An IUPUI professor has developed technology he says will make installation of solar panels easier. Delta Microinverter LLC has licensed the technology and plans to begin field testing before making it available to the public.
Euzeli Cirpriano dos Santos Jr., an associate professor of electrical engineering at IUPUI, developed an inverter that only uses one fastener to attach to the frame of a solar panel. Inverters turn the panels’ direct-current output into the alternating current used in homes and businesses.
dos Santos, who serves as CEO of Delta Microinverter, says the single-fastener attachment process reduces installation time and final installation costs.
The technology was developed with help from research grants from the National Science Foundation and IUPUI. dos Santos says his team will conduct field tests in South America this spring or early summer.
Delta Microinverter is a member of the Indiana University Research and Technology Corp.’s SpinUp program, which helps researchers bring their technologies to market by starting their own companies.