CSI RD&D

CSI RD&D PROGRAM - CONCLUDED 

The California Solar Initiative's RD&D Program has now concluded after operating since 2008 through 2016. All solicitations and research projects are now complete.

 

 Report 
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 Program overview + Research briefs       

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 Program overview  [13 MB ]

 Research briefs  (high resolution)                     

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For more information on the research projects and resulting reports please review the section below. All completed final reports are also available separately for review and download. 

FINAL REPORTS for completed projects along with individual research briefs can be found here.

 

CSI RD&D Program - Program Evaluation 

 

 Report 
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 Report Summary       

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 Final Report  [3 MB ]

 Appendices           

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Funded Projects

This is a database of projects funded by the CSI RD&D. The project summaries are listed alphabetically below. You may also choose a subset of projects by clicking a keyword, or using the search function.


Improved Cost, Reliability, and Grid Integration of High Concentration Photovoltaic Systems

 

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Current Highlights:

Final Project Report: Improved Cost, Reliability, and Grid Integration of High Concentration Photovoltaic Systems. Amonix. McConnell, R. Prepared for CSI RDD. January 2015.  PDF  (2.5 MB)

Project Information

Solicitation: Solicitation 2
Target Area: Improved Technology
Awardee: Amonix
Partners:
CSI Funding: $2,139,384
Match Funding: $3,157,000
Start Date: January 2011
End Date: December 2013
Status: Complete

Contact Information

Principal Investigator Name: Robert McConnell
Principal Investigator Email: rmcconnell @ amonix.com
Principal Investigator Phone: 562-200-7741
Grant Manager Name: Stephan Barsun
Grant Manager Email: stephan.barsun @ itron.com
Grant Manager Phone: 509-891-3187

Project Summary

This Amonix project responds to the improved production technologies area by working to decrease costs and expand the market adoption of high concentration photovoltaic (HCPV) systems. The Amonix team monitored the performance of two 53 kW HCPV systems and associated circuits on the University of California, Irvine (UC Irvine) electric infrastructure. Metered data and associated models were used to evaluate and compare grid interconnection and energy management strategies. The team also looked at how to correlate measured weather data with accelerated testing in order to predict lifetime and reliability validation that will help to secure financial investments for future HCPV system deployment. The reliability model provides project owners and the financial community with data on system reliability and lifetime performance, supporting the acceleration and adoption of HCPV technology on a much wider scale. This project is complementary to the Renewable Energy Secure Communities (RESCO) project with UC Irvine that has received grant funding from the California Energy Commission, in part, for renewable generation deployment on the campus.

Deliverables and Documents

Reports:

  • Final Project Report: Improved Cost, Reliability, and Grid Integration of High Concentration Photovoltaic Systems. Amonix. McConnell, R. Prepared for CSI RDD. January 2015.  PDF  (2.5 MB)
  • Simulation and Experiment of Thermal Fatigue in the CPV Die Attach. April 2012. Bosco, N., Silverman, T., and Kurtz, S. Presented at 8th Int'l Conference on Concentrating PV Systems (CPV-8). Toledo, Spain. PDF

  • On the Effect of Ramp Rate in Damage Accumulation of the CPV Die-Attach. June 2012. Bosco, N., Silverman, T., and Kurtz, S. Presented at 2012 IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference. Austin, TX. PDF

  • Relative Lifetime Prediction for CPV Die-Attach Layers. April 2012. Silverman, T., Bosco, N., and Kurtz, S. Presented at 2012 IEEE Int'l Reliability Physics Symposium. Anaheim, CA. PDF

  • CPV Cell Characterization Following One-Year Exposure in Golden Colorado. Bosco, N. and S. Kurtz. NREL. Presented at the 10th International Conference on Concentrator Photovoltaics (CPV-10) Albuquerque, NM. NREL/CP-5J00-62484. April, 2014. NREL: Golden, CO.  PDF (1 MB)

  • Summary of the Campus Electric System Operation with the Installed Campus CPV Resources. (DRAFT 2.0). Samuelsen, S. and J. Brouwer. Advanced Power and Energy Program: UC Irvine. March 2014.  PDF (3 MB)

  • Preferred CPV Integration Assessment Report. (REPORT DRAFT). Samuelsen, S. and J. Brouwer. Advanced Power and Energy Program: UC Irvine. March 2014. PDF (4 MB)

  • Modeling Thermal Fatigue in CPV Cell Assemblies. Bosco, N., T.J. Silverman, and S. Kurtz. NREL.  PDF (6 MB)

 

 

 

Presentations:

Initial Project Presentation. Feb 10, 2011: Amonix Systems Power U.S.'s Largest Concentrated Photovoltaic Solar Power Plant (Hatch, N.M., 10/19/2011.PDF

Final Report:

Project Activities

DateActivity
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Project Links

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