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A photovoltaic (in short PV) module is a packaged, connected assembly of typically 6×10 solar cells. Solar Photovoltaic panels constitute the solar array of a photovoltaic system that generates and supplies solar electricity in commercial and residential applications. Each module is rated by its DC output power under standard test conditions, and typically ranges from 100 to 365 watts. The efficiency of a module determines the area of a module given the same rated output – an 8% efficient 230 watt module will have twice the area of a 16% efficient 230 watt module. There are a few solar panels available that are exceeding 19% efficiency. A single solar module can produce only a limited amount of power; most installations contain multiple modules. A photovoltaic system typically includes a panel or an array of solar modules, a solar inverter, and sometimes a battery and/or solar tracker and interconnection wiring.

The Unmanned Power Plant—from Science Fiction to Industrial Reality

The Unmanned Power Plant—from Science Fiction to Industrial Reality

Author: Azeez Mohammed, president & CEO, GE’s Power Conversion

Driverless cars, artificial intelligence, even unmanned ships—in every corner of life it would seem that what was once science fiction is rapidly becoming reality. The same is true in solar power generation—while the idea of unmanned solar plants may appear fanciful,

From Possible to Probable

From Possible to Probable

Advances in renewable technologies are fueling an increasing number of projects that continue to dot the landscape of North America, delivering its end users increased energy efficiency and greater onsite power capabilities. And because of projects like large-scale solar farms and an ever-increasing international market for solar and wind, the

New Architecture for Power

The Energy Technology Laboratory (ETL) is the center of research and development for Northern Power Systems. “ETL symbolizes our commitment to innovation in our industry,” comments Clint “Jito” Coleman, Northern Power Systems’ president. “The mission of the laboratory is to keep Northern a technology leader in its target markets, to

PV Panels: A Bright Idea for Energy Self-Sufficiency

Half a century ago, inventors at Bell Telephone Laboratories in Murray Hill, NJ, developed the first photovoltaic (PV) cell. Comprising boron and silicon, the cell was about the size of a razor blade (2 cm 2 ) and was able to convert 5% of sunlight into 5 MW of electricity.

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