Richardson, Texas [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] Valere Power has been awarded a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration to develop a management system to improve the efficiency of solar photovoltaic (PV)power systems for power extraction.
“Managing solar power implementations presents some unique challenges,” said Al Cioffi, vice president of business development for Valere Power, provider of DC power systems for telecommunications applications.
“But we’ve been able to draw on many of the techniques and technologies that have been applied to telecommunications power systems to propose a solution that can help increase the use of solar power to feed the world’s increasing need for electricity,” Cioffi added.
System management provides the operator of a PV system with detailed environmental and performance information for each system component (panels, inverters, environmental sensors and protection devices). The PV panel, which comprises most of the system, is particularly important because today’s management systems provide little information on efficiency and operational status. More information in these areas can allow system tuning for increased power extraction.
Additionally, today’s management systems are not integrated across the entire PV system and can cost many thousands of dollars per array.