SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR USING A PHOTOVOLTAIC POWER SOURCE WITH A SECONDARY COOLANT REFRIGERATION SYSTEM

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12131457

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A secondary coolant refrigeration system powered primarily by a photovoltaic source and by an alternating current (AC) source as a backup is disclosed. The secondary coolant refrigeration system has a pump for pumping secondary coolant fluid through a secondary coolant fluid loop. The system includes a variable frequency drive for controlling the speed of the pump. The variable frequency drive includes drive circuitry configured to provide variable frequency power to the pump via an output interface. The variable frequency drive also includes a first interface configured to receive power from the photovoltaic source and a second interface configured to receive power from the AC source. The variable frequency drive further includes a circuit configured to switch between providing power to the drive circuitry from the first interface and providing power to the drive circuitry from the second interface. The circuit is further configured to cause the variable speed drive to be powered by the photovoltaic source when the power received from the first interface is adequate and by the AC source when the power received from the first interface is not adequate.

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DOVER SYSTEMS INC2180 SATELLITE BOULEVARD SUITE 350 DULUTH GA 30097

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Bittner, John D Bethlehem , US 15 125
Bittner, John E Troutville , US 5 47

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