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National ventures into photovoltaic market

Posted: 02 Jul 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:photovoltaic? solar electric energy? SolarMagic?

National Semiconductor Corp. has entered the photovoltaic market with new technology designed to increase the overall energy output of solar electric power generating systems. National's SolarMagic technology extracts the maximum power efficiency of each photovoltaic panel, even when some panels in the array are compromised by shading, debris or inherent panel-to-panel mismatch.

"National's entry into the photovoltaic market is a natural extension of our focus on energy-efficient systems," said Brian Halla, National's chairman and CEO. "Our technologists solved this real-world problem and are enabling consumers to produce more energy under adverse conditions and reduce the payback time of their investment with an environmentally friendly source of power."

SolarMagic technology is a per-panel electronics solution that maximizes power output of multipanel installations. It is compatible with today's solar architectures regardless of the underlying solar cell technology.

National has entered field trials with its SolarMagic technology. REgrid Power Inc., one of the largest solar installers in California, has begun system testing of National's SolarMagic technology.

"We are impressed with National's SolarMagic technology in our field trials and have seen a significant performance improvement in our solar installation," said Tom McCalmont, president and CEO of REgrid Power and founder and executive chairman of SolarTech, a Silicon Valley consortium. "We have observed energy output improvements of up to 44 percent during shaded conditions and 12 percent overall versus the same system running without SolarMagic technology."





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