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Title: US DOE Regional Test Centers Program - 2016 Annual Report.

Abstract

The US Department of Energy’s Regional Test Center (RTC) program provides outdoor validation and bankability data for innovative solar technologies at five sites across the US representing a range of climate conditions. Data helps get new technologies to market faster and improves US industry competitiveness. Managed by Sandia National Laboratories and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the RTC program partners with US manufacturers of photovoltaic (PV) technologies, including modules, inverters, and balance-of-system equipment. The study is collaborative, with manufacturers (also known as RTC industry partners) and the national labs working together on a system design and validation strategy that meets a clearly defined set of performance and reliability objectives.

Authors:
 [1]
  1. Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
OSTI Identifier:
1367412
Report Number(s):
SAND-2017-4853R
653120
DOE Contract Number:
AC04-94AL85000
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
14 SOLAR ENERGY

Citation Formats

Stein, Joshua. US DOE Regional Test Centers Program - 2016 Annual Report.. United States: N. p., 2017. Web. doi:10.2172/1367412.
Stein, Joshua. US DOE Regional Test Centers Program - 2016 Annual Report.. United States. doi:10.2172/1367412.
Stein, Joshua. Mon . "US DOE Regional Test Centers Program - 2016 Annual Report.". United States. doi:10.2172/1367412. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1367412.
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