Optimizing solar power conversion

Pradeep Shenoy (Inventor), Philip T Krein (Inventor)

Research output: Patent


A solar power system is provided for maximizing solar power conversion. The solar power system includes n power units connected in series and n−1 DC-DC converting units, and each of the n−1 DC-DC converting units is coupled to at least one of n solar power units. Each of the n−1 DC-DC converting units is configured to control the correspondingly connected solar power units to operate at a target current generation. The solar power system further includes a controlling unit coupled to the n−1 DC-DC converting units. The controlling unit monitors and compares the n currents generated by the n solar power units. Based on the current comparison, the controlling unit determines a series current and controls the n solar power units so that each of the generated photovoltaic currents is substantially equal to the determined series current.
Original languageEnglish (US)
U.S. patent number9583939
Filing date7/19/13
StatePublished - Feb 28 2017


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