Oregon, United States [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] PV Powered Inc. announced that it has been selected by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and contract manager, Sandia National Laboratories, for an award under the Solar Energy Grid Integration System (SEGIS) program. SEGIS is a US $24 million effort to develop advanced inverters and balance-of-system components that aim to reduce the lifetime cost of solar electricity while enabling increased grid penetration and greater overall PV system reliability.
The PV Powered-led team could receive up to US $5 million over the three stages of the competitive program. The other two members of the team are Portland General Electric (PGE) and Northern Plains Power Technologies (NPPT). Over the course of the program the team plans to develop innovations that increase energy harvest, reduce the cost of PV systems and remove barriers to increased grid penetration. Key aspects of their work will include developing specialized MPPT algorithms, tighter integration with electric utility and commercial facility monitoring and control systems, as well as development of low cost balance-of-system components that will enable increased energy production.
“PV Powered is honored to be selected by Sandia and the U.S. DOE for this highly competitive program,” said Gregg Patterson, PV Powered’s CEO. “The SEGIS program is a perfect complement to the industry-leading inverter reliability work we pioneered with Boeing as part of an earlier SAI program. We are also pleased to team with Portland General Electric and NPPT who are each recognized leaders in their fields.”