Solar Panels Gain 30% Additional Power with Maxim’s Cell-String Optimizer

New cell-string optimizer technology from Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. (NASDAQ: MXIM) allows photovoltaic (PV) panels to harvest significantly more energy and simplifies design complexity for solar installation projects. Maxim’s cell-string optimizers are highly integrated DC-DC converters that replace the bypass diode and perform maximum power point tracking (MPPT) deep inside the PV module. By replacing each diode with a MPPT device, the on-off response to performance mismatch is eliminated; every cell-string contributes maximum power without interfering with the power production capability of others. This enhanced degree of flexibility leads to increased energy production; eliminating collateral performance loss due to module mismatch, degradation, soiling, localized shading, and row shading loss mechanisms. Based on the company’s industry leading power semiconductor technology, Maxim’s cell-string optimizer is the first integrated power IC to perform MPPT and first to be embedded within the PV module.”