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56 SMT007 MAGAZINE I OCTOBER 2019 lookout for a new analysis of the global indus- try coming soon from Shawn DuBravac, IPC's new chief economist. At a Crossroads Business executives and entrepreneurs are used to taking risks amid uncertainty. But the current era is making us painfully aware of how much is up in the air and how much could be lost if our government policymakers exacer- bate those doubts instead of easing them. At IPC, promoting international cooperation and confidence in our industry's future has been in our DNA for more than 50 years. As the global leader in industry standards, train- ing, market research, and public policy advo- cacy, we are always striving to bring people together to help them achieve greater success. And we will continue to do that, building on decades of fruitful progress, and knowing that through good-faith collaboration and a focus on areas of mutual interest, we will continue to evolve and become stronger and more con- fident in the process. SMT007 References 1. IPC, "Strengthening Interconnections: The U.S.- Mexico-Canada Agreement and the Electronics Industry," May 2019. 2. National Association for Business Economics, "Eco- nomic Policy Survey," August 2019. Chris Mitchell is IPC's VP of global government affairs and I-Connect007 columnist. Contact Mitchell at Applied Mathematics. "We do not change the hardware or require additional circuits in the solar PV system. What we developed is a better approach to controlling the hard- ware that already exists." The new algorithm enables controllers to better deal with fluctuations around the maximum power point of a solar PV system, which have historically led to the wast- ing of potential energy collected by panels. "Based on the simulations, for a small home-use solar array including 12 modules of 335W, up to 138.9 kWh/ year can be saved," said Farsi, who undertook the study with his super- visor, Professor Jun Liu of Waterloo's Department of Applied Mathematics. "The savings may not seem signifi- cant for a small home-use solar sys- tem but could make a substantial dif- ference in larger-scale ones, such as a solar farm or in an area that includes hundreds of thousands of local solar panels connected to the power grid." The study was recently published in IEEE Transactions on Control Sys- tems Technology. (Source: University of Waterloo) Researchers at the University of Waterloo have devel- oped a way to better harness the volume of energy col- lected by solar panels. In a new study, the researchers developed an algorithm that increases the efficiency of the solar photovoltaic (PV) system and reduces the vol- ume of power currently being wasted due to a lack of effective controls. "We've developed an algorithm to further boost the power extracted from an existing solar panel," said Milad Farsi, a Ph.D. candidate in Waterloo's Department of Researchers Develop Better Way to Harness Power of Solar Panels

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