UMN students begin researching a new model of solar panel technology

The University of Minnesota project, led by the undergraduate students, is currently working on new cost-effective technology which could make solar panels more reachable for use every day.

The project will address the environmental and sustainability problems by making solar panel installation feasible for consumers.

The University’s Institute on the Environment rewarded $3,000 in early January this year to fund the project, spearheaded by a team of students, staff advisors and faculty.

Maxim Erickson, a team member, said that organizations are currently making products for sales and profit. He further explained that the project would be out to the public so that users or other companies could utilize them in place of the current designs available in the market as a more suitable option.

As per the government agency, Energy Saver, solar energy is currently at the vanguard of climate change solutions owing to its efficiency of lowering the CO2 emissions.

Starting this week, researchers will begin developing a new model and design for MPPTs (Maximum Power Point Trackers), an important module of solar power technology.

David Orser, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering stated that with a small market and very few designs available for installing the residential solar panels, solar power is not one of the economically feasible options for homeowners.

He added that the main objective of conducting new research is to yield technology that runs at supreme value.

Rickey Sipila, Founder of Sisu Solar, a solar energy startup, said that the high installation price comes from three major components of technology: the inverter system, the panels, and racking.

MPPTs are a single part of the device and are a smaller component of a bigger system, said Sipila. Primarily, it controls powers and makes the most of the panel’s effectiveness.

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