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In recent years solar energy has started to make its impact in the sunshine state. The solar panels are made up of photovoltaic cells, which convert the sun’s rays into electricity. One of the ways to improve solar panel efficiency is to increase the power output of a solar collector. The maximum power is calculated by determining the maximum power for voltage and the current. This is done by adding the maximum values for the equation for power and then using differentiation. After the maximum values are found for each hour of the day from sunset to noon, each individual quantity of maximum voltage, current, and power is graphed as a function of the time of day. To make the solar panel work at its greatest power a controller has been used to maximize its efficiency.

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Arcadii Grinshpan, Mathematics and Statistics

William May, Solar Advantage Inc.

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