONDUCT REVIEW PANEL

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    of the panel members to recuse themselves because of a conflict of interest or if a panel member is prevented Review Panel will be established by the Director, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), to review allegations written statements from the interested parties, as necessary. The Chairperson of the Panel shall advise

  17. Mike Holt Enterprises, Inc. www.MikeHolt.com 888.NEC.CODE (632.2633) 247 Solar Photovoltaic

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    . These generally consist of a small solar panel and a small light or motor. Typically, these run on less than 10VMike Holt Enterprises, Inc. · www.MikeHolt.com · 888.NEC.CODE (632.2633) 247 ARTICLE Solar unit consisting of solar cells, inverter, and components necessary to generate alternating- current (ac

  18. NOMINATIONS INVITED The Executive Director of the Karl W. Ber Solar Energy Medal of Merit Trust, Prof. Michael T. Klein

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    Firestone, Jeremy

    to the fields of solar energy, wind energy, or other forms of renewable energy in other ways. PANEL OF JUDGES to greater performance and efficiency of solar cells and arrays. Previous award recipients were: 1993NOMINATIONS INVITED · The Executive Director of the Karl W. Böer Solar Energy Medal of Merit Trust

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

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    . 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

  20. Wind Vision: A New Era for Wind Power

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

    the Solar Deployment System, or SolarDS, model 14 to generate a projection of rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) deployment. Rooftop PV deployment is then input to ReEDS. All...