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  1. Planning a Home Solar Electric System | Department of Energy

    Office of Environmental Management (EM)

    Planning a Home Solar Electric System Planning a Home Solar Electric System Whether a home solar electric system will work for you depends on the available sun (resource),...

  2. Planning a Home Solar Electric System | Department of Energy

    Energy Saver

    Home Solar Electric System Planning a Home Solar Electric System Whether a home solar electric system will work for you depends on the available sun (resource), available space for ...

  3. Planning a Home Solar Electric System | Department of Energy

    Energy.gov [DOE] (indexed site)

    Whether a home solar electric system will work for you depends on the available sun ... Whether a home solar electric system will work for you depends on the available sun ...

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

    Energy Saver

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

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

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    a Home Solar Electric System When choosing a contractor, ask about their work record, experience, and licenses, and get more than one bid for the installation of your PV...

  6. Installing and Maintaining a Home Solar Electric System | Department of

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    Energy Home Solar Electric System Installing and Maintaining a Home Solar Electric System When choosing a contractor, ask about their work record, experience, and licenses, and get more than one bid for the installation of your PV system. | Photo courtesy of Dennis Schroeder, NREL. When choosing a contractor, ask about their work record, experience, and licenses, and get more than one bid for the installation of your PV system. | Photo courtesy of Dennis Schroeder, NREL. Making sure your

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

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)

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

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

    SciTech Connect

    NREL

    2009-01-01

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

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

    SciTech Connect

    Not Available

    2009-01-01

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

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

    DOE R&D Accomplishments

    2009-01-01

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

  11. High-Performance with Solar Electric Reduced Peak Demand: Premier Homes

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    Rancho Cordoba, CA - Building America Top Innovation | Department of Energy with Solar Electric Reduced Peak Demand: Premier Homes Rancho Cordoba, CA - Building America Top Innovation High-Performance with Solar Electric Reduced Peak Demand: Premier Homes Rancho Cordoba, CA - Building America Top Innovation Photo of homes in Premier Gardens. As the housing market continues to evolve toward zero net-energy ready homes, Building America research has provided essential guidance for integrating

  12. Solar Home in Boulder, Colorado

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)

    This photograph features a 2.04-kilowatt grid-tied solar photovoltaic (PV) electric system on the Edwards home in Colorado that generates clean, carbon-free electricity. Generous utility and...

  13. Small Solar Electric Systems | Department of Energy

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    Buying & Making Electricity » Small Solar Electric Systems Small Solar Electric Systems A small solar electric or photovoltaic system can be a reliable and pollution-free producer of electricity for your home or office. A small solar electric or photovoltaic (PV) system can be a reliable and pollution-free producer of electricity for your home or office. Small PV systems also provide a cost-effective power supply in locations where it is expensive or impossible to send electricity through

  14. Tampa Electric- Solar Rebate Program

    Energy.gov [DOE]

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

  15. Renewable Energy Ready Home Solar Photovoltaic Specifications...

    Energy Saver

    Renewable Energy Ready Home Solar Photovoltaic Specifications Renewable Energy Ready Home Solar Photovoltaic Specifications Solar Photovoltaic Specification, Checklist and Guide, ...

  16. Home Solar Installations: Things to Consider | Department of Energy

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    Home Solar Installations: Things to Consider Home Solar Installations: Things to Consider May 29, 2013 - 3:18pm Addthis Home solar systems can save you energy and money. | Photo courtesy of Dennis Schroeder, NREL 22168. Home solar systems can save you energy and money. | Photo courtesy of Dennis Schroeder, NREL 22168. Erin Connealy Communications Specialist, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy How can I participate? Read these considerations for installing a home solar electric

  17. Renewable Energy Ready Home Solar Photovoltaic Specifications | Department

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    of Energy Renewable Energy Ready Home Solar Photovoltaic Specifications Renewable Energy Ready Home Solar Photovoltaic Specifications Solar Photovoltaic Specification, Checklist and Guide, from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. rerh_solar_electric_guide.pdf (1.04 MB) More Documents & Publications Solar Water Heating: SPECIFICATION, CHECKLIST AND GUIDE DOE Zero Energy Ready Home PV-Ready Checklist DOE Zero Energy Ready Home Solar Hot Water-Ready Checklist

  18. Solar Home Energy | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Home Energy Jump to: navigation, search Name: Solar Home Energy Place: Bournemouth, United Kingdom Sector: Renewable Energy, Solar Product: Solar Home Energy is one of the...

  19. CEC- New Solar Homes Partnership

    Energy.gov [DOE]

    Launched on January 2, 2007, the New Solar Homes Partnership (NSHP) is a 10-year, $400 million program to encourage solar in new homes by working with builders and developers to incorporate into ...

  20. electricity supplied by Hickam's solar-powered electric grid

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    supplied by Hickam's solar-powered electric grid - Sandia Energy Energy Search Icon Sandia Home Locations Contact Us Employee Locator Energy & Climate Secure & Sustainable Energy ...

  1. Solar Energy Home | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Home Jump to: navigation, search Name: Solar Energy Home Address: 28 Church Road Place: London, United Kingdom Sector: Solar Product: Solar energy systems and equipment Phone...

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

    SciTech Connect

    Not Available

    2014-07-01

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

  3. Solar, Wind, Hydropower: Home Renewable Energy Installations...

    Office of Environmental Management (EM)

    Solar, Wind, Hydropower: Home Renewable Energy Installations Solar, Wind, Hydropower: Home Renewable Energy Installations April 17, 2013 - 1:44pm Addthis This Lakewood, Colorado ...

  4. Your Solar Home

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)

    Solar Schoolhouse Education supplement for the Sacramento Bee to introduce solar to elementary school children and introduce the design and AD contest for local students.

  5. Solar Home in Glastonbury, Connecticut

    Energy.gov [DOE]

    This photograph features a building with a 2.52-kilowatt residential grid-tied solar photovoltaic (PV) electric system. The system generates clean electricity and feeds any excess into the local...

  6. Passive Solar Home Design | Department of Energy

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    Design for Efficiency » Passive Solar Home Design Passive Solar Home Design This North Carolina home gets most of its space heating from the passive solar design, but the solar thermal system (top of roof) supplies both domestic hot water and a secondary radiant floor heating system. | Photo courtesy of Jim Schmid Photography. This North Carolina home gets most of its space heating from the passive solar design, but the solar thermal system (top of roof) supplies both domestic hot water and a

  7. Chicopee Electric Light- Residential Solar Rebate Program

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)

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

  8. EWEB- Solar Electric Program (Rebate)

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)

    The Eugene Water & Electric Board's (EWEB) Solar Electric Program offers financial incentives for residential, nonprofit, and government customers that generate electricity solar photovoltaic...

  9. Sandia Energy - Price Premiums for Solar Home Sales

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    Price Premiums for Solar Home Sales Home Renewable Energy Energy Partnership News News & Events Photovoltaic Solar Systems Analysis Price Premiums for Solar Home Sales Previous...

  10. Small Solar Electric Systems | Department of Energy

    Energy Saver

    Electricity & Fuel Buying & Making Electricity Small Solar Electric Systems Small Solar Electric Systems A small solar electric or photovoltaic system can be a reliable and ...

  11. Solar Homes Sell for a Premium

    Energy.gov [DOE]

    Buying a solar energy system will likely increase your home’s value. A recent study found that solar panels are viewed as upgrades, just like a renovated kitchen or a finished basement, and home buyers across the country have been willing to pay a premium of about $15,000 for a home with an average-sized solar array. Additionally, there is evidence homes with solar panels sell faster than those without. In 2008, California homes with energy efficient features and PV were found to sell faster than homes that consume more energy. Keep in mind, these studies focused on homeowner-owned solar arrays.

  12. Havasu Solar Electric | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Havasu Solar Electric Jump to: navigation, search Name: Havasu Solar Electric Place: Arizona Zip: 86401 Sector: Solar Product: Arizona-based electric contractors in the solar...

  13. Solar Electric Incentive Program

    Energy.gov [DOE]

    Energy Trust of Oregon’s Solar Electric Incentive Program, launched in May 2003, is available to customers of Pacific Power and PGE who install new photovoltaic (PV) systems on new or existing...

  14. Combining Solar and Home Performance Services

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)

    Better Buildings Residential Network Peer Exchange Call: Combining Solar and Home Performance Services, call slides and discussion summary, December 11, 2014.

  15. Passive Solar Home Design | Department of Energy

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    well-designed passive solar home first reduces heating and cooling loads through energy-efficiency strategies and then meets those reduced loads in whole or part with solar energy. ...

  16. Installation on 2007 Solar Decathlon Home

    Energy.gov [DOE]

    This photograph features a 2007 Solar Decathlon competition home that includes residential photovoltaic (PV) modules from SunPower Corporation of San Jose, California, and a solar collector from ...

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

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Electric LLC formerly DT Solar Jump to: navigation, search Name: First Solar Electric LLC (formerly DT Solar) Place: Branchburg, New Jersey Zip: 8876 Sector: Solar Product: PV...

  18. AET Solar formerly solar division of GGAM Electrical Services...

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Solar formerly solar division of GGAM Electrical Services Jump to: navigation, search Name: AET Solar (formerly solar division of GGAM Electrical Services) Place: Limassol, Cyprus...

  19. Ecosystem Solar Electric Corp aka Solar MW Energy Inc | Open...

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Solar Electric Corp aka Solar MW Energy Inc Jump to: navigation, search Name: Ecosystem Solar Electric Corp, aka Solar MW Energy Inc Place: Ontario, California Zip: 91761 Product:...

  20. PROJECT PROFILE: Solar Electric Power Association (Solar Market...

    Office of Environmental Management (EM)

    Electric Power Association (Solar Market Pathways) PROJECT PROFILE: Solar Electric Power Association (Solar Market Pathways) Title: Community Solar Design Models for Consumer, ...

  1. Home Solar Installations: Things to Consider | Department of...

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    Home Solar Installations: Things to Consider Home Solar Installations: Things to Consider May 29, 2013 - 3:18pm Addthis Home solar systems can save you energy and money. | Photo ...

  2. Solar Energy Education. Home economics: student activities. Field...

    Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI)

    Technical Report: Solar Energy Education. Home economics: student activities. Field test edition Citation Details In-Document Search Title: Solar Energy Education. Home economics: ...

  3. Solar Decathlon 2015: Nation's Leading Sustainable Home Design...

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    Solar Decathlon 2015: Nation's Leading Sustainable Home Design Competition on the Horizon Solar Decathlon 2015: Nation's Leading Sustainable Home Design Competition on the Horizon...

  4. Solar Homes in Watsonville, California

    Energy.gov [DOE]

    This photograph features a Clarum Homes Vista Montana development that consists of 177 single-family homes, 80 townhouses, and 132 apartments. Every home features a 1.2 to 2.4-kilowatt photovoltaic...

  5. Solar Energy Sources SES Solar Inc formerly Electric Network...

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    SES Solar Inc formerly Electric Network com Jump to: navigation, search Name: Solar Energy Sources - SES Solar Inc (formerly Electric Network.com) Place: Vancouver, British...

  6. Solar Electric Light Fund | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Fund Jump to: navigation, search Tool Summary LAUNCH TOOL Name: Solar Electric Light Fund AgencyCompany Organization: Solar Electric Light Fund Sector: Energy Focus Area: Solar...

  7. Solar amp Electric Solutions | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Electric Solutions Jump to: navigation, search Name: Solar & Electric Solutions Place: Santa Cruz, California Zip: 95062 Sector: Solar Product: Small solar installation firm in...

  8. Guide to Passive Solar Home Design

    SciTech Connect

    2010-10-01

    Passive solar design incorporates features in your home and its natural surroundings that harness the sun's low rays in winter and deflect the sun's high rays in the summer.

  9. Solar electric state

    SciTech Connect

    Bumke, D.

    1982-05-01

    The booming sales of photovoltaic (PV) equipment in California is described. Three types of markets appear to exist. These are: (1) people who want to electrify a remote home and avoid the large expense of a utility hook-up; (2) suburban renegades who are reluctant to depend on the grid; and (3) the marijuana farmers of northern California who do not want public exposure. Several PV systems and homes are described and illustrated. Various options of electrical systems (ac generators versus electronic inverters) are discussed and the merits of each system are pointed out. Expenses involved in PV systems are described and various voltage and battery options (12, 24, 36, or 48 volts) are discussed. Specific use of ac or dc for particular appliances is considered in detail. It is estimated that in California more than 500 homes are being powered by over 130,000 watts of PV power. It is predicted that the use of PV's will double in the next year. Sources of information on PV's (catalogs and books) are given. (MJJ)

  10. Solar Decathlon 2015: Nation's Leading Sustainable Home Design...

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    Decathlon 2015: Nation's Leading Sustainable Home Design Competition on the Horizon Solar ... Richard King Richard King Director, Solar Decathlon KEY FACTS 2015 Solar Decathlon to kick ...

  11. Considering Solar For Your Home? One Milwaukee Homeowner Shares...

    Energy.gov [DOE] (indexed site)

    Milwaukee solar installers putting in a rooftop solar energy system on Dr. Paula Papanek's home. | Photo courtesy of Dr. Paula Papanek. Milwaukee solar installers putting in a ...

  12. Solar Home in Sacramento, California

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)

    This photograph features houses in this Premier Homes development, near Sacramento, that has a 2.2-kilowatt building integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) system manufactured by GE Energy. The homes...

  13. Technology Solutions for New Homes Case Study: Indirect Solar...

    Energy Saver

    Indirect Solar Water Heating Systems in Single-Family Homes Technology Solutions for New Homes Case Study: Indirect Solar Water Heating Systems in Single-Family Homes In 2011, ...

  14. Solar Homes Sell for a Premium | Department of Energy

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    Solar Homes Sell for a Premium Solar Homes Sell for a Premium Solar Homes Sell for a Premium Buying a solar energy system will likely increase your home's value. A recent study found that solar panels are viewed as upgrades, just like a renovated kitchen or a finished basement, and home buyers across the country have been willing to pay a premium of about $15,000 for a home with an average-sized solar array. Additionally, there is evidence homes with solar panels sell faster than those without.

  15. High-Performance with Solar Electric Reduced Peak Demand: Premier...

    Energy Saver

    In addition to substantial energy savings, solar electric home projects can have major impacts such as reducing rolling black-outs in resource constrained, high-growth markets. To ...

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

    Office of Science (SC)

    Getting More Electricity out of Solar Cells Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRCs) EFRCs ... Publications History Contact BES Home 05.27.14 Getting More Electricity out of Solar Cells ...

  17. Roseville Electric- Solar Rebate Program

    Energy.gov [DOE]

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

  18. The World's Largest Solar Project Finds a Home in California...

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    Solar Project Finds a Home in California The World's Largest Solar Project Finds a Home in ... That's the impact that the Blythe Solar Power Project is projected to have upon ...

  19. Solar Panel Design Ideas for Your Home | Department of Energy

    Office of Environmental Management (EM)

    Solar Panel Design Ideas for Your Home Solar Panel Design Ideas for Your Home June 8, 2016 - 5:08pm Addthis These examples of building integrated photovoltaic panels are like solar ...

  20. Solar Electric Propulsion

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    Stationary Power Energy Conversion Efficiency Solar Energy Wind Energy Water Power ... Sciences Applications National Solar Thermal Test Facility Nuclear Energy ...

  1. Lane Electric Cooperative- Manufactured Homes Rebate Program

    Energy.gov [DOE]

    Lane Electric Cooperative offers its customers an incentive for buying a new, permanent residence, EnergyStar manufactured home within service area. Qualifying customers may receive up to $500 if...

  2. First Electric Cooperative- Home Improvement Loans

    Energy.gov [DOE]

    First Electric Cooperative, a Touchstone Energy® Cooperative, serves over 85,000 member accounts throughout parts of seventeen counties in central and southeast Arkansas. The Home Improvement Loan...

  3. Electricity production using solar energy

    SciTech Connect

    Demirbas, M.F.

    2007-07-01

    In this study, a solar-powered development project is used to identify whether it is possible to utilize solar technologies in the electricity production sector. Electricity production from solar energy has been found to be a promising method in the future. Concentrated solar energy can be converted to chemical energy via high-temperature endothermic reactions. Coal and biomass can be pyrolyzed or gasified by using concentrated solar radiation for generating power. Conventional energy will not be enough to meet the continuously increasing need for energy in the future. In this case, renewable energy sources will become important. Solar energy is an increasing need for energy in the future. Solar energy is a very important energy source because of its advantages. Instead of a compressor system, which uses electricity, an absorption cooling system, using renewable energy and kinds of waste heat energy, may be used for cooling.

  4. Solar Energy Education. Home economics: teacher's guide. Field...

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    Home economics: teacher's guide. Field test edition. Includes glossary Citation Details In-Document Search Title: Solar Energy Education. Home economics: teacher's guide. Field ...

  5. High-Performance Home Technologies: Solar Thermal & Photovoltaic...

    Energy.gov [DOE] (indexed site)

    High-Performance Home Technologies: Solar Thermal & Photovoltaic Systems (9.49 MB) More Documents & Publications Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: John Wesley ...

  6. Solar Thermal Electric | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Thermal Electric Jump to: navigation, search TODO: Add description List of Solar Thermal Electric Incentives Retrieved from "http:en.openei.orgwindex.php?titleSolarThermalEl...

  7. Solar Electrical Vehicles | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Electrical Vehicles Jump to: navigation, search Name: Solar Electrical Vehicles Place: Westlake Village, California Zip: 91361 Sector: Solar, Vehicles Product: US-based...

  8. Solar Electric Solutions LLC | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Electric Solutions LLC Jump to: navigation, search Name: Solar Electric Solutions, LLC Place: Woodland Hills, California Zip: 91364 Sector: Solar Product: California-based...

  9. What Do You Wish You Knew About Home Solar Energy?

    Energy.gov [DOE]

    Solar Decathlon 2011 is in full swing, and the Energy Savers blog is all about home solar energy during the event!

  10. High-Performance Home Technologies: Solar Thermal & Photovoltaic...

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

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

  11. Solar Energy Education. Home economics: student activities. Field...

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    Citation Details In-Document Search Title: Solar Energy Education. Home economics: student ... A view of solar energy from the standpoint of home economics is taken in this book of ...

  12. Florida's electric industry and solar electric technologies

    SciTech Connect

    Camejo, N.

    1983-12-01

    The Florida Electric Industry is in a process of diversifying its generation technology and its fuel mix. This is being done in an effort to reduce oil consumption, which in 1981 accounted for 46.5% of the electric generation by fuel type. This does not compare well with the rest of the nation where oil use is lower. New coal and nuclear units are coming on line, and probably more will be built in the near future. However, eventhough conservation efforts may delay their construction, new power plants will have to be built to accomodate the growing demand for electricity. Other alternatives being considered are renewable energy resources. The purpose of this paper is to present the results of a research project in which 10 electric utilities in Florida and the Florida Electric Power Coordinating Group rated six Solar Electric options. The Solar Electric options considered are: 1) Wind, 2) P.V., 3) Solar thermal-electric, 4) OTEC, 5) Ocean current, and 6) Biomass. The questionaire involved rating the economic and technical feasibility, as well as, the potential environmental impact of these options in Florida. It also involved rating the difficulty in overcoming institutional barriers and assessing the status of each option. A copy of the questionaire is included after the references. The combined capacity of the participating utilities represent over 90% of the total generating capacity in Florida. A list of the participating utilities is also included. This research was done in partial fulfillment for the Mater's of Science Degree in Coastal Zone Management. This paper is complementary to another paper (in these condensed conference proceedings) titled COASTAL ZONE ENERGY MANAGEMENT: A multidisciplinary approach for the integration of Solar Electric Systems with Florida's power generation system, which present a summary of the Master's thesis.

  13. Kiwis Take Home Engineering Win for Solar Home 'First Light' | Department

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    of Energy Kiwis Take Home Engineering Win for Solar Home 'First Light' Kiwis Take Home Engineering Win for Solar Home 'First Light' September 29, 2011 - 4:22pm Addthis “First Light,” the solar home from New Zealand, stands complete on the first day of the 2011 U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon. The 25-student team from Victory University of Wellington won the Engineering Contest today, the fourth juried contest of the competition. "First Light," the solar home

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

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    Maximizing Solar Power on Electrical Grids (Text Version) This is a text version of the video "NREL + SolarCity: Maximizing Solar Power on Electrical Grids." RYAN HANLEY: The ...

  15. Coast Electric Power Association- Comfort Advantage Home Program

    Energy.gov [DOE]

    Coast Electric Power Association (CEPA) provides rebates on heat pumps for new homes which meet certain weatherization standards. To qualify for this rebate the home must have:

  16. Harnessing Solar Energy at Home | Department of Energy

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    Harnessing Solar Energy at Home Harnessing Solar Energy at Home October 1, 2014 - 12:37pm Q&A What do you want to know about solar energy at home? Tell Us Addthis Solar panels are a great way to produce clean energy at home! | Photo courtesy of Stefano Paltera, U.S. Department of Energy. Solar panels are a great way to produce clean energy at home! | Photo courtesy of Stefano Paltera, U.S. Department of Energy. Paige Terlip Paige Terlip Former Communicator, National Renewable Energy

  17. Flathead Electric Cooperative- New and Manufactured Home Incentive Program

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)

    Flathead Electric encourages its residential customers to occupy energy efficient homes. Owners and builders of new homes which meet the "Montana Homes" requirements listed on the program web site...

  18. Commercial dissemination approaches for solar home systems

    SciTech Connect

    Terrado, E.

    1997-12-01

    The author discusses the issue of providing solar home systems to primarily rural areas from the perspective of how to commercialize the process. He considers two different approaches, one an open market approach and the other an exclusive market approach. He describes examples of the exclusive market approach which are in process in Argentina and Brazil. Coming from a banking background, the business aspects are discussed in detail. He points out the strengths and weaknesses of both approaches toward developing such systems.

  19. Millennium Electric TOU Ltd aka Millennium Solar EIG Solar |...

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Sector: Efficiency, Solar Product: Israeli manufacturer of PV modules, incorporating solar concentrators to increase cell efficiency. References: Millennium Electric TOU Ltd...

  20. Performance summary of the Balcomb solar home

    SciTech Connect

    Balcomb, J.D.; Hedstrom, J.C.; Perry, J.E. Jr.

    1981-01-01

    The heating performance of the Balcomb passive solar home is re-evaluated based on detailed review of 85 channels of data taken during six weeks of 1980. This led to a re-analysis of 176 days of data taken over the winter of 1978-79. Auxiliary heat during this winter was 7.4 million Btu which compares with 66.0 million Btu total heat losses from the house plus 46.4 million Btu losses from the greenhouse. Auxiliary heat predicted using the solar load ratio method is 8.1 million Btu. Solar savings are estimated as 57 million Btu. Good thermal comfort conditions are documented. Energy flows are tabulated for each month. Energy flows are tabulated for each month. Conclusions regarding detailed heat flow and storage in the house are presented.

  1. The Brightest in Solar Homes to Shine in Public Tour

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    Brightest in Solar Homes to Shine in Public Tour For more information contact: e:mail: Public Affairs Golden, Colo., Oct. 4, 1996 -- The most innovative solar homes in the Denver-metro area will be open to the public Oct. 19 as part of the National Solar Home Tour sponsored by the American Solar Eerrgy Society (ASES) in Boulder. The tour includes 16 homes that reflect a range of passive- and active-solar technologies, styles and costs, from energy self-sufficient "off the grid"

  2. Home | Solid State Solar Thermal Energy Conversion

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    Sponge creates steam using ambient sunlight MIT engineers have invented a bubble-wrapped, sponge-like device that... Read the full story The S3TEC Center aims at advancing fundamental science and developing materials to harness heat from the sun and convert this heat into electricity via thermoelectric, thermogalvanic and thermophotovoltaic technologies. Home Physicists predict previously unseen phenomena in exotic materials MIT News highlighted work in the S3TEC center led by Liang Fu... Read

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

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    Buying & Making Electricity Hybrid Wind and Solar Electric Systems Hybrid Wind and Solar Electric Systems Because the peak operating times for wind and solar systems occur at...

  4. Best Practices Solar Case Study: Pulte Homes - Civano, Tucson, Arizona

    SciTech Connect

    2007-06-01

    Building America factsheet on Pulte Homes, an energy-efficient home builder in hot dry climate using ducts in conditioned space, improved insulation, high-efficiency HVAC, and solar hot water.

  5. Solar energy electric generating system

    SciTech Connect

    Anthony, J.

    1988-03-01

    A solar energy electric generating system is described comprising in combination: (a) an array of photocells; (b) means for gating the electrical direct current energy produced by the array of photocells; (c) means for transforming the electrical direct current energy at an output of the array of photocells whereby an alternating current at the output of the transforming means is produced, and which is controlled by a control device for controlling the rate and duty cycle of the gating means; and (d) a photosensitive sampler which samples light incident upon the photocell array and outputs a proportional signal.

  6. Effectiveness of energy rating systems in evaluating Solar Decathlon homes

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    Effectiveness of energy rating systems in evaluating Solar Decathlon homes Elizabeth Buechler 1,2 , Alicen Kandt 2 , and Joe Simon 2 1 Tufts University, Medford, MA 2 National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, CO Introduction Process Outcomes Conclusions & Future Work Acknowledgements What is the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon? * A competition managed by NREL. Every two years, approximately 20 teams compete to build the most energy-efficient solar home. * The custom homes use

  7. American Solar Electric Inc | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Electric Inc Jump to: navigation, search Name: American Solar Electric Inc Place: Scottsdale, Arizona Zip: 85251 Product: US installer of residential, commercial and industrial PV...

  8. Solar energy and your home: questions and answers

    SciTech Connect

    Not Available

    1984-01-01

    This fact sheet provides a basic introduction to solar heating and cooling systems. It is intended for the many homeowners who could benefit from living in a solar home.

  9. City of Tucson- Solar Design Requirement for Homes

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)

    To comply with this requirement, new homes must either have a complete solar water heating system installed or comply with one of two solar stub-out options. Option one requires the installation...

  10. Solar Energy and Your Home: Questions and Answers

    DOE R&D Accomplishments

    1984-01-01

    This fact sheet provides a basic introduction to solar heating and cooling systems. It is intended for the many homeowners who could benefit from living in a solar home.

  11. Building America Top Innovations Hall of Fame Profile … High-Performance with Solar Electric Reduced Peak Demand: Premier Homes Rancho Cordoba, CA

    Energy Saver

    projects with production builders have demonstrated that high-performance homes experience significant cost trade-offs that offset other cost increases. This proved transformational, gaining builder traction with related market-based programs like ENERGY STAR for Homes and DOE Challenge Home. "Break points" or cost trade-offs that are identified during the engineering analysis of the residential construction process can yield two types of business savings: 1) reductions in costs of

  12. RDI's Wisdom Way Solar Village Final Report: Includes Utility Bill Analysis of Occupied Homes

    SciTech Connect

    Robb Aldrich, Steven Winter Associates

    2011-07-01

    In 2010, Rural Development, Inc. (RDI) completed construction of Wisdom Way Solar Village (WWSV), a community of ten duplexes (20 homes) in Greenfield, MA. RDI was committed to very low energy use from the beginning of the design process throughout construction. Key features include: 1. Careful site plan so that all homes have solar access (for active and passive); 2. Cellulose insulation providing R-40 walls, R-50 ceiling, and R-40 floors; 3. Triple-pane windows; 4. Airtight construction (~0.1 CFM50/ft2 enclosure area); 5. Solar water heating systems with tankless, gas, auxiliary heaters; 6. PV systems (2.8 or 3.4kWSTC); 7. 2-4 bedrooms, 1,100-1,700 ft2. The design heating loads in the homes were so small that each home is heated with a single, sealed-combustion, natural gas room heater. The cost savings from the simple HVAC systems made possible the tremendous investments in the homes' envelopes. The Consortium for Advanced Residential Buildings (CARB) monitored temperatures and comfort in several homes during the winter of 2009-2010. In the Spring of 2011, CARB obtained utility bill information from 13 occupied homes. Because of efficient lights, appliances, and conscientious home occupants, the energy generated by the solar electric systems exceeded the electric energy used in most homes. Most homes, in fact, had a net credit from the electric utility over the course of a year. On the natural gas side, total gas costs averaged $377 per year (for heating, water heating, cooking, and clothes drying). Total energy costs were even less - $337 per year, including all utility fees. The highest annual energy bill for any home evaluated was $458; the lowest was $171.

  13. Qinghai Solar Energy Electric Co Ltd | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Solar Energy Electric Co Ltd Jump to: navigation, search Name: Qinghai Solar Energy Electric Co Ltd Place: Xining, Qinghai Province, China Zip: 810008 Sector: Solar, Wind energy...

  14. Singing River Electric Power Association- Comfort Advantage Home Program

    Energy.gov [DOE]

    Singing River Electric Power Association provides rebates on energy efficiency measures in new homes and heat pumps that meet Comfort Advantage weatherization standards. To qualify for this rebate...

  15. The DOE Solar Thermal Electric Program

    SciTech Connect

    Mancini, T.R.

    1994-06-01

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

  16. Valley Electric Association- Solar Water Heating Program

    Energy.gov [DOE]

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

  17. July 17 ESTAP Webinar: Resilient Solar-Storage Systems for Homes and Commercial Facilities

    Energy.gov [DOE]

    On Wednesday, July 17 from 2 – 3 p.m. ET, Clean Energy States Alliance will host a webinar on resilient solar-storage systems for homes and commercial facilities. The webinar will be introduced by Dr. Imre Gyuk, Energy Storage Program Manager in the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability.

  18. NREL Teams with SolarCity to Maximize Solar Power on Electrical...

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    Teams with SolarCity to Maximize Solar Power on Electrical Grids Both are working together ... issues associated with large amounts of distributed solar energy on electrical grids. ...

  19. NREL Solar Technology Will Warm Air at 'Home' - News Feature...

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    NREL Solar Technology Will Warm Air at 'Home' July 30, 2010 Photo of a building coved in ... to a wall at the RSF that uses their award-winning transpired air collector technology. ...

  20. Solar Successes: The Best of Today's Energy Efficient Homes

    SciTech Connect

    2008-01-01

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

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

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    content Printed decorative solar panels could become part of our homes and offices Hello, I provide user supp... The top one on this page: htt... Can you send the specific...

  2. Solar Home Tour and Exhibitor Showcase Open Doors to Renewable...

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    To see how Andrews and 15 others are tapping into the energy of the sun, take the Denver Metro Tour of Solar Homes, hosted by the Colorado Renewable Energy Society (CRES), from 10 ...

  3. Solar Powering America Home | Department of Energy

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    State and Local Governments Workforce Development About Solar Powering America Rotator-solarPower-America2.jpg Solar Powering America was formed by the U.S. Department of Energy ...

  4. High-Performance Home Technologies: Solar Thermal & Photovoltaic Systems;

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    Volume 6 Building America Best Practices Series | Department of Energy Home Technologies: Solar Thermal & Photovoltaic Systems; Volume 6 Building America Best Practices Series High-Performance Home Technologies: Solar Thermal & Photovoltaic Systems; Volume 6 Building America Best Practices Series The sixth volume of the Building America Best Practices Series presents information that is useful throughout the United States for enhancing the energy efficiency practices in the specific

  5. NREL Achieves Solar-Electric Record

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    NREL Achieves Solar-Electric Record New Technology Could Spur Growth in Photovoltaic Panels For more information contact: Gary Schmitz, 303-275-4050 email: Gary Schmitz Golden, Colo., Apr. 24, 2001 - Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory have surpassed a record for electricity produced by solar cells made from cadmium telluride—a development that could help meet expanding demand for solar systems. The measurement of 16.4 percent efficiency bested

  6. On the Market: Buying and Selling a Solar Home | Department of...

    Energy.gov [DOE] (indexed site)

    On the Market: Buying and Selling a Solar Home Information on the premium boosting power of solar energy. On the Market: Buying and Selling a Solar Home (147.78 KB) More Documents ...

  7. Passive Solar Home Design | Department of Energy

    Energy Saver

    Weatherize » Moisture Control Moisture Control Controlling moisture can make your home more energy-efficient, less costly to heat and cool, more comfortable, and prevent mold growth. Controlling moisture can make your home more energy-efficient, less costly to heat and cool, more comfortable, and prevent mold growth. Properly controlling moisture in your home will improve the effectiveness of your air sealing and insulation efforts, and these efforts in turn will help control moisture. The best

  8. Electric Cooperatives Channel Solar Resources to Rural American...

    Office of Environmental Management (EM)

    Electric Cooperatives Channel Solar Resources to Rural American Communities Electric Cooperatives Channel Solar Resources to Rural American Communities February 4, 2016 - 12:07pm ...

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

    Energy Saver

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

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

    Energy Saver

    Electric Grid Integration - Advanced Concepts (SEGIS-AC) Funding Opportunity Solar Electric Grid Integration - Advanced Concepts (SEGIS-AC) Funding Opportunity Through the Solar ...

  11. Treatment of Solar Generation in Electric Utility Resource Planning

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    Treatment of Solar Generation in Electric Utility Resource Planning John Sterling Solar Electric Power Association Joyce McLaren National Renewable Energy Laboratory Mike Taylor ...

  12. Solar Powering America Home | Department of Energy

    Energy.gov [DOE] (indexed site)

    Solar Powering America banner U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development U.S. Department of Agriculture U.S. Environmental Protection Agency U.S. Department of Energy Solar ...

  13. EERE Success Story-Electric Cooperatives Channel Solar Resources...

    Office of Environmental Management (EM)

    solar electricity as the cost of photovoltaic (PV) solar energy systems decline dramatically. ... This suite of materials and best practices is designed to not only reduce solar ...

  14. NREL: Electricity Integration Research Home Page

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    Electricity Integration Research Photo of power lines with sky and clouds in the background. Electricity integration at NREL enables renewable energy technologies to be fully ...

  15. Empire District Electric- Low Income New Homes Program

    Energy.gov [DOE]

    Empire District Electric offers rebates for energy efficient measures and appliances in new, low-income homes. Rebates are available for several types of building insulation, heat pumps, central...

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

    SciTech Connect

    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.

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

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    (SC) Getting More Electricity out of Solar Cells Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRCs) EFRCs Home Centers Research Science Highlights News & Events EFRC News EFRC Events DOE Announcements Publications History Contact BES Home 05.27.14 Getting More Electricity out of Solar Cells Print Text Size: A A A Subscribe FeedbackShare Page New MIT model can guide design of solar cells that produce less waste heat, more useful current. This work, featured in the Office of Science's Stories of

  18. Basics of a Solar Electric System: Better Buildings Series Solar Electric Fact Sheet

    SciTech Connect

    Not Available

    2002-07-01

    Today's solar technologies are more efficient and versatile than ever before, adding to the appeal of an already desirable energy source. This fact sheet provides information on the basics of a solar electric system, including components of a system, how to choose solar modules, and how to choose a solar system.

  19. Technology Solutions for New Homes Case Study: Indirect Solar Water Heating

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    Systems in Single-Family Homes | Department of Energy Indirect Solar Water Heating Systems in Single-Family Homes Technology Solutions for New Homes Case Study: Indirect Solar Water Heating Systems in Single-Family Homes In 2011, Rural Development, Inc. (RDI) completed the construction of Wisdom Way Solar Village (WWSV), which is a development of 20 very efficient homes in Greenfield, Massachusetts. The homes feature R-40 walls, triple-pane windows, R-50 attic insulation, and airtight

  20. Lakeland Electric- Solar Water Heating Program

    Energy.gov [DOE]

    Lakeland Electric, a municipal utility in Florida, offers solar-heated domestic hot water on a "pay-for-energy" basis. The utility bills the customer $34.95 per month regardless of use. The $34.95...

  1. Solar greenhouse as an integral part of an earth-sheltered home: the first two years

    SciTech Connect

    Malott, R.W.

    1984-01-01

    The construction of a solar greenhouse as an integral part of an earth-sheltered home is discussed. The problems of building such a home are described.

  2. Solar Decathlon 2015: Nation's Leading Sustainable Home Design

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    Competition on the Horizon | Department of Energy Decathlon 2015: Nation's Leading Sustainable Home Design Competition on the Horizon Solar Decathlon 2015: Nation's Leading Sustainable Home Design Competition on the Horizon July 13, 2015 - 2:15pm Addthis The New York City College of Technology is weatherproofing its house, called DURA, at a Brooklyn Navy Yard construction site. | Photo courtesy of New York City College of Technology. The New York City College of Technology is weatherproofing

  3. Solar Electric Workshop and Open House

    Energy.gov [DOE]

    Hosted on the Pine Ridge Reservation, Trees, Water, and People is hosting a free solar electric workshop with classroom instruction and hands-on training. Attendees will install a 4-Kw solar array on the new three-bedroom compressed earth block house built this year.

  4. Passive Solar Home Design | Department of Energy

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    Passive solar design takes advantage of a building's site, climate, and materials to ... south-facing windows and retains it in materials that store heat, known as thermal mass. ...

  5. Home | Solid State Solar Thermal Energy Conversion

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    The S3TEC Center aims at advancing fundamental science and developing materials to harness heat from the sun and convert this heat into electricity via thermoelectric, ...

  6. Exploratory Research for New Solar Electric Technologies

    SciTech Connect

    McConnell, R.; Matson, R.

    2005-01-01

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

  7. Solar Industry At Work: Streamlining Home Solar Installation

    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.

  8. Solar Decathlon Team Using Appalachian Mountain History to Model Home of the Future

    Energy.gov [DOE]

    See how Appalachian State University used traditional mountain life architecture to design their 2011 Solar Decathlon home.

  9. Emerald PUD- Solar Electric Program

    Energy.gov [DOE]

    Emerald People's Utility District offers incentives to customers installing a qualified solar photovoltaic (PV) system. Systems must be 25 kW or smaller to qualify. Systems must be pre-approved by...

  10. Factory-built integrated solar homes - A progress report

    SciTech Connect

    Rawlings, L.K.

    1995-12-31

    Over the past fifteen years, hundreds of people across the US have built for themselves highly advanced residences which integrated passive solar architecture; photovoltaic power systems; high-efficiency lights, appliances, and HVAC (heating, ventilating, and cooling) equipment; high-level insulation and airtight construction; and other renewable energy and energy-efficient technologies. Such a home can be referred to as an {open_quotes}integrated solar home{close_quotes}. As the essential technologies have improved in performance, price, and availability, the performance of such homes has steadily advanced to the point where they could provide amenities at more-or-less normal US standards of luxury, yet require as little as 5% to 10% of the level of fossil fuel or biomass use that are required in an average US home. However, the resources required to build such a home, both in terms of the time and dedication needed for research, design, and construction of the homes, and in terms of the additional cost of the renewable energy/energy efficient features, have prevented such construction from moving beyond a tiny handful of highly motivated homeowners and into the mainstream of residential construction. This paper has design summaries of six different houses.

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

    SciTech Connect

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

    1994-12-12

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

  12. Passive solar heated energy conserving biosphere home. Final report

    SciTech Connect

    Piekarski, R.

    1985-01-01

    ''Warm Gold'' is an original design of a passive solar heated energy conserving biosphere home. It has been owner-built with financial help from the US Department of Energy through its Appropriate Technology Small Grants Program of 1980. The home incorporates the six major components of passive solar design: appropriate geometry and orientation, glazing, light levels and reflective surfaces, ventilation, thermal storage, and insulation. Warm Gold is an earth-sheltered home with earth cover on the roof as well as on the two opaque north leg walls. It is of durable and efficient masonry construction which included stone masonry with on-site materials and cement block and ready mix concrete. Excavation, backfill, and drainage were necessary aspects of earth sheltered construction together with the all-important Bentonite waterproofing system. Warm Gold is a house which meets all the national building code standards of HUD. The home has two bedrooms, one bathroom, living room, dining room-kitchen, greenhouse, and utility annex, all of which are incorporated with the earth-sheltered, passive solar systems to be a comfortable, energy-efficient living environment.

  13. Photovoltaics: solar electric power systems

    SciTech Connect

    1980-02-01

    The operation and uses of solar cells and the National Photovoltaic Program are briefly described. Eleven DOE photovoltaic application projects are described including forest lookout towers; Wilcox Memorial Hospital in Hawaii; WBNO daytime AM radio station; Schuchuli Indian Village; Meade, Nebraska, agricultural experiment; Mt. Laguna Air Force Station; public schools and colleges; residential applications; and Sea World of Florida. (WHK)

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

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    particularly solar power, and how they will contribute to the future electricity system. ... Utility-scale solar and wind power plants are conceptually similar to conventional ...

  15. Shanghai Electric Solar Energy Co Ltd | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Solar Energy Co Ltd Jump to: navigation, search Name: Shanghai Electric Solar Energy Co. Ltd. Place: Shanghai, Shanghai Municipality, China Zip: 201613 Product: Production of...

  16. Solar House in Maummee, Ohio

    Energy.gov [DOE]

    This photograph features a home in Maumee, Ohio, built by Decker Homes of Lambertville, Michigan, with a photovoltaic (PV) solar electric system that uses building integrated photovoltaic (BIPV)...

  17. Solar Electric Light Company SELCO | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    photovoltaic products and services targeted especially at end consumers in developing countries who have no access to land electricity. References: Solar Electric Light...

  18. Would-Be Solar Electric Homeowners Sought For Project

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    A grid-tied rooftop photovoltaic system consists of solar panels that convert sunlight to electricity mounted on a customer's roof and connected to the conventional electric ...

  19. Performance of the biose cascade-INEL manufactured solar home

    SciTech Connect

    Lau, A S; Liebelt, K H; Scofield, M P; Shinn, N R

    1980-01-01

    Two manufactured active solar homes using air collectors and rock storage were designed, bult and are being tested. The cooperative, DOE-funded project involves. Boise Cascade Corporation and the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory (INEL). The two primary goals of the project are to develop an active solar heating system that is cost-effective now, and to provide significant market penetration through the involvement of Boise Cascade, a major manufacturer of factory built houses. A brief discussion of the houses and solar systems is included, with more detailed discussion of the desktop-computer based data acquisition system and initial performance results. The 1979 cooling season data indicated a need for modifications to achieve adequate cooling system performance. Data from the heating season showed good agreement with calculations, especially the house heat loss coefficient. However, solar heating fractions were lower than predicted and an examination of the collector operating efficiency showed the collector losses to be approximately three times higher than predicted. Tests are underway to better understand the large collection losses. Comparison of the performance data and f-chart predictions shows significant differences, with predicted solar fractions being lower than actual. The solar domestic hot water preheating system performed reasonably well, with significant thermal losses noticed from the auxiliary hot water heater. Recommendations are made for the design of solar air-heating systems.

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

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    List of Solar Thermal Electric Incentives Jump to: navigation, search The following contains the list of 562 Solar Thermal Electric Incentives. CSV (rows 1-500) CSV (rows 501-562)...

  1. Rooftop Solar Electric System at Sunset | Department of Energy

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    Rooftop Solar Electric System at Sunset Rooftop Solar Electric System at Sunset Rooftop Solar Electric System at Sunset In this photograph, a worker inspects the photovoltaic electric array, which is made of SunPower PowerGuard system. SunPower is an industry partner with the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Program. High Resolution JPG (3.31 MB) More Documents & Publications Rooftop Solar Electric System at Sunset Solar Array on Portland Water Bureau Meter Shop Rooftop

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

    Office of Science (SC)

    (SC) Getting More Electricity out of Solar Cells News News Home Featured Articles 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 Science Headlines Science Highlights Presentations & Testimony News Archives Communications and Public Affairs Contact Information Office of Science U.S. Department of Energy 1000 Independence Ave., SW Washington, DC 20585 P: (202) 586-5430 05.27.14 Getting More Electricity out of Solar Cells New MIT model can guide design of solar cells that

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

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    County, CA | Department of Energy 6: Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in San Bernardino County, CA EIS-0416: Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in San Bernardino County, CA Documents Available for Download October 22, 2010 EIS-0416: EPA Notice of Availability of the Final Environmental Impact Statement Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System (07-AFC-5) Project, Proposal to Construct a 400-m Megawatt Concentrated Solar Power Tower, Thermal-Electric Power Plant, San Bernardino

  4. Charging Your Plug-in Electric Vehicle at Home | Department of...

    Energy Saver

    Charging Your Plug-in Electric Vehicle at Home Charging Your Plug-in Electric Vehicle at Home May 13, 2013 - 3:45pm Addthis Consider the convenient options for plugging in an ...

  5. HSC Solar | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    for homes is continuing to drop significantly making this the ideal time to consider solar panel installation. Every household using electricity will see benefit with a solar...

  6. The Best and Brightest in Solar Homes Open to the Public

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    The Best and Brightest in Solar Homes Open to the Public For more information contact: e:mail: Public Affairs Golden, Colo., Oct. 1, 1997 -- The most innovative designs in passive and active solar homes in the Denver-metro area will be open to the public October 18 as part of the second annual Colorado Tour of Solar Homes. More than 20 homes with state-of-the-art solar technologies in the Denver-Boulder area are included in the tour, sponsored by the American Solar Energy Society (ASES) in

  7. Oncor Electric Delivery - Solar Photovoltaic Standard Offer Program...

    Energy.gov [DOE] (indexed site)

    Summary Oncor Electric Delivery offers rebates to its customers that install photovoltaic (PV) systems on homes or other buildings.* Oncor customers of all rate classes...

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

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    the storage capacity must be large enough to supply electrical needs during non-charging periods. Battery banks ... Small stand-alone home energy systems Links Federal tax ...

  9. Solar-Electric Dish Stirling System Development

    SciTech Connect

    Mancini, T.R.

    1997-12-31

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

  10. Electric Cooperatives Channel Solar Resources to Rural American Communities

    Energy.gov [DOE]

    Some of the most remote areas in the United States were also some of the last places to get access to electricity, with as many as nine out of ten rural homes without electricity in the mid-1930s....

  11. DOE Zero Energy Ready Home Solar Hot Water-Ready Checklist

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    drawing and riser diagram of solar hot water components. (RERHSWH Guide 3.6) Alternative: Provide home buyer with the following information: List of renewable-ready features ...

  12. DOE Zero Energy Ready Home Solar Hot Water-Ready Checklist |...

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    checklist. PDF icon SHW-Ready Checklists.pdf More Documents & Publications Solar Water Heating: SPECIFICATION, CHECKLIST AND GUIDE DOE Zero Energy Ready Home PV-Ready Checklist ...

  13. Implementation of optimum solar electricity generating system

    SciTech Connect

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

    2014-10-24

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

  14. Community-Scale High-Performance with Solar: Pulte Homes, Tucson...

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    a suite of energy-efficiency measures integrated with passive solar design and solar water heating that reduced energy use more than 50% for a community of more than 1,000 homes. ...

  15. Shopping for a Solar Home Made Easy - SunShot and the Future...

    Energy.gov [DOE] (indexed site)

    Solar homes are being sold across the country, but they can be hard to find and compare. ... Elevate Energy are working to ensure that solar is properly represented in multiple ...

  16. Selling the solar home '80: market findings for the housing industry

    SciTech Connect

    Not Available

    1980-01-01

    An overview of the current 1980's market for solar heated and cooled houses is presented. The study is based on the first, second, and third demonstration program grants awarded by HUD under the Solar Heating and Cooling Demonstration Act of 1974. The market data collection process included interviews with industry, public officials, and consumers. Profiles are provided of the typical demonstration solar house, builder, and purchaser. Considerations in planning the solar home and designing and building the home for the local market are reviewed. The attitudes and interests of the potential solar home purchaser are discussed and a profile of buyers and nonbuyers is presented; frequently asked questions are listed. Techniques and promotional tools for attracting solar home buyers are reviewed and the reactions of purchasers living in a solar house are cited. The general outlook for the solar housing market is discussed and is considered encouraging.

  17. Using EMI for Electrical Energy Disaggregation in the Home

    Gasoline and Diesel Fuel Update

    United States Primary Renewable Energy Capacity Source Hydro Conventional Primary Renewable Energy Generation Source Hydro Conventional Capacity (megawatts) Value Percent of U.S. Total Total Net Summer Electricity Capacity 1,039,137 100.0 Total Net Summer Renewable Capacity 132,711 12.8 Geothermal 2,405 0.2 Hydro Conventional 78,825 7.6 Solar 941 0.1 Wind 39,135 3.8 Wood/Wood Waste 7,037 0.7 MSW/Landfill Gas 3,690 0.4 Other Biomass 678 0.1 Generation (thousand megawatthours) Total Electricity

  18. DOE Tour of Zero: Double ZeroHouse 3.0 by KB Home | Department...

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    The DoubleZero House 3.0 by KB Home is projected to have zero energy bills thanks ... The home's 7.0-kW solar electric power offsets all of the home's electricity needs and includes ...

  19. Homeowners Guide to Leasing a Solar Electric System (Brochure...

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    considering installing a solar electric system ... to 25 years for the solar PV panels, and 10 years for the ... homeowner when the total cost of the lease is lower than ...

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

    SciTech Connect

    2008-01-01

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

  1. HIA 2015 DOE Zero Energy Ready Home Case Study: Habitat for Humanity...

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    ... Agency's Indoor airPLUS. Each home meets the hot water distribution ... In addition, homes are required to have solar electric panels installed or have the conduit and ...

  2. Critical Question #3: What are the Best Options for All-Electric Homes?

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)

    In moving toward net zero energy homes, the challenge of specifying components for all-electric homes is inevitable. In this case, what are the most cost-effective and reliable options for water heating and space conditioning

  3. Building America Top Innovations 2012: Community Scale High Performance with Solar - Pulte Homes

    SciTech Connect

    none,

    2013-01-01

    This Building America Top Innovations profile describes Pulte Homes of Tucson’s work with Building America to apply a suite of energy-efficiency measures integrated with passive solar design and solar water heating that reduced energy use more than 50% for a community of more than 1,000 homes.

  4. Community-Scale High-Performance with Solar: Pulte Homes, Tucson, AZ- Building America Top Innovation

    Energy.gov [DOE]

    This Building America Innovations profile describes Pulte Homes of Tucson’s work with Building America to apply a suite of energy-efficiency measures integrated with passive solar design and solar water heating that reduced energy use more than 50% for a community of more than 1,000 homes.

  5. The California Energy Commission's New Solar Homes Partnership Program Case Study: Promoting Greener, Better Housing in California

    Energy.gov [DOE]

    This case study analyzes data from the California Energy Commission's New Solar Homes Partnership Program, part of California's comprehensive statewide solar program, the California Solar Initiative. At the time this study was conducted, the New Solar Homes Partnership Program had installed 14,100 solar energy systems totaling 45 megawatts of capacity.

  6. Atsun Solar Electric Technology Co Ang Li Tiansheng | Open Energy...

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Co (Ang Li Tiansheng) Place: Zaozhuang, Shandong Province, China Product: Chinese PV cell and module maker. References: Atsun Solar Electric Technology Co (Ang Li...

  7. Ningbo Solar Electric Power Energy Co Ltd | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Energy Co Ltd Jump to: navigation, search Name: Ningbo Solar Electric Power Energy Co Ltd Place: Ningbo, Zhejiang Province, China Zip: 315012 Product: Chinese PV cell and module...

  8. Parabolic Trough Solar Thermal Electric Power Plants (Fact Sheet)

    SciTech Connect

    Not Available

    2006-07-01

    This fact sheet provides an overview of the potential for parabolic trough solar thermal electric power plants, especially in the Southwestern U.S.

  9. Water Impacts of High Solar PV Electricity Penetration

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

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

  10. Advanced Solar Electric Inc ASE | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Inc (ASE) Place: Thousand Oaks, California Zip: 91320 Product: US-based PV system installer. References: Advanced Solar Electric Inc (ASE)1 This article is a stub. You...

  11. Awards to Boost Research into Cheaper Solar Electricity

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    "Each of these awards makes possible a research and development direction that could significantly cut the cost of solar electricity," said Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham. "With ...

  12. Indonesia solar home systems project for rural electrification

    SciTech Connect

    Sanghvi, A.P.

    1997-12-01

    This paper presents, from a financing aspect the broad issues involved in a plan to provide solar home systems (SHS) to provide rural electrification in several areas of rural Indonesia. The paper discusses the approaches being used to provide funding, develop awareness of the technology, and assure the success of the project. The plan involves the use of grant money to help with some of the initial costs of such systems, and thereby to encourage local financing on a terms rather than cash basis. There are needs for market development, and development of a business structure in the country to support this type of technology. Provided this plan can succeed, it may serve as a model for further efforts.

  13. Home retrofitting for energy conservation and solar considerations

    SciTech Connect

    Not Available

    1981-10-01

    This manual explains both the key concepts behind our need for and our impact on energy usage, as well as a nuts-and-bolts explanation of how to improve the energy efficiency of your home. By reviewing both the concepts and practices of energy conservation, the manual presents a comprehensive picture of how home energy use is effected by the inhabitants and by the structure itself. The manual begins with an explanation of why we are looking at energy, then proceeds to explain how the heat transfer occurs between houses and humans. Next is a chapter on energy audits and how to use them, followed by a comprehensive section on energy conservation actions to do now to reduce energy use. Conservation actions include low cost/no cost measures, schemes to reduce infiltration, how to increase insulation, and what to do with windows and doors, heating and heat distribution systems, and water heaters. Solar energy options are then briefly explained, as well as the all important issues of financing and tax credits. The manual concludes with a bibliography to direct the reader to more sources of information.

  14. Building America System Research Plan for Reduction of Miscellaneous Electrical Loads in Zero Energy Homes

    SciTech Connect

    Barley, C. D.; Haley, C.; Anderson, R.; Pratsch, L.

    2008-11-01

    This research plan describes the overall scope of system research that is needed to reduce miscellaneous electrical loads (MEL) in future net zero energy homes.

  15. Could Your Home Benefit from a Small Wind Electric System? | Department of

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    Energy Could Your Home Benefit from a Small Wind Electric System? Could Your Home Benefit from a Small Wind Electric System? August 8, 2013 - 2:31pm Addthis A small wind electric system can be a clean, affordable way to power your home. | Photo courtesy of Thomas Fleckenstein, NREL 26476 A small wind electric system can be a clean, affordable way to power your home. | Photo courtesy of Thomas Fleckenstein, NREL 26476 Erik Hyrkas Erik Hyrkas Media Relations Specialist, Office of Energy

  16. Home Heating Systems | Department of Energy

    Office of Environmental Management (EM)

    separately, many homes use the following approaches: Active Solar Heating Uses the sun to heat either air or liquid and can serve as a supplemental heat source. Electric...

  17. NREL: Electric Infrastructure Systems Research - Distributed...

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    project, which uses electricity from wind turbines and solar panels to produce hydrogen. ... Electricity Integration Research Home Distributed Grid Integration Transmission Grid ...

  18. Duke Energy (Electric)- Energy Star Homes Rate Discount Program

    Energy.gov [DOE]

    Duke Energy encourages residential customers to buy energy-efficient homes through the utility's Energy Star Homes Program, which awards a rate discount to customers living in Energy Star homes. To...

  19. Duke Energy (Electric)- Energy Star Homes Rate Discount Program

    Energy.gov [DOE]

    Duke Energy encourages residential customers to buy energy-efficient homes through the utility's Energy Star Homes Program, which awards a rate discount to customers living in Energy Star homes....

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

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    Buying & Making Electricity » Hybrid Wind and Solar Electric Systems Hybrid Wind and Solar Electric Systems Because the peak operating times for wind and solar systems occur at different times of the day and year, hybrid systems are more likely to produce power when you need it. Because the peak operating times for wind and solar systems occur at different times of the day and year, hybrid systems are more likely to produce power when you need it. According to many renewable energy experts,

  1. Concentrating Solar Power (Fact Sheet), Electricity, Resources...

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    optical concentrators. * NREL's High-Flux Solar Furnace consists of a tracking heliostat ... to determine if the materials meet the optical requirements of CSP solar field components. ...

  2. Distributed Solar Photovoltaics for Electric Vehicle Charging...

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    an opportunity for market expansion of distributed solar technology. A major barrier to the current deployment of solar technology for EV charging is a lack of clear ...

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

    Energy.gov [DOE]

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

  4. Save Electricity and Fuel | Department of Energy

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    Save Electricity and Fuel Save Electricity and Fuel A photovoltaic (solar electric) system like the one shown can save you energy and money, while also producing electricity to power your home and vehicle. | Photo courtesy of Susan Bilo/NREL. A photovoltaic (solar electric) system like the one shown can save you energy and money, while also producing electricity to power your home and vehicle. | Photo courtesy of Susan Bilo/NREL. Electricity and fuel power our homes and vehicles and the choices

  5. Solar House in Milton, Massachusetts

    Energy.gov [DOE]

    This photograph features a DeSantis home that sports an 8.4-kilowatt photovoltaic (PV) solar electric system manufactured by Evergreen Solar of Marlboro, Massachusetts, and installed by groSolar of...

  6. Homebuilder's Guide to Going Solar

    DOE R&D Accomplishments

    2008-12-01

    This 8-page brochure describes the steps a builder would take to install solar electricity (photovoltaics or PV), solar water heating, or how to build a home solar ready.

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

    SciTech Connect

    Not Available

    2008-10-01

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

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

    SciTech Connect

    Not Available

    2010-03-01

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

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

    SciTech Connect

    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.

  10. Solar Successes: The Best of Today's Energy Efficient Homes (Fact Sheet)

    SciTech Connect

    Not Available

    2008-01-01

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

  11. Low temperature solar-to-electric power conversion system

    SciTech Connect

    Vitale, N.G.

    1993-07-20

    An electric power generating apparatus is described, including: a solar collector; a primary thermal loop including primary thermal fluid; a cavity receiver to receive reflected solar energy from the solar reflector, convert the solar energy into thermal energy, and transmit the thermal energy to the primary thermal fluid by heating the primary thermal fluid not to exceed a given temperature, the given temperature being substantially equal to 700 F; a Stirling engine receiving the primary thermal fluid heated by the cavity receiver, including means to generate mechanical power and means to generate electrical power from the means to generate mechanical power.

  12. Efficient Solutions for Existing Homes Case Study: Solar Water Heating in

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    Multifamily Buildings | Department of Energy Existing Homes Case Study: Solar Water Heating in Multifamily Buildings Efficient Solutions for Existing Homes Case Study: Solar Water Heating in Multifamily Buildings In spring 2014, Olive Street Development completed a major renovation project-converting an old school building in Greenfield, Massachusetts, into 12 high-performance apartments. The developer installed SDHW to reduce fossil-fuel consumption, and CARB has been monitoring the system

  13. Duke Energy Carolinas (Electric)- Energy Star Homes Rate Discount Program

    Energy.gov [DOE]

    Duke Energy Carolinas encourages residential customers to buy energy-efficient homes through the utility's Energy Star Homes Program, which awards a rate discount to customers living in Energy Star...

  14. Small Solar Electric Systems | Department of Energy

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    ... In addition to solar cells, a typical PV module or solar panel consists of these components: A transparent top surface, usually glass An encapsulant -- usually thin sheets of ethyl ...

  15. Silicon Valley Power- Solar Electric Buy Down Program

    Energy.gov [DOE]

    Silicon Valley Power (SVP) offers incentives for the installation of new grid-connected solar electric (photovoltaic, or PV) systems. Incentive levels will step down over the life of the program...

  16. Two earth sheltered passive solar residences with photovoltaic electricity

    SciTech Connect

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

    1980-01-01

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

  17. NREL Supports Development of World's Largest Solar Electric Power...

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    NREL Supports Development of World's Largest Solar Electric Power Plant Project in 14 Years October 19, 2005 Golden, Colo. - Researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) ...

  18. New Hampshire Electric Co-op- Solar Photovoltaic Incentive Program

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)

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

  19. DOE Zero Energy Ready Home Case Study: Clifton View Homes, Whidbey...

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    HERS 37 without PV or HERS -13 with 10 kW PV, enough to power the home and an electric car. ... The home has a ground-source heat pump provides radiant floor heat plus passive solar ...

  20. Electric Energy Management in the Smart Home: Perspectives on Enabling Technologies and Consumer Behavior

    SciTech Connect

    Zipperer, A.; Aloise-Young, P. A.; Suryanarayanan, S.; Zimmerle, D.; Roche, R.; Earle, L.; Christensen, D.; Bauleo, P.

    2013-08-01

    Smart homes hold the potential for increasing energy efficiency, decreasing costs of energy use, decreasing the carbon footprint by including renewable resources, and trans-forming the role of the occupant. At the crux of the smart home is an efficient electric energy management system that is enabled by emerging technologies in the electricity grid and consumer electronics. This article presents a discussion of the state-of-the-art in electricity management in smart homes, the various enabling technologies that will accelerate this concept, and topics around consumer behavior with respect to energy usage.

  1. Electric Energy Management in the Smart Home: Perspectives on Enabling Technologies and Consumer Behavior: Preprint

    SciTech Connect

    Zipperer, A.; Aloise-Young, P. A.; Suryanarayanan, S.; Roche, R.; Earle, L.; Christensen, D.; Bauleo, P.; Zimmerle. D.

    2013-08-01

    Smart homes hold the potential for increasing energy efficiency, decreasing costs of energy use, decreasing the carbon footprint by including renewable resources, and transforming the role of the occupant. At the crux of the smart home is an efficient electric energy management system that is enabled by emerging technologies in the electric grid and consumer electronics. This article presents a discussion of the state-of-the-art in electricity management in smart homes, the various enabling technologies that will accelerate this concept, and topics around consumer behavior with respect to energy usage.

  2. Powering a Home with Just 25 Watts of Solar PV. Super-Efficient Appliances Can Enable Expanded Off-Grid Energy Service Using Small Solar Power Systems

    SciTech Connect

    Phadke, Amol A.; Jacobson, Arne; Park, Won Young; Lee, Ga Rick; Alstone, Peter; Khare, Amit

    2015-04-01

    Highly efficient direct current (DC) appliances have the potential to dramatically increase the affordability of off-grid solar power systems used for rural electrification in developing countries by reducing the size of the systems required. For example, the combined power requirement of a highly efficient color TV, four DC light emitting diode (LED) lamps, a mobile phone charger, and a radio is approximately 18 watts and can be supported by a small solar power system (at 27 watts peak, Wp). Price declines and efficiency advances in LED technology are already enabling rapidly increased use of small off-grid lighting systems in Africa and Asia. Similar progress is also possible for larger household-scale solar home systems that power appliances such as lights, TVs, fans, radios, and mobile phones. When super-efficient appliances are used, the total cost of solar home systems and their associated appliances can be reduced by as much as 50%. The results vary according to the appliances used with the system. These findings have critical relevance for efforts to provide modern energy services to the 1.2 billion people worldwide without access to the electrical grid and one billion more with unreliable access. However, policy and market support are needed to realize rapid adoption of super-efficient appliances.

  3. Solar Decathlon Entry Uses iPad to Monitor Home | Department of Energy

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    Entry Uses iPad to Monitor Home Solar Decathlon Entry Uses iPad to Monitor Home August 25, 2011 - 6:27pm Addthis Erik Hyrkas Erik Hyrkas Media Relations Specialist, Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy How can I participate? The next Solar Decathlon will be held Sept. 23-Oct. 2, 2011, at the National Mall's West Potomac Park in Washington, D.C. Come check it out! In honor of the U.S Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon -- which challenges 20 collegiate teams to design, build and

  4. Solar Decathlon Teams Working Around the Clock to Assemble Homes For

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    Competition | Department of Energy Teams Working Around the Clock to Assemble Homes For Competition Solar Decathlon Teams Working Around the Clock to Assemble Homes For Competition September 14, 2011 - 12:59pm Addthis The City College of New York team gathers at the 2011 Solar Decathlon’s All-Team Meeting, immediately before the assembly stage of the competition. | Photo Credit: Carol Anna/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon. The City College of New York team gathers at the 2011

  5. NREL's Solar Radiation Research Laboratory Offers a Mesa-Top Home for

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    Global Measurement Accuracy - News Feature | NREL NREL's Solar Radiation Research Laboratory Offers a Mesa-Top Home for Global Measurement Accuracy October 11, 2016 Two men hunch over solar radiation instruments outdoors. James Augustyn (left) and former NREL scientist Tom Stoffel take readings to calibrate their instruments at this year's NREL Pyrheliometer Comparisons, held the last week of September at the Solar Radiation Research Laboratory. Photo by Dennis Schroeder, NREL This

  6. NREL's Solar Radiation Research Laboratory Offers a Mesa-Top Home for

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    Global Measurement Accuracy | Energy Systems Integration | NREL NREL's Solar Radiation Research Laboratory Offers a Mesa-Top Home for Global Measurement Accuracy October 11, 2016 Two men hunch over solar radiation instruments outdoors. James Augustyn (left) and former NREL scientist Tom Stoffel take readings to calibrate their instruments at this year's NREL Pyrheliometer Comparisons, held the last week of September at the Solar Radiation Research Laboratory. Photo by Dennis Schroeder, NREL

  7. NREL's Solar Radiation Research Laboratory Offers a Mesa-Top Home for

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    Global Measurement Accuracy | Grid Modernization | NREL NREL's Solar Radiation Research Laboratory Offers a Mesa-Top Home for Global Measurement Accuracy October 11, 2016 Two men hunch over solar radiation instruments outdoors. James Augustyn (left) and former NREL scientist Tom Stoffel take readings to calibrate their instruments at this year's NREL Pyrheliometer Comparisons, held the last week of September at the Solar Radiation Research Laboratory. Photo by Dennis Schroeder, NREL This

  8. Combining Solar and Home Performance Services | Department of...

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    More Documents & Publications Think Again A Fresh Look at Home Performance Business Models and Service Offerings (301) Lessons Learned: Peer Exchange Calls -- No. 3 Voluntary ...

  9. Empire District Electric- Solar PV Rebates

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)

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

  10. (Electric and Gas) Home Energy Solutions Rebate Program

    Energy.gov [DOE]

    Energize Connecticut, funded by Connecticut's public benefits charge, provides home energy efficiency rebate programs to customers of Connecticut Light and Power Company, United Illuminating...

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

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    Chicago Solar Express Reduces Costs, Wait Times Mercer Island celebrates the 500th Solarize installation in the state of Washington with a ribbon cutting at the Auto-Spa car wash. ...

  12. Salem Electric- Solar Water Heater Rebate

    Energy.gov [DOE]

    Salem Electric residential customers with electric water heating are eligible for a $600 rebate through Salem's Bright Way program. A program brochure with details is available on the program...

  13. Solar Electric Power Association | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Washington, DC Product: Nonprofit organization whose membership consists of more than 100 electric service providers, utilities, manufacturers, government agencies, research...

  14. NorthWestern Energy (Electric)- E+ Home Lighting Fixtures Rebate Program

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)

    NorthWestern Energy offers a variety of rebates for residential customers to make energy efficiency improvements in their existing homes. Electric supply customers who purchase or implement energy...

  15. Electric Power Board of Chattanooga- Energy Efficient New Homes Program for Builders & Developers

    Energy.gov [DOE]

    The Electric Power Board of Chattanooga, in collaboration with the Tennessee Valley Authority, offers an incentive to builders and developers of single-family and multi-family homes to build energy...

  16. New energy-conserving passive solar single-family homes. Cycle 5, Category 2 HUD solar heating and cooling demonstration program

    SciTech Connect

    Not Available

    1981-01-01

    The 91 new single-family, energy-conserving passive solar homes described represent award winning designs of the series of five demonstration cycles of the HUD program. Information is presented to help builders and lenders to understand passive solar design, to recognize passive solar buildings, and to provide specific design, construction, and marketing suggestions and details. The first section describes the concept of passive solar energy, explains the various functions which passive solar systems must perform, and discusses the various types of passive systems found in the Cycle 5 projects. The second section discusses each of the 91 solar homes. The third section details the issues of climate requirements and site design concerns, gives examples of building construction, and suggests how to market solar homes. The appendices address more technical aspects of the design and evaluation of passive solar homes.

  17. Homebuilder's Guide to Going Solar (Brochure)

    SciTech Connect

    Not Available

    2008-12-01

    This 8-page brochure describes the steps a builder would take to install solar electricity (photovoltaics or PV), solar water heating, or how to build a home solar ready.

  18. City of Lancaster- Mandatory Solar Requirement for New Homes

    Energy.gov [DOE]

    PV is not required on all homes within a production subdivision, but the builder must meet the aggregate requirement within the subdivision. For example, one house with twice the required PV can ...

  19. NREL: Concentrating Solar Power Research - TroughNet Home Page

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    Steam is coming out of the generation system building. Power Plant Systems Parabolic Trough Data and Resources Industry Partners Solar Data Power Plant Data Models and Tools System ...

  20. Solar Decathlon Homes-- They’re Not Just for Show

    Energy.gov [DOE]

    Have you ever wondered what happens to Solar Decathlon Houses after the competition? We explore where some of the houses are now.

  1. Clay Electric Cooperative, Inc- Solar Thermal Loans

    Energy.gov [DOE]

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

  2. East Coast blizzard cuts into gasoline demand, but home electricity...

    Energy Information Administration (EIA) (indexed site)

    demand rises U.S. monthly gasoline consumption declined in January, as the big winter storm that shut down many East Coast cities kept people in their homes and off the road. ...

  3. PROJECT PROFILE: Solar Electric Power Association (Solar Market Pathways) |

    Energy Saver

    Dynamics LLC (T2M2) PROJECT PROFILE: Solar Dynamics LLC (T2M2) Funding Opportunity: Technology to Market 2 SunShot Subprogram: Technology to Market Location: Broomfield, CO SunShot Award Amount: $799,981 Awardee Cost Share: $199,995 This project will develop a new kind of concentrating solar power (CSP) system that can be used in place of peaking natural gas power plants. A new molten-salt tower peaker concept is being developed that can provide the same capacity and ancillary benefits and is

  4. NREL Solar Technology Will Warm Air at 'Home' - News Feature | NREL

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    NREL Solar Technology Will Warm Air at 'Home' July 30, 2010 Photo of a building coved in perforated metal, with two men standing next to it. Enlarge image NREL's Craig Christensen and Chuck Kutscher stand next to a wall at the RSF that uses their award-winning transpired air collector technology. Credit: Dennis Schroeder Sometimes the way back home isn't straightforward. But once you find your way, you know you'll be welcomed with open arms. Transpired solar air collector technology PDF ,

  5. Solar Decathlon at Home in the D.C. Community | Department of Energy

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    at Home in the D.C. Community Solar Decathlon at Home in the D.C. Community December 4, 2012 - 4:25pm Addthis One of the new homeowners, Layika Culley, and her family cut the ribbon to her new ultra-efficient home in the historic Deanwood neighborhood. For more photos of the Empowerhouse ribbon cutting, <a href="/node/580963">view our photo gallery</a>. | Photo courtesy of Sarah Gerrity, Energy Department. One of the new homeowners, Layika Culley, and her family cut the

  6. Bear Valley Electric Service- Solar Initiative Program

    Energy.gov [DOE]

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

  7. Selling Into the Sun: Price Premium Analysis of a Multi-State Dataset of Solar Homes

    Energy.gov [DOE]

    Homes with solar photovoltaic (PV) systems have multiplied in the United States recently, reaching more than half a million in 2014, in part due to plummeting PV costs and innovative financing options. As PV systems become an increasingly common feature of U.S. homes, the ability to assess the value of these homes appropriately will become increasingly important. At the same time, capturing the value of PV to homes will be important for facilitating a robust residential PV market. Appraisers and real estate agents have made strides toward valuing PV homes, and several limited studies have suggested the presence of PV home premiums; however, gaps remain in understanding these premiums for housing markets nationwide. To fill these gaps, researchers from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) and their collaborators from other institutions conducted the most comprehensive PV home premium analysis to date. The study more than doubles the number of PV home sales previously analyzed, examines transactions in eight states, and spans the years 2002–2013. The results impart confidence that PV consistently adds value across a variety of states, housing and PV markets, and home types.

  8. Efficient Solutions for Existing Homes Case Study: Solar Water...

    Energy Saver

    The developer installed SDHW to reduce fossil-fuel consumption, and CARB has been monitoring the system since its completion. Solar Water Heating in Multifamily Buildings (703.51 ...

  9. High-Performance Home Technologies: Solar Thermal & Photovoltaic...

    Energy Saver

    ... Average 15 Minute Interval Peak Demand ZEH vs. Non-ZEH July, ... Technologies: Solar Thermal & Photovoltaic ... The most basic part of many PV systems is the Cell. A cell ...

  10. Homes

    Energy.gov [DOE]

    Learn about how the Energy Department is working to improve energy use in homes and ways you can take action to reduce your home's energy bills.

  11. NREL Funds Research into Low-Cost Solar Electricity

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    Funds Research into Low-Cost Solar Electricity Media contact: George Douglas (303) 275-4096 e:mail: george_douglas@nrel.gov Golden, Colo., Dec. 8, 1997 -- C Contracts worth about $60 million over three years will be awarded under the Thin Film PV (photovoltaic) Partnership program at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Recipients of the money will research ways to lower the cost of producing electricity from sunlight using photovoltaic semiconductors that

  12. Module Embedded Microninverter Smart Grid Ready Residential Solar Electric System

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    Impact $3/W total installed price vs. GE base residential system @ $4/W; $0.13/kWh LCOE (< average EIA 2015 retail electricity price) $0.10/W (30%) reduction of microinverter cost, and >$0.25/W reduction of installed price; Safety, MPPT and grid support functions including Volt/VAR support Module Embedded Microninverter Smart Grid Ready Residential Solar Electric System RUI ZHOU/ GE GLOBAL RESEARCH Develop and demonstrate power electronics technologies that address the following

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

    Energy Saver

    ... (W) or kilowatts (kW). If possible, have the bids specify the system capacity in "AC Watts" (alternating current) under ... Also request an estimate of the amount of energy that the ...

  14. Passive solar retrofit: how to add natural heating and cooling to your home

    SciTech Connect

    Strickler, D.J.

    1982-01-01

    This do-it-yourself guide includes information on planning and maintaining a passive retrofit home. Information is given on: evaluating an individual house; climate, and situation; deciding on most appropriate solar features; determining the need for outside help and locating it; applying for financial assistance and tax credits; choosing materials; and construction. Also covered are: house insulation, auxiliary heating and cooling, decorating the passive solar retrofit, essential weather data, construction guidelines, a list of manufacturers of solar materials, and a reference supplement are included.

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

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)

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

  16. Water Impacts of High Solar PV Electricity Penetration

    SciTech Connect

    Macknick, Jordan; Cohen, Stuart

    2015-09-01

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

  17. Illuminating Solar Decathlon Homes: Exploring Next Generation Lighting Technology - Light Emitting Diodes

    SciTech Connect

    Gordon, Kelly L.; Gilbride, Theresa L.

    2008-05-22

    This report was prepared by PNNL for the US Department of Energy Building Technologies Program, Solid-State Lighting Program. The report will be provided to teams of university students who are building houses for the 2009 Solar Decathlon, a home design competition sponsored in part by DOE, to encourage teams to build totally solar powered homes. One aspect of the competition is lighting. This report provides the teams with information about LED lighting that can help them determine how they incorporate LED lighting into their homes. The report provides an overview of LED technology, a status of where LED technology is today, questions and answers about lighting quality, efficiency, lifetime etc.; numerous examples of LED products; and several weblinks for further research.

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

    Energy.gov [DOE] (indexed site)

    electric energy prices and peak solar electric photovoltaic (PV) output can improve the economics of PV installations, and can also facilitate the wider use of hourly pricing." ...

  19. NREL: Solar and Wind Could Provide up to 30% of Electricity on...

    Office of Environmental Management (EM)

    NREL: Solar and Wind Could Provide up to 30% of Electricity on Eastern Power Grid NREL: Solar and Wind Could Provide up to 30% of Electricity on Eastern Power Grid September 1, ...

  20. High-Performance Home Technologies: Solar Thermal & Photovoltaic Systems

    SciTech Connect

    Baechler, M.; Gilbride, T.; Ruiz, K.; Steward, H.; Love, P.

    2007-06-01

    This document is the sixth volume of the Building America Best Practices Series. It presents information that is useful throughout the United States for enhancing the energy efficiency practices in the specific climate zones that are presented in the first five Best Practices volumes. It provides an introduction to current photovoltaic and solar thermal building practices. Information about window selection and shading is included.

  1. Appliances, Lighting, Electronics, and Miscellaneous EquipmentElectricity Use in New Homes

    SciTech Connect

    Brown, Richard E.; Rittelman, William; Parker, Danny; Homan,Gregory

    2007-02-28

    The "Other" end-uses (appliances, lighting, electronics, andmiscellaneous equipment) continue to grow. This is particularly true innew homes, where increasing floor area and amenities are leading tohigher saturation of these types of devices. This paper combines thefindings of several field studies to assess the current state ofknowledge about the "Other" end-uses in new homes. The field studiesinclude sub-metered measurements of occupied houses in Arizona, Florida,and Colorado, as well as device-level surveys and power measurements inunoccupied new homes. We find that appliances, lighting, electronics, andmiscellaneous equipment can consume from 46 percent to 88 percent ofwhole-house electricity use in current low-energy homes. Moreover, theannual consumption for the "Other" end-uses is not significantly lower innew homes (even those designed for low energy use) compared to existinghomes. The device-level surveys show that builder-installed equipment isa significant contributor to annual electricity consumption, and certaindevices that are becoming more common in new homes, such as structuredwiring systems, contribute significantly to this power consumption. Thesefindings suggest that energy consumption by these "Other" end uses isstill too large to allow cost-effective zero-energy homes.

  2. DOE Tour of Zero: The Courtyards by High Performance Homes |...

    Office of Environmental Management (EM)

    The average monthly energy bill will be about 100. 3 of 30 The solar electric panels on this home look similar to traditional roof shingles but provide 7 kW of solar power. They ...

  3. Miscellaneous electricity use in U.S. homes

    SciTech Connect

    Sanchez, Marla C.; Koomey, Jonathan G.; Moezzi, Mithra M.; Meier, Alan; Huber, Wolfgang

    1999-09-30

    Historically, residential energy and carbon saving efforts have targeted conventional end uses such as water heating, lighting and refrigeration. The emergence of new household appliances has transformed energy use from a few large and easily identifiable end uses into a broad array of ''miscellaneous'' energy services. This group of so called miscellaneous appliances has been a major contributor to growth in electricity demand in the past two decades. We use industry shipment data, lifetimes, and wattage and usage estimates of over 90 individual products to construct a bottom-up end use model (1976-2010). The model is then used to analyze historical and forecasted growth trends, and to identify the largest individual products within the miscellaneous end use. We also use the end use model to identify and analyze policy priorities. Our forecast projects that over the period 1996 to 2010, miscellaneous consumption will increase 115 TWh, accounting for over 90 percent of future residential electricity growth. A large portion of this growth will be due to halogen torchiere lamps and consumer electronics, making these two components of miscellaneous electricity a particularly fertile area for efficiency programs. Approximately 20 percent (40 TWh) of residential miscellaneous electricity is ''leaking electricity'' or energy consumed by appliances when they are not performing their principal function. If the standby power of all appliances with a standby mode is reduced to one watt, the potential energy savings equal 21 TWh/yr, saving roughly $1-2 billion annually.

  4. Solar in the Real World: Tour of Solar Homes Begins in October

    Energy.gov [DOE]

    The National Solar Tour takes place annually during the first Saturday in October in conjunction with National Energy Awareness Month.

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

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)

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

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

    SciTech Connect

    Solar Energy Technologies Program

    2011-05-03

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

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

    SciTech Connect

    1981-04-01

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

  8. Project SUNN solar home (APTECH AZ-81-54). Final report

    SciTech Connect

    Birkey, R.C.

    1983-01-01

    The design and construction of the SUNN solar home utilizing energy conservation relevant to the constuction needs of the Navajo Nation has met with success, most particularly in its initial student and Navajo leadership training programs. The overall size of the structural concept was increased dramatically (from the modest 700 to 900 square foot model to an 1856 sq. ft. structure) in order to accommodate the Window Rock School District with a practical building and the placement of SUNN home in a highly visible area of the school grounds. A cooperation was formed with the school district with intentions to increase the potential for publicity, community involvement, utilize students in the construction process, and develop professional interest in the utilization and transfer of SUNN home technologies for other Navajo communities.

  9. Passive solar design strategies: Remodeling guidelines for conserving energy at home

    SciTech Connect

    Not Available

    1991-01-01

    The idea of passive solar is simple, but applying it effectively does require information and attention to the details of design and construction. Some passive solar techniques are modest and low-cost, and require only small changes in remodeler's typical practice. At the other end of the spectrum, some passive solar systems can almost eliminate a house's need for purchased heating (and in some cases, cooling) energy -- but probably at a relatively high first cost. In between are a broad range of energy-conserving passive solar techniques. Whether or not they are cost-effective, practical and attractive enough to offer a market advantage to any individual remodeler depends on very specific factors such as local costs, climate, and market characteristics. Passive solar design strategies: Remodeling Guidelines For Conserving Energy At Homes is written to help give remodelers the information they need to make these decisions. Passive Solar Design Strategies is a package in three basic parts: The Guidelines contain information about passive solar techniques and how they work, and provides specific examples of systems which will save various percentages of energy; The Worksheets offer a simple, fill-in-the-blank method to pre-evaluate the performance of a specific design; The Worked Example demonstrates how to complete the worksheets for a typical residence.

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

    SciTech Connect

    2012-01-11

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

  11. Technische Universität Darmstadt 2007 Solar Decathlon House

    Energy.gov [DOE]

    This photograph features the winning home from the 2007 Solar Decathlon competition. It has wooden louvers that provide shading and privacy, and simultaneously generates electricity through...

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

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    Solar PV in New York City? | Department of Energy Real-Time Pricing: Is Real-Time Electricity Pricing Beneficial to Solar PV in New York City? Solar Real-Time Pricing: Is Real-Time Electricity Pricing Beneficial to Solar PV in New York City? The goal of this study is to evaluate the validity of the following statement: "the coincidence of high electric energy prices and peak solar electric photovoltaic (PV) output can improve the economics of PV installations, and can also facilitate

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

    DOEpatents

    Cousins, Peter John

    2012-06-26

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

  14. DOE Tour of Zero: Whitewebs Lane House by Clifton View Homes...

    Energy Saver

    The south-facing roof is designed to hold enough solar photovoltaic panels to power the home and an electric car. 2 of 11 This home is expected to save 880 per year in energy ...

  15. Energy 101: Solar PV

    SciTech Connect

    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.

  16. Energy 101: Solar PV

    ScienceCinema

    None

    2016-07-12

    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.

  17. Solar Electric Generating System II finite element analysis

    SciTech Connect

    Dohner, J.L.; Anderson, J.R.

    1994-04-01

    On June 2, 1992, Landers` earthquake struck the Solar Electric Generating System II, located in Daggett, California. The 30 megawatt power station, operated by the Daggett Leasing Corporation (DLC), suffered substantial damage due to structural failures in the solar farm. These failures consisted of the separation of sliding joints supporting a distribution of parabolic glass mirrors. At separation, the mirrors fell to the ground and broke. It was the desire of the DLC and the Solar Thermal Design Assistance Center (STDAC) of Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) and to redesign these joints so that, in the event of future quakes, costly breakage will be avoided. To accomplish this task, drawings of collector components were developed by the STDAC, from which a detailed finite element computer model of a solar collector was produced. This nonlinear dynamic model, which consisted of over 8,560 degrees of freedom, underwent model reduction to form a low order nonlinear dynamic model containing only 40 degrees of freedom. This model was then used as a design tool to estimate joint dynamics. Using this design tool, joint configurations were modified, and an acceptable joint redesign determined. The results of this analysis showed that the implementation of metal stops welded to support shafts for the purpose of preventing joint separation is a suitable joint redesign. Moreover, it was found that, for quakes of Landers` magnitude, mirror breakage due to enhanced vibration in the trough assembly is unlikely.

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

    SciTech Connect

    Not Available

    1991-12-31

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

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

    SciTech Connect

    Not Available

    1991-01-01

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

  20. Buying and Making Electricity | Department of Energy

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    Energy Saver » Buying and Making Electricity Buying and Making Electricity You can make your own electricity by installing a small solar electric (photovoltaic) system at your home. | Photo courtesy of Susan Bilo/NREL. You can make your own electricity by installing a small solar electric (photovoltaic) system at your home. | Photo courtesy of Susan Bilo/NREL. You can take advantage of clean, renewable energy by buying "green power" or by making your own electricity with a small home

  1. Solar Electric Grid Integration- Advanced Concepts (SEGIS-AC) Funding Opportunity

    Energy.gov [DOE]

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

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

    SciTech Connect

    Not Available

    2008-01-01

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

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

    SciTech Connect

    none,

    2013-01-01

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

  4. SolarCity and the Hawaiian Electric Companies | Energy Systems Integration

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    | NREL SolarCity and the Hawaiian Electric Companies NREL is collaborating with SolarCity at the Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF) to address the safety, reliability, and stability challenges of interconnecting high penetrations of distributed photovoltaics (PV) with the electric power system. "We know how important the option of solar is for our customers. Solving these issues requires that everyone-utilities, the solar industry, and other leading technical experts like

  5. SEPCO - Solar Electric Power Company | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Place: Stuart, Florida Zip: 34994 Sector: Solar Product: Commercial Solar Lighting & Off Grid Solar Power Systems Year Founded: 1994 Phone Number: 772-220-6615 Website:...

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

    SciTech Connect

    Not Available

    2010-10-01

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

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

    SciTech Connect

    Solar Energy Technologies Program

    2010-10-11

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

  8. 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.

  9. DOE Tour of Zero: Port Hadlock by Clifton View Homes | Department...

    Energy Saver

    The ultra-efficient home has 7.56 kW of solar electric panels on the roof that help it to achieve annual energy bills of 35. The solar panels are installed on the durable, ...

  10. DISTRIBUTION OF ELECTRIC CURRENTS IN SOLAR ACTIVE REGIONS

    SciTech Connect

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

    2014-02-10

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

  11. DOE Tour of Zero: ICF Home by Charis Homes | Department of Energy

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    ICF Home by Charis Homes DOE Tour of Zero: ICF Home by Charis Homes 1 of 22 Charis Homes built this 5,505-square-foot home in North Canton, Ohio, to the performance criteria of the U.S. Department of Energy Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) program. 2 of 22 The south-facing roof above the garage was designed for the addition of a solar photovoltaic electric generation system. 3 of 22 The builder took advantage of the sloping lot with a daylight basement design that permits more living space on a

  12. DOE Tour of Zero: ICF Home by Charis Homes | Department of Energy

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    ICF Home by Charis Homes DOE Tour of Zero: ICF Home by Charis Homes Addthis 1 of 22 Charis Homes built this 5,505-square-foot home in North Canton, Ohio, to the performance criteria of the U.S. Department of Energy Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) program. 2 of 22 The south-facing roof above the garage was designed for the addition of a solar photovoltaic electric generation system. 3 of 22 The builder took advantage of the sloping lot with a daylight basement design that permits more living space

  13. Solar-Assisted Electric Vehicle Charging Station Interim Report

    SciTech Connect

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

    2011-09-01

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

  14. The DOE Solar Thermal Electric Program Concentrator Technology Project

    SciTech Connect

    Mancini, T.R.

    1991-01-01

    The project comprises the development of concentrating solar collectors, heliostats and dishes, and the development of optical materials. Because the solar concentrator represents from 40 to 60% of the cost of a solar thermal electric system, the continued development of high-performance concentrators is very important to the commercial viability of these systems. The project is currently testing two large area heliostats, the SPECO 200 m{sup 2} heliostat and the ATS 150 m{sup 2} heliostat and also trying to reduce the cost of the heliostats through the development of stretched-membrane heliostats. Stretched-membrane heliostats are made by attaching thin metal membranes to the two sides of a circular, metal ring. A slight vacuum in the plenum between the two membranes is used to focus the heliostat. The optical surface is provided by a silver-acrylic film, ECP 305. A prototype 100 m{sup 2} commercial unit has been built and is currently being tested. Parabolic dish concentrators are under development for use on dish-Stirling electric systems. The state-of-the-art dish is the McDAC/SCE faceted glass concentrator. Because of the success of stretched-membrane technology for heliostats, the project applied the technology to parabolic dish development and is currently designing a near-term, faceted, stretched-membrane dish. The current thrust of the program in optical materials development is the development of a low-cost, high-performance, silver-acrylic film. 3M's ECP 305 has demonstrated substantial improvement over previous films in its resistance to corrosion, longer life. An experimental film, developed at SERI, has promise for further improving the lifetime of the ECP 305. The project is currently investigating solutions to the problem of separation between the silver and acrylic layers of the film in the presence of water.

  15. Wisdom Way Solar Village: Design, Construction, and Analysis of a Low Energy Community

    SciTech Connect

    Aldrich, R.

    2012-08-01

    This report describes work conducted at the Wisdom Way Solar Village (WWSV), a community of 10 high performance duplexes (20 homes) in Greenfield, MA, constructed by Rural Development, Inc. (RDI). Building America's CARB team monitored temperatures and comfort in several homes during the winter of 2009-2010, and tracked utility bill information from 13 occupied homes. Because of efficient lights, appliances, and conscientious home occupants, the energy generated by the solar electric systems exceeded the electric energy used in most homes.

  16. A home-made system for IPCE measurement of standard and dye-sensitized solar cells

    SciTech Connect

    Palma, Giuseppina; Cozzarini, Luca; Capria, Ennio; Fraleoni-Morgera, Alessandro E-mail: afraleoni@units.it

    2015-01-15

    A home-made system for incident photon-to-electron conversion efficiency (IPCE) characterization, based on a double-beam UV-Vis spectrophotometer, has been set up. In addition to its low cost (compared to the commercially available apparatuses), the double-beam configuration gives the advantage to measure, autonomously and with no need for supplementary equipment, the lamp power in real time, compensating possible variations of the spectral emission intensity and quality, thus reducing measurement times. To manage the optical and electronic components of the system, a custom software has been developed. Validations carried out on a common silicon-based photodiode and on a dye-sensitized solar cell confirm the possibility to adopt this system for determining the IPCE of solar cells, including dye-sensitized ones.

  17. Building America Top Innovations Hall of Fame Profile … Community Scale High-Performance with Solar: Pulte Homes, Tucson, AZ

    Energy Saver

    Homes' Civano project in Tucson, Arizona, is one of the few communities in the United States to integrate passive and active solar with a comprehensive building science strategy. Many builders remain resistant to adopting high-performance innovations based on misconceptions about high cost and design challenges. Thus, Building America projects such as Pulte Homes' Civano project in Tucson, Arizona, have an extraordinary impact, demonstrating the business case for adopting proven

  18. Solar electric thermal hydronic (SETH) product development project

    SciTech Connect

    Stickney, B.L.; Sindelar, A.

    2000-10-01

    Positive Energy, Inc. received a second Technology Maturation and Commercialization Project Subcontract during the 1999 round of awards. This Subcontract is for the purpose of further aiding Positive Energy, Inc. in preparing its Solar Electric Thermal Hydronic (SETH) control and distribution package for market introduction. All items of this subcontracted project have been successfully completed. This Project Report contains a summary of the progress made during the SETH Development Project (the Project) over the duration of the 1999 Subcontract. It includes a description of the effort performed and the results obtained in the pursuit of intellectual property protection and development of product documentation for the end users. This report also summarizes additional efforts taken by and for the SETH project outside of the Subcontract. It presents a chronology of activities over the duration of the Subcontract, and includes a few selected sample copies of documents offered as evidence of their success.

  19. Solar electricity for Africa: The case of Kenya

    SciTech Connect

    Plas, R.J. van der

    1997-12-01

    This paper presents results of two recent World Bank efforts made in Kenya, Niger, and Cameroon to study the impact of two different renewable projects, one a Micro-Lights program involving about 500 lanterns and the second a survey of 410 households using solar electricity systems. The Micro-Lights program showed that users have distinct preferences in the style of the lamps, that they are willing to spend cash, and that they demand good quality. They may be initially satisfied, but rapidly want more from their purchases. The photoelectric system survey touched less than 1% of such households, and looked at user education, system size, satisfaction, expectations, age of system, appliances, and expectations.

  20. NREL: Solar and Wind Could Provide up to 30% of Electricity on Eastern

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    Power Grid | Department of Energy NREL: Solar and Wind Could Provide up to 30% of Electricity on Eastern Power Grid NREL: Solar and Wind Could Provide up to 30% of Electricity on Eastern Power Grid September 1, 2016 - 12:41pm Addthis Through high-performance computing capabilities and innovative visualization tools, the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) determined that the eastern United States could handle even higher penetration levels of wind and solar. The

  1. EERE SunShot's SHINES Program: Enabling a Rapidly Solarizing Electricity

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    Grid Through Energy Storage | Department of Energy SunShot's SHINES Program: Enabling a Rapidly Solarizing Electricity Grid Through Energy Storage EERE SunShot's SHINES Program: Enabling a Rapidly Solarizing Electricity Grid Through Energy Storage January 19, 2016 - 11:01am Addthis 1 of 4 Austin Energy - This is a photo of the Mueller development, where Austin Energy is planning to install the SHINES energy storage project. The Mueller neighborhood has the largest concentration of solar

  2. Chapter 4: Advancing Clean Electric Power Technologies | Solar...

    Energy.gov [DOE] (indexed site)

    Solar energy offers a number of strategic benefits to the United States. Replacing fossil-fuel combustion with solar energy reduces emissions of human-induced greenhouse...

  3. Distributed Solar PV for Electricity System Resiliency: Policy...

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    CONSIDERATIONS ABSTRACT Distributed solar photovoltaic (PV) systems have the ... DESIGNING PV SYSTEMS TO PROVIDE ENERGY RESILIENCY Deploying solar PV technology in ...

  4. Sandia Energy - Solar Resource Assessment

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    Solar Resource Assessment Home Stationary Power Energy Conversion Efficiency Solar Energy Photovoltaics Solar Resource Assessment Solar Resource AssessmentTara...

  5. Sandia Energy - Solar Market Transformation

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    Solar Market Transformation Home Stationary Power Energy Conversion Efficiency Solar Energy Photovoltaics Solar Market Transformation Solar Market TransformationTara...

  6. DOE Tour of Zero: Row Homes at RidgeGate by Thrive Home Builders |

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    Department of Energy Row Homes at RidgeGate by Thrive Home Builders DOE Tour of Zero: Row Homes at RidgeGate by Thrive Home Builders 1 of 14 Thrive Home Builders constructed this multifamily building in Denver, Colorado, to the performance criteria of the DOE Energy Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) program. 2 of 14 Each 1,815-square-foot unit is estimated to have average utility costs of less than $45 a month from the combined energy-efficiency measures and a 2.6-kW solar electric generation

  7. DOE Tour of Zero: Row Homes at RidgeGate by Thrive Home Builders |

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    Department of Energy Row Homes at RidgeGate by Thrive Home Builders DOE Tour of Zero: Row Homes at RidgeGate by Thrive Home Builders Addthis 1 of 14 Thrive Home Builders constructed this multifamily building in Denver, Colorado, to the performance criteria of the DOE Energy Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) program. 2 of 14 Each 1,815-square-foot unit is estimated to have average utility costs of less than $45 a month from the combined energy-efficiency measures and a 2.6-kW solar electric

  8. Hodges residence: performance of a direct gain passive solar home in Iowa

    SciTech Connect

    Hodges, L.

    1980-01-01

    Results are presented for the performance of the Hodges residence, a 2200-square-foot earth-sheltered direct gain passive solar home in Ames, Iowa, during the 1979-80 heating season, its first occupied season. No night insulation was used on its 500 square feet of double-pane glass. Total auxiliary heat required was 43 GJ (41 MBtu) gross and 26 GJ (25 MBtu) net, amounting, respectively, to 60 and 36 kJ/C/sup 0/-day-m/sup 2/ (2.9 and 1.8 Btu/F/sup 0/-day-ft/sup 2/). The heating season was unusually cloudy and included the cloudiest January in the 21 years of Ames insolation measurements. Results are also presented for the performance of the hollowcore floor which serves as the main storage mass and for the comfort range in the house.

  9. Hodges residence: performance of a direct gain passive solar home in Iowa

    SciTech Connect

    Hodges, L.

    1980-01-01

    Results are presented for the performance of the Hodges Residence, a 2200-square-foot earth-sheltered direct gain passive solar home in Ames, Iowa, during the 1979-80 heating season, its first occupied season. No night insulation was used on its 500 square feet of double-pane glass. Total auxiliary heat required was 43 GJ (41 MBTU) gross and 26 GJ (25 MBTU) net, amounting, respectively, to 60 and 36 kJ/C/sup 0/-day-m/sup 2/ (2.9 and 1.8 BTU/F/sup 0/-day-ft/sup 2/). The heating season was unusually cloudy and included the cloudiest January in the 21 years of Ames insolation measurements. Results are also presented for the performance of the hollow-core floor which serves as the main storage mass and for the comfort range in the house.

  10. System manual for the University of Pennsylvania retrofitted solar heated Philadelphia row home (SolaRow)

    SciTech Connect

    Zinnes, I.; Lior, N.

    1980-05-01

    The University of Pennsylvania SolaRow house, an urban row home retrofitted for comfort and domestic hot water heating, was extensively instrumented for performance monitoring and acquisition of weather and solar radiation data. This report describes the heating and instrumentation systems, provides the details for instrumentation, piping and valve identification, and specifies the operation and maintenance of the heating and data acquisition systems. The following are included: (1) system flow diagrams; (2) valve and cable identification tables; (3) wiring diagrams; and (4) start-up, normal operation, shut-down, maintenance and trouble-shooting procedures. It thus provides the necessary technical information to permit system operation and monitoring, overall system performance analysis and optimization, and acquisition of climatological data.

  11. DOE Tour of Zero: 19th Avenue by TC Legend Homes | Department of Energy

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    19th Avenue by TC Legend Homes DOE Tour of Zero: 19th Avenue by TC Legend Homes 1 of 8 TC Legend Homes built this 2,463-square-foot home in Seattle, Washington, to the performance criteria of the DOE Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) program. 2 of 8 The home's high-performance SIP walls and roof combined with advanced HVAC and a 9.5-kW solar electric generating system plus solar water heating to provide the homeowner with nearly $1,900 in annual energy cost savings compared to a similar-sized home

  12. DOE Tour of Zero: 22nd Avenue by TC Legend Homes | Department of Energy

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    22nd Avenue by TC Legend Homes DOE Tour of Zero: 22nd Avenue by TC Legend Homes Addthis 1 of 5 TC Legend Homes built this 4,472-square-foot home in Seattle, Washington, to the performance criteria of the U.S. Department of Energy Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) program. 2 of 5 The 22nd Avenue home is on the north edge of a narrow, sloped urban infill lot, allowing for maximum solar exposure on the south side of the home if the homeowner chooses to install solar electric panels. For increased water

  13. EERE Success Story-Electric Cooperatives Channel Solar Resources to Rural

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    American Communities | Department of Energy Electric Cooperatives Channel Solar Resources to Rural American Communities EERE Success Story-Electric Cooperatives Channel Solar Resources to Rural American Communities February 4, 2016 - 12:07pm Addthis The CoServ Solar Station in Krugerville, Texas. Photo: KEN OLTMANN/CoServ The CoServ Solar Station in Krugerville, Texas. Photo: KEN OLTMANN/CoServ Some of the most remote areas in the United States were also some of the last places to get access

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

    DOE PAGES [OSTI]

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

    2015-06-05

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

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

    SciTech Connect

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

    2015-06-05

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

  16. Wind and Solar-Electric (PV) Systems Exemption | Department of...

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    taxation, but the real property (i.e., the land on which the solar energy generating system is located) is still subject to property tax. Wind and solar energy production...

  17. Solar Electric Grid Integration - Advanced Concepts (SEGIS-AC) Funding

    Energy Saver

    Energy Opening Ceremony and VIP Ribbon Cutting Solar Decathlon Opening Ceremony and VIP Ribbon Cutting September 21, 2011 - 1:52pm Addthis Solar Decathlon 2011 at West Potomac Park Solar Decathlon 2011 at West Potomac Park Program Features Government Officials, Students and Foreign Dignitaries WASHINGTON, DC - A ceremony on Thursday featuring U.S. government officials, students, foreign dignitaries and event sponsors will officially open the solar village of the U.S. Department of Energy

  18. Incentives and Financing for Energy Efficient Homes | Department of Energy

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    Services » Incentives and Financing for Energy Efficient Homes Incentives and Financing for Energy Efficient Homes Financial incentives and financing programs can help with the cost of making energy efficient home improvements and installing renewable energy systems, such as solar electricity. | Photo courtesy of Dennis Schroeder/NREL. Financial incentives and financing programs can help with the cost of making energy efficient home improvements and installing renewable energy systems, such as

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

    SciTech Connect

    Not Available

    1992-12-01

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

  20. Energy Department Announces $15 Million to Integrate Affordable Solar Energy into Nation’s Electrical Grid

    Energy.gov [DOE]

    Supporting the goals of the Obama Administration’s Climate Action Plan, the Energy Department today announced $15 million in available funding to help integrate distributed, on-site solar energy systems into the nation’s electrical grid.

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

    Energy.gov [DOE]

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

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

    Energy.gov [DOE]

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

  3. New Ulm Public Utilities- Solar Electric Rebate Program

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)

    New Ulm Public Utilities provides solar photovoltaic (PV) rebates for residential, commercial, and industrial customers. Rebates are for $1 per nameplate watt, and customers must sign a net...

  4. Denton Municipal Electric- GreenSense Solar Rebate Program

    Energy.gov [DOE]

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

  5. Measured electric hot water standby and demand loads from Pacific Northwest homes

    SciTech Connect

    Pratt, R.G.; Ross, B.A.

    1991-11-01

    The Bonneville Power Administration began the End-Use Load and Consumer Assessment Program (ELCAP) in 1983 to obtain metered hourly end-use consumption data for a large sample of new and existing residential and commercial buildings in the Pacific Northwest. Loads and load shapes from the first 3 years of data fro each of several ELCAP residential studies representing various segments of the housing population have been summarized by Pratt et al. The analysis reported here uses the ELCAP data to investigate in much greater detail the relationship of key occupant and tank characteristics to the consumption of electricity for water heating. The hourly data collected provides opportunities to understand electricity consumption for heating water and to examine assumptions about water heating that are critical to load forecasting and conservation resource assessments. Specific objectives of this analysis are to: (A) determine the current baseline for standby heat losses by determining the standby heat loss of each hot water tank in the sample, (B) examine key assumptions affecting standby heat losses such as hot water temperatures and tank sizes and locations, (C) estimate, where possible, impacts on standby heat losses by conservation measures such as insulating tank wraps, pipe wraps, anticonvection valves or traps, and insulating bottom boards, (D) estimate the EF-factors used by the federal efficiency standards and the nominal R-values of the tanks in the sample, (E) develop estimates of demand for hot water for each home in the sample by subtracting the standby load from the total hot water load, (F) examine the relationship between the ages and number of occupants and the hot water demand, (G) place the standby and demand components of water heating electricity consumption in perspective with the total hot water load and load shape.

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

    SciTech Connect

    Not Available

    2014-11-01

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

  7. Energy Systems Integration: NREL + SolarCity and the Hawaiian Electric Companies (Fact Sheet)

    SciTech Connect

    Not Available

    2015-02-01

    This fact sheet describes the collaboration between NREL, SolarCity, and the Hawaiian Electric Companies at the Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF) to address the safety, reliability, and stability challenges of interconnecting high penetrations of distributed photovoltaics with the electric power system.

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

    SciTech Connect

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

    2014-07-01

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

  9. Build-it-yourself solar water heater: reduce electric use

    SciTech Connect

    Not Available

    1982-01-01

    Drawings and instructions for a simple breadbox-style solar water heater are presented. This booklet is a step-by-step guide to building a solar water heater for approximately 15 percent of the cost of most commercially-installed systems. This system does not provide as much energy as the commercially available systems. (MHR)

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

    Energy.gov [DOE]

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

  11. Community Shared Solar: Policy and Regulatory Considerations (Brochure), NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    1 COMMUNITY SHARED SOLAR POLICY AND REGULATORY CONSIDERATIONS ABSTRACT Shared solar, also called community solar, is an increasingly popular business model for deploying distributed solar technology. Shared solar projects allow customers that do not have suffcient solar resource, that rent their homes, or that are otherwise unable or unwilling to install solar on their residences, to buy or lease a portion of a shared solar system. The participant's share of the electricity generated is credited

  12. Piedmont EMC- Solar Water Heating Rebate Program

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)

    Piedmont Electric Membership Corporation is offering a $500 rebate to its residential members who install solar water heaters on their homes. The utility recommends but does not require the system...

  13. Non-Space Heating Electrical Consumption in Manufactured Homes: Residential Construction Demonstration Project Cycle II : Final Report.

    SciTech Connect

    Onisko, Stephen A.; Roos, Carolyn; Baylon, David

    1993-06-01

    This report summarizes submeter data of the non-space heating electrical energy use in a sample of manufactured homes. These homes were built to Super Good Cents insulation standards in 1988 and 1989 under the auspices of RCDP Cycle 2 of the Bonneville Power Administration. They were designed to incorporate innovations in insulation and manufacturing techniques developed to encourage energy conservation in this important housing type. Domestic water heating (DWH) and other non-space heat energy consumption, however, were not generally affected by RCDP specifications. The purpose of this study is to establish a baseline for energy conservation in these areas and to present a method for estimating total energy saving benefits associated with these end uses. The information used in this summary was drawn from occupant-read submeters and manufacturersupplied specifications of building shell components, appliances and water heaters. Information was also drawn from a field review of ventilation systems and building characteristics. The occupant survey included a census of appliances and occupant behavior in these manufactured homes. A total of 150 manufactured homes were built under this program by eight manufacturers. An additional 35 homes were recruited as a control group. Of the original 185 houses, approximately 150 had some usable submeter data for domestic hot water and 126 had usable submeter data for all other nonheating consumption. These samples were used as the basis for all consumption analysis. The energy use characteristics of these manufactured homes were compared with that of a similar sample of RCDP site-built homes. In general, the manufactured homes were somewhat smaller and had fewer occupants than the site-built homes. The degree to which seasonal variations were present in non-space heat uses was reviewed.

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

    SciTech Connect

    Not Available

    2014-09-01

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

  15. DOE Tour of Zero: 19th Avenue by TC Legend Homes | Department of Energy

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    19th Avenue by TC Legend Homes DOE Tour of Zero: 19th Avenue by TC Legend Homes Addthis 1 of 8 TC Legend Homes built this 2,463-square-foot home in Seattle, Washington, to the performance criteria of the DOE Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) program. 2 of 8 The home's high-performance SIP walls and roof combined with advanced HVAC and a 9.5-kW solar electric generating system plus solar water heating to provide the homeowner with nearly $1,900 in annual energy cost savings compared to a

  16. Treatment of Solar Generation in Electric Utility Resource Planning

    SciTech Connect

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

    2013-10-01

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

  17. Alliant Energy Interstate Power and Light (Gas and Electric)- New Home Construction Incentives

    Energy.gov [DOE]

    Interstate Power and Light's New Home Program gives incentives to builders and contractors who build energy efficient homes. A base rebate is available to those customers that make the minimum...

  18. DOE Zero Energy Ready Home Solar Hot Water-Ready Checklist

    Energy.gov [DOE]

    DOE Zero Energy Ready Home National Program encourages, but does not require, consideration of this checklist. 

  19. Table 2a. Electricity Consumption and Electricity Intensities...

    Energy Information Administration (EIA) (indexed site)

    Administration Home Page Home > Commercial Buildings Home > Sq Ft Tables > Table 2a. Electricity Consumption per Sq Ft Table 2a. Electricity Consumption and Electricity...

  20. Microsoft PowerPoint - Durango Solar La Plata Electric Public...

    Office of Legacy Management (LM)

    ... cell LTSP, Section 4.0 contains numerous technical requirements for a solar PV system placed on the cell to protect the integrity of the cover * Restrictions on disturbing top of ...

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

    Energy.gov [DOE]

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

  2. Overview and Challenges of Thin Film Solar Electric Technologies

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    ... 1000 MW per year of a-Si power modules. The new company is called Best Solar and is based in China. 3 Thin-Film ... The processes are close-space sublimation, ...

  3. Energy Systems Integration: NREL + SolarCity and the Hawaiian Electric Companies (Fact Sheet), NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    SOLARCITY AND THE HAWAIIAN ELECTRIC COMPANIES NREL is collaborating with solar energy company SolarCity at the ESIF to address the safety, reliability, and stability challenges of interconnecting high penetrations of distributed photovoltaics (PV) with the electric power system. The work includes collaboration with the Hawaiian Electric Companies to analyze high-penetration solar scenarios using advanced modeling and inverter testing at the ESIF. R&D STRATEGY The ESIF's unique megawatt-scale

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

    SciTech Connect

    1980-07-01

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

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

    SciTech Connect

    Milligan, Michael

    2015-05-15

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

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

    SciTech Connect

    Prabhu, E.

    2006-03-01

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

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

    SciTech Connect

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

    2014-01-01

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

  8. Wind and solar power electric generation to see strong growth over the next two years

    Energy Information Administration (EIA) (indexed site)

    Wind and solar power electric generation to see strong growth over the next two years The amount of electricity generated by wind in the United States is expected to increase by 15 percent this year...and grow another 8 percent in 2014. The U.S. Energy Information Administration's new monthly Short-Term Energy Outlook says the increase in wind power will be due to the new wind turbines coming online thanks to the federal production tax credit that was recently extended by Congress. Solar power

  9. Evaluation of power production from the solar electric generating systems at Kramer Junction: 1988 to 1993

    SciTech Connect

    Kolb, G.J.

    1994-12-31

    The five Solar Electric Generating Systems (SEGS) at Kramer Junction, California, now have nearly 30 years of cumulative operating experience. These 30 MW plants employ parabolic trough technology originally deployed by LUZ International in the late 1980`s and are now managed, operated and maintained by the Kramer Junction Company. In this paper, Sandia National Laboratories performed an analysis of the annual energy production from the five plants. Annual solar-to-electric conversion efficiencies are calculated and the major factors that influenced the results are presented. The generally good efficiencies are primarily attributed to the excellent equipment availabilities achieved at all plants.

  10. DOE Tour of Zero: The Capri by LifeStyle Homes | Department of...

    Energy Saver

    Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) program. 2 of 15 With energy-efficient construction and a 6.8-kW solar photovoltaic ... year, plus enough to help power an electric car. 3 of 15 ...

  11. DOE Announces New Projects to Modernize America's Electric Grid | Solar |

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    NREL DOE Announces New Projects to Modernize America's Electric Grid NREL to co-lead DOE's multi-lab Grid Modernization Laboratory Consortium January 14, 2016 Today, U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz announced up to $220 million in new funding for a consortium of DOE national laboratories and partners to support critical research and development over the next three years to help modernize our nation's electrical power grid. The secretary also announced the release of DOE's

  12. NEST HOME

    Energy.gov [DOE]

    The Missouri University of Science and Technology returns for its sixth Solar Decathlon with its team’s 2015 entry, the Nest Home, designed to serve a family “from a full nest to an empty nest.”

  13. Nationwide: Slashing Red Tape To Speed Solar Deployment for Homes and Businesses

    Energy.gov [DOE]

    Rooftop Solar Challenge helped cut permitting time by 40 percent and reduce fees by over 10 percent, opening the door to make it faster and easier for more than 47 million Americans to install solar.

  14. DOE Tour of Zero: Perkins Road by Revival Homes | Department of Energy

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    Perkins Road by Revival Homes DOE Tour of Zero: Perkins Road by Revival Homes 1 of 24 Revival Homes built this 1,380-square-foot home in Litchfield, Connecticut, to the performance criteria of the DOE Ready Home (ZERH) program. 2 of 24 The energy- and water-saving measures incorporated in this efficient home combined with the 7.6-kW solar electric generation system should save the homeowners an estimated $3,860 per year and $167,000 over a 30-year mortgage compared to a similar home built to

  15. DOE Tour of Zero: Whitewebs Lane House by Clifton View Homes | Department

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    of Energy Whitewebs Lane House by Clifton View Homes DOE Tour of Zero: Whitewebs Lane House by Clifton View Homes 1 of 11 Clifton View Homes built this 1,852-square-foot home in Greenbank, Washington, to the performance criteria of the U.S. Department of Energy Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) program. The south-facing roof is designed to hold enough solar photovoltaic panels to power the home and an electric car. 2 of 11 This home is expected to save $880 per year in energy costs after cutting

  16. DOE Tour of Zero: Perkins Road by Revival Homes | Department of Energy

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    Perkins Road by Revival Homes DOE Tour of Zero: Perkins Road by Revival Homes Addthis 1 of 24 Revival Homes built this 1,380-square-foot home in Litchfield, Connecticut, to the performance criteria of the DOE Ready Home (ZERH) program. 2 of 24 The energy- and water-saving measures incorporated in this efficient home combined with the 7.6-kW solar electric generation system should save the homeowners an estimated $3,860 per year and $167,000 over a 30-year mortgage compared to a similar home

  17. Do You Wonder How Much Energy Your Home Could Get from Solar or Wind?

    Energy.gov [DOE]

    Have you ever thought about installing wind or solar energy on your property? Learn more about it in this post.

  18. Cost, Design, and Performance of Solar Hot Water in Cold-Climate Homes

    SciTech Connect

    2006-05-03

    This paper examines long-term performance of two solar hot water heating systems in the northern climate zone.

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

    Energy.gov [DOE]

    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.

  20. Overview and Challenges of Thin Film Solar Electric Technologies

    SciTech Connect

    Ullal, H. S.

    2008-12-01

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

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

    SciTech Connect

    Jones, Nic; Norris, Ben; Meyer, Lisa

    2013-02-14

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

  2. Method of removing the effects of electrical shorts and shunts created during the fabrication process of a solar cell

    DOEpatents

    Nostrand, Gerald E.; Hanak, Joseph J.

    1979-01-01

    A method of removing the effects of electrical shorts and shunts created during the fabrication process and improving the performance of a solar cell with a thick film cermet electrode opposite to the incident surface by applying a reverse bias voltage of sufficient magnitude to burn out the electrical shorts and shunts but less than the break down voltage of the solar cell.

  3. Rooftop Solar PV & Firefighter Safety

    Energy.gov [DOE]

    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.

  4. DOE Zero Energy Ready Home Case Study: TC Legend Homes, Seattle, Washington

    SciTech Connect

    none,

    2013-09-01

    This house incorporates slab-on-grade, EPS roof, and radiant heating with an air-to-water heat pump that also preheats domestic hot water. Without counting in the solar panels, the home earns a home energy rating system (HERS) score of 37, with projected utility bills of about $740 a year. With the 6.4-kW photovoltaic power system installed on the roof, the home’s HERS scores drops to -1 and utility bills for the all-electric home drop to zero. This home was awarded a 2013 Housing Innovation Award in the affordable builder category.

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

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)

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

  6. DOE Tour of Zero: The Solar Residence by e2 Homes | Department...

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    their lower surface from below, for up to 30% greater power production. All wiring is hidden within the canopy's aluminum support beams. 6 of 12 The home's porch roof consists of...

  7. July 17 ESTAP Webinar: Resilient Solar-Storage Systems for Homes...

    Energy.gov [DOE] (indexed site)

    Online registration is available. Addthis Related Articles August 22 ESTAP Webinar: A Solar Storage Microgrid for the Energy City of the Future May 20 ESTAP Webinar: Commissioning ...

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

    SciTech Connect

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

    2012-04-01

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

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

    Office of Environmental Management (EM)

    By installing solar panels on their homes, consumers are able to effectively lock in the price of electricity they will pay in the years ahead, acting as an insulator against ...

  10. Measured Performance of Occupied, Side-by-Side, South Texas Homes

    SciTech Connect

    Chasar, Dave; vonSchramm, Valerie

    2012-09-01

    The performance of three homes in San Antonio, Texas with identical floor plans and orientation were evaluated through a partnership between the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC), CPS Energy, and Woodside Homes of South Texas. Measurements included whole house gas and electric use as well as heating, cooling, hot water, major appliances and indoor and outdoor conditions. One home built to builder standard practice served as the control, while the other homes demonstrated high performance features. Utility peak electric load comparisons of these dual-fuel homes provide an assessment of envelope and equipment improvements.

  11. Energy 101: Concentrating Solar Power | Department of Energy

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    Concentrating Solar Power Energy 101: Concentrating Solar Power Addthis Description From towers to dishes to linear mirrors to troughs, concentrating solar power (CSP) technologies reflect and collect solar heat to generate electricity. A single CSP plant can generate enough power for about 90,000 homes. This video explains what CSP is, how it works, and how systems like parabolic troughs produce renewable power. Text Version Below is the text version for the Energy 101: Concentrating Solar

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

    SciTech Connect

    Sutherland, R.J.

    1981-01-01

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

  13. edition Not Available 14 SOLAR ENERGY; SOLAR ENERGY; EDUCATIONAL...

    Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI)

    Home economics: student activities. Field test edition Not Available 14 SOLAR ENERGY; SOLAR ENERGY; EDUCATIONAL TOOLS; CURRICULUM GUIDES; GLAZING; HOUSES; SOLAR COOKERS; SOLAR...

  14. Sandia Energy - Solar Glare Hazard Analysis Tool

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    Solar Glare Hazard Analysis Tool Home Stationary Power Energy Conversion Efficiency Solar Energy Photovoltaics Solar Market Transformation Solar Glare Hazard Analysis Tool Solar...

  15. Do You Wonder How Much Energy Your Home Could Get from Solar...

    Energy.gov [DOE] (indexed site)

    where you would construct wind or solar, and plug in a few details about the installation you want. The tool will then estimate how much power you could make throughout the year. ...

  16. DOE Tour of Zero: The Emery by Addison Homes | Department of Energy

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    The Emery by Addison Homes DOE Tour of Zero: The Emery by Addison Homes 1 of 12 Addison Homes built this 4,551-square-foot home in Greenville, South Carolina, to the performance criteria of the U.S. Department of Energy Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) program. 2 of 12 The 7.62-kW solar electric generation system uses roof-integrated photovoltaic shingles for a low profile; the photovoltaics help reduce utility bills by more than $2,000. 3 of 12 The rear of the home takes advantage of a sloping lot

  17. Energy 101: Concentrating Solar Power

    ScienceCinema

    None

    2016-07-12

    From towers to dishes to linear mirrors to troughs, concentrating solar power (CSP) technologies reflect and collect solar heat to generate electricity. A single CSP plant can generate enough power for about 90,000 homes. This video explains what CSP is, how it works, and how systems like parabolic troughs produce renewable power. For more information on the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's CSP research, see the Solar Energy Technology Program's Concentrating Solar Power Web page at http://www1.eere.energy.gov/solar/csp_program.html.

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

    SciTech Connect

    Lotker, M.

    1991-11-01

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

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

    SciTech Connect

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

    1992-12-31

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

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

    SciTech Connect

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

    1987-03-01

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

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

    SciTech Connect

    Not Available

    2012-06-01

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

  2. Randolph EMC- Energy Efficient Home Discount Program

    Energy.gov [DOE]

    Randolph Electric Membership Corporation offers a special electric bill discount to members who increase the energy efficiency of homes through the Energy Efficient Home Discount Program. Members...

  3. DOE Challenge Home Program

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    solar ready details where there is a strong solar resource. ... Zero energy ready homes sounded like such a huge leap for ... of air, will share the pros and cons of these ...

  4. You won`t find these leaks with a blower door: The latest in {open_quotes}leaking electricity{close_quotes} in homes

    SciTech Connect

    Rainer, L.; Greenberg, S.; Meier, A.

    1996-08-01

    Leaking electricity is the energy consumed by appliances when they are switched off or not performing their principal functions. Field measurements in Florida, California, and Japan show that leaking electricity represents 50 to 100 Watts in typical homes, corresponding to about 5 GW of total electricity demand in the United States. There are three strategies to reduce leaking electricity: eliminate leakage entirely, eliminate constant leakage and replace with intermittent charge plus storage, and improve efficiency of conversion. These options are constrained by the low value of energy savings-less than $5 per saved Watt. Some technical and lifestyle solutions are proposed. 13 refs., 1 fig., 2 tabs.

  5. Evaluation of a High-Performance Solar Home in Loveland, Colorado

    SciTech Connect

    Hendron, R.; Eastment, M.; Hancock, E.; Barker, G.; Reeves, P.

    2006-01-01

    Building America (BA) partner McStain Neighborhoods built the Discovery House in Loveland, Colorado, with an extensive package of energy-efficient features, including a high-performance envelope, efficient mechanical systems, a solar water heater integrated with the space-heating system, a heat-recovery ventilator (HRV), and ENERGY STAR? appliances. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Building Science Consortium (BSC) conducted short-term field-testing and building energy simulations to evaluate the performance of the house. These evaluations are utilized by BA to improve future prototype designs and to identify critical research needs. The Discovery House building envelope and ducts were very tight under normal operating conditions. The HRV provided fresh air at a rate of about 75 cfm (35 l/s), consistent with the recommendations of ASHRAE Standard 62.2. The solar hot water system is expected to meet the bulk of the domestic hot water (DHW) load (>83%), but only about 12% of the space-heating load. DOE-2.2 simulations predict whole-house source energy savings of 54% compared to the BA Benchmark [1]. The largest contributors to energy savings beyond McStain's standard practice are the solar water heater, HRV, improved air distribution, high-efficiency boiler, and compact fluorescent lighting package.

  6. Evaluation of a High-Performance Solar Home in Loveland, Colorado: Preprint

    SciTech Connect

    Hendron, R.; Eastment, M.; Hancock, E.; Barker, G.; Reeves, P.

    2006-08-01

    Building America (BA) partner McStain Neighborhoods built the Discovery House in Loveland, Colorado, with an extensive package of energy-efficient features, including a high-performance envelope, efficient mechanical systems, a solar water heater integrated with the space-heating system, a heat-recovery ventilator (HRV), and ENERGY STAR appliances. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Building Science Consortium (BSC) conducted short-term field-testing and building energy simulations to evaluate the performance of the house. These evaluations are utilized by BA to improve future prototype designs and to identify critical research needs. The Discovery House building envelope and ducts were very tight under normal operating conditions. The HRV provided fresh air at a rate of about 35 l/s (75 cfm), consistent with the recommendations of ASHRAE Standard 62.2. The solar hot water system is expected to meet the bulk of the domestic hot water (DHW) load (>83%), but only about 12% of the space-heating load. DOE-2.2 simulations predict whole-house source energy savings of 54% compared to the BA Benchmark. The largest contributors to energy savings beyond McStain's standard practice are the solar water heater, HRV, improved air distribution, high-efficiency boiler, and compact fluorescent lighting package.

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

    SciTech Connect

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

    2010-05-26

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

  8. Energy Department Invests $12 Million to Slash Red Tape and Speed Solar

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    Deployment for Homes and Businesses | Department of Energy 2 Million to Slash Red Tape and Speed Solar Deployment for Homes and Businesses Energy Department Invests $12 Million to Slash Red Tape and Speed Solar Deployment for Homes and Businesses November 6, 2013 - 8:30am Addthis News Media Contact (202) 586-4940 WASHINGTON - As part of the Obama Administration's efforts to ensure America's continued leadership in clean energy and double renewable electricity generation once again by 2020,

  9. NREL: Innovation Impact Home Page

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    NREL Innovation Impact Menu Home Home Solar Solar Wind Wind Analysis Analysis Bioenergy Bioenergy Buildings Buildings Transportation Transportation Manufacturing Manufacturing Energy Systems Integration Energy Systems Integration Innovation Impact NREL has a rich history of scientific innovation and partnering with industry. Explore examples of our accomplishments across renewable energy and energy efficiency research. Solar Solar Wind Wind Analysis Analysis Bioenergy Bioenergy Buildings

  10. If I generate 20 percent of my national electricity from wind...

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    If I generate 20 percent of my national electricity from wind and solar - what does it do to my GDP and Trade Balance ? Home I think that the economics of fossil fuesl are well...

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

    SciTech Connect

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

    1995-11-01

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

  12. Adobe Solar | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Adobe Solar Jump to: navigation, search Logo: Adobe Solar Name: Adobe Solar Place: Denver, Colorado Region: Rockies Area Sector: Solar Product: solar electric systems Phone Number:...

  13. Un-Nanostructuring Solar Cells | ANSER Center | Argonne-Northwestern...

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    Un-Nanostructuring Solar Cells Home > Research > ANSER Research Highlights > Un-Nanostructuring Solar Cells...

  14. Webinar: ENERGY STAR Hot Water Systems for High Performance Homes |

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    Department of Energy ENERGY STAR Hot Water Systems for High Performance Homes Webinar: ENERGY STAR Hot Water Systems for High Performance Homes This presentation is from the Building America research team BA-PIRC webinar on September 30, 2011 providing informationprovide information about how to achieve energy savings from solar water heating, electric dedicated heat pump water heating, and gas tankless systems. es_hot_water_systems.pdf (7.66 MB) More Documents & Publications Tankless

  15. Solar Contractor Licensing | Department of Energy

    Energy.gov [DOE] (indexed site)

    < Back Eligibility InstallersContractors Savings Category Solar - Passive Solar Water Heat Solar Space Heat Solar Thermal Electric Solar Thermal Process Heat Solar Photovoltaics...

  16. The Treatment of Solar Generation in Electric Utility Resource Planning (Presentation), NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    The Treatment of Solar Generation in Electric Utility Resource Planning NREL Webinar Karlynn Cory, John Sterling, Mike Taylor, and Joyce McLaren January 14, 2014 NREL/PR-6A20-60946 2 Logistics * Participants are joined in listen-only mode. * Use the Q&A panel to ask questions during the webinar. We will hold all questions until the end of the webinar. o To ask a question: - Click Q&A at the top of the Live Meeting Window - Type your question in the Q&A box - Click "Ask" to

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

    SciTech Connect

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

    2006-05-01

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

  18. REFLECT HOME

    Energy.gov [DOE]

    Sacramento is nicknamed the City of Trees, so it made sense for the California State University, Sacramento, team to showcase nature in its Solar Decathlon 2015 project. The team’s Reflect Home does just that by embracing the city’s sense of expansive greenery.

  19. On the Path to SunShot: Emerging Issues and Challenges in Integrating High Levels of Solar into the Electrical Generation and Transmission System

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    800 Emerging Issues and Challenges in Integrating High Levels of Solar into the Electrical Generation and Transmission System Cover photos (clockwise from top left): Solar Design Associates, Inc., NREL 08563; SolarReserve; Dennis Schroeder, NREL 30551; and iStock 000075760625 On the Path to SunShot: Emerging Issues and Challenges in Integrating High Levels of Solar into the Electrical Generation and Transmission System Paul Denholm, Kara Clark, and Matt O'Connell National Renewable Energy

  20. Measured electric hot water standby and demand loads from Pacific Northwest homes. End-Use Load and Consumer Assessment Program

    SciTech Connect

    Pratt, R.G.; Ross, B.A.

    1991-11-01

    The Bonneville Power Administration began the End-Use Load and Consumer Assessment Program (ELCAP) in 1983 to obtain metered hourly end-use consumption data for a large sample of new and existing residential and commercial buildings in the Pacific Northwest. Loads and load shapes from the first 3 years of data fro each of several ELCAP residential studies representing various segments of the housing population have been summarized by Pratt et al. The analysis reported here uses the ELCAP data to investigate in much greater detail the relationship of key occupant and tank characteristics to the consumption of electricity for water heating. The hourly data collected provides opportunities to understand electricity consumption for heating water and to examine assumptions about water heating that are critical to load forecasting and conservation resource assessments. Specific objectives of this analysis are to: (A) determine the current baseline for standby heat losses by determining the standby heat loss of each hot water tank in the sample, (B) examine key assumptions affecting standby heat losses such as hot water temperatures and tank sizes and locations, (C) estimate, where possible, impacts on standby heat losses by conservation measures such as insulating tank wraps, pipe wraps, anticonvection valves or traps, and insulating bottom boards, (D) estimate the EF-factors used by the federal efficiency standards and the nominal R-values of the tanks in the sample, (E) develop estimates of demand for hot water for each home in the sample by subtracting the standby load from the total hot water load, (F) examine the relationship between the ages and number of occupants and the hot water demand, (G) place the standby and demand components of water heating electricity consumption in perspective with the total hot water load and load shape.

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

    SciTech Connect

    Subudhi, M.; Carroll, D.P.; Kasturi, S.

    1994-01-01

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

  2. Effect of simultaneous electrical and thermal treatment on the performance of bulk heterojunction organic solar cell blended with organic salt

    SciTech Connect

    Sabri, Nasehah Syamin; Yap, Chi Chin; Yahaya, Muhammad; Salleh, Muhamad Mat

    2013-11-27

    This work presents the influence of simultaneous electrical and thermal treatment on the performance of organic solar cell blended with organic salt. The organic solar cells were composed of indium tin oxide as anode, poly[2-methoxy-5-(2-ethylhexyloxy)-1,4-phenylenevinylene]: (6,6)-phenyl-C61 butyric acid methyl ester: tetrabutylammonium hexafluorophosphate blend as organic active layer and aluminium as cathode. The devices underwent a simultaneous fixed-voltage electrical and thermal treatment at different temperatures of 25, 50 and 75 °C. It was found that photovoltaic performance improved with the thermal treatment temperature. Accumulation of more organic salt ions in the active layer leads to broadening of p-n doped regions and hence higher built-in electric field across thin intrinsic layer. The simultaneous electrical and thermal treatment has been shown to be able to reduce the electrical treatment voltage.

  3. Sandia Energy - Concentrating Solar Power Technical Management...

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    Concentrating Solar Power Technical Management Position Home Renewable Energy Energy Facilities News Concentrating Solar Power Solar Job Listing National Solar Thermal Test...

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

    SciTech Connect

    Forsberg, C.

    2012-07-01

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

  5. A long-term strategic plan for development of solar thermal electric technology

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    Williams, T.A.; Burch, G.; Chavez, J.M.; Mancini, T.R.; Tyner, C.E.

    1997-06-01

    Solar thermal electric (STE) technologies--parabolic troughs, power towers, and dish/engine systems--can convert sunlight into electricity efficiently and with minimum effect on the environment. These technologies currently range from developmental to early commercial stages of maturity. This paper summarizes the results of a recent strategic planning effort conducted by the US department of Energy (DOE) to develop a long-term strategy for the development of STE technologies. The planning team led by DOE included representatives from the solar thermal industry, domestic utilities, state energy offices, and Sun{center_dot}Lab (the cooperative Sandia National laboratories/National Renewable Energy Laboratory partnership that supports the STE Program) as well as project developers. The plan was aimed at identifying specific activities necessary to achieve the DOE vision of 20 gigawatts of installed STE capability by the year 2020. The planning team developed five strategies that both build on the strengths of, and opportunities for, STE technology and address weaknesses and threats. These strategies are to: support future commercial opportunities for STE technologies; demonstrate improved performance and reliability of STE components and systems; reduce STE energy costs; develop advanced STE systems and applications; and address nontechnical barriers and champion STE power. The details of each of these strategies are discussed.

  6. Transient electrically detected magnetic resonance spectroscopy applied to organic solar cells

    SciTech Connect

    Kraffert, Felix; Steyrleuthner, Robert; Meier, Christoph; Bittl, Robert; Behrends, Jan

    2015-07-27

    The influence of light-induced paramagnetic states on the photocurrent generated by polymer:fullerene solar cells is studied using spin-sensitive techniques in combination with laser-flash excitation. For this purpose, we developed a setup that allows for simultaneous detection of transient electron paramagnetic resonance as well as transient electrically detected magnetic resonance (trEDMR) signals from fully processed and encapsulated solar cells. Combining both techniques provides a direct link between photoinduced triplet excitons, charge transfer states, and free charge carriers as well as their influence on the photocurrent generated by organic photovoltaic devices. Our results obtained from solar cells based on poly(3-hexylthiophene) as electron donor and a fullerene-based electron acceptor show that the resonant signals observed in low-temperature (T = 80 K) trEDMR spectra can be attributed to positive polarons in the polymer as well as negative polarons in the fullerene phase, indicating that both centers are involved in spin-dependent processes that directly influence the photocurrent.

  7. Types of Homes | Department of Energy

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    Homes Types of Homes Manufactured homes are one type of home that may require special considerations for energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies. | Photo courtesy of Florida Solar Energy Center. Manufactured homes are one type of home that may require special considerations for energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies. | Photo courtesy of Florida Solar Energy Center. Some types of homes may require different considerations when it comes to energy efficiency. You may be

  8. SunShot-funded Advanced Inverter Testing Enables 2,500 Solar Energy Systems to Connect to Hawaiis Electric Grid

    Energy.gov [DOE]

    Thanks to a SunShot collaboration at the Energy Departments National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) more than 2,500 Hawaiian Electric customers will connect solar power to the electrical grid...

  9. Million Solar Strong | Department of Energy

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    Million Solar Strong Million Solar Strong Addthis 1 of 7 SunShot funding helped 2,700 Hawaiian homes and businesses go solar. Using advanced inverters and systems integration research, the company was able to clear a massive backlog of projects that were installed but weren't yet connected to the grid. Thanks to SunShot, thousands of projects flipped the switch, while maintaining the safety and reliability of the electric grid. 2 of 7 This 2-megawatt solar array at the CoServ Solar Station in

  10. Energy 101: Solar PV | Department of Energy

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    Solar PV Energy 101: Solar PV Addthis Description 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. Text Version Below is the text version for the Energy 101: Solar PV video. The video opens with "Energy 101: Solar PV." This is followed by a timelapse shot of a city skyline as day turns to night. All right, we all know

  11. Solar

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    Stationary Power Energy Conversion Efficiency Solar Energy Wind Energy Water Power ... Sciences Applications National Solar Thermal Test Facility Nuclear Energy ...

  12. Trinity Solar | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    search Name: Trinity Solar Place: Freehold, New Jersey Zip: 7728 Sector: Solar Product: A provider of solar energy systems to home and business owners. Coordinates: 42.376865,...

  13. Outdoor Solar Lighting | Department of Energy

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    Electricity & Fuel Lighting Outdoor Solar Lighting Outdoor Solar Lighting Outdoor solar lights use solar cells, which convert sunlight into electricity, and are easy to ...

  14. [pic] EERE Web Site Statistics - Solar Decathlon

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    ... |1.|Department of Energy Solar Decathlon Home Page http: www. solardecathl on. org |43,756|61,116| |2.|EERE: Department of Energy Solar Decathlon Home Page http: ...

  15. DOE Challenge Home Case Study, Clifton View Homes, Coupeville...

    Energy Saver

    Clifton, founder of Clifton View Homes, achieved an impressive Home Energy Rating System (HERS) score of 34 (without solar panels) on a two-story structure completed in July 2011 ...

  16. Line-Focus Solar Collector

    Energy.gov [DOE]

    Solar thermal electric technologies, such as this concentrating solar power parabolic trough, use highly reflective materials to capture the sun's energy and produce electricity. Shown is solar...

  17. Crop drying by indirect active hybrid solar - Electrical dryer in the eastern Algerian Septentrional Sahara

    SciTech Connect

    Boughali, S.; Bouchekima, B.; Mennouche, D.; Bouguettaia, H.; Bechki, D.; Benmoussa, H.

    2009-12-15

    In the present work, a new specific prototype of an indirect active hybrid solar-electrical dryer for agricultural products was constructed and investigated at LENREZA Laboratory, University of Ouargla (Algerian Sahara). In the new configuration of air drying passage; the study was done in a somewhat high range of mass flow rate between 0.04 and 0.08 kg/m{sup 2} s a range not properly investigated by most researchers. Experimental tests with and without load were performed in winter season in order to study the thermal behavior of the dryer and the effect of high air masse flow on the collector and system drying efficiency. The fraction of electrical and solar energy contribution versus air mass flow rate was investigated. Slice tomato was studied with different temperatures and velocities of drying air in order to study the influence of these parameters on the removal moisture content from the product and on the kinetics drying and also to determine their suitable values. Many different thin layer mathematical drying models were compared according to their coefficient of determination (R{sup 2}) and reduced chi square ({chi}{sup 2}) to estimate experimental drying curves. The Middli model in this condition proved to be the best for predicting drying behavior of tomato slice with (R{sup 2} = 0.9995, {chi}{sup 2} = 0.0001). Finally an economic evaluation was calculated using the criterion of payback period which is found very small 1.27 years compared to the life of the dryer 15 years. (author)

  18. Solar Energy Potential | Department of Energy

    Energy.gov [DOE] (indexed site)

    Sources Home Fossil Nuclear Renewable Energy Renewable Energy Home Biomass Geothermal Solar Water Wind Energy Efficiency Energy Efficiency Home Building Design Building Design...

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

    SciTech Connect

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

    2013-11-28

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

  20. Initial appraisal of solar thermal electric energy in Tibet and Xinjiang Provinces, People`s Republic of China

    SciTech Connect

    Li Junfeng; Zhu Li; Liu Zhan; Zhang Yuan; Washom, B.; Kolb, G.

    1998-07-01

    At the request of US sponsors Spencer Management Associates (SMA) and Sun{diamond}Lab, China`s Center for Renewable Energy Development and former Ministry of Electric Power conducted an initial appraisal of the issues involved with developing China`s first solar thermal electric power plant in the sunbelt regions of Tibet or Xinjiang provinces. The appraisal concerns development of a large-scale, grid-connected solar trough or tower project capable of producing 30 or more megawatts of electricity. Several of the findings suggest that Tibet could be a niche market for solar thermal power because a solar plant may be the low-cost option relative to other methods of generating electricity. China has studied the concept of a solar thermal power plant for quite some time. In 1992, it completed a pre-feasibility study for a SEGS-type parabolic trough plant with the aid of Israel`s United Development Limited. Because the findings were positive, both parties agreed to conduct a full-scale feasibility study. However, due to funding constraints, the study was postponed. Most recently, Sun{diamond}Lab and SMA asked China to broaden the analysis to include tower as well as trough concepts. The findings of this most recent investigation completed i November of 1997, are the subject of this paper. The main conclusions of all studies conducted to date suggest that a region in the proximity of Lhasa, Tibet, offers the best near-term opportunity within China. The opportunities for solar thermal power plants in other regions of China were also investigated.

  1. Electric properties and carrier multiplication in breakdown sites in multi-crystalline silicon solar cells

    SciTech Connect

    Schneemann, Matthias; Carius, Reinhard; Rau, Uwe; Kirchartz, Thomas

    2015-05-28

    This paper studies the effective electrical size and carrier multiplication of breakdown sites in multi-crystalline silicon solar cells. The local series resistance limits the current of each breakdown site and is thereby linearizing the current-voltage characteristic. This fact allows the estimation of the effective electrical diameters to be as low as 100 nm. Using a laser beam induced current (LBIC) measurement with a high spatial resolution, we find carrier multiplication factors on the order of 30 (Zener-type breakdown) and 100 (avalanche breakdown) as new lower limits. Hence, we prove that also the so-called Zener-type breakdown is followed by avalanche multiplication. We explain that previous measurements of the carrier multiplication using thermography yield results higher than unity, only if the spatial defect density is high enough, and the illumination intensity is lower than what was used for the LBIC method. The individual series resistances of the breakdown sites limit the current through these breakdown sites. Therefore, the measured multiplication factors depend on the applied voltage as well as on the injected photocurrent. Both dependencies are successfully simulated using a series-resistance-limited diode model.

  2. What Changed in Article 690-Solar Photovoltaic Systems- of the 1999 National Electrical Code?

    SciTech Connect

    Bower, W.; Wiles, J.

    1999-01-12

    Article 690, Solar Photovoltaic Power Systems, has been in the National Electrical Code (NEC) since 1984. An NFPA-appointed Task Group for Article 690 proposed changes to Article 690 for both the 1996 and 1999 codes. The Task Group, supported by more than 50 professionals from throughout the photovoltaic (PV) industry, met seven times during the 1999 code cycle to integrate the needs of the industry with the needs of electrical inspectors and end users to ensure the safety of PV systems. The Task Group proposed 57 changes to Article 690, and all the changes were accepted in the review process. The performance and cost of PV installations were always a consideration as these changes were formed but safety was the number-one priority. All of the proposals were well substantiated and coordinated throughout the PV industry and with representatives of Underwriters Laboratories, Inc (UL). The most significant changes that were made in Article 690 for the 1999 NEC along with some of the rationale are discussed in the remainder of this article.

  3. DOE Zero Ready Home Case Study: Cobblestone Homes, 2014 Model...

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    ... located in Midland, Michigan, headquarters of DOW Chemical, which provided solar photovoltaic roofing shingles for the home and is conducting a year's worth of energy monitoring. ...

  4. An update on the development of heat-pipe solar receivers for Stirling/dish-electric systems

    SciTech Connect

    Adkins, D.R. ); Godett, T.M. )

    1991-01-01

    The Department of Energy is sponsoring the development of a 75-kW (thermal) heat-pipe solar receiver to drive a 25-kW (electric) Stirling engine/generator system. A heat pipe solar receiver transfers energy from the focus of a parabolic-dish solar concentrator to the heater tubes of a Stirling engine through the evaporation and condensation of a liquid metal. With a heat pipe receiver, it is possible to transform irregular flux profiles from solar concentrators into a more uniform thermal input at the engine's heater tubes. Recent work in the heat-pipe receiver development program is reviewed in this paper. Techniques for constructing the heat-pipe receiver's wick structure are discussed and findings from recent bench-scale tests are presented. This paper also addresses several problem areas that have been discovered in the course of this program. 9 refs., 10 figs., 1 tab.

  5. Wisdom Way Solar Village

    SciTech Connect

    2009-03-10

    This article gives an overview of Wisdom Way Village, a community of affordable, sustainable solar homes in Greenfield, MA.

  6. Solar and Wind Rights | Department of Energy

    Energy.gov [DOE] (indexed site)

    - Passive Solar Water Heat Solar Space Heat Solar Thermal Electric Solar Thermal Process Heat Solar Photovoltaics Wind (All) Wind (Small) Program Info Sector Name State State...

  7. Solar Easements & Rights Laws | Department of Energy

    Energy.gov [DOE] (indexed site)

    Nonprofit Residential Schools State Government Federal Government Savings Category Solar - Passive Solar Water Heat Solar Space Heat Solar Thermal Electric Solar Thermal Process...

  8. REFLECT HOME | Department of Energy

    Energy.gov [DOE] (indexed site)

    so it made sense for the California State University, Sacramento, team to showcase nature in its Solar Decathlon 2015 project. The team's Reflect Home does just that by...

  9. Measured Performance of Occupied, Side-by-Side, South Texas Homes

    SciTech Connect

    Chasar, D.; vonSchramm, V.

    2012-09-01

    The performance of three homes in San Antonio, Texas with identical floor plans and orientation were evaluated through a partnership between the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC), CPS Energy, and Woodside Homes of South Texas. Measurements included whole house gas and electric use as well as heating, cooling, hot water, major appliances and indoor and outdoor conditions. One home built to builder standard practice served as the control, while the other homes demonstrated high performance features. Utility peak electric load comparisons of these dual-fuel homes provide an assessment of envelope and equipment improvements. The control home used natural gas for space and water heating only, while the improved homes had gas heating and major appliances with the exception of a high efficiency heat pump in one home. Data collection began in July of 2009 and continued through April of 2011. Energy ratings for the homes yielded E-Scales (aka HERS indices) of 86 for the control home, 54 for one improved home and 37 for the other home which has a 2.4kW photovoltaic array.

  10. New Whole-House Solutions Case Study: Tommy Williams Homes Initial Performance of Two Zero Energy Homes, Gainesville, Florida

    SciTech Connect

    none,

    2011-11-01

    Tommy Williams Homes worked with PNNL, Florida HERO, Energy Smart Home Plans, and Florida Solar Energy Center to design and test two zero energy homes. Energy use was 30% lower in one home and 60% lower in the other.

  11. Ivanpah: World's Largest Concentrating Solar Power Plant

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)

    The Ivanpah Solar Energy Generating System has the capacity to generate 392 megawattsof clean electricity -- enough to power 94,400 average American homes. As the first commercial deployment of innovative power tower CSP technology in the United States, the Ivanpah project was the recipient of a $1.6 billion loan guarantee from the Department’s Loan Programs Office (LPO).

  12. Building America Efficient Solutions for New Homes Case Study: Tommy

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    Williams Homes Initial Performance of Two Zero Energy Homes, Gainesville, Florida | Department of Energy Tommy Williams Homes Initial Performance of Two Zero Energy Homes, Gainesville, Florida Building America Efficient Solutions for New Homes Case Study: Tommy Williams Homes Initial Performance of Two Zero Energy Homes, Gainesville, Florida Tommy Williams Homes worked with PNNL, Florida HERO, Energy Smart Home Plans, and Florida Solar Energy Center to design and test two zero energy homes.

  13. Real-Space Distributions of Electrical Potential in Planar and Porous Peroveskite Solar Cells: Carrier Separation and Transport

    SciTech Connect

    Jiang, Chun-Sheng; Yang, Mengjin; Zhou, Yuanyuan; To, Bobby; Nanayakkara, Sanjini; Luther, Joseph; Zhou, Weilie; Berry, Joseph J.; Van de Lagemaat, Jao; Padture, Nitin P.; Zhu, Kai; Al-Jassim, Mowafak M.

    2015-06-14

    We study the carrier transport and separation in planar and porous PS devices, which is one of the most fundamental operation mechanisms of solar cells, by profiling the electrical potential across the devices. We found that the PV devices work by p-n junction at the TiO2/PS interface for the both device structures. Combining the potential profiling results with the solar cell performance parameters taken on the optimized and thickened devices, we found that mobility is the main factor limiting the device performance. Improving the mobility both within grains and across grain boundaries (or enlarging the grain size) are expected to significantly improve the device efficiency.

  14. Carrier separation and transport in perovskite solar cells studied by nanometre-scale profiling of electrical potential

    Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI)

    23 Mar 2015 | Accepted 18 Aug 2015 | Published 28 Sep 2015 DOI: 10.1038/ncomms9397 OPEN Carrier separation and transport in perovskite solar cells studied by nanometre-scale profiling of electrical potential Chun-Sheng Jiang1, Mengjin Yang1, Yuanyuan Zhou2, Bobby To1, Sanjini U. Nanayakkara1, Joseph M. Luther1, Weilie Zhou3, Joseph J. Berry1, Jao van de Lagemaat1, Nitin P. Padture2, Kai Zhu1 & Mowafak M. Al-Jassim1 Organometal-halide perovskite solar cells have greatly improved in just a few

  15. Sandia Energy - Solar Glare Hazard Analysis Tool Available for...

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    Solar Glare Hazard Analysis Tool Available for Download Home Renewable Energy Energy News News & Events Photovoltaic Solar Solar Newsletter Solar Glare Hazard Analysis Tool...

  16. Sandia Energy - National Solar Thermal Testing Facility Beam...

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    National Solar Thermal Testing Facility Beam Profiling Home Renewable Energy News Concentrating Solar Power Solar National Solar Thermal Testing Facility Beam Profiling Previous...

  17. Buying and Making Electricity | Department of Energy

    Energy.gov [DOE] (indexed site)

    Planning renewable systems Solar electric systems Wind electric systems Hybrid wind and solar Microhydropower systems. Follow Us followontwitter.png...

  18. Home Design & Remodeling | Department of Energy

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    Home Design & Remodeling Home Design & Remodeling Ultra-Efficient Home Design Ultra-Efficient Home Design An ultra-efficient home can be designed and built to produce as much energy as it uses -- or even more! Read more Passive Solar Home Design Passive Solar Home Design Passive solar design takes advantage of a building's site, climate, and materials to minimize energy use. Read more Whole-House Systems Approach Whole-House Systems Approach A whole-house systems approach considers the

  19. An In-Depth Look at Ground Source Heat Pumps and Other Electric Loads in Two GreenMax Homes

    SciTech Connect

    Puttagunta, Srikanth; Shapiro, Carl

    2012-04-01

    Building America research team Consortium for Advanced Residential Buildings (CARB) partnered with WPPI Energy to answer key research questions on in-field performance of ground-source heat pumps and lighting, appliance, and miscellaneous loads (LAMELs) through extensive field monitoring at two WPPI GreenMax demonstration homes in Wisconsin. These two test home evaluations provided valuable data on the true in-field performance of various building mechanical systems and LAMELs.

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

    SciTech Connect

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

    2006-01-01

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

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

    SciTech Connect

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

    2006-05-01

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

  2. Energy Department Announces $15 Million to Help Communities Boost Solar Deployment

    Energy.gov [DOE]

    In support of the Administration’s goal of doubling renewable energy generation for a second time by 2020, the Energy Department today announced $15 million to help communities develop multi-year solar plans to install affordable solar electricity for homes and businesses.

  3. Solar ADEPT: Efficient Solar Energy Systems

    SciTech Connect

    2011-01-01

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

  4. DOE Challenge Home Case Study: e2 Homes – Winter Park, Florida

    SciTech Connect

    none,

    2013-01-01

    This Challenge Home case study describes the first certified DOE Challenge Home as constructed by e2 Homes. Completed in May 2012, the “Wilson Residence” in Winter Park, Florida, is a 4,305-ft2 custom home that scores a HERS 57 without solar and a better than zero net-energy HERS -7 with solar.

  5. Bishop Paiute Tribe 2015 Residential Solar Program

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    2.0": Photovoltaic Panels for 22 Low-Income- Owned Homes ID Alternatives Goal: Bishop Paiute Tribe will continue its successful model partnering with non-profit solar installer GRID Alternatives to build energy self-sufficiency on the Bishop Paiute Reservation Objectives *Install 22 grid-tied, net-metered rooftop solar electric systems on Tribal-member owner-occupied, single-family homes of low- income families on the Reservation with Tribal job trainees *New clean energy systems deployed

  6. Environmental Solar Systems | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Environmental Solar Systems Address: 117 West Street Place: Methuen, Massachusetts Zip: 01844 Region: Greater Boston Area Sector: Solar Product: Solar thermal panels for home...

  7. Solar

    Energy.gov [DOE]

    Learn about the Energy Department's efforts to advance innovative technologies that drive down the cost of solar energy in America.

  8. Emerging Issues and Challenges with Integrating High Levels of Solar into the Electrical Generation and Transmission Systems

    Energy.gov [DOE]

    Increasing the use of grid-flexibility options (improved grid management, demand response, and energy storage) could enable 25% or higher penetration of PV at low costs (see Denholm et al. 2016). Considering the large-scale integration of solar into electric-power systems complicates the calculation of the value of solar. In fact a comprehensive examination reveals that the value of solar technologies—or any other power-system technology or operating strategy—can only be understood in the context of the generation system as a whole. This is well illustrated by analysis of curtailment at high PV penetrations within the bulk power and transmission systems. As the deployment of PV increases, it is possible that during some sunny midday periods due to limited flexibility of conventional generators, system operators would need to reduce (curtail) PV output in order to maintain the crucial balance between electric supply and demand. As a result, PV’s value and cost competitiveness would degrade. For example, for utility-scale PV with a baseline SunShot LCOE of 6¢/kWh, increasing the annual energy demand met by solar energy from 10% to 20% would increase the marginal LCOE of PV from 6¢/kWh to almost 11¢/kWh in a California grid system with limited flexibility. However, this loss of value could be stemmed by increasing system flexibility via enhanced control of variable-generation resources, added energy storage, and the ability to motivate more electricity consumers to shift consumption to lower-demand periods. The combination of these measures would minimize solar curtailment and keep PV cost-competitive at penetrations at least as high as 25%. Efficient deployment of the grid-flexibility options needed to maintain solar’s value will require various innovations, from the development of communication, control, and energy storage technologies to the implementation of new market rules and operating procedures.

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

    Energy.gov [DOE]

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

  10. Electric Power | Department of Energy

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    Power Electric Power From incandescent bulbs to fluorescents to LEDs, <a href="/node/772396">learn more</a> about the long history of the light bulb. From incandescent bulbs to fluorescents to LEDs, learn more about the long history of the light bulb. Electricity -- the flow of electrical power -- is a secondary energy source, generated by the conversion of primary sources of energy, like fossil, nuclear, wind or solar. Keeping the power flowing to American homes and

  11. Online National Solar Energy Directory and 2005 Solar Decathlon Product Directory. Final report

    SciTech Connect

    Hamm, Julia; Taylor, Mike

    2008-12-31

    The Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA), in partnership with the American Solar Energy Society, developed an online National Solar Energy Directory with clear, comprehensive information on suppliers and purchasing options. The site was originally located at FindSolar.com, but has recently been moved to Find-Solar.org. The original FindSolar.com domain name has been taken by the American Solar Energy Society (a partner in this project) and utilized for a similar but different project. This Find-Solar.org directory offers the rapidly growing base of potential solar customers a simple, straightforward destination to learn about their solar options. Members of the public are able to easily locate contractors in their geographic area and verify companies?? qualifications with accurate third-party information. It allows consumers to obtain key information on the economics, incentives, desirability, and workings of a solar energy system, as well as competing quotes from different contractors and reviews from customers they have worked with previously. Find-Solar.org is a means of facilitating the growing public interest in solar power and overcoming a major barrier to widespread development of U.S. solar markets. In addition to the development of Find-Solar.org, SEPA developed a separate online product directory for the 2005 DOE Solar Decathlon to facilitate the communication of information about the energy efficiency and renewable energy products used in each university team??s home.

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

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)

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

  13. Solar Circuitry

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    Solar Circuitry" with the Solar Powered Energy Kit Curriculum: Solar Power- (light/electromagnetic radiation, electricity, circuitry, efficiency, energy transformation, subatomic particles) Grade Level: Middle or High School Size: Small groups, depending on ability level. Time: 4 to 5 class periods Summary: Students will learn how the solar cell changes light energy to electrical energy. Students will work in small groups and construct different solar panel configurations to see the

  14. The Hawaiian Electric Companies | Energy Systems Integration | NREL

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    The Hawaiian Electric Companies NREL is providing critical information to the Hawaiian Electric Companies about the performance and impacts of today's advanced solar inverters, as well as proprietary feedback to the inverter manufacturers. The assessment is helping both the utility and its regulators plan for the future evolution of the electric grids on each of the Hawaiian Islands. Photo of a home with rooftop photovoltaics in Hawaii With the highest penetrations of renewable energy in the

  15. Carrier Separation and Transport in Perovskite Solar Cells Studied by Nanometre-Scale Profiling of Electrical Potential

    SciTech Connect

    Jiang, Chun-Sheng; Yang, Mengjin; Zhou, Yuanyuan; To, Bobby; Nanayakkara, Sanjini U.; Luther, Joseph M.; Zhou, Weilie; Berry, Joseph J.; van de Lagemaat, Jao; Padture, Nitin P.; Zhu, Kai; Al-Jassim, Mowafak M.

    2015-09-28

    Organometal–halide perovskite solar cells have greatly improved in just a few years to a power conversion efficiency exceeding 20%. This technology shows unprecedented promise for terawatt-scale deployment of solar energy because of its low-cost, solution-based processing and earth-abundant materials. We have studied charge separation and transport in perovskite solar cells—which are the fundamental mechanisms of device operation and critical factors for power output—by determining the junction structure across the device using the nanoelectrical characterization technique of Kelvin probe force microscopy. Moreover, the distribution of electrical potential across both planar and porous devices demonstrates p–n junction structure at the TiO2/perovskite interfaces and minority-carrier diffusion/drift operation of the devices, rather than the operation mechanism of either an excitonic cell or a p-i-n structure. When we combined the potential profiling results with solar cell performance parameters measured on optimized and thickened devices, we find that carrier mobility is a main factor that needs to be improved for further gains in efficiency of the perovskite solar cells.

  16. Carrier Separation and Transport in Perovskite Solar Cells Studied by Nanometre-Scale Profiling of Electrical Potential

    DOE PAGES [OSTI]

    Jiang, Chun-Sheng; Yang, Mengjin; Zhou, Yuanyuan; To, Bobby; Nanayakkara, Sanjini U.; Luther, Joseph M.; Zhou, Weilie; Berry, Joseph J.; van de Lagemaat, Jao; Padture, Nitin P.; et al

    2015-09-28

    Organometal–halide perovskite solar cells have greatly improved in just a few years to a power conversion efficiency exceeding 20%. This technology shows unprecedented promise for terawatt-scale deployment of solar energy because of its low-cost, solution-based processing and earth-abundant materials. We have studied charge separation and transport in perovskite solar cells—which are the fundamental mechanisms of device operation and critical factors for power output—by determining the junction structure across the device using the nanoelectrical characterization technique of Kelvin probe force microscopy. Moreover, the distribution of electrical potential across both planar and porous devices demonstrates p–n junction structure at the TiO2/perovskite interfacesmore » and minority-carrier diffusion/drift operation of the devices, rather than the operation mechanism of either an excitonic cell or a p-i-n structure. When we combined the potential profiling results with solar cell performance parameters measured on optimized and thickened devices, we find that carrier mobility is a main factor that needs to be improved for further gains in efficiency of the perovskite solar cells.« less

  17. High Performance Builder Spotlight: LifeStyle Homes

    SciTech Connect

    2011-01-01

    LifeStyle Homes of Melbourne, Florida, is aiming for affordable net zero energy homes with help from Building America research partner Florida Solar Energy Center.

  18. Vista Montana, Watsonville, California: Moving Toward Zero Energy Homes

    SciTech Connect

    2003-12-01

    Fact sheet describes the energy efficient and solar energy features of the Vista Montana Zero Energy Home, participant in the Zero Energy Homes initiative.

  19. DOE Zero Energy Ready Home Case Study: Clifton View Homes, Coupeville, Washington

    SciTech Connect

    none,

    2013-09-01

    Ted Clifton, founder of Clifton View Homes, achieved an impressive Home Energy Rating System (HERS) score of 34 (without solar panels) on a two-story home completed in July 2011 that also earned him his first Challenge Home certification from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). This home also garnered a 2013 Housing Innovation Award in the "systems builder" category.

  20. National Solar Thermal Test Facility

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    SunShot Grand Challenge: Regional Test Centers National Solar Thermal Test Facility HomeTag:National Solar Thermal Test Facility Permalink Air Force Research Laboratory Testing ...

  1. National Solar Thermal Test Facility

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    SunShot Grand Challenge: Regional Test Centers National Solar Thermal Test Facility HomeTag:National Solar Thermal Test Facility Illuminated receiver on top of tower Permalink ...

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

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    Dioxide Capture and Storage Fast-spectrum Reactors Geothermal Power High Temperature Reactors Hybrid Nuclear-Renewable Energy Systems Hydropower Light Water Reactors Marine and Hydrokinetic Power Nuclear Fuel Cycles Solar Power Stationary Fuel Cells Supercritical Carbon Dioxide Brayton Cycle Wind Power ENERGY U.S. DEPARTMENT OF Clean Power Quadrennial Technology Review 2015 1 Quadrennial Technology Review 2015 Solar Power Technologies Chapter 4: Technology Assessments Introduction Solar energy

  3. Solar

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    Applications National Solar Thermal Test Facility ... EnergyWater Nexus EnergyWater History Water Monitoring & ... Market Transformation Fuel Cells Predictive Simulation of ...

  4. Solar

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    Energy & Climate Secure & Sustainable Energy Future Stationary Power Energy Conversion Efficiency Solar Energy Wind Energy Water Power Supercritical CO2 Geothermal Natural Gas ...

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

    SciTech Connect

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

    2011-08-10

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

  6. EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page

    Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicles Data Center

    Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on AddThis.com... Fuels & Vehicles Biodiesel Biodiesel Electricity Electricity Ethanol Ethanol Hydrogen Hydrogen Natural Gas Natural ...

  7. Biomimetic Chalcogels for Solar Fuel Catalysis | ANSER Center...

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    Biomimetic Chalcogels for Solar Fuel Catalysis Home > Research > ANSER Research Highlights > Biomimetic Chalcogels for Solar Fuel Catalysis...

  8. When Function Follows Form: Plastic Solar Cells | ANSER Center...

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    When Function Follows Form: Plastic Solar Cells Home > Research > ANSER Research Highlights > When Function Follows Form: Plastic Solar Cells...

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

    SciTech Connect

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

    2008-09-26

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

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

    SciTech Connect

    Not Available

    2011-05-01

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

  11. Coastal zone energy management: a multidisciplinary approach for the integration of solar electric systems with Florida's power generation system

    SciTech Connect

    Camejo, N.

    1983-12-01

    In order for Florida to ''accomplish effective coastal land management, it must have a comprehensive statewide approach closely relating land and water management development decisions in Florida must be made with understanding of the proposed development effects on the state's water resources''. This approach is very sensible in view of the issues raised in the introduction. Whether a power plant is sited inland or on the coast has tremendous implications for water use. Offshore siting of power plants is an alternative which should be carefully evaluated using CZEM. Of particular importance is the existence of renewable energy sources, such as OTEC, Wind and Ocean current, in the offshore areas of Florida. Many Solar Electric options could be sited in the coastal and offshore areas. The main technological problem associated with offshore power plants is the transmission of the electricity to shore. The solution to this problem may be using Hydrogen as an intermediary energy carrier. The use of Solar Electric Systems would be consistent with the policy to diversify the generation mix. If Florida is called upon to develop its offshore energy resources in the national interest, the use of CZEM would allow decision makers to make more environmentally sensitive decisions. This would allow the balancing of energy production and environmental quality.

  12. City of Boulder - Solar Access Ordinance | Department of Energy

    Energy.gov [DOE] (indexed site)

    Construction Local Government Residential Savings Category Solar - Passive Solar Water Heat Solar Space Heat Solar Thermal Electric Solar Photovoltaics Program Info Sector Name...

  13. Solar and Wind Easements, Local Options, and Severability | Department...

    Energy.gov [DOE] (indexed site)

    Nonprofit Residential Schools State Government Federal Government Savings Category Solar - Passive Solar Water Heat Solar Space Heat Solar Thermal Electric Solar Thermal...

  14. Akeena Solar Inc | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Solar Inc Jump to: navigation, search Name: Akeena Solar Inc Place: Los Gatos, California Zip: CA 95032 Sector: Solar Product: Residential and commercial solar electric system...

  15. Everguard Solar Energy | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Everguard Solar Energy Jump to: navigation, search Name: Everguard Solar Energy Place: Albuquerque, New Mexico Zip: 87107 Sector: Solar Product: New Mexico-based solar PV electric...

  16. Experimentally validated long-term energy production prediction model for solar dish/Stirling electric generating systems

    SciTech Connect

    Stine, W.B.

    1995-12-31

    Dish/Stirling solar electric systems are currently being tested for performance and longevity in order to bring them to the electric power generation market. Studies both in Germany and the United States indicate that a significant market exists for these systems if they perform in actual installations according to tested conditions, and if, when produced in large numbers their cost will drop to goals currently being projected. In the 1980`s, considerable experience was gained operating eight dish/Stirling systems of three different designs. One of these recorded the world`s record for converting solar energy into electricity of 29.4%. The approach to system performance prediction taken in this presentation results from lessons learned in testing these early systems, and those currently being tested. Recently the IEA through the SolarPACES working group, has embarked on a program to develop uniform guidelines for measuring and presenting performance data. These guidelines are to help potential buyers who want to evaluate a specific system relative to other dish/Stirling systems, or relative to other technologies such as photovoltaic, parabolic trough or central receiver systems. In this paper, a procedure is described that permits modeling of long-term energy production using only a few experimentally determined parameters. The benefit of using this technique is that relatively simple tests performed over a period of a few months can provide performance parameters that can be used in a computer model requiring only the input of insolation and ambient temperature data to determine long-term energy production information. A portion of this analytical procedure has been tested on the three 9-kW(e) systems in operation in Almeria, Spain. Further evaluation of these concepts is planned on a 7.5-kW(e) system currently undergoing testing at Cal Poly University in Pomona, California and later on the 25 kW(e) USJVP systems currently under development.

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

    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.

  18. Electrical characterization of fluorinated benzothiadiazole based conjugated copolymer – a promising material for high-performance solar cells

    SciTech Connect

    Toušek, J. Toušková, J.; Chomutová, R.; Remeš, Z.; Čermák, J.; Helgesen, M.; Carlé, J. E.; Krebs, F. C.

    2015-12-15

    Measurements of electrical conductivity, electron work function, carrier mobility of holes and the diffusion length of excitons were performed on samples of conjugated polymers relevant to polymer solar cells. A state of the art fluorinated benzothiadiazole based conjugated copolymer (PBDT{sub THD} − DTBTff) was studied and benchmarked against the reference polymer poly-3-hexylthiophene (P3HT). We employed, respectively, four electrode conductivity measurements, Kelvin probe work function measurements, carrier mobility using charge extraction by linearly increasing voltage (CELIV) measurements and diffusion length determinaton using surface photovoltage measurements.

  19. NREL: Innovation Impact - Solar

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    Solar Energy Menu Home Home Solar Solar Wind Wind Analysis Analysis Bioenergy Bioenergy Buildings Buildings Transportation Transportation Manufacturing Manufacturing Energy Systems Integration Energy Systems Integration What is a quantum dot? Close Quantum dots are tiny spheres of semiconductor material measuring only about 2-10 billionths of a meter in diameter. Quantum dots are a leading candidate for a third generation of solar-cell technologies. Close Achieving significant gains in solar

  20. solar

    National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)

    2%2A en Solar power purchase for DOE laboratories http:nnsa.energy.govmediaroompressreleasessolarpower

  1. Funding Opportunity Announcement: Solar Powering America by Recognizing Communities (SPARC)

    Energy.gov [DOE]

    The U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative is pleased to release the funding opportunity announcement entitled Solar Powering America by Recognizing Communities (SPARC). The SPARC funding opportunity will establish a national recognition and technical assistance program for local governments—driving greater solar deployment and making it possible for even more American homes and businesses to access affordable and renewable solar energy to meet their electricity needs. Funding recipients will establish and administer a national recognition program and also provide technical assistance and share best practices to communities seeking national recognition for cutting red tape and improving local solar market conditions.

  2. Selective observation of photo-induced electric fields inside different material components in bulk-heterojunction organic solar cell

    SciTech Connect

    Chen, Xiangyu; Taguchi, Dai; Manaka, Takaaki; Iwamoto, Mitsumasa

    2014-01-06

    By using electric-field-induced optical second-harmonic generation (EFISHG) measurement at two laser wavelengths of 1000 nm and 860 nm, we investigated carrier behavior inside the pentacene and C{sub 60} component of co-deposited pentacene:C{sub 60} bulk-heterojunctions (BHJs) organic solar cells (OSCs). The EFISHG experiments verified the presence of two carrier paths for electrons and holes in BHJs OSCs. That is, two kinds of electric fields pointing in opposite directions are identified as a result of the selectively probing of SHG activation from C{sub 60} and pentacene. Also, under open-circuit conditions, the transient process of the establishment of open-circuit voltage inside the co-deposited layer has been directly probed, in terms of photovoltaic effect. The EFISHG provides an additional promising method to study carrier path of electrons and holes as well as dissociation of excitons in BHJ OSCs.

  3. Bryan Texas Utilities- SmartHOME Program

    Energy.gov [DOE]

    The Bryan Texas Utilities (BTU) SmartHOME Programs offers incentives to owners of single- and multi-family homes for insulation, windows, and solar screens.The incentive amount may not be less than...

  4. DOE Zero Ready Home Case Study: One Sky Homes, Cottle Zero Net...

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    The data verified that we were plus site energy. (The home's 6.4-kW photovoltaic system produces enough electricity to power both the home for a year and an electric car for ...

  5. Reliable solar: powering communities

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    landfill to house two solar arrays connected to a battery system, creating enough stable power to energize 2,000 homes in the community. The study includes a "smart home" ...

  6. Balance of optical, structural, and electrical properties of textured liquid phase crystallized Si solar cells

    SciTech Connect

    Preidel, V. Amkreutz, D.; Haschke, J.; Wollgarten, M.; Rech, B.; Becker, C.

    2015-06-14

    Liquid phase crystallized Si thin-film solar cells on nanoimprint textured glass substrates exhibiting two characteristic, but distinct different surface structures are presented. The impact of the substrate texture on light absorption, the structural Si material properties, and the resulting solar cell performance is analyzed. A pronounced periodic substrate texture with a vertical feature size of about 1 μm enables excellent light scattering and light trapping. However, it also gives rise to an enhanced Si crystal defect formation deteriorating the solar cell performance. In contrast, a random pattern with a low surface roughness of 45 nm allows for the growth of Si thin films being comparable to Si layers on planar reference substrates. Amorphous Si/crystalline Si heterojunction solar cells fabricated on the low-roughness texture exhibit a maximum open circuit voltage of 616 mV and internal quantum efficiency peak values exceeding 90%, resulting in an efficiency potential of 13.2%. This demonstrates that high quality crystalline Si thin films can be realized on nanoimprint patterned glass substrates by liquid phase crystallization inspiring the implementation of tailor-made nanophotonic light harvesting concepts into future liquid phase crystallized Si thin film solar cells on glass.

  7. Sandia Energy - Sandia Tool Determines Value of Solar Photovoltaic...

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    Tool Determines Value of Solar Photovoltaic Power Systems Home Renewable Energy Energy Partnership News News & Events Photovoltaic Solar Sandia Tool Determines Value of Solar...

  8. Sandia Energy - Solar Energy Grid Integration Systems (SEGIS...

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    Solar Energy Grid Integration Systems (SEGIS) Home Stationary Power Energy Conversion Efficiency Solar Energy Photovoltaics Grid Integration Solar Energy Grid Integration Systems...

  9. Plastic Solar Cells See Bright Future | ANSER Center | Argonne...

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    Plastic Solar Cells See Bright Future Home > News & Events > Plastic Solar Cells See Bright Future Plastic Solar Cells See Bright Future Evanston, Ill---Energy consumption is ...

  10. Imagine Homes New Construction Occupied Test House

    SciTech Connect

    Stecher, Dave; Rapport, Ari; Allison, Katherine

    2013-07-01

    This report summarizes the research findings of a long-term monitoring plan to evaluate the performance of an energy-efficient home constructed in 2010 in San Antonio, Texas. Monitoring of the energy use, energy generation, and temperature conditions for this project occurred between July 2010 and October 2011. The home achieves a source energy savings of 32% without the installed photovoltaic (PV) system and 44% savings with the PV system contribution relative to the Building America House Simulation Protocols. This report summarizes the research findings related to heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system performance, estimated and actual energy use of key subsystems, electricity generation by the PV system, and performance of the solar thermal domestic hot water system.

  11. Solar Newsletter | Solar Research | NREL

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    Market Pathways Solar Market Pathways The Solar Market Pathways program supports 15 SunShot projects that are advancing solar deployment across the United States. These projects take a variety of approaches to develop actionable strategic plans to expand solar electricity use for residential, community, and commercial properties. Awardees use a wide range of tools, including special financing mechanisms like commercial property assessed clean energy, and the integration of solar energy

  12. Solar Power Basics

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)

    This video summarizes the process of generating solar electricity from photovoltaic and concentrating solar power technologies. Research, manufacturing, and usage across the United States is also...

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

    DOEpatents

    Weber, Michael F.

    1991-10-08

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

  14. DOE Zero Ready Home Case Study: Clifton View Homes, Kaltenbach...

    Energy Saver

    and solar-ready components for low or no utility bills in a quality home that will last for generations to come. ... In 2011, Clifton built his first house that could power both ...

  15. ELECTRIC

    Office of Legacy Management (LM)

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

  16. Optical electric fields as wavelength function within active layer of graphene/Si heterojunction solar cell – An analysis

    SciTech Connect

    Rosikhin, Ahmad Winata, Toto

    2015-09-30

    The optical electric field characteristics of graphene/Si heterojunction thin film solar cell as the function of wavelength photons incident have modeled and calculated. There is ITO/TiO{sub 2}/C-Si/TiO{sub 2} device configuration in which p-n junction represented by C-Si and viewed as active layer for excited electrons production. The dependent of such electric field on wavelength can be understood by solving scattering matrix obtained from the interface matrix and layer matrix operation, in this report we have calculated the electric field distribution for several active layer thickness (d{sub AL}) conditions and each of them examined in the cases of x position are equal to zero, half and full of d{sub AL} while for the entire taking into account we used 250 – 840 nm wavelength range. However, this calculation is restricted by idealization assumption such as the complex refraction index is doesn’t change significantly by the thickness in hundred nanometer range, linear optical response described by scalar refraction complex index and the interface are parallel and flat compared to the wavelength of the light.

  17. Home | OpenEI Community

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Manojnirgudkar 20 weeks 3 days ago Manojnirgudkar Buildings blog Printed decorative solar panels could become part of our homes and offices Dc 29 weeks 5 days ago Dc answer...

  18. Active Solar Heating | Department of Energy

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    Home Heating Systems » Active Solar Heating Active Solar Heating This North Carolina home gets most of its space heating from the passive solar design, but the solar thermal system supplies both domestic hot water and a secondary radiant floor heating system. | Photo courtesy of Jim Schmid Photography, NREL This North Carolina home gets most of its space heating from the passive solar design, but the solar thermal system supplies both domestic hot water and a secondary radiant floor heating

  19. Geostellar: Remote Solar Energy Assessments Personalized

    SciTech Connect

    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.

  20. DOE Zero Energy Ready Home Case Study, Nexus EnergyHomes, Frederick...

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    DOE Zero Energy Ready Home Case Study, Nexus EnergyHomes, Frederick, MD, Production This urban infill community features a package of SIP walls, geothermal heat pumps, solar PV, ...

  1. DOE Zero Energy Ready Home Case Study 2013: Clifton View Homes...

    Energy Saver

    Clifton, founder of Clifton View Homes, achieved an impressive Home Energy Rating System (HERS) score of 34 (without solar panels) on a two-story structure completed in July 2011 ...

  2. Supply Curves for Solar PV-Generated Electricity for the United States

    SciTech Connect

    Denholm, P.; Margolis, R.

    2008-11-01

    Energy supply curves attempt to estimate the relationship between the cost of an energy resource and the amount of energy available at or below that cost. In general, an energy supply curve is a series of step functions with each step representing a particular group or category of energy resource. The length of the step indicates how much of that resource is deployable or accessible at a given cost. Energy supply curves have been generated for a number of renewable energy sources including biomass fuels and geothermal, as well as conservation technologies. Generating a supply curve for solar photovoltaics (PV) has particular challenges due to the nature of the resource. The United States has a massive solar resource base -- many orders of magnitude greater than the total consumption of energy. In this report, we examine several possible methods for generating PV supply curves based exclusively on rooftop deployment.

  3. Energy efficiency study of single-wide manufactured homes

    SciTech Connect

    Yarbrough, D.W.; Andrews, G.J.; Stovall, T.K.; Kelly, T.

    1999-12-01

    This Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) was among Tennessee Technological University, Clayton Homes, Inc., and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). Manufactured homes now make up a substantial portion of the new home market, and improving the energy efficiency of these homes would save significant amounts of energy. This project explored the impact of differing levels of attic insulation, the use of evacuated insulation panels, and the application of a solar reflective roof coating. The performance of the installed roof cavity insulation compared favorably with that predicted by laboratory measurements. The more heavily insulated of the two units used about 30% less energy over the period of the project than the standard unit. Based on the experimental data, computer simulations for nine cities were completed for a single-wide manufactured home with the solar reflective roof coating. Annual electric power savings ranged from 894 kWh in Rapid City to 2119 kWh for the same roof area in Los Angeles. The field performance of vacuum insulation panels was compared with laboratory performance. The panels will perform as expected if protected from puncture.

  4. CAES Home

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    CAES Home Home About Us Contact Information Our CAES Building FAQs Affiliated Centers Research Core Capabilities Laboratories and Equipment Technology Transfer Visualization CAVE...

  5. CAES Home

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    View all events >> x CAES Home Home About Us Contact Information Our CAES Building FAQs Affiliated Centers Research Core Capabilities Laboratories and Equipment Technology Transfer...

  6. CAES Home

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    User ID: Password: Log In Forgot your password? CAES Home Home About Us Contact Information Our CAES Building FAQs Affiliated Centers Research Core Capabilities Laboratories and...

  7. Project Profile: Flexible Assembly Solar Technology | Department...

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    Concentrating Solar Power Project Profile: Flexible Assembly Solar Technology Project ... research that are in progress. SunShot Home About the SunShot Initiative Concentrating ...

  8. "Fundamental Challenges in Solar Energy Conversion" workshop...

    Office of Science (SC)

    Fundamental Challenges in Solar Energy Conversion" workshop hosted by LMI-EFRC Energy ... Publications History Contact BES Home 06.02.10 "Fundamental Challenges in Solar Energy ...

  9. "Approaches to Ultrahigh Efficiency Solar Energy Conversion"...

    Office of Science (SC)

    "Approaches to Ultrahigh Efficiency Solar Energy Conversion" Webinar Energy Frontier ... Publications History Contact BES Home 03.07.13 "Approaches to Ultrahigh Efficiency Solar ...

  10. Solar Policy Environment: Sacramento

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)

    The City of Sacramento and the greater Sacramento region is the home of a long standing history of commitment to solar. Sacramento Solar Access seeks to further widespread adoption of solar energy by addressing current market barriers and preparing, through design guidelines and education, the infrastructure that will optimize solar production in the future.

  11. DOE Zero Energy Ready Home Case Study: KB Home, San Marcos, CA, Production Home

    Energy.gov [DOE]

    Case study of a DOE Zero Energy Ready Home in San Marcos, CA that scored HERS 52 without PV, -4 with PV. This 52,778-square-foot production home has R-20 advanced framed walls with batts plus rigid foam sheathing, an air-source heat pump for central air in sealed attic, solar water heating and 100% LED lighting.

  12. Outdoor Solar Lighting | Department of Energy

    Energy.gov [DOE] (indexed site)

    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...

  13. Central Alabama Electric Cooperative- Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

    Energy.gov [DOE]

    Central Alabama Electric Cooperative, a Touchstone Electric Cooperative, offers the Touchstone Energy Home Program. Touchstone Energy Homes with a dual-fuel or geothermal heat pump qualify for...

  14. Satilla REMC- HomePlus Loan Program

    Energy.gov [DOE]

     Satilla Rural Electric Member Corporation offers the HomePlus Loan Program to members to install energy efficient improvements in their homes. Members can receive financing for improvements in...

  15. PG&E- California Advanced Homes Incentives

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)

    Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) offers an incentive for home builders to build homes which exceed 2008 Title 24 standards by 15%. The program is open to all single-family and multi-family new...

  16. Electric Resistance Heating | Department of Energy

    Energy.gov [DOE] (indexed site)

    about 30% of the fuel's energy into electricity. Because of electricity generation and transmission losses, electric heat is often more expensive than heat produced in homes or...

  17. Solar Photovoltaic System Design Basics | Department of Energy

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    System Design Basics Solar Photovoltaic System Design Basics August 20, 2013 - 4:00pm Addthis Solar photovoltaic modules are where the electricity gets generated, but are only one of the many parts in a complete photovoltaic (PV) system. In order for the generated electricity to be useful in a home or business, a number of other technologies must be in place. Mounting Structures PV arrays must be mounted on a stable, durable structure that can support the array and withstand wind, rain, hail,

  18. Plasmonic excitation-assisted optical and electric enhancement in ultra-thin solar cells: the influence of nano-strip cross section

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    Sabaeian, Mohammad Heydari, Mehdi; Ajamgard, Narges

    2015-08-15

    The effects of Ag nano-strips with triangle, rectangular and trapezoid cross sections on the optical absorption, generation rate, and short-circuit current density of ultra-thin solar cells were investigated. By putting the nano-strips as a grating structure on the top of the solar cells, the waveguide, surface plasmon polariton (SPP), and localized surface plasmon (LSP) modes, which are excited with the assistance of nano-strips, were evaluated in TE and TM polarizations. The results show, firstly, the TM modes are more influential than TE modes in optical and electrical properties enhancement of solar cell, because of plasmonic excitations in TM mode. Secondly, the trapezoid nano-strips reveal noticeable impact on the optical absorption, generation rate, and short-circuit current density enhancement than triangle and rectangular ones. In particular, the absorption of long wavelengths which is a challenge in ultra-thin solar cells is significantly improved by using Ag trapezoid nano-strips.

  19. Moving Toward Zero Energy Homes: Armory Park del Sol, Tucson, Arizona

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    2003-12-01

    Fact sheet describes the energy efficient and solar energy features of the Armory Park del Sol Zero Energy Home, participant in the Zero Energy Homes initiative.

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