Solar energy has become a topic of great concern to environmentalists, engineers, and politicians alike. As renewable energy continues to grow as a desirable market, there’s a continued market for products that will make solar energy more affordable, more efficient, and easier to manage. In 2008, National Semiconductor entered the market with the SolarMagic DC-boost Power Optimizer, and StudioRed was critical to the development of this product.
The Research Process
In order to obtain accurate and useful data, StudioRed conducted significant research into how solar panels were being installed, accessed, and created. Using interviews and questionnaires as well as mapping of the actual solar panels, our design teams were able to create an accurate representation of how solar panels were mounted, where they were placed, how they were accessed, and the methods of installation.
Designing and Engineering
Based on the technical specifications of the solar panels, designers could determine which materials would best stand up to the given environments and still meet the design specifications of markets around the world. Furthermore, there were concerns about wear and tear given the extreme conditions that these devices may have to operate in. Using aluminum housing allowed the product to meet thermal requirements and stay within the weight restrictions.
Utilizing CNC machining centers and short builds, StudioRed was able to manufacture a prototype 3D model that could reflect the actual stresses expected in the final product ensuring that warranty specifications could be met or even exceeded.
By maintaining high standards and utilizing research and prototyping methods, StudioRed was able to craft a product that is able to meet unique environmental needs while still being durable and reliable enough to ensure that it will function within its expected parameters.