Breaking Down the Parts of a Solar Panel: What You Should Know

They may look like they are made entirely of photovoltaic (PV) wafers, but solar panels feature many different parts. Manufacturers must carefully construct solar panels with these parts to ensure that they operate as intended. You can expect to find …

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Why Fiber Optic Cable Is Used for Data Transmission

Fiber optic cable has become the preferred choice for data transmission. Also known as optical fiber cable, it’s made of ultra-thin strands of glass. Each strand is about 8 microns in diameter. In comparison, a strand of human hair is …

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The Pros and Cons of Microinverters

Solar panel installations require an inverter to convert direct current (DC) electricity into alternating current (AC) electricity. Homes and commercial buildings use AC electricity. When solar panels are exposed to sunlight, they generate DC electricity. An inverter, however, will convert …

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In the US, a Tesla-exclusive Supercharger Pilot Program will debut in 2022.

The Supercharger trial program for non-Tesla EV users will be opened up, according to the Biden Administration, so they can use the network to charge in the US. The White House stated in an information sheet that this might occur …

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Depth of Discharge: What Electric Vehicle (EV) Owners Need to Know

Electric vehicles (EVs) are on the rise. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), EVs and hybrids accounted for 10% of all light-duty vehicle sales in the fourth quarter of 2021 — and there aren’t any signs of them …

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5 Tips to Extend the Life of Solar Panels

If you’re planning to install solar panels, you should follow some tips to extend their life. Solar panels don’t last forever. Some of them will lose about 0.5% to 0.8% of their output per year. Eventually, solar panels may fail …

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Exploring the Parts of a Coaxial Connector

Coaxial cables are used extensively in telecommunications applications. Originating in the mid-1800s, they support high-frequency electrical signals. Coaxial cables are used for radio feedlines, local area networks (LANs), stereo systems, cable television and more. Coaxial cables, of course, require the …

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Nextracker opens 3rd US Factory this year.

Nextracker opens third US factory this year as part of PV reshoring commitment Nextracker, a maker of solar tracker equipment in the United States, and BCI Steel, a producer of steel, have reopened the Bethlehem steel production factory in Leetsdale, …

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How Keying Works for Electrical Connectors

Electrical connectors often require a specific orientation. There are female connectors, and there are male connectors. You can typically connect male connectors to female connectors of the same type. To protect against accidental damage, though, many electrical connectors are keyed. …

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