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Title: Integrated Solar Power Converters: Wafer-Level Sub-Module Integrated DC/DC Converter

Solar ADEPT Project: CU-Boulder is developing advanced power conversion components that can be integrated into individual solar panels to improve energy yields. The solar energy that is absorbed and collected by a solar panel is converted into useable energy for the grid through an electronic component called an inverter. Many large, conventional solar energy systems use one, central inverter to convert energy. CU-Boulder is integrating smaller, microinverters into individual solar panels to improve the efficiency of energy collection. The University’s microinverters rely on electrical components that direct energy at high speeds and ensure that minimal energy is lost during the conversion process—improving the overall efficiency of the power conversion process. CU-Boulder is designing its power conversion devices for use on any type of solar panel.
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
1046689
Resource Type:
Program Document
Research Org:
University of Colorado Boulder
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
Solar Agile Delivery of Electrical Power Technology; Power Conversion; Solar ADEPT; ARPA-E