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Timothy Silverman

Staff Scientist | 303-384-7912

Dr. Silverman has a doctorate in mechanical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin (2010). He is an expert in heat transfer, solid mechanics, computational modeling of coupled physical phenomena, PV package reliability, and outdoor PV performance. At NREL, he performs research in the performance and reliability of silicon, polycrystalline thin film, and high-concentration and advanced concept PV modules.

Dr. Silverman studies the performance and reliability of PV modules, including indoor and outdoor performance characterization, failure analysis and accelerated testing, computer simulation of outdoor and accelerated degradation, and diagnostic imaging. He is currently studying partial-illumination stress in thin-film modules, degradation of solder joints in c-Si modules, and light-induced transient changes in performance in copper indium gallium selenide and cadmium telluride modules. He previously studied the degradation of solder joints in high-concentration PV and the outdoor performance of thin-film GaAs.

Featured Publications

Silverman, T.J., Deceglie, M.G., Marion, B., Kurtz, S.R. 2015. "Performance Stabilization of CdTe PV Modules Using Bias and Light." IEEE Journal of Photovoltaics, 5 (1): 344–49. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory, NREL/CP-5J00-63144.

Silverman, T. J., Deceglie, M.G., Marion, B., Cowley, S., Kayes B., and Kurtz, S. 2013. "Outdoor Performance of a Thin-Film Gallium-Arsenide Photovoltaic Module." Presented at the 39th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference (PVSC).

Silverman, T.J., Bosco, N., and Kurtz, S. 2012. "Relative Lifetime Prediction for CPV Die-Attach Layers." Presented at the IEEE International Reliability Physics Symposium (IRPS).

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