Northrop Grumman had 24 patents in advanced materials during Q4 2023.Northrop Grumman Corp filed a patent for a reconfigurable solar array that includes photovoltaic cells connected by switches controlled by a thermostatic feedback control circuit. The circuit adjusts the configuration of the cells based on temperature, ensuring optimal performance independent of supply voltage. GlobalData’s report on Northrop Grumman gives a 360-degreee view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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Northrop Grumman grant share with advanced materials as a theme is 58% in Q4 2023. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

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Application: Reconfigurable solar array for stable output voltage over a range of temperatures with high operational efficiency (Patent ID: US20230335651A1)

The patent filed by Northrop Grumman Corp describes a reconfigurable solar array that includes a plurality of photovoltaic cells and an interconnect circuit with switches for connecting the cells. A thermostatic feedback control circuit, in communication with a temperature sensor, produces a temperature signal proportional to the cells' temperature. This circuit causes switches to change state at a preset temperature, independent of supply voltage. The array configures the cells in parallel strings when the temperature is high and reconfigures them in series when the temperature is low, optimizing energy production.

Furthermore, the patent details a method for operating the reconfigurable solar array, involving producing a temperature signal proportional to the cells' temperature and setting switches in different states based on the temperature. The method ensures that the photovoltaic cells are arranged optimally to receive and convert solar radiation signals into a stable direct current (DC) signal. By reconfiguring the cells in parallel or series based on temperature, the system maximizes energy efficiency and output, showcasing an innovative approach to solar power generation.

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