Concentrated Photovoltaics

Soitec Begins Construction of CPV Power Plant in Portugal

Soitec of Bernin, France, announced that a group of investors has completed financing and started construction of a 1.3-MWp concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) power plant in Portugal. The investors include a large European energy supplier, the largest Portuguese installer of electrical grid infrastructure and the largest Portuguese Foundation. The CPV solar …

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Semprius Achieves 35.5 Percent Efficiency with CPV Solar Module

Semprius, Inc. of Durham, North Carolina USA, a maker of high concentration photovoltaic (HCPV) solar modules, has reached 35.5 percent efficiency at Concentrator Standard Test Conditions (CSTC). The result, which was confirmed by the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE in Germany, significantly exceeds Semprius’ previous record of 33.9 …

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Soitec’s New CPV Solar Module Features 31.8% Efficiency

Soitec announced its newest concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) module featuring a power-generating efficiency of 31.8 percent. Soitec claims that its new module, which is already in industrial volume production, has the highest efficiency of any commercial product available for multi-megawatt installations. The modules are part of the company’s tracker-based CPV systems …

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Solar Junction and IQE Report New CPV Cell Efficiency Record of 44.1%

Solar Junction has reportedly surpassed its previous World-Record with certified 44.1% cell efficiency on IQE’s production qualified wafers. IQE of Cardiff, UK reports that Solar Junction employed IQE’s high-volume, production qualified material in Solar Junction’s triple junction CPV solar cells that achieved the record . The National Renewable Energy Laboratory …

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Solar Junction and IQE to Develop Satellite III-V Cells

Solar Junction, based in San Jose, California, a developer of multi-junction concentrator photovoltaic cells is reportedly contract negotiations with IQE. IQE is a supplier of semiconductor wafers for next-generation satellite solar cells for the European Space Agency. Back in October of 2012, Solar Junction achieved 44 percent efficiency at 942 …

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