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    Solar inverter: Before and after GaN

    The inherent low switching losses of the GaN power stage make it possible to reach efficiencies of 99% and higher. Higher efficiencies mean smaller heat sinks and less need for cooling, and facilitate designs that are more compact and very cost-effective

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    Rethink your solar inverter with GaN – On the Grid – Blogs – TI E2E Community

     

    Solar inverter: Before and after GaN

    “PG&E has called a SmartDay event for Thursday, 07/28/2016 for your residence. Remember to reduce your energy use between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. to save energy when electric rates are highest.”

    Having lived in both Texas and California, I\’m used to hot and sunny summer days. I’m also used to receiving the text messages from our local utility like the one above. I need to try my best to stay cool without running up my electric bill, but it’s not particularly easy when the temperature peaks between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

    The hot sun comes with lots of cool benefits, however, and solar energy is one of them. Installing solar panels is a great way to supplement your electric power so you can stay comfortable and save money.

    Sounds like a sales pitch? Not really. According to the Solar Energies Industries Association, in 2015, California led the nation by installing 3,266MW of solar electric capacity; that’s enough solar energy to power 3,494,000 homes. Still, each of these homes needs an inverter to convert the DC voltage from the panels to the AC voltages used inside.

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