Integrating Super‐capacitor with Solar Cell for Improved Efficiency

Authors : J. Brews (UA), D. F. Gervasio (ASU), J. Gustafson (ASU), J. Lee (Newmont Mining Co.), O. A. Palusinski (UA)

Solar radiation is intermittently supplied, due to atmospheric conditions(such as clouds,temperature, transient pollution, etc.). Hence solar converters have unpredictable level of output power. This intermittency lowers the conversion efficiency because it shifts the operating point from optimum. The integration of a storage element with the solar cell mitigates undesirable power intermittency and increases conversion efficiency.

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