Eric Mansfield (MS, MatSci), Andrew Ponec (BS, MatSci), Daniel Maren (BS, CS), Darren Hau (BS, EE), and Prof. Bill Dally (CS).
Dragonfly Systems has developed an innovative architecture that enables an inexpensive, compact device to increase the number of PV modules that can be connected in series. This reduces the balance of systems cost by increasing the efficiency of resource utilization: inverters, wiring, plant layout, etc. It also provides unprecedented insight into the performance and health of individual panels in large installations. The team earned third place and $20,000 at the Department of Energy's 2013 FLoW Competition and won a coveted DOE SunShot award. Dragonfly Systems was acquired by SunPower in 2014 and is deploying their innovative product at scale through that company.