Dr. Timothy J Silverman has been a scientist on NREL's photovoltaics field performance and reliability team since 2011. He has developed the team's capabilities in computational modeling and simulation, indoor and outdoor testing, and failure analysis in the laboratory and the field. Favorite topics include the degradation of solder bonds, interconnects, and cracked cells in crystalline silicon modules; shadow-induced permanent efficiency loss and performance metastability in thin-film modules; thermal performance analysis and enhancement for all terrestrial modules; and diagnostic luminescence and thermal imaging.
Dr. Silverman has a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin. He holds the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor given to early career researchers by the U.S. government. Dr. Silverman is currently leading the development of a multi-year program plan at the Department of Energy’s Solar Energy Technology Office in Washington, D.C.
Movement of Cracked Silicon Solar Cells During Module Temperature Changes, 46th IEEE Photovoltaics Specialist Conference (2019)
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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