Solar

Inverter Development Gains DOE Boost

July 22, 2004 [SolarAccess.com] Yet another company look poised to step into the already crowded and highly competitive field for inverters. UQM Technologies, a developer of alternative energy technologies, has received a contract from the U.S. Department of Energy to develop a 5 kW modular inverter under the Small Business Innovation Research Program. In addition to converting DC power from photovoltaic systems to AC power, inverters can serve the same purpose for reciprocating engine generators, wind turbines, microturbines and fuel cells. In order to cover all the possible applications, UQM’s Vice President of operations said the company expects to develop a high frequency product capable of accommodating voltage inputs of 36 volts to 360 volts — all while offering an inverter that is small, low cost, and highly efficient.