PV cell string optimizer boosts solar panel output up to 30%
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PV cell string optimizer boosts solar panel output up to 30%

Maxim presents its Cell-String Optimizer as the first IC to perform MPPT (maximum power point tracking) at low level in a panel; it allows photovoltaic (PV) panels to harvest significantly more energy and simplifies design complexity for solar installation projects. by Graham...

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Photovoltaic simulator system adds automated MPPT Efficiency Test
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Photovoltaic simulator system adds automated MPPT Efficiency Test

An added test facility enables test of a 1,500V photovoltaic (solar energy) inverter’s static and dynamic maximum peak power tracking (MPPT) according to European Standard EN50530, with a single command, creating downloadable photovoltaic I-V curves, plus static and dynamic EN50530...

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Inkjet printing of text or photos as solar cells
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Inkjet printing of text or photos as solar cells

by Denis Meyer @ elektormagazine.com: Research is in progress at the University of Aalto in Finland on the development of a process for inkjet printing of text, photos or any illustrations as solar cells. The idea is not new but these researchers are covering new ground which will...

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Build a $1 per Watt parallelizable MPPT controller
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Build a $1 per Watt parallelizable MPPT controller

Jonathan Bruneau designed a $1/W maximum power point tracker used to extract maximum power from solar panels and published his project on hackaday.io: Maximum Power Point Tracking (MPPT) is a technique whereupon special electronics attempts to extract the optimal amount of energy...

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Quantum Dots Boost Solar Cells
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Quantum Dots Boost Solar Cells

R. Colin Johnson @ eetimes.com discuss about quantum dots applications and how scientists use them to boost photovoltaic output. LAKE WALES, Fla—Quantum dots are already being used commercially to boost the output and expand the color range of ultra-high-definition televisions,...

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21.1% efficiency with Perovskite solar cells
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21.1% efficiency with Perovskite solar cells

Scientists have successfully developed a Perovskite solar call containing Cesium which has attained an efficiency of 21.1%, as well as a world record for reproducibility. by Denis Meyer @ elektormagazine.com: In adding Cesium, the scientists at EPFL, let by Michael Saliba, have...

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SolarBoost – Make Your Own USB Solar Mobile Charger
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SolarBoost – Make Your Own USB Solar Mobile Charger

SolarBoost is an open source smart interface that allows you to build your own powerful and portable solar charger for your phone and other mobile devices. It has two USB ports and can provide 5V @ 2A at each of them and is controlled by a 8-bit 32MHz Microchip PIC microcontroller. It...

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Smartphone Solar charger card
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Smartphone Solar charger card

Here is a nice idea of a business card solar smartphone charger with USB plug. The charger is 3mm thick and can provide 50mA @ 5V Smartphone Solar charger card -...

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