FPGA Technology and Software IP in Power Electronics Applications

Altera FPGA for Solar Power Inverter applications

An Altera variation on the last post is presented here. This article is based on the work of students from Yuan Ze University in Taiwan.

Solar energy is becoming increasingly attractive as we grapple with global climate changes. However, while solar energy is free, non-polluting, and inexhaustible, solar panels are traditionally fixed. As such, they cannot take advantage of maximum sunlight as weather conditions and seasons change. This article describes an FPGA- and embedded processor-based system-on-a-chip (SOC) implementation of a prototypical solar-tracking electricity generation system that improves the efficiency of solar panels by allowing them to align with the sun’s movements.”

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