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PHOTOVOLTAIC SYSTEMS WITH VOLTAGE LIMITING DEVICES

United States Patent Application

20180083450
A1
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A photovoltaic system includes voltage limiting devices that are connected in series. A voltage limiting device clips a corresponding photovoltaic string to limit a voltage of the photovoltaic string. Unclipping of clipped photovoltaic strings is coordinated by a central controller or in a distributed fashion by the voltage limiting devices based on monitored string conditions.
TRUONG, Tuan (San Jose, CA), HAU, Darren (San Jose, CA), PONEC, Andrew (San Jose, CA), ALBERS, Mark (San Jose, CA), JOHNSON, Benjamin (San Jose, CA)
SunPower Corporation (San Jose CA)
15/ 272,911
September 22, 2016
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT [0001] The invention described herein was made with Governmental support under contract number DE-EE-0006882 awarded by the United States Department of Energy. The Government may have certain rights in the invention.