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National Semiconductor and Suntech collaborate on SolarMagic solar PV systems

Californian National Semiconductor and the crystalline silicon solar photovoltaic (PV) module manufacturer, Suntech Power Holdings, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to evaluate National Semiconductor’s SolarMagic™ technology for enhancing solar efficiencies.

The two companies intend to jointly promote the solar power optimiser technology and developing future solutions. SolarMagic is said to use distributed electronics throughout a solar installation to recoup energy lost due to real-world conditions such as shade, debris and panel mismatch.

“Innovation in the solar industry is a collaborative process and we are excited about this opportunity to potentially combine National Semiconductor’s SolarMagic technology with Suntech’s high efficiency solar panels,” says Dr Cai, VP of Systems R&D for Suntech, based in China. “This innovative technology has the potential to improve power harvest for solar owners and thereby increase the affordability of solar systems.”

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