Suntech pushes for solar 'smart panels'
October 06, 2010 // Mark LaPedus
In a move to enable ''smart panels,'' Chinese solar cell giant Suntech Power Holdings Co. Ltd. has struck deals with four companies: Azuray, Enphase, National Semiconductor and Tigo.
Azuray Technologies Inc. said it is collaborating with Suntech Power to explore ''smart panel'' solutions. The new ''smart panel'' technology will draw on Azuray's maximum power point tracking (MPPT) DC to DC technology, which is said to yield up to 25 percent greater solar energy harvest from panels affected by shading, mismatch or other real world conditions.
In another deal, Enphase Energy Inc., a supplier of microinverter systems, will partner with Suntech. The collaboration is designed to explore the integration of Enphase microinverters into Suntech panels to simplify and accelerate solar system installation and maximize energy output.
Enphase systems are said to offer a number of advantages over traditional inverter systems, including a five to 25 percent increase in energy harvest, improved system reliability and simpler and safer installation.
Meanwhile, National Semiconductor Corp. is collaborating with Suntech Power to develop "smart panel" technology, incorporating National Semiconductor's SolarMagic power optimizer chipset into Suntech solar panels to improve the power output of solar systems.
This announcement follows an announcement in May of 2009 in which the companies announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for Suntech to evaluate National Semiconductor's SolarMagic technology with the intention of jointly promoting the technology and developing future solutions.
National's SolarMagic power optimizer chipset enables each solar module to produce the maximum energy regardless of whether other panels in the array are under-performing due to environmental mismatch.
Not to be outdoen, Tigo Energy Inc. is collaborating with Suntech to develop ''smart panel'' technology for PV solar installations. As part of the collaboration, the companies are developing technology that integrates the Tigo Energy Maximizer Solution into Suntech's solar panels to increase energy production up to 20 percent. The Tigo Energy Maximizer solution is designed to integrate quickly into the junction boxes of today's solar panels.
The solution provides statistical conversion efficiency of 99.5 percent, thus not requiring the dissipation of excess heat. The Maximizer electronics do not require thermal re-engineering of the j-box or module. Contrast this to a 95 percent efficient micro-inverter that in normal operation has 10 Watts of power radiated as heat into the PV module.
SMIC to report Tunnel-FET extension to CMOS
October 08, 2015
Chinese foundry Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. has manufactured complementary Tunnel FETs (C-TFETs) that ...
Moroccan camera packager to exit market, auction equipment
Dresden's chilling evening stroll
Sony acquires SoftKinetic for ranging technology
Next-gen ADAS focuses on urban driving
Chip market decline accelerated in August, says ESIA
October 08, 2015
The three-month average of global chip sales for August declined by 3 percent in comparison with the same month a year ago, ...
Standardisation of vehicle data makes progress
NFC concrete slabs for a smart city
Update: IMEC, Cadence tape out first 5nm test chip
- Determine Balancing Current for the LTC3305 Lead-Acid Battery Balancer
- 3 Ways to Simplify Medical Device Testing
- Thread Networking Protocol Simplifies Connecting “Things” in the Home and Beyond
- High Voltage CMOS Amplifier Enables High Impedance Sensing with a Single IC
InterviewMEMS platforms are way to go, says Bosch's Finkbeiner
In the two years since we last interviewed Stefan Finkbeiner, CEO of Bosch Sensortec, the company has taken over from STMicroelectronics as the leading global supplier of MEMS components. Here he explains ...
Filter WizardCheck out the Filter Wizard Series of articles by Filter Guru Kendall Castor-Perry which provide invaluable practical Analog Design guidelines.
Linear video channel
READER OFFERRead more
This month, LabNation is giving away three of its SmartScope open source USB oscilloscopes, worth 229 Euros each, for EETimes Europe's readers to win.
Successfully funded through Kickstarter last year, the SmartScope is claimed to be the world's first test equipment designed to run on multiple operating systems and platforms such as smartphones, tablets and PCs. It is powered directly from... MORE INFO AND LAST MONTH' WINNERS...
December 15, 2011 | Texas instruments | 222901974
Unique Ser/Des technology supports encrypted video and audio content with full duplex bi-directional control channel over a single wire interface.