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Title: Module-Integrated Power Converters Based on Universal Dock

Abstract

Solar power installations using alternating current photovoltaic (ACPV) modules have significant cost and performance advantages over systems using conventional solar modules and string inverters. ACPV modules have improved energy harvest due to module-level power point tracking and redundancy. More importantly, ACPV modules are easier and cheaper to install, lowering the total installed cost, indirect costs, and barriers to market entry. Furthermore, ACPV modules have communications and data logging capability, yielding module-level telemetry data that is useful in site diagnostics and other data applications. The products of these efforts were threefold. First, an advanced microinverter power topology was developed, modeled, simulated, and tested. Second, new microinverter enclosure concepts were developed and tested. Third, a new ACPV module prototype was constructed, combining the power topology and the enclosure concepts. SolarBridge filed for patents in each of these areas and is transitioning the project from a concept phase to full development.

Authors:
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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
SolarBridge Technologies, Inc.
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Solar Energy Technologies Office (EE-4S)
OSTI Identifier:
1179169
Report Number(s):
NA
DOE Contract Number:
EE0005341
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
14 SOLAR ENERGY; Power electronics, inverters, microinverters, AC modules, ACPV modules, alternating current photovoltaic modules

Citation Formats

Chapman, Patrick, and Rodriguez, Fernando. Module-Integrated Power Converters Based on Universal Dock. United States: N. p., 2015. Web. doi:10.2172/1179169.
Chapman, Patrick, & Rodriguez, Fernando. Module-Integrated Power Converters Based on Universal Dock. United States. doi:10.2172/1179169.
Chapman, Patrick, and Rodriguez, Fernando. Fri . "Module-Integrated Power Converters Based on Universal Dock". United States. doi:10.2172/1179169. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1179169.
@article{osti_1179169,
title = {Module-Integrated Power Converters Based on Universal Dock},
author = {Chapman, Patrick and Rodriguez, Fernando},
abstractNote = {Solar power installations using alternating current photovoltaic (ACPV) modules have significant cost and performance advantages over systems using conventional solar modules and string inverters. ACPV modules have improved energy harvest due to module-level power point tracking and redundancy. More importantly, ACPV modules are easier and cheaper to install, lowering the total installed cost, indirect costs, and barriers to market entry. Furthermore, ACPV modules have communications and data logging capability, yielding module-level telemetry data that is useful in site diagnostics and other data applications. The products of these efforts were threefold. First, an advanced microinverter power topology was developed, modeled, simulated, and tested. Second, new microinverter enclosure concepts were developed and tested. Third, a new ACPV module prototype was constructed, combining the power topology and the enclosure concepts. SolarBridge filed for patents in each of these areas and is transitioning the project from a concept phase to full development.},
doi = {10.2172/1179169},
journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {Fri Mar 13 00:00:00 EDT 2015},
month = {Fri Mar 13 00:00:00 EDT 2015}
}

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