Using Solar Energy to Shorten Power Outages

FAMU-FSU College of Engineering researchers are developing a modular solar electricity system to help communities keep electricity flowing during extreme weather and natural disasters. “Our solution is to develop a system duplicating that crucial infrastructure as many submodules, so an electric system can keep working even if a part is compromised,” says researcher Yuan Li.

The team is developing lightweight, compact inverters for solar power plants. The inverters help regulate the flow of electricity from power plants to the electric grid. The sub-modules are small enough that a team of two people can set them up without heavy equipment, allowing solar power plants to quickly restore electricity in the wake of hurricanes and other disruptions.

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