Integrated photovoltaic panel circuitry

  • US 10,115,841 B2
  • Filed: 06/04/2012
  • Issued: 10/30/2018
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/04/2012
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. An apparatus comprising:

  • a photovoltaic panel comprising a plurality of photovoltaic cells;

    a casing that holds the photovoltaic cells; and

    a converter circuit comprising first and second input terminals, the first input terminal directly connected to the casing by the first input terminal being bonded to the casing, and the second input terminal directly connected to the photovoltaic panel, and the converter circuit comprising first and second output terminals galvanically isolated from the first and second input terminals and electrically disconnected from the first and second input terminals, wherein the converter circuit converts first direct current (DC) power on the second input terminal to second DC power on the first output terminal, wherein the first output terminal of the converter circuit outputs power received by the converter circuit,wherein the first and second input terminals of the converter circuit are integrated with the casing and the photovoltaic panel, respectively.

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