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PV batteries and charge controllers: technical issues, costs, and market trends

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5 Author(s)
Hammond, R.L. ; Arizona State Univ., Phoenix, AZ, USA ; Turpin, J.F. ; Corey, G.P. ; Hund, T.D.
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A survey of US system integrators, charge controller manufacturers, and battery manufacturers was conducted in 1996 to determine market and application trends. This survey was sponsored by the US Dept. Of Energy. Results from 21 system integrators show a 1995 PV battery sales of $4.76 million. Using the survey results, a top down market analysis was conducted with a total predicted US battery market of $34.7 million and a world wide market of US$302 million. The survey also indicated that 71% (of dollars) were spent on VRLA and 29% on flooded lead-acid batteries. Eighty percent of charge controllers were ON-OFF, vs. PWM or constant voltage

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Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, 1997., Conference Record of the Twenty-Sixth IEEE

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29 Sep-3 Oct 1997