Solar energy giant BP Solar from Maryland, USA, and SolarEdge from Israel today announced a joint agreement to commercialize a power harvesting system embedded directly into BP Solar products.
The companies will test new products designed to help solar modules operate more efficiently in harvesting the sun’s rays.
According to Reuters, BP Solar, a unit of oil giant BP Plc, will integrate into its solar modules SolarEdge’s electronics that are designed to reduce the losses in solar arrays. Those losses can cut their power output by as much as 20 percent.
The combined technologies are currently undergoing rigorous thermal cycle testing to emulate 25 years of volatile solar field conditions, reports the companies.
“BP Solar has contributed enormously to the advancement of the solar industry,” said Guy Sella, Chairman, CEO and Founder of SolarEdge.
“By addressing the problems that the industry has overlooked or considered unavoidable, we can greatly improve solar economics through increasing energy output while reducing system costs.”
In support of this activity, BP Solar and SolarEdge have been awarded a research grant by the Israeli and US governments as part of the BIRD (Bi-national Industrial Research and Development) foundation, which contributes to joint development.
Through the “BIRD Energy” initiative, the BP Solar-SolarEdge project has been recognized for its achievements in improving the effectiveness and economics of solar technology.
More about BP Solar
BP Solar is a global company with about 2000 employees. BP Solar designs, manufactures and markets products which use the sun’s energy to generate electricity for use in the residential, commercial and industrial sectors.
With over 35 years of experience and installations in most countries, BP Solar is one of the world’s leading solar companies and annually invests millions in photovoltaic research and development.
More about SolarEdge
SolarEdge is a provider of smart, holistic PV power harvesting and monitoring solutions for maximum energy and cost efficiency. The company works with industry-leading partners to embed its active electronic solution directly into PV modules.