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Testing and Development of a 30-kVA Hybrid Inverter: Lessons Learned and Reliability Implications

Description: A 30-kVA Trace Technologies hybrid power processor was specified and tested at the Sandia inverter test facility. Trace Technologies involving the control system, in response to suggestions made modifications, primarily by Sandia and Arizona Public Service (APS) personnel. The modifications should make the inverter more universally applicable and less site-specific so that it can be applied in various sites with minimal field interaction required from the design engineer. The project emphasized the importance of battery management, generator selection, and site load management to the performance and reliability of hybrid power systems.
Date: December 21, 1998
Creator: Ginn, J.W.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Test report on the Abacus 30 kW bimode{reg_sign} inverter and maximum power tracker (MPT)

Description: Sandia National Laboratories conducts the photovoltaic balance of systems (BOS) program, which is sponsored by the US Department of Energy`s Office of Energy Management. Under this program, SNL lets commercialization contracts and conducts a laboratory program designed to advance BOS technology, improve BOS component reliability, and reduce the BOS life-cycle-cost. This report details the testing of the first large US manufactured hybrid inverter and its associated maximum power tracker.
Date: June 1, 1995
Creator: Bonn, R.; Ginn, J. & Zirzow, J.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Superior Valley photovoltaic power processing and system controller evaluation

Description: Sandia National Laboratories, sponsored by the US Department of Energy`s Office of Energy Management, conducts the photovoltaic balance-of-system program. Under this program, Sandia supports the Department of Defense Strategic Environmental Research Development Plan, SERDP, which is advancing the use of photovoltaics in operational DoD facilities. This report details the acceptance testing of the first of these photovoltaic hybrid systems: the Superior Valley photovoltaic-diesel hybrid system. This is the first of several photovoltaic installations for the Department of Defense. The system hardware tested at Sandia included an inverter, maximum power trackers, and a system controller.
Date: November 1, 1995
Creator: Bonn, R.; Ginn, J.; Zirzow, J. & Sittler, G.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Removing Barriers to Utility Interconnected Photovoltaic Inverters

Description: The Million Solar Roofs Initiative has motivated a renewed interest in the development of utility interconnected photovoltaic (UIPV) inverters. Government-sponsored programs (PVMaT, PVBONUS) and competition among utility interconnected inverter manufacturers have stimulated innovations and improved the performance of existing technologies. With this resurgence, Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) has developed a program to assist industry initiatives to overcome barriers to UIPV inverters. In accordance with newly adopted IEEE 929-2000, the utility interconnected PV inverters are required to cease energizing the utility grid when either a significant disturbance occurs or the utility experiences an interruption in service. Compliance with IEEE 929-2000 is being widely adopted by utilities as a minimum requirement for utility interconnection. This report summarizes work done at the SNL balance-of-systems laboratory to support the development of IEEE 929-2000 and to assist manufacturers in meeting its requirements.
Date: October 3, 2000
Creator: Gonzalez, S.; Bonn, R.H. & Ginn, J.W.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Inverter testing at Sandia National Laboratories

Description: Inverters are key building blocks of photovoltaic (PV) systems that produce ac power. The balance of systems (BOS) portion of a PV system can account for up to 50% of the system cost, and its reliable operation is essential for a successful PV system. As part of its BOS program, Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) maintains a laboratory wherein accurate electrical measurements of power systems can be made under a variety of conditions. This paper outlines the work that is done in that laboratory.
Date: April 1, 1997
Creator: Ginn, J.W.; Bonn, R.H. & Sittler, G.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Testing to support improvements to PV components and systems

Description: The National Photovoltaic (PV) Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, and includes a PV Manufacturing Research and Development (R&D) project conducted with industry. This project includes advancements in PV components to improve reliability, reduce costs, and develop integrated PV systems. Participants submit prototypes, pre-production hardware products, and examples of the resulting final products for a range of tests conducted at several national laboratories, independent testing laboratories, and recognized listing agencies. The purpose of this testing is to use the results to assist industry in determining a product's performance and reliability, and to identify areas for potential improvement. This paper briefly describes the PV Manufacturing R&D project; participants in the area of PV systems, balance of systems, and components; and several examples of the different types of product and performance testing used to support and confirm product performance.
Date: May 15, 2000
Creator: Thomas, H., Kroposki, B.; Witt, C.; Bower, W.; Bonn, R.; Ginn, J. & Gonzales, S.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Results of Sandia National Laboratories grid-tied inverter testing

Description: This paper proposes a definition for a Non-Islanding Inverter. This paper also presents methods that can be used to implement such an inverter, along with references to prior work on the subject. Justification for the definition is provided on both a theoretical basis and results from tests conducted at Sandia National Laboratories and Ascension Technology, Inc.
Date: July 1, 1998
Creator: Kern, G.A.; Bonn, R.H.; Ginn, J. & Gonzalez, S.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department