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  1. SPO Takes a Rooftop Tour of Forrestal's Solar Panels | Department...

    Office of Environmental Management (EM)

    ... All images from U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon Solar Panel Design Ideas for Your Home DOE to Invest Up to 13.7 Million in 11 Solar Cell Projects Bob Repine, Oregon ...

  2. Sunshot Rooftop Solar Challenge | Department of Energy

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

    Sunshot Rooftop Solar Challenge Sunshot Rooftop Solar Challenge Sunshot Rooftop Solar Challenge

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

    SciTech Connect

    Michael Deck; Rick Russell

    2010-01-05

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

  4. Rooftop Solar Challenge | Department of Energy

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

    Soft Costs Rooftop Solar Challenge Rooftop Solar Challenge The Rooftop Solar Challenge aims to reduce the cost of rooftop solar energy systems through improved permitting, ...

  5. 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.

  6. Solar access of residential rooftops in four California cities...

    Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI)

    Shadows cast by trees and buildings can limit the solar access of rooftop solar-energy systems, including photovoltaic panels and thermal collectors. This study characterizes ...

  7. Unleashing Rooftop Solar Energy through More Efficient Government |

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

    Department of Energy Unleashing Rooftop Solar Energy through More Efficient Government Unleashing Rooftop Solar Energy through More Efficient Government June 1, 2011 - 11:45am Addthis Solar panels on the roof of the Department of Energy Forrestal Building in Washington, D.C. | Credit: DOE photo Solar panels on the roof of the Department of Energy Forrestal Building in Washington, D.C. | Credit: DOE photo Ramamoorthy Ramesh Former Director, SunShot Initiative & Solar Energy Technologies

  8. Rooftop Solar Challenge Award Winners | Department of Energy

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

    Rooftop Solar Challenge Award Winners Rooftop Solar Challenge Award Winners Select an Awardee Return to map Rooftop Solar Challenge II Award Winners Award Winner Headquarters

  9. Structural Code Considerations for Solar Rooftop Installations.

    SciTech Connect

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

    2014-12-01

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

  10. Phoenix American Rooftop Solar Technologies | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    American Rooftop Solar Technologies Jump to: navigation, search Name: Phoenix American Rooftop Solar Technologies Place: Michigan Zip: 48168 Sector: Solar Product: Manufacturer of...

  11. Utility Participation in the Rooftop Solar PV Market Transcript

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

    Utility Participation in the Rooftop Solar PV Market Page 1 of 21 Kristen Ardani, Jurstin ... from two Arizona utilities that have implemented utility owned rooftop solar programs. ...

  12. Final Report - Arizona Rooftop Solar Challenge | Department of...

    Energy.gov [DOE] (indexed site)

    Arizona Governor's Office of Energy Policy Location: Phoenix, AZ Subprogram: Soft Costs Funding Program: Rooftop Solar Challenge 1 The Arizona Rooftop Solar Challenge (ARC) is a ...

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

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

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

  14. Connecticut Rooftop Solar PV Permitting Guide

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)

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

  15. Episode 1: Tackling the Hidden Costs of Rooftop Solar | Department...

    Office of Environmental Management (EM)

    : Tackling the Hidden Costs of Rooftop Solar Episode 1: Tackling the Hidden Costs of Rooftop Solar Direct Current - An Energy.gov Podcast Subscribe via iTunes Energy.gov Digital ...

  16. Rooftop Photovoltaic Panels at Premier Gardens

    Energy.gov [DOE]

    This photograph features an aerial view of rooftops in the Premier Gardens Zero Energy Home Community. As part of the DOE’s Zero Energy Homes Initiative, Premier Homes built 95 entry-level houses...

  17. 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

  18. Direct Current Episode 1: Tackling the Hidden Costs of Rooftop Solar |

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

    Department of Energy 1: Tackling the Hidden Costs of Rooftop Solar Direct Current Episode 1: Tackling the Hidden Costs of Rooftop Solar Listen to episode 1 of Direct Current - An Energy.gov Podcast, then subscribe on iTunes or wherever you download podcasts! Ever considered getting solar panels for your home? If so, you're not alone. Rooftop solar is growing at an incredible rate, as more and more Americans look to save on their energy bills using clean, free power from sunshine. Sounds

  19. Rooftop Photovoltaic Panels at Premier Gardens

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)

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

  20. Rooftop Photovoltaic Panels at Premier Gardens

    Energy.gov [DOE]

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

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

    SciTech Connect

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

    2012-01-01

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

  2. Rooftop Solar Photovoltaic Technical Potential in the United States: A Detailed Assessment

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

    Rooftop Solar Challenge Award Winners Rooftop Solar Challenge Award Winners Select an Awardee Return to map → Rooftop Solar Challenge II Award Winners Award Winner Headquarters

    Rooftop Solar Challenge Round 1 Rooftop Solar Challenge Round 1 -- These projects are inactive -- The first round of the Rooftop Solar Challenge supported 22 teams working to spur solar power deployment by cutting red tape and improving finance options. By streamlining and standardizing permitting, zoning, metering,

  3. Utility Participation in the Rooftop Solar PV Market

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

    Utility Participation in the Rooftop Solar PV Market DG Interconnection Collaborative ... innovation related to distributed PV interconnection processes and practices * NEW ...

  4. Washington: Putting More Solar on More Rooftops in Washington State

    Energy.gov [DOE]

    EERE SunShot Initiative awardee Evergreen State Solar Partnership (ESSP) is working to reduce the costs of installing rooftop photovoltaics.

  5. Utility Participation in the Rooftop Solar PV Market

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

    Utility Participation in the Rooftop Solar PV Market DG Interconnection Collaborative (DGIC) January 21, 2016 Justin Orkney Program Manager of Distributed Generation Tucson Electric Power (TEP) Marc Romito Manager Arizona Public Service 2 Logistics * Participants are joined in listen-only mode. * Use the Q&A panel to ask questions during the webinar. We will have a few minutes of Q&A between each presentation and group discussion at the very end.  To ask a question: o Click Q&A

  6. Rooftop Solar Challenge Award Number: DE-EE0000549 Project Period

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

    Arizona Rooftop Solar Challenge Award Number: DE-EE0000549 Project Period December 1, 2011 ... Policy September 30, 2013 Arizona Rooftop Solar Challenge Final Report Table of Contents ...

  7. Solar access of residential rooftops in four California cities

    SciTech Connect

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

    2009-12-15

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

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

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

    Department of Energy Challenge: Empowering Innovators to Reach for the Sun Rooftop Solar Challenge: Empowering Innovators to Reach for the Sun November 6, 2013 - 8:00am Addthis Checkout the infogaphic for an overview of the first round of the Rooftop Solar Challenge. | Infographic by <a href="http://energy.gov/contributors/sarah-gerrity">Sarah Gerrity</a>. Checkout the infogaphic for an overview of the first round of the Rooftop Solar Challenge. | Infographic by Sarah

  9. Visual-SOLAR: Modeling and Visualization of Solar Radiation Potential on Individual Building Rooftops

    SciTech Connect

    2013-05-01

    We have developed a modeling framework for estimating solar radiation potentials on individual building rooftops that is suitable for utility-scale applications as well as building-specific applications. The framework uses light detection and ranging (LIDAR) data at approximately 1-meter horizontal resolution and 0.3-meter vertical resolution as input for modeling a large number of buildings quickly. One of the strengths of this framework is the ability to parallelize its implementation. Furthermore, the framework accounts for building specific characteristics, such as roof slope, roof aspect, and shadowing effects, that are critical to roof-mounted photovoltaic system. The resulting data has helped us to identify the so-called "solar panel sweet spots" on individual building rooftops and obtain accurate statistics of the variation in solar radiation as a function of time of year and geographical location.

  10. Visual-SOLAR: Modeling and Visualization of Solar Radiation Potential on Individual Building Rooftops

    Energy Science and Technology Software Center

    2013-05-01

    We have developed a modeling framework for estimating solar radiation potentials on individual building rooftops that is suitable for utility-scale applications as well as building-specific applications. The framework uses light detection and ranging (LIDAR) data at approximately 1-meter horizontal resolution and 0.3-meter vertical resolution as input for modeling a large number of buildings quickly. One of the strengths of this framework is the ability to parallelize its implementation. Furthermore, the framework accounts for building specificmore » characteristics, such as roof slope, roof aspect, and shadowing effects, that are critical to roof-mounted photovoltaic system. The resulting data has helped us to identify the so-called "solar panel sweet spots" on individual building rooftops and obtain accurate statistics of the variation in solar radiation as a function of time of year and geographical location.« less

  11. You Don’t Need to Raise the Roof: Cutting Solar Permitting Costs for Wooden Rooftops

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)

    A new report from Sandia National Laboratory suggests that one hurdle to installing solar on wooden rooftops--a structural engineering analysis--may be addressed with data showing the strength of comparable rooftops.

  12. Department of Energy Commits Support for Landmark Rooftop Solar...

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

    This project will support the installation of solar panels on industrial buildings across the country, with the electricity generated from those panels contributing directly to the ...

  13. Utility Participation in the Rooftop Solar PV Market Transcript

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

    Utility Participation in the Rooftop Solar PV Market Page 1 of 21 Kristen Ardani, Jurstin Orkney, Marc Romito Page 1 of 21 [Speaker: Kristen Ardani] Slide 1: Good afternoon, everyone. Thank you for joining the Distributed Generation Interconnection Collaborative Monthly Informational Webinar. My name is Kristen Ardani, and I'm an analyst here at NREL and the moderator for the DGIC. So today, we are kicking off 2016 with a joint presentation from two Arizona utilities that have implemented

  14. White House Solar Panels Are a Symbol of Solar's Progress | Department of

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

    Energy White House Solar Panels Are a Symbol of Solar's Progress White House Solar Panels Are a Symbol of Solar's Progress May 13, 2014 - 12:02pm Addthis An insider look at the White House rooftop solar panels. | Video courtesy of the White House. Erin R. Pierce Erin R. Pierce Former Digital Communications Specialist, Office of Public Affairs Last week, the White House released a new video highlighting the installation of solar panels on the roof of the residence. "Solar panels on the

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

    SciTech Connect

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

    2008-03-03

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

  16. Episode 1: Tackling the Hidden Costs of Rooftop Solar | Department of

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

    Energy : Tackling the Hidden Costs of Rooftop Solar Episode 1: Tackling the Hidden Costs of Rooftop Solar Direct Current - An Energy.gov Podcast Subscribe via iTunes Energy.gov Digital Team Play audio Download File Join our hosts, Matt Dozier and Allison Lantero, as they investigate the sneaky "soft costs" driving up the price of rooftop solar, delve into the archives for a look at the turbulent times around the Energy Department's creation, and contemplate some alternatives to the

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

    Energy.gov [DOE]

    Learning about the sun’s power is just as important as harnessing it. New solar panels to be installed on the rooftops of five Iowa middle schools will give students hands-on experience with the technology and help offset some energy costs.

  18. Sandia Energy - Evaluating Rooftop Strength for PV

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

    Evaluating Rooftop Strength for PV Home Stationary Power Energy Conversion Efficiency Solar Energy Photovoltaics Evaluating Rooftop Strength for PV Evaluating Rooftop Strength for...

  19. Rooftop Solar Challenge to Cut Solar's Red Tape | Department of Energy

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

    Challenge to Cut Solar's Red Tape Rooftop Solar Challenge to Cut Solar's Red Tape December 1, 2011 - 4:35pm Addthis Ginny Simmons Ginny Simmons Former Managing Editor for Energy.gov, Office of Public Affairs What does this project do? The 22 teams will implement step-by-step actions throughout the next year to standardize solar permitting processes, update planning and zoning codes, improve standards for connecting solar power to the electric grid, and increase access to financing. Up to 40

  20. Solar reflection panels

    DOEpatents

    Diver, Jr., Richard B.; Grossman, James W.; Reshetnik, Michael

    2006-07-18

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

  1. EERE Success Story-Washington: Putting More Solar on More Rooftops in

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

    Washington State | Department of Energy Washington: Putting More Solar on More Rooftops in Washington State EERE Success Story-Washington: Putting More Solar on More Rooftops in Washington State November 8, 2013 - 12:00am Addthis Mercer Island celebrates the 500th Solarize installation in the state of Washington with a ribbon cutting at the Auto-Spa car wash. Mercer Island celebrates the 500th Solarize installation in the state of Washington with a ribbon cutting at the Auto-Spa car wash.

  2. Residential Photovoltaic Solar Panels

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)

    This b-roll footage shows exteriors of two Colorado residences that use photovoltaic panels to collect renewable solar energy, thereby reducing their dependence on external electric power. Net...

  3. Solar Panels Plus LLC | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Panels Plus LLC Jump to: navigation, search Name: Solar Panels Plus LLC Place: Chesapeake, Virginia Zip: 23320 Sector: Solar Product: Solar Panels Plus LLC distributes solar energy...

  4. Solar collector panel

    SciTech Connect

    Gessford, J.D.

    1983-03-01

    A solar collector panel and a method of making the collector panel. The solar collector panel has four layers of fiberglass mat which are each saturated with a catalyzed liquiform resin. Between the first two layers, unimpregnated kraft honeycomb paper having an open cellular structure is placed so as to form a resinated honeycomb core between these first two layers. A plurality of fluid channels are then bonded to the second layer of resin saturated fiberglass mat. The fluid channels are made of a material having a coefficient of thermal expansion essentially equal to that of the fiberglass mat. The third layer of resinsaturated fiberglass mat is placed over the fluid channels. A second layer of kraft honeycomb paper is then placed between the third and fourth layers of resin-saturated fiberglass mat, and a clear gel coat mixed with an ultraviolet inhibitor solution is rolled out over the top of the solar collector panel to partially screen out ultraviolet rays.

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

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

    Power for U.S. Military Housing | Department of Energy Loan Guarantee Would Support Large-Scale Rooftop Solar Power for U.S. Military Housing Energy Department Loan Guarantee Would Support Large-Scale Rooftop Solar Power for U.S. Military Housing September 7, 2011 - 2:10pm Addthis Washington D.C. - U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced the offer of a conditional commitment for a partial guarantee of a $344 million loan that will support the SolarStrong Project, which is expected

  6. Energy Department Finalizes Loan Guarantee for Transformational Rooftop

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

    Solar Project | Department of Energy for Transformational Rooftop Solar Project Energy Department Finalizes Loan Guarantee for Transformational Rooftop Solar Project September 30, 2011 - 3:37pm Addthis Washington D.C. - U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced that the Department has finalized a partial guarantee for a $1.4 billion loan to support Project Amp. The solar generation project includes the installation of approximately 752 megawatts (MW) of photovoltaic (PV) solar panels,

  7. Solar heating panel

    SciTech Connect

    Ellsworth, R.L.

    1983-01-18

    A solar heating panel for collecting solar heat energy and method for making same having a heat insulative substrate with a multiplicity of grooves and structural supporting ribs formed therein covered by a thin, flexible heat conductive film to form fluid conducting channels which in turn are connected to manifolds from which fluid is directed into the channels and heated fluid is removed therefrom.

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

    SciTech Connect

    Abbey, Ross; Ross, Brian

    2013-06-03

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

  9. Hexagon solar power panel

    DOEpatents

    Rubin, Irwin

    1978-01-01

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

  10. Solar heating panel

    SciTech Connect

    Keefe, R.A.

    1983-08-09

    A method of maintaining the temperature of a solar heating panel with glazing below about 220/sup 0/ utilizes convention cooling, where it is essential to the success of the method that the glazing be at least two inches above the upper surface of the collector. A panel of unitary construction of essentially the same plastic material which is an embodiment of the method can withstand the normal operating conditions to which such panels are subjected without thermal degradation of the plastic nor danger of rupture attending loss of physical integrity at excessive temperatures.

  11. Rooftop Solar Photovoltaic Technical Potential in the United States

    SciTech Connect

    Gagnon, Pieter; Margolis, Robert; Melius, Jennifer; Phillips, Caleb; Elmore, Ryan

    2016-01-01

    How much energy could we generate if PV modules were installed on all of the suitable roof area in the nation? To answer this question, we first use GIS methods to process a lidar dataset and determine the amount of roof area that is suitable for PV deployment in 128 cities nationwide, containing 23% of U.S. buildings, and provide PV-generation results for a subset of those cities. We then extend the insights from that analysis to the entire continental United States. We develop two statistical models -- one for small buildings and one for medium and large buildings -- and populate them with geographic variables that correlate with rooftop's suitability for PV. We simulate the productivity of PV installed on the suitable roof area, and present the technical potential of PV on both small buildings and medium/large buildings for every state in the continental US. Within the 128 cities covered by lidar data, 83% of small buildings have a location suitable for a PV installation, but only 26% of the total rooftop area of small buildings is suitable for development. The sheer number of buildings in this class, however, gives small buildings the greatest technical potential. Small building rooftops could accommodate 731 GW of PV capacity and generate 926 TWh/year of PV energy, approximately 65% of rooftop PV's total technical potential. We conclude by summing the PV-generation results for all building sizes and therefore answering our original question, estimating that the total national technical potential of rooftop PV is 1,118 GW of installed capacity and 1,432 TWh of annual energy generation. This equates to 39% of total national electric-sector sales.

  12. Louver solar panel

    SciTech Connect

    Balzer, E.

    1984-12-25

    A louver solar panel comprising spaces parallel corrugated louvers extending between channel-like side members. The louvers have flat sided adjoining corrugations the sides of which are about equal in width and are about normal to one another. The louvers are oriented at angles of about 30/sup 0/ with the lengths of the side members, do not overlap and have a heat absorbing surface on the sides thereof to be exposed to solar radiation.

  13. Advanced solar panel designs

    SciTech Connect

    Ralph, E.L.; Linder, E.

    1995-10-01

    This paper describes solar cell panel designs that utilize new high efficiency solar cells along with lightweight rigid panel technology. The resulting designs push the W/kg and W/sq m parameters to new high levels. These new designs are well suited to meet the demand for higher performance small satellites. This paper reports on progress made on two SBIR Phase 1 contracts. One panel design involved the use of large area (5.5 cm x 6.5 cm) GaAs/Ge solar cells of 19% efficiency combined with a lightweight rigid graphite fiber epoxy isogrid substrate configuration. A coupon (38 cm x 38 cm) was fabricated and tested which demonstrated an array specific power level of 60 W/kg with a potential of reaching 80 W/kg. The second panel design involved the use of newly developed high efficiency (22%) dual junction GaInP2/GaAs/Ge solar cells combined with an advanced lightweight rigid substrate using aluminum honeycomb core with high strength graphite fiber mesh facesheets. A coupon (38 cm x 38 cm) was fabricated and tested which demonstrated an array specific power of 105 W/kg and 230 W/sq m. This paper will address the construction details of the panels and an analysis of the component weights. A strawman array design suitable for a typical small-sat mission is described for each of the two panel design technologies being studied. Benefits in respect to weight reduction, area reduction, and system cost reduction are analyzed and compared to conventional arrays.

  14. Solar heating panel arrangement

    SciTech Connect

    Chang, M.K.

    1983-07-12

    A solar heating panel arrangement and method are disclosed wherein a plurality of spherical lenses transmit and focus solar radiation onto the upper surface of a fluid passage for various relative positions of the sun. The upper surface of the passage is in heat transfer proximity to the fluid therein, causing solar radiation focused thereon to be transferred to the fluid in the form of heat. Solar radiation not directly incident on the lenses may be reflected onto them to increase the amount of solar energy available for transfer to the fluid. A supplementary insulating flow of fluid may also be provided above the passage to absorb heat passing upwardly therefrom and retain the heat within the system.

  15. Final Report- Streamlining Solar Standards and Process: Southern California Rooftop Challenge

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)

    The Southern California Rooftop Solar Challenge (RSC) supported the goals of the Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Energy Technologies Program and the SunShot Initiative, which seeks to make solar electricity cost competitive without subsidies by the end of the decade by reducing balance of system costs for Photovoltaics (PV). In order to achieve market transformation, the California Center for Sustainable Energy (CCSE) led a regional Southern California team that focused on expanding financing options for residential and commercial customers, streamlining permitting and interconnection processes, and standardizing net metering and interconnection standards across investor- and municipally-owned utilities in the region. These goals were achieved by fostering cross jurisdictional collaboration culminating in the development of a set of regional best practices. In subsequent phases of the project, the team will build on these best practices and integrate the lessons learned in Southern California with other successful Rooftop Solar Challenge teams in California and beyond.

  16. Solar water heating panel

    SciTech Connect

    Burke, B.G.

    1984-10-02

    The present invention discloses a solar water heating panel and method of constructing such a solar panel from a pair of thin sheets bonded together around their peripheral edges and having at least one of the sheets formed with resiliently flexible areas defined by a plurality of abutting concave hexagonal areas or zones. The center of each hexagonal zone is formed as a dimple, concave with respect to the opposite sheet, whose radius of curvature is greater than the radius of an inscribed circle within said zone. The abutting zones between each hexagonal zone are formed convex relative to the opposite sheet and have a radius less than that of an inscribed circle. In a preferred form, the sheets are joined together at the center of alternate spaced-apart hexagonal areas. In this way, except for the centers bonded near the panel edges, each joined hexagonal center is surrounded by six unjoined areas to form both transverse and longitudinal flow passages through the panel.

  17. Solar collector panel

    SciTech Connect

    Gessford, J.D.

    1980-11-11

    A solar collector panel and method of making same are disclosed. The solar collector panel has four layers of fiberglass mat which are each saturated with a catalyzed liquiform resin. Between the first two layers, unimpregnated kraft honeycomb paper having an open cellular structure is placed so as to form a resinated honeycomb core between these first two layers. A black gel coat is sprayed onto the second layer of resin-saturated fiberglass mat and a plurality of copper tubes are then placed onto the black gel coat so as to be bonded in heat-transfer relation thereto. The third layer of resin-saturated fiberglass mat is draped over the copper tubes so as to insulate them. A second layer of kraft honeycomb paper is then placed between the third and forth layers of resin-saturated fiberglass mat, and a clear gel coat mixed with an ultraviolet inhibitor solution is rolled out over the top of the solar collector panel to partially screen out ultraviolet rays.

  18. Concentrating photovoltaic solar panel

    DOEpatents

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

    2014-04-15

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

  19. Solar panel mounting assembly

    SciTech Connect

    Eiden, G.E.

    1990-01-02

    This patent describes a mounting assembly for pivotally connecting a solar panel or collector to a base. The mounting assembly comprising: a frame whereupon the solar panel or collector can be mounted; a first plate connected to the frame, the plate having a pivot hole and a plurality of angle displacement holes each being equidistant from the pivot hole; a second plate connected to the base and situated substantially parallel to the first plate. The second plate having a pivot hole and an angle displacement hole being situated substantially the same distance apart from the second plate pivot hole as the distance between the pivot and displacement holes of the first plate; a pivot shaft received through the plate pivot hole and the second plate pivot hole whereby the frame and first plate can pivot with respect to the second plate and the base; an angle displacement shaft selectively received through the second plate angle displacement hole and any one of the first plate angle displacement holes whereby the frame and first plate can be selectively angularly fixed with respect to the second plate and the base; a U-member having two legs, the second plate being connected to the U-member; and, a selectively rotable shaft.

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

    SciTech Connect

    Ronk, Jennifer

    2013-02-14

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

  1. Solar panel and method of manufacturing a solar panel

    SciTech Connect

    Duchateau, J.; Nicolas, M.

    1982-05-25

    A solar panel comprising at least one solar energy transducer laminated between a transparent vitreous sheet and a second sheet in which the transducer is imbedded in a layer of transparent polymeric material which bonds the sheets together. The polymeric material comprises an acrylic compound. A method of making the aforesaid solar panel in which the acrylic compound is allowed to set in situ is described.

  2. Built-in solar panel

    SciTech Connect

    Aloi, M.J.; Hancock, K.J.

    1981-06-16

    Disclosed herein is a solar panel assembly and method for fabrication of same. A portion of the rafters and roof sheeting is cut away to provide an orifice of suitable dimension within which a solar panel frame is to be disposed. A step portion is provided on an upper inner periphery thereof, and a frame lower portion is disposed upon the step. Conduits extend through the solar panel frame at upper and lower portions thereof in a substantially horizontal direction. These conduits are interconnected with a tubed collector plate. An insulative layer is provided underneath this tubed plate. A transparent panel is placed on top of the frame lower portion, and overlying the panel with a frame upper portion which connects the solar panel frame and the frame lower portion by suitable fasteners. Appropriate weather stripping is deployed between the frame upper portion and the solar panel frame, and the open area that exists between the solar panel frame and the roof is provided with a flashing so as to complete the sealing arrangement.

  3. Built-in solar panel

    SciTech Connect

    Aloi, M.J.; Hancock, K.J. II

    1983-07-12

    Disclosed herein is a solar panel assembly and method for fabrication of same including cutting away a portion of the rafters and roof sheeting to provide an orifice of suitable dimension within which a solar panel frame is to be disposed, providing a step portion on an upper inner periphery thereof, disposing a frame lower portion upon the step, installing conduits extending through the solar panel frame at upper and lower portions thereof in a substantially horizontal direction, interconnecting these conduits with a tubed collector plate, providing an insulative layer underneath this tubed plate, placing a transparent panel on top of the frame lower portion, and overlying the panel with a frame upper portion which connects the solar panel frame and the frame lower portion by suitable fasteners. Appropriate weather stripping is deployed between the frame upper portion and the solar panel frame, and the open area that exists between the solar panel frame and the roof is provided with a flashing so as to complete the sealing arrangement.

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

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

    with a ribbon cutting at the Auto-Spa car wash. Mercer Island celebrates the 500th Solarize installation in the state of Washington with a ribbon cutting at the Auto-Spa car wash. ...

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

    SciTech Connect

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

    2013-01-01

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

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

    Energy.gov [DOE]

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

  7. Inside the White House: Solar Panels | Department of Energy

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

    Inside the White House: Solar Panels Inside the White House: Solar Panels

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

    SciTech Connect

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

    2012-08-01

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

  9. Finding Solutions to Solar's Soft Cost Dilemma | Department of Energy

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

    Solutions to Solar's Soft Cost Dilemma Finding Solutions to Solar's Soft Cost Dilemma January 8, 2013 - 1:22pm Addthis Brian Webster installs rooftop solar panels on a home in Englewood, Colorado. The Energy Department is working to streamline rooftop solar installations so that its faster, easier and cheaper for Americans to go solar. | Photo courtesy of Dennis Schroeder, NREL. Brian Webster installs rooftop solar panels on a home in Englewood, Colorado. The Energy Department is working to

  10. Solar control panel

    SciTech Connect

    Hoyois, J.C.

    1984-12-11

    A glazing panel for transmitting radiant energy including visible light energy which includes first and second glass sheets supported in spaced relation. The first glass sheet has an oxide coated surface which defines an exterior surface of the panel and a gold coating on the surface which faces the second glass sheet.

  11. Solar collector panel and method

    SciTech Connect

    King, W. S.

    1985-04-23

    A solar collector panel having a solar energy collector plate and means for flowing a fluid along one side of the plate in a perpendicular serpentine path so that the fluid is repetitively moved toward and away from the plate as it moves along the plate.

  12. 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 ...

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

    Energy.gov [DOE]

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

  14. Solar absorption surface panel

    DOEpatents

    Santala, Teuvo J.

    1978-01-01

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

  15. Science on the Hill: Turning windows into solar panels

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

    Science on the Hill: Turning windows into solar panels Turning windows into solar panels Working with quantum dots, researchers achieve a breakthrough in solar-concentrating ...

  16. Bonded Bracket Assmebly for Frameless Solar Panels

    SciTech Connect

    Murray, Todd; Jackson, Nick; Dupont, Luc; Moser, Jeff

    2013-01-30

    that would be bonded to frameless PV modules for commercial rooftop installations; 2) The development of a composite pultruded rail to replace traditional racking materials; 3) In partnership with a roofing company, pilot the certification of a commercial roof to be solar panel compliant, eliminating the need for structural analysis and government oversight resulting in significantly decreased permitting costs; and 4) Reduce the sum of all cost impacts in topic #2 from a baseline total of $2.05/watt to $.34/watt.

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

    Energy.gov [DOE] (indexed site)

    in U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon team houses. Structural insulated panels (SIPs) are prefabricated structural elements used to build walls, ceilings, floors, and roofs. ...

  18. Solar panel truss mounting systems and methods

    DOEpatents

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

    2016-06-28

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

  19. Solar panel truss mounting systems and methods

    DOEpatents

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

    2015-10-20

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

  20. Micro-inverter solar panel mounting

    DOEpatents

    Morris, John; Gilchrist, Phillip Charles

    2016-02-02

    Processes, systems, devices, and articles of manufacture are provided. Each may include adapting micro-inverters initially configured for frame-mounting to mounting on a frameless solar panel. This securement may include using an adaptive clamp or several adaptive clamps secured to a micro-inverter or its components, and using compressive forces applied directly to the solar panel to secure the adaptive clamp and the components to the solar panel. The clamps can also include compressive spacers and safeties for managing the compressive forces exerted on the solar panels. Friction zones may also be used for managing slipping between the clamp and the solar panel during or after installation. Adjustments to the clamps may be carried out through various means and by changing the physical size of the clamps themselves.

  1. 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 ...

  2. Divya Energy Solar Panel Savings Calculator | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Divya Energy Solar Panel Savings Calculator Jump to: navigation, search Tool Summary LAUNCH TOOL Name: Divya Energy Solar Panel Savings Calculator AgencyCompany Organization:...

  3. EERE Success Story-Arizona: Solar Panels Replace Inefficient...

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

    Arizona: Solar Panels Replace Inefficient Fossil Fuel-Powered Energy Systems EERE Success Story-Arizona: Solar Panels Replace Inefficient Fossil Fuel-Powered Energy Systems May 1, ...

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

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

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

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

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

    covers new technique that may make solar panel production less expensive "PBS NEWSHOUR" covers new technique that may make solar panel production less expensive Scientists have ...

  6. Solar energy collection panel and method

    SciTech Connect

    Lemelson, J.H.

    1981-10-13

    A solar energy, concentrating and absorption panel is provided together with a method for converting solar energy to heat energy or electrical energy by the reflection and concentration of solar energy intersecting the panel. The panel is formed with a solar energy receiving portion thereof which is defined by a plurality of parallel channels extending horizontally across the panel, each of which contains at least two side wall portions which are highly reflective of light and which converge towards each other so that light entering such channels is reflected off the side wall portions thereof against the opposite side wall portions and continues to be directed toward the base of the channel, which base is coated with a light absorbing material such that the light directed thereagainst is concentrated and, as such, may be employed to heat either a fluid located in a passageway extending through the wall of the panel parallel and adjacent to the base of the channel.

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

    SciTech Connect

    Dwyer, Stephen F.

    2013-05-01

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

  8. Rooftop Solar Photovoltaic Technical Potential in the United States. A Detailed Assessment

    SciTech Connect

    Gagnon, Pieter; Margolis, Robert; Melius, Jennifer; Phillips, Caleb; Elmore, Ryan

    2016-01-01

    How much energy could be generated if PV modules were installed on all of the suitable roof area in the nation? To answer this question, we first use GIS methods to process a lidar dataset and determine the amount of roof area that is suitable for PV deployment in 128 cities nationwide, containing 23% of U.S. buildings, and provide PV-generation results for a subset of those cities. We then extend the insights from that analysis to the entire continental United States. We develop two statistical models--one for small buildings and one for medium and large buildings--and populate them with geographic variables that correlate with rooftop's suitability for PV. We simulate the productivity of PV installed on the suitable roof area, and present the technical potential of PV on both small buildings and medium/large buildings for every state in the continental US. Within the 128 cities covered by lidar data, 83% of small buildings have a location suitable for a PV installation, but only 26% of the total rooftop area of small buildings is suitable for development. The sheer number of buildings in this class, however, gives small buildings the greatest technical potential. Small building rooftops could accommodate 731 GW of PV capacity and generate 926 TWh/year of PV energy, approximately 65% of rooftop PV's total technical potential. We conclude by summing the PV-generation results for all building sizes and therefore answering our original question, estimating that the total national technical potential of rooftop PV is 1,118 GW of installed capacity and 1,432 TWh of annual energy generation. This equates to 39% of total national electric-sector sales.

  9. Method of making a solar panel

    SciTech Connect

    Anderson, J.R.; Dominguez, R.

    1982-05-25

    A solar panel in which interconnected photovoltaic cells are maintained in light-receiving position by electrically conductive clips secured to the base of the panel. When the cells and clips are encapsulated in a protective resin, a vacuum is drawn during encapsulation to remove air bubbles trapped beneath the cells.

  10. Making Fuel with Solar Panels | Department of Energy

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

    Making Fuel with Solar Panels Making Fuel with Solar Panels Making Fuel with Solar Panels This photograph features the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) solar-powered hydrogen vehicle fueling station that opened on April 1, 2008. As the solar panels make electricity, an electrolyzer at the station will use that energy to separate water into hydrogen to make fuel for hydrogen-powered vehicles. When not being used to produce hydrogen for vehicles, the power produced by the panels will

  11. Science on the Hill: Turning windows into solar panels

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

    Science on the Hill: Turning windows into solar panels Turning windows into solar panels Working with quantum dots, researchers achieve a breakthrough in solar-concentrating technology that can turn windows into electric generators. February 7, 2016 solar panel windows The luminescent solar concentrator could turn any window into a daytime power source. Science on the Hill: Turning windows into solar panels Sunlight is abundant, free and for all practical purposes, eternal. Harvesting that light

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

    SciTech Connect

    Izquierdo, Salvador; Montanes, Carlos; Dopazo, Cesar; Fueyo, Norberto

    2011-01-15

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

  13. Apparatus for manifolding multiple passage solar panel

    SciTech Connect

    Mcalister, R.E.

    1982-06-08

    A method of sealingly connecting a thermoplastic solar panel structure comprising a multiplicity of elongated thin wall sections defining a multiplicity of parallel passages extending longitudinally between the ends of said panel structure to a thermoplastic manifold tube comprising the steps of mounting an elongated mandrel having a multiplicity of transversely projecting elements corresponding in number and spacing to the panel passages to be communicated with the interior of the manifold tube, positioning a side wall portion of the manifold tube in predetermined spaced relation with the open end of the panel structure so that the projecting elements of the mandrel are generally longitudinally aligned with the open ends of a corresponding member of the passages in the panel structure, heating the spaced panel structure end and the manifold tube side wall portion to soften the thermoplastic material thereof, moving the mandrel within the manifold tube so as to position the projecting elements through the side wall portion thereof and into the open ends of said corresponding panel structure passages and the manifold tube toward the panel structure end so as to cause the manifold tube side wall portion to apply a pressure to the panel structure end sufficient to deform the thermoplastic material thereof and effect a fusing of the same into a unitary mass, and withdrawing the mandrel in the direction of extent of the projecting elements to a position within the interior of the manifold tube and then longitudinally out of the manifold tube and apparatus for carrying out the method.

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

    SciTech Connect

    Not Available

    2012-06-01

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

  15. NM company wants to turn your windows into solar panels

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

    NM company wants to turn your windows into solar panels NM company wants to turn your windows into solar panels "There's an opportunity to generate electricity and power buildings ...

  16. Innovative Solar Panel Maker Scales Up, Lowering Costs while...

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

    Solar Panel Maker Scales Up, Lowering Costs while Creating Jobs Innovative Solar Panel Maker Scales Up, Lowering Costs while Creating Jobs May 16, 2011 - 12:41pm Addthis The end of ...

  17. Method for manifolding multiple passage solar panel

    SciTech Connect

    Mcalister, R.E.

    1981-11-17

    A method of sealingly connecting a thermoplastic solar panel structure comprising a multiplicity of elongated thin wall sections defining a multiplicity of parallel passages extending longitudinally between the ends of said panel structure to a thermoplastic manifold tube is described. An elongated mandrel is mounted having a multiplicity of transversely projecting elements corresponding in number and spacing to the panel passages to be communicated with the interior of the manifold tube. A side wall portion of the manifold tube is positioned in predetermined spaced relation with the open end of the panel structure so that the projecting elements of the mandrel are generally longitudinally aligned with the open ends of a corresponding member of the passages in the panel structure. The spaced panel structure end and the manifold tube side wall portion are heated to soften the thermoplastic material thereof. The mandrel is moved within the manifold tube so as to position the projecting elements through the side wall portion thereof and into the open ends of said corresponding panel structure passages and the manifold tube toward the panel structure end so as to cause the manifold tube side wall portion to apply a pressure to the panel structure end sufficient to deform the thermoplastic material thereof and effect a fusing of the same into a unitary mass. The mandrel is then withdrawn in the direction of extent of the projecting elements to a position within the interior of the manifold tube and then longitudinally out of the manifold tube and apparatus for carrying out the method.

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

    SciTech Connect

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

    2012-01-01

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

  19. Solar heat collecting panel assembly and method for covering structures

    SciTech Connect

    Brown, D.P.; Jones, I.R.; Vurpillat, V.V.

    1984-06-19

    Panels are formed and mounted in an exterior structure covering assemblage exteriorly simulating a standard exterior structure covering panel assemblage while simultaneously providing a fluid flow network within the panel assemblage for solar heat collection while not substantially disturbing the standard panel assemblage simulation. Generally, the panels have a relatively thin, freely heat transferring exterior layer portion with directly underlying fluid flow channels interconnected between panels for the overall assemblage fluid flow network without substantially disturbing the exterior standard panel simulation. The panels may be formed to simulate any standard roofing or siding panels and the solar heat collecting assemblage may be integrated with adjacent panel assemblages not including the solar heat collecting features with the overall assemblage still maintaining the same standard panel simulation.

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

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

    of Energy Panels Hit Energy Milestone For Potawatomi and Milwaukee Solar Panels Hit Energy Milestone For Potawatomi and Milwaukee October 26, 2011 - 10:44am Addthis The Forest County Potawatomi Tribe finishes installing solar panels on a Milwaukee, Wisconsin, administration building. | Photo courtesy of the Forest County Potawatomi Tribe The Forest County Potawatomi Tribe finishes installing solar panels on a Milwaukee, Wisconsin, administration building. | Photo courtesy of the Forest

  1. Getting the Most out of Solar Panels | Department of Energy

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

    Getting the Most out of Solar Panels Getting the Most out of Solar Panels September 16, 2016 - 10:58am Addthis Getting the Most out of Solar Panels Dr. Lenny Tinker Dr. Lenny Tinker Acting Photovoltaics Program Manager If you're thinking about going solar at your home or business, you want the biggest bang for your buck. Luckily, solar is cheaper than ever, thanks to the falling cost and rising efficiency of photovoltaic (PV) solar panels. But here's something to consider: figuring out the real

  2. The Jury's In: Hillsborough County Courthouse Goes Solar | Department...

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

    On Friday, the county formally flipped the switch of an extensive array of solar panels mounted on the rooftop of the Old Main Courthouse Building in downtown Tampa. The project is ...

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

    SciTech Connect

    1998-03-26

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

  4. Direct Current Episode 1: Tackling the Hidden Costs of Rooftop...

    Energy.gov [DOE] (indexed site)

    Uranium isotope separation facilities are built at Oak Ridge, Tennessee; plutonium ... guide to how soft costs drive up the price of rooftop solar, and the many ways the ...

  5. EERE Success Story-Washington: Putting More Solar on More Rooftops...

    Energy.gov [DOE] (indexed site)

    with a ribbon cutting at the Auto-Spa car wash. Mercer Island celebrates the 500th Solarize installation in the state of Washington with a ribbon cutting at the Auto-Spa car wash. ...

  6. Solar collector panels (process-method). Rainwater collection and storage

    SciTech Connect

    Mowery, J.W.

    1981-10-15

    A process for producing panels for solar heating of potable water is described. The panels have PVC tubing flat-coiled into square or rectangular shapes. Also described is a cistern for collecting and storing rainwater. (LEW)

  7. Material gain: Research a step toward more efficient solar panels |

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

    MIT-Harvard Center for Excitonics Material gain: Research a step toward more efficient solar panels 10.7.2014

  8. Permits and Variances for Solar Panels, Calculation of Impervious...

    Energy.gov [DOE] (indexed site)

    construction, or stormwater may only include the foundation or base supporting the solar panel. The law generally applies statewide, including charter counties and Baltimore...

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

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

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

  10. "Increasing Solar Panel Efficiency And Reliability By Evaporative...

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

    Lewis Meixler, Charles Gentile, Patricia Hillyer, Dylan Carpe, Jason Wang, Caroline Brooks The efficiency and reliability of photovoltaic solar panels decreases with increasing ...

  11. Method of fabricating a solar absorber panel

    SciTech Connect

    Severson, A.M.

    1982-04-13

    A low-cost method of fabricating a solar absorber panel for use with a flat plate solar collector system is disclosed in which a plurality of formed elongated substantially u-shaped members are fixed in a predetermined configuration to the reverse side of a single sheet absorber member forming therewith hollow fluid passages or ducts. The fluid duct members are provided with a series of tabs which alternately protrude through spaced slits in the absorber panel such that when the tabs are folded over, a tight interlocking construction is produced. The ends of the single sheet absorber may then be folded to form inlet and outlet manifolds connecting the ends of the series of spaced ducts including closing end tabs or the manifolds may be fabricated of u-shaped tabbed members in the manner of the connecting passages. After the mechanical assembly, the entire unit is sealed as by pumping liquid solder under pressure through the unit. This not only seals the system but also provides a corrosion-resistant coating of solder over all internal parts.

  12. Final row of solar panels installed at Livermore | National Nuclear

    National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)

    Security Administration | (NNSA) Final row of solar panels installed at Livermore Monday, January 11, 2016 - 1:14pm NNSA Blog The last row of panels at the Whitethorn Solar Facility project site at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California was installed last week. When complete, the 3.3 MW fixed-tilt solar photovoltaic facility will represent the largest DOE/NNSA purchase of solar energy from an onsite facility. Electrical installation will continue for several more weeks, then

  13. Solar absorber panel, collector assembly and installation method

    SciTech Connect

    Spencer, D.L.

    1980-12-23

    A solar absorber panel assembly has a pair of substantially parallel plates sealed together at their perimeter. A raised integral header is formed in one of the plates. An external header is in fluid communication with the integral header and is spaced from and mechanically connected to the plates. A solar collector assembly includes hanger brackets mounted on an inclined support surface to engage and retain bodies of insulation material and solar absorber panels. The absorber panels are in side-by-side relation with relatively slidable slightly overlapping marginal portions. External headers on the absorber panels are connected together by slip-on resilient sleeves of silicone rubber. An enclosure having a transparent cover and a wall extending around a plurality of absorber panels and external headers is attached directly to the support surface independently of the hanger brackets and absorber panels. The cover is supported by cover support brackets mounted on the support surface and extending upwardly between panels, passing through openings formed by lateral recesses in the marginal portions of the absorber panels. A solar collector is installed by attaching hanger brackets to an inclined support surface, placing thermal insulation and absorber panels on the hanger brackets to prevent downward slipping movement, and enclosing the absorber panels with a cover which is transmissive of radiant solar energy.

  14. Solar Decathlon Technology Spotlight: Structural Insulated Panels

    Energy.gov [DOE]

    Structural insulated panels (SIPs) are prefabricated structural elements used to build walls, ceilings, floors, and roofs.

  15. SunShot Rooftop Challenge Awardees | Department of Energy

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

    Rooftop Challenge Awardees SunShot Rooftop Challenge Awardees December 1, 2011 - 11:54am Addthis SUNSHOT ROOFTOP SOLAR CHALLENGE December 1, 2011 Awardee Name Location Population Estimate Award Amount Project Highlights Arizona Governor's Office of Energy Policy City of Flagstaff, City of Phoenix, City of Tucson, Arizona State University's Global Institute of Sustainability, and SmartPower Arizona 2,031,618 $708,992 The Arizona Governor's Office of Energy Policy will identify best practices in

  16. Advanced Rooftop Unit Control

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

    Advanced-Rooftop-Unit-Control Sign In About | Careers | Contact | Investors | bpa.gov Search Policy & Reporting Expand Policy & Reporting EE Sectors Expand EE Sectors...

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

    Energy.gov [DOE] (indexed site)

    guarantee of a 344 million loan that will support the SolarStrong Project, which is expected to be a record expansion of residential rooftop solar power in the United States. ...

  18. Rooftop Photovoltaic Systems Installed in New York City

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)

    This photograph shows a rooftop system that was installed by Solar Energy Systems and funded by the U.S. Department of Energy through its Solar America Communities program. New York, one of the 25...

  19. Solar panel with interconnects and masking structure, and method

    SciTech Connect

    Gaddy, E.M.; Dominguez, R.

    1991-04-30

    This patent describes a solar panel. It includes: solar cells having radiation absorbing surface and opposed back surfaces; conducting means for interconnecting the solar cells; a transparent superstrate upon one surface of which radiation absorbing surfaces are mounted; and means upon a surface of the transparent superstrate for masking the interconnecting means.

  20. 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 ...

  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. City and County of Denver- Solar Panel Permitting

    Energy.gov [DOE]

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

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

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Big solar-panel maker First Solar and Colorado's Clean Energy Collective ink deal Home > Groups > Buildings Dc's picture Submitted by Dc(266) Contributor 11 December, 2014 - 15:40...

  4. Next Generation Rooftop Unit | Department of Energy

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

    Emerging Technologies Next Generation Rooftop Unit Next Generation Rooftop Unit The U.S. Department of Energy is currently conducting research in a next generation rooftop unit ...

  5. NM company wants to turn your windows into solar panels

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

    NM company wants to turn your windows into solar panels NM company wants to turn your windows into solar panels "There's an opportunity to generate electricity and power buildings with their windows" August 1, 2016 The UbiQD Team The UbiQD team celebrates the opening of its new quantum dot manufacturing facility in Los Alamos July 29. Contact Hunter McDaniel UbiQD Email UbiQD LLC, a quantum dot company, says it can turn windows into solar generators. "There's an opportunity to

  6. Solar cell array panel and method of manufacture

    SciTech Connect

    Fraser, A. F.; Alsbach, W. G.

    1985-09-17

    An integral lightweight solar cell panel containing a plurality of interconnected solar cells bonded to a fiber-reinforced polyimide film made from an isoimide-containing precursor. The solar cells can be placed on the reinforced polyimide film while the film is in a partially cured condition and the cells become bonded to the film upon completion of the cure. A transparent polymeric film, such as a polyimide, can be used as protective means for the front surfaces of the cells.

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

    SciTech Connect

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

    2014-01-01

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

  8. Solar Reflection Panels - Energy Innovation Portal

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

    Ready Vets: Inside the Training Solar Ready Vets: Inside the Training February 18, 2016 - 11:08am Addthis Solar Ready Vets: Inside the Training Gregory O'Brien Communications Specialist, SunShot Initiative Above: A little snow can't stop students in the Solar Ready Vets program at Fort Drum in upstate New York from learning how to complete solar installations. "I went in knowing very little about solar," said Jake Mayberry, who spent six years in the military, "and now that I get

  9. Mir 1 cooperative solar array photovoltaic panel production

    SciTech Connect

    Wilkinson, W.

    1995-12-31

    This paper describes the production and on-schedule delivery to Russia of 80-watt solar array panels by Lockheed Missiles and Space Co., Inc. Ninety flight-ready panels were delivered to RSC-Energia in Kaliningrad near Moscow in November and December 1994. After assembly by the Russians they are scheduled to be delivered in October 1995 by the US Space Shuttle Atlantis (STS-74) to the Russian Mir 1 module of International Space Station Alpha.

  10. Tilted panel linear echelon solar collector

    SciTech Connect

    Appeldorn, R.H.; Vanderwerf, D.F.

    1989-01-31

    A solar concentrator is described for directing incident solar radiation to a linear focus, comprising: a planar base surface being positioned at an angle phi, which is greater than 0/sup 0/ but less than 90/sup 0/, with respect to a direction which is normal to the incident solar radiation; a plurality of planar reflective elements set along the planar base surface each of which is positioned at an angle ..cap alpha..' with respect to the planar base surface and which varies for each of the planar reflective elements to reflect the incident solar radiation to the linear focus, the plurality of planar reflective elements being separated from each other by substantially planar riser elements, the riser elements being substantially normal to the planar base surface, each of the planar reflective elements making an angle ..cap alpha.. with respect to the direction which is normal to the incident solar radiation.

  11. Solar heat conversion panel and method of assembly

    SciTech Connect

    Homsy, C.A.; Homsy, P.T.

    1981-01-06

    The panel for converting solar energy to sensible heat of a working fluid comprises a thermally-insulated and impervious base member overlayed with and spaced from a solar-collecting member or collector. The collector is in turn overlayed with and spaced from a pair of mutually spaced impervious films which are essentially transparent to incident solar radiation and substantially opaque to radiation emitted by the collector. The solar-collecting member consists of a thermally-insulating porous matrix substance and of a second substance affixed thereto. The second substance is in divided and substantially discrete form. The second substance exhibits a high degree of absorptivity for solar radiation and low emissivity for long wave radiation. The working fluid to be heated is admitted to a chamber underneath the solar-collecting member. The working fluid has a pressure sufficient to cause it to percolate through the collector. The percolated fluid is collected between the collector and the first overlaying film. The panel assembly is formed by connecting the solar panels in series and/or parallel arrays which carry the working fluid and allow it to absorb the desired quantity of heat.

  12. Solar Panel and Induction Lighting Project

    SciTech Connect

    Gresek, Michael

    2014-01-21

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

  13. An Update on White House Solar Panels and Our Solar Program | Department of

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

    Energy White House Solar Panels and Our Solar Program An Update on White House Solar Panels and Our Solar Program June 20, 2011 - 6:11pm Addthis Ramamoorthy Ramesh Former Director, SunShot Initiative & Solar Energy Technologies Program We cannot win the future without winning the clean energy race, which is why President Obama laid out a clear goal to increase our nation's clean energy share and continue to build a 21st century clean energy economy. Last fall, to underscore the Obama

  14. VISUAL-SOLAR

    Energy Science and Technology Software Center

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

  15. Solar collector panels having coated fibrous filling for fire inhibition

    SciTech Connect

    Reinert, C.P.

    1982-04-13

    Solar collector panels filled with porous fiber mats have the fibers coated with a pigmented intumescent paint which expands to partially fill the spaces between the fibers for retarding convective fluid flow through the fiber mat in the case of a fire in the structure with which the collector is associated.

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

    Energy.gov [DOE]

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

  17. The Reality of Solar Panels at 50% Cost | Department of Energy

    Energy Saver

    The Reality of Solar Panels at 50% Cost The Reality of Solar Panels at 50% Cost August 3, 2010 - 12:01pm Addthis Dr. Arun Majumdar Dr. Arun Majumdar Jay Precourt Provostial Chair ...

  18. Combined solar tracking reflector and photovoltaic panel

    SciTech Connect

    Dominguez, R.L.

    1986-11-04

    This patent describes a solar lighting reflector apparatus for illuminating the interior of a roofed building during daylight hours and adapted to track daily movements of the sun. The solar lighting reflector apparatus is further adapted to generate electrical power, the roofed building having a light transmissive opening in the roof therein. The apparatus comprises: (a) a lower frame member having a central opening substantially commensurate in size with the light transmissive opening, the lower frame member having opposing front and rear portions; (b) support means coupled to the roof of the building for supporting the lower frame member above the light transmissive opening in a generally horizontal position. The support means permits the lower frame member to rotate in a substantially horizontal plane; (c) a reflective surface for reflecting solar light through the light transmissive opening; and (d) an upper frame member for supporting the reflective surface, the upper frame member having opposing front and rear portions. The rear portion of the upper frame member is pivotally coupled to the rear portion of the lower frame member between a substantially horizontal closed position wherein the reflective surface overlies and shades the light transmissive opening and an upwardly extending opened position wherein the reflective surface reflects solar light through the light transmissive opening.

  19. Method of manufacturing a solar cell panel

    SciTech Connect

    Dubois, P.

    1982-03-30

    The photovoltaic cells are retained and protected by a transparent elastomer layer extruded when hot prior to vulcanization and applied against the cells with a slight pressure to cause it to go into the spaces between cells, and vulcanized by heating, for example at 110* C. Or at 180* C., thanks to the presence of incorporated peroxides. Application in the production of electricity from solar energy.

  20. Solar panel driven air purging apparatus for motor vehicles

    SciTech Connect

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

    1992-02-18

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

  1. Rooftop Diagnostician - Energy Innovation Portal

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

    Rooftop Diagnostician Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Contact PNNL About This Technology The diagnostician is a self-contained unit that can be installed in any rooftop package unit. The diagnostician is a self-contained unit that can be installed in any rooftop package unit. Once powered up, results are available and can be viewed at the device&#39;s web site. Once powered up, results are available and can be viewed at the device's web site. Technology Marketing Summary The Rooftop

  2. NREL Raises Rooftop Photovoltaic Technical Potential Estimate...

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

    Raises Rooftop Photovoltaic Technical Potential Estimate New analysis nearly doubles ... its estimate of total U.S. technical potential for rooftop photovoltaic (PV) systems. ...

  3. Solar panel elements and method of manufacture thereof

    SciTech Connect

    Oppenheimer, E.D.; Rudd, W.C.; Udall, H.N.

    1981-09-08

    Heat exchanger elements are disclosed, particularly for solar panels, comprising metal tubing secured to a metal strip which is wider than the tubing and relatively thin by a weld which is metal of at least one of the tubing and the strip which has melted and cooled, the welding conditions being selected so that molten metal is expelled from between the tubing and the strip at the ends of short intervals and the strength of the weld varies longitudinally of the tubing. High frequency electric welding is used under conditions which cause the expulsion of the molten metal.

  4. Next Generation Rooftop Unit

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

    Next Generation Rooftop Unit - CRADA Bo Shen Oak Ridge National Laboratory shenb@ornl.gov; 865-574-5745 April 3, 2013 ET R&D project in support of DOE/BTO Goal of 50% Reduction in Building Energy Use by 2030. CRADA project with Trane TOP US Commercial HVAC Equipment OEM 2 | Building Technologies Office eere.energy.gov Purpose & Objectives Problem Statement: half of all US commercial floor space cooled by packaged AC units, consumes more than 1.0 Quad source energy/year; highly efficient

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

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

    less expensive "PBS NEWSHOUR" covers new technique that may make solar panel production less expensive "PBS NEWSHOUR" covers new technique that may make solar panel production less expensive Scientists have developed a more efficient method of creating the material that makes solar panels work, according to a report published this week, which researchers say could be key to creating clean global energy in the future. April 24, 2015 image description Scientists Aditya

  6. Another SunShot Success: GE to Make PrimeStar Solar Panels at New Colorado

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

    Plant | Department of Energy Another SunShot Success: GE to Make PrimeStar Solar Panels at New Colorado Plant Another SunShot Success: GE to Make PrimeStar Solar Panels at New Colorado Plant October 14, 2011 - 4:03pm Addthis Thin film solar panels produced by General Electric’s PrimeStar in Arvada, Colorado | Image courtesy of <a href="http://edelman.com/">Edelman</a>. Thin film solar panels produced by General Electric's PrimeStar in Arvada, Colorado | Image

  7. Modeling the U.S. Rooftop Photovoltaics Market

    SciTech Connect

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

    2010-09-01

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

  8. Obama Administration Announces Plans to Install New Solar Panels on the

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

    White House Residence | Department of Energy Plans to Install New Solar Panels on the White House Residence Obama Administration Announces Plans to Install New Solar Panels on the White House Residence October 5, 2010 - 12:00am Addthis WASHINGTON - U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu and Council of Environmental Quality (CEQ) Chair Nancy Sutley today announced plans to install solar panels and a solar hot water heater on the roof of the White House Residence. These two solar installations will

  9. Rooftop Photovoltaics Market Penetration Scenarios

    SciTech Connect

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

    2008-02-01

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

  10. New GE Plant to Produce Thin Film PV Solar Panels Based on NREL Technology

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

    | Department of Energy GE Plant to Produce Thin Film PV Solar Panels Based on NREL Technology New GE Plant to Produce Thin Film PV Solar Panels Based on NREL Technology April 22, 2011 - 10:17am Addthis Photo courtesy of General Electric Photo courtesy of General Electric Minh Le Minh Le Deputy Director, Solar Energy Technologies Office Earlier this month, General Electric announced plans to enter the global marketplace for solar photovoltaic (PV) panels in a big way - and to do it, they will

  11. Carports with Solar Panels do Double Duty for Navy | Department of Energy

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

    Carports with Solar Panels do Double Duty for Navy Carports with Solar Panels do Double Duty for Navy May 14, 2010 - 12:22pm Addthis Joshua DeLung What does this project do? In total, all of China Lake's solar PV projects generate enough electricity a year to power up to 1,200 houses on the grid provided by Southern California Edison, the local utility. The base estimates that it saves about $557,000 a year from the solar panels. At Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake, heat is a fact of life.

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

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)

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

  13. Method of and apparatus for enabling output power of solar panel to be maximized

    SciTech Connect

    Baker, R.H.

    1983-03-01

    The D.C. Power supplied by a photovoltaic solar panel to a load is controlled by monitoring the slope of the panel voltage vs. Current characteristic and adjusting the current supplied by the panel to the load so that the slope is approximately unity. The slope is monitored by incrementally changing the panel load and indicating whether the resulting change in current derived from the panel is above or below a reference value, indicative of the panel voltage. In response to the change in the monitored current being above the reference value, the slope of a voltage vs. Current curve is greater than unity and the load is adjusted to decrease the current supplied by the panel to the load. Conversely, in response to the current being less than the reference value, the slope of the voltage vs. Current curve is less than unity and the load is adjusted to increase the current supplied by the panel to the load.

  14. SunShot Rooftop Challenge Awardees

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)

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

  15. Rooftop Unit Campaign | Department of Energy

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

    Campaign Rooftop Unit Campaign Commercial Buildings Integration Project for the 2013 Building Technologies Office's Program Peer Review commlbldgs17_deru_040413.pdf (770.86 KB) More Documents & Publications Better Buildings Alliance - 2013 BTO Peer Review Rooftop Unit Suite: RTU Challenge, RTU Advanced Controls and RTU Smart Monitoring and Diagnostic System - 2013 BTO Peer Review Rooftop Unit Network Project - 2013 BTO Peer Review

  16. Mirror panel layouts for an icosahedral solar bowl. The Crosbyton Solar Power Project

    SciTech Connect

    Anderson, R.M.; Barnard, R.W.; Ford, W.T.

    1986-03-15

    This study is concerned with designing mirror panel layouts for a spherical shaped solar bowl. It was carried out as part of the Crosbyton Solar Power Project (CSPP). The CSPP is concerned with the development of a technology for producing electric power from steam generated by reflection of the sun's rays from a fixed mirror solar bowl onto a tracking receiver. In this system, the receiver is cantilevered and pivots about the center of curvature of the mirror. This study describes mathematical techniques for designing the mirror surface. The method is based on an icosahedral breakdown of the surface of a sphere and the resulting bowl is called an icosahedral bowl. As an example, a sixty degree icosahedral bowl is constructed from two sets of fifteen identical spherical triangles. These thirty spherical triangles are called superpanels and are used to support several smaller mirrors. The small mirrors used to cover the surface of the icosahedral bowl are hexagonal in shape. This shape mirror gives extremely good coverage of the bowl surface and minimizes parameters such as total mirror perimeter and gap area between mirrors. In addition, this choice of mirror shape yields the same mirror panel layout on each superpanel.

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

    Energy Saver

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

  18. Have a great idea about how to cut the cost of solar panel installatio...

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Have a great idea about how to cut the cost of solar panel installation? Home > Groups > Buildings Dc's picture Submitted by Dc(266) Contributor 7 November, 2014 - 12:13 As prices...

  19. EERE Success Story-Putting Solar Panels to the Test | Department of

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

    Energy Putting Solar Panels to the Test EERE Success Story-Putting Solar Panels to the Test October 29, 2015 - 3:46pm Addthis This solar photovoltaic (PV) array is being tested in hot, humid weather at the Cocoa, Florida Regional Test Center. This solar photovoltaic (PV) array is being tested in hot, humid weather at the Cocoa, Florida Regional Test Center. Mother Nature can be unpredictable. Sometimes she sends hail; other times, damaging winds; and if you live in a cold climate, she loves

  20. Webinar: Evaluating Roof Structures for Solar PV

    Energy.gov [DOE]

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

  1. Interagency Advanced Power Group Solar Photovoltaic Panel Fall meeting minutes, October 22, 1992

    SciTech Connect

    Not Available

    1992-12-31

    This report contains discussions on the following topics: Leaf, TPL, and {sup 60}Co Gamma source testing facilities; in-house photovolatic research effort; US Army`s interest developing small thermophotovoatic power source for a variety of missions; charging lead acid batteries with unregulated photovolatic panels; testing of solar array panels for space applications; polycrystalline CuInSe{sub 2} & CdTe PV solar cells and, current activities in the US photovolatic program.

  2. Glass Coating Makes Solar Panels More Efficient | Department...

    Energy Saver

    uncover how contact paste performs in solar modules. EERE Success Story - Back to the Basics: Studying Solar Cell Components Photovoltaic Electrical Contact and Cell Coating Basics

  3. Solar Action Webinar Series | Department of Energy

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

    Action Webinar Series Solar Action Webinar Series The Solar Action Webinar Series: Successes from the Rooftop Solar Challenge provides an overview of best practices developed by ...

  4. Largest Solar Panel Installation at a U.S. University Goes Live |

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

    Department of Energy Largest Solar Panel Installation at a U.S. University Goes Live Largest Solar Panel Installation at a U.S. University Goes Live November 4, 2010 - 6:10pm Addthis Sen. Menendez, Rep. Pascrell, John Lushetsky and other officials at the ribbon cutting. Sen. Menendez, Rep. Pascrell, John Lushetsky and other officials at the ribbon cutting. A couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to participate in a ribbon cutting event for the largest solar installation on a United

  5. Building-Integrated Solar Panels at BigHorn

    Energy.gov [DOE]

    This photograph features the building-integrated photovoltaic (PV) panels at BigHorn Home Improvement Center, installed on the south-facing roof. The silicon PV modules were wired into three arrays...

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

    SciTech Connect

    Miller, J.V.

    1983-10-25

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

  7. Namaste Solar | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    search Name: Namaste Solar Place: Colorado Product: Namaste has 60 employees and installs rooftop PV systems in Colorado. References: Namaste Solar1 This article is a stub. You...

  8. Broward County Online Solar Permitting

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)

    Broward County now offers Go SOLAR Online Permitting*, for rooftop solar photovoltaic system permitting. This online permitting system may be used for residential or low commercial properties that...

  9. Plastic solar panel structure and method for making the same

    SciTech Connect

    Mcalister, R.E.

    1981-06-02

    A method and apparatus are disclosed for extruding a radiant energy heat exchanging panel structure having a multiplicity of parallel passages extending longitudinally therethrough defined by a multiplicity of longitudinally extending integrally interconnected exterior and interior thin wall sections, in which the temperature of the plastic material moving longitudinally away from the extrusion outlet is reduced by flowing fluid into said passages and on the exterior sides thereof, by contacting the exterior sides with pairs of cooled rollers, by rolling a liquid medium upon the operative exterior side, and by flowing a liquid spray thereon to provide a radiation absorbing coating on the exterior side of the panel structure opposite from the operative side thereof. Certain of the flowing fluids are reactant fluids which chemically react with the hot plastic material or condense thereupon to form molecular coatings thereon enhancing the properties thereof as a panel structure.

  10. Sandia Rooftop PV Structural Report Webinar

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

    Safety, Security & Resilience of the Energy Infrastructure Energy Storage Nuclear Power & Engineering Grid ... Sandia Rooftop PV Structural Report Webinar A roof structure is made ...

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

    Energy.gov [DOE]

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

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

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

    Maps to Predict Solar Futures Using Maps to Predict Solar Futures June 19, 2015 - 1:43pm Addthis Using Maps to Predict Solar Futures When first exploring the possibility of going solar, many consumers have questions: How many panels will I need for my rooftop? What is this going to cost me? How much will I save on my electricity bills? Awardees of the Energy Department's SunShot Initiative are working to help answer those questions before you invest a penny into a residential solar array.

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

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

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

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

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

    Control and Diagnostics for Rooftop Units - 2014 BTO Peer Review Control and Diagnostics for Rooftop Units - 2014 BTO Peer Review Presenter: Jim Braun, Purdue University (The ...

  15. Ice storage rooftop retrofit for rooftop air conditioning

    SciTech Connect

    Tomlinson, J.J.; Jennings, L.W.

    1997-09-01

    A significant fraction of the floor space in commercial and federal buildings is cooled by single-package rooftop air conditioning units. These units are located on flat roofs and usually operate during the day under hot conditions. They are usually less energy efficient than a chiller system for building cooling. Several U.S. companies are developing systems that employ ice storage in conjunction with chillers to replace older, inefficient rooftop units for improved performance and minimal use of on-peak electricity. Although the low evaporator temperatures needed for ice making tend to reduce the efficiency of the chiller, the overall operating costs of the ice storage system may be lower than that of a packaged, conventional rooftop installation. One version of this concept, the Roofberg{reg_sign} System developed by the Calmac Corporation, was evaluated on a small building at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. The Roofberg system consists of a chiller, an ice storage tank, and one or more rooftop units whose evaporator coils have been adapted to use a glycol solution for cooling. The ice storage component decouples the cooling demand of the building from the operation of the chiller. Therefore, the chiller can operate at night (cooler, more efficient condensing temperatures) to meet a daytime cooling demand. This flexibility permits a smaller chiller to satisfy a larger peak cooling load. Further, the system can be operated to shift the cooling demand to off-peak hours when electricity from the utility is generated more efficiently and at lower cost. This Roofberg system was successfully installed last year on a small one-story office building in Oak Ridge and is currently being operated to cool the building. The building and system were sufficiently instrumented to allow a determination of the performance and efficiency of the Roofberg system. Although the energy efficiency of a simulated Roofberg storage/chiller concept operating in the

  16. 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.

  17. Carports with Solar Panels do Double Duty for Navy | Department...

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

    14, 2010 - 12:22pm Addthis Joshua DeLung What does this project do? In total, all of China Lake's solar PV projects generate enough electricity a year to power up to 1,200...

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

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)

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

  19. City of Chicago- Solar Express Permit Program

    Energy.gov [DOE]

    In 2013, the City of Chicago streamlined and standardized the permitting and zoning process for rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. Small and large rooftop PV generators can now access the...

  20. Overcoming Solar Roadblocks: There's a Map for That

    Energy.gov [DOE]

    Optony, through the Southwest Solar Transformation Initiative (SSTI), successfully launched their Solar Roadmap with support from the U.S. Department of Energy's Rooftop Solar Challenge. This...

  1. 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 ...

  2. Purchasing Solar Collectively with Solarize

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)

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

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

    SciTech Connect

    Not Available

    1980-07-01

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

  4. OCR Solar Roofing Inc | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    OCR Solar Roofing Inc Jump to: navigation, search Name: OCR Solar & Roofing Inc Place: Vacaville, California Product: US installer of turnkey PV rooftops, focussing on the Northern...

  5. Next Generation Rooftop Unit - 2013 Peer Review | Department of Energy

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

    Next Generation Rooftop Unit - 2013 Peer Review Next Generation Rooftop Unit - 2013 Peer Review Emerging Technologies Project for the 2013 Building Technologies Office's Program Peer Review emrgtech11_shen_040313.pdf (1.28 MB) More Documents & Publications A typical commercial rooftop air-conditioning unit (RTU) Credit: Oak Ridge National Lab Next Generation Rooftop Unit Rooftop Unit Suite: RTU Challenge, RTU Advanced Controls and RTU Smart Monitoring and Diagnostic System - 2013 BTO Peer

  6. Concentrating Solar Power Central Receiver Panel Component Fabrication and Testing FINAL REPORT

    SciTech Connect

    McDowell, Michael W; Miner, Kris

    2013-03-30

    The objective of this project is to complete a design of an advanced concentrated solar panel and demonstrate the manufacturability of key components. Then confirm the operation of the key components under prototypic solar flux conditions. This work is an important step in reducing the levelized cost of energy (LCOE) from a central receiver solar power plant. The key technical risk to building larger power towers is building the larger receiver systems. Therefore, this proposed technology project includes the design of an advanced molten salt prototypic sub-scale receiver panel that can be utilized into a large receiver system. Then complete the fabrication and testing of key components of the receive design that will be used to validate the design. This project shall have a significant impact on solar thermal power plant design. Receiver panels of suitable size for utility scale plants are a key element to a solar power tower plant. Many subtle and complex manufacturing processes are involved in producing a reliable, robust receiver panel. Given the substantial size difference between receiver panels manufactured in the past and those needed for large plant designs, the manufacture and demonstration on prototype receiver panel components with representative features of a full-sized panel will be important to improving the build process for commercial success. Given the thermal flux limitations of the test facility, the panel components cannot be rendered full size. Significance changes occurred in the projects technical strategies from project initiation to the accomplishments described herein. The initial strategy was to define cost improvements for the receiver, design and build a scale prototype receiver and test, on sun, with a molten salt heat transport system. DOE had committed to constructing a molten salt heat transport loop to support receiver testing at the top of the NSTTF tower. Because of funding constraints this did not happen. A subsequent plan to

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

    Energy.gov [DOE]

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

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

    SciTech Connect

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

    2011-11-01

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

  9. EERE Success Story-SolarBridge Technologies: Helping Solar Modules...

    Energy Saver

    SolarBridge Technologies is collaborating with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to develop an innovative solution to make rooftop photovoltaic (PV) systems easier to ...

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

    SciTech Connect

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

    2013-12-01

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

  11. 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

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

    Energy.gov [DOE] (indexed site)

    With the help of an Energy Efficiency and Conservation Grant (EECBG), the North Community Police Substation in Henderson, Nevada installed new, roof-top photovoltaic panels that ...

  13. Chicago Region Solar Market Transformation Team SunShot Initiative...

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

    5, 2013 Chicago Region Solar Market Transformation Team SunShot Initiative - Rooftop Solar Challenge (RSC) I Final Report To: Josh Huneycutt, DOE Program Administrator This final ...

  14. Testing at NREL Aids Solar Power in Hawaii - News Releases |...

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

    Testing at NREL Aids Solar Power in Hawaii Utility poised to double solar rooftop capacity based on tests of inverter reliability February 12, 2015 Inverter load rejection ...

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

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

    Water Heating System Maintenance and Repair Solar Water Heating System Maintenance and Repair Rooftop solar water heaters need regular maintenance to operate at peak efficiency. |...

  16. Final Report - Efficient Solar Market Partners of Northern California...

    Energy.gov [DOE] (indexed site)

    solar installations to date (8.4% of California CSI program total as of 842011). ... SunShot Rooftop Challenge Awardees Santa Rosa, California: Solar in Action (Brochure), ...

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

    Energy Saver

    Water Heating System Maintenance and Repair Solar Water Heating System Maintenance and Repair Rooftop solar water heaters need regular maintenance to operate at peak efficiency. | ...

  18. Largest On-Campus Solar Facility Being Installed at William Paterson |

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

    Department of Energy Largest On-Campus Solar Facility Being Installed at William Paterson Largest On-Campus Solar Facility Being Installed at William Paterson March 29, 2010 - 10:57am Addthis Paul Lester Paul Lester Digital Content Specialist, Office of Public Affairs What does this project do? Solar arrays at parking lots and photovoltaic cells on the rooftops of campus buildings should provide about 15 to 20 percent of our energy needs on the campus. Cranes place solar panels on roofs and

  19. Smart Solar Rooftops - Energy Innovation Portal

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

    Smart Grid Smart Grid Rows of battery racks at the <a href="/node/657906">Salem Smart Power Center</a> in Salem, Oregon. The Battelle-led Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration Project, will use the center’s 5-megawatt energy storage system to test several smart grid technologies and approaches. | Photo courtesy of Portland General Electric. Rows of battery racks at the Salem Smart Power Center in Salem, Oregon. The Battelle-led Pacific Northwest Smart Grid

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

    SciTech Connect

    Starr, R.J.

    1984-04-01

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

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

    SciTech Connect

    Not Available

    2014-09-01

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

  2. All Day Solar | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    stage company planning to manufacture flexible thin-film PV modules for vehicular rooftop applications. References: All Day Solar1 This article is a stub. You can help...

  3. Final Report- Grow Solar Wisconsin Team

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)

    Awardee: Midwest Renewable Energy AssociationLocation: Custer, WISubprogram: Soft CostsFunding Program: Rooftop Solar Challenge 1

  4. Commercial Buildings High Performance Rooftop Unit Challenge

    SciTech Connect

    2011-12-16

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

  5. Promising Technology: High-Efficiency Rooftop Units

    Energy.gov [DOE]

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

  6. Solar space heater: do-it-yourself manual for low-cost passive solar panels

    SciTech Connect

    Not Available

    1981-10-01

    A passive solar space heating unit for installation on 20 houses of low-income families was designed and constructed. The unit was planned to be low cost and easy to construct. A brochure showing step by step construction is included. (MHR)

  7. GSA Awards Contract to Bring 3 Megawatts of Solar to Federal...

    Energy Saver

    to WGL for the construction of rooftop photovoltaic arrays that will bring approximately 3 ... Aspinall Courthouse Case Study Photovoltaic panels were installed on the Harold ...

  8. NREL: Photovoltaics Research - News Release Archives

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

    ... January 20, 2012 Lease Option Increases Rooftop Solar's Appeal, Study Says Rooftop solar panels are attracting a new demographic of customers who are choosing to lease rather than ...

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

    Energy.gov [DOE]

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

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

    SciTech Connect

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

    2013-01-01

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

  11. Energy Department Recognizes Organizations for Leadership in Rooftop Unit

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

    Efficiency | Department of Energy Recognizes Organizations for Leadership in Rooftop Unit Efficiency Energy Department Recognizes Organizations for Leadership in Rooftop Unit Efficiency April 26, 2016 - 12:00pm Addthis As part of the Administration's strategy to increase energy productivity and cut energy waste in our nation's buildings, today the U.S. Department of Energy recognized six organizations for their leadership in replacing and upgrading rooftop units as part of the Better

  12. Milwaukee Public Library Goes Solar

    Energy.gov [DOE]

    This photograph features the 132-panel rooftop photovoltaic (PV) system installed by the Milwaukee Public Library. The array was installed during an upgrade to the 120-year-old building’s roof. The...

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

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

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

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

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

    of energy savings achievable by retrofitting existing packaged rooftop air conditioner units (RTUs) with advanced control strategies not ordinarily used for packaged units. ...

  15. Tauber Solar GmbH | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Germany Zip: 97941 Product: Arranges planning permissions and third party finance for rooftop installations, including some over 1MW. References: Tauber-Solar GmbH1 This...

  16. Final Report - Chicago Region Solar Market Transformation Team...

    Energy Saver

    scaled rooftop solar PV market in Chicago. The principal motives driving this project were economic growth and ... 20 megawatts of renewable energy by 2015. City of Chicago ...

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

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

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

  18. NREL-Optimizing Rooftop Space with SolOpt Presentation | Open...

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Optimizing Rooftop Space with SolOpt Presentation Jump to: navigation, search Tool Summary LAUNCH TOOL Name: Optimizing Rooftop Space with SolOpt AgencyCompany Organization:...

  19. Further development of a Low Cost Solar Panel. Semiannual technical progress report, September 28, 1979-March 31, 1980

    SciTech Connect

    Muller, T.; Erskine, D.; Short, R.; Torok, R.

    1980-04-01

    The primary objective of this phase of the Low Cost Solar Panel (LCSP) development is to fabricate, test, and gain practical operational experience on a full-scale prototype panel section, with emphasis on the unglazed configuration. The program includes design refinement, fabrication of full-scale prototypes by hand and semiautomated equipment, subscale and full-scale structural testing, outdoor performance tests, and an assessment of manufacturing requirements and production costs. The report describes the LCSP concept in more detail, the project approach and the more significant accomplishments to date.

  20. Further development of a low-cost solar panel. Final report, September 28, 1979-May 31, 1980

    SciTech Connect

    Muller, T.; Torok, R.; Erskine, D.; Short, R.

    1980-07-01

    The primary objective of this project was to fabricate, test, and gain practical operational experience on a full-scale prototype panel section, with emphasis on the unglazed configuration. The project included design refinement, fabrication of full-scale prototypes by hand and semiautomated equipment, subscale and full-scale structural testing, outdoor performance tests, and an assessment of manufacturing requirements and production costs. The Low Cost Solar Panel, the project approach, and the more significant accomplishments of this contract are described in detail.

  1. Rooftop Unit Comparison Calculator User Manual

    SciTech Connect

    Miller, James D.

    2015-04-30

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

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

    SciTech Connect

    Tyner, C.E.

    1989-03-01

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

  3. Solyndra | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    area and producing more electricity per rooftop on an annual basis than a conventional panel installation. The result is significantly more solar electricity per rooftop per...

  4. Implementation Model: Landlord-Owned Solar Helps

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

    and accesses clean power to meet 65% of ... space. In 2011, Regency partnered with Trader Joe's to install 253 KW roof-top solar ... and earns income based on the solar ...

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

    SciTech Connect

    Rand, J.A.; Bai, Y.; Barnett, A.M.; Culik, J.S.; Ford, D.H.; Hall, R.B.; Kendall, C.L.

    1998-09-01

    This report will detail substantial improvements in each of the task areas. A number of new products were developed, including a 130 kW array built using a new panel design. Improvements in laboratory-scale solar cell processing resulted in a confirmed efficiency of 16.6%. A new Silicon-Film{trademark} production sheet machine was built which increased throughput by 70%. Three solar cell fabrication processes were converted from low throughout batch processes to high throughput, continuous, belt processes. These new processes are capable of processing sheet over 31 cm in width. Finally, a new Silicon-Film{trademark} sheet machine was built that demonstrated a sheet width of 38 cm. This tool enabled AstroPower to demonstrate a wide range of solar cell sizes, many of which have generated considerable market interest.

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

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)

    Presenter: Jim Braun, Purdue University (The Pennsylvania State University Consortium for Building Energy Innovation) This project aims to develop and validate cost-effective methods for rooftop air conditioning unit (RTU) coordination and diagnostics in small commercial buildings.

  7. U.S. PV-Suitable Rooftop Resources

    DOE Data Explorer

    Phillips, Caleb; Melius, Jenny

    2016-06-14

    This dataset contains zipcode resolution estimates of suitable area on small (1,000-5,000 m^2), medium (5,000-10,000 m^2) and large (>10,000 m^2) buildings' rooftops for PV deployment.

  8. NREL Raises Rooftop Photovoltaic Technical Potential Estimate - News

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

    Releases | NREL NREL Raises Rooftop Photovoltaic Technical Potential Estimate New analysis nearly doubles previous estimates and shows U.S. building rooftops could generate close to 40 percent of national electricity sales March 24, 2016 Analysts at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have used detailed light detection and ranging (LiDAR) data for 128 cities nationwide, along with improved data analysis methods and simulation tools, to update its estimate of

  9. Nonlinear thermal and structural analysis of a brazed solar-central-receiver panel

    SciTech Connect

    Napolitano, L.M. Jr.; Kanouff, M.P.

    1981-07-01

    One part of the evaluation program for a molten sodium central receiver was to be a test of a reduced-scale panel at Sandia's Central Receiver Test Facility in Albuquerque. The panel incorporates a new way of joining tubes - brazing to intermediate filler strips - which can affect the panel's lifetime. To calculate the stresses and strains for the worst-case section of the experimental panel, we have done a nonlinear elastic-plastic analysis with the MARC finite element computer code, which takes the temperature dependence of the material properties into account. From the results, tube design lifetimes are predicted. The analysis shows that concerns for cracking and reduction in lifetime are warranted, but a more detailed fracture analysis is necessary to determine whether there is a stable-crack-growth problem.

  10. 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.

  11. Optimal Solar PV Arrays Integration for Distributed Generation

    SciTech Connect

    Omitaomu, Olufemi A; Li, Xueping

    2012-01-01

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

  12. DEVELOPMENT OF A HYDRONIC ROOFTOP UNIT -- HYPAK

    SciTech Connect

    Eric Lee; Dick Bourne; Mark Berman

    2004-03-25

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

  13. 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.

  14. Making a Difference: Solarize Programs Accelerating Solar Adoption |

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

    Department of Energy Solarize Programs Accelerating Solar Adoption Making a Difference: Solarize Programs Accelerating Solar Adoption December 29, 2015 - 12:51pm Addthis Making a Difference: Solarize Programs Accelerating Solar Adoption Dr. Elaine Ulrich Dr. Elaine Ulrich Balance of Systems/Soft Costs Program Manager As a part of their Rooftop Solar Challenge II award, the Midwest Renewable Energy Association has organized group solar buys for 92 families in Milwaukee, WI. Photo credit:

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

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

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

  16. CTS Solar GmbH | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    CTS Solar GmbH Jump to: navigation, search Name: CTS-Solar GmbH Place: Germany Product: Germany-based project developer provides service of installation of roof-top and...

  17. What is the #1 Way to Save Money on Your Rooftop Unit? Fix it...

    Office of Environmental Management (EM)

    What is the 1 Way to Save Money on Your Rooftop Unit? Fix it BEFORE it Breaks What is the 1 Way to Save Money on Your Rooftop Unit? Fix it BEFORE it Breaks February 16, 2016 - ...

  18. Region Solar Inc Solar Inc California Renewable Energy Solar...

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Point Drive Fort Collins Colorado Solar Solar cell passive solar architectural glass solar grid tie inverter semiconductor flat panel display data storage http www advanced...

  19. 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.

  20. Photovoltaic array with minimally penetrating rooftop support system

    DOEpatents

    Lenox, Carl J.S.

    2012-10-23

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

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

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

    Rooftop Solar Challenge | Department of Energy Million to Spur Rapid Adoption of Solar Energy with the Rooftop Solar Challenge DOE Awards $12 Million to Spur Rapid Adoption of Solar Energy with the Rooftop Solar Challenge December 1, 2011 - 3:18pm Addthis Washington, D.C. - As part of the U.S. Department of Energy's SunShot Initiative, today Energy Secretary Steven Chu was joined by Lynn Jurich, the president and co-founder of the solar power company SunRun, and Saint Paul Mayor Chris

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

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

    Rooftop Solar Challenge | Department of Energy Awards $12 Million to Spur Rapid Adoption of Solar Energy with the Rooftop Solar Challenge DOE Awards $12 Million to Spur Rapid Adoption of Solar Energy with the Rooftop Solar Challenge December 1, 2011 - 4:02pm Addthis As part of the U.S. Department of Energy's SunShot Initiative, today Energy Secretary Steven Chu was joined by Lynn Jurich, the president and co-founder of the solar power company SunRun, and Saint Paul Mayor Chris Coleman to

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

    SciTech Connect

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

    2008-01-01

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

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

    SciTech Connect

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

    2011-01-01

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

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

    SciTech Connect

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

    1996-06-01

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

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

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

    Making Strides to Boost the Use of Solar Energy Making Strides to Boost the Use of Solar Energy November 12, 2012 - 11:04am Addthis This photograph features the 6-kilowatt (kw) rooftop photovoltaic system that Mercury Solar Systems installed in the Lower Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia.| Photo courtesy of Mercury Solar Solutions This photograph features the 6-kilowatt (kw) rooftop photovoltaic system that Mercury Solar Systems installed in the Lower Kensington neighborhood of

  7. SBM Solar | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    search Name: SBM Solar Place: North Carolina Sector: Solar Product: SBM Solar is a solar panel manufacturer based in North Carolina. References: SBM Solar1 This article is...

  8. Solar collection

    SciTech Connect

    Cole, S.L.

    1984-08-01

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

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

    SciTech Connect

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

    2012-04-15

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

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

    SciTech Connect

    1983-11-01

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

  11. SolarBridge Technologies: Helping Solar Modules Speak the Language of the Energy Grid

    Energy.gov [DOE]

    SolarBridge Technologies is collaborating with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to develop an innovativesolution to make rooftop photovoltaic (PV) systems easier to install and more...

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

    SciTech Connect

    2010-01-01

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

  13. Lease Option Increases Rooftop Solar's Appeal, Study Says - News Releases |

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

    Condensate Production (Million Barrels) Period: Annual Download Series History Download Series History Definitions, Sources & Notes Definitions, Sources & Notes 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 View History U.S. 178 224 231 274 311 326 1979-2014 Alabama 2 2 2 2 2 1 1979-2014 Alaska 0 0 20 20 16 0 1979-2014 Arkansas 0 0 0 0 0 0 1979-2014 California 0 0 0 0 0 1 1979-2014 Coastal Region Onshore 0 0 0 0 0 0 1979-2014 Los Angeles Basin Onshore 0 0 0 0 0 0 1979-2014 San Joaquin Basin Onshore 0 0

  14. Rooftop Solar Challenge Round 1 | Department of Energy

    Energy Saver

    Roderick Jackson About Us Roderick Jackson - Technical Lead, Oak Ridge National Lab Roderick Jackson leads the Building Envelope Systems Research Group at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory and serves as the technical lead for the Additive Manufacturing Integrated Energy (AMIE) demonstration project. He holds a bachelor's, master's, and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Georgia Tech. More about the AMIE demonstration project can be found:

  15. Project Profile: Deployable Commercial Rooftop Solar Electric System

    Energy.gov [DOE]

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

  16. Solar access of residential rooftops in four California cities...

    Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI)

    of surface height were used to create a digital elevation model of all trees and ... (the flat elements of roofs) was computed geometrically from the digital elevation model. ...

  17. 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.

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

    Energy.gov [DOE]

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

  19. Solar Industry Scorches Records | Department of Energy

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

    Industry Scorches Records Solar Industry Scorches Records March 6, 2014 - 5:24pm Addthis Workers install a solar energy system on the rooftop of a home in Golden, Colorado. More than 4,751 megawatts of solar power was installed in the United States last year, an increase of 41%. | Photo by Dennis Schroeder, National Renewable Energy Laboratory Workers install a solar energy system on the rooftop of a home in Golden, Colorado. More than 4,751 megawatts of solar power was installed in the United

  20. What's on your Roof? Rooftop Unit (RTU) Efficiency Advice and Guidance

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

    from the Advanced RTU Campaign | Department of Energy What's on your Roof? Rooftop Unit (RTU) Efficiency Advice and Guidance from the Advanced RTU Campaign What's on your Roof? Rooftop Unit (RTU) Efficiency Advice and Guidance from the Advanced RTU Campaign November 10, 2015 - 11:40am Addthis What’s on your Roof? Rooftop Unit (RTU) Efficiency Advice and Guidance from the Advanced RTU Campaign By Marta Schantz This is the first in a series of upcoming blogs on DOE's Advanced Rooftop Unit

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

    SciTech Connect

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

    2015-09-30

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

  2. EERE Success Story—SolarBridge Technologies: Helping Solar Modules Speak the Language of the Energy Grid

    Energy.gov [DOE]

    SolarBridge Technologies is collaborating with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to develop an innovative solution to make rooftop photovoltaic (PV) systems easier to install and more...

  3. Pitting and crevice corrosion potentials of solar panel stainless steels in seawater and 0. 6M NaCl

    SciTech Connect

    Felloni, L.; Fratesi, R.; Ruggeri, O.; Sambogna, G.

    1985-03-01

    The cyclic potentiokinetic polarization method (scanning rate 10 mV/min), starting at the free corrosion potential and going up to 100 ..mu..A/cm/sup 2/ (surface area), and microscopic observation o the surface were used to evaluate the susceptibility of commercial stainless steels to localized corrosion for their possible application in solar panels. Aerated and deaerated solutions of 0.6M NaCl and seawater at room temperature were used. Considering the average value of the pitting potential obtained in numerous tests, the following stability classification was established for the materials studied: 430 < 430 Nb < 304 < 304L < ELI (C) less than or equal to 316 < ELI (D) The appearance of morphological differences in pits on the same material and the presence of cavernous pits, detectable after light abrasion of the surface or in a cross section of the sample made their quantification and a determination of any definite relation between surface defects (segregations and/or microflaws) and passive film breakdown susceptibility very difficult. Crevice corrosion could occur under free corrosion conditions, especially in the presence of air, and it was detectable from potential oscillations. The crevice potential is not estimated with the same technique used to determine pitting potential because of the strong effect of the critical shield geometry; it is therefore suggested that the redox couple K/sub 4/Fe(CN)/sub 6/ - K/sub 3/Fe(CN)/sub 6/, in suitable concentration in the system being considered, can give useful indications of this potential. Indeed, the rapid precipitation of Turnbull's blue physically prevents the repassivation process at the electrode potential established by the redox couple.

  4. Solar PST | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    search Name: Solar PST Place: Bergondo, Spain Zip: 15 165 Sector: Solar Product: Spanish company producing thermodynamic solar panels. References: Solar PST1 This article...

  5. Immodo Solar | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Jump to: navigation, search Name: Immodo Solar Place: Spain Sector: Solar Product: Spanish company which installs and maintains solar panels. References: Immodo Solar1 This...

  6. Rooftop Unitary Air Conditioner with Integral Dedicated Outdoor Air System

    SciTech Connect

    Tiax Llc

    2006-02-28

    Energy use of rooftop and other unitary air-conditioners in commercial applications accounts for about 1 quad (10{sup 15} Btu) of primary energy use annually in the U.S. [Reference 7]. The realization that this cooling equipment accounts for the majority of commercial building cooled floorspace and the majority also of commercial building energy use has spurred development of improved-efficiency equipment as well as development of stricter standards addressing efficiency levels. Another key market driver affecting design of rooftop air-conditioning equipment has been concern regarding comfort and the control of humidity. Trends for increases in outdoor air ventilation rates in certain applications, and the increasing concern about indoor air quality problems associated with humidity levels and moisture in buildings points to a need for improved dehumidification capability in air-conditioning equipment of all types. In many cases addressing this issue exacerbates energy efficiency, and vice versa. The integrated dedicated outdoor air system configuration developed in this project addresses both energy and comfort/humidity issues.

  7. Solar Energy for All: How-To Guides Encourage Growth of Solar Communities |

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

    Department of Energy Energy for All: How-To Guides Encourage Growth of Solar Communities Solar Energy for All: How-To Guides Encourage Growth of Solar Communities August 21, 2012 - 10:58am Addthis An overview of the concept behind The Solarize Guidebook, which offers neighborhoods a plan for getting volume discounts when making group purchases of rooftop solar energy systems. Rachel Tronstein Deputy Program Manager, SunShot Initiative What is Community Shared Solar? Residents join together

  8. Solar Technical Assistance Team Success Stories Video - Text Version |

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

    So Simple It Is Just a Click Away Solar So Simple It Is Just a Click Away May 6, 2013 - 10:00am Addthis Incubator 6 awardee Sun Number converts complex aerial data into an easy-to-understand solar suitability score ranging from 1 to 100, with 100 being the ideal rooftop for solar. | Photo courtesy of Sun Number. Incubator 6 awardee Sun Number converts complex aerial data into an easy-to-understand solar suitability score ranging from 1 to 100, with 100 being the ideal rooftop for solar. | Photo

  9. Solar Install Mount Production Labor Equipment Simple Balance of Systems |

    Energy Saver

    Industry Scorches Records Solar Industry Scorches Records March 6, 2014 - 5:24pm Addthis Workers install a solar energy system on the rooftop of a home in Golden, Colorado. More than 4,751 megawatts of solar power was installed in the United States last year, an increase of 41%. | Photo by Dennis Schroeder, National Renewable Energy Laboratory Workers install a solar energy system on the rooftop of a home in Golden, Colorado. More than 4,751 megawatts of solar power was installed in the United

  10. SBY Solutions | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Jump to: navigation, search Name: SBY Solutions Place: Israel Zip: 42836 Sector: Solar Product: Solar panel installer, mainly focusing on rooftops. References: SBY...

  11. Leading the Charge: Akwesasne Housing Authority Director Retha...

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

    Energy-efficient homes in AHA's Sunrise Acres Complex include such features as rooftop solar domestic hot water. Photo from Akwesasne Housing Authority. Solar panels used to ...

  12. AWSL The Remington Group JV | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    JV Jump to: navigation, search Name: AWSL & The Remington Group JV Place: Ontario, Canada Sector: Solar Product: Canada-based JV to install rooftop solar panels. References:...

  13. Final Report - Efficient Solar Market Partners of Northern California

    Energy Saver

    Successes | Department of Energy Efficient Solar Market Partners of Northern California Successes Final Report - Efficient Solar Market Partners of Northern California Successes Awardee: SolarTech Location: San Jose, CA Subprogram: Soft Costs Funding Program: Rooftop Solar Challenge 1 The SolarTech Efficient Solar Market Partners of Northern CaliforniaRSC 1 program and team comprised of Solar Sonoma County, East Bay Green Corridor, Clean Coalition and the City and County of San Francisco

  14. EECBG Success Story: The Jury’s In: Hillsborough County Courthouse Goes Solar

    Energy.gov [DOE]

    With the help of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant program, Hillsborough County's Old Main Courthouse installed a 196-kilowatt solar photovoltaic system on its rooftop, saving approximately $60,500 annually in energy costs. Learn more.

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

    SciTech Connect

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

    2013-07-31

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

  16. Skypoint Solar Inc | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Name: Skypoint Solar Inc. Place: Vermont Zip: 5255 Sector: Solar Product: Vermont based solar panel manufacturing company that will also be involved in the establishment of solar...

  17. Heat transfer panel and method

    SciTech Connect

    Clark, P.C.

    1984-09-25

    A durable, low-cost, heat transfer panel of the type typically employed as a solar energy collector is disclosed. The panel includes a flow channel defining structure, preferably formed as a corrugated sheet and a superimposed flexible membrane, to which manifolds or headers are secured. The manifolds have mating corrugated surfaces that are interengaged with the corrugations on the panel sheet to provide transverse rigidity to the overall panel structure as well as distribution of heat transfer fluid to and from the panel. Modified forms of the panel are disclosed in which the panel includes a selective absorber and a venting structure. A method for blow-molding the manifold into mating interengagement with the corrugated support sheet of the panel is also disclosed.

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

    SciTech Connect

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

    2012-06-01

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

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

    SciTech Connect

    Not Available

    2014-04-01

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

  20. Next-Generation Rooftop Unit Doubles Efficiency, Uses Lower-GWP Refrigerant

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

    | Department of Energy Next-Generation Rooftop Unit Doubles Efficiency, Uses Lower-GWP Refrigerant Next-Generation Rooftop Unit Doubles Efficiency, Uses Lower-GWP Refrigerant May 16, 2016 - 12:23pm Addthis Credit: Trane Credit: Trane Credit: Trane Credit: Trane Credit: Trane Credit: Trane A version of this article originally appeared in the Oak Ridge National Laboratory Building Technologies Update Newsletter April 2016 Issue (URL: www.ornl.gov/buildings → Media → News). Trane Commercial

  1. Rooftop Unit Network Project - 2013 BTO Peer Review | Department of Energy

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

    Network Project - 2013 BTO Peer Review Rooftop Unit Network Project - 2013 BTO Peer Review Emerging Technologies Project for the 2013 Building Technologies Office's Program Peer Review emrgtech23_brambley_040413.pdf (1.57 MB) More Documents & Publications Rooftop Unit Suite: RTU Challenge, RTU Advanced Controls and RTU Smart Monitoring and Diagnostic System - 2013 BTO Peer Review Technical Meeting: Software Framework for Transactive Energy VOLTTRON(tm) 2014 Transactional Network

  2. Sereno Solar | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Name: Sereno Solar Place: Monte Sereno, California Sector: Solar Product: Has developed a solar passive water heating panel to be installed under current roofing or siding...

  3. Phototaxis Solar | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Cambridge, Massachusetts Sector: Solar Product: Solar start-up planning to construct solar-panel covered roofs over parking lots. Coordinates: 43.003745, -89.017499 Show...

  4. EERE Success Story—Chicago Solar Express Reduces Costs, Wait Times

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)

    The Solar Express program in Chicago, Illinois—funded through a SunShot Initiative Rooftop Solar Challenge (RSC) I award of $750,000—is making it faster, easier, and cheaper for residents to go solar by cutting long wait times and fees for solar permits.

  5. Solar Magic | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Clara, California. SolarMagic delivers the SolarMagic Power Optimizer, which allows the solar panels in a given array to achieve maximum power regardless of whether other panels...

  6. 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.

  7. Solar energy collecting system

    SciTech Connect

    Taylor, L.H.

    1986-01-14

    This patent describes a solar energy collecting system employing a number of specially positioned collector panels for a south facing wall and roof of a building. The first and second solar panels are placed on the wall and roof. The first and second solar panels are connected to each other for fluid flow. The solar panels are described as being mounted in a position with a specified orientation and angular correlation in order to maximize effective winter sunlight. The patent also describes the panel configuration as being such that the second panel shades the first panel at high summer angles of the sun.

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

    SciTech Connect

    Eric Lee; Mark Berman

    2009-11-14

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

  9. Large-area Silicon-Film{trademark} panels and solar cells. Phase 2 technical report, January 1996--December 1996

    SciTech Connect

    Rand, J.A.; Barnett, A.M.; Checchi, J.C.; Culik, J.S.; Collins, S.R.; Ford, D.H.; Hall, R.B.; Jackson, E.L.; Kendall, C.L.

    1997-03-01

    The Silicon-Film{trademark} process is on an accelerated path to large-scale manufacturing. A key element in that development is optimizing the specific geometry of both the Silicon-Film{trademark} sheet and the resulting solar cell. That decision has been influenced by cost factors, engineering concerns, and marketing issues. The geometry investigation has focused first on sheet nominally 15 cm wide. This sheet generated solar cells with areas of 240 cm{sup 2} and 675 cm{sup 2}. Most recently, a new sheet fabrication machine was constructed that produces Silicon-Film{trademark} with a width in excess of 30 cm. Test results have indicated that there is no limit to the width of sheet generated by this process. The new wide material has led to prototype solar cells with areas of 300, 400, and 1,800 cm{sup 2}. Significant advances in solar-cell processing have been developed in support of fabricating large-area devices, including uniform emitter diffusion and anti-reflection coatings.

  10. Solar reflector system

    SciTech Connect

    Melamed, A.M.

    1986-07-01

    A solar reflector system is described for reflecting solar energy to an elongated solar receiving area disposed generally in an east-west direction and for helping to optimize the performance versus cost ratios of concentrating solar collector systems utilizing the solar reflector system. The solar reflector system consists of an elongated side reflector panel means to be hinged relative to the solar receiving area, hinge means adjacent the solar receiving area for pivotally connecting the reflector panel means relative to the solar receiving area. The reflector panel means include a reflector surface comprised of a plurality of flat planar reflector panels that are each elongated parallel to the solar receiving area for about the length of the solar receiving area, with adjacent flat planar reflector panels comprising the reflector surface sharing a common edge that extends parallel to the solar receiving area and forming an angle appropriate to facilitate efficient performance of the overall reflector panel means in reflecting solar energy to the solar receiving area, means for adjusting one, some, or all of the angles formed by adjacent flat planar reflector panels comprising the reflector surface. The curvature of the overall reflector surface may be altered on a seasonal basis, and means for adjusting the entire reflector panel means relative to the solar receiving area about the hinge means, so as to improve year-round reflector panel means performance in reflecting solar energy to the solar receiving area.

  11. PROJECT PROFILE: Ecolibrium3 (Solar Market Pathways) | Department of Energy

    Energy Saver

    Ecolibrium3 (Solar Market Pathways) PROJECT PROFILE: Ecolibrium3 (Solar Market Pathways) Title: Local Energy Matters: Solar Market Development in Duluth, MN Ecolibrium3.png Funding Opportunity: Solar Market Pathways SunShot Subprogram: Soft Costs Location: Duluth, MN Amount Awarded: $209,005 Awardee Cost Share: $52,266 Ecolibrium3's "Local Energy Matters" Solar Market Pathways project is working with state and local stakeholders to further develop residential rooftop, community, and

  12. Oklahoma Tribe to Install Solar Roof

    Energy.gov [DOE]

    An Indian tribe in Anadarko, Oklahoma is installing solar panel roofs on two tribal government buildings.

  13. U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) - Pub

    Annual Energy Outlook

    by 26% over the period. More use of distributed generation, such as from rooftop solar panels, would further reduce delivered energy intensity, but it is not projected to...

  14. SANDIA REPORT

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

    ... and to save on the cost of maintaining a ... A major impediment to installing rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) ... even before PV panels are installed, due to ...

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

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

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

  16. EERE Success Story-SunShot Incubator Awardee Helps Companies...

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

    Ali Ahmed, senior manager of global energy and sustainability at Cisco Systems, installed the first panels of the Solar Community initiative on his Cleveland, Ohio rooftop. Ali ...

  17. After 105 Years, Historic City Hall in West Des Moines, Iowa...

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

    The renovations include the installation of four geothermal heating wells, a rooftop covered with vegetation, solar panels and permeable pavers to allow stormwater through to the ...

  18. New Orleans Schools Recover from Hurricane Katrina with Assistance...

    Energy Saver

    in once-flooded neighborhoods are some new energy-efficient homes featuring rooftop solar panels, extensive insulation and more efficient climate systems. | Photo by Phil Voss, ...

  19. Integrated shipping and installation racking

    DOEpatents

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

    2015-03-17

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

  20. Solar Applications to Multiple County Buildings Feasibility Study

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)

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

  1. Solar Photovoltaic Success Stories - Energy Innovation Portal

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

    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 eye candy. All images from U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon These examples of building integrated photovoltaic panels are like solar eye candy. All images from U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon Alexis Powers Communications Specialist at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory Solar is not just for

  2. 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 ...

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

    SciTech Connect

    Olis, D.; Mosey, G.

    2015-03-01

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

  4. SunShot Rooftop Challenge Awardees | Department of Energy

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

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

  5. Solstice Solar Systems LLC | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    California Zip: 95008-6906 Sector: Solar Product: US-based manufacturer of PV inverters and wires to connect solar panels. References: Solstice Solar Systems LLC1 This...

  6. American Way Solar AWS | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    navigation, search Name: American Way Solar (AWS) Place: Plzen, Czech Republic Sector: Solar Product: Czech subsidiary of US PV panel manufacturer, American Way Solar (AWS)....

  7. 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...

  8. Innovative Ballasted Flat Roof Solar PV Racking System

    SciTech Connect

    Peek, Richard T.

    2015-01-23

    The objective of this project was to reduce the cost of racking for PV solar on flat commercial rooftops. Cost reductions would come from both labor savings and material savings related to the installation process. The rack would need to accommodate the majority of modules available on the market. Cascade Engineering has a long history of converting traditional metal type applications over to plastic. Injection molding of plastics have numerous advantages including selection of resin for the application, placing the material exactly where it is needed, designing in features that will speed up the installation process, and weight reduction of the array. A plastic rack would need to meet the requirements of UL2703, Mounting systems, mounting devices, clamping/retention devices, and ground lugs for use with flat-plate photovoltaic modules and panels. Comparing original data to the end of project racking design, racking material costs were reduced 50% and labor costs reduced 64%. The racking product accommodates all 60 and 72 cell panels on the market, meets UL2703 requirements, contributes only 1.3 pounds per square foot of weight to the array, requires little ballast to secure the array, automatically grounds the module when the module is secured, stacks/nests well for shipping/fewer lifts to the roof, provides integrated wire routing, allows water to drain on the roof, and accommodates various seismic roof connections. Project goals were achieved as noted in the original funding application.

  9. PROJECT PROFILE: Cook County Department of Environmental Control (Solar

    Energy Saver

    Market Pathways) | Department of Energy Cook County Department of Environmental Control (Solar Market Pathways) PROJECT PROFILE: Cook County Department of Environmental Control (Solar Market Pathways) Title: Facilitating Deployment of Community Solar PV Systems on Rooftops and Vacant Land in Northeast IL Cook County Seal.png Funding Opportunity: Solar Market Pathways SunShot Subprogram: Soft Costs Location: Chicago, IL Amount Awarded: $1,238,308 Awardee Cost Share: $424,898 Cook County

  10. Interconnection Panel

    Energy.gov [DOE]

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

  11. 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

  12. Low Profile Power Conversion System for Rooftop Photovoltaic Power Systems

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

    - Energy Innovation Portal 30062958 Site Map Printable Version Share this resource About Search Categories (15) Advanced Materials Biomass and Biofuels Building Energy Efficiency Electricity Transmission Energy Analysis Energy Storage Geothermal Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Hydropower, Wave and Tidal Industrial Technologies Solar Photovoltaic Solar Thermal Startup America Vehicles and Fuels Wind Energy Partners (27) Visual Patent Search Success Stories Find More Like This Return to Search Low

  13. SPORTAL3

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

    Energy SPO Takes a Rooftop Tour of Forrestal's Solar Panels SPO Takes a Rooftop Tour of Forrestal's Solar Panels October 27, 2016 - 10:39am Addthis SPO Takes a Rooftop Tour of Forrestal’s Solar Panels On October 13, 2016, MA-50's Erik Haukdal gave the Sustainability Performance Office (SPO) a tour of Forrestal's rooftop solar array. The main array was installed so DOE Headquarters could lead by example implementing renewable energy in their buildings. Several smaller arrays demonstrate

  14. Evolution Solar | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Product: British Virgin Islands-based solar energy company dedicated to establishing solar panel factories in the Middle East and Africa using both Crystalline Silicon and...

  15. CCT Solar | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    CCT Solar Jump to: navigation, search Name: CCT Solar Place: Ede, Netherlands Zip: 6711 Product: Netherlands-based division of CCT Europe and PV panel and junction box...

  16. 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...

  17. Lighthouse Solar | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Frontier Place: Boulder, Colorado Zip: 80301 Region: Rockies Area Sector: Solar Product: Solar Panel Installers Number of Employees: 51-200 Year Founded: 2006 Phone Number:...

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

    SciTech Connect

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

    2009-12-01

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

  19. All About Solar and Real Estate | Department of Energy

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

    All About Solar and Real Estate All About Solar and Real Estate All About Solar and Real Estate With nearly one million solar energy systems installed on residential rooftops across the country, buying or selling a solar home is getting more and more common. Just like a renovated kitchen or a finished basement increases a home's value, solar has been shown to boost home valuation and shorten a home's time on the market. In addition, new borrowing tools give solar-interested homeowners access to

  20. Rooftop Unit Suite: RTU Challenge, RTU Advanced Controls and RTU Smart

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

    Monitoring and Diagnostic System - 2013 BTO Peer Review | Department of Energy Suite: RTU Challenge, RTU Advanced Controls and RTU Smart Monitoring and Diagnostic System - 2013 BTO Peer Review Rooftop Unit Suite: RTU Challenge, RTU Advanced Controls and RTU Smart Monitoring and Diagnostic System - 2013 BTO Peer Review Commercial Buildings Integration Project for the 2013 Building Technologies Office's Program Peer Review commlbldgs16_brambley_040413.pdf (1.52 MB) More Documents &

  1. 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.

  2. Retrofitting Inefficient Rooftop Air-Conditioning Units Reduces U.S. Navy Energy Use (Fact Sheet), NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

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

    Retrofitting Inefficient Rooftop Air-Conditioning Units Reduces U.S. Navy Energy Use As part of the U.S. Navy's overall energy strategy, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) partnered with the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) to demonstrate market- ready energy efficiency measures, renewable energy generation, and energy systems integration. One such technology- retrofitting rooftop air- conditioning units with an advanced rooftop control system-was identified as a

  3. SolarPro Energy International | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Place: Granite Bay, California Zip: 95746 Sector: Solar Product: SolarPro Energy installs solar power systems using PV panels for residential and commercial properties. References:...

  4. Solar/Wind Contractor Licensing | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Licensing Louisiana InstallerContractor Photovoltaics Solar Water Heat Yes Tennessee Solar Panel Installation Specialty and Solar Thermal-Geothermal Licensing (Tennessee)...

  5. List of Solar Water Heat Incentives | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Photovoltaics Solar Water Heat Ground Source Heat Pumps Yes City and County of Denver - Solar Panel Permitting (Colorado) SolarWind Permitting Standards Colorado Commercial...

  6. SSC HHV Solar Technologies JV | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Technologies JV Place: Ontario, Canada Sector: Solar Product: Canada-based thin film solar panel manufacturing facility. References: SSC & HHV Solar Technologies JV1 This...

  7. Shenzhen Prosunpro PengSangPu Solar Industrial Products Corporation...

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    China Zip: 518055 Sector: Solar Product: Shenzhen Prosunpro makes and installs flat panel solar passive energy collectors and engineers central solar hot water systems....

  8. California Member Connects Solar Adoption With Upgrades | Department...

    Energy Saver

    California Member Connects Solar Adoption With Upgrades Photo of a young man working on solar panels. Studies on the connection between solar adoption and energy upgrades by Better ...

  9. webinar_080713_solar_net_metering_connection.mp3 | Department...

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

    Innovation and Success in Solar Net Metering and Interconnection Residential Photovoltaic Solar Panels Procuring and Implementing Solar Projects on Public Buildings: How to Avoid ...

  10. Microsoft Word - Final Report_MREA Rooftop 2013.docx

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

    686 Grow Solar Wisconsin Team Midwest Renewable Energy Association Page 1 of 20 Final R eport Project T itle: Grow S olar W isconsin T eam Covering P eriod: 2/15/12 t o 4 /30/13 Date o f R eport: 5/13/13 Recipient: Midwest R enewable E nergy A ssociation Award N umber: DE---EE0005686 Working P artners: Madison S olar C onsulting ( Co---PI), C ity o f M ilwaukee, R ENEW W isconsin, Sustainable R esources G roup Cost---Sharing P artners: Midwest R enewable E nergy A ssociation, C ity o f M

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

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)

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

  12. EERE Success Story—From Silver to Copper: SunShot Awardee TetraSun’s Technology to be Mass Produced

    Energy.gov [DOE]

    Consumers will soon have new options in their quest for the most efficient rooftop solar panels, thanks in part to former SunShot awardee TetraSun. Solar industry leader First Solar, which operates...

  13. From Silver to Copper: SunShot Awardee TetraSuns Technology to be Mass Produced

    Energy.gov [DOE]

    Consumers will soon have new options in their quest for the most efficient rooftop solar panels, thanks in part to former SunShot awardee TetraSun. Solar industry leader First Solar, which operates...

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

    SciTech Connect

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

    2014-12-01

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

  15. Inflatable solar energy collector

    SciTech Connect

    Brindle, D.K.; Shanfelt, D.Y.

    1980-01-08

    An inflatable solar energy collector utilizes flexible materials and is adapted to be inflated by a flow of pressurized gas therethrough. Inflation positions a solar energy collecting panel at an appropriate predetermined angle for effectively collecting solar energy. The solar collector includes an enclosure defining a generally tubular configuration, and the energy collecting panel extends in a planar and chord-like manner through the interior of the enclosure. Wall portions of the enclosure comprise solar radiation transparent material to allow incident solar radiation to pass therethrough onto the energy collecting panel. A second panel of solar radiation transparent material is operatively sealed to the energy collecting panel in selected positions to define a gas conducting conduit extending over the energy collecting panel. A flow of pressurized gas is conducted into the gas conducting conduit and removes the solar radiation absorbed by the energy collecting panel in the form of heat. Means conducts pressurized gas from the gas conducting conduit into the interior of the enclosure for inflating the collector and positioning the energy collecting panel at the optimum angle for absorbing incident solar radiation. Attaching means are positioned at the exterior of the enclosure for selectively attaching the enclosure to a support surface in a desired manner whereby the energy collecting panel is optimally angled upon inflation of the collector.

  16. EERE Success Story-Setting the PACE for Commercial Solar Growth |

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

    Department of Energy Setting the PACE for Commercial Solar Growth EERE Success Story-Setting the PACE for Commercial Solar Growth November 8, 2016 - 2:50pm Addthis Pictured above is De-Meter’s inaugural project for Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center, a 200kW combination rooftop and carport distributed generation installation in San Leandro, CA. Photo courtesy of De-Meter. Pictured above is De-Meter's inaugural project for Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center, a 200kW combination rooftop and

  17. Solar Energy Technology Basics | Department of Energy

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

    Renewable Energy » Solar Energy Technology Basics Solar Energy Technology Basics August 16, 2013 - 4:37pm Addthis Did you know that the amount of sunlight that strikes the earth's surface in an hour and a half is enough to handle the entire world's energy consumption for a full year? Solar energy has amazing potential to power our daily lives thanks to constantly-improving technologies. Solar energy systems come in all shapes and sizes. Residential systems are found on rooftops across the

  18. 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 ...

  19. 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 ...

  20. Interias Solar Energy | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    2 Here at Interias we work to provide homeowners, just like yourself , solar panels and solar panel installation which are as high quality as you'll find anywhere while also...

  1. Solar PV and Glare Factsheet

    Energy.gov [DOE]

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

  2. Denmark Solar Industry DSI | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Copenhagen, Denmark Zip: DK-1550 Sector: Solar Product: Manufactures and distributes solar panels and systems. Coordinates: 55.67631, 12.569355 Show Map Loading map......

  3. With growing numbers of solar energy...

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

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

  4. REC Solar (Colorado) | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Court Place: Westminster, Colorado Zip: 80030 Region: Rockies Area Sector: Solar Product: Solar panel installer Website: recsolar.com Coordinates: 39.860526, -105.066446 Show...

  5. REC Solar (Oregon) | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Place: Portland, Oregon Zip: 97214 Region: Pacific Northwest Area Sector: Solar Product: Solar panel installer Website: recsolar.com Coordinates: 45.5136593, -122.657084 Show...

  6. Shared Solar Programs: Opportunities and Challenges

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

    Council (IREC) 2 Shared solar- expands consumer access to solar energy - Participants own or lease panels, or purchase kWh blocks of generation - Participants directly ...

  7. Texas school district enlightens students with solar

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)

    Sam Rayburn High School in Pasadena, Texas is installing solar panels which will be used incorporated into the school's curriculum.

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

    SciTech Connect

    Dwyer, Stephen F.

    2013-03-01

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

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

    SciTech Connect

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

    2006-03-01

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

  10. Influence of architectural screens on rooftop concentrations due to effluent from short stacks

    SciTech Connect

    Petersen, R.L.; Carter, J.J.; Ratcliff, M.A.

    1999-07-01

    This paper describes the wind tunnel study conducted on behalf of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) to evaluate and quantify the effect of architectural screens on rooftop concentration levels due to effluent from short stacks. An equivalent stack height (ESH) concept is introduced, which is used to develop a stack height reduction (SHR) factor that may be used in conjunction with existing stack design procedures found in the 1997 ASHRAE Handbook--Fundamentals to account for the presence of architectural screens.

  11. solar

    National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)

    2%2A en Solar power purchase for DOE laboratories http:nnsa.energy.govmediaroompressreleasessolarpower

  12. All About Solar and Real Estate | Department of Energy

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

    All About Solar and Real Estate All About Solar and Real Estate July 25, 2016 - 2:09pm Addthis All About Solar and Real Estate The number of U.S. households with rooftop solar is rapidly growing. The amount of grid-connected solar is expected to double in just two years. With this large number of PV homes in the U.S. and a continuing robust market for additional PV installations, an ever-increasing number of PV homes will likely be sold or refinanced. This week, SunShot is investigating the

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

    SciTech Connect

    Not Available

    2012-03-01

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

  14. Solar lighting | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    only need to place the lights in a sunny location. Others have the lights separate from a solar cell panel. Only the panel needs to be placed in a sunny location. Units vary in...

  15. Integrated solar collector

    DOEpatents

    Tchernev, Dimiter I.

    1985-01-01

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

  16. Historical and Current U.S. Strategies for Boosting Distributed...

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

    policy in China, the rooftop solar owners would use the electricity generated from their solar panel first, and then sell the excess electricity back to the grid for the separate...

  17. EERE Success Story-From Silver to Copper: SunShot Awardee TetraSun...

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

    Consumers will soon have new options in their quest for the most efficient rooftop solar panels, thanks in part to former SunShot awardee TetraSun. Solar industry leader First ...

  18. From Silver to Copper: SunShot Awardee TetraSun's Technology...

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

    Consumers will soon have new options in their quest for the most efficient rooftop solar panels, thanks in part to former SunShot awardee TetraSun. Solar industry leader First ...

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

    SciTech Connect

    Case, Tria; Reilly, Laurie; Kling, Alison

    2014-05-15

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

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

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)

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

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

    Energy.gov [DOE]

    Presenter: Srinivas Katipamula, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory This multiyear research and development project aims to determine the magnitude of energy savings achievable by retrofitting existing packaged rooftop air conditioner units (RTUs) with advanced control strategies not ordinarily used for packaged units.

  2. 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.

  3. Solar Blog | Department of Energy

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

    Rep. Pascrell, John Lushetsky and other officials at the ribbon cutting. Largest Solar Panel Installation at a U.S. University Goes Live John Lushetsky, Program Manager of...

  4. Center for Advanced Solar Photophysics

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

    EFRC News & Press Releases Department of Energy Highlight: Turning Windows into Solar Panels LANL Press Release: Capture sunlight with your windows R&D Magazine: Capture sunlight ...

  5. MUNI Ways and Structures Building Integrated Solar Membrane Project

    SciTech Connect

    Smith, Randall

    2014-07-03

    The initial goal of the MUNI Ways and Structures Building Integrated Solar Membrane Installation Project was for the City and County of San Francisco (CCSF) to gain experience using the integrated higher efficiency solar photovoltaic (PV) single-ply membrane product, as it differs from the conventional, low efficiency, thin-film PV products, to determine the feasibility of success of larger deployment. As several of CCSF’s municipal rooftops are constrained with respect to weight restrictions, staff of the Energy Generation Group of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) proposed to install a solar PV system using single-ply membrane The installation of the 100 kW (DC-STC) lightweight photo voltaic (PV) system at the MUNI Ways and Structures Center (700 Pennsylvania Ave., San Francisco) is a continuation of the commitment of the City and County of San Francisco (CCSF) to increase the pace of municipal solar development, and serve its municipal facilities with clean renewable energy. The fourteen (14) solar photovoltaic systems that have already been installed at CCSF municipal facilities are assisting in the reduction of fossil-fuel use, and reduction of greenhouse gases from fossil combustion. The MUNI Ways & Structures Center roof has a relatively low weight-bearing capacity (3.25 pounds per square foot) and use of traditional crystalline panels was therefore rejected. Consequently it was decided to use the best available highest efficiency Building-Integrated PV (BIPV) technology, with consideration for reliability and experience of the manufacturer which can meet the low weight-bearing capacity criteria. The original goal of the project was to provide an opportunity to monitor the results of the BIPV technology and compare these results to other City and County of San Francisco installed PV systems. The MUNI Ways and Structures Center was acquired from the Cookson Doors Company, which had run the Center for many decades. The building was

  6. Solar Energy to Help Heat Major Commercial Facility

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

    Renewable Energy » Solar Energy Technology Basics Solar Energy Technology Basics August 16, 2013 - 4:37pm Addthis Did you know that the amount of sunlight that strikes the earth's surface in an hour and a half is enough to handle the entire world's energy consumption for a full year? Solar energy has amazing potential to power our daily lives thanks to constantly-improving technologies. Solar energy systems come in all shapes and sizes. Residential systems are found on rooftops across the

  7. Scattering Solar Thermal Concentrators

    SciTech Connect

    Giebink, Noel C.

    2015-01-31

    concentrator optical efficiency was found to decrease significantly with increasing aperture width beyond 0.5 m due to parasitic waveguide out-coupling loss and low-level absorption that become dominant at larger scale. A heat transfer model was subsequently implemented to predict collector fluid heat gain and outlet temperature as a function of flow rate using the optical model as a flux input. It was found that the aperture width size limitation imposed by the optical efficiency characteristics of the waveguide limits the absolute optical power delivered to the heat transfer element per unit length. As compared to state-of-the-art parabolic trough CPV system aperture widths approaching 5 m, this limitation leads to an approximate factor of order of magnitude increase in heat transfer tube length to achieve the same heat transfer fluid outlet temperature. The conclusion of this work is that scattering solar thermal concentration cannot be implemented at the scale and efficiency required to compete with the performance of current parabolic trough CSP systems. Applied within the alternate context of CPV, however, the results of this work have likely opened up a transformative new path that enables quasi-static, high efficiency CPV to be implemented on rooftops in the form factor of traditional fixed-panel photovoltaics.

  8. Solar Systems USA | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    up":"","inlineLabel":"","visitedicon":"" Hide Map References: Solar Systems USA Online Solar Panel Retailer1 This article is a stub. You can help OpenEI by expanding it. Solar...

  9. Solar Water Heater Basics | Department of Energy

    Energy Saver

    Water Heating Solar Water Heater Basics Solar Water Heater Basics August 19, 2013 - 3:01pm Addthis Illustration of an active, closed loop solar water heater. A large, flat panel ...

  10. Automatic generation and analysis of solar cell IV curves

    SciTech Connect

    Kraft, Steven M.; Jones, Jason C.

    2014-06-03

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

  11. AsahiSolar Co Ltd | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    AsahiSolar Co Ltd Jump to: navigation, search Name: AsahiSolar Co Ltd Place: Oita-Ken, Japan Zip: 870-0844 Sector: Solar Product: Manufactures simple solar panels and hybrid...

  12. Thermo Solar s r o | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Solar s r o Jump to: navigation, search Name: Thermo Solar s.r.o. Place: iar nad Hronom, Slovakia Zip: 965 01 Sector: Solar Product: Manufacturer of solar passive heating panels....

  13. Solar Water Heaters | Department of Energy

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

    Heat & Cool » Water Heating » Solar Water Heaters Solar Water Heaters Solar panels heat water that is delivered to a storage tank.| Photo courtesy of David Springer, National Renewable Energy Laboratory Solar panels heat water that is delivered to a storage tank.| Photo courtesy of David Springer, National Renewable Energy Laboratory Solar water heaters -- also called solar domestic hot water systems -- can be a cost-effective way to generate hot water for your home. They can be used in

  14. Maryland Small Business Helping Lower Solar Costs | Department...

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

    Atanasoff says the technology targets both film solar panels and traditional polysilicon ... BIPV was used. | Photo courtesy Applied PV Small Business Harnessing Solar Energy with ...

  15. EERE Success Story-Solar Thermochemical Advanced Reactor System...

    Office of Environmental Management (EM)

    to make solar energy cost-competitive with other ... 100 Awards Concentrated solar panels are getting a power boost. ... By installing the pictured device in front of a ...

  16. SolarBridge Technologies formerly SmartSpark Energy Systems ...

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Texas Zip: 78731 Sector: Solar Product: Developing a micro-inverter for residential solar panels, and charge equalisers to improve life for battery-powered equipment....

  17. Veeco Solar Equipment formerly Mill Lane Engineering | Open Energy...

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    corporation that designs, builds, and integrates custom solar equipment and flexible solar panel coating systems. Coordinates: 43.33937, -88.817939 Show Map Loading map......

  18. Solar and Wind Permitting Standards | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Residential Residential Schools State Government Wind Yes City and County of Denver - Solar Panel Permitting (Colorado) SolarWind Permitting Standards Colorado Commercial...

  19. Solar/Wind Permitting Standards | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Residential Residential Schools State Government Wind Yes City and County of Denver - Solar Panel Permitting (Colorado) SolarWind Permitting Standards Colorado Commercial...

  20. New England Breeze Solar and Wind Installers | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Greater Boston Area Sector: Renewable energy, Services, Solar, Wind energy Product: Solar Panel and Wind Turbine Installation Year Founded: 2006 Phone Number: 978-567-9463...

  1. CEEG Shanghai Solar Science Technology | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    integrates services including the research, development, production, sales of polysilicon solar panel References: CEEG (Shanghai) Solar Science & Technology1 This article is a...

  2. EECBG Success Story: Solar and Energy Efficiency Justice | Department...

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

    Related Articles EECBG Success Story: The Jury's In: Hillsborough County Courthouse Goes Solar Solar panels have been installed at a shelter facility near Ulster County ...

  3. Solar collector roof

    SciTech Connect

    Marossy, G.; Mueller, W.E.

    1983-07-19

    A solar roof is disclosed for providing air heated by solar energy to the interior of a prefabricated building of the type having a relatively low pitched roof structure formed by a plurality of interlocking ribbed roof panels. A solar radiation transmissive glazing is attached between the roof panel ribs or other support members to form air passageways. A duct-like inlet plenum communicates with the inlet of each passageway for selectively directing air from inside or outside of the building passageways. A duct-like exhaust plenum communicates with the outlet of each passageway for directing heated air to the building interior. The roof surface may be provided with a darkened coating to increase the absorptivity of the surface and increase the collecting efficiency. The glazing material may be thin flexible solar radiation transmissive sheets or relatively rigid panels of solar radiation transmissive material. The solar roof may be retrofitted to an existing roof structure to provide supplemental solar heating capability.

  4. Solar Decathlon | Department of Energy

    Energy.gov [DOE] (indexed site)

    and Farhana Rahman of the New York City College of Technology prepare to install the last solar panel on Day 8 of the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon. Image: Thomas...

  5. Community and Shared Solar | Department of Energy

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

    Community and Shared Solar Community and Shared Solar Community and Shared Solar As the solar energy market rapidly expands, more people are exploring the possibility of going solar. While not everyone is able to install panels on their roofs, due to unsuitable roof space, living in a large condo building, or renting living space, alternative business models like community solar and shared solar are gaining popularity and increasing access to clean solar energy. Community solar business models

  6. Energy efficient building structure and panel therefor

    SciTech Connect

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

    1984-08-28

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

  7. EECBG Success Story: Police Station Triples Solar Power – and Savings

    Energy.gov [DOE]

    With the help of an Energy Efficiency and Conservation Grant (EECBG), the North Community Police Substation installed new, roof-top photovoltaic panels that provide almost 40% of the station's electricity, up from 12.5%. The station now has a 90 kW PV system and will save between $4,000 and $6,000 a month in electric bills. Learn more.

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

    SciTech Connect

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

    2014-03-01

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

  9. Final Report- Chicago Region Solar Market Transformation Team

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)

    The goal of Chicago’s RSC I grant program was to induce a scaled rooftop solar PV market in Chicago. The principal motives driving this project were economic growth and increasing local clean energyresources.To buttress the City’s commitment to the RSC I project, the City released a 2015 Sustainable Chicago Action Agenda that announced the City’s goal is to create an additional 20 megawatts of renewable energy by 2015.

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

    SciTech Connect

    Halsey, Jeffery D.

    2013-08-28

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

  11. Flexible Thin-Film Silicon Solar Cells

    SciTech Connect

    Vijh, Aarohi; Cao, Simon; Mohring, Brad

    2014-01-11

    High fuel costs, environmental concerns and issues of national energy security have brought increasing attention to a distributed generation program for electricity based on solar technology. Rooftop photovoltaic (PV) systems provide distributed generation since the power is consumed at the point of production, thus eliminating the need for costly additional transmission lines. However, most current photovoltaic modules are heavy and require a significant amount of labor and accessory hardware such as mounting frames for installation on rooftops. This makes rooftop systems impractical or cost prohibitive in many instances. Under this project, Xunlight has advanced its manufacturing process for the production of lightweight, flexible thin-film silicon based photovoltaic modules, and has enhanced the reliability and performance of Xunlight’s products. These modules are easily unrolled and adhered directly to standard commercial roofs without mounting structures or integrated directly into roofing membrane materials for the lowest possible installation costs on the market. Importantly, Xunlight has now established strategic alliances with roofing material manufacturers and other OEMs for the development of building integrated photovoltaic roofing and other PV-enabled products, and has deployed its products in a number of commercial installations with these business partners.

  12. Interactive optical panel

    DOEpatents

    Veligdan, James T.

    1995-10-03

    An interactive optical panel assembly 34 includes an optical panel 10 having a plurality of ribbon optical waveguides 12 stacked together with opposite ends thereof defining panel first and second faces 16, 18. A light source 20 provides an image beam 22 to the panel first face 16 for being channeled through the waveguides 12 and emitted from the panel second face 18 in the form of a viewable light image 24a. A remote device 38 produces a response beam 40 over a discrete selection area 36 of the panel second face 18 for being channeled through at least one of the waveguides 12 toward the panel first face 16. A light sensor 42,50 is disposed across a plurality of the waveguides 12 for detecting the response beam 40 therein for providing interactive capability.

  13. Interactive optical panel

    DOEpatents

    Veligdan, J.T.

    1995-10-03

    An interactive optical panel assembly includes an optical panel having a plurality of ribbon optical waveguides stacked together with opposite ends thereof defining panel first and second faces. A light source provides an image beam to the panel first face for being channeled through the waveguides and emitted from the panel second face in the form of a viewable light image. A remote device produces a response beam over a discrete selection area of the panel second face for being channeled through at least one of the waveguides toward the panel first face. A light sensor is disposed across a plurality of the waveguides for detecting the response beam therein for providing interactive capability. 10 figs.

  14. Energy 101: Solar PV

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)

    Solar photovoltaic (PV) systems can generate clean, cost-effective power anywhere the sun shines. This video shows how a PV panel converts the energy of the sun into renewable electricity to power...

  15. Solar on Tribal Lands

    Energy.gov [DOE]

    In this photograph, Sandra Begay-Campbell stands in front of Window Rock with a solar panel. She is leader of Sandia National Laboratories' Tribal Renewable Energy Program and member of the Navajo...

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. PROJECT PROFILE: Sistine Solar (Incubator 10) | Department of Energy

    Energy Saver

    Sistine Solar (Incubator 10) PROJECT PROFILE: Sistine Solar (Incubator 10) Project Title: SolarSkin, Color-Match Solar Panels Funding Opportunity: SunShot Technology to Market (Incubator 10) SunShot Subprogram: Technology to Market Location: Somerville, MA Amount Awarded: $1,000,000 Awardee Cost Share: $250,000 Project Investigator: Senthil Balasubramanian In this project, Sistine Solar plans to develop, test, and manufacture SolarSkin, a new, integrated component of a solar photovoltaic panel

  19. Solar energy collector system

    SciTech Connect

    Natter, H.

    1981-12-29

    A solar energy collector system is described having an array of solar concentrators mounted at spaced intervals along a conduit network through which a heat transfer fluid is circulated. The concentrators include an arcuate channel providing a heat absorption surface and a saddle member for mounting the channel section to the conduit. An insulation shroud surrounds the channel member and conduit. An elongate lens panel is positionable over the absorption surface for focusing incident solar radiation. The angle of inclination of the lens panel can be varied by manual rotation of the solar concentrators about the longitudinal axis of the conduit.

  20. Solar Powered Classroom

    SciTech Connect

    2013-06-13

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

  1. Solar Powered Classroom

    ScienceCinema

    none

    2016-07-12

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

  2. Revolution Now | Department of Energy

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

    The technologies in this report are already making a big impact and are easily visible: wind towers dot the landscape, solar panels appear on rooftops, LEDs are on every hardware ...

  3. Hydrogen Fueling Station in Honolulu, Hawaii Feasibility Analysis...

    Energy.gov [DOE] (indexed site)

    Services Administration-owned property into an income-producing site equipped with a hydrogen fueling station and a covered 175-stall parking structure with roof-top solar panels. ...

  4. Solar PV Recycling Identified as Untapped Business Opportunity | Solar |

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

    NREL Solar PV Recycling Identified as Untapped Business Opportunity June 27, 2016 A new report, End-of-Life Management: Solar Photovoltaic Panels, highlights that recycling or repurposing solar PV panels at the end of their roughly 30-year lifetime can unlock a large stock of raw materials and other valuable components. The report, co-authored by NREL, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the International Energy Agency's Photovoltaic Power Systems Programme (IEA-PVPS), is

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

    SciTech Connect

    Not Available

    2012-09-01

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

  6. Soil treatment session (Panel)

    SciTech Connect

    Vijayan, S.

    1995-12-31

    Panel discussion covering waste volume reduction, soil decontamination by chemical methods, cleanup target, technology selection and economics, and disposal considerations and costs.

  7. Hydrogen Safety Panel

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

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

  8. Proposal Study Panels

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

    to contact any members of the panels directly. Current members of the general sciences PSP, as of February 2014, are Masa Fukuto, Brookhaven National Laboratory Carol Hirschmugl,...

  9. Proposal Study Panels

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

    panels directly. Current members of the general sciences PSP, as of February 2014, are Masa Fukuto, Brookhaven National Laboratory Carol Hirschmugl, University of Wisconsin,...

  10. Solar Water Heaters | Department of Energy

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

    They are popular in climates prone to freezing temperatures. Illustration of an active, closed loop solar water heater. A large, flat panel called a flat plate collector is ...

  11. Moon Solar Light MSL | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Product: developed and distributes solar-based lighting applications using PV panels, LED lights and ultra-capacitors. Coordinates: 31.899309, 34.807999 Show Map Loading...

  12. Center for Advanced Solar Photophysics | News

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

    EFRC News & Press Releases Department of Energy Highlight: Turning Windows into Solar Panels LANL Press Release: Capture sunlight with your windows R&D Magazine: Capture sunlight ...

  13. Apollo Solar Energy Co Ltd ASEC | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Co Ltd ASEC Jump to: navigation, search Name: Apollo Solar Energy Co Ltd (ASEC) Place: Taoyuan Hsien, Taiwan Zip: 325 Sector: Solar Product: Producer of modules for solar panels....

  14. Historic Virginia Market Powered by Solar Energy | Department...

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

    Historic Virginia Market Powered by Solar Energy Historic Virginia Market Powered by Solar Energy November 3, 2010 - 11:00am Addthis Solar panels at the Community Market Building ...

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

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

    Center Expands its Solar Capabilities The roof of the justice center where a solar panel array will be installed to power a solar thermal water-heating system | Photo courtesy ...

  16. Flexible optical panel

    DOEpatents

    Veligdan, James T.

    2001-01-01

    A flexible optical panel includes laminated optical waveguides, each including a ribbon core laminated between cladding, with the core being resilient in the plane of the core for elastically accommodating differential movement thereof to permit winding of the panel in a coil.

  17. Technical Review Panel Report

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

    TRP Report v7, 12 Aug 2012 TRP Report Final December 2012 Advanced Reactor Concepts Technical Review Panel Report Evaluation and Identification of future R&D on eight Advanced Reactor Concepts, conducted April - September 2012 December 2012 Public release version 2 Public release version 3 Table of Contents Summary ................................................................................................................................... 4 1. Overview of the Technical Review Panel

  18. EERE Success Story-Nationwide: Slashing Red Tape To Speed Solar...

    Energy.gov [DOE] (indexed site)

    Success StoryNationwide: Slashing Red Tape To Speed Solar Deployment for Homes and Businesses While solar panels, inverters and other hardware are more affordable than ever ...

  19. 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...

  20. How Solar Works | Department of Energy

    Energy.gov [DOE] (indexed site)

    Every four minutes, another American home or business goes solar, but how do solar panels turn sunlight into energy? We'll answer that question, while exploring other topics like ...

  1. 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 ...

  2. Outdoor Solar Lighting | Department of Energy

    Office of Environmental Management (EM)

    Some solar lighting systems are self-contained units: You only need to place the lights in a sunny location. Others have the lights separate from a solar cell panel, in which case ...

  3. Smart Solar Inc | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Was developing concentrator PV modules and a system for monitoring solar panels for maintenance. References: Smart Solar Inc1 This article is a stub. You can help OpenEI by...

  4. Austin Energy- Commercial Solar PV Incentive Program

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)

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

  5. Solar heating panel forming apparatus and method

    SciTech Connect

    Rhodes, R.O.

    1981-01-06

    A supply of hollow plastic tubing is obtained from an extrusion and sizing apparatus, or from a supply of hollow tubing on a reel. The hollow tubing is provided at a predetermined speed to a tensioning device which imparts a tension in the hollow tubing and delivers it to a feeding point at one edge of the periphery of a rotating drum. The continuous hollow tubing is wound around the periphery of the drum at the one edge and it is forced axially on the periphery by a helical shoe overlying the periphery at the one edge. A bank of quartz lamps heats one side of the hollow plastic tubing just prior to reaching the feeding point, and another bank of quartz lamps heats the opposite side of the hollow plastic tubing at the one edge of the drum just after the tubing passes the shoe. The two heated surfaces are pressed together by the axial force exerted by the shoe, and are fused in side by side relation to form a cylinder having a wall consisting of spiral turns of the plastic tubing fused together.

  6. SOLAR PANELS ON HUDSON COUNTY FACILITIES

    SciTech Connect

    BARRY, KEVIN

    2014-06-06

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

  7. WM2015 Conference Panel Report

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

    McQuinn, Nuclear Waste Partnership, LLC Panel Reporter: Roger Nelson, US DOE, Carlsbad ... Manager, Oak Ridge Site Office, US DOE A panel of representatives from across the ...

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

    SciTech Connect

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

    1994-03-01

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

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

    SciTech Connect

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

    2011-12-01

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

  10. Solar | Department of Energy

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

    Renewables » Solar Solar October 19, 2016 Aerial view of Enel Green Power North America's Stillwater plant in Fallon, Nevada, the first triple hybrid renewable energy plant. | All photos courtesy of Enel Green Power North America, Inc. This Hybrid Power Plant Combines 3 Clean Energy Sources in One Engineers at Idaho National Lab and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory helped build the world's first triple hybrid renewable energy plant. It combines geothermal power, solar panels and

  11. Direct Numerical Simulations of Flame Propagation in Hydrogen-Oxygen

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

    Department of Energy 1: Tackling the Hidden Costs of Rooftop Solar Direct Current Episode 1: Tackling the Hidden Costs of Rooftop Solar Listen to episode 1 of Direct Current - An Energy.gov Podcast, then subscribe on iTunes or wherever you download podcasts! Ever considered getting solar panels for your home? If so, you're not alone. Rooftop solar is growing at an incredible rate, as more and more Americans look to save on their energy bills using clean, free power from sunshine. Sounds

  12. Gas filled panel insulation

    DOEpatents

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

    1993-12-14

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

  13. Gas filled panel insulation

    DOEpatents

    Griffith, Brent T.; Arasteh, Dariush K.; Selkowitz, Stephen E.

    1993-01-01

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

  14. Leading the Charge: Akwesasne Housing Authority Director Retha Herne |

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

    Department of Energy Akwesasne Housing Authority Director Retha Herne Leading the Charge: Akwesasne Housing Authority Director Retha Herne October 28, 2015 - 9:02am Addthis Energy-efficient homes in AHA’s Sunrise Acres Complex include such features as rooftop solar domestic hot water. Photo from Akwesasne Housing Authority. Energy-efficient homes in AHA's Sunrise Acres Complex include such features as rooftop solar domestic hot water. Photo from Akwesasne Housing Authority. Solar panels

  15. Final Report- Developing Solar Friendly Communities

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)

    With soft costs now representing more than half the cost of an average rooftop solar energy system, the need to target cost reductions in these areas is critical. Local jurisdictions have a big role to play in the permitting and inspection realm which was the focus of our program. Especially in Colorado, a state with a strong tradition of local control, cities and counties are resistant to outside entities dictating or even suggesting changes. That's why the Solar Friendly Communities program provided a positive incentive for participating in streamlining solar costs. This proved to be the most powerful aspect of the project. The branding, materials and format were developed into a turn-key product that can be scaled nationally.

  16. Panel Discussion: The SunShot Initiative: The Future is Bright | Department

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

    of Energy Panel Discussion: The SunShot Initiative: The Future is Bright Panel Discussion: The SunShot Initiative: The Future is Bright May 20, 2014 1:30PM to 2:30PM PDT Pacific Ballroom The future of solar energy can be bright. Solar energy is growing quickly; in certain parts of the U.S., solar is on the precipice of becoming a mainstream generation source . As solar power's costs fall, and as solar begins to reach grid parity in a few states, the industry is shifting its focus to opening

  17. GSA Awards Contract to Bring 3 Megawatts of Solar to Federal Buildings in

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

    Washington, D.C. | Department of Energy Awards Contract to Bring 3 Megawatts of Solar to Federal Buildings in Washington, D.C. GSA Awards Contract to Bring 3 Megawatts of Solar to Federal Buildings in Washington, D.C. December 17, 2015 - 10:26am Addthis The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) awarded a contract to WGL for the construction of rooftop photovoltaic arrays that will bring approximately 3 megawatts of solar energy across 18 federal buildings in Washington, D.C. The

  18. Visualizing Value: Game-Changing Solar Technologies for Homeowners |

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

    Department of Energy Visualizing Value: Game-Changing Solar Technologies for Homeowners Visualizing Value: Game-Changing Solar Technologies for Homeowners July 29, 2016 - 10:00am Addthis Sistine Solar’s completed SolarSkin installation on a Katahdin log cabin. The company’s SolarSkin panels seamlessly blend in with the cabin’s green roof. | Photo Courtesy of Sistine Solar Sistine Solar's completed SolarSkin installation on a Katahdin log cabin. The company's SolarSkin panels

  19. Forest City Solar Military Community

    Energy.gov [DOE]

    This photograph features the Forest City military community in Honolulu, Hawaii, that uses high-efficiency solar panels installed on the roof of its community center to power 10 homes.

  20. High Efficiency Low-Cost Perovskite Solar Cell Modules

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

    High Efficiency, Low-Cost Perovskite Solar Cell Modules High Efficiency, Low-Cost Perovskite Solar Cell Modules Perovskite solar cells have the ability to greatly increase the adoption of solar power technology: * Low cost - as much as 75% less than current Si solar cells * High efficiency - equal to and possibly slightly greater than Si solar cell technology * Realization of solar panels for grid- based electricity generation * Increased adoption of solar cell technology across the world

  1. Solar collector assembly

    SciTech Connect

    Snow, C. M.

    1985-12-24

    A solar collector assembly designed for installation in a southerly facing wall in order to heat the interior of an enclosed structure. The assembly comprises a transparent window combined with an outwardly extending fixed upper panel for blocking out the rays of the summer sun and an inwardly extending fixed lower panel with a reflective top surface for directing the rays of the sun inside during the cooler months. The window and fixed panels are situated in an open rectangular frame so that the window is tilted at an appropriate angle from the horizontal in order to maximize the thermal benefits of the sun. The frame provides both structural integrity and a means for mounting the solar assembly in the wall of the building. A hinged panel is attached to the outside of the assembly for shading the lower portion of the window when desired.

  2. President Obama Discusses Solar Power in Nevada | Department of Energy

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

    Discusses Solar Power in Nevada President Obama Discusses Solar Power in Nevada March 22, 2012 - 10:26am Addthis President Barack Obama delivers remarks on energy after a tour of a solar panel field at the Copper Mountain Solar 1 Facility, the largest photovoltaic plant operating in the country with nearly one million solar panels powering 17,000 homes, in Boulder City, Nevada, March 21, 2012. | Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson. President Barack Obama delivers remarks on energy

  3. Oven wall panel construction

    DOEpatents

    Ellison, Kenneth; Whike, Alan S.

    1980-04-22

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

  4. Static solar heat collectors

    SciTech Connect

    Brill-Edwards, K.O.

    1981-08-18

    A load-bearing building panel capable of forming an external wall cladding or roof component has a solar heat collecting capacity in the form of channels for heat exchange fluid incorporated in the fabric of the panel. The panel is made of a structural plastics material, such as GRP. Laminate, successive layers being moulded to simulate tiles. On the back or underside, longitudinal reinforcing beams are built in during laying up of the panel. Between the beams cores or formers defining a matrix or channels are encapsulated in layers of the GRP. Wax cores are melted or dissolved out after curing of the panel; metal formers remain embedded in the fabric of the panel. The matrix is connected by flow and return pipes to a heat exchange system within the building. Panels intended for roofing have ridge flanges and wall plates moulded into the substrate at the appropriate pitch angle, and a split capping tube embraces the ridge flanges. A pitched roof formed by oppositely sloping panels is self-supporting. An integral box girder can also be formed across the underside of the panel at the eaves to rest on the top of the external wall to be loaded with concrete in situ so as to anchor the roof on the walls.

  5. Panel 3 - characterization

    SciTech Connect

    Erck, R.A.; Erdemir, A.; Janghsing Hsieh; Lee, R.H.; Xian Zheng Pan; Deming Shu; Feldman, A.; Glass, J.T.; Kleimer, R.; Lawton, E.A.

    1993-01-01

    The task of this panel was to identify and prioritize needs in the area of characterization of diamond and diamond-like-carbon (DLC) films for use in the transportation industry. Until recent advances in production of inexpensive films of diamonds and DLC, it was not feasible that these materials could be mass produced. The Characterization Panel is restricting itself to identifying needs in areas that would be most useful to manufacturers and users in producing and utilizing diamond and DLC coatings in industry. These characterization needs include in-situ monitoring during growth, relation of structure to performance, and standards and definitions.

  6. Panel 3, Giner Overview

    Energy.gov [DOE] (indexed site)

    ... Cost Share (in-kind) * () & Ideal Location site * Wind Solar Farm Utility Co. Electrolysis Manufacturer + Engineering Construction Firm Auto Manufacturer Legislator Body Near ...

  7. Circular ARC solar concentrator

    SciTech Connect

    Townsend, D. W.; Routery, E. E.

    1985-09-03

    A solar energy concentrator and collector having a concentrator made up of one or more anticlastic panels that feature a non-developable doubly curved surface. The panels are concave in the north-south direction and convex in the east-west direction. In one embodiment, the panels are formed to have parallel circular arcs in the north-south direction of increasing radius from the center of the panel to its edges and having a curved cross-section in the east-west direction. The concentrator reflects light to a narrow zone of concentration which moves within a plane in response to changes in the angle of incidence of sunlight thereon. A method for forming the specially shaped reflective fiber reinforced plastic panel is also disclosed.

  8. OUT Success Stories: Solar Roofing Shingles

    DOE R&D Accomplishments

    Johnson, N.

    2000-08-01

    Thin-film photovoltaic (PV) cells are now doubling as rooftop shingles. PV shingles offer many advantages. The energy generated from a building's PV rooftop shingles can provide power both to the building and the utility's power grid.

  9. Industry Partners Panel

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)

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

  10. Stepped inlet optical panel

    DOEpatents

    Veligdan, James T.

    2001-01-01

    An optical panel includes stacked optical waveguides having stepped inlet facets collectively defining an inlet face for receiving image light, and having beveled outlet faces collectively defining a display screen for displaying the image light channeled through the waveguides by internal reflection.

  11. Bexar County Parking Garage Photovoltaic Panels

    SciTech Connect

    Weir, Golda

    2012-01-23

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

  12. Space Dust Analysis Could Provide Clues to Solar System Origins

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

    chemical clues about the origins of our solar system. ... The aerogel panels were essentially photographed in tiny ... project called Stardust@home, volunteer space ...

  13. Organics Energize Solar Cell Research | Argonne Leadership Computing...

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

    energy we have only recently begun to harvest and convert into electricity. Today, most solar panel technologies rely on crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells. Despite their...

  14. Space Solar Power(SSP) | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    lower costs. SSP Attributes Compared with Other Energy Alternatives By collecting the solar energy at GEO, using a photovoltaic (PV) panel of a given size, SSP would collect...

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

    Energy.gov [DOE]

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

  16. Pioneering the New Grid: Pole-mounted Solar

    Energy.gov [DOE]

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

  17. Solar Power Generates Big Savings in Salinas, California

    Energy.gov [DOE]

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

  18. Former Chrysler Plant Changes Gears to Solar | Department of Energy

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

    Former Chrysler Plant Changes Gears to Solar Former Chrysler Plant Changes Gears to Solar October 4, 2010 - 10:00am Addthis Workers at Abound Solar -- who are about to get more than 1,000 new colleagues -- make a thin-film solar panel. | Photo courtesy of Abound Solar Workers at Abound Solar -- who are about to get more than 1,000 new colleagues -- make a thin-film solar panel. | Photo courtesy of Abound Solar Lorelei Laird Writer, Energy Empowers What are the key facts? Abound's factories is

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

    Energy.gov [DOE] (indexed site)

    ET, for a live SolarChat -- the largest online live chat for the solar community. During the discussion I'll join a panel of experts across the solar industry to answer your ...

  20. Hybrid Solar-Wind Generates Savings for South Dakota City | Department...

    Energy.gov [DOE] (indexed site)

    An array of six solar panels, similar to the ones shown, will be installed at Colton, ... one small-scale solar and two solar-wind hybrid systems, and conducting energy retrofits. ...

  1. Open workshop on solar technologies. Proceedings

    SciTech Connect

    Not Available

    1980-07-01

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

  2. DRUG TESING PANEL & CUTOFF CONCENTRATIONS

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

    DRUG TESTING PANEL & CUTOFF CONCENTRATIONS Initial Test Analyte Initial Test Cutoff Concentration Confirmatory Test Analyte Confirmatory Test Cutoff Concentration Marijuana ...

  3. Solar and nuclear energy expertise to be enhanced by research centers

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

    Heat & Cool » Water Heating » Solar Water Heaters Solar Water Heaters Solar panels heat water that is delivered to a storage tank.| Photo courtesy of David Springer, National Renewable Energy Laboratory Solar panels heat water that is delivered to a storage tank.| Photo courtesy of David Springer, National Renewable Energy Laboratory Solar water heaters -- also called solar domestic hot water systems -- can be a cost-effective way to generate hot water for your home. They can be used in

  4. SunJoi Solar Inc | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Inc Jump to: navigation, search Name: SunJoi Solar Inc Product: Manufacturer of photovoltaic thin film panels and modules. References: SunJoi Solar Inc1 This article is a...

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

    Energy.gov [DOE] (indexed site)

    Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant to install a solar-powered entrance sign and solar panels on the roof to reduce energy costs by approximately 4,000 a year. Learn more. ...

  6. Solar Decathlon 2013: Designing the Houses of Today | Department...

    Energy.gov [DOE] (indexed site)

    in the teams hometown of Middlebury, Vermont. The result: The team created a Solar Path -- a walkway under the free-standing solar panels to the front of the house. |...

  7. 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 ...

  8. The White House Goes Solar | Department of Energy

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

    As we move toward a clean energy economy, the White House will lead by example. I'm pleased to announce that, by the end of this spring, there will be solar panels and a solar hot ...

  9. National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition: Unified Solar...

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

    May 2, 2014 - 11:01am Addthis Unified Solar's integrated circuit solution helps reduce energy loss for solar panels. The student team from Massachusetts Institute of Technology won ...

  10. Model Car Race, Building Competition Illuminate Solar Energy...

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

    Students in the Solar Model Building Competition use a K'NEX Energy System Kit Model, which contains 1,082 pieces, two motors and two solar panels. With it, they must design and ...

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

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

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

  12. Who Trains the Solar Energy Trainers? | Department of Energy

    Energy.gov [DOE] (indexed site)

    Participants in the Energy Department's Train-the-Trainers program in the Rocky Mountain region take part in a roof-mount solar panel install lab exercise at Solar Energy ...

  13. Shiny quantum dots brighten future of solar cells

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

    Photovoltaic solar-panel windows could be next for your ... to recent quantum-dot work by Los Alamos National ... and guided towards the slab edge equipped with a solar cell. ...

  14. 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.

  15. Portable solar water heater

    SciTech Connect

    Borodulin, G.; Baron, R.; Shkolnik, A.

    1985-11-12

    A combined table and portable solar water heater comprises a suitcase-like rigid casing molded from a rigid plastic material which contains a pair of solar collector panels and connected in series. The panels can be exposed to solar radiation when the casing is opened. Each collector panel or is formed by a copper plate with the solar radiation absorbing surface and copper pipe coil or in heat-transferring relationship with said copper plate. The casing is provided with compartments for accessories, such as adjustable legs for supporting the casing, adjusting its angle to incident sunlight, and for converting the casing into a table; containers for feeding cold water to the solar collector and for receiving hot water from the collector; and a tripod stand for supporting the feeding container at the level above the collector and for arranging a shower set. Temperature-insulating layers of the collectors are formed by separate pieces of rigid material which can be removed from the casing and assembled into a box-shaped container which can be utilized for maintaining water heated by means of the solar water heater at an elevated temperature.

  16. EECBG Success Story: Solar Projects Provide Energy to County Fairgrounds |

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

    Department of Energy Solar Projects Provide Energy to County Fairgrounds EECBG Success Story: Solar Projects Provide Energy to County Fairgrounds September 23, 2010 - 1:01pm Addthis Solar panels have been installed at a shelter facility near Ulster County Fairgrounds. | Photo courtesy of Ulster County Solar panels have been installed at a shelter facility near Ulster County Fairgrounds. | Photo courtesy of Ulster County Ulster County Fairgrounds in New York is using funding from the Energy

  17. Union Training Future Electricians in Solar Power

    Energy.gov [DOE]

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

  18. Amplitude scaling of solar array discharges

    SciTech Connect

    Bogorad, A.; Bowman, C.; Rayadurg, L. . Astro-Space Div.); Sterner, T.; Loman, J.; Armenti, J. . Astro Space Div.)

    1990-12-01

    Sections of solar panel of four different sizes were charged in a 20-keV monoenergetic electron beam. The measured amplitudes of discharge transients coupled into power lines scaled linearly with the length of the rows of parallel-connected solar cells in the solar cell circuits.

  19. 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.

  20. Federal Technical Capability Panel

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

    Updated: April 2015 1 U. S. Department of Energy and National Nuclear Security Administration Federal Technical Capability Panel Organization Name Telephone Fax E-Mail FTCP CHAIR Chair (DOE/NTC) Karen L. Boardman (505) 845-6444 (505) 845-6079 kboardman@ntc.doe.gov FTCP Deputy Dave Chaney (505) 845-4300 (505) 845-4879 david.chaney@nnsa.doe.gov FTCP Technical Standards Mgr. Jeanette Yarrington (301) 903-7030 (301) 903-3445 Jeanette.Yarrington@hq.doe.gov FTCP Program Coordinator Jeannie Lozoya

  1. Photovoltaic panel clamp

    DOEpatents

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

    2012-06-05

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

  2. Photovoltaic panel clamp

    DOEpatents

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

    2013-03-19

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

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

    SciTech Connect

    Not Available

    2011-10-01

    This brochure provides an overview of the challenges and successes of Boston, MA, a 2007 Solar America City awardee, on the path toward becoming a solar-powered community. Accomplishments, case studies, key lessons learned, and local resource information are given. The City of Boston and its Solar America Cities program, Solar Boston, are helping to debunk the myth that solar energy is only feasible in the southern latitudes. Boston has some of the highest energy prices in the country and will likely be one of the first locations where solar power achieves grid parity with conventional energy technologies. Solar Boston is facilitating the rapid development of solar energy projects and infrastructure in the short-term, and is preparing for the rapid market growth that is expected with the imminent arrival of grid parity over the long-term. Solar Boston developed the strategy for achieving Mayor Menino's goal of installing 25 MW of solar energy throughout Boston by 2015. Through Solar Boston, the city has developed a strategy for the installation of solar technology throughout Boston, including mapping feasible locations, preparing a permitting guide, and planning the citywide bulk purchase, financing, and installation of solar technology. The city has also worked with local organizations to maximize Boston's participation in state incentive programs and innovative financing initiatives. The resulting accomplishments include the following: (1) Created an online map of current local renewable energy projects with a tool to allow building owners to calculate their rooftop solar potential. The map is currently live at http://gis.cityofboston.gov/solarboston/. (2) Supported the city's Green Affordable Housing Program (GAHP), in partnership with the Department of Neighborhood Development (DND). Under GAHP, the city is installing more than 150 kW of PV on 200 units of affordable housing. DND requires that all new city-funded affordable housing be LEED silver certified and

  4. Microgap flat panel display

    DOEpatents

    Wuest, Craig R.

    1998-01-01

    A microgap flat panel display which includes a thin gas-filled display tube that utilizes switched X-Y "pixel" strips to trigger electron avalanches and activate a phosphor at a given location on a display screen. The panel utilizes the principal of electron multiplication in a gas subjected to a high electric field to provide sufficient electron current to activate standard luminescent phosphors located on an anode. The X-Y conductive strips of a few micron widths may for example, be deposited on opposite sides of a thin insulating substrate, or on one side of the adjacent substrates and function as a cathode. The X-Y strips are separated from the anode by a gap filled with a suitable gas. Electrical bias is selectively switched onto X and Y strips to activate a "pixel" in the region where these strips overlap. A small amount of a long-lived radioisotope is used to initiate an electron avalanche in the overlap region when bias is applied. The avalanche travels through the gas filled gap and activates a luminescent phosphor of a selected color. The bias is adjusted to give a proportional electron multiplication to control brightness for given pixel.

  5. Microgap flat panel display

    DOEpatents

    Wuest, C.R.

    1998-12-08

    A microgap flat panel display is disclosed which includes a thin gas-filled display tube that utilizes switched X-Y ``pixel`` strips to trigger electron avalanches and activate a phosphor at a given location on a display screen. The panel utilizes the principal of electron multiplication in a gas subjected to a high electric field to provide sufficient electron current to activate standard luminescent phosphors located on an anode. The X-Y conductive strips of a few micron widths may for example, be deposited on opposite sides of a thin insulating substrate, or on one side of the adjacent substrates and function as a cathode. The X-Y strips are separated from the anode by a gap filled with a suitable gas. Electrical bias is selectively switched onto X and Y strips to activate a ``pixel`` in the region where these strips overlap. A small amount of a long-lived radioisotope is used to initiate an electron avalanche in the overlap region when bias is applied. The avalanche travels through the gas filled gap and activates a luminescent phosphor of a selected color. The bias is adjusted to give a proportional electron multiplication to control brightness for given pixel. 6 figs.

  6. International Solar Energy Conference

    SciTech Connect

    Rhatigan, J.L.; Christiansen, E.L.; Fleming, M.L.

    1991-01-01

    Presented here are results of a test program undertaken to further define the response of the solar dynamic radiator to hypervelocity impact (HVI). Tests were conducted on representative radiator panels (under ambient, nonoperating conditions) over a range of velocity. Target parameters are also varied. Data indicate that analytical penetration predictions are conservative (i.e., pessimistic) for the specific configuration of the solar dynamic radiator. Test results are used to define the solar dynamic radiator reliability with respect to HVI more rigorously than previous studies. Test data, reliability, and survivability results are presented.

  7. Method and apparatus for collecting solar energy

    SciTech Connect

    Olsen, T.O.

    1981-11-17

    A method and device for collecting solar energy is the subject of this application. A glass cloth coated with a light absorbing resinous material is utilized as the collector panel. A glass cloth coated with a translucent resinous material is the preferred material for a cover panel that is disposed in spaced relationship to the collector panel. A framework holds the two cloth layers in spaced planar relationship and a heat exchange medium is placed in contact with the collector panel. The device is used by placing it in direct sunlight, preferably at an angle to maximize the effects of the solar radiation. Radiation striking the light absorbing glass cloth is quickly dissipated by the glass fibers thereby heating the transfer medium. The resinous material, preferably black for the collector panel, provides a highly absorptive surface for the solar radiation and also protects the glass fiber of the cloth from deterioration as a result of radiation or corrosion.

  8. WIPP_Panel_7_Approved

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

    Mining and outfitting, which includes installation of electricity, monitoring equipment ... Once the mining and outfitting are completed, the panel is certified by a professional ...

  9. Thermal insulations using vacuum panels

    DOEpatents

    Glicksman, Leon R.; Burke, Melissa S.

    1991-07-16

    Thermal insulation vacuum panels are formed of an inner core of compressed low thermal conductivity powders enclosed by a ceramic/glass envelope evaluated to a low pressure.

  10. Bishop Paiute Tribe 2015 Residential Solar Program

    Office of Environmental Management (EM)

    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 ...

  11. Garland Power and Light- Solar Rebate Program

    Energy.gov [DOE]

    A utility bill credit is available to encourage Garland Power and Light (GP&L) customers to install solar photovoltaic panels that meet the minimum requirements of the program. Please check the...

  12. Baltimore Vet Cuts Energy Bills With Solar

    Energy.gov [DOE]

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

  13. Forest City Solar Military Community Center

    Energy.gov [DOE]

    This photograph features a Forest City military community that uses high-efficiency solar photovoltaic (PV) panels installed on the roof of its community center to power 10 homes. Forest City is in...

  14. Lightweight 'solar cloth' photovoltaics have flexible future...

    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...

  15. Solar Array Ventures Inc | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Array Ventures Inc Jump to: navigation, search Name: Solar Array Ventures Inc Place: Austin, Texas Product: Texas-based start-up thin film PV panel maker, which plans to develop...

  16. Panel 1, Enbridge Overview

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

    HYDROGEN ENERGY STORAGE FOR GRID & TRANSPORTATION SERVICES May 14, 2014 Presented by: David Teichroeb Business Development, Alternative & Emerging Technology Enbridge Inc. 2 Enbridge Footprint * Worlds largest liquid pipeline operation * Canada's largest natural gas distribution company * Electricity transmission * Approximately $4 billion in green and alternative energy, including: * More than 1800 MW of wind and solar * Includes geothermal power, run of river hydro, heat to power *

  17. Solar Energy Conversion | Argonne National Laboratory

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

    Research Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics Catalysis Discovery Acceleration Electrochemical Energy Storage Gas-Phase Chemical Dynamics Heavy Elements and Separation Sciences Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Materials Interfacial Processes Solar Energy Conversion Solar Energy Conversion Top panel: images showing photosynthetic oxygen evolution (bubbles) in artificial and natural leaves. Bottom panel: Examples of components of natural and artificial leaves that are investigated in this research theme,

  18. Solar heat collector module

    SciTech Connect

    Lightfoot, D.J.

    1980-09-23

    A solar heat system is comprised of a panel or bank of heat collector modules each of which has a fluid-carrying tube of an elongated triangular shape in transverse cross section formed with longitudinally extended inwardly projected heat radiating fins. A tube is mounted within a concavo-convex reflector of a hyperbolic form such that the side walls of the tube are subjected to reflected rays of solar radiation over an effective range of solar exposure of about one hundred and fifty (150*) degrees. The reflected rays are concentrated in a longitudinally extended focal zone on each side wall of the tube and these zones of concentrated solar radiation move transversely of a side wall in response to the angle of the solar rays falling upon the reflector.

  19. Solar and Energy Efficiency Justice | Department of Energy

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

    and Energy Efficiency Justice Solar and Energy Efficiency Justice June 24, 2010 - 3:00pm Addthis The roof of the justice center where a solar panel array will be installed to power a solar thermal water-heating system | Photo courtesy of Blount County, Tenn. The roof of the justice center where a solar panel array will be installed to power a solar thermal water-heating system | Photo courtesy of Blount County, Tenn. A solar thermal water-heating system at the justice center in Maryville, Tenn.,

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

    SciTech Connect

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

    2009-09-01

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