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CURRENT STATUS OF CONCENTRATOR PHOTOVOLTAIC (CPV) TECHNOLOGY

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Notable developments in the CPV market and industry in recent years include:
1. Cumulative installations (already grid-connected): >370 MWp
2. Several power plants with capacity ≥ 30 MWp:
o Golmud, China, built by Suncore: 60 (2012) and 80 MWp (2013)
o Touwsrivier, South Africa, built by Soitec: 44 MWp (2014)
o Alamosa, Colorado, US, built by Amonix: 30 MWp (2012)
(see installation data base: http://cpvconsortium.org/projects)
3 Demonstrated reliability, with field data for more than 7 years [1],[2]

Various developments in CPV research and technology have been achieved as well,
including:
1 Certified record value for solar cell efficiency of 46.0 % by Fraunhofer ISE, Soitec, CEA-LETI [3],[4]
2 Certified record efficiency of 43.4% for a mini-module consisting of a single full glass lens and a wafer-bonded four-junction solar cell by Fraunhofer ISE [3],[5]
3 Certified record value for module efficiency of 38.9 % by Soitec [3],[6]
4 Averaged yearly field performance data for power plants with > 100 kWp were reported that achieved performance ratios of 74-80 % [1],[2]
5 Recent R&D results can be found in the proceedings of the latest International CPV conference. The next CPV conference will take place in Ottawa, Canada May 01-03, 2017

 

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