Per Panel Photovoltaic Energy Extraction with Multilevel Output DC-DC Switched Capacitor Converters

Problem: Electrolytic capacitors and per panel magnetics have limited lifetime and are expensive. Technology: This invention proposes per-panel Maximum Power Point Tracking (MPPT) for widespread solar arrays. A full system approach is presented, utilizing switched capacitor multi-level DC-DC and a central ripple-port inverter to replace the multiple inductors used in current PV technology. Christopher Noble crn@mit.edu

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