Photovoltaic Module

  • US 20130175971A1
  • Filed: 01/10/2013
  • Published: 07/11/2013
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/11/2012
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. An apparatus comprising:

  • first, second, and third nodes, wherein the first node is configured to receive an electrical current, and wherein the second and third nodes are configured to connect to respective first and second terminals of a string of one or more serially connected photovoltaic cells;

    a switch configured to inhibit and conduct the current received at the first node to the second node by opening and closing the switch, respectively; and

    an output bypass circuit configured to conduct the current from the first node to the third node when the switch is open, wherein the output bypass circuit includes a charge storage device operable to store charge from power applied across the first and third nodes, and operable to provide the stored charge as operating power for the output bypass circuit.

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