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National, Shoals co-develop smart solar panels

Posted: 18 Jun 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:solar panel? photovoltaic? smart panel?

National Semiconductor Corp. and Shoals Technologies Group have developed the first in a series of new "smart" Shoals products: junction boxes with National Semiconductor's SolarMagic power optimization technology inside.

The SolarMagic suite of products are intelligent power electronics that maximize energy output capture at either the panel or string level. Coupling this technology with Shoals' offeringswhich include junction boxes, combiner boxes, "plug-and-play" harness solutions, photovoltaic monitoring systems and rackingprovides system integrators a complete smart panel solution that cost-effectively optimizes solar energy system performance.

"Balance of system solutions like SolarMagic is essential to driving the solar market forward. As the market evolves, customer demand increases for smart electronics products that maximize power production at the lowest cost," said Mike Polacek, senior VP, National. "By collaborating with Shoals Technologies, a global leader in balance of system components, National Semiconductor is further improving the cost-effectiveness of solar power optimization and facilitating a quicker return on investment for array owners."

"We are excited to collaborate with a power management pioneer like National Semiconductor to incorporate SolarMagic technology into our industry-leading products," said Dean Solon, president and CEO, Shoals. "With this strategic relationship in place, we are able to develop and introduce to the market the next generation of smart solar electronics that will shape the direction of the industry." Shoals expects that global photovoltaic installations of its solar products will exceed one gigawatt peak in 2010.

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