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Golden Rays — September 2016
A method was developed to improve perovskite solar cells, making them more efficient and reliable with higher reproducibility.
NREL Super Computing model provides insights from higher wind and solar generation in the Eastern Power Grid.
How Much Storage to Achieve 50% PV in California?
NREL analysis examines the role of flexibility and storage in new report.
- Castable Cements to Prevent Corrosion of Metals in Molten Salts
- End-of-Life Management: Solar Photovoltaic Panels
- Design Principles and Field Performance of a Solar Spectral Irradiance Meter
- Climate Specific Thermomechanical Fatigue of Flat Plate Photovoltaic Module Solder Joints
Projects and Partnerships
A new theoretical framework on defect formation in semiconductors-materials used in a multitude of NREL-developed technologies such as solar cells, light-emitting diodes (LEDs), and power electronics-indicates that shining light on them during growth can lead to improved crystalline quality and, ultimately, better device performance.
Since joining what at the time was the Solar Energy Research Institute, Keith Emery has made the process of recording record efficiencies of solar cells and modules more accurate.
- Debbie Brodt-Giles, digital assets manager with NREL's Data Analysis and Visualization group, is one of 18 finalists for the 2016 FedScoop 50 Tech Champion of the Year Award. It recognizes the best and brightest who make the federal government more efficient and effective.
In Touch With NREL Solar
Opportunities to Partner
Solar Technical Assistance for Universities
Apply to receive free technical assistance from NREL experts to implement a solar project on your campus. Only eight universities will be selected.
Important Changes to NREL Device Measurement Services
For the past three decades, NREL has provided cell and module measurement services to the global PV community. To keep pace with the changing community and to better meet client needs, NREL will implement a new fee structure for all cell and module measurements beginning October 1.
Join an Orange Button Working Group
Orange Button supports the creation and adoption of industry-led open data standards for rapid and seamless data exchange. Working groups have been identified in the following areas: Deployment, Financial, Real Estate, Solar O&M, and Grid Interconnection. The public can provide comments to help shape the direction of the program through a survey.
Mid-Market Solar Policy Webinar
Join the Tuesday, September 27, 2016, at 11 a.m. MT, during a webinar to learn about NREL's "Midmarket Solar Policies in the United States—A Guide for Midsized Solar Customers." The guidebook is aimed to help potential customers from the mid-market PV segment (between 50 kW to 2-5 MW) to navigate through different kinds of policy mechanisms in order to do preliminary assessment of project feasibility.
Barriers and Opportunities in the Commercial PV Sector Webinar
Join the Wednesday, September 28, 2016, at 11 a.m. MT, during a webinar to learn about NREL's techno-economic potential for PV at offices, hotels, warehouses, and universities as well as barriers and opportunities for those sectors to use solar.
National Association of State Energy Officials Annual Meeting
Visit the NREL booth during the NASEO annual meeting, September 11-14, in Providence, Rhode Island.
Solar Power International
Join NREL researchers and analysts during select session during SPI, September 12–15, 2016, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Learn about NREL's "Midmarket Solar Policies in the United States—A Guide for Midsized Solar Customers," during the Tuesday, September 27, 2016, at 11 a.m. MT. The guidebook is aimed to help potential customers from the mid-market PV segment (between 50 kW to 2-5 MW) to navigate through different kinds of policy mechanisms in order to do preliminary assessment of project feasibility.
Learn about NREL's techno-economic potential for PV at offices, hotels, warehouses, and universities as well as barriers and opportunities for those sectors to use solar during the Wednesday, September 28, 2016, at 11 a.m. MT.
Meet scientists, who lead our NREL concentrating solar power research, during select sessions during SolarPACES, October 11–14, in Abu Dhabi.