Case Study: Solar Power and Veactor™ xPath™ Technology
Veactor™ xPath™ Technology has immediate applications within the solar energy industry as a method to significantly improve transmission and conversion efficiency, and system reliability. Meanwhile, OEMs and other tech firms are largely focused on developing third-generation solar panels to optimize energy collection. xPath™ Technology will augment both current and next generation solar panels, helping to maximize their efficiency gains. Greater efficiency and lower maintenance costs will accelerate the wide adoption of utility-scale solar power in all markets. And the value of xPath™ Technology™ will only increase as solar panels become more efficient at collecting the sun's energy.
One of the major problems today is the DC power solar panels produce. Even over short distances, DC power creates lots of electrical friction and heat. This heat byproduct is a sign of energy loss – which utilities take for granted. Heat is also a concern for the power inverters that transform DC power into grid-ready AC power.
Power plants have partially addressed line loss by installing micro-inverters on each panel to transform power from DC to AC. But a solar plant with 1000 panels will have 1000 inverters, each one demanding maintenance. Older designs consisted of a single large inverter, but this obviously made it harder to scale up.
Another complication is the fixed ratio nature of ordinary transformers and inverters, which means they must be sized to the application. Moreover, standard inverters demand power from the system to run cooling fans, reducing efficiency even further.
xPath™ Technology will empower solar utilities to leap forward by taking a step backward – reintroducing the single inverter, but in the form of a "hardware smart," passive solution that adapts to any load, produces almost no heat and requires no power. xPath™ Technology transforms DC to BC (Balanced Current), all but eliminating heat and line loss, and saving substantial amounts of energy. Because it's adaptable, and compatible with both DC and AC the technology lets a solar plant scale with ease – the conversion hardware doesn't change no matter how many panels are added. Finally, increased revenues will make the industry vastly more competitive with entrenched power sources like fossil fuels.