Spreading the Word About Solar Electric Power Systems

I’m currently in the Edison Engineering Development Program (EEDP) working in the Electric Power Systems lab. This is my first post, and there’s a lot of stuff that I would like to catch you all up on regarding the work I’m doing here at Global Research.  However, before we get into some of the technical stuff, I’d like to cover a recent trip I made while it’s still fresh in my mind.

One of the projects that the Electric Power Systems lab works on is improving the system level controls for PV integration into the grid (more on that later). As part of that program, I recently had the opportunity to attend Solar Power International (SPI), a trade show with over 900 exhibiting companies and professionals from over 100 countries across the globe.  Organizations of all sizes showed off advances in everything from new racking techniques and higher efficiency modules to inverters and plant level controllers.

A couple of the highlights include discussions on the future of Solar, the current hot topics (including integrating energy storage) and a talk from keynote speaker, former President Bill Clinton.  His primary suggestion to ensure a strong future for solar in the US: get the word out.

A lot of good work is being done here at Global Research, including improving the efficiency of the thin film PV modules and advancing the system level controls that allow you to connect to the grid.  I’ll discuss a bit more of that in future posts. Solar has been – and will continue to be – a fast moving and interesting field to be part of. Check out the photos below from the conference and feel free to share any thoughts or comments around Solar Power International with me below!

– Pat

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