Electronic Design

Solar-Array Efficiencies Focus Of Collaboration

Munich, Germany: Crystalline silicon photovoltaic module manufacturer Suntech Power Holdings and chipmaker National Semiconductor have agreed to cooperate on the evaluation of National’s SolarMagic technology with the intention of jointly promoting and developing future technologies.

SolarMagic power optimisers utilise distributed electronics throughout a solar installation to recoup energy lost due to real-world conditions such as shade, debris and panel mismatch.

“We are proud to be working with Suntech, the world’s leading manufacturer of crystalline silicon photovoltaic modules, a company that shares our vision for what it will take to increase the adoption of solar,” says Michael Polacek, senior VP of key market segments and business development for NSC.

“Innovation in the solar industry is a collaborative process and we are excited about this opportunity to potentially combine National Semiconductor’s SolarMagic technology with Suntech’s high-efficiency solar panels,” adds Dr. Shijun Cai, vice president of systems R&D for Suntech.

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