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dc.contributor.advisorMichael, Sherif
dc.contributor.authorFernandez, Randyll R. M.
dc.date.accessioned2012-03-14T17:34:09Z
dc.date.available2012-03-14T17:34:09Z
dc.date.issued2005-09
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10945/2109
dc.description.abstractThe purpose of this thesis is to consider PhotoVoltaic Power Converter (PVPC) technology, developed by Atira Technologiesʼ, and its prospects for military and space applications. This research will validate the hypothesis that PVPC technology enables a solar power system to produce usable power during low- and no-light conditions which standard solar power systems fail to provide. Solar cell panels are exposed to sunlight at different angles and with variable intensity, therefore the resulting output power varies depending on the illumination angle as well as the light intensity of each panel. Atira Technologiesʼ devised a novel buck-boost converter that is specifically designed to track the maximum power point of each solar panel. This would provide a significant increase in the overall available power by utilizing a switching topology in a subdued lighting condition. Although a small amount of power is generated, given enough time, a battery will reach its full charge, compared to no additional charging if the battery is using a panel without the circuit. In addition, this research will also show the vital sustaining information to substantiate PVPC's claim of usefulness and effectiveness to allow for longer time on station both in the field and in space so it can extend its missions.en_US
dc.format.extentxviii, 77 p. : col. ill. ;en_US
dc.publisherMonterey California. Naval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.rightsApproved for public release, distribution unlimiteden_US
dc.subject.lcshSolar energyen_US
dc.subject.lcshSolar cellsen_US
dc.subject.lcshSunshineen_US
dc.subject.lcshElectrical engineeringen_US
dc.titleA novel Photovoltaic Power Converter for military and space applicationsen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.secondreaderAshton, Robert
dc.contributor.corporateNaval Postgraduate School (U.S.).
dc.contributor.departmentDepartment of Electrical and Computer Engineering
dc.identifier.oclc62141668
etd.thesisdegree.nameM.S.en_US
etd.thesisdegree.levelMastersen_US
etd.thesisdegree.disciplineElectrical Engineeringen_US
etd.thesisdegree.grantorNaval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
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