Using the principle science of the photovoltaic effect, the H?MOS technology works by lacing the electric current with encrypted data. The data stream then travels with the current direction to the junction box, where the signal is deciphered, stored and executed by the H?MOS hardware. The chipset is integrated into the junction box at the back of the module.
How does this help the industry?
Incidents like the 2009 Burstadt fire in Germany have plagued the solar sector for some time. Even though solar panels are usually not the causes of fires, if a fire does break out, electrocution becomes a high risk for firefighters.
Leto Solar, with its new technology, is now offering a device that enables modules to be completely deactivated without any network connection, Wi-Fi or otherwise. The H?MOS is seen as a long overdue solution for the safety of firefighters in case of an emergency.
Theft is another issue the H?MOS aims to curb. Solar panels thefts have increased over 17% a year, according to Leto’s statistics. The larger PV projects tend to have security features like surveillance cameras and security systems.
However without the heavy financial investments, homeowners, or schools with rooftop PV, for example, cannot afford such security measures. H?MOS offers a theft protection function, which cuts off the power production ability once the panel is removed from the system. Thus the module loses market value for thieves.
With these important features, H?MOS potentially offers a business model that can provide customers with better safety, security and financing options. Furthermore, investors can potentially see the H?MOS as providing a safety blanket for better financing and leasing models.
BK Son, President of Leto Solar also sees it this way. "We believe the next true advancement in solar will be with its people and the way they do business. With H?MOS Technology we hope to help change the way we look at financing, safety, security, and so much more in our industry," he stated.
The technology is ready to hit the market. The response will tell if the patent-pending H?MOS will become a norm.