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Timothy Silverman

Senior Scientist


Dr. Silverman does solar R&D and strategic analysis. His R&D work is about photovoltaic modules and systems, including lab and field performance characterization; failure analysis and accelerated testing; computer simulation of field and accelerated degradation; and diagnostic imaging. Dr. Silverman won the government's highest early-career award, the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, for uncovering the ways in which some shadows can damage solar panels. His strategic analysis informs all aspects of the R&D portfolio of the U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Energy Technologies Office.

Dr. Silverman has a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Arizona State University and a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. He has worked on NREL's photovoltaics field performance and reliability team since 2011.

Featured Work

Solar Energy Technologies Office Multi-Year Program Plan, U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office (2021)

Light and Elevated Temperature Induced Degradation (LeTID) in a Utility-Scale Photovoltaic System, IEEE Journal of Photovoltaics (2020)

Research and Development Priorities for Silicon Photovoltaic Module Recycling to Support a Circular Economy, Nature Energy (2020)

Movement of Cracked Silicon Solar Cells During Module Temperature Changes, 46th IEEE Photovoltaics Specialist Conference (2019)

Comparative Photovoltaics Levelized Cost of Energy Calculator, (2018)

Spectrally Selective Mirrors with Combined Optical and Thermal Benefit for Photovoltaic Module Thermal Management, ACS Photonics (2018)

Reducing Operating Temperature in Photovoltaic Modules, IEEE Journal of Photovoltaics (2018)

Illuminated Outdoor Luminescence Imaging of Photovoltaic Modules, 44th IEEE Photovoltaics Specialist Conference (2017)

Damage in Monolithic Thin-Film Photovoltaic Modules due to Partial Shade, IEEE Journal of Photovoltaics (2016)

Climate Specific Thermomechanical Fatigue of Flat Plate Photovoltaic Module Solder Joints, Microelectronics Reliability (2016)

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