Personal Profile

Silvana Ovaitt is a researcher at NREL working with the performance and reliability group on bifacial photovoltaic (PV) technology. The projects focus on bifacial PV optical and electrical performance and modeling. Her research includes characterization and energy/optics simulation for bifacial and previously for PV-holographic system energy production.

She has a doctorate in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Arizona. She also has a master's degree in optical sciences at the same university. She received a bachelor's degree in mechatronics engineering from Monterrey Tec. Also, in 2018, she edited and published a book, Solar Outreach Handbook.

Research Interests

Bifacial PV

PV field performance and reliability

Circular economy

Professional Experience

Organizer, BifiPV Workshop (2019-2020)

Activity Organizer Lead, International Energy Agency Photovoltaic Power Systems Programme Task 13, Bifacial PV Round-Robin Modeling Comparison (2020)

NREL Ambassador, NREL (2019-2020)

Committee Member, Hispanic Latino Alliance Employee Resource Group at NREL (2020)

Student Leadership Council, Quantum Energy and Sustainable Solar Technologies Engineering Research Center  (2016-2018)

Tutorial Instructor, Photovoltaics Specialists Conference (2019)

Education/Academic Qualification

Bachelor, Mechatronics, Instituto Tecnologico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey

PhD, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Arizona

Master, Optics, University of Arizona

Master, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Arizona

Certificate, College Teaching, University of Arizona

Master, Creative Writing, University of Texas at El Paso


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