Patrick M. Shea Jr.

Electrical engineering

Hometown: Red House, Virginia, United States

Graduation date: Spring 2024

Additional details: First-generation college student, Transfer student

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FURI | Spring 2024

Maximize Solar Power Using Solar Cell Reconfiguration Circuits

Can solar power be more efficiently extracted from a reconfigurable array by minimizing the number of switches, and allowing for maximum configuration flexibility? This research motivation stems from spacecraft solar systems in which array performance can degrade from 20% to 50% over a 15-year mission. This research seeks to bypass damaged cells by reconfiguring the array to allow for maximum power at the end-of-life for spacecraft systems and allow a use for currently wasted energy at the beginning of life. A similar approach can be made to bypass or reconfigure cells affected by shading on Earth and potentially improve output efficiency by 30%.


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Enabling reconfigurable solar arrays may reduce the effects of shading and increase solar output power.


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