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Photovoltaic technology generates buzz at international solar showcase

 
2010-09-17

A solar power technology developed at Queen’s University has been pegged by installers, distributors and manufacturers as a potential game-changer in the solar industry.

Publicly launched at North America’s largest solar conference and trade show in San Francisco recently, the compact, lightweight power converter – also known as a microinverter – offers a lower cost, next-generation solution to harvesting the power of the sun for household use.

The technology is the brainchild of Dr. Praveen Jain, Canada Research Chair in Power Electronics at Queen’s. Dr. Jain is also the CEO of SPARQ Systems Inc., the Queen’s spinout company that is developing and marketing it. The technology was licensed to SPARQ by PARTEQ Innovations, the technology transfer office of Queen’s.

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