CSI RD&D

Resources

A list of other solar research programs and resources.

One of the important strategies laid out in the CSI RD&D plan is to leverage cost-sharing funds from other research entities such as the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), National Renewable Energy Laboratory  (NREL), and the California Energy Commission's Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) program, as well as building on past experiences in California.  By integrating new research with lessons learned, the CSI RD&D program will maximize the usefulness of ratepayer funds.

Here is a partial list of CSI RD&D solar research program partners and program descriptions:

Department of Energy Solar Technologies Program

The Solar Energy Technologies Program focuses on developing cost-effective solar-energy technologies that have the greatest potential to benefit the nation and the world. Solar technologies diversify the energy supply, reduce the country's dependence on imported fuels, improve air quality, and offset greenhouse gas emissions. A growing solar industry also stimulates our economy by creating jobs in solar manufacturing and installation.

National Renewable Energy Lab Solar Research

Photovoltaic Research
NREL performs fundamental research in PV-related materials; develops PV cells in several material systems; characterizes and improves performance and reliability of PV cells, modules and systems; assists industry with standardized tests and performance models for PV devices; and helps the PV industry accelerate manufacturing capacity and commercialization of various PV technologies.

Solar Thermal Research
Concentrating Solar Power - NREL has a lead role in analyzing cost and performance of solar systems, developing parabolic trough technology for solar electricity generation, and developing advanced technologies such as concentrating photovoltaics. Researchers support the development of new designs and manufacturing processes for solar components and systems with an emphasis on improved performance, reliability, and service life.

Solar Heating - NREL is working with the solar industry to lower the cost of solar water heating systems. Laboratory researchers provide assistance with prototype development of new polymer (plastic) systems through modeling and optimization, characterization of the systems' performance, and accelerated materials durability testing.

The nation's premier research facility for PV is the National Center for Photovoltaics (NCPV), headquartered at NREL. Solar thermal research is performed in NREL's Electricity, Resources, and Building Systems Integration Center.

Learn more about NREL's Solar Energy Technologies Research.

NREL supports the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Solar Energy Technologies Program.

NYSERDA Power Naturally

Solar ResearchRenewable Energy Technology Development & Commercialization


The NYSERDA research and development program has fostered the development of new energy technologies for over 25 years and a number of companies have gone on to develop successful businesses. NYSERDA technical staff generally provides informal support to help companies enter our competitive process and then to ultimately attract commercial partners. The realignment of the product development efforts in the Energy Resources Group will provide a formal structure to identify and commercialize renewable energy technologies. In particular, a new focus is being placed at the beginning of the product development life cycle to attract entrepreneurs into the renewable energy technology field and at the end of the process through a formal mechanism to develop business partnerships. The new program is designed to use the expertise of NYSERDA research and economic development staff to attract and support the most commercially viable renewable energy technologies.

One of the important strategies laid out in the CSI RD&D plan is to leverage cost-sharing funds from other research entities such as the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), and the California Energy Commission's Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) program, as well as building on past experiences in California.  By integrating new research with lessons learned, the CSI RD&D program will maximize the usefulness of ratepayer funds.

Here is a partial list of CSI RD&D solar research program partners and program descriptions:

DOE Solar Energy Technologies Program
Related Links on Photovoltaic Research and Development for the U.S. Department of Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy division.

Photovoltaic Research at NREL
Describes the PV research activities and program areas at the National Renewable Energy Lab.

Public Interest Energy Research, California Energy Commission
The Energy Commission's Research Development and Demonstration (RD&D) Division supports public interest energy research, development, and demonstration. RD&D activities include providing contracts and grants for research and development of energy technologies and related scientific activities.