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GaN for Photovoltaics
GaN/Si micro-inverter reduces cost per watt of solar power
What is GaN for Photovoltaics?
Regular silicon-based micro-inverters—the most critical components to take advantages of solar panel performance—have reached their limits. CEA-Leti researchers are now offering 650V & 100V GaN/Si power transistors to reduce the cost and size of solar inverters while increasing compactness:
This technology will reach the market in 2025-27. Meanwhile, CEA-Leti and CEA-Liten researchers will improve the technology and develop a built-in digital control system. The team will unveil new prototypes in the coming years.
CEA is a French government-funded technological research organisation in four main areas: low-carbon energies, defense and security, information technologies and health technologies. A prominent player in the European Research Area, it is involved in setting up collaborative projects with many partners around the world.