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Module Integrated Maximum Power Point Tracking Charge Controllers - The…

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
34646
Program Year/Program:
1997 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
34646
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Advanced Energy Systems, Inc.
P.O. Box 262 Wilton, NH 03086
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 1997
Title: Module Integrated Maximum Power Point Tracking Charge Controllers - The Missing Link in Large Scale Photovoltaic Systems
Agency: DOE
Contract: DE-FG02-96ER82111
Award Amount: $750,000.00
 

Abstract:

40887 November 13, 1996 Advanced Energy Systems, Inc. In photovoltaic energy systems, overcharging can be prevented by using a photovoltaic charge controller to regulate current flow from the photovoltaic array to the battery which stores the charge. This project will design, develop, and manufacture a new type of charge controller for photovoltaic (PV) power systems. The approach combines a DC-DC soft-switched boost converter, a microcontroller "brain", and line-carrier communications capability. Large-scale (> 2 kWp) stand-alone PV systems will have a simpler, more efficient and more reliable way of connecting PV modules to a battery bank. A custom Smart Power ASIC will be used for all analog circuitry, allowing a controller to be made that is small enough to fit inside a standard PV module junction box. Anticipated Results/Potential Commercial Applications as described by the awardee: The results should greatly reduce the cost and complexity of stand-alone PV system balance of system.

Principal Investigator:

Dr. Robert Wills
President
6036549322

Business Contact:

Dr. Robert Wills
President
6036549322
Small Business Information at Submission:

Advanced Energy Systems, Inc.
P.O. Box 262 Wilton, NH 03086

EIN/Tax ID:
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No