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Title: Solar energy grid integration systems : final report of the Florida Solar Energy Center Team.

Initiated in 2008, the Solar Energy Grid Integration Systems (SEGIS) program is a partnership involving the U.S. DOE, Sandia National Laboratories, private sector companies, electric utilities, and universities. Projects supported under the program have focused on the complete-system development of solar technologies, with the dual goal of expanding utility-scale penetration and addressing new challenges of connecting large-scale solar installations in higher penetrations to the electric grid. The Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC), its partners, and Sandia National Laboratories have successfully collaborated to complete the work under the third and final stage of the SEGIS initiative. The SEGIS program was a three-year, three-stage project that include conceptual design and market analysis in Stage 1, prototype development and testing in Stage 2, and moving toward commercialization in Stage 3. Under this program, the FSEC SEGIS team developed a comprehensive vision that has guided technology development that sets one methodology for merging photovoltaic (PV) and smart-grid technologies. The FSEC team's objective in the SEGIS project is to remove barriers to large-scale general integration of PV and to enhance the value proposition of photovoltaic energy by enabling PV to act as much as possible as if it were at the very least equivalent tomore » a conventional utility power plant. It was immediately apparent that the advanced power electronics of these advanced inverters will go far beyond conventional power plants, making high penetrations of PV not just acceptable, but desirable. This report summarizes a three-year effort to develop, validate and commercialize Grid-Smart Inverters for wider photovoltaic utilization, particularly in the utility sector.« less
Authors:
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  1. (Northern Plains Power Technologies, Brookings, SD)
  2. (Lakeland Electric Utilities, Lakeland, FL)
  3. (Satcon Technology Corporation, Boston, MA)
  4. (Florida Solar Energy Center of the University of Central Florida, Cocoa, FL)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
1038238
Report Number(s):
SAND2012-1395
TRN: US201208%%590
DOE Contract Number:
AC04-94AL85000
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Research Org:
Sandia National Laboratories
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
14 SOLAR ENERGY; COMMERCIALIZATION; DESIGN; ELECTRIC UTILITIES; INVERTERS; MARKET; POWER PLANTS; SANDIA NATIONAL LABORATORIES; SOLAR ENERGY; TESTING; INTEGRATED ENERGY UTILITY SYSTEMS